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I just decided to try to download the couple of pictures I took yesterday and upload them but I can't, for the life of me, find out how. This new camera is tiny so it's not like I have all that much surface area to search but I can't find anything as far as a USB port or anything similar goes. WTH? How are people supposed to get their pictures off of digital cameras nowadays? Do you have to actually but a separate memory card reader just to get this thing to work? Eh?

I guess there's nothing to do but read the owner's manual for this thing. Be back whenever I figure out what the heck is going on.

Alrighty. After consulting the manual, I found the USB slot. It was in a recessed area with a cover and almost completely invisible.
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Little Teeny Weenie

My Canon SD770 IS arrived in the mail today. I was shocked at how small it was when I finally got it out of the box. It's tiny. I know that people usually bitch about their electronics being too large and smaller is better, but there is a limit, people. This thing was so small that it felt like a toy in my hands. Just holding it up to take a picture felt like I was playing with tinkertoys. It was hard to actually find a place to hold it with both hands where I wasn't pushing a button or obscuring some necessary camera part. It probably doesn't help that I have pretty big hands and pudgy fingers.

I'm also a bit concerned about the exposed LCD screen. On my old digital camera, the LCD screen was a flip out, which means that when not in use it was nice and protected inside the camera. This one is just sitting open on the back of the darn thing. I shudder to think about how easy it could get scratched up just in daily use, like, say if I had it in my pocket with my car keys or something. I'm going to have to find a cloth carry bag for it. My old camera bag certainly isn't going to work out now. The new camera would just rattle around in there like chucking a marble into a tin can.

Since I'm listing all of my complaints, I should also say that I really don't like the new battery charging system. I liked it better when you just had a nice and simple AC adapter and plugged your damn camera into the wall. Nice and easy. The way it works now though requires that you remove the battery from the camera and charge the battery in an adapter. It's not a huge big deal but it just means that I'm going to have to put the battery in and out and it could lead to a greater propensity of losing it. I guess the idea is that people buy multiple camera batteries nowadays. This way they can charge one up while the other is in the camera.

I took a couple of pictures just as a test and it seems to work just fine. I didn't notice any problems but I figure I'll get a better idea of the quality as time goes on. For all the complaining, it's still nice to have a new camera. It's only the second one I've ever owned and it's always a thrill to get new things.
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Turkey Lurky

Yesterday was the best thanksgiving meal I have ever had before. Shelley really outdid herself with the entire thing. The turkey was fantastic and leaps above what I've had before. When we were kids, we almost always had turkey for Thanksgiving but it wasn't really my mom's thing. Her method of cooking turkey went something like this.

  • Defrost the bird.

  • Wrap the ends of the drumsticks in tin foil.

  • Put turkey in oven.

  • Come back in 4-5 hours.

  • Serve.

Dry doesn't even begin to describe it. You had to really work at choking it down. It got so that no one really paid any attention to the turkey on Thanksgiving day. We were all waiting for the day after when we would make turkey rice. That basically involved boiling the entire carcass in a big pot until you had a really rich turkey soup. Then you end up adding a bunch of spices and a few cups of rice. Then you simmer the entire thing slowly for hours. It was delicious.

Anyway, Shelley's turkey this year was great. It was moist, buttery and seasoned really well. She also ended up making some really fantastic mac and cheese with pepperjack and bunches of other things. My only regret is that I couldn't eat any more and that I didn't score as much of the leftovers as I wanted. I dunno what ended up happening but I think someone ganked my share of the leftover mac and cheese.

I also made a vow to never bring board games to thanksgiving anymore. The past two years I've had requests to bring some games to play. Both times now, no one has wanted to participate or something else goes wrong so that nothing goes off. I'm sick and tired of hauling that crap back and forth for no reason.

After the meal we ended up pouring over the black friday ads. I thought about going out and camping out at a Best Buy for a laptop, but I just couldn't justify it. I just bought this laptop back in march and while it's not great, it's too new to just toss aside. I ended up going back home and doing some shopping online. I picked up a canon powershot 10 megapixel camera to replace the one that's no longer compatible with vista and then jumped on a $25 off $50 deal at Toys R Us where I picked up another couple DS games I was interested in. All in all, things went pretty good.