Category Archives: New Gear

It’s Only Money

Don’t knock these things over what ever you do!
Right now you can get these for just under 50K! Yeah, you read that right. Not only that but they come with free shipping. Check out the reviews!
Or you could look for other speakers that probably cost less than your car.

Sorry, the house is not included.

Ruminations on Speakers

My wife and I always had this disagreement about speakers in our home. She greatly preferred very small speakers that could be hidden out of the sight. Myself, on the other hand prefer larger speakers. I like speakers that sound like there is a sub-woofer in each one.

When I happen to find myself in a thrift store, as I often do, I usually checkout the electronics on the off chance there is something there besides old VCRs. There is almost always a big pair of floor standing speakers sitter there. I suppose they are not so popular anymore but I have a soft spot for them. They are of a time when you were justified in placing this wood, paper and metal monolith dedicated to stereophonic sound in a prominent position of honor in your living room. Big floor standing speakers say, “ Yes, my music is important and if a speaker blocks Aunt Debbie’s portrait, the window, or the door to the kitchen then so be it.

I have to admit though, these days, with modern advancements small speakers can sound really good. Like anything, you get what you pay for but if you’re will to spend a little you can get really good sound from a small package.

There are also some really crazy speaker designs out there now. This one has a floating orb! I need that one, just for the conversation starting potential if nothing else.

Instant Again

With modern digital photography we’re spoiled. You can basically take as many pictures as you want and it doesn’t cost you anything. You can delete the bad ones and take them over again because you can see what they look like right away.

It wasn’t always like that. You used to have to buy film and you usually only got 24 or 36 pictures on a roll. Then, on top of buying the film you also had to get it developed. That cost money and time. So the whole process was expensive and time consuming and, in the end, you might not even like the pictures. Your cousin might have had his eyes closed!

That all changed with digital photography. By comparison digital photography was cheap and easy.

Back in the days of film and Fotomat there was another option. There was the classic Polaroid camera. This was a camera that took it’s picture on special film so after you clicked to snap a picture the photo would pop out of the camera. All you had to do was wait a few minutes will the image slowly appeared. It was great and everyone wanted to keep the pictures.

Like many things the instant camera is making a comeback. Fujifilm has a little instant camera that is popular with teens now for the same reason the Polaroid instant camera was loved. You get a tangible picture right away and there is something special about having an actual picture in your hand, not just an image on a phone.


Being a stand alone device makes the act of taking a picture a bit more special, not just another function of a smart phone and getting a tangible memento of an experience counts for a lot.