Casey Goes Into Boat Sales

Again, the blogging community stands in wait for The Bison to post something new on his blog. “Casey is usually a rock” says drinking buddy Zach. “But he’s not posted any updates in several days, and frankly I’m starting to wonder what has happened to him.”

Last time The Bison went missing and failed to post updates to his blog, friends and well wishers began to worry that he had been involved in some kind of disaster or car acciden.

This time, however, we have evidence indicating that he has given up entirely on blogging and gone into boat sales. “We’ve seen him selling boats, and we are baffled” says fanboy Matt Batchelder. “While his content is far from compelling, we take comfort in reading his silly antics every morning… It’s just not the same when he’s trying to sell you a boat.”

Here at SpiralBound, we wish Casey all the best in his new endevours, but we must say that he will be missed as a fixture of the blogging community.

Why I Chose the Olympus C7000

For the past year or so, I have been using a Pentax Optio “S” series digital camera. For the most part, I have been quite happy with it, and while 4 megapixel is considered a bit on the low side by modern standards, I really had no intention of upgrading it because I liked it’s small size, and the photos were generally quite good.

That is, until I had the chance to play with an Olympus C7000. While my complaints about the Optio were few, I had always wished that it did a better job of focusing in macro mode. I had tested other cameras for close focus, and had found none that would do a better job than mine, so I just assumed it was a limitation of the electronics, and accepted it. When I tested the C7000, however, I was amazed at how well it pulled focus in macro mode. Indeed, given decent lighting, it could focus nearly right on the glass, and the focus was amazingly fast.

The other thing about the C7000 that had me running to check my ATM balance was just how little shutter lag it had. Having gotten used to a fairly long delay with the Optio, the Olympus had me feeling like I was shooting film again. My arguments with Casey about how my Pentax was “just fine” were quickly falling apart. I loved the Olympus. I wanted it, but I could not swing the $500 bucks, so I just kept on wanting it but shooting with my Pentax.

That is, however, until Casey bought one. He was with me when I tested it, and apparently he was pretty impressed with it as well. He was not impressed enough though, and in short order offered me a great deal on it, so he could turn around and buy an Olympus C8080. I handed him the cash and never looked back.

It is great in most light situations, and I continue to be impressed with the minimal shutter lag and amazing close focus. I’m not really sure that I need all seven megapixels though. I rarely need to do much cropping, but I’m sure I’ll be glad to have them when I do. The only thing I’m wishing for now is a bigger XD card.

This Car Climbed Hubbert Peak Bumper Sticker

I’ve been waiting for Casey over at Maison Bisson to finally release his new “This Car Climbed Hubbert Peak” bumper sticker, and he finally has.

Casey Says:

This is probably the perfect bumper sticker for your neighbor’s SUV, at least until your neighbor comes over with the perfect chainsaw for your front door (yeah, try to run from that in Birkenstocks). But seriously, shouldn’t somebody tell these people that the world is running out of oil?

Personally, I think his artwork is great, and I while I doubt many of our gas guzzling fellow Americans will get it, Hubbert Peak is something we should all be thinking about. We are running out of oil, at an alarming rate and we will either have to find alternatives fast, or suffer the consequences.

Rainy Day Stupid Museum Tours

Back in September, Casey, Will and I were getting pretty tired of all the rainy days this summer, so we decided to entertain ourselves by touring the strangest museums Massachusetts has to offer. Our first stop was the Plastics Museum in Leominster, where we learned all about the history of plastic, and explored the how plastics can be used. Will even rolled up his sleeves and built a fort out of plastic logs.

Next we made our way to the Museum of Bad Art in Dedham. It was a little hard to find, since it’s in the basement of the town community theater, but once we found the building, getting to the museum was just a matter of following the signs to the bathroom. You’ll know you’re there when you you’re in a 15′ by 30′ room with one, flickering fluorescent light, some really bad art, and the ugliest rug you’ve ever seen

The Plastics Museum

The Museum of Bad Art (MOBA)