Results tagged “shopping” from kwc blog

Canon 40D: It keeps getting cheaper


canon40d.jpgI've been following the price of the Canon 40D on Amazon closely over the past week, trying to avoid the temptation of buying new camera equipment. I told myself that I would at least wait until January 1st so that I could claim it as a business expense in 2008, seeing as my lack of restraint gave me more than enough expenses in 2007. The main features that are enticing me are better dynamic range + highlight protection (important for shooting in the noon sun), live view (important for when you just have to hold the camera over your head to get a shot), and dust reduction (I hate swabbing the sensor). 10MP is a plus, but not a huge improvement over the 8MP I'm used to.

Anyway, in the past week, it seems that the 40D has been plummeting in price. When it was $1299.99, I was considering getting the $1424 40D + 28-135 IS USM kit, seeing as you get a $400 lens for only $130 or so. Then the price dropped to $1219 and I was thrown into indecision. Now it's dropped to $1149 -- who cares about the package deal at that price? The closest reputable dealer I could find selling at that price was B&H, which has it for the same price, used. BuyDig has it for $1199. I'm hoping that these price reductions last after Christmas.

Side note: Canon hit the 30 millionth EOS SLR this week -- I'm doing my best to contribute.

Omotesando Hills, Tadao Ando, Tokyo, 2005


Omotesando Hills is one of Omotesando's latest forays into the world of luxury-eccentric architecture for retail shops (e.g. Herzog and de Meuron's Prada Building). It occupies a long stretch of Omotesando, partly obscured by trees, and with only a few retails shop on the outside. The repeating glass panels on the external facade aren't very exciting, though they are dressed up at night with a light display that emulates silhouettes of people's legs walking (video). There is also a small stream of water that flow adjacent to the building and flows along the slope of the street. One consequence of the sloped street is that the retail shops on the outside gradually climb up the facade of the building as you walk alongside.

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Ando connects the interior to the outside by echoing these external design elements: walking, slope, trees, and water. A odd speaker stick fills the mall with ambient water noises, flowing silhouettes of leaves are projected onto the floor, and images of stick-figure people walking adorn many of the walls. Slope is the connecting design of the interior in the form of continuously ascending ramps set around a thin triangular perimeter. The ramps create a series of convergence lines at the apex that are fun to photograph, though I must admit they aren't quite as impressive in person. A long stairway fills the apex of the triangle while escalators occupy the base. They, too, are fun to photograph.

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Omotesando Hills - AndoNothing can change the fact that the interior is ultimately a mall. Retail shops line the outside perimeter, though there position is made slightly more difficult because of the continuous slope. Like Ando's Collezione down the street, Omotesando Hills has a difficult problem: it's hard to transcend the nature of a shopping complex, even if you throw water and trees at it.

Not all have appreciated the new mall. Many of the rants I've read against it center on the fact it replaced the old Dojunkai Apartments. And by old, I mean 1927 old. Although there seems to be general agreement that the apartments were dilapated, some saw the apartments as a sign of an old cultural past of Omotesando that should be preserved. I only have the perspective of someone who has seen the new and I remain neutral: Ando's building fits in with the current luxury eccentric character and could even be called tame in comparison, but it is difficult to be enamored of a mall.

Ometesando Hills photos

Amazon adds tagging


You can now tag products on Amazon -- I've already tagged some of the ink cartridge supplies my printer uses so I can find those pages again easily. I see this feature being useful as both a bookmark manager to find a product again at a later time and a discovery feature to help me find accessories or similar items. Amazon doesn't have a good way of finding supplies for my PIXMA ip4000R printer, but one PIXMA ip4000R owner tags their supplies then I'll have an easy way to search using tags.

Unfortunately Amazon deployed the current tagging feature in a non-commital manner. The tagging interface doesn't always show up for products and it's currently difficult to search for products based on tags. It also takes three clicks from the homepage to find the page that lets you manage your tags (__'s Home, Your Amazon Home, Manage Your Tags). I'm cautiously optimistic.

FYI, you can search for products with a particular tag like so:

For example,

It's a bit obtuse but it saves a bunch of clicking.

$10 dressup at Threadless


The $10 sale at Threadless started today. Too bad I'd already ordered my You Are What You Eat and Pandamonium shirts. Of course, with all good sales come the lines -- cheap t-shirts require great patience.

Brilliant Apple engineering


As my co-worker heads to the Apple store to get his iMac repaired, I think I have finally deduced Apple's Master Plan. Many of you are familiar with the bugginess of the first revision of any Apple product. These first revisions tend to be recalled or otherwise need repair. These first revisions are also most frequently bought by early adopters and Apple's most devoted. So here it is, Apple's secret Master Plan:

  1. Intentionally introduce flaws into first revision of product
  2. Customers bring in products for repair at the Apple Store, where they see shiny new Apple products
  3. PROFIT!

Keplers saved


I won't be able to be there, but Keplers is reopening this Saturday!

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