When I’m President

Sometime back I got a message from my mom about a teacher who’s class had been discussing the qualifications to become a president in the US.

One of the students took exception to the fact that to be eligible a candidate must be a natural-born citizen.

In one of K.C.’s classes, they were discussing the qualifications to be president of the United States. It was pretty simple – the candidate must be a natural born citizen of at least 35 years of age. However, one girl in the class immediately started in on how unfair was the requirement to be a natural born citizen.

In short, her opinion was that this requirement prevented many capable individuals from becoming president. KC and the class were just taking it in and letting her rant, but everyone’s jaw hit the floor when she wrapped up her argument by stating, “What makes a natural born citizen any more qualified to lead this country than one born by C-section?”

Admittedly, I got this message because I was stubborn enough not to want to come out head first.

However, I replied on how I’d been been amused on how I could be president in both the US and Finland. Which of course led to mom checking it up. Sure enough, I qualify. Of course, I’m not over 35 yet, but I can always give Obama his presidency first ;)

Now wouldn’t that be an interesting first. At least US-Finnish relations should be on a fairly good foundation. For some reason my comment that the White House would at least have some sane dogs in it if I were president was met with derision…

As a US citizen, I’m really looking forward to a time were sanity, sense, and rationality will rule instead of blind faith.

I truly wish that Obama will be able to do even a bit of what needs to be done.

By the way, the title of this post has Extreme’s When I’m President playing in my head. Watch it on YouTube.

Sensor cleaning needed

Yesterday’s outing with the camera found me stopping a lens down all the way to f/32. The end result shows that I haven’t been taking good care of my sensor lately. It’s almost too embarrassing to publish, but I’m not all that shy. Here it is. With all of its gory specks of dust.

Sunset with dust specks

At least I know what I need to do tonight.

Update 21:00 All clean now. It only took a serious session of blasting air on the sensor (Giotto’s Rocket Blower) and four passes with Eclipse…

Err99

The dreaded Err99 and Canon digital camera’s… If you’re a Canon owner and have never encountered it, good for you. I first experienced mine in the end of June last year. After a long walk in damp woods, we tried to take pictures of our location. I got one test shot, crimped, and pressed the shutter. The shutter clicked, but no picture showed. Just a helpful screen telling me, that I got an error.

I tried everything that came to mind in the field (without a camera bag). Turn the camera off, take out the memory card, take off the lens, remove batteries, etc. And various permutations of the previous actions. None worked. Back at our friends place, I quickly googled the error and tried the options for debugging the problem that I found. None worked.

No LensRentals.com has published a good overview of possible reasons and their recommendations on what to do if the error occurs.

BTW, the last shot I got before the error occurred is in Life of Jalo. And despite my heavy use of third-party lenses, this time I was using our 70-200 f/4 L USM, so no third party issues in this case. The final result after the camera came back from service was a broken spring etc. in the shutter/mirror combination. Luckily, even though the camera was over a year old, I got it repaired under warranty as I hadn’t even taken 30 000 shots when the error occurred.