August 31, 2009

Still Here

Just been farookin' busy.  When I'm not busy I'm in "reading mode" which means I'd rather grab a book and read than sit in front of a computer. 

Over the weekend I tried staying off the computer somewhat, but that meant I had to go scrub down the shower to get rid of rust stains (our water system had... issues... a while back and the water got a bit rusty for a while). 

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Bought some sample packs of photo paper from Red River papers.  Now I have to find a few pictures I'd like to test print to see if my poor little one lung HP ink jet can produce decent results.  Not sure which picture(s) to try though.  So I haven't done anything.  I like the fact that I can get a bunch of different types in one pack instead of trying to decide which of the multitudes will work for me. Now to find a decent pic...

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Been out walking two nights this week.  Had to wear coats (it's still August!) also I had out the ear warmer headband. *sigh*

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Not being ready for winter, I thought I'd cheer myself up and bought a pair of Frye boots (Zappos rocks!).  At least if it's going to be cold, I can wear something fun.  Well, I should say, I'll be able to wear them a lot when I get them softened up.

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Now I'm off to fold clothes since I didn't get the laundry done on the weekend. ~~~ I'm such a slug ~~~ then I shall read some more.

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August 27, 2009

Ready for the Big Cat

Snow Leopard comes out tomorrow.  That would be the upgrade to Mac's current Leopard operating system. 

I'm all ready.  Got Aperture updated tonight. I will be buying it soon  At $30 there is no reason not to upgrade.  First I'm waiting to see if Apple actually sends me the email about it.  I signed up but have yet to see one.  I wonder why.  Heh.

Hey Apple - Paying customer here!

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Oh The Irony

So there is now a US Senate seat vacant.  Oh the agony to Democrats everywhere... 

As the law currently stands:

the seat would have to remain vacant for the next 145-160 days -- thus busting the Democrats down to 59 Senate seats -- until a special election can be held. The Democrats would be heavily favored to win that special Senate election.

However, there appears to be at least a theoretical possibility that the seat could be filled sooner than that. In the final weeks of his life, Kennedy had called for the law to be changed to allow Gov. Deval Patrick (D) to make an interim appointment, selecting a caretaker who would represent the state and pledge not to run in the election.


Now you may be asking... what irony?

Well, the ability for the governor to appoint an interim Senator was the law until 2004.  It was used in 1962 when John Kennedy became President. 

But in 2004 when it looked like John Kerry might become President - guess who was governor.  Go on, guess... yes that's right, Mitt Romney - a Republican.

The Dems of the state quickly changed the law... just in case.  Thus making it impossible for the evil Romney to appoint a Senator the Dems may not like. 

Now, of course, this is coming back to bite them.  It's the most hilarious thing.  The dithering...

Most everyone in the state hates the current governor (Coup Deval), but he is a Democrat and he could appoint a Dem until the next election is held.

I'm pretty sure most of the state's Democrats see nothing odd at all in changing the rules on a regular basis as long as it benefits them. Imagine the uproar if Republicans were doing this.  The hypocrisy is astounding.  Yet all the people of this state keep electing them to office.  Amazing.


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August 26, 2009

The Flowers They are Blooming

Earlier today I took a few minutes to dash out with my camera (well, I did have to go get the mail...) and took a few pics of the flowers in the yard.  Because it was necessary.

It seems one of the old rose bushes has a bloom. Since this "bush" is pretty much a stem with a rose on it, I decided it needed a picture for putting forth so much effort.



Pretty isn't it.

For some reason the next one just cracks me up. Don't know why, just the drapy nature of it I guess.



Still no idea what these ball type flowers are called, but this one is nearly done blooming and still looks good.



Coneflowers everywhere.  It looks like this one has some pollen from a passing bee - tiny dots of yellow in the center.



My rose still survives.  It's looking a bit wilty at the moment, but it's blooming again. Probably needs another handful of Rose Tone.  I'll get that this weekend.



Last of all, the ornamental grass is being very ornamental indeed. 



And that's all for tonight.  I was also working a little bit on bracketing.  Maybe more of that in the next couple of days.  We'll see.

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August 25, 2009

Summer's About Over

If the weather nuts are correct, we have one more 80+ degree day in store and then the temps drop to the 70's.  That means fall is ready to dig in and get things underway. 

At this time of year the temp seldom shoots back up once it starts the downward trend.  Of course we had about 2 and a half weeks of summer.  So I guess I should say Yay!  And I have to say that while it was very humid and yucky... it wasn't incredibly hot (I'm sorry but high 80's don't count as incredibly hot) and it wasn't even all that humid compared to say... Florida where it's about 100% humidity all the time.

So Yay - we had a leetle bit of summer.

Okay, I said it.

Until the beginning of August we had "not-winter" instead of summer.  I'm pretty sure most of the kids around here are all bummed out because now they have to head back to school and they barely got summer. 

Usually fall is lovely here.  I'm waiting to see if all the rain earlier this summer makes the fall better or worse.  Stay tuned. I'm sure there will be pictures involved.

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August 24, 2009

I Must Be Ordering Everything Under the Sun

Because I am suddenly getting about 500 email spam a day saying:

order confirmation #29175

Most annoying. 

They are going mostly to a single email box.  I will be closing that down.  It's one I used to use frequently to subscribe to newsletters and such.   Now it's just a huge spam catcher. I've been working on changing the real emails over. 

*sigh*

I hate spammers.

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August 23, 2009

The Weekend is Nearly Done

This is what I'm looking for this next week...



Mind you, I doubt I'll get it, but it's what I'm looking for.  Hope everyone else has a nice peaceful week.

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August 22, 2009

It's All About the Light

Photographs that is.  They are 100% dependent on how your camera (and you) handle the lighting in the area.

Ever since I sent my camera in for cleaning and they upgraded the firmware, I can't seem to get a good handle on my camera metering anymore.  Something has changed and it looks like it will be a bit more work for me to get shots that are properly exposed for the lighting situations.  (in other words they're making me think - damn it!)

Of course the Nikon D80 is known to have issues with metering. It can be dealt with, I just wish I was better at it than I am. (basically I suck at this - I am overly dependent on Aperture to fix the lighting of my pictures - not a good thing)

So today I took my camera out - in between storms - and took a number of pictures.  Each set of 3 were of the same object.  The difference is in the metering which was in order: spot (uses the focus point area to meter), center weighted (uses a slightly wider area around the center point to meter), and matrix (uses all points available to meter). 

Naturally, different lighting conditions produce different results (if I may state the bleeding obvious without someone strangling me).  BTW - this is one time I'm posting pictures that might be out of focus since I was going for the overall light effect rather than the object itself.  These are straight out of the camera with absolutely no adjustments at all.

First we have a flower from a butterfly bush.  The flower is in shade, the background is bright from the sun.

Spot:



Center:



Matrix:



Of those 3, I think the spot metering turned out the best when not having any adjustments made.  That might change if I was working with the pictures and messing with levels... I have no idea.

Next set is in shade with even darker shade behind it.

Spot:


Center:


Matrix:


Of those 3, spot is the worst.  With center being brighter and matrix being the brightest. 

Then we have a very confused rhody (they're supposed to bloom in the spring) that has a few blooms.  It's in direct sun, mid-day.

Spot:





Center:


Matrix:


Of this set, the spot metering once again looks the worst as it nearly has blown highlights on some of the leaves.  Center is a bit darker but seems to be the most balanced.  Matrix isn't bad, but also seems a bit too bright in some areas.

Last of all we have a wider angle scene in bright sun. 

Spot:


Center:


Matrix:


In this set, Matrix metering seems to bring out details a bit more in the darker areas and is overall the brightest.  The other metering modes are creating a darker image even in bright sun.

Why did I write this out?  Hopefully so I remember to mess about with my metering and even with exposure compensation while out taking pictures. Most of the time I am thinking more about grabbing a shot than how the camera is set up.  I need to work on that so I have less work after the shots are taken. 

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August 20, 2009

Some This and That

Spent the day doing odd little things. Chasing down little bugs in html and figuring out why a number of things don't work right. All in all, not very productive, and somewhat annoying.

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My husband has been showing me "the ribbon" on his more modern version of Office he uses at work. What a mess! When I have to switch over it's going to take me forever to figure out where they put stuff. (all in the name of making it more convenient for me to use - sheesh!)

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If you didn't see it, Lileks has a video with scenes of the post storm distruction in Minneapolis. Here's his take along with the link to the vid.

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Someone using bing hit my site with this search term:

my toddler turned on dishwasher with no dishes

They got this page.  I hope that helped them.  No toddlers were involved in the making of my blog post though.

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Last of all we have a building down in Boston.  A thin building.  A building that looks as if it has been on a diet and slimming down. 

One wonders if the apartments take the entire width or if they are long skinny stringlike places.



That's all for now.  More when I think of something else.

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August 18, 2009

Whew - End of the Day Again

Here's hoping that tomorrow is a little less... busy... than today.

I leave you with this.



For some reason, a gondola on the Charles River in Massachusetts makes me giggle.  And that's a good way to end the day. 

Later peeps.

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