Mirrorless

There is a new type of digital camera out recently. In essence, it is like the old rangefinder cameras such as those that made Leica famous. For those who are not familiar with the term rangefinder, it has to do with looking through the viewfinder of the camera. In that finder you would see three chromatic images of your subject. When you twisted the lens barrel’s focus ring those three images would come together when properly focused.

The mirrorless focus system actually uses the sensor to achieve correct focus . Whereas a DSLR uses a fraction of the image to the sensor the mirrorless camera uses the entire image. The very slight drawback is that the mirrorless camera takes longer to focus as it must move the lens back and forth a few times to achieve critical focus. From what I read about this that is being worked on and will be a non-issue in the near future.

The beauty of these cameras is that critical focus is much easier to make in the mirrorless camera as all of the images is sent to the sensor rather than to a mirror which, in SLR and DSLR bounces the image up to the viewfinder. It should be noted that these are relatively expensive and with the focus short-coming it is best used for still photography. Ie, nothing that moves. If it is a moving target it still is best to use your DSLR.

I have not checked as to who is making these cameras but a quick Google will lead you right to the source.

 

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A Veterans Generational Loss

What do combat vets all have in common?

A question that I asked myself for many years. I was right there with my generation. The Beach Boys were new as were the Beatles, Stones, Animals and Zombies. (Remember the Zombies?) Music and Hippies were just getting started. Then, creeping up in our rear view mirror was….Vietnam. Vietnam meant the draft. Kennedy had put “advisors” into the fray of Indo-China and that escalated. Then, Kennedy was killed and LBJ decided that the war his predecessor had started was a good thing. He sent 100’s of thousands more of  us there. The politics came along and the politicians decided to try to run the war. The military, left to do what they were paid to do, were winning the war. Of course, with history rewrites by leftists and Hollywood, all of us who went were baby killers and the people of Vietnam were not given a second thought.

But, I digress. Anyone who fights for their country is immediately separated from their homes and family. In an unpopular war, such as Vietnam, they are also separated from their generation just for the fact that they went. More than that, though, is the point of growing up immediately. War leaves no room for childhood. Childhood is cut out with surgical precision from soldiers, Marines and Sailors at war. One day you’re a kid digging the new Beach Boys tune and the next you’re laying waste to a place that you didn’t even know existed.

PTSD. I have said for many years that PTSD is not so much from combat as it is from coming home. One comes back from killing and one is not that person who left. We were separated from our generation. It is one reason I started calling my generation the most spoiled brat generation on this planet. The most spoiled generation which has ever existed. The election of Donald Trump shows I was absolutely correct because you only have to look at what our children are doing to see the values with which we raised them.

I speak for myself here and I also speak for all those who went to Vietnam. Some of us were forever changed and some of us are now dead and others are just lost and getting old. I chose to write. I chose to write and express what I thought in this blog as well as novels. I owe a great debt to my Father in heaven for sticking with me. I rediscovered my sanity only after near death.

On this veterans day I pray for all who serve. I also chastise those who are spoiled brats. I really don’t care what the left thinks of me or what I stand for. Unlike them, I have a mind which is open to real pain and suffering. I also know that there is nothing new under the sun. What others see as problems I see as solutions. I laugh at what other spoiled brats say is an evil empire and wonder how they never grew or matured past a star wars, the movie, mentality.

Happy Veterans Day. We won by serving, we lost by coming home. At least, some of us did.

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Is It Just Me?

First of all, I feel very fortunate to be as old as I am. Like most young folks who grew to age in the 50’s and 60’s I witnessed foundational changes in American society. From the end of the Pioneer era to the cushy lifestyle of the 60’s and beyond. All of this, I understand now, was the result of technology which was started by the second world war. the ushering in of the atomic age and that threat which hung over us, as kids, of the Cold War and the nuclear age.

As I write this at the age of 68 I am so very grateful to have lived through all this. We had it so much easier than our parents and their parents it was mind boggling. The unfortunate aspect of this is that we ended up being spoiled societal brats. We fostered a generation of spoiled brats and I think the 50 years of all of this “spoiling” showed in the candidates of the presidential election. Two rich people on opposite sides of the fence throwing shit at each other. I know that all elections are nasty. Seems to me that every time we have one it is rated as the nastiest. This is why I am no fan of politics. Politicians

Politicians are a necessary evil to my way of thinking. Governments are all corrupt because, simply, there is a ton of money there. Money is not the root of all evil; people are. there is another force to be reckoned with which is all to often not mentioned. The evil of corruption of spirit. Mankind has a spirit. A mystic aspect of belief that there is something more to life; indeed, has to be. I don’t know what you call it but I call it God. God has an inferior competitor who is given dominion over the planet. One who demanded us to worship him instead of the creator. At least, that’s what Scripture says. You can believe what you want but there is so much evil in this world that, eventually, one can only draw the conclusion that there is more here than we are able to understand.

One would think that history would teach that war is bad. It does but it is paid little heed. War is a consummate emblem of the human race. There is no good reason for it but that doesn’t matter. One generation after the other follows into war based on nation status.

This election rests on a cusp. A cusp between annihilation and the ultimate peace. I knew going into the elections that they mattered little as to the aforementioned. It bears watching. The events in Syria and the nations involved is quite serious. Meggido is nearby and that should be noted. My hope is that the inevitable will occur because in the ending is also the beginning. The first real and ultimate peace that we will ever see. The peace that we all dream of but don’t know how to achieve. That peace that has never been in our hands because it was reserved for ending to come to be.

When I think of my generation I also think of the world being completely settled and explored. There is good reason to also believe that, in that settling and exploration, is the sign of peace that has been written thousands of years ago. Not just written but described as to how it would come about and what to look for when the time was at hand. It’s almost here. Wake up and smell the roses.

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Gadzookz!

What an election! Trump? WhoDa thunk?

Well, I don’t know. What’s the fuss about? I hear pundits on both sides either praising or demeaning the result. Does it matter? Yeah, in a way. Unfortunately, the election of a President really has no great or earth shattering consequence. What others in the world do is what matters. Remember Japan on December 7, 1941? Roosevelt was President and we were isolationists. We got hammered because we stayed away from war when we should have geared up and most thoughtful people of that day knew what was going to happen.

Remember Sept. 11, 2001? We were hammered and only thoughtful people knew it was going to happen.

Trump is not what the Press said he was. A Republican never is the villain. The Press is so far left that anything that gets in the way of their sacramental right to dictate how we live is going to get nuked. As I stated on Facebook, relax, this is why we have checks and balances built into the Constitution. Will Obama care get shot down. I hope so. That is a socialist policy and should not have ever been implemented in a Republic. I am just one who lost a doctor to Obama care. Instead, I was offered his care if I paid him $15,000.00 per year. It was predicted by objective individuals from both parties that this would happen if the government took over health care.

Let’s speak of objectivism. Ie, taking emotion out of the equation and looking starkly at the facts as they exist in real life. This government cannot run anything well. It never has. It also was not meant to do so. The founding fathers wanted the states to take care of their own issues and, even that, in a limited fashion. Our government under socialist policies which are pervasive in the running of departments in the fed are implementing micro-policy and attempting to run the show surreptitiously. They have been for decades. Frankly, I think Trump may be one who can loosen the hold on or throw out a lot of these surrogates. We’ll see.

I told my wife that to have Hillary as President would be like being forced to wear another’s old smelly sneakers while also being forced to drink “Billy Beer.” (Remember “Billy Beer?”)

Anyway, Facebook is awash with anguish and it all sounds quite silly to me. Trump will either be a great President, an awful President or another so-so President. he will NOT be a Noriega. (Remember Panama?)

I wish Trump smooth sailing and success. You should also. Like it or not, his success will be felt, or not, by you and I.

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Earthquakes

Ever ridden on the wild side? No! Move to the SF Bay Area. I dare ya!

Another 2.7 the other night centered in Yountville which is in Napa Valley to the east of me. I felt it vibrate while falling asleep. (No, Phil, don’t go there!). I have lived through literally thousands of quakes. Most one never feels but the 1989 Loma Prieta and the Napa quake a couple years ago were pretty dramatic. I know this sounds dumb but I love riding them. If you have never seen the street roll up and down 4 feet vertically you have not lived or learned to appreciate what nature can do. Nature is a beast with no compassion (like me) or regard to property and lives.

You gotta come to California to feel one and then you will understand why we’re nuts out here. we live to shake, rattle and go to the dentist. Well, can that last word. Roll, it would seem, though over-used, is more to the point.

My Grandmother lived through the 1906 Earthquake in San Francisco. My Dad was born 7 years later in 1913 and he went through a lot of them growing up. Living with them is a different flavor than Tornadoes in the midwest. It’s similar but tornadoes are less frequent but do have a habit of screwing up the day for an awful lot of people. Given the choice, I will take earthquake country over tornado country any day.

“Why is Tsunami spelled with a ‘T?’ ” he asked, finishing up the post.

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Election

As best I can remember I was complaining about the international elections coming up in November. I was speaking of the corporations and sounding like a 60’s rebel without a house. I meant what I said , or, wrote though. Are we really going to elect one of those two bozo’s? I’m not. Nope, I’m sitting this one out. I am afraid of the guy because he’s an egocentric and the girl because she is a proven liar. I don’t care what people on social media say she has lied and facilitated her hound dog husband’s affairs since day 1. So much for women’s lib, huh.

Trump is a delight to watch and Hillary is steadfastly resistant to truth. Remember Bengazi?

Of the two unacceptable candidates, I put Trump over her only because he is an unknown quantity. That. and the fact that he has to go through congress to get a war started. Hey, that’s something, right?

No, you go vote for these morons and I will stay home and work on websites. Either way, I don’t exactly lose.

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Cowboy Hats

Ever wear a cowboy hat? What does a cowboy hat say about a person who does not live on a ranch or farm? My excuse? I wear cowboy hats when I ride cross country. I also wear cowboy boots; just so you know. I also wore a cowboy hat when I played drums in a country western band. Does that make me a candidate to be a cowboy? More than some, less than others.

Personally, I don’t like cowboy hats because the brims are too wide. They look great on some guys who are in the movies and always on young women no matter where they are. I recently bought a Scala cowboy hat which I wear on rainy days or when the top is off in the Jeep. I like hats, generally speaking. My wife loves the Fedora I used to wear when I had really long hair. I gave that to a kid who lived up the street some years ago. My Indiana Jones days were over I guess.

A black man said to me once that cowboy hats make white men look like rednecks, Mexican men look like field workers and black men to look cooler than a ***********. I didn’t agree. I told him that they made black men look like black cowboys. What did I know? I asked the horse I rode up in Mendocino county but he was nonplussed. No answer there.

I bring up the subject of cowboy hats because the friggin server screwed up on me….AGAIN!!! I have to redo everything and put all else on hold.

Oh well, you want to use the internet you got to pay the price. I had some popular posts on here that are now gone. Backups would not work as the server wiped out those to. Sorry. Don’t worry though. We still have an election of royalty to go through and, possibly, the end of the world. Personally, I am more worried about the election but even that doesn’t bother me all that much

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