State polls have gone from dead heat to an Obama lead by 14 points. Of course, state polls tend to be pretty dramatic in their swings. I used to feel a bit left out voting in states where my vote didn't mean much either my candidate was doomed to loose, or my vote for him was one of so many it was irrelevant. At the same time on this end of the spectrum it is nice to know I'm slightly less likely to run into people voting for McCain because they think Obama is a terrorist sympathizer, or Muslim or something...
Having said that I still find it funny when the polls come out and occasionally we get a flurry of a couple state polls all at once and you'll have them all different, and some separated by both of their margins of error.. Huh? Yay for science!
In the meantime all we've got here in this state is a hardcore negative campaign coming from McCain and the same positive Obama adverts. I haven't seen a McCain campaign commercial with a proposal, or saying anything about McCain himself for a good month or so. Not a single one. The McCain latest advert ends with "Obama, he'll make things worse!" Is that really all McCain has to sell now? Things blow now but it could be worse so vote for me... yikes. I always thought the Republicans have had a particularly cynical approach (but effective) to campaigning with a lot of the subtext being "oh yeah well they'll do no better" but just relying on that alone is kind of depressing. Not to say they can't win with it ...
Just to spice up the stupid the same voice and line is used by Norm Coleman in an advert targeting Al Franken (yes that Al Franken).
I keep thinking back to the Newt Gingrich quote from a long time ago that went something like "The Republicans are out of ideas, and the Democrats have ideas but they're too scared to try them." Newt can be a moron but the dude has some smarts that peak out and sum things up accurately at times.
New Camera Canon 50D
Just a few miles outside of town heading to a wedding I get a call from the local camera shop. My camera came in. Doh!
So I picked up my camera on the way back. I like it so far. This is an upgrade from a 5 year old Digital Rebel so obviously there is a lot to like. Quick impressions:
- I really like how the camera fits in my large(r) hands. Way better than the digital rebels fit.
- I enjoy the huge LCD screen, although my nose also seems to like it.
- ISO is displayed in the viewfinder.
- The "Picture Style" presets and custom settings are keen (a bit of default increased sharpening is always nice).
- The menu system has improved a lot with everything you'd want having its own physical button and easy changes made with both control wheels, set button, and joystick control.
Also my 35 mm f/2.0 lens came in. Quite nice. I don't know how I survived so long sticking with my 50mm lens with a 1.6 crop factor. It is great for portraits but indoors it was just too narrow.
I think I started this project too late in the year. I've done the deck wash on the deck and after scrubbing OMG that got rid of a lot of grime that I didn't know was there, there's even some color here or there. What worries me is the color is a bit streaky while much of the deck is still grey. I still need to actually stain the deck. I did a little test spot, we'll see how that turned out tonight.
Some wood planks have some deep cracks in them. I'm thinking I'll need to fill them with some sort of outdoor wood filler.
The weather seems doomed to get too cold and rain too much to finish. I'm contemplating covering the deck with a tarp or something to let it dry out (rained today) up until a two day stretch next week with little to no rain and then staining and if necessary covering the deck again to keep it dry long enough for the stain to properly set. I'm not sure the wisdom in this but I don't see many other options other than let the now exposed deck suffer a Minnesota winter.
My procrastination has put this project in peril. I worry about the health of the deck (not sure how else to phrase that). I am not happy with myself.
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