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A slight update

I decided to add one item to my Steve Jobs memorial post, the item regarding Steve’s “Thoughts on Flash” article [link: http://www.apple.com/hotnews/thoughts-on-flash/%5D. I’m not sure why it didn’t occur to me to include that originally.

Hopefully I won’t be sued for my comments in relation to that item. I do really like Adobe software, other than Flash, which is probably my #3 most hated software of all time, after Time Machine and Windows 95 (Java gets 4th place, LOL). I use licensed copies of Photoshop and Dreamweaver on a regular basis. :) :) :) I also personally own a copy of Photoshop Lightroom on my own iMac.

[Note to my fellow geeks: I use Dreamweaver because 1) my employer owns a licensed copy, and 2) it offers some useful shortcuts over editing HTML in Notepad, and 3) the project I work on is, honestly, not complicated enough to justify my spending the time to find something better. LOL.]

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Blog Layout

Hmmm!

I’ve been trying out different layouts for this blog over the past couple of days. I started with the one I use for my Four Things and a Lizard blog, and realized it looks gorgeous for that blog but won’t really work here. I previewed a bunch of others, even going so far as to install a couple of them. This one here is the only one which has really struck me as being “right” though.

It’s not perfect, of course. I don’t really like the little icons in the footer of each article. And when I completed and published my post from earlier today, I noticed there were links inserted at the bottom of it, to “possibly related” articles on other people’s blogs. I doubt I’m going to want that to stay there, assuming there’s an option to eliminate it somehow.

However, all things considered, it’s a very nice layout. It’s light enough on color elements that I can realistically use it for a blog that covers photography, but isn’t totally monochrome. It also features a customizable header, which I like. The one up there right now is a cropped section of this photo:

Broken Reeds

I may alternate it with other photos sometimes too.

Yes, I think this will work out pretty good! :)

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Dry spell

Winter is now underway in earnest, and I’ve been in the midst of some photography blahs lately. The problem started when there wasn’t a single sunny day in the entire month of December, except for days when I was at work and couldn’t go outside. All others were cloudy, without exception. With sunrise being so late and sunset happening well before I get out of work, this was a pretty discouraging state of affairs. Even taking four days off around the Christmas holiday didn’t help—not one of them was sunny. Of course I took a stab at getting out with the camera anyway, on days when the roads weren’t clogged up with new snowfall, but I wasn’t exceptionally happy with the results.

Now that we are into January, the weather pattern has flipped and sunny days are much more common. As is typical, though, this means colder weather. Due to some car issues this year, I’m a little nervous about getting out into the middle of nowhere and leaving my car parked when it’s so cold out. A couple weeks ago it wouldn’t start due to an electrical problem. That issue has apparently been fixed now, but since then there have been some random instances of the blower shutting off briefly, or even refusing to start. Obviously I can drive the car without the blower, but it’s not pleasant when the heating system isn’t fully functional in the dead of winter. (And not being able to defog the windows in the morning is a real pain in the ass.)

I’m also getting discouraged about my new Flickr account. I had wanted to have all my old pics reposted over a month ago already, but I’m still dragging my feet. In fact, I haven’t made any progress in a while, except for deciding that there are definitely going to be some photos which will be skipped this time around. I’ve also realized it was a mistake to delete my old Flickr stream. Aside from casting off a lot of useless group subscriptions, I don’t think I’ve benefited from the switch in the least.

The final problem is more simple: I’m just not feeling all that inspired right now.

So for now, I’m amusing myself by trying different themes for this blog. I also want to take a look at the categories, because they seem like they could use some updating. There are also a bunch of draft posts that I should either finish or delete. Probably the tagging needs to be reviewed too. (Actually I hate tagging, but it is useful enough that I keep trying, as frustrating and imperfect as it is.) That’s also the main reason for this post—just to get myself doing something here, so I don’t let it slide completely, like I’ve pretty much done with my old Blogger blogs.

Speaking of which, I actually did take a quick look at my other blogs recently. Right now I have no ideas about what I would write on them, but there are at least two of them (out of four) which I would like to keep active. One is my SG-13 blog here on WordPress. I was reading some of my SG-13 posts last night and realized I’m very happy with a lot of what I did on that blog. I definitely want to get started on it again, if I can find the time.

Anyway. That is what has been up lately. :)

Oh—I believe Nikon is going to be coming out with a D90 replacement model sometime in the near future. I’d have to check but I think February was the time I heard mentioned. Sounds exciting! For a long time I considered the D90 to be the obvious choice for my next camera body. I even had the plan of purchasing one right around the time that the successor was announced, that way I’d get the D90 for a really reasonable price. Well, that time is now! And I am not ready to spend that kind of money just yet—I have credit card debt I’ve been dragging around since 1993 which is within two or three months of finally being paid off, so there is no way I’m spending $800 on a camera body until that is taken care of. However, this may not actually be a problem, since I have lately been thinking that the D90 successor might have some features that I could appreciate, in which case there is no rush. The other choice, of course, would be a D300s, and there is no rush on that either.

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RIP: My old Flickr account

Well, for reasons that I’m not going to go into, it was necessary to delete my original Flickr account, the one located at http://www.flickr.com/photos/68079097@N00/.

This is a bit of a bummer, but I’m well along in getting started with a new stream. In fact, things are going so swimmingly that I may soon have to break out the plastic money and get myself another pro account.

All of the pics I have posted on this blog so far come from the old stream, so at the moment they will appear as broken. I’ll fix that as soon as I get a chance.

The link to the new account is http://www.flickr.com/photos/44497532@N08/. I will miss being one of the elite “@N00” people! :(

My old account was started in February of 2005, and had received over 17,000 views. I wonder what kind of viewage I’ll get on the new stream. As of this writing, I have 21 views. :) That’s the count for the stream, not the count for the individual pics. Once I reactivate my pro status, I’ll be getting a better look at the stats situation.

Another question is Flickr’s Explore. My old stream only had three photos reach permanent “Explore” status (another two were “explored” and then removed later, for some mysterious reason). A lot of the reason for this was that, for quite a long time, my workflow consisted of a final JPG for upload which contained no EXIF data at all. It’s fairly well-known on Flickr that you’ve got to have EXIF data in order to be considered for Explore. I know most of my old pics will still have the no-EXIF problem when I upload them again, but moving forward, all the newer stuff will have it.

Finally, I offer a suggestion to anyone who might find themselves in a similar situation in the future: If you want to “recover” some of the text data from a deleted Flickr account, use Google’s cache feature. But be careful doing that—if you access too many cached pages within too short a time, Google’s servers will decide you are committing a TOS violation and you’ll be banned from using cached pages. How long will the ban last? Who knows. I suppose it varies depending on how nasty they think you are. So be careful. As of last night, I was unable to access any cached Google page from my home internet account, even after waiting a couple of hours. I hope they lift the ban, but I’m afraid now that if I do even a little bit more, it’ll set off their alarm again and I’ll be banned forever. (Or at least until I get a new IP address, which could be months from now.) It’s possible I may already be banned forever. I hope not. :(

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Another Revision

I’ve decided that a new, general purpose blog is really not something I’m interested in getting started right now, especially since I already have blogs back on Blogger which could serve the purpose perfectly well if I ever feel like starting that up again (and hey, one of them still gets 50 to 75 hits per day, even though it must be a year since I’ve posted there).

So anyway. I’m turning this back into a blog about my photography stuff (and possibly other creative endeavors, such as if I ever manage to get back into using Garageband, although at the moment that doesn’t seem very likely). Mostly I’m thinking of just talking about photography stuff, I’m not thinking of linking many of my photographs here. For that, you can go to my Flickr stream. Well, maybe I’ll link a thumbnail or two here. I haven’t decided that yet. What can I say–over time, I think a blog is better if it evolves into a mature form, rather than having everything decided at the beginning. And right now, this blog has never progressed beyond the embryo stage. ;)

At this point I am undecided whether to delete the posts that are now “off topic”, or just make them private or what. The only thing I’m decided on is that I don’t want to deal with it right now. :)

Basically why I’m getting back into this is that I keep writing out these big long posts on Flickr discussions and then deciding I don’t want to actually post them there (for reasons too obscure to explain). But with some if them, it occurs to me that they’d make halfway decent blog entries. I’ve actually done this once already, a post called Raw Workflow Software (and which is now due for a substantial update, as a matter of fact).

So that is that. Onward!

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