February 17th, 2009

Sepia, RB Office

Geographic/Cultural Musing

While skimming a discussion on the SMOFs list about DeepSouthCon and the possibility of a Worldcon in the South -- which included Miami on the list of potential host cities, I recalled a thought and observation either I made myself (not based on personal experience) or heard someplace:

"As one goes south in Florida from the panhandle, they find the culture rapidly moving back north."

Knowing that the recent history of Florida has a lot of the emigration into the peninsular parts of the state during the last 150 or so years has come largely from the northeastern US -- mostly New York and New England. At first these were rich winter tourists, then a mix of snowbird and permanent retirees, and then people who chose to pursue warmer weather year round, as well as jobs in the Space, entertainment and less savory industries.

Of course, especially in Miami, there was also a lot of migration from Cuba and possibly other islands. This would have also influenced the culture.

Given that, as I said, I have little personal experience (two visits to the Orlando area in each of the two previous years, and probably no more for several years), I could be completely wrong.
Sepia, RB Office

Sometimes quick glances at EBay are informative

In my posting yesterday, I mentioned that I thought that I would not be able to easily find a digital SLR body that would let me use my existing Minolta lens. So, while waiting for my tests to finish (or before leaving with my tests running unattended until morning), I did a search to see if EBay had any listings for Minolta bodies. To my surprise, I found listings for Sony Alpha cameras stating that they can also use Minolta lenses. Doing a bit more poking around I have determined to an 85%-90% certainty that they are. So, if I get the budget I can get a Sony body and use my existing lens. (One review even mentioned that the standard Sony lens isn't great).

Right now Amazon has some used versions of the older body in the mid $300.00's and a bit higher for used versions of the current body. New are a couple of hundred more in most cases. Fleabay has one listing currently at $300.00, but it has 22 bids and I'm not even going to think about joining that party.