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Month: April 2016

The Panasonic Lumix – A Wonderfully Affordable Waterproof Camera

UPDATE on my Panasonic Lumix Waterproof Camera: Just an update to let you know that after sitting on my camera shelf for quite some time, the Panasonic Lumix is still one of my favorite cameras.  We took it to the pool for the first time this summer season and had lots of fun with it.  Now…I know the fun will wear off with my kids and they’ll get tired of doing underwater tricks for me, but I have lots of friends with kids who I’m sure will pose for me! I messed around with some Advanced Underwater Settings this time....

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San Diego Zoo – Painting Snake Cages??!! Is That Really A Job??

Okay…so I’ll just tell you first off, that the San Diego Zoo is an amazing place.  I will be blogging about it soon, but before I get to the zoo and how amazing it is, I just had to put out a short post about the most insane job that I had never seen in action before…PAINTING SNAKE CAGES while the snake is still in the cage!  Now there are lots of jobs out there that I would never want to do because I’m a big chicken and have some serious fears.  I am deathly afraid of heights, so...

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Time for Kids and Some Great Inventions…

One of the many things I enjoyed about teaching 4th graders was all the fun and exciting things I got to read with them.  One of my favorites was our Time for Kids magazine.  It was a small magazine about current events and news stories geared towards children with a few puzzles and questions to solve in each issue.  I was so excited when my son told me that the 3rd graders at his school would be getting Time for Kids just like my class did back when I was teaching.  I love the Thursdays when one of his TFKs comes...

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Review of The Eye of Minds: A Book by James Dashner

So here it is.  My review of The Eye of Minds by James Dashner… The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and the more hacking skills you have, the more fun it is. Why bother following the rules when it’s so easy to break them? But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And one gamer has been doing exactly that, with murderous results. The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker. And they’ve been watching Michael. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to...

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Under the Lights…A Tough Shot for this Beginner

Taking  pictures “under the lights” at night at my son’s baseball game was a difficult task to say the least…  However, I was able to get some pretty good pictures (I think)!  I really had to adjust my thinking though – I had become so spoiled shooting my children’s games during the day with so much light that I was able to shoot in Aperture Priority (Av) mode and still freeze the action of him sliding, swinging, and running in baseball, and Morgan kicking and chasing the soccer ball.  I knew this would be much harder for a night-time game...

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