Apr 06, 2004, 9:35pm
This thing is tigh... knee! Check it out compared to the pen.
So I got a new "toy" to replace an old "toy" I sold on eBay.
I am an extreme early adopter of a new Pentax Optio s4i digicam. This freakin' thing is small. Itty small.
A while back, I decided to go 100% digital in all my photography, and dropped dime on a dSLR (the Digital Rebel), and the move has been great for business because the camera saves me a lot of post processing time, produces stellar quality images, and being an SLR, it's increadibly versatile.
But I gave up something moving to this camera - portability. I had the very capable Olympus C-5050, but it's bulky in its own right. So I sold it on eBay (got over $600USD for it too!), and then started shopping around for an ultrasmall camera.
The choice was narrowed down to the Kyocera Finecam SL400R (just recently released), and the Pentax Optio s4... but then I heard that the s4 would be replaced very soon by the s4i. I liked all the functions added to the s4i, like the larger LCD, better battery life, longer movie recording time (limited only to the memory card), and of course the size. I also liked how the product is a "lifestyle" device with the following bonus functions:
- World Time clock function
- Three alarms (like a travel alarm clock)
- Good quality voice recorder (including ability to record in a conference)
- A bunch of "stupid" modes (I call them stupid because the camera makes decisions for you, but some of the modes are cool, like 3D mode, "food" mode, etc etc).
- A very decent panorama mode.
So I preordered it on Amazon. And it arrived yesterday.
Yeah, it's a toy, but hey, I need a camera with me at all times, and don't want to be bogged down by one. The thing's so small, it's almost too small!
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Photos from Algonquin Park
Photos from my trip to Algonquin Park this fall with my Mom and two brothers.
Making Snow for the Fortress
One of the worst jobs I ever had... till I got out.
Tools I Use
The tools I use to build websites and lead a tech life.
iPod and iTunes Offline
iMark's iTunes and iPod isn't iPlaying anything right iNow.
Most Recent Songs
Fiddlers Green by The Tragically Hip
Around The Bend by Pearl Jam
Here With Me (Rollo's Chillin' With the Family Mix) by Dido
With arms open wide by Creed
truffle pigs by Matthew Good Band
In the News
Burundi and Beyond - NY Times
Great article by Peter Meehan - provided some background.
St. Petersburg Times
Side mention in an article about good machines
AP Story on Espresso
Background and information provided
NY Times - Grinders Article
Especially proud of this one - got the reporter to focus on grinders
Globe and Mail
LOL - showing bad reporting, dude says I'm an American-based site!
The Olympian, WA
Talks about my love for the El Sal Siberia Pacamara
Seattle Times - Clover
Interviewed for comments on the Clover brewer
NY Times - How it Works
Background and information for various espresso machines
Time Mag Article
Just a brief mention, article about roasting beans.
Front page article about consumers getting into specialty coffee.
Quoted reference to what I wrote in an article at CoffeeGeek.
USA Today - Barista Jam
Intereviewed for my thoughts on what the epitome of espresso is.
The Wall Street Journal has interviewed me 3 times. This is the first time my name got in a story.
Interview with Reuters, Jan 2 - this is the USA Today version.
My Other Stuff
Launched Dec 22, 2001, this is THE online community for espresso and coffee fanatics.
It's all new, as of March, 2002. My personal coffee obsession site.
My company's site - needs an update!
Hey, if you feel the need to buy me something, check here!
Great gadget site run by the guy who used to do Gizmodo.
This is how I get my daily news fix.
The most active forums for digital photography online today.
Need my Daily Zen fix!
A blog about car stuff. Vroom Vroom.
An industrial design blog. Very cool stuff.
Friends and Family Plan
Beata's got her own blog! She updates it most days.
Riddla on Flickr
Matt Riddle's flickr account, updated regularly
Irdy, my friend from Jakharta, on Flickr
Canon EF 24-105 f4 L Lens
The best lens I've ever owned. Super sharp and quick.
A full frame dSLR, with luscious colour reproduction.
Alzo Digital Lights
Some amazing florescent cold lights for product photography
Canon Xsi dSLR
Amazing technology and image quality in a tiny package.
Latest prosumer camera from Canon - a much better upgrade than the 30D
Great 2.2lb computer that does most of my travel / writing needs
28mm f1.8 Lens
A great lens for closeup work and full picture photography
Finally got the right tools for freezing green coffee.
Canon 50mm 1.4
Most amazing lens I've ever owned. Produces stellar photos.
Super wide angle (full frame fisheye) zoom for my Canon 20D