Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Conversation: MiniMag - The Ranger of flashlights

Lights: Fenix L1D-CE, MiniMag

Me: well as long as you have it, I recommend you go have some fun with the light, compare it to minimag and whatnot
Mike: i already did
Mike: i opened the box
Mike: went "ick"
Mike: and closed it
Mike: and i used my blue minimag for about 2 hours today
Mike: one of 2 blues
Me: when the head is fully tightened it comes on at full power, half press strobes it. head loose, comes on low, half presses step through two more levels. go adventure with it
Mike: too fancy
Mike: it should have
Mike: on
Mike: and off
Mike: and patented adjustable beam
Mike: and candle
Mike: thats all i can comprehend
Me: if you want on and off, leave the head tightened down and just press the button on and off, dont do the half presses
Me: you wont even have to deal with the extra features
Mike: too fancy!
Me: press, on!
Me: press, off!
Mike: it has an integrated circuit
Me: easy
Mike: too FANCY
Me: pft
Me: you'll never get to see how much better your minimag is if you dont compare em
Mike: i already know
Mike: a minimag is like a 1988 ford ranger 2 wheel drive
Mike: it just doesnt get any better

Friday, April 13, 2007

Conversation: Mag 6D - The best flashlight in the world.

Mike: 2 hundred dollars!
Mike: for a FLASHLIGHT!
Me: yup
Me: now theyre gone so theyre expensive
Me: I got mine in the going to be gone sale
Mike: are they really better than 10 minimag leds?
Me: sure are
Mike: how could you need that much light!
Me: its not how much light
Me: its how well it controls that light
Me: and how well its all put together
Mike: patented adjustable!
Me: how perfect the beam is
Me: how the tint is guaranteed white
Me: it has a patented adjustable beam level
Me: I used mine tonight, on the 2.5 and 42 lumen settings
Mike: i have a minimag
Mike: it's blue
Mike: i paid 0 dollars for it
Me: how's its regulation?
Me: cool
Me: is it like this? [HDS regulation curve]
Mike: yep
Me: that's pretty good then
Mike: 6D's is better
Me: I'm sure it is
Me: it gets brighter during use right?
Mike: yea
Mike: its hyperbolic
Me: down then up towards the end? over and over?
Mike: infinitely fantastic
Me: so is that how you vary the output, just wait for it to hit the level you want?
Mike: it knows
Me: how does it know!
Mike: it uses a neural network to predict what output level i require
Mike: judging on previous uses and heuristics
Me: well that's pretty good
Mike: it's feed forward
Me: hm?
Mike: i'm not explaining it
Me: I wouldn't understand?
Mike: i only basically understand them
Mike: theyre crazy
Mike: and in their infancy
Mike: it means its outputs can be used as inputs to itself
Mike: so it essentially feeds itself with its old decisions to influence new ones
Me: you're saying it can learn and think!
Mike: yes
Mike: its how anything that resembles artifical intelligence works
Me: 6D is scary!
Mike: yea it knows what you want
Mike: thats how good the 6D is
Me: not bad for 20 bucks
Mike: 20.95
Me: I want one
Me: put 18 AAs in it
Me: jam an air raid searchlight on the front
Mike: why modify perfection?
Mike: thats like getting rims for your enzo
Mike: now like a surefire or a streamlight
Mike: i can see modifying those
Mike: thats like leaving your vw stock
Mike: you just gotta mod that ish
Me: my surefires roll just fine stock, aside from the occasional engine swap