Thursday, February 22, 2007 Guinea: The Case for U.S. Action (Page 1 of 2) Guinea: The Case for U.S. Action (Page 1 of 2)

This editorial in by Herbert S. Challenor powerfully explains why the US should get involved in the situation in Guinea. We have direct economic and moral interests in what happens in Guinea.

Guinea is a natural ally of the USA. All its people want is a fair chance at a good life. They want an honest government. When I visited Guinea a few weeks ago, I was astounded at the patience of the Guineans dealing with so much corruption an incompetence. But that patience is at an end.

We can't let the situation in Iraq distract us from another possible tragedy which would have dire consequences for the people of Guinea, the rest of west Africa, and the USA.

Friday, February 16, 2007

NPR : Guinea Under Martial Law as Protests, Riots Mount

NPR : Guinea Under Martial Law as Protests, Riots Mount: by Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, who I believe is based in Dakar. I'm glad to see NPR do a story on the situation in Guinea. It's well worth a listen. The imposition of a state of siege and the curfew will not help. It will only postpone the eventual changes that have to happen.
I liked the interview with the injured man in the hospital in Conakry. It showed how so many innocent people are suffering. I remember driving right by the hospital when I was there. I never imagined how it would be needed in a few weeks.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

More Megapixels

This is an article by David Pogue in the New York Times. He describes a test, done twice, where identical prints are made at three different megapixel densities. In spite of what most people think, almost no one can tell the difference between the prints. They are essentially identical.

So, this means that in choosing a camera megapixels are just one factor. The lens, electronics, storage capacity, etc. are equally as important.

I just upgraded from my three year old Gateway 5 megapixel camera to a 6 megapixel Panasonic DMC-FZ7. I was looking for the zoom lens (12X vs. 3X optical) and the faster response time in a newer camera. Also, to be honest, I couldn't afford the 8 or 9 megapixel model.