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Friday Night Party Line Podcast

I was the special guest on an uber cerebral podcast last night called the Friday Night Party Line. I promise that I most definitely said something to embarrass myself. We talked about Esperanto, kids, video editing, environmental issues, polar bears, GPS, and what we would spend $5000 if we had to spend it.

What I would spend $5000 on if I was in some alternate universe where money grew on trees and responsibilities floated away on hot air balloons and the world wasn’t in peril (so I’m excluding things like rent, food, bills, saving the environment & polar bears et al.):

  1. Shure SCL5 Sound Isolating Earphones ($400)
  2. Canon 100mm Macro lens ($600)
  3. Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS ($1500)
  4. Heaps of Marks & Spencer biscuits ($200)
  5. Plane ticket to Australia ($2000) + Dingo repellant ($19.95)
  6. iPhone ($300 + $??? + 3 year contract + ∞)

Ok I went a bit over. Spending fake money is super easy.

What would buy with $5000?

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    July 4, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Lisa, Shure upgraded their SLC5 to the SE530 and it definitely sounds better then the SLC5 :D

    As for me,
    Magnepan MMG Speakers ( ($600)
    D-Sonic MAGNUM 200S amp ( ($900)
    Front row tickets to see Bob Dylan (~$250+?)
    100 stocks of Apple :) (~$1700)
    Tickets to South Korea so I can see my relatives ($1500+)

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    July 4, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    3333L of gas ($5000)

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    July 4, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    Nikon D3

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    Afif Tabish
    July 4, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    I would buy
    – MacBook Pro (2,000)
    – iPhone 3G (300+ Rogers contract)
    – Ticket to Lebanon (2800)
    100 or more over limit :P

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    Christopher Blunck
    July 4, 2008 at 6:38 PM


    You could go out and buy a Mark III or a D3 but that would eat up all of your $5k. Likewise you could buy a few cool lenses and that would be good too.

    I think that $5k could go a long way for some creative lighting. I look at your site because I really like what you’ve done with speedlights – it really shows how much creativity you can express through artificial light. Imagine if you sunk $5k into lighting gear (tripods, softboxes, gels, speedlights, strobes, etc).

    If I had $5k to blow it would definitely be on light apparatus. No doubt about it…

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    Michael Yurechko
    July 4, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    I’d grab my MacBook Air and hop on a plane to new zealand ($2000). I’d have to get a new camera, probably an XSi, 50mm and 85mm prime ($1800). I’d also go over a bit because I want that 70-200 as well :P.

    No iPhone for me with that money. I’d rather spend $5k on camera gear and a trip than the iPhone any day.

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    July 4, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    Oooooo… I love spending fake money!

    24″ iMac
    UrbanTool Sport Holster
    Travel to France to train with the pros. Not them (sorry Justine).
    Umm… then I’d just blow the rest at MEC.

    I’m going to wait to see what the outcome of the wireless spectrum action before I commit to getting the iPhone.

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    Ed Lau
    July 4, 2008 at 8:03 PM

    Hmm…since I already have both those lenses…have been to Australia…and have too many sets of headphones as it is…

    I’d get a Canon 5D as a second body to my MkII for full frame-ness ($1900) then spend the other $3g on a scooter. Gas prices are through the roof…

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    July 4, 2008 at 8:05 PM

    If I had to spend it I think I would get,
    50mm (or another prime, haven’t tried any prime macro before) Macro lens
    Nikon 18-200mm VR lens
    iPhone 3G, with Optus or Vodafone
    Either electric guitar, bass guitar or new electric/acoustic, or a combination of two or three of those, depending on how much money was left

    I like your selection Lisa! You have the Dingoes covered, what about spiders, snakes, magpies, wombats…

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    July 4, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    5Gs would just about cover the 3 year cost of owning an iPhone in Canada at the lower cost plans.

    eff Ted Rogers and the Model T he rode in on.

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    July 4, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    5Gs would just about cover the 3 year cost of owning an iPhone in Canada at the lower cost plans.

    Mmm, the cost of the iPhone outside America really isn’t as affordable as Steve suggested in the Keynote… I’m sure he said the US price would be reflected worldwide… I didn’t think he meant in one of those crazy circus fat-mirrors.

    Anywho, I suppose you get to subtract the amount you would have spent on regular mobile usage from the 5G.

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    Mathew Ballard
    July 4, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM II Telephoto Zoom Lens ($749.00)

    Sigma 18mm – 50mm f/2.8 EX DC Macro Autofocus Zoom Lens ($419.00)

    Various Filters ($500)

    Canon EOS-5D Digital SLR Camera Body ($1899.95)

    15.4″ Macbook Pro – ($1999.99)

    Over by $567.94. But that can be covered by money I already have an Reward Zone Certs that I would have for Best Buy, where I would buy the Macbook Pro.

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    July 4, 2008 at 10:15 PM

    $5000 wouldn’t last long. One trip to the mall would pretty much take care of that. First the Apple store… get a MacBook Pro and Leopard and an iPod Touch and a crapload of accessories, then I’d spend the rest on a new wardrobe or a bunch of new books… or something.

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    July 4, 2008 at 11:34 PM

    I’d go for a 4-continent oneworld Explorer around-the-world ticket for $4400 (various taxes and fees would gobble up the remaining $600 easily). I did one of these back in 2005 and it was awesome. Of course it was much cheaper back then; the same ticket in first class was less than $10000 all in, and now it starts at nearly $14000. I’d go to some of the places I missed in Australia and New Zealand (and hit some of the highlights of my previous trip again), then go to Japan and Thailand, maybe sample some European cities I haven’t seen yet (Prague tops that list), and stop over in New York on the return.

    All this assumes I could get a month off from work again, which seems unlikely right now.

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    July 5, 2008 at 12:39 AM

    O.k., Lisa… I actually just spent it this week… Heck, you only live once. I bought a Canon EOS 5D w/24-105 f4 L IS USM lens (w/ 5 year warranty) $3259.93… a Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens (w/3 year warranty) $372.99… and Adobe Creative Suite (Standard) $1199.95…

    … let’s see, that’s $4832.87!!!

    I’m $167.13 under budget!!! (my girlfriend might not see it that way, but then again, $167.13 is a rather nice date night). :)

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    July 5, 2008 at 1:32 AM

    The SE530 are the latest version. If you’re really bored when you’re in England and spend a lot of time on the train, you’ll probably find my pair that I lost a few weeks ago

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    July 5, 2008 at 5:35 AM

    A new Camera… probably not a professional level DSLR but something like the Canon EOS 450D or whatever it’s called in North America. Then a couple of lenses and a decent tripod.

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    James - DigitalKeyToInfo
    July 5, 2008 at 6:47 AM

    I’m a little thin on the lens side so maybe that would be a good way to go.
    I think Jin had a good idea with buying the Apple stock.

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    July 5, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Hi Lisa,

    first time here…Just to let you know that your blog is great. You’re gettin’ famous in Croatia (far, far away), too… :)

    I would spend $5000 to see your city and the rest of Canada…

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    July 6, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Round trip to Spain and Morocco

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    July 7, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    $5000 towards making it around the world.

    For me at least, good location beats good equipment…. Nothing says good location like slumming your way around the world.

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    Ashley Burton
    July 10, 2008 at 11:22 PM

    I think I’d have to go for the D3, sure it’d blow my budget but I could save up for extra lenses. Alternatively, maybe I’d spend it on travel, a road trip around Europe maybe.

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