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"Digital Camera Modification (For IR/UV) FAQ" By Michael Jones There's one more IR-related blog entry, this one discussing Sony's still camera. My biggest complaint with IR is that I'm "stuck" with a 640x480 output. A megapixel still camera would solve that problem (as would one of Sony's megapixel Digital8 cameras... but you pay a lot for just a few more pixels).

Anyway, the problem is that Sony cameras were used to "see through clothing" by mounting an IR filter to them and pointing them at scantily-clad folks in bright sunlight. Frankly, I think you'd have to be in pretty sad mental shape to get excited over a grainy green blob in your viewfinder when you could see more on the cover of Vogue or Rolling Stone... but it bothered Sony enough that they've "crippled" their Nightshot cameras so you can't turn down the exposure setting when in bright sunlight. So, pictures can get washed out. :(
The Art of Infrared Photography This is where I first got tipped-off to good Infrared Photography books -- among other things. Frankly, I don't even remember what search I did to find this... but it fit right into my desire to find something about better artistry in infrared.
Amazon.com: buying info: The Art of Infrared Photography You can probably tell I'm on an Infrared Photography kick at the moment. Just shot a bunch of stuff today at Minnehaha Falls. From what I can tell... I want this book! :)
Something I heard on "Dreamland" (a radio show) a couple weeks back that piqued my interest. I always wondered how quickly the effects of gravity traveled. Is it limited by the speed of light? And, if so, does that say anything about what gravity is?

Here's what I mean: If the sun magically disappeared right now -- POOF! -- it would take a few minutes (eight, I think) for us to see the light blink out, because that's how long it takes for light to travel from the sun to us. But would we feel an effect before then -- messed up tides, earthquakes, etc.?

Scientists have been pondering this, to... Spaceflight Now | Breaking News | Scientists attempt to measure speed of gravity
I'm coming to the conclusion that blogging my thoughts makes them even more incoherent than they are when witnessed in person. Sorry! This stuff makes sense to me -- really, it does. But I understand if it doesn't make sense to you. :)

New homepage (splash screen, really) that needs some work, but it's kinda cool and shouldn't behave as oddly as the last one when hit with different browsers.
Okay, you know I don't like Lexmark (as evidenced by my Lexmarked site. But they continue to press on with new products; there latest is the Lexmark X85 All-In-One Print Center.
Infrared Resources

If the images below look cool, you want to know how to do this... here are some resources.
Pixelagogo.com- Home of Cory Shubert Photography

Infrared photography is still one of the coolest things I've come across! :)
A year and a half ago (April 2001) I signed up for some email lists from ZDNet. I gave them a specific address, tied to my domain, on the off chance that they'd sell my name to someone. They promsied then, and still promise today, that "This information will be used only by ZDNet and our advertisers, to help us serve you better and to allow us to keep our services free - thank you."

This past August I started getting porn SPAM to that address. An e-mail to ZDNet has gone unanswered. Just today I found these e-mails are escallating to porn involving farm animals... so I think it's time for me to spend a stamp and send a real letter to these turkeys.

Heading off this morning to help set up a Contagious Christian broadcast at Berean. If this "youth version" is anything like the one I attended this past spring, it should be excellent.

Bo Boshers on CCN Train your students to share their faith comfortably and effectively! And there's no better time than now -- After age nineteen, the chance
of a non-believer coming to Christ drops to 6 percent. That's right: 6 percent. That means your students have a special window of opportunity to make a
difference for the kingdom. And this lively, interactive seminar will give them the tools they need!

Most Christian teens (and adults!) really want to share their faith, but don't know how. Just the thought seems scary. What's so cool is that God wants to use
us the way we are-our interests, our personality, our strengths, and even some of our weaknesses. Your students will be amazed at how these are the very things
the Holy Spirit can use to help them con…
beliefnet: Bob the Tomato Quotes Plato What more do you need to know? :)
A friend whose judgment of cool technology I trust says that this is cool. I've gotta admit, I haven't even read about it yet, but... check out Antelope Technologies
The New York Times on the Web

Jo, being a lot more clever than John, came up with a print news site. I detect a theme! :)
Well, it looks like you can really mess up your blog if you try to put in HTML and don't get it quite right; I was trying to get y'all to visit www.emlarson.com. Oh, well -- I guess I've still got some learning to do! :)
I've switched to a new template -- "Bold Lines" which seems to match my site (and my mood) a bit better. Let me know what you think of it -- visit <a href="www.emlarson.com>www.emlarson.com</a> and click on the feedback link in the site, if you ever want to get ahold of me.
Electromagnetic Bombs Could Throw Civilization Back 200 Years

One of our debaters pointed out this link as an interesting example of individual rights (freedom of the press, in this case) in conflict with national security. And, the concept of a cheap "electromagnetic bomb" is a frightening one anyway.
CNN.com

John Kinsella, being a brilliant but slightly uncreative person, recommends this as a "really cool site".
Marathon Computer - iRackDV

Now this is a good use for old iMacs! Especially if you could find one with a bad monitor. A rack-mount computer, one unit high, with a CD-ROM drive? Very, very cool! You could max out the RAM and load up VirtualPC, so you'd have the best of both worlds. G3 only, unfortunately, but... nothing's perfect, right? :)
Yamaha :: Multimedia

When I have money to burn (no pun intended - HA!) I'll gonna git me one of these! By getting fancy with their lasers, Yamaha has made a CD-R burner that can etch words or pictures into the surface of a CD. Cool!
Junked PCs Offer Data for Taking

Considering how easy it is to un-erase a hard drive, this really, really is a problem. Yikes!
Heard about this book on the drive in, listening to Moore on Life... and it seems kinda interesting, considering that my non-Christian years were due to my observation of "christian conduct" in friends and neighbors. Haven't read the review yet, so maybe it's horrible, but...

Amazon.com: buying info: Soul Survivor: How My Faith Survived the Church
Even more information on site blocking -- or site censorship, as the case may be...

Net archive silences Scientology critic - Tech News - CNET.com
Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to... try to block internet sites.

politechbot.com: State of Pennsylvania v. WorldCom -- court documents now online
Note that the current 'blog template (which might have changed by the time you see this, I suppose...) is "Omni Nectar". Very cool, IMHO!
For only 10 bucks, this looks like a good deal! Made with Macintosh, you know!

Photo to Movie

Photo to Movie 1.0 for Mac OS X
Photo to Movie enables you to create a movie by zooming and panning over a photo. It presents a simple interface to specify the starting and ending frames and generates full quality QuickTime or DV Stream files (compatible with iMovie). Photo to Movie only runs on Mac OS X.
This amazes me; DVD-R media is down to less than $0.90 per disc! That's cheaper than videotape in bulk at Sam's Club! We still have the issue of not being able to view DVD-Rs in all DVD players... but things are looking better all the time! Shop4Tech is the source:

Shop4Tech: The lowest price on cd-r media and more! Leda DVD-Recordable 4.7GB - 50pack (General Purpose) Bulk $0.89 each
I've been experimenting with making this blog appear in a frame on my main web site. Since the site (http://www.emlarson.com) is actually a frame that points to my personal space on work servers, my domain name provider doesn't recommend that I use frames. But, so far, it seems to work...
So far, this looks very encouraging! Lots of features, 'blog titles can be edited, as can all aspects of a user profile. So, I'm going to be playing with this a lot more! :)
This is a test blog; my first venture in to the world of Blogging! ---Eric