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Toilet Swimming Canon Camera Resurrected – Next Act is Turning Water Into Wine

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
Categories: BoneheadsMiscellaneousSite News
My broken Canon S95, with the lens which is stuck open...  RIP old friend

My broken Canon S95, with the lens which is stuck open… RIP old friend

Who says miracles don’t happen?

A few weeks ago I posted a sad blog about the death of my trusty and awesome Canon S95 camera. The poor camera lost its mind and decided to swan dive into the toilet. When you see your $400 camera at the bottom of the toilet bowl there’s a slight delay as your brain processes the inevitable next action, reaching into the toilet. Fortunately the swan dive occurred prior to any activity, and not after.

I put the camera in a bowl of rice for a few days and upon attempting to power it up, the thing was dead. I wrote it off and have since been trying to figure out how to replace it on a blog’s revenue. The replacement was slated for 2073.

Good friend and golf entrepreneur John Hartline from Tornado Tee asked if he could take the cam and try an industrial plastic drying machine on the S95. I had nothing to lose.

After days of sitting in this machine I got my camera back today. It powered up, and the lens was retracting, unlike before. The screen though, was black. I could snap pictures which all turned out black as well. I fiddled with it for a few more minutes when suddenly the black screen came on and showed the correct image. Seconds later I was happily snapping photos.

Thanks to John for trying that. Saved me some bucks, and reunited me with a trusty old friend who was one of the most crucial tools of my golf blogging arsenal, and also one I use a ton to shoot family pics.

The camera has been resurrected. I’m frightened to look at a calendar, but I’m guessing it died 40 days ago.

Next it will walk on water and then turn water into wine.


First Look: Vision Golf’s Pro Soft Golf Balls from Down Under

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, February 20th, 2015
Categories: Golf BallsGolf EquipmentGolf GearSite News
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Vision Golf has been selling golf balls to some 300 green grass outlets down under for about eight years. This premium Australian golf ball brand is looking to expand to north America so where do they turn? HOG!
Vision_808_Golf_Balls

These are “pro” or “tour” model balls, but the cover is not urethane. I’m anxious to test these out in real conditions and see how they feel and perform. They’re in the queue, and weather-permitting my testing will start soon.


RIP Canon S95 Camera – Did Not Survive Toilet Swan Dive

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
Categories: BoneheadsMiscellaneousSite News

It has been a while since I posted a “bonehead of the week” award.  This award goes to…. me.

One of my key tools here at HOG, my pocket sized Canon S95 camera, has died a strange death.  The cause of death was technically drowning, after it spontaneously attempted (and succeeded) a swan dive into the toilet.  No, I was not trying to shoot a selfie or taking pictures of my private parts (need different camera for that with special macro lens).  The camera was in the pocket of a hoodie I was wearing, and as I was getting ready to use the facilities the camera unexpectedly launched itself out of the pocket.

My broken Canon S95, with the lens which is stuck open...  RIP old friend

My broken Canon S95, with the lens which is stuck open… RIP old friend

There’s a bit of a delay when you see a $500 electronic item sitting at the bottom of the commode, where you normally see other “objects” which are not to be touched.  Not sure if that slight pause was kiss of death or not, but it is definitely odd to have to reach into the pot and dig something out.  First time I’ve done that, and hopefully the last.

I’ve used this great camera for many on course photos, videos, and many product photos.  It has been a great tool in my arsenal since clear back in 2011.  I’ve captured thousands of photos with it.  It had a good run.  Unfortunately I’m not really positioned to replace it at the moment.  On a blog budget, one doesn’t have an extra $500+ sitting there waiting to be spent on equipment.  And, more honestly, I’ve spent all my money on remote control multi-rotor helicopter parts for my aerial photo and video ventures.

$500+ you ask?  I don’t go with cheapo point and shoot cameras.  Though this is pocket sized, it is a much higher quality unit with a much wider lens than an average camera of this size.

I’ve inquired with Canon about repairs, but I’ve already repaired this one once after taking photos in a sandstorm.  We’ll see what they say, hopefully soon.


First Look: New Srixon Z-Star and Z-Star XV Coming February 6th

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
Categories: Golf BallsGolf EquipmentGolf For WomenGolf GearSite News
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New ZStar Golf Balls for 2015

New Z-Star Golf Balls for 2015 – click image to see more

Thanks to Srixon for considering me as one of their “key industry influencers.” As said influencer, I get the privilege of playing the new 2015 Z-Star and Z-Star XV golf balls before they hit the market on February 6th. This nice box arrived on my doorstep yesterday.

I’ve reviewed the Z-Stars as well as the Z-Star XV in the past. They’re awesome golf balls. Really, there aren’t many companies out there making crappy golf balls! The technology is so good now.

I do recall that the XV is a very high compression, like 110ish.  Too high for my swing speed, but I’ll try these new ones out anyway. The regular flavor Z-Star though, is perfect for my game. Love those.

Weather permitting I hope to test these golf balls out soon.  It is winter here and golf rounds in northern Utah this time of year are not common.  Right now we’re skiing!

I’ve snapped a few pictures of the new Z-Stars for you to check out in the HOG Srixon 2015 Z-Star Gallery.

Click the Z-Star above to see more…


Say Goodbye to the Website Which Was Stealing My Content

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
Categories: BoneheadsGolf MediaMiscellaneousSite News

It took a bit of work and some time for me to get this done, but the asshole website/webmaster who was ripping off content from here at Hooked On Golf Blog and the HOG sister site HOGWire.biz, is now shut down.

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Adios.  Don’t f&%k with me.  I will win.


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