Pundit. It’s Pundit.

Note to all pundits and other commentators: The word is pronounced pun.dit.  The word is not pronounced pun.diNt.  You sound like an idiot when you say it the wrong way.

That is all.

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Nikon D70 vs. D7000 High ISO Comparison (With Pictures)

The joke is: D7000 divided by D70 is 100, so the D7000 is 100 times better than the D70 (rimshot)!  I have shot many thousands of pictures through my Nikon D70 at indoors events and I have always hated the digital noise it puts in images at higher ISO settings.  I limited myself to ISO 640 and settled for long exposures (which for action shots often failed miserably) – and hoped nobody complained about the noise (they didn’t).  Finally I found a deal I couldn’t pass up and purchased a Nikon D7000.

A random pile of stuff on the table, auto-exposed at ISO 1600.  Same light, same lens. These are showing the full frame, with the larger image from the newer camera zoomed out a little in Photoshop to make them about the same size onscreen.  Disregard the color saturation.  I like the color result from the D70 (right) better, but the less-saturated picture off the D7k is actually more faithful to the life.  Yes the D70 shot here is a little darker, deal with it.

Right-click on a picture and select View Image – the differences are less dramatic the smaller the pictures appear onscreen. Hit the Back button to come back to this page.

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The killer in the flesh: Crops from the same picture.  The picture from the D70 (left) is the falls-on-its-face standout LOSER in this competition.  I can’t go to press with this!  The D7000’s image is a bit noiser than I would like, but it is entirely usable for online publication.

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Note that the D7000 is not set to maximum in-camera sharpening here, but the D70 is.  The D7000 may look a little soft, but recall its noise-reduction is in full effect and we’re able to use a picture that would have been a total miss on the other camera.  If you want to see a maxium-sharpness image, send me $10 and we’ll talk.

If you are Making 5″x7″ prints at WalMart, high-ISO digital noise off the older camera is much less of a problem and the D70 can give acceptable results even at ISO 1600.  If you are doing any post-production that includes cropping, or if you are printing much bigger than 5×7, it falls apart pretty fast. The *only* reason I wanted the newer camera was for improved low-light performance and the newer technology delivers.  Some of the pictures I saw online while researching this purchase were not to be believed.  I didn’t find any pictorial comparisons that highlighted this difference to my satisfaction, so here you go.

ISO 1600 was not usable from the D70 for the kind of publication I was doing.  ISO 1600 with noise reduction turned up High in the D7000 is (barely) usable.  The amount of flexibility this gives a photographer is hard to explain without you having stood there at a gig, wishing your camera was more capable than it is. Now if only the D7000 could sync with its onboard speedlight at 1/500 like the D70 can….

A Marine Joke

What is the relationship between you and everyone serving in the United States Marine Corps?  You are Cousins, unless you are Brothers.

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We all have an Uncle Sam.  He has children.  They are allegedly (occasionally?) misguided.
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The son of your uncle is your Cousin.

However:

If you yourself are a Marine, then every other Marine who ever was in the Corps is your Brother.  And your Cousin.  Out of respect for the combat training my Uncle gave you and your brother/cousin, I will refrain from making the incest joke which logically follows. 🙂

However, the second: Don’t call a Marine your cousin until after he has accepted that this joke is funny coming from you.  In any case, they have already made out a check to you, payable in any amount up to and including their very lives, so the proper response when you meet someone and find out they are a Marine, or are (or were) a Sailor, Soldier, or Airman – the response is not “well hi, cousin!”  it is “Thanks for your service.”

Sleep Tight

Headline news to have no concern over:

The FBI stole access to a pile of servers that were running the most secure kind of communications software between private parties, and they gave the users web pages that attempted to identify the users.  And they’re trying to arrest the guy that owns the servers.

New York City has EZ-Pass automatic toll payment like every other big city.  And unlike any other city, they are tracking people through their toll tags.  Without telling anyonewhat they are doing, and not telling them they are doing it.  For your benefit, citizen!

Researchers have figured out they can put malware in your computer.  No, not the software.  They can put malicious program access in the circuits in the processor.  And it passes all the standard checks to see if there is any malware access.  It looks like a standard chip until a hacker decides he wants to work with your computer and they let themselves in.

So, nothing to worry about.  Sleep tight.

America Leads the Way!

We did this in 2007 and later.  Now it’s India’s turn to have their property bubble burst, to be soon followed by a crashing economy.  Sucks to be poor in India for the next couple of years.  Sucks worse than usual, that is, and maybe a few million (more) people will by starving to DEATH in India in the coming years.

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Because in India, “poor” does not mean air conditioning and microwave ovens.

Dear Evolutionists

Please explain to me how a leg-synchronizing gearset evolved without being totally useless while it was evolving.

If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been formed by numerous successive slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down. -C. Darwin

Irreducible complexity of the eye has been covered time and again.  Show me how a partial gear evolves in a beneficial way.

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Christians Can Be Homosexuals

You can be a flaming queer AND every bit as much a Christian as my Preacher.

You can also steal pens from work and be a Christian.  You can lie and be a Christian.  You can cheat and be a Christian.  You can smoke cigarettes and be a Christian.  You can do all manner of things you KNOW are wrong because you find them proscribed in black-and-white in your Bible, and be a Christian.

Does God like it when you (smokers) intentionally inhale poison because it makes you feel less-bad?  Is He pleased when you tell your friend their horrible new outfit looks good because they like it?  Each of those things is another blow of a huge wooden mallet, swung by a Roman soldier, driving Nine Inch Nails into the wrists and feet of our Lord.  Every time you sneak a pill from your grandmother’s medicine bottle to get high, or sneak a dollar from your mom’s purse to get candy, that’s pressing the crown of thorns harder onto the sacred head.

YOU choose to sin.  I Choose to sin.  “There is none righteous” indeed.  Every man and woman who will ever live, at some point, will do something which violates his or her conscience.  If you know it is wrong, and you do it – that is called Sin.  A man who goes home and drinks himself to sleep every night, his sin is hidden.  A woman who goes out in public holding the hand of her “wife” at the Gay Pride parade, hers is sin that everyone can see.  A Cheater may never be caught, but everyone can see the belly of a Glutton.  Just because a sin is hidden, or because it is obvious, does not change the fact that is is against God you do it.  You are offensive to God, and only Jesus can save you from it – whatever “it” might be.

Yes, Christians can succumb to the temptation, and yield to their lusts for the bodies of people of their same sex.  That activity is called “abomination” and God hates abominable things – because they are abominable to, and against, Himself.  The homosexual  person is an object of the love of God.  The perverted sex act is an object of the hatred of God.  It grieves and pains God himself when you have sex outside of marriage – homo or hetero sex.  And if you are a Christian it will tear you up inside as well, knowing it hurts your Lord.  It should be a source of great comfort that God is “faithful and just to forgive…” after you confess your sin, and (regardless of what kind of unrighteousness you indulge in) he can cleanse you from it.  If you want him to.

Here’s a hint: the flaming queers at their shame parades – they don’t want to be cleansed of their unrighteousness.  More’s the pity.  Chances are, the people who engage in what they know to be sin, gladly and in public, are not Christians.  But you can’t know it for a fact until you’re both dead.  Hate the sin, love the sinner, and condemn what they do which hurts both their own bodies and our society.