May 18-24, 2008
The corkscrew balloon wine cabinet is dusted off. It was a present from my four daughters a few years ago.
In the same room Watcharee is playing telephone tag.
For decades I used one M-3 Leica camera with interchangeable lenses. It served me well. It had no batteries and recorded its images on film that could be bought anywhere. The camera never needed repairs and no instruction manual was needed to operate it.
Then the first digital cameras were introduced. I succumbed to this novelty. My trusty Leica found a permanent resting place in a drawer. Over the last decade I have gone through at least a dozen digital cameras, each one being more complicated than its predecessor. Even their 'help' screens rival the depth of confusion found on computer operating systems. And all of them required proprietary batteries and their 'films' (memory cards) spanned a half dozen sizes and shapes. They have now become the high end disposable cameras, as when they fail after a few years, no one knows how to repair them. (*)
Today, I purchased my umteenth digital: a Canon Rebel with 18-55 and 75-300 lenses.
(*) I am afraid my cars will follow the same road.
Playing with yesterday's new toy ... at 18 mm, 35 mm, 55 mm, 75 mm, 100 mm, 200 mm and 300 mm.
Hmmm ... too bad Spring Break is over; that 300 mm would have been useful.
Forty six hours, thirty four minutes, sixteen seconds and counting ...
PS: My friend, Kanda (*), sent this photo of a card that is the size of her little finger nail ... and it holds up to 16 gig (**).
"This thumb size sd card is not the smallest. You will be impressed with microSD card, exactly about the size of my finger nail. I took a picture of it from my Canon. The one I have is only 2GB but it goes up to 8GB or may be 16GB now."
(*) Kanda is Thai but she now lives in the USA.
(**) Do you remember when a Tandy 5 meg disk drive was the size of a Remington typewriter1?
1 The Remington REALLY dates me.
Our Bangkok interior designer has submitted a plan for our dining room at The Athenee Residence. The table at the far right of the picture is for breakfast. The main dining table will seat eight people.
I have also shown a photograph of the dining room that I took in March.
Back to Bangkok. New reports will resume on Sunday.