For No Good Reason

I’m on hold with the VA, so I might as well post a few pix from Italy in 2002 using my first digital camera, a Sony CD500 camera.  Little discs, big fun!  Took over 1,100 shots over three weeks.

The choice in 2002 was either buy this in Murano, Italy, or buy the cedar deck around our pond.  The price, shockingly, was equivalent.  The picture doesn’t do this folded piece justice.

This is the piece we actually purchased, along with the deck.

Peonies in Florence at the Boboli Gardens.

Well, I’m down to caller #2, so have a day!

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8 thoughts on “For No Good Reason”

  1. At first I thought you were in Virginia.

    Did the digital camera have discs instead of a memory card? Or were the discs the glass objects?

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  2. I’m 25 miles south of PDX, and was vacationing in Italy that year, burning up my voluminous frequent flyer miles.  The camera actually held mini disks, which most disc players have a reduced diameter cut out for.

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  3. Trinity Waters:
    I’m 25 miles south of PDX, and was vacationing in Italy that year, burning up my voluminous frequent flyer miles.  The camera actually held mini disks, which most disc players have a reduced diameter cut out for.

    I thought MDs were a different technology than CDs. They sold as the next generation music player in Japan till the iPod players took off. It came in a cartridge, right? I never knew they put it in a camera.

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  4. Nope, just simply a small CD disc.  This was back when memory was expensive.  Of course, I’ve long since filed the pix in my PC.

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  5. The early 2000s were a high point in the digital format wars.  MiniDisc was the trademark of a digital audio format which used a magneto-optical disc in a package comparable in size to a 3.5 inch floppy disc.  It could hold 74–80 minutes of music, comparable to a  CD, but the music was compressed and of audibly inferior quality (if listened to on high-quality equipment).  Sony intended it mostly as a portable music format to replace cassette-based Walkman products, so the lower quality wasn’t thought to be a detriment.

    The huge advantage of MiniDisc over CDs is that they were recordable and re-writable.  When MiniDisc was introduced, recordable and re-writable CDs and the hardware to use them was far more expensive.  MiniDisc was a big hit in Japan and to a lesser extent in Europe, but never took off in the U.S.  In 2011, Sony announced that it was discontinuing MiniDisc Walkman devices.

    The Sony Mavica CD500 camera did not use a MiniDisc.  Instead, it used “Mini CD”, which is a CD-compatible disc 80 mm in diameter instead of the 120 mm standard CD.  Many CD drives can handle handle smaller discs.  In the 2000s, many computer peripherals came with driver software on Mini CDs.

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  6. Ok, TW, you have become my official real estate agent because I’m still reeling from the beauty of your property although PDX may not be a fit for me.

    Now I do like your taste in international trips. The two of us could probably give Fodors and Frommers a run for their money; I execute flawless trips abroad and manage to get the perfect seats at symphonies and restaurants and even special handling at the important museums. It’s hard work, but someone has to do it.

    My most impressive accomplishment? I got the Queen of England’s seats at a Lipizzaner show in Vienna and a free and friendly tour of the stables where I was able to meet the stars of the show.

    I was exhausted by my efforts but it was so worth it.

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  7. Those are beautiful, TW, especially the top one, with the intensely-hued primary colors that are often labeled jewel tones.

    Come to think of it, those particular colors are the colors of koi and water. Coincidence??

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  8. Thanks All for sharing.  I continue to be dazzled by the talent and knowledge of the population of Ratburg.

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