Focus Modes

Since I shoot Canon, my camera has spot, AI Focus, and AI Servo focus modes. I guess Nikon cameras only have single servo (AF-S) and continuous focus (AF-C) so this doesn’t really apply. Here’s a fun tip to remember about the focus settings:

  • One-Shot is for when neither you, nor the subject, are moving.
  • AI Servo is for when either you, or the subject, is moving.
  • AI Focus is for when neither you, nor the subject care if your focus is accurate.


The Dot, Plus, and Googlemail Gmail Hacks

Here are some neat things I’ve found recently. They might not be new, but I think I need to jot them down here so I won’t forget these tips. These hacks could be helpful for fighting or tracing spam.

The Dot

Apparently, Gmail does not recognize the dot (or capitalization either) in gmail addresses. So is the same as and all the different combinations are sent to your inbox.

The Plus

Did you know you have an unlimited amount of aliases with Gmail? You can receive messages that are sent to For example, if you forced to register online, you can use If you start getting spam, you ‘ll know who gave your address away and you can probably then set up a filter to automatically direct those messages to, oh, say, THE TRASH.

Of course, I don’t want to forget that is also the same as Mail from either address goes to your inbox. This is probably because they can’t use in Europe. Just a reminder though, you’ll need to login with the original address you signed up with and some websites won’t accept symbols as valid email addresses. Still, I think these are pretty neat tricks.

Geek gifts and Bond

Hmm, my page had a breakdown yesterday.  The only thing that would load was the background.  I contacted Dreamhost and they fixed it.  Apparently there’s some trouble with wp-cache turned on when you upgrade to PHP 5.1.2.  Now if only I can get my page to load faster…WordPress plays kinda slow with Dreamhost.


Look, gifts under $77, courtesy of Core77.

Speaking of gifts, I like this guide for buying gifts for geeks.

  1. If a brand is listed and/or mentioned – name means everything. There’s a big difference between “any DVD burner” and “any Sony DVD burner.” Chances are, the geeks have done their homework – and they typically know what’s good and what’s not.
  2. Removable media was not created equal. Find out ahead of time what kind of removable media your geek wants, needs, and loves – because a Memory Stick port simply was not designed to accomodate an SD card.
  3. Anything less than a gig isn’t all that great these days. Sure, the corner store may be selling 32 megabyte CompactFlash cards, but that’s not going to do your geek much good. If you can’t score a geek.
  4. Unless otherwise noted, accounts and gift certificates are the suck. Here’s the prime problem with gift certificates: the only one who gets the gift is the store from which you purchased the certificate. Trust me, even if your geek hasn’t told you what s/he wants or needs, you simply need to dig deeper and listen longer.
  5. Form a gift guild. If many items on a geek’s wish list are too pricey for your pocketbook, instead of settling on a stack of CDs you can talk to other friends and family members and consider combining funds to get a single gift. One “awesome” thing is 100x better than three “okay” things.

Hehe…I like #5.  I seem to always buy “big” gifts for myself.  I don’t buy a lot of little things.


Oh, I’ve been meaning to post about the latest Bond film.

I saw it right before Thanksgiving. The film is a little long, but definitely worth watching, even if I had paid full price.  I must say that Daniel Craig is one buff bond. Haha.  Not as smooth as Pierce Brosnan, but I guess that’s the image they were after–the beginning of bond.  I did get a chance to do read up about the opening chase sequence.  It contains a lot of moves from a French discipline called Parkour, a sort of extreme urban sport, similar to the techniques of Jackie Chan.

Communication tips

I’ve set a personal record: I’ve worked in an office environment for half a year now (6 months exactly next week).  So here’s a few things I’ve tried to do recently.

If I’m sending an e-mail that absolutely HAS to be perfect before it goes out, I leave the address out of the “To” field. You can probably stick it at the top of the “Body” section while you edit the message.  Then you have to consciously make an effort to send them, which naturally lends itself to “one more read through.”  Even then, with my carelessness, I’m still bound to make mistakes.  Which is why I need to take these extra precautions not to accidently send them when I mean to “save as draft.”

I don’t think I’ve talked on the phone as much as I have these past 6 months.  When leaving messages or voicemails, I’ll try to provide my number or other contact information at the beginning of the message, rather than at the end. That way, if the person wasn’t able to get all the information on the first pass, they don’t have to listen to the entire message to get it down.  It’s quite awkward to start the message with your name and number, but trust me, so many times I’ve wished people did the same for me.

Mission: Best Buy

Ok, this one’s for my boys. I love them to death, but they need some work on learning how to play pranks on people. Some tips that come to mind:

  1. Do not conspire in public or talk about doing a prank in front of the people you’re prankin’ on.
  2. Don’t do anything while the prank-ees are there, especially when they’re inside sleeping while you’re busy banging on things outside.
  3. Do not bring up events when you’re not “supposed to know” anything.
  4. When throwing things, make sure you can see.

Good times.  They make me laugh.  Here’s an example of an elaborate prank. 50 people in Best Buy look-alike uniforms invade a Best Buy store. It’s a long post, but amusing indeed.