After my review of the Leica M9 went live I got this great letter from an enterprising soul and a true camera lover. Check out his site leicadream.com for some sweet Leica gear....
Read your M9 review with great interest.
Shortly after its announcement in September 2009, I was lucky to
spend a few days with one of the first production cameras to get out of
the Leica factory in Solms.
Sadly, I had to give it back. Now I want one, and I want it bad.
Unfortunately, it's a ridiculously expensive tool, and I simply can't
justify the hefty price tag. I guess I could sell a kidney or
something, but I'd still have a hard time convincing my wife that I
really need another camera.
I set up this site in a desperate attempt to fund one. Ok, it's
not as desperate as it sounds. It's all done tongue in cheek and with
lots of humour, realizing that I'll probably have to start saving like
I don't expect to make a lot of money, but initial response has
been overwhelming. People are buying T-shirts, SIGG water bottles,
thongs (!) and other stuff, and even donating money without asking for
anything back (and not just pennies, either). Needless to say, I'm both
grateful and humble.
My hands-on Leica M9 review just went online over at Switched.com--check it out here. I won't reprise my gushing piece other than to say: next spare $7,000 is dog-eared for this camera. I'm posting some shots I got with the thing--I think the images speak to the incredibly rich image quality the Leica lens and full frame sensor deliver.
Just interviewed the rapscallion Liverpool band The Hot Melts over at Embury Cocktails about their drinking habits on and off the road. I learned that gin is made from the tears of widows and divorcées, 3 beers is the optimum number to consume before performing, and that a day in bed with a spliff and a copy of The NeverEnding story is the ideal response to a hangover. These guys rock.
Something about the tagline on the teaser one sheet for Spike Jones' adaptation of "Where The Wild Things Are" struck me as odd: "There's one in all of us". My slight sense of unease turned into weak-kneed laughter when I saw it written up on my pal John Walsh's blog, You Are Hated. His headline with the poster reads "Not sure how I feel about this tagline". His copy: "I dunno. Buy me a drink and we'll talk about it."
Over at Embury Cocktails we got a chance to sit down with Paula Reynolds, brand ambassador for Jameson, and talk Irish Whiskey for St. Patrick's Day. She made a Jameson Whiskey Sour for us that was really quite good-I say that having never considered using Irish Whiskey in a sour. And here she answers some burning questions on whiskey including: what's the deal with whiskey/whisky? Also, for the forward thinking drinker, check out our hangover cures from Josh Condon--and please, add your own--share the knowledge.