Simply Sara — Wanda’s Macaroni Salad

I don’t know what to make of this video at all. It’s interesting, because where else would someone like Simply Sara be able to get this kind of publicity?

At one point, Sara pours “1 cup” of vinegar in her bowl. She fills the measuring cup all the way to the top, and I swear that’s a two cup container. We have the same one here at my house.

So can Sara REALLY be trusted to give accurate information?

Regardless, I am pretty sure these are NOT recipes that I’ll ever follow.

Biggie Gee

I like this post from Hemant Mehta. He’s been exploring syndicated columns from Billy Graham. The question he posted was a person asking what the bible says about extra terrestrial life. Graham’s response is that the bible concerns only earthly life and god’s love for said earthly life.

Mehta response, “Not that it matters what the Bible says on this issue anyway… it didn’t have anything to say about DNA or HIV, either, but science has plenty to to say on those subjects. Why not place some trust in the process that produces results?”

This is why I enjoy science. It’s relevant. It’s necessary. And it affects what’s going on now. It doesn’t try to impose 2,000 to 6,000 year old culture onto today’s zeitgeist. It uses the old culture as building blocks for today’s relevant issues.

Even if a person argues that science is a religion, which I wholeheartedly disagree with, I’d certainly enjoy a revival at a science-based event much better than a Billy Graham revival every day of the week.

Let Me Show You My Glass

I just rummaged through my lenses, because a friend of mine is buying a new camera today. She asked me what my workhorse lens was.


My favorite professional lens is a 70 to 200 mm. It’s expensive glass and it shows in images.

425812My second favorite is a 17 to 55 that I use on my second camera during shoots. It has a little bit of a zoom, but no noticeable wide angle bend even at 17 mm. I like it better than my 16 to 35 mm that cost a few hundred more. What I read about the 16 mm to 35 mm was that it wouldn’t bend much. Someone was lying. The outer edges on at 16 mm really distort. In low-light, images get soft the further from the center. I only used it with in well-lighted situations or when I have a flash with the spreader down.

I have an “everyday” 55 mm to 200 mm lens that I throw on when I go out in public so people don’t run for cover. It’s a pretty good lens, and apparently it’s not sold anymore. I can’t find a photo. The 70 to 200 mm described above looks like a small telescope. It’s intimidating to see in everyday situations. It looks like I can see through your underpants with it.

Otherwise, I have a fisheye, a 50 mm macro, and a LensBaby that’s fun to use. It’s not a true tiltshift, but it does okay.


The other essential items in my toolbox are my flashes. I have a remote sensor and can put them anywhere in a 25 foot radius (hey! r25!) of my camera and use them as fill or highlight. It’s hands-down essential to my work.

I posted twice today. Look at me.