Nikon D70s digital camera:

Although it doesn't have the same classic good looks and rugged style of the Leica Digilux, I 've began to think the Nikon D70s might be the more useful camera. A wise friend told me a few months ago that the Leica images weren't suitable for big enlargements, which is what first turned me away from it. And then I found myself explaining to the kid the other night why he really wouldn't want a Leica to use for the photography class he's taking during his first year of high school.
The D70s has 6.1 effective megapixels that yield 3,008 x 2,000-pixel images that can be blown up fairly large. Plus, it can shoot a rapid 3 frames per second (which seems like it could be useful for something). And it has a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 second.
I'm tossing the Leica off my list (of course I still reserve the right to covet a film Leica).


Room & Board's Linear custom-designed credenza:

Room & Board now offers a create-your-own credenza that may be a better option for our office than the Modernica one (See the post from Sept. 14) because this one is a little taller but the same price. We need all the room we can get.


Case Study custom shelves from Modernica:

We desperately need a credenza in which to hide all the crap from our office area. Right now, whenever I am sitting in our television nook and I look across the mezzanine to the office, I get anxious because of the mess I see. We have no good place to store our computer disks, stationary, binders, files, etc. It's driving me mad!
Modernica makes this cool shelving unit based on a design done by Charles and Ray Eames for HermanMiller in 1950. The Modernica shelving can be customized into a 70-inch long credenza with filing drawers and storage drawers. Perfect.