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My last Post highlighted a few Conspiracy Theories (Including Bane’s Involvement!)  You can check out that post at the link Here

Now here are the next set of my top Conspiracy Theories

  • The Parents of the couches didn’t want it to be a complete blow out, so they cut the power.
  • BP somehow managed to drive their Oil Rig up on shore, transport it to the power company, and spill Oil all over the power plant.
  • CBS was losing ratings because the game was practically over, so they cut the power.
  • North Korea’s “satellite” fell out of orbit and hit the power plant near the Super-Dome
  • Alicia Keys, already seeing commentators not liking her slower version of the National Anthem, wanted to quickly change the subject & Cut the power

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Like you, my twitter and facebook feed blew up during the power outage.  Here at the top Conspiracy Theories that I thought was awesome.  Enjoy!

  1. The 49ers paid Bane (from Batman) to create a distraction.
  2. Beyonce Caused the power outage from that crazy power consuming half time show.
  3. The NFL didn’t pay their Electric Bill
  4. The 49ers needed more time to practice.
  5. “Anonymous has spoken by killing the lights at the Super Bowl. They don’t like Beyonce either.” -John Roush

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So I’m sitting here watching the superbowl.  I get up to make some cheese dip and all of a sudden I’m not hearing anything… I look at the screen and most of the stadium is dark… No speakers… no lights… Wow…. All I can do is laugh.

Growing up, I’ll admit it, our family (as a kid) had the power cut out on us when we couldn’t afford to pay… But… Common.  The power company didn’t have to cut the power DURING the Superbowl?!  Common NFL… All the mad money you’re making during this Super Bowl and yall couldn’t pay the power company?  Hey, NFL, just give me a call and I’ll let you know about how to use “BillPay”  hahah Oh well… Let endless amounts of mocking the NFL begin!

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My wife and I love movies.  I’m more the Action Adventure guy.  She is more the romantic gal.  As you can imagine it can be hard to find a compromise, however over the years we’ve been dating and now married, we’ve learned that we don’t watch movies so much for the movie – as much as we do for the experience.  Take this photo I took for example.  That’s my wife with a Extra Large bucked of popcorn from AMC theaters in Germantown Maryland.  What you may not be able to tell in that photo is that we are actually sitting on our couch at our home.

You see, for both of us – we are looking for a particular experience that this episode in our lives revealed.

The situation was we couldn’t afford to go see a movie but we still wanted to have the movie experience.  For me, all I needed was my 40″ Sony TV, Xbox 360 to rent the movie, and 2.1 Boss Speakers… Oh yeah… Turn the lights out, crank up the volume and I’m good to go.  My wife on the other hand…

For her, popcorn is everything.  And no… It can’t just be the pop secret bag in the Microwave.  Because I love my wife so much, I got in my car and drove 5 miles to the AMC theater – Ordered a extra large bucket of popcorn ($13.78!!) and brought it home so we could watch our $5 rental.

It was great.  Do you have any MUSTS for a good movie experience?

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As I’ve mentioned before – Last February my daughter “Zelda” was born.  I love taking pictures of this girl!  It’s nice because its always so much fun taking pictures of kids, but it can be odd and creepy if they are not your kids, you know?  She is one of the main reasons I’ve progressively been improving in this hobby/skill.  Well Recently my wife has been saying we need to get some really nice portraits done of our little girl.  Knowing how much they could charge for such a session of pictures, I did what any red blooded American man would do.  I said, “Honey, just let me do it – I could do it better for cheaper!”

…She reluctantly accepted my challenge.

The Gear & Equipment
Here is a quick list of everything I used to take these pictures

  • Nikon d5100 with 18-55 zoom lens & 55 – 200 zoom lens, tripod
  • 4 standard house hold lamps with the shades off
  • 3 Yards Golden Drape.  1 Yard of Golden mesh.  1 Picture Frame.  All from Joe Ann’s Fabrics
  • Christmas Lights from our tree & ordainment – Rocking Horse

The Set Up


So I thought to myself, what would I need in order to do this?  I looked at some videos on youtube and pictures other people took and really you just need some good lighting, some sort of backdrop and a few props for the child to interact with.  So I went to Joe Ann’s Fabric to get the back drop.  That was what cost the most money (about 50 bucks for 3 yards of the drape).  I knew that Zelda was going to be dressed in a medium tone red and white, therefore I didn’t want to pick a dark color as the backdrop – because the red would blend with it to much. And I didn’t want to pick red or white, because it would take away from the beauty of her dress.  Gold is a nice accent color for red, so I picked the golden color.  I went with the drape fabric because it doesn’t wrinkle easily.  All the other fabrics were too thin and already had wrinkles in them.  That’s bad because it would create distracting shadows.  I also made sure the pattern wasn’t too busy.  Again, the back drop was going to be out of focus in most of the pictures – so I wanted a pattern to give some texture, but nothing to over powering.

After that I came home and moved all the furniture out of the way.  Pinned the drape on a wall with some push pins and let it flow onto the carpet.  Very important that you don’t create a hard edge where the wall and the floor meet.  Pull the material away from the wall and let it flow down so you can’t tell (visually in the picture) where the floor ends and the wall begins.  Helps to create the illusion that there is more space then is actually there.

By the time we started taking pictures it was already night time, so I took 4 lamps, took the Zelda_Happyshades off, and turned them all on to light up the room.  I knew working with a baby who could crawl I needed to be able to take the shots with as short of a shutter speed as possible.  That meant I needed A LOT of light to get a proper exposure.  Flash wasn’t an option for me, because I only have my camera mounted flash.

Once that was all in place I took about 45 minutes playing with a bunch of prep shots.  Making sure I knew all the shots and poses I wanted to try to capture.  I saw a good tip to make sure you know what shots you want to take in advance because you have a limited amount of time that children will corporate.  So I set up tripod and tested different exposures – lenses.  Made sure I got that blurring effect in the background that I wanted.  I think its called “Bokah”  NOW IM READY

Zelda_FrameLights Camera ACTION
Okay!  Got Zelda dressed and we were ready to go.  Word of warning.  Never try to do this by yourself.  I would not have been able to take the pictures without my wife constantly getting her attention, getting her to smile, bringing her back when she would crawl away every 30 seconds or so.  My wife was exhausted by the end, but it was great because then I just had to focus on capturing the moment without having to get up every 30 seconds.  I ended up taking about 300 pictures.  Adjusting often.  Playing with Manuel mode, complete auto mode, No flash mode, apature mode.  I just worked on the fly with whatever worked best.

I'm a MONSTER!

I’m a MONSTER!

We have her play with a few props.  The picture frame I bought, I took the glass and everything out of it so it was just the empty frame and I ended up getting a lot of great shots with that.  We even got this one shot where she is making this monster face while emerging through the frame!  I love this shot!  The main thing that bugs me is that is it fairly blurred because she was moving, and I hadn’t had a chance to adjust the exposure and shutter speed to her moving around.  By the time I was ready for it she was done playing with the frame and I couldn’t get her to do it again.  None the less I loved the shot so much I just retouched it a little to make it a bit sharper and some people might look at it and just think its an effect I was going for lol.

Zelda_HorseOver all my wife and I had a BLAST doing it.  It was a lot of hard work.  Cost some money.  But the experience of doing this as a family was priceless. Could a professional photographer do it better?  Absolutely.  But it wasn’t about that.  It was about using one of my hobbies to engage my family in a fun activity together.  And it yielded some memorable results.

Tips for next time?
The main issue I ran into was the lighting.  Even though I had 4 lamps, and it felt pretty bright, with my basic lenses, my aperture isn’t wide enough to capture enough light for me to be able to freeze the action.  Her movements were a challenge because of the lighting.  Therefore I’m looking into getting a prime lens with a wider aperture. Specifically a Nikon 50mm 1.8 lens.  That will give me a much wider apature than I currently have and allow me to capture a lot more light – which gives the ability to freeze the shot more effectively in low light settings.  The great thing about this lens is it runs for only about 120 bucks these days!  wow!  I can’t afford a 300 dollar lens right now, so this makes sense for me.

The only other tips for myself next time is also trying to utilize the daylight.  I purposefully didn’t intend to use daylight because I was thinking more of a clocked box studio where you can control the light completely.  Next time however I want to take full advantage of the huge patio window in our living room and shoot during the day or during the “Golden Hour” for some get contrasting shadows – or simply a warmer color.

Well that was my experience!  Please leave your comments below – I would love your feed back.  Isn’t my daughter ADORABLE?!

Hobby #22 – Comic Books!  I am a pretty big Comic Book fan.  Meaning I actually buy comic books.  Regardless weather or not you buy comic books you are more than likely familiar with the more popular superheros.  Batman, Iron Man, Green Lateran, Wonder Woman, Spiderman, X-men, etc.  But there is one superhero EVERYONE has heard of.  Arguably the most recognized superhero in the world:  Superman.  Yes the man from krypton who has the iconic Red cape and blue tights.  Everyone knows superman.  But do you really like superman?  I don’t mean if he is you’re favorite superhero or anything, I mean… Don’t you find yourself despising him just a little, if not a whole lot?  The following are 4 Reasons Why You Subconsciously Hate Superman.

4. You Find His Powers Atrociously Absurd.  According to Wiki Superman has 12 superhuman powers.  They are as follows: Superhuman Strength, Invulnerability, Flight, Superhuman Speed, X-Ray Vision, Heat Vision, Superhuman Breath, Superhuman Hearing, Superhuman Smell, Photographic Memory, Inability to be Recognized while wearing glasses.

When you see all the powers lined up like this, you quickly realize this list of powers is ridiculous.  AND this isn’t even the whole list.  He has many obscure abilities he only uses once or twice because for some reason the other 12 didn’t cut it (Such as being able to reverse the rotation of the Earth thus turning back time it’s self… because we all know the flow of time depends on the earth turning clockwise.) You’d think the creator would have thought around 4 powers “that’s enough.” Nope.  He kept piling them on.  You subconsciously hate superman, because reminds you of “that guy” in middle school who could do anything you could do, but better.  That person even was naturally talented at things which took you years to even be called “intermediate”.  He reminds you of all the people whoever had a skill better than you.  Com’mon Superman, don’t be that guy.

3. You Find His Weaknesses Equally As Absurd.  A little green metal from Superman’s home planet known as Kryptonite is the only known weakness to the Man of Steel.  However his weakness was not created from the beginning.  Superman became a comic back in 1939.  Kyptonite was not introduced into the comics as his weakness until 1949 – 10 years later!  They finally realized its not very entertaining to watch a godlike character beat up the common thug with 12 unstoppable powers. 

Here’s the kicker though, it doesn’t just Zap some of his powers, or slowly reducing the potency of all of his powers.  The moment he is exposed to the metal he is rendered as helpless as a new born infant, pathetically wobbling his head around like a baby looking for milk.  One of the reasons you subconsciously hate Superman is because his one weakness is so unbelievably crippling, you can’t believe he’s not dead yet. Can’t he carry around an epipen in his little red tights or something?  You know that crazy long syringe people who have severe allergic reactions to stuff like honey and peanuts or have to jab into themselves or they will die?  Get better superman.

2. People Should Fear Him, but meh… Now if I lived in a city where a freakishly strong alien lived who can hear injustice happening from a mile away, I would think twice about robbing someone… Forget robbing people, I’d be nervous to jaywalk!  But no.  Crime continues, some would argue it has gotten worse since Superman’s arrival to MetropolisThere is never any mention of a long history of Super Villains before Superman came.  Sure there was crime, but no “mad scientists” trying to blow up the city to get to superman.  But even with all those limitless superpowers, his main downfall is our number 1 Reason why you Subconsciously Hate Superman.

1.  You’re Annoyed He Doesn’t Know How to Close the Deal.  He is an awful, awful fighter.  Think about it. 12 amazing powers.  Why does it take several comics, or a whole episode for him to beat someone?  Most of the times Superman gets smacked around like someone who stole food from a pregnant woman, (Its okay, I can say that.  My wife is pregnant).  But really, if you’ve ever read a comic, watched a movie, or the cartoon.  All superman knows how to do is get completely owned by his opponent the entire time.  He is the king of getting trashed and looking a hot mess by the end of the comic.  That might be fine if you’re any other superhero.  But come on “Man of Steel” way to have the most ridiculous godlike powers among all superheros and still find new ways to have your face shoved in the mud.  GET BETTER!

Hobby #2 on my list – Mobile Gaming.

So if you’ve been watching TV, Hulu, or Netflix, you’ve likely been bombarded with “The Sim, Free to Play!” commercials like I have.  And well, after seeing a commercial numerous times I decided to submit to the mighty advertising and give it a try.  I wasn’t a big fan of the mobile version.  My wife, however, has spend hours upon hours on it already. She already has about six Sims and is looking to upgrade her house.

So obviously the first thing, like any normal person would do, she does is have her Sims look for jobs.  She was highly frustrated to find out that once you send your Sims to work they are LITERALLY gone for 7 hours and return with only $135.  She was devastated because at this rate she would never be able to remodel their houses with only the finest digital wallpaper Sims money could buy.

Upon fiddling around with other money making options in the game she discovers that if you buy a bag of seeds for $40, you can grow $300 of potatoes in a mere 2 hours!  That’s a $260 profit!  But this is where our story turns into something straight out of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. It always starts off innocent enough.  But it always ends in horror…

She tells all the Sims to quit their jobs.  She pools all their money together and buys a new plot of land with no house on it.  She then plants 6 dirt patches and calls all the Sim’s over.  Finally she commands each Sim to tirelessly working the field, 2 hours a a time to bring in $1,560 in just 2 hours instead of letting them have a social life and bathroom breaks at a real job which would only produce $918 (among the six of them) in 7 hours.

Notice my wife's Sims Slaving Farm. Complete with a fence on all sides. Also protected against anything that might hinder productivity: Tv, Computers, Chairs, Human Resources Department, Bathrooms breaks, Talking, Questioning their Supreme Leader... But they can have all the potato's they can eat*!

*Limited to one potato per day.

Introduction!

What’s Up World!  My name is Theo Davis and I’m a hobbyhalic.  Very excited about the start of this Blog of mine.  I’ve always wanted to do something like this, but it has been terribly difficult for me to narrow my blog down to one thing.  Once I saw word press allowed me to create Categories it sparked the idea to blog about all the hobbies I love!  And I love a ton!  I’ve started 18 Categories today which I will slowly start to fill with posts.

Why 139?

Well… I have my reasons.  But my goal is to name 139 hobbies to blog about and entertain the world 😀

The Goal?

Some day I would love to start an actual website, but for now blogging just makes sense.  If you like a post PLEASE leave your thoughts!  I would love to hear your feedback, it might prompt me to blog more about that particular topic.  Well… Here we go!