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Forum: General Talk 06-12-2022, 09:20 AM  
Nostalgia from your childhood - a camera, a computer, a toy ?
Posted By Michael Piziak
Replies: 33
Views: 806
Quite interesting and a coincidence, my college dormitory had a recreation room that had a foosball table game. I got pretty good at it!

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Kewl, just watched these 11 "tricks" to do with one:
















You Tube



Forum: General Talk 06-10-2022, 05:01 PM  
Nostalgia from your childhood - a camera, a computer, a toy ?
Posted By Michael Piziak
Replies: 33
Views: 806
Enjoy reading all of these!
Thought I'd add some childhood toys:

Hot Wheels & Matchbox cars of course!
Star Wars action figures - have still thought about buying some more off of the auction site!
Tonka Toys/trucks
Mattel Electronics hand held basketball, hockey, and football games
Atari 2600 replaced later by Intellivision

Oh, and for any nostalgic 8 bit computer users that liked the computer magazine called "Compute!", here are the magazines in pdf form - quite a find!
Compute! Magazine Archive : Free Texts : Free Download, Borrow and Streaming : Internet Archive
Forum: General Talk 06-08-2022, 07:34 PM  
Nostalgia from your childhood - a camera, a computer, a toy ?
Posted By Michael Piziak
Replies: 33
Views: 806
Mad do remember the electric football game!
I wonder if a kid every truly made a successful forward pass! LOL!

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I think Bill Belichick obtains some of his key plays, each year, from that thing!
Forum: General Talk 06-08-2022, 11:26 AM  
Nostalgia from your childhood - a camera, a computer, a toy ?
Posted By Michael Piziak
Replies: 33
Views: 806
I have read all of your replies and find it very cool to read what you guys/gals had as children and the memorable stories about them!
I'm actually a bit surprised that no cameras/stories were posted - smiles!

Keep em coming!

Besides the Apple 2 computer, I would like to add the electric Tyco racing car set. Days after Christmas, my Uncle made it around and brought me one. It was one of my favorite memories to this day. I have browsed the auction site and almost pulled the trigger, a few times, on buying another one. The company still makes them new, and they are quite expensive new now a days...
Forum: General Talk 06-07-2022, 05:24 PM  
Nostalgia from your childhood - a camera, a computer, a toy ?
Posted By Michael Piziak
Replies: 33
Views: 806
This is the first I've heard of the Bosson heads. I did a quick Google and I think they are made in northern U.K. (?)
They are very realistic looking and I can see how they can be quite collectible. I do wander how much $ some of them auction for...
Forum: General Talk 06-07-2022, 04:46 PM  
Nostalgia from your childhood - a camera, a computer, a toy ?
Posted By Michael Piziak
Replies: 33
Views: 806
Thanks for the reply &

Amazing at what starts off as a fun hobby in our youth can turn into a career !
Forum: General Talk 06-06-2022, 10:36 PM  
Nostalgia from your childhood - a camera, a computer, a toy ?
Posted By Michael Piziak
Replies: 33
Views: 806
I'd like to read about an item that takes you back to your childhood or early adulthood.

Be it a camera, a computer, a toy, what have you... I know many of you, on this forum, are taken back to a camera. Perhaps that certain film camera that you found yourself seeking out and buying as an adult - to nostalgically take you back...

For me it's computers. Born in 1971, my first experience with a computer was at my elementary school. I was in fourth grade. Strategically placed in the cafeteria was a single shiny new Apple II. Two of us were allowed to leave class at a time, to spend an hour at the computer. Most of what we did was plot pictures on large blocked graph paper and then “program” or “plot” the drawing on the computer – saving the image to disk that we could load back in at a later time. If we had not finished our picture, we could magically load the unfinished pic back into the computers memory, on a 5 & inch disk, and complete the image the next day. I don’t use the word “magically” lightly, as the process truly was magical to me.


I had to have a computer. My mother was a school teacher. We were not rich, but we were not poor. But we were not rich enough to afford an Apple 2 –the first Apple 2 cost around $1,300 at the time (completely out of the question). I knew nothing of what was a good computer and what was a bad one. When I showed mom an advertisement for a $99 Timex Sinclair 1000 computer, complete with it’s flat plastic keyboard,then off to Montgomery Ward we went. Turned out the computer, with its tape drive, still in my opinion, was the worst home computer ever released to the market. The next day we took it back and traded up to a Commodore VIC-20. It was no Apple 2, that I quickly learned when I found it impossible to learn how to program/plot images on the screen. However, I could type in programs, from computer magazines,and some times they would work and the tape drive worked about half the time also – a big improvement over the Timex Sinclair.


To make a long story short, my next computer was an Atari 800xl, probably a Christmas present, and I even had a floppy disk drive this time – taking the same size disks as the Apple 2. Later even adding a 2nddisk drive, which was invaluable at pirating games (copying from one disk to another). Goodness knows how many of those disks I owned(boxes and boxes of them that had 99% games). Later, I would sell it and get a Commodore 64, as it had many many more games available for it. However, I quickly learned that the Commodores disk operating system was far inferior to the Atari’s – not only was it much slower, but it was much less reliable.

Which brings me to the conclusion of my story. I’ve been surfing the auction site,looking to buy an 8 bit computer system – to take me back down that nostalgic road of my childhood. One thing is for sure, the prices of the 8 bit computer systems now fetch a premium, for what they technologically are. I dismissed a Commodore system. I looked long and hard at the Atari systems. I’ve actually decided to go full circle and get the first computer I had ever been exposed to – the Apple 2. First I thought about getting the original Apple II, but after reading up on several of the models, I’ve decided to get an Apple 2c. It’s the one that had a 5 inch disk drive (unlike the2c plus that has a 3 inch drive.). I have my other reasons, but that’s not the point of this post. I kinda want the Apple 2 because it’s what I always wanted as a kid, but couldn't afford at the time. I want to plot some pictures with it and explore some other things on it. And now, I can finally afford one.

I’d love to read about anything nostalgic, be it a camera, a toy, or whatever, that you have bought, or pondered buying, to take you back down that nostalgic road.


Regards,

Michael
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-04-2022, 08:55 PM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By Michael Piziak
Replies: 60,685
Views: 2,865,942
What better way to follow your superb Lunar Eclipse than with a photo of


M

Moon

10893004266_dc282a44cc_o by Michael Piziak, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-04-2022, 08:51 PM  
k3iii price drop
Posted By Michael Piziak
Replies: 14
Views: 1,133
On my facebook stream, that has a couple Pentax groups in it, I seen just now that someone posted about how the k3iii has experienced a major price drop (and asked what's wrong with the camera)....

So I checked Amzon, and indeed a new one is selling for


$1,696.95




Comments please...
Forum: General Photography 06-02-2022, 09:37 PM  
Pentax History - Official Timeline
Posted By Michael Piziak
Replies: 3
Views: 464
For those that like timelines, here's one of the history of Pentax on their official webpage:


https://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/pentax/pentaxhistory/course/
Forum: General Talk 06-02-2022, 01:13 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Michael Piziak
Replies: 25,489
Views: 1,926,742
wow, that really is a good deal for a 645D

!
Forum: General Talk 06-02-2022, 01:07 PM  
Amazon customers can't purchase books on Kindle App for Android Anymore
Posted By Michael Piziak
Replies: 3
Views: 292
Apparently, Google gets a cut from sales in its "Play Store." Somehow, this decision assures Google will continue to get it's $ though it's billing system.


That's just my understanding of what I've read - I may have it all wrong. But I don't care about Google guaranteeing it gets paid. What I care about is that Google/Android seems as if they are starting to exert their power over their Play Store, or the way users get programs/apps, much like how Apple has controlled the content of what is and what is not available in their Apple Store - the way Apple iOS users get programs/apps.

Being a Linux user, one would think I like Google since their Android OS and Chrome OS are based on LInux. But I don't. Many of Google's apps for Android are closed source: It's been described as how Google keeps its iron grip on the open source Android OS. Quite frankly, I despise Google for many reasons and them controlling what is available in their Android Store is just another reason to add to the list. The company's main method here is to bring more and more apps under the closed source "Google" umbrella.

With a home computer, one has several options on how to obtain a program. In LInux, right off the top of my head, I can list 3 different ways to obtain programs/apps - which are snaps, flatpaks, or download a .deb file.

Maybe I'm wrong, but it appears that with Apple and Google's Android, there is one way on both to get an app/program, and that is to obtain it through their "Store"


And some food for thought:


Google's Iron Grip on Android: Controlling Open Source by any Means Necessary

source: Google?s iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary | Ars Technica
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-01-2022, 11:24 PM  
Pentax Club House to open in Yotsuya, Tokyo
Posted By Michael Piziak
Replies: 126
Views: 8,179
This is very very cool!
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-01-2022, 11:18 PM  
K-3 III fixed screen
Posted By Michael Piziak
Replies: 252
Views: 10,477
My first 2 Pentax dslr's didn't have an articulating screen. But once I bought a Pentax dslr that had one, then I realized what an important feature it was (to me).

My first love in photography is macro photography and the articulating screen proved invaluable. I'm getting more and more into street photography, and I really like being able to take a photo with the camera at waist height - the articulating screen again invaluable.


Personally, I will never get a k3iii because of this. It's just *that* of an important feature to me.
Forum: General Talk 05-30-2022, 04:59 PM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By Michael Piziak
Replies: 4,959
Views: 429,302
Forum: General Talk 05-29-2022, 03:54 PM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By Michael Piziak
Replies: 4,959
Views: 429,302
Forum: General Talk 05-17-2022, 12:37 PM  
Green & Red peppers, eh?
Posted By Michael Piziak
Replies: 5
Views: 403
So I buy this 2 pack of frozen French Bread Deluxe Pizzas which has green and red peppers.

Green & Red Peppers - Really?

IMGP0829 by Michael Piziak, on Flickr
Forum: General Talk 05-09-2022, 08:55 PM  
The Joke Thread
Posted By Michael Piziak
Replies: 4,959
Views: 429,302
Stole this image from a facebook group. by Tony DeLuca. Credit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/155414957979206/user/100000165278639/


Forum: General Talk 05-06-2022, 02:29 AM  
Whoes face do these eyes belong to?
Posted By Michael Piziak
Replies: 29
Views: 869
So, the very first shot in my link, you didn't see the players on the bench celebrating? And each score after that the same (?)....

I would agree the players on the court celebrate less, but they have a task to concentrate on....


Rather than continue beating a dead horse, I think we can both agree that it really comes down to historical and cultural differences. You'll never convince Americans that their football is fake football and Americans will never convince Europeans that their football is one of the most boring sport on the face of the planet

I never watched a game of cricket, but I just watched some on youtube. I like that sport. I think it takes some great skill as to how the players throw the tiny ball and hit the sticks) to get someone out.... It also takes some skill to hit that high velocity little ball off of a bounce. It's an exciting game...
Forum: General Talk 05-06-2022, 02:22 AM  
Whoes face do these eyes belong to?
Posted By Michael Piziak
Replies: 29
Views: 869
So, the very first shot in my link, you didn't see the players on the bench celebrating? And each score after that the same (?)....

I would agree the players on the court celebrate less, but they have a task to concentrate on.... But as the game gets closer and closer to the end, you'll see the players on the court celebrate more and more...
Forum: General Talk 05-05-2022, 05:10 PM  
Whoes face do these eyes belong to?
Posted By Michael Piziak
Replies: 29
Views: 869
The only relationship to Big Bird is that they are both tall.

Basketball scoring is probably not celebrated in Europe, where the game isn't appreciated like it is in the U.S. Watch any college basketball game, particularly 1-A schools playing each other, and you'll quickly see how each goal is celebrated. I went to youtube and typed in "college basketball game" and clicked on the first game that came up. So I didn't pre-select an "exciting" game. Then I randomly clicked on a place in the video (turned out to be 46 minutes in and 15 seconds). The first basket scored after that occurs at 46 minutes and 51 seconds. So go to that random basket and tell me that people don't cheer or celebrate baskets - click the play button below and it should take you to the exact basket I tried to randomly select:


https://youtu.be/xdO0BVm0BzU?t=2810

Watch the next 5 scores, or more, after that randomly selected score above & you'll be hard pressed to find a score that isn't celebrated.



I can understand where scored points in European basketball may not get celebration(s). In America, there is great excitement for basketball games between the 350 plus basketball participating colleges and universities. Student attendance at the games helps with the heated excitement and rivalries between participating schools.


Likewise, professional soccer in America doesn't garner much attendance, excitement, or cheering. It's just a cultural difference between countries over the pond from each other....
Forum: General Talk 05-04-2022, 10:18 PM  
Whoes face do these eyes belong to?
Posted By Michael Piziak
Replies: 29
Views: 869
My post was tongue in cheek also. I hope it didn't come across as hateful.

It's simply a culture difference. No one, from either culture (America vs. European country of your choosing that has soccer), no one from either side is going to convince the other that their sport is stupid and sucks and "our sport(s)" is the best. big smiles!

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Well, I really like NHL hockey. I guess it's kinda like soccer on ice. They have off sides too. And to be quite frank, I wouldn't mind seeing them drop off sides in hockey also.... I don't a lot about the rules in hockey though, but seems like off sides in hockey is a lot different than off sides in soccer (?) Also, there isn't any stoppage time in hockey.
Forum: General Talk 05-04-2022, 09:35 PM  
Whoes face do these eyes belong to?
Posted By Michael Piziak
Replies: 29
Views: 869
ok, you knocked our sports, so I'll return the favor - in all good fun...



We don't particularly like soccer in America, either. It's for the most part, to us, a boring game to watch. A ninety minute game in which barely any points get scored.


Also, what's the deal with "off sides?" Apparently, when the attacking player beats the defender to the goal & scores (by crossing a line), he can be called off sides as he got there too soon. In most sports, when you beat your defender, it's the defenders fault that you beat him and scored on him. With such a low scoring game as soccer, they need to get rid of that rule. It's should never be an offensive players fault that he beat defenders to the goal and scored on them.


And what's the deal with stoppage time? In any other game, you just stop the clock when nothings going on (like when a ball goes out of bounds, stop the clock - then you start the clock again when the ball is put back in play). Then, when time apparently runs out on the clock, everyone seems to guess how much stoppage time the referees will put on the clock - the announcers even sit there talking about and guessing how much stoppage time will be added back. Then, they can't even put time on a clock and count it down to zero - the referee again decides when to blow the whistle when the game is apparently over. Kind of kills any anticipation of a player scoring a last second point to win the game at the buzzer - many of the most exciting games I've watched in any sports is when a player scores a last second point, right before the buzzer sounds.



Here's a short video of Larry Bird's great plays. Post us one of your soccer players great plays and we'll compare.
















You Tube



Forum: General Talk 05-03-2022, 09:54 AM  
Whoes face do these eyes belong to?
Posted By Michael Piziak
Replies: 29
Views: 869
Here's the photo that will give it away:
Screenshot from 2022-04-29 23-33-18 by Michael Piziak, on Flickr

Like I said, the flash went off and gave him this crazy look . lol
Forum: General Talk 05-03-2022, 09:51 AM  
One thousand year old Oak Tree in England. Hollow, it once dined up to 20 people ins
Posted By Michael Piziak
Replies: 13
Views: 584
Thanks, I enjoyed reading about it
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