Monday, June 23, 2008

Now you can make people smile without being funny

My friend Nicole Albers told me about new cameras that will put a smile on your face whether you want to smile or not.

There are quite a few cameras that have smile detection. They won't take the photo until everyone (up to eight people) are smiling. I hope the camera has better luck than I do or it could be a very long wait before the photo is snapped.

But now Sony has gone a step further... If little brother won't smile, that's OK the camera will put it there for you! In playback mode, you can add smiles to people using the camera´s face detection and retouch menu.

I just wish they had had this when my kiddos were little. Would have saved me a lot of time and bribes!

Monday, June 16, 2008

I found my daughter!

I have established communication with my daughter!

She's a jockey (yes, you read that right... a jockey) and gets up very early, goes to bed early, & doesn't check her messages. Riding race horses is dangerous. I worry. I've resorted to calling her best friend (who lives in Florida) to call her fiance (who lives in New York) to call a trainer he knows at the same track to tell her to call her mother. This kind of thing has gone on for years.

But that's all over now. Text messaging! I sent her a test message just to see if she would answer. Magic! Five minutes later an answer. You're kidding.

A week later (I've been warned by other text messagers not to overdo it)I sent another message. Another answer....immediately. This is too much!

You're wondering... Why didn't you think of that before? I don't know. I've been paying for text messaging for a long time and never realized the power I had in my hands. I promise not to abuse this power.

Monday, June 9, 2008

A Recession with cream gravy

I went to a seminar on investment strategies this past weekend. My mother told me I should go because I "don't know much about business."

First, I was impressed that this many people have enough money to invest in a program like this! Of course, I've seen happier folks waiting in the emergency room at the county hospital.

What a great breakfast... eggs, biscuits & gravy, fruit, bacon, sweet rolls...yum! Now I'm ready to think about the Market. One more spoon of gravy & now we're ready.

Ah, a chart about the Recession of 2008. At least we're being honest now. And a summary of "Bubbles".. tech, silver, oil. Don't we ever learn?

And what did I learn? Really bad times and crazy good times never last indefinitely. We're probably not at the bottom yet but these times are also not as bad as many previous recessions (yet.. that's my note!)

I also learned that reducing oil consumption would help a lot, and a period of growth usually follows bad times. I learned to pay attention to value and not get carried away with bubbles. AND I learned that everything seems a lot better with hot biscuits and cream gravy with bits of sausage in it!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Do I look pale to you?

I'll never forget the day I got an invitation to join AARP. I was so offended! Why would they send that to me? I'm not old!

Well, today I got an even bigger jolt.... I came home to find a survey in my mailbox... from a funeral home! They want to know things like what kinds of services would be helpful to my family? Do I have a cemetary plot? Do I want to keep my family history on file with them?

I was tired over the weekend but I thought it was the heat. Maybe I look worse than I thought. OK, I understand planning ahead but I just wish someone would ask me if I want to plan a water rafting trip or a trip to Fashion Week or even a beautiful dinner.