September 28, 2011
After jumping into the Facebook fray, Erica has returned to blogging. I like this far more than scattershot single line entries over the course of the day on fb. So go see her photos if you haven't seen them in a while and leave her a comment. We want her to stick around in the blog world this time.
September 27, 2011
-- OMG geeky guy next to me in geeky deep philosophical coding conversation on phone. Let me gag him!
-- If I ever wear big white tennies to travel my husband has instructions to shoot me.
-- Geeky guy just exclaimed "Gate 19!" hung up on his friend, jumped out of his seat, walked off leaving his computer, half eaten sandwich, and bags to check gate change. Wow.
-- Why is there always one person who won't sit down when we're trying to get going? Why?
-- No kids on this flight. I'm sure that's a first ever!
-- Southwest has much nicer terminal areas than United. Much.
-- What is with people just stopping either directly after walking off the jetway or in the middle of the main walking corridor blocking traffic when they exit the plane? Idiots.
-- Pilot talking on intercom. Sound is so bad we can't begin to hear him. So what's the point? I guess this means we'll be landing soon. Excellent.
-- Woman in front of me has fully reclined her seat but keeps tossing about on it like she can't find a comfortable position. Waiting for the seat back to collapse onto my lap. It's only a 2 hour flight - not an all-nighter!
And thus some of the thoughts that flitter through my head become an eventual blog post.
Looks like a leftover from Cows on Parade. Or an escapee from one of the old meat packing plants… you never know. heh.
Another interesting site I posted at Posterous. When in Chicago, one should always be looking around carefully - you never know what you'll see.
September 22, 2011
While we were in flitting about the north parts of California we heard about Armstrong Woods and decided to stop. Everyone had been urging us to go see Muir Woods (just north of SF) and we had that on the agenda, but figured… why not stop here since we’re driving right by.
It’s a beautiful place. There were people, but it wasn’t crowded at all. There were paved walking paths and then some unpaved paths too. One could spend many hours hiking there. Here are a few of the many many photos I took.
This is called (according to the tour guides at Korbel where you will see this too) a fairy circle. When a redwood is cut down and the stump is left in the ground, it sends out shoots all around the base and a ring of trees grows.
I saw this gentleman walking along and decided it would be nice to have a person in the shot to give some sort of scale to the trees.
The next is the Parson Jones tree. It’s the second oldest (the pic of the the oldest tree didn’t turn out quite so well). It’s 310 ft tall, 13.8 ft in diameter and approximately 1300 years old.
This a cross section of a tree that fell during the 1906 SF earthquake. The various plaques show important dates in history.
Down to the date it sprang into being.
There are even a few root balls on display.
And naturally I had to find one tree that I could lean against and look straight up.
That is certainly not all, so if you ever are north of SF - do look for this place. We passed on Muir Woods because it was so extremely crowded we would have had to park nearly a mile down the road and walk back. Armstrong was far better if only because it was less crowded.
September 20, 2011
While we were in California we toured the Korbel Winery. They have 2 tours, the main part of the winery, where they make champagne, and a garden tour. The original Korbel house and gardens are still on the site although no one lives in the house anymore. There are some lovely gardens surrounding the house. I don’t know all of the flower names, but they are pretty. As usual you can click to make them bigger if you want.
I caught a butterfly here:
This one was eye-catching
This is from a rose bush that is over 100 years old growing on the side of the house.
This is a cork tree. Let us all bow to this lovely little plant that allowed wine bottles to be properly closed for many many years.
This was the strangest plant I’ve ever seen. Some sort of Chinese plant with teal petals… wow!
And last of all we have this one. Interesting flower. Not sure what it’s supposed to be doing but interesting.
This concludes our garden tour. If I have time, there will be a tour of the Armstrong Forest tomorrow.
September 19, 2011
I haven't had time to look at my photos from San Francisco which is annoying. I would do it tonight since I seem to have a few extra minutes to spare, but I got a new crown on a tooth today and I don't feel much like working on photos. The crown itself is fine. I think Novocaine makes me feel rather listless after it finishes the primary job of making my teeth numb.
Okay so I'll do yet another rec on some apps since I don't have anything else and I do want to put up a blog post.
First is CamScanner+ for the iphone. I love it. I can take a photo of a printed page and turn it into a pdf to be saved (I usually save to Evernote but there are other options) it's the perfect solution to slow scanning. The image is not as good as a flatbed scanner, but definitely readable and fast. My desktop scanner is soooo slow and it is a royal PITA to use, so I've taken to using this if there is something I want to be readable, but doesn't have to be perfect.
BTW this is perfect for:
-business cards - you can get them loaded to EN and dump the card.
- appointment cards - you can scan them in and not worry about losing it.
That kind of thing.
An example of how this would be handy... today's dentist appointment. My calendar on my iphone said the appointment time was 11am. Their calendar said 11:30am. If I had a copy of the appointment card in EN I could have called it up and shown them that I did not make a mistake when I entered the time on my calendar. As it was... well... it was always possible I entered the time wrong. Wouldn't have changed anything but I would have been vindicated. Oh well.
The other app was recommended to me by blogless friend Chip. It's called filterstorm. It's a photo app for the iphone and there is a pro version for the ipad.
I have gotten both the iphone version and the ipad pro version but have only had a little time to play with them... they will take some figuring out.
The pro version is a pretty nice photo library type of thing like Lightroom or Aperture (but not quite as functional yet). Derrick Story just did a great review of it. This is something I could have really used when I went to his workshop! (of course only if I'd had a few days to play with it beforehand - it is not something one can download and immediately understand).
So that's it. Now I'm off to read because I've even run out of ambition to type a blog post - such as it is. More later I hope.
September 12, 2011
First of all, you can touch and hold where you want to focus, then using a second finger, touch the screen somewhere else and you get a circle that will change the exposure level (lighten and darken the photo) until the screen looks right to you - just move it around. Then take the pic when you like how the light looks.
There's a little wheel next to the "shutter button" and it lets you do image stabilization, or a timer, or a burst mode.
Once you take the pic you can edit it to make it look fun or funky or just improve the way it looks - there are any number of variations you can make. You can even pull in a photo you already took and work on it.
Yeah, I know - tiny screen, but still you get the option of working on it or not. It's fun!
No they haven't paid me at all. I have been playing with this app lately and thought I should pass along the fun.
I posted this pic over at posterous - I used the "depth of field" effect that softened the edges. I think I used some color effects too but can't quite remember. (whoops nearly forgot!) It's got a grid on it! It helps you keep the photo straight instead of ending up with a tilted photo you have to straighten later! Cool.
So if you have an iphone and haven't grabbed this app yet - get it, then go forth and take photos! Don't forget to post them.
September 10, 2011
There are people we do not want to forget.
All these years later it is still heart wrenching and brutally painful.
As I did all those years ago, I'm going to give the "media" a pass. I will be avoiding tv, the internet, radio, any media that will be continually reliving those minutes.
I don't need to relive that day. I never forgot. I don't think it's possible to forget.
September 08, 2011
I know most people who read here don't pay much attention (if any) to the computer security news stories going on in the great wide world. Can't blame you, there have been quite a number of data breaches and all kinds of headlines about leaks. It's mind bogglingly confusing. Who can keep up with it all? And why should you?
Since it gets a bit lengthy, I'm putting the rest below the fold. If you are interested, read on.
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