Archive for March, 2010

Topslakr’s Tweet’s for 2010-03-28

March 28th, 2010

  • The best laid plans… When a friend calls in trouble what can I do but whatever I can do. #
  • Successful breakfast with the family this AM. I even had my house mostly clean. Now for a nap! #
  • Looking forward to my first cup of tea this AM. Still feeling a little rough from yesterday. I've not been that wiped out in a long time… #
  • (Still) working on some data recovery for a friend's computer. It's hosing my Windows machine though.. running at 100% for close to an hour. #
  • I am feeling horrible today. Can't wait to get out of the office and head home. I think I need to pickup some groceries before that… #
  • Time to head home. Finally. Quick stop for some groceries and then I think I'll make it a very early night… #
  • Made it home, groceries in tow. I'm fairly sure I should be pretty darn hungry at this point so I'm making some mac and cheese. #

Topslakr’s Tweet’s for 2010-03-21

March 21st, 2010

  • Well folks, it looks like my Xbox 360 is a gonner. Assuming the HD is good.. I shouldn't lose any of my data… #
  • Stupid time change.. tomorrow morning is going to be rough! #
  • Got some clothes shopping done today and went looking for a new Xbox 360. The Walmart I was near didn't… still not 100% I'll replace it. #
  • The winds have died down and the the better part of the driving rain. Another Nor'easter without snow. Roads are flooded everywhere. #
  • Well, time for bed. I'm knackered. it's not often I make it through Sunday without a nap… #
  • What a crazy day. Way behind on the tasks I wanted to get done.. but such is the life of an IT guy… #
  • Looking at my calendar.. and I have another meeting tonight. Ugh. It's the kind of meeting that will run long.. always. #
  • I've done all I can today.. time to head out for a quick dinner.. then the meeting. #

Topslakr’s Tweet’s for 2010-03-14

March 14th, 2010

  • Desk construction is complete. It should take a week or so to get it stained and apply a few coats of poly. Can't wait to get it home! #
  • It looks likes is down… @netflix any info? #
  • Just finished watching the last of the Olympics from my Tivo. The Mens 50km cross-country was a great race. #
  • Kind of fun being in on of the flight paths of KMHT. Planes are high enough to not be load, but low enough see what they are. #
  • I am so tired.. but I still need to find something to eat for dinner. Must be something tasty leftover from Friday night still… #
  • I've got yesterday's dough rising for baking shortly. Should be interesting since I can't find my scale and randomly guessed the ingredients #
  • In spite of myself, I've managed two pretty good looking loaves. I've got all the bread I need for two weeks. Phew! #

Topslakr’s Tweet’s for 2010-03-07

March 7th, 2010

  • I just cannot get over how good these scans look in this Nikon Coolscan V. It's so effortless. Such a great deal! #
  • Belgian waffles are mixed and ready to go for the AM. My house is still a mess.. but it's nearly presentable. Neearly… #
  • Starting to see some pretty nice Black and White scans from the scanner now. Liking this more and more! #
  • Jumped on the monthly company-wide conference call and within seconds was asked to introduce a new service IT is offering. Surprise! #
  • Anyone out there own a standby generator? I'm trying to figure out what it will cost to run one per day/hour. Can't find solid info… #
  • Time to do a little grocery shopping and head home. I am still really tempted to get take out for dinner.. it's an unending craving it seems #
  • Time to head home for a quick dinner and then rehearsal. Should be interesting… #

Review: Nikon Coolscan V ED – Still Awesome!

March 4th, 2010

First, as always, the story. Scroll down for my ‘review’.

As a film shooter I’ve been struggling a lot lately with getting my images converted to digital. I have tried two scanners, the Epson Perfection V500 and the Plustek 7500i and while both get reasonably good reviews online, I was not having any luck getting quality scans from them. I’m sure it’s operator error but even at low resolutions the scans were not even half as sharp as the source film and once scanned it took me a long time to process each image to have good color and contrast (let alone getting the scanner to help clean up dust and scratches). I was getting pretty discouraged and wondering if I should really still be shooting film at all. I was looking around online and people with the same scanners as I have were getting great results that looked nothing like mine. They were all talking about curves used and a series of tweaks performed in Photoshop or other software and frankly, I’m not that kind of photographer. I want to be shooting, not processing. Lots of people love the digital end of photography but I am not one of them. I want scanning to be easy. I want to be able to press a few buttons and have scans that look.. you know.. like the film I shot.