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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Friday 5 for August 9: Scattergories, Part 9!

This is the annual Friday 5 that involves the Random Letter Generator. Questions are from Scrivener's Friday 5 site.

The letter that I stumbled on was "D".

1. What beverage do you enjoy but seldom have?

Drinking a nice thick chocolate or strawberry milk shake.

Digital cameras have allowed me to take more photos than ever before.
2. What’s better now than when you were a kid?

Digital photography is much better than film photography in relation to cost. While I enjoy the process of film photography, the medium is limiting as to how many images we can shoot per roll of 24 or 36 exposures. This was the only way to take photos from when I was a kid and clear into and beyond college.

In the early 2000's, I adopted digital, slowly but surely. By 2003 I was totally in digital, getting my first DSLR camera that year after plodding along with an older point and shoot digital camera.

Unlike my beloved film cameras, digital allows me to shoot photos almost like a drunken sailor in that you can shoot hundreds of pictures per session as long as you have enough flash memory to store it on.

Today digital is the accepted norm for all photographers. You rarely have to consider purchasing film or related digital media like SD cards, and almost all processing from digital is free vs. the processing and image printing cost for film photography.

Digital has made everyone a photographer including the millions who use their smartphones as their main and often, only camera.

3. Who makes you happy?

While it is not always so, my friend Daniel seems to be a happy guy.

4. Where do you go when you want to indulge?

Long long ago I used to shop at this record store called DJ's Sound City at Ala Moana Shopping Center. I love to look at records and other types of sound recordings. If I find something I like I will dish out a reasonable amount of money to get the recording under consideration.

5. Where’s a comfy place to sit?

On a "delightful" chair or couch if I had access to one. At this time I have no really delightful furniture in my home. Most of the furniture I own are a bit old and mostly utilitarian.              

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Friday 5 for August 2: Heartbreak Hotel

The five questions from Scrivener's Friday 5 site are as follows:

1. What’s down at the end of the Boulevard of Broken Dreams?

Green Day, No Cash, No Employment, Death

2. What’s down at the end of My Way? Your way!

3. What’s down at the end of Perfect Circle? 

It's either a new beginning or the same old same old.

4. What’s down at the end of Asian Avenue? North Korea!

5. What’s down at the end of Sunday Drive? 

Just another Manic Monday.

6. What’s down at the end of Stay in Your Lane?

Hopefully HOME in one piece. 

7. What’s down at the end of Any Place? 

Some place.... I hope.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Friday 5 for July 5: Freeeeeeeeeedom!

1. What’s a movie that makes you feel patriotic?

Top 5 movies that make me feel patriotic:

1. Apollo 13 (1995) - Probably one of the best true life event movies that make you feel patriotic with a "can do" attitude of using American ingenunity to bring the crippled spacecraft safely back to Earth.

2. Patton (1970) - George C. Scott was wonderful as the colorful WWII general who kicked ass in more ways than one.

3. The Patriot (2000) - Mel Gibson's revolutionary war movie.

4. Independence Day (1996) - U.S. forces kicked alien ass in this exciting science fiction movie.

5. The Final Countdown (1980) - A good science fiction movie that speculated on what the crew of a nuclear aircraft carrier and all its modern day weaponry would do if they were transported through a time warp back to the Pacific Ocean on December 6, 1941.

Other movies that I think are patriotic: Top Gun (1986), Superman (1978), Casablanca (1942)....

2. When you first started driving, what’s something you did mostly because you could?

Drive instead of walk or relying on someone else to take me around. Independence. Going from Point A to Point B on your own time in your own vehicle in your own personal space with the music playing loud.

3. What’s a good song whose title contains some form of the word “free"?

Top 5 Free Songs....

1. Freedom - Paul McCartney (2001)
2. Free Ride - Edger Winter Group (1973)
3. Philadelphia Freedom - Elton John (1975)
4. The Free Electric Band - Albert Hammond (1972)
5. Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974)

Related - Money For Nothing (And Your Chicks for Free) - Dire Straits (1985)

4. When did you last un-expectely receive something for free?

Long ago back in the late 1980s. This was when 45 MB hard drive cost $435. For some strange reason the Ehman Corporation sent me the drive I paid for and another one a week later of the same thing for free. I was happy as a clam having the two drives connected to my old Mac Plus.

Most recently I think I got like an extra grocery item for free when the check-out person entered the wrong amount.

5. What’s something you’ve given freely in recent weeks?

A lot of time helping my friend move this month.

The Friday 5 Questions

The only Ace Frehley song I know is "New York Groove", which was a top 40 hit in 1978.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Friday 5 for June 28: Dress You Up in My Love

1. For the rest of your life, you get to dispense one condiment out of each fingertip of your right hand, defining “condiment” liberally. Which five do you commit to?

  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Chocolate
  • Pepper
  • Oregno
2. What is the best way to spiffy-up french fries?

Generally I take my fries plain... very lightly salted if possible, but if I do "spiffy up" basic ketchup is good. Maybe tarter sauce (as shown above) or sweet and sour sauce.

3. The restaurant is out of your favorite salad dressing. What do you order instead?

I can eat salads plain. Have no problem with it.

4. How do you like to modify your favorite heat-and-eat food?

I usually sprinkle pepper on it.

5. In what way do you play with your food?

If taking photos of food is playing, then that pretty much is the extent of it. Mother always said it is not nice to play with your food.

Questions from Scrivener's Friday 5.

Of course when I first saw the topic title, I thought about this song:

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Friday 5 for May 31: Genre

1. What gets an unfairly bad rap?

I am going out on a limb for this one... The current President of the United States, Donald Trump gets a very bad rap from all the people and media who hate him and the kinds of policies that he is committed to "Make America Great Again".

Here is a short list of what our president has accomplished for America:

This past week President Trump shook the hands of 1,000 U.S. Air Force Academy cadets at their commencement ceremony. This is a good thing. The graduates were totally thrilled by this. The President did not have to stay. The Secret Service and other people in charge of his schedule told him he could leave after shaking the hands of a few top graduates like what other presidents did before him. Trump would have nothing of that. He stood for a long time and honored each graduate. You have to admire him for that.

2. What’s something you’ve done to jazz up your routine?

I'm pretty content with my routine and generally do not do much to change anything unless I have to.

3. When did you last have your mettle tested?

I am trying to help my friend get out of a bad, ongoing situation.

4. What’s something you were once — but are no longer — hardcore into?

Recording compilation tape cassettes. I was very passionate about making custom mixes and even recording record albums in full length so as to preserve the record while playing the tape all of the time.

I used to make my own tape covers for them by hand and later with my Macs using at first Hypercard and later Aldus Pagemaker. Printed them out on a black and white laser printer and hand colored many of them. Later cassettes featured color inkjet art.

This changed after digital became a bigger part of our lives. Today I have tons of iTunes playlists and others taking the place of the mixed tapes I once made before.

This link takes you to photos of several of the cassette tape mixes I used to make:

5. What are some porch swings, tire swings, or rope swings you’ve known?

Can't think of any in my life. Just never did any of that. I did ride regular playground swings when I was a kid.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Friday 5 for May 24: A Week

1. If I give you $20 to spend selfishly by tomorrow evening, what do you spend it on?

Recently back into vinyl again, so probably go to either Hungry Ear or Ideas Books and Records to buy some LPs... maybe 45s.

2. What’s a delivery you recently waited too long for?

Not recently, but prizes I won from a podcast that never came. Was several years ago.

3. How annoying have you been lately?

I try not to be annoying but if I am I apologize.

4. When did you last give someone a ride in your car for the first time?

Not recently.... probably a few years ago when my sister came. Otherwise it's the same few people... Lisa mostly.

5. What was the last piece of candy you ate?

Some small Snickers bar at the Hawaii Geek Meet on May 26.



For some reason my comments section won't let me respond to your comments... So amending this post to answer your comments here:

"Thanks folks for the comments. 勝美 - Seems like you got some cool vinyl finds. Not astonishing that the ancillary items that come with special edition releases have higher collectible value, but still that Steel Wheels box is a find.

Scrivner, my recent vinyl finds have been bringing more of my old vinyl back from the Big Island to Honolulu. I've been in vinyl for many years, tapered off in the 90s and early 2000s, and even got rid about 50% of it. Now I am in rebuilding mode but trying to control myself from being a gigantic record hoarder.

That said I am prone to buy used vinyl in good condition at either bargain or a reasonable price. Most recent find that I got from Hungry Ear on Record Store day was a good used copy of Brenda Lee's 1960 DECCA label debut album, "Brenda Lee". That one has some of my favorite Brenda Lee songs including "Sweet Nothins'", "I'm Sorry", "That's All You Gotta Do", "My Baby Likes Western Guys" and " Just Let Him Dream"... great stuff if you like rock-a-billy styled country pop from that era.

Brenda Lee was one of the biggest selling female artists of all time until contemporary ones like Madonna came along. She also headlined shows in England that The Beatles were once the opening act for."

Friday, May 3, 2019

Friday 5 for May 3: Continental Breakfast

Credit: Machu Pichu by Martin St-Amant - Wikipedia - CC-BY-SA-3.0

1. When did you last enjoy some Asian cuisine?

Our office had a luncheon last week at Legends in the Chinese Cultural Plaza. Just the other day I had a Filipino plate lunch. None of it is very good if you are supposed to watch your health.

2. What’s something you’d like to do in South America?

Visit Machu Pichu in Peru. I don't know if you can drive up to it (probably can't) and I almost certainly will never go since travel is very expensive, especially if you are from Hawaii. You have to go northeast first to L.A. or San Diego and then travel down south to get to the continent of South America. Sounds very, very expensive.

You would think Hawaii would start marketing to South America and have a direct flight to at least one country there which could shorten the travel time and cost.

3. What’s a popular tourist thing in Europe you have very little interest in?

Waiting in a long line to see Mona Lisa in crowded conditions just to get a picture of a picture. Ugh. Waiting in a long line to see anything where you finally get there, the time is very limited or the venue is very crowded.

I hope the French government has a huge insurance policy and fire protection on this one. You can fix Notre Dame but if Mona burns up, she's gone forever!

4. Which of Australia’s strange animals do you find most fascinating or adorable?

There are so many strange animals in Australia. Koala bears come to mind as being cute and cuddly, but I would not think so. Kangaroos I'd avoid since they are known to kick with deadly force.... I guess I would like to see a big Emu bird. There we go.

5. What’s something interesting you just learned about Africa?

I can't think of anything significant right off hand. One of my Flickr acquaintances spends a lot of time in Kenya, so I get to see pictures from that region.

Questions from the Friday 5 blog.