Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Awesome Hubby's a Gadget Guy

Did I ever tell you how awesome my husband is? I'm sure I did. I tell people that all the time. But just in case I forgot...

Hubby is AWESOME.

I could regale you with the many reasons why I think he's so awesome, but I don't like to gloat. Much. So I'll just share this one.

On days like today when I am either busy or just lacking in the inspiration department, he comes through with interesting stuff for me to post. Not because I asked him either. Just because he loves me and he likes to share some of the fun, tasteful stuff he digs up.

Like this goofy little tidbit. It's a tad long, but very entertaining. So be sure to watch the whole thing.

Eepybird's Sticky Note Experiment from Eepybird on Vimeo.

Now that I've reminded you how awesome my Hubby is, I'll share one of his secrets with you. I could type REALLY SMALL and he might not be able to read what I'm about to say. Or I could just spit it out. I'll opt for the latter route.

Are you ready?

Hubby is addicted to gadgets. He's got gadgets that do all sorts of strange things. Maybe one day I'll take a picture of some of the more interesting things he finds. I admit, quite a few actually are useful tools. Others, not so much.

But every now and then he comes through with a cool one. Like this thing he got me for Christmas last year. I think it was last year. Anyway, the thing I am talking about is a Gorillapod (pictured below).

The Gorillapod, manufactured by Joby, is a handy little flexible tripod. You can use it just like a regular, albeit small, tripod. But the absolute best use for it is when you are out and about, but don't have a safe, level place to sit your tripod. You can hang it on a tree. Or maybe a fencepost. Perhaps you need to fasten your camera to the steering wheel of your car. Or you could sit it on a rock as pictured in the photo below (which I borrowed from the Joby Web site but think I'll be okay 'cause this is FREE advertising).

You probably won't need it often. But if you're anything like me, when you do need it, you REALLY need it. I used it several times in Alaska, as a matter of fact. And I'll probably get lots of use out of my mid-range Gorillapod on my upcoming photo excursion to Maine.

Gorillapods come in three sizes (different colors, too), to hold:

Compact digital cameras (holds up to 9.7 ounces) - MSRP $21.95

SLR cameras with lightweight lens (holds up to 1.75 pounds) - MSRP $39.95

SLR-Zoom cameras with heavier lens (holds up to 6.6 pounds) - MSRP $49.95

I have the mid-range one for SLR cameras. It holds my camera ok (Canon Digital Rebel XT) with the lighter, kit lens. But what I really need (want?) is the big cahuna. The SLR-ZOOM Gorillapod. But it costs $50 bucks. That's the MSRP, anyway.

Which one do you want and/or need? Perhaps you have one already? Any other cool camera gadget you want to tell me about?

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