HAUNTFEST 2009 - A Picture A Day Special

And now, the Hauntfest edition of A Picture A Day!
If you spot yourself in any of these pictures I'll be happy to send you a copy of your photo. Just ask. :-)
Also, if your picture isn't seen here, but was taken by "the SiMs guy" (that's me), it's available also... just ask.

2009 Fall Colors - A Picture A Day Special

This year's autumn was so beautiful I took a couple of special trips out just to try and catch the colors. A few photos here were reserved from my other sessions for inclusion in this cornucopia of color. Enjoy.


October "A Picture A Day"

Here it is, nearly December, and I've still not posted the October 2009 slideshow.
October was an month of abundant photographic opportunity. This slideshow is my standard release for the month. Two bonus slideshows feature my photos of "Fall Colors 2009" and my "Hauntfest" collection; a plethora of costumed characters from the Hauntfest on 5th Halloween street party in Dayton, Ohio's historic Oregon District. Collect them all!


Minor Banner Update

I haven't been blogging as I should lately, but I couldn't ignore the new Star Trek DVD any longer.

If you know me, you know I am fond of Star Trek. There was no question that I would pick up the DVD when it came out. I considered getting the blu-ray version, but I haven't a player yet, and if I did, my 26" CRT wouldn't do it justice anyway, so DVD it is.

I'd heard Wal-Mart would be selling the single disc version for about $10.00, so I went online to confirm the story. In the process I discovered a number of exclusives at different stores:

  • Amazon had a version with a small metallic Enterprise statue. Perhaps in a gift box.
  • Best Buy had a version with 4 Starfleet badges; command, science, engineer, medical.
  • Target had a model of the new Enterprise with the discs inside the saucer section!
By far, the best deal was the Target Enterprise. $26.99 for 2-disc SE DVD or $28.99 for  for 3-disc SE Blu-Ray, both with available digital copies of the film. Not only was that a fair price, but they unexpectedly knocked a couple of bucks off at the register! Sweet.

I watched it Tuesday night/Wednesday morning; watched the deleted scenes, gag reel, and featurettes on Wednesday night/Thursday morning; and I've just finished watching the movie with commentary. Friday night/Saturday morning I'll watch the deleted scenes with commentary, unless something else comes up.

There is no way to dislike this movie. I've been trying. The "red matter" bugs me, but it's not a fatal flaw. And some of the Star Wars inspired bits are too obvious for my taste, but they don't harm this movie.

So, to honor a job well done I've clumsily plopped my DVD Enterprise into my current banner. Thanks JJ Abrams. Hats off, kudos, and keep up the good work.


Team Void - Lucha Surf over Fifth Street

L to R: X/drums, Cruzado/guitar, 'The Mother'/event tech, Infinity/bass, El Muerto/guitar