I started writing two-line movie reviews on New Year's day of '97, and carried on for a decade or so. But in 2011 I scotched them because there were only so many ways of saying, "Oh gods, that was a waste of time." Also, with two kids who has time for movies. It's just as well; A.I. sent me on a huge rant, I can only imagine what I'd have written about Prometheus. (All that promise....)
Which leaves my book reviews, of which I have not so many but I think the quality is better and they're certainly more relevant and timeless.
Curiously, the page requests keep coming for my collection of humble reviews of modest watches and out-dated camera equipment, so I've left those here as well. But first, an important public service announcement on watch collecting that I equally applies to camera gear.
Seiko's SARB line of watches exist to give "aspirational" Grand Seiko owners something with which to pretend it's all right.
I bought a beater Casio that turned out to be a fine watch–with a few warts.
A short review of the Minolta X-700, the SLR with which I learned a lot about photography. It's a well-built, well-designed model—don't let the plastic exterior fool you.
My review of the Olympus 35DC, an excellent little rangefinder that produces great work (and now costs a song!).
The Minolta XD was perhaps Minolta's finest hour as a manufacturer. This is a camera that is a joy to use, and yields remarkable results.
A review of the Pentax *istDS digital SLR camera. A sturdy workhorse that mixes good image quality and standard features.
I've been using this as my main camera for more than five years. I know it well, and because I've just decided to commit to the micro-four-third platform as long as it exists I thought I'd share some thoughts on the model.
Some thoughts on my Casio G-Shock MT-G B-2000 - which OK doesn't really weigh a ton.
My tale of woe regarding a "Canadian made" wrist watch.
A review of a modest Alba solar watch - the AQGD403.
For nearly a decade, we used an aging Kodak Easyshare Z612. Here are my thoughts on this little bridge camera that could. Plus; a photo gallery.
I bought a Guanqin watch and replaced the hands.