My Rundown of the Utah State Gubernatorial Debate

Here is my rundown of the Utah State Gubernatorial debate as shown on KUED on September 27, 2010.

You can see the video here.

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Nikon D3100

So I have been spending years mad about pictures I have been getting out of my point and shoot cameras. And while I wanted to move into the SLR market, I just couldn’t justify the cost. Until now… Today I picked up the all new Nikon D3100 with the 18-55 VR kit lens. Pretty standard lens. But that can be upgraded easily once my skills are up to the task.

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Quote of the Day

I don’t normally do the quote of the day thing because… I don’t know why. I just don’t. But I saw this one on another blog this morning right after looking at some pictures of a very nice track car and it seemed very fitting in the car world. It came from a French aviator and author named Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

It of course goes well with Colin Chapman’s philosophy of:

“Simplify, then add lightness.”

This one has also gone by:

“Simplify and add lightness.”

I am not sure which of those is the proper quote, but you get the idea. And while I am on Colin Chapman. I love this quote from him as well:

‘We wouldn’t put a washer underneath the head of a bolt, why…wh..what are you going to do that for? Why do you want to take the washer around the track?'”

Dangeruss, artistic mercenary

For this post, I will hit on a few of my favorite topics by introducing you to one guy. Russ Schwenkler. I won’t go into much detail or show you his work here since #1, I never bothered to get permission from him, and #2- I don’t have enough space on a simple blog to cover all the cool stuff he has done.

He is an amazing graphic artist that goes by the name Dangeruss. You can check out his site here. The reason I say I will hit on a few of my favorite topics is because he has done cars, guns, watches, & architecture. And of course he has done a bunch of other random items. You can go here to check out his deviant art page with links to tons of his work. He is pretty much just an artistic mercenary. Hiring his talents out to the highest bidder. So go check out his work. You are sure to get some good desktop wallpaper if nothing else. And if you happen to need some work done, I am sure he would be happy to take your money.

UPDATE: I guess I spent too much time drooling over his work and not reading enough of his journal. As of February of this year Russ had been doing design for 4 different watchmakers and seen at least 5 of his designs make it to production for 2010. And he has produced about 35 designs for 2010 models. Also, I found he has a blogspot site dedicated to his watches. But it has not been updated for quite some time.

It would appear I am a Libertarian

So quite some time ago I took this quiz. I never viewed myself as a Libertarian. In fact I never claimed to be part of any one defined group of people. However after taking this quiz, I guess I would have to call myself a Libertarian given my overwhelmingly high score on it.

BTW, my score on the quiz was a 131 which it defines as: “You are nearly a perfect libertarian, with a tiny number of blind spots. Think about them, then take the test over again. On the other hand, if you scored this high, you probably have a good libertarian objection to my suggested libertarian answer.” Continue reading

Why liberals should love the 2nd amendment

This is a great article that covers nearly all of the arguments I have heard from liberals as to why the 2nd amendment doesn’t apply to us in modern times.  This article is on a liberal website written by a liberal. So I may not agree with what he says 100%, but his grasp of the constitution as it pertains to the 2nd amendment seems sound.

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