Posted by: akjournalist | December 12, 2007

My Podcast-Check it out!!

Join Me and my friends Noel and John while we bounce around the hills north of Fairbanks searching for unsuspecting predators.

Cary’s Predator Hunting Podcast

Posted by: akjournalist | December 10, 2007

I can’t decide on this one

I had never heard of digital picture frames until I bought one a couple of weeks ago. It’s cool because you load the pictures you want on a memory card and the frame displays a new picture every 10 seconds or so. OK, that’s good, but now you can have one installed on your tombstone. There’s just something not right about that.

Posted by: akjournalist | December 9, 2007

Did Hawaii win?

I was telling my 10-year-old son, Colton, the significance of December 7th, 1941. I explained to him how the Japanese used carrier-based aircraft to bomb Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on an early Sunday morning sneak attack. Colton agreed with me that the soldiers and sailors must have been extraordinarily brave when I told him that many of the troops, though some suffered from battle wounds, were able to counter attack the invaders.

Then Colton, his eyes squinting in concentration, asked, “did Hawaii win?”

While we prepare for the Christmas season, let’s remember the sacrifice our troops made then and are making now. Thank you to all involved in the war on terrorism and all prior wars and conflicts!

Let’s also rejoice with Colton in the fact that Hawaii did win.

Posted by: akjournalist | December 3, 2007

Whale Hunting. Why, Because We Can.

Well, those pesky Japanese Whalers are at it again. Just a few days before the 63rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor and they’re going hunting for Migaloo, the white humpback whale, or at least for members of his extended family.Of course the main reason they’re going to harvest whales is scientific research…and to sell the meat along with some other valuable entrails.

Greenpeace has vowed to harass the Japanese vessels and try to prevent the harvest from occurring, apparently the organization really gave the whalers a hard time last year. The part of this that I find upsetting is that Japan is sort of flaunting this well we’re going harvest whales so get over it attitude. The island nation already consumes half of the world’s tuna harvest.

I think they should give the whales a break. What do you think?

Posted by: akjournalist | December 2, 2007

Kindle

Amazon's Kindle e-book reader

(Photo of Kindle from Amazon.com)

I found this incredible new gadget from Amazon.com called a Kindle.It’s listed as electronic book reader but its really much more than that.


The device connects to the Internet using the same technology
as new high-tech cell phones and it takes about one minute to
download a book. I think this may be the proverbial “wave of the future” and may serve as a replacement for the printed books we normally read today. It would be convenient from a student’s perspective to just carry a device such as the Kindle instead of a load of books. When a new semester begins you could just log on to a website and download all your books for the semester in just a few minutes. It might sound a little crazy but so did email 20 years ago.

You can choose from over 90 thousand titles and also read daily newspapers from all over the world.

According to this report Amazon sold out of the Kindle in less than six hours.

Posted by: akjournalist | November 26, 2007

Cyber Monday

Here’s a news flash I saw on Yahoo this morning. According to this Pulitzer Prize candidate article, “Only 1 in 5 professionals plan to shop online while at work during the holiday season, according to a recent survey.” I have another astounding revelation for them, 4 out of those 5 were probably lying.

Cyber Monday is supposedly the biggest online shopping day of the year because people can shop at work using their computers. The term has been refuted and possibly today is more of a kickoff day to increased online shopping for the Christmas holiday season.

Posted by: akjournalist | November 25, 2007

Interactive Football

I’m up early on Sunday morning trying to get my fantasy football team ready to propel me to a not-quite-losing-record. (I hope)

Yahoo is listing my star running back Reggie Bush as questionable for the game today, when Bush and the New Orleans Saints go against the Carolina Panthers. Luckily for me, ESPN has the real scoop and Bush is active so I don’t have to bench him for one of my less-than-stellar substitutes. I need Bush today, he should score a lot of fantasy points against the Panthers. The only problem with that is the Panthers are my favorite team and if Bush has a good day it will also mean the Panthers will not. Oh what a double-edged sword this sport of fantasy football.

Also, as a side note, the game today is significant for these two teams because who ever loses can pretty much forget about making it to the post-season playoffs. Maybe that don’t matter since neither team has done very well this year.

Posted by: akjournalist | November 19, 2007

Camera Search Continues

I found this really cool site for reviews of electronic items while researching camcorders. I am seriously considering this camera  by JVC. I like the way this camera records to a hard drive rather than a tape or a disk. You just record what you want and download it to a pc or this nifty little CD burner and record what you want onto a DVD. The camera also takes pictures that can be stored on a memory card.

Posted by: akjournalist | November 12, 2007

Searching for a Video Recorder

After the kid’s audio sample from my last blog, I have received numerous requests to add video recordings of family activities, from grandparents, so I’m searching for a video device of some kind.

My first stop when trying to educate myself about new, at least new to me, electronic devices is Wikipedia.

This is the one I’m leaning toward toward, any suggestions?I had no idea there is such a selection available. The prices are a little better than I expected.

Posted by: akjournalist | November 7, 2007

First Attempt At Editing Audio: Family Christmas Plans

OK, here’s my first shot at editing audio and converting files and exporting files and exporting files to the right site and following a six page set of instructions. See what you think. (I made the family serve as guinea pigs, they were not too excited about it)

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