Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Which is a sucky deal cos I have to put up with male PMS and Menopause syndrome from the guy who subs the page.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
very hard to capture the professional market they have lost.Over here, its just re-packaging. Old shit in a new dress. As a matter of fact, my professional career in the Press started with a Nikon
F-3 camera.At their prime, no one can come close. Not even the Canon system. Later, with the advent of autofocusing and film advance including
high shutter speed and rapid frame shooting, Canon took the whole world by storm with their EOS system.One of the first entry-level all-auto cameras from this giant was the EOS-630.At the same period, Canon rolled out their professional EOS-1 system. This was followed by the EOS-1n and the same platform that
made Canon so famous worldwide hatched a few generation of professional SLR system.With the digital age, Canon wasted no time in developing their EOS professional system to cope with the rising demand for speed,
clarity and high definition. Hence the introduction of the Canon EOS 1D mk III DS high performance camera. At a price tag of RM25k a pop, this one can buy a
small car.But hey, we are not talking about the pro stuff. Its easy to talk like pro. But shoot like one? Well, I reserve to comment. Back on the
shelves, the EOS system for advanced beginners has always been the two-digit series.But over the years, Nikon had bettered their strategy by coming up with better low-end and mid-range Digital SLRs with the
introduction of the D70, D70s, succeeded by the D80 (for two years, this is the top advanced amateur rig) and subsequently, the D80
was replaced by the D90.Only this is the moment that shook the advanced level community. The farce? Better and faster, but not necessarilty afforable. Like I
said, any techno geek with a digital camera these days are a photographer.I last played with an SLR system some 17-years ago. This renders me 'obsolete'. Nevertheless, I can pick any of these cameras up
and go shooting pictures - without using any techno-jargon to disguise my lacking.So, all that said, will the D90 slay the 50D? Way I see it, it would be a close fight. When it comes to a system, I favour the Canons, but
when it comes to a good kit camera, its Nikon hands-down. The only beef I have, is with the after sales service because Nikon Malaysia is run but a bunch of morons.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Kee Thuan Chye released his latest book some two weeks back. Some said it was controversial and well, after meeting up with rather abruptly last nite, I was told that the book was a hot cake off the shelves.
I am happy for him. Having said that, I placed an order in support of our local authors. Hopefully, I'd be able to get a copy next week to check out his collective work...
Thursday, September 25, 2008
food supposed to be good? Are we supposed to feed convicted murderers, rapist and those 'wronged' by the law good food? I followed a so-called investigative
report on an afternoon tabloid on the 'scoop' in prison/detention centre food.The said centre for illegal immigrants fed their detainees chicken neck, liver and scrap. Since when taxpayer's money for defaulters
and prison birds supposed to be luxurious? I read it thoroughly and well, summed up that there's more question than answers in the piece. There was a first-person account and
the breakdown on what prisoners get for their meals.They should be thankful to even get five square meals a day compared to famished people in other country. And the basis to compare
what dog lovers feed to what prisoners get are baseless.Should life in prison be good at the first place? I just don't get it. After all, the issue arised when a politician was detained without trial.
She spent a coupla days in a detention facility and complained that she was fed dog food.What the fuck? Did the media got the attribution wrong? Or has the issue been blown way out of proportion? Its just sensational. The
capture and release and all the fools who stood vigil.I disagree with the dog food statement, but agreed that the way things were handled was a bit far fetched. What was the powers that
be thinking when they arrested a Chinese daily reporter? For her own protection? What a load of shit! Anyways, the fact remains that prison food is not meant to be good. It should be the worse
experience one would have to go through so that he or she won't commit the same offence again. When you hit the slammer, your food is no different from what a murderer, rapist or thief is having. The least I can say is that the person
got fed five times a day.The basis to compare, is with a vietcong prison or some third-world cage where your life is worthless. I found that people are getting
too gullible these days. If they want to comment, they better get a taste of what's real, not a fragment of an imagination of a slob who
has been sitting in front of his computer too long..
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
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Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The mother of all Canon powershot G-series pocket camera is here. Canon marketing had recently announced at Germany's Photokina trade show that their new flagship compact digital camera will be out to replace its current Powershot G-9.
This is the compact that most professionals and serious amateur photographer is waiting for. It is expected to debut later this year and the G-10 has some subtle improvements that I find impressive.
First off, it will come with a wide angle lens, eliminating the need for an adaptor. Its 140mm zoom feature is what I would want for snapping long tele-shots that gives some good 'compacted' landscape scenes.
Now, I would expect its pricing to float around RM1,900 when it hits the market. And well, having played with most of the G-series compacts, this one is definitely on my 'want-list'.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Today is a public holiday and well, work comes first. I was at the Jalan Othman area to work on my food trail column.
Hit the area at about 9am and managed cap off all the needed shots and information by 10.30am.
And my boss called up to say he don't need the ride to the office, so, I have a couple of hours to spare.
So, what do I do? My buddy at the workplace has been admitted to Assunta Hospital last Friday after his optic nerve gave some problems.
After going through a stress test, his blood pressure shot off the roof. With the bar on journalist's mortality lowered to 41, I thought it would be a just thing to pay him a visit to cheer him up.
And the wrong information led me to the children's ward. It took some detective work to locate the guy and when I finally found him, I joked a bit and got him laughing.
Back in the days when I was a rookie photographer at the Star, he was one of my mentors. For that, I valued his friendship.
After leaving the Star for other publications, our paths crossed a couple of times. I rekindled our friendship after making full circle.
So, he told me that his heart and kidney function checked out allright. He was referred to an eye specialist and got the damaged optical nerves fixed. His bad eye may give more problems in the years to come.
And being diabetic didn't help either. So, after all that hoo-haa, he said he hoped to be discharged soon. I pray for his recovery...
This one has a Coyote brown stock, pistol grip and tactical forend for desert warfare
Firing a shot with a slight muzzle rise
The pimped 870 is a sweet close quarter battle weapon
This shotgun made me cream in my pants!
This is perhaps one of the best tactical shotguns I'd ever fired. Its solidly built and takes about five rounds.
The normal version is sold at USD$435.00 straight out of the box and my buddy Khun Dusit in Bangkok who is a tactical shooting instructor had modified the shotgun with a tactical stock, surefire forend tactical illuminator and an ACOG sight.
And when you load this baby, it gives one helluva punch. With its long barrel, accuracy is no issue within 20 metres.
Anything or anyone standing on your sight will be peppered with slugs. What I love about the gun, is its modularity and ease of use...
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
It couldn't have happened on any other day. My home internet access has been suspended by its service provider.
Lucky for me, I can check my emails on my cellphone. Other than that, things will have to wait till I can scrape out some cash to pay the bills.
Funny how you expect things from people you think you could count on and it never seems to work out the way you want to.
I have a coupla opportunities to score some easy cash. But I guess with the bad times looming, people just ignore you.
So, this web blackout will gonna stay for a coupla days. This may be my last log entry for the week...
I musta overlooked many many things. Especially on the Xbox 360 games list. Found out that there was a later version of the 'Dead or Alive' fighting game version 4.
So, having seen the screenshots, I headed over to Jason Loh's Gamer's Hideout and found out that the game, which was dated -- was already out of print.
But the saving grave was he could source it from overseas.
For a mere sum of RM30 a pop! Well, pre-used or brand new, this is something that I could look forward to!