Wednesday, December 23, 2009

NASA Orders D3S Digital SLR Cameras and Interchangeable Lenses from Nikon

From the Nikon web site:
Nikon Corporation (Michio Kariya, President) is pleased to announce that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has placed an order for eleven D3S digital SLR cameras and seven AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lenses to be used for photographic documentation.
Nikon D3S
AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED

The D3S digital SLR cameras and AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lenses ordered by NASA will be carried on the Space Shuttle and used to photograph activities at the International Space Station (ISS) in the future.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Feist Counts to 4 on Sesame Street

When Feist did the Apple iPod Nano Commercial (original below) I like the ad so much I made it my ring tone. Here she counts to 4 with the the Muppets.

Here is the original iPod ad.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Photographic Lighting iPhone app

Here's a lighting diagram app for your iPhone and it free. Give it a try. It's great for explaining a new lighting setup or keep a record of one you did.

Here is the LINK to the iPhone app in iTunes.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Deinna's New Glass project

Deinna just finished this "Sunburst" stained glass piece
for a beautiful home located high on a hilltop, here in Jamul.

Two views from the living room.

View from the second floor balcony.

Deinna and homeowner admire the finished window.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Cattleman's Pit BBQ, Jamul CA

We stopped for lunch today at the new Cattleman's Pit BBQ here in Jamul CA to "give it a try".  We met the owner, Gabriel - a nice young man with a pleasant personality.  We spoke for a while and learned he bought his smoker in Beaumont, Texas.  He takes pride in his barbecue sauce, which he should.  It's quite tasty!  He's only been open a few months. 

Deinna and I were pleasantly surprised with the great sandwich we had for our lunch.  We had the BBQ Pork Combo.  This included the pork sandwich smothered in barbecue sauce, a generous portion of cold slaw, baked beans and a soda for $9.00.  We added an appetizer of onion rings, couldn't resist, for $4.00.  We highly recommend you stop in and give Jamul's newest eatery some support.  Maybe you'll like it too!  And maybe we'll see you there.

Here's  a link to their web SITE HERE  or the MENU HERE

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Veterans Day Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery

On this day, we pause to remember the veterans who have proudly served this country. Visiting the 77 plus acres at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, Ca., one is overwhelmed by the sheer number of graves. Many Fort Rosecrans interments date to the early years of the California Territory, including the remains of the casualties of the Battle of San Pasqual. In the Battle of San Pasqual, 19 of Kearney’s men and an untold number of Californios lost their lives. Initially, the dead were buried where they fell, but by 1874 the remains had been removed to the San Diego Military Reservation. Eight years later, the bodies were again reinterred at what is now Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

Number of Interments Thru Fiscal Year 2008: 96,626.

Of the 96,000+ interments, many spouses and minor children are among the buried.  Requirements for interment in a national cemetery can be found at this LINK.



Saturday, October 31, 2009

Harvest Festival Craft Show at Del Mar

Deinna and I attended the Harvest Festival Craft Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on October 24 with our friends Jim and Pat Ray.

We ran it to this character going between the buildings.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Alley Cats

The other day we found the "Alley Cats" alley in El Cajon Ca. Located 1/2 block north of Main Street (the first alley)

The alley is decorated with, well, Cats!  Fat cats and silly cats.  Scardy cats and even some rats.  Singing cats and wild cats.  Cats at work and sexy cats.  Just about any old cat you can think of. 

 Just lots of cats!!

The paintings cover most of the walls, fences, trash bins, electric boxes, over some doors, and any other available space that suits the artists vision.



The alley is between the El Cajon courthouse and Magnolia street, behind Por Favor Mexican Restaurant whose entrance is on Main Street.  On the other side of the alley is the Art Museum of Olaf Weighorst.  Mostly wild west, some American Indian paintings - each painting has at least one horse.  El Cajon has some pretty cool stuff in little corners, if you look hard enough. 


All photos taken with my iPhone.


Answers to the common questions:
  1. from 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch
  2. No, not really
  3. 45 minutes to an hour
  4. about 24
For the questions to the above answers, just keep reading.

Acupuncture is complex branch of ancient Chinese medicine, but its practical principles and methods are easily understood: fourteen major energy channels, called meridians, course through the human body, and Chi (pronounced chee) circulates via the meridians to all parts of the body. Chi is the vital force, the presence which separates the living from the dead. Its balanced, unimpeded flow, or balance, is critical to sound health.  Any misdirection, blockage or derangement of flow, or balance of Chi, may result in pain, dysfunction, and ill health. Through acupuncture needles, or other means, the acupuncturist stimulates certain points along the course of the meridians. This helps restore the normal balance and flow of Chi and sets the stage for the body to repair itself and maintain its own health. Do you have to believe in it for it to work?  My first acupuncturist told me "no, we also treat horses"!

Lisajeanne, at the Balance Center, begins my treatment with new, one-time use needles. Since the middle 1990's it is the law that only disposable needles may be used

The needles are inserted into a clear plastic tube and with a very controlled TAP, the needle is inserted into the correct meridian. Then the depth is adjusted.
Question #1
How deep are the needles inserted?

Question #2 Do they hurt?

Question #3
How long do they stay in?
Question #4
How many do they use? So, here I am as the final needle is inserted.  Now, she dims the lights, and with beautiful meditative music in the background, and I just lay back and relax, usually take a short nap.  The needles are telling my body to shape up and fly right.  I hope my body is listening. 
If you're in the San Diego area and are needing a tune-up, or have the urge to be a pin cushion, give Lisajeanne a call at:

The Balance Center
251 E Main Street
El Cajon Ca 92020
Phone (619) 440-4333
Lisajeanne Potyk L.Ac.

Photos by Deinna Adzima