Amazon could easily show the value of a Prime membership
When you go to the Amazon Prime page it shows you all the benefits you get from paying $79 a year but I’m curious… If I log in, and all of my previous orders are in their database, couldn’t they simply show how much money I could have saved broken down by year? I bet they’d have a higher conversion rate.
They don’t make them like they used to
I stumbled upon my dad’s old camera the other day. My step-mom said to take it and find out what I could get for it (my dad died almost 3 years ago).
I knew he had an SLR but knew nothing else beyond that. After doing some research, it turns out the camera is a Canon AE-1 Program. Not impressed? Ken Rockwell would be:
The AE-1 Program is so highly regarded because it represents a high point of camera development. The AE-1 has every feature needed for great photos, and none of the junk features that have been added in the past couple of decades that makes most modern cameras unusable unless you carry — and read — a 300-page manual.
It was a very popular camera in the ‘80’s so its value today is relatively low since so many people are also finding them hidden away after years of collecting dust. That doesn’t matter though. Between reading what Mr. Rockwell said and considering the fact that most of the pictures I remember taken of me in my tighty whiteys and cowboy boots were taken with this camera, there’s no way in hell I’m selling it. Bonus, it not only has the 50mm lens that came with the body, it also has a 28mm wide and a 70-200mm tele lens!
After deciding to keep it I took Ken’s advice and ordered some Fuju Velvia 50, Fuji 400 and a fresh battery. I also plan to get the photos digitally scanned when I get them developed so I can share and archive them more easily.
I’m pretty excited about this camera. I couldn’t have found it at a better time. We’ve had our Nikon D3100 for almost 2 years and recently my photography interest has really piqued. The Canon will be a hobby camera for me because for a novice photographer like myself, the modern advantages of my D3100 far outweigh the nostalgia and intrigue of this Canon.
For instance, my D3100 has autofocus, continuous shooting mode, can instantly show me the shot I just took on its built in screen to make sure I got the shot, etc. All of that basically ensures I won’t miss shots of my kids which is extremely important to me. The AE-1P has none of those features therefore I simply wouldn’t trust myself to get the shot in a make or break situation. It’s also surprisingly heavy compared to my D3100. But, that heft is clearly due to the build quality. It feels like a tank compared to my D3100. As the title says, they don’t make them like they used to…
As soon as I get the film in the mail, take some shots and get them developed (another bonus of modern day digital, no development necessary!) I’ll gladly, good or bad, share the results on my Flickr page.
For now, here’s a picture of my new toy:
Trail Mix (Gorp) Recipe
Almonds are one of those super foods. It’s why you always find them in a typical pre-made bag of trail mix at your local grocery store. One problem: I’m allergic to almonds. Bummer right? So, over the years I’ve had to experiment with my own trail mix blends. I think I’ve recently perfected my recipe so here it is. Now go mix your own and find a trail to eat it on!
Brad’s Perfected Trail Mix
- 1 can of whole cashews*
- 1 bag Pretzel M&Ms
- 1 bag chocolate yogurt covered raisins
- 1 bag Planters Spice Nuts & Cajun Sticks
*Substitute cashews for almonds if you’re not allergic. I also prefer chocolate yogurt covered raisins but some people prefer the white yogurt instead.
Put all 4 items into a large zip-top bag, mix thoroughly, find a great trail, enjoy.
Replacing Google Reader with Feed Wrangler
I used Google Reader as my RSS sync service for years. At first I was just reading all my RSS feeds on the Google Reader website but after the phenomenal Reeder app came out I rarely looked at the Google Reader site again and instead its sole purpose was to act as my sync “backend”.
Like everybody else, when Google announced they were shutting down Reader I started watching various developers and companies rush to fill the impending void.
I’m happy to say they came through. There are now tons of great options for everybody.
David Smith was one of the developers I was watching after he “pre-announced” his secret project Feed Wrangler. Once he finished building it though I was on the fence. Even though he also made an accompanying iPhone app (iTunes link), it wasn’t Reeder (sorry David!), and making the leap from free to $19 for reading my RSS feeds wasn’t too appealing.
Two things convinced me to go with Feed Wrangler though:
- David built in solid service with a 3rd party API
- Paying for a service makes you the customer whereas with a free service (especially one from Google) the customer is actually the paying advertisers, not you
The first one allowed Reeder to add support for Feed Wrangler and that makes me happy. The second one will not only allow David to operate a sustainable business and feed his family, it will allow me to be his customer instead of an advertiser. As someone who has a desire to one day change his career to independent development, it’s money well spent that makes me feel good. That’s what it’s all about.