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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-17-2020, 01:25 PM  
Poll: A simple poll
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 86
Views: 2,701
I started with a Polaroid instant. Would occasionally get to use my mom's 35mm point and shoot until I eventually got my own. (Used my sister's 110 camera a time or two.) Went through several 35mm point and shoot cameras. Then I had a couple of point and shoot digital cameras. Then I just used my phone for a long while. And in the span of about a year, I've gotten my K-7 last November and K-5iis this November.

But I always liked my uncle's SLR and wanted one since I was about 12. Found more people with them as a kid and was always fascinated and occasionally got to fiddle with one. Oddly enough, when talking to him last Christmas, I found out something pretty neat. That SLR that I liked all those years ago? It's a Pentax K1000. He still has it, but hasn't used it in years. His daughter (my goddaughter) went Nikon but he has it in case she ever wants it. I really need to talk to him about at least maybe borrowing some of his old glass...
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-17-2020, 01:05 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 84,268
Views: 3,387,464
Pretty much what I use it for as well. Occasionally might use it on one end of a rope when tying around something, but usually end up going for a half hitch so I can tension the rope from both ends. Think I did use a bowline around the tire for the tire swing.
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-17-2020, 12:46 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 84,268
Views: 3,387,464
To be honest, I'd like to be even more nowhere than I am, but I don't think the wife would like that. I might compromise and try my hand at building a cabin on the edge of the property with a deck to look down into the woods below. Might cheat and run power from the house to it. But it's a pipe dream that will be years before I get to it, if I ever do. (Still hoping I hit the jackpot on one of the random lottery tickets I buy so I can speed up some of these pipe dreams... lol)
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-17-2020, 12:41 PM  
Pentax KP Giveaway - Enter here once per day until December 26th!
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 1,644
Views: 27,269
I've completely forgotten to post almost anything all month as I've been rather busy and just tired when I get home. So, let me say hello and welcome to my first entry, now that the contest is almost over. lol
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-17-2020, 12:34 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 84,268
Views: 3,387,464
I must just be on the edge of nowhere then. Think I recall seeing a couple of Starbucks around and there is a sign for a Harley dealer at the bottom of the mountain.
Forum: General Talk 12-17-2020, 12:31 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 21,653
Views: 1,561,881
Many years ago, I picked up both my skis and boots plus a snowboard with step-in bindings and the boots to match at a local ski club here had a swap meet. I haven't been skiing or snowboarding since before kids, so it's getting close to 20 years now. I thought about going out again, but unless someone else is going to buy my lift ticket, I think I'll have to pass for now. My dad's been getting a season pass for the past several years as it costs I think less than a single lift ticket, or it might be 2, for him as he gets the "Super Senior" discount since he's over 70. He still makes it out a half dozen or so times a year. He's actually going either tomorrow morning or afternoon.

While I have done cross-country skiing a time or two in the past, and didn't really like it overly much, I think I'd rather enjoy a pair of backcountry skis. Being able to easily switch from cross-country to downhill to uphill to whatever seems like it'd be rather enjoyable. Especially if I can find/make some nice trails through the woods out back. (All the ATV trails should be good for something right?)
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-17-2020, 12:15 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 84,268
Views: 3,387,464
That's essentially the fisherman's knot I tie. I wonder if that's how I actually tie it or if I'm just thinking in my head that I tie it slightly different than that. I don't have any cord handy on me right now to actually tie it and see if I'm doing it right or wrong.

That method of tying a bowline does look a heck of a lot easier and faster. I'll have to try and teach my youngest that way when he gets to the point where he needs to learn to tie a bowline for Scouts.
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-17-2020, 10:40 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 84,268
Views: 3,387,464
This reminds me of a story about my mother. She was a substitute teacher for many, many years. The district I now work in was set up a bit differently back then, but she was called late to come and cover a class at the high school. Because of the drive, she said she wouldn't be able to make it there on time and would be a little late. They said that's fine as long as she can come in as soon as possible. She got there right at the end of the pledge to hear someone throw a handful of BBs at the blackboard and the assistant principal making a hasty exit from the room as he was covering until my mom could get there. She told them, that the only way she was going to be able to do this was if they came down hard on the first person that she sent to the office.
One of the guys in the back of the class started doing Old MacDonald in a singsong voice in the back. She asked him to stop several times and then sent him to the office. He came back with something like 5 days of detention or suspension, I forget. Word spread through the students like fire and she never had another problem. After she was there for a while, the students realized she's more than willing to have fun and everything as long as they were respectful and whatnot and didn't get too carried away and could stay on task when they needed to. She ended up being one of their favorite subs and was one of the only people that would come in to cover that one particular class because no one else could handle them.

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Sorry about replying to posts from a few days ago, but I've been busy and not on the forums (what am I thinking?! there's a giveaway going on. lol) and am trying to catch up. I wonder if this includes the fisherman's knot, which is essentially 2 square knots that are sort of tied as slip knots so that the two knots end up holding against each other and IIRC is supposed to be stronger than a simple square knot. (It's one I learned back when I was a Scout and what I tend to always use to join 2 ropes together.)

I'm not sure which I learned first, the fisherman's knot or a noose. I learned both in the BSA, courtesy of some older Scouts.

Sadly, due to the lack of knot tying that I tend to have, I've forgotten many of the knots I used to know. Oddly, despite almost never making one, I can do a bowline just fine thanks to that little bunny that hops up out of its hole to run around the tree and back down into his hole...
Forum: General Talk 12-17-2020, 10:24 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 21,653
Views: 1,561,881
Does acquiring more Christmas lights on my dash count?
Sadly, my scanner can't read these errors as they're not engine codes, though I know what is happening and the most likely cause of it. Not sure if it's just a "happy" coincidence that this happened right after getting an alignment done or if they somehow broke a wire or something, but I'm guessing one of my front wheel sensors went kaput. Can hear it trying to engage traction control or ABS after first starting the car until it goes and disables both and gives me the "Service StabiliTrak" error on the display. I wouldn't mind that so much if it didn't also disable my AWD, which with the recent snow, is rather nice to have. But seeing this is my first vehicle that has AWD instead of just front wheel drive, I don't think it's too big a deal.
Forum: General Talk 12-17-2020, 10:03 AM  
What book on your table now
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 698
Views: 42,211
I've almost finished Tin Cans and Greyhounds by Clint Johnson. One of the places on my bucket list to visit is Baton Rouge where they have a Fletcher class destroyer in WWII configuration, which is what my grandfather would have served aboard. (He was on the USS Albert W. Grant @ Layte Gulf, among other places.)


Forum: General Talk 12-04-2020, 10:30 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 21,653
Views: 1,561,881
My latest acquisition is 4 new tires as an early Christmas present from my parents. Still needs an alignment, but the shop can't get to that until next week. So hopefully Tuesday or Wednesday I can get that taken care of.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-04-2020, 09:43 AM  
People Marina is moving away...
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 93
Views: 13,562
Another stunning shot. Always good for us when you get to visit and take some photos.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-04-2020, 09:25 AM  
Get ready for a November giveaway & December lens tournament!
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 187
Views: 8,187
This was a lot of fun this month. Congrats to the winners! :)
Forum: General Talk 12-01-2020, 06:49 AM  
What book on your table now
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 698
Views: 42,211
It's an excellent book. I would like to re-read it again, but I'm not sure where my copy is currently.



While all books turned into films are different from the book, this one is practically a completely different story. It's also one of my favorite Miyazaki films.



You won't be disappointed. It gets fairly regular watching in the house here, as do most Studio Ghibli films.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 11-30-2020, 12:23 PM  
Pentax K-70 Giveaway - November - Enter here once per day!
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 2,136
Views: 47,394
One last time. Think I made it 29 times out of the 30.
Forum: General Photography 11-30-2020, 12:23 PM  
What is a hybrid camera?
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 25
Views: 1,109
I thought of that, but figured they'd have to sacrifice AF to do a diesel swap.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-30-2020, 12:20 PM  
Machinery Miss Pick Up Afloat
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 20
Views: 604
Catalinas are such cool planes. Always have liked flying boats and planes with floats. Excellent shot of the old bird. :)
Forum: General Photography 11-30-2020, 12:14 PM  
What is a hybrid camera?
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 25
Views: 1,109
I thought maybe they put a gas engine in it to up the fps...
Forum: General Talk 11-30-2020, 12:09 PM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 7,490
Views: 557,910
Already fixed. I don't know why when I post youtube links it messes up most of the time.
Forum: General Talk 11-30-2020, 12:06 PM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 7,490
Views: 557,910















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Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 11-28-2020, 09:01 PM  
Pentax K-70 Giveaway - November - Enter here once per day!
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 2,136
Views: 47,394
Oops, I think I missed a day. Oh well. Back again now.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-28-2020, 09:01 PM  
Landscape Sunset fire in the neighborhood
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 18
Views: 452
Gorgeous shot! Love the shape of the clouds.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-28-2020, 08:58 PM  
People Autumn divine
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 14
Views: 426
Beautiful model and lovely shot.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-28-2020, 08:55 PM  
Black & White Old Building Exploring, Wall full of Ceramic Doll Molds
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 17
Views: 431
So, did you figure out which of the molds created haunted dolls? None of the molds followed you home did they? Hehe (While most dolls and such don't bother me, some really are just kind of creepy.)
Forum: General Talk 11-28-2020, 08:35 PM  
Happy Thanksgiving!
Posted By Gorgarath
Replies: 8
Views: 392
Belated thank you and happy Thanksgiving to everyone else as well. (Still have at least one more day of Thanksgiving left here until the leftovers are gone. Hehe)
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