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Jason Hancock

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nice quote

You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

learning curve

It seems that there’s quite a learning curve to this photography stuff. I thought I was doing well. I had some gear, a light stand, some cheap radio triggers, two flashes, etc. I had filled my head with stuff from the Strobist blog. Now, it was time to see if I was going to be able to put into play anything that I had learned. I started off by inviting Jenny and Eric over for dinner.


The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind. I’ve been doing a lot of DIY photography equipment projects. I’ll detail some of them in different posts. I have learned more about photography in the past couple of weeks than I have since purchasing my D80. A lot of this knowlege has come from reading the Strobist blog. I’m no longer scared to use the manual mode on my camera as I feel that I have a good theoretical handle on how aperature, shutter speed, and ISO each affect the exposure of the image.

christmas 2008

Christmas was fun this year. I bought Laura a necklace that she really wanted from Tiffany’s. I received a vivitar 285HV strobe flash, a light stand, an umbrella, an umbrella bracket, Call of Duty: World at War for PS3, The Dark Knight on blue ray, a case for my numerous memory cards (I have 3 now that I regularly use and am considering a fourth), a couple t-shirts, some PJ’s, the classic board game Battleship, Band of Brothers on blue ray, an da few more things I’m probably forgetting.

We survived another Thanksgiving. The trip to Sacramento wasn’t bad. We arrived a hair over 5.5 hours after we left. The trip back took almost 9 hours due to traffic and fog. It’s officially time to prep for christmas. For us, that meant packing up the fall decorations, getting the Christmas ones out, and getting a Christmas tree. We got a nice douglas fir for $42. It’s the perfect size for our place.

It’s almost a disservice to coffee to add cream and sugar to bean water brewed in a french press. I’m no coffee gourmet by any stretch of the imagination, but I enjoy a good cup of coffee. It’s 11:35 PM and I have to work late tonight, so I broke out my french press. It’s not a fancy press, but one made of lexan. I originally bought it for camping because I found that I had trouble brewing with a regular coleman percolator.

This is the good stuff! I usually make one batch a year at Christmas. Ingredients: 2 sticks of butter 1 lb of peanut butter (get the 18oz. jar and use it all except a heaping tablespoon)  3 Tbs. Milk 1 Tsp. Vanilla 1.5 Lbs of powdered sugar (I use about 2⁄3 of a 2Lb. bag) 1 bag of milk chocolate chips Melt the peanut butter, butter, milk, and vanilla in the microwave (2 minutes is usually sufficient).

We got back about a week ago from a 5 day trip to Walt Disney World. I was pretty impressed. You get of the airplane and get on a Disney bus. You don’t step foot off Disney property until you’re back in the airport going home. The whole experience was cool. I was really amazed at how well-oiled of a machine it was. You can find the pictures with the rest of my galleries (over 700 pictures).

new lens

The lens for my camera showed up yesterday. It’s an AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED. This is the first lens with image stabilization that I’ve ever used. It’s also the first lens with auto-focus with manual override that I’ve ever used. I can’t wait to take it out and play with it. Everyone I’ve talked to with the same lens absolutely loves it. I’m really looking forward to our trip to Orlando.