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Wednesday, May 09, 2021

the flicker
Stick with this blogging thing, and eventually people send you things.

Like a Nikon D80 digital camera. I received it as part of Nikon’s “Picture This” initiative, an attempt at promoting ground-level enthusiasm for this line of cameras via blogs, social media and other non-traditional online media.

I’m not the only one getting a piece of this action, either. A Flickr group has sprung up to show off the pretty pics coming forth.

Now, some detail: I wasn’t gifted this hardware outright. It’s being provided to me by MWW Group — specifically, by Tom Biro, of The Media Drop (and other) fame — on a six-month editorial trial. During that time, I’m free to use and abuse it, and report on it here or anywhere else at my discretion. After the six months, I have the option of extending the trial by another six months, buying the camera outright, or sending it back.

Pretty clear? Good. Because I’m very cognizant of the rampant paying-for-shill-posts trend that’s running through the blogging world, and I don’t want to give the impression that I’ve sold out.

I had some doubts about taking Tom up on this offer. I’m not exactly a shutterbug. I appreciate photography, and probably would like doing it if I felt I had more of an aptitude for it. Maybe I’m supposed to provide a purely novice angle on using this camera. But I figured, why not — there’s certainly no pressure to perform, and it is another techie toy to tinker with.

I intend to devote some focused attention to the D80 starting this weekend. I’ll be posting notable photos both within the new Photography category, and alongside the usual appropriate postings. Click-click!

UPDATE: Turns out there’s also an official Nikon site for “Picture This”, including a specific section for the D80.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/09/2021 11:59:52 PM
Category: Bloggin', Photography
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No doubt dreamt up by the same food alchemists who brought you deep-fried Snickers and Coca-Cola cake, a new food oddity rises up: Kool-Aid infused pickles, which are all the rage in the Mississippi Delta.

Across town at Eastend Grocery, Beverly and Claud Boddie stand behind their products. They have honed proprietary recipes for green and red flavors that involve piercing the pickles with a fork and stirring together multiple Kool-Aid flavors to achieve maximum pucker. Ms. Boddie, 37, wants to apply for a trademark as “soon as I can raise some money and settle on a name.”

Among the proposed names for these sugary-sour fermentations is “Koolickle”. Better than “kooky-ickle”, which comes to mind more readily for me.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/09/2021 11:05:49 PM
Category: Food
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