Is this what it’s like to be home? I hope so! I don’t spend nearly enough time at home, what with my travelling and all for work. So it has been wonderful to know that, no, I don’t have to fly to work tomorrow, or the next day … or the next even! In fact, I don’t even go to work until next year! (It feels good to say that, doesn’t it?) So I will enjoy my time at home (even though we are sneaking away for New Year’s) with Laura. I only wish I could travel not quite so much. Then, it would be easier to bear.
Laura and I wish all of you who have nothing else to do today but browse the web a Merry Christmas. Sure, it’s the day after, but so? Yesterday, we had the most wonderful Christmas I’ve ever had and I wish you all had the same feeling I did. So – enjoy your holiday gifts, your family and don’t get killed in the rush to the after-Christmas sales!
Since I have so much spare time… 😉 I decided to upgrade to the newest version of Movabletype, which is the software running this site, BTW. It simply enhances the security of the web site and has some minor fixes. Nothing special – it just takes a long time to upgrade with Unix command line copies. I also changed the visual layout. Enjoy!
Well, here I am in not-so-sunny California. Workin’ again. You know, it’s kinda strange to be on this kind of trip. I’m not used to such a short trip. After all, I’ll only be here for two full days and then I go home. I’m not quite used to the short turn-around. It’s kinda nice, but it messes with my routine. Not that I have a routine that’s been fully established – that’s the problem. I NEED a routine and this short week knocks it out of kilter.
I don’t really know why I’m complaining. I certainly DON’T want to work through the holidays. I guess I just didn’t want to come here at ALL this week. All is not bad, though. See, tomorrow, I get to go home. That IS good. And I don’t have to work next week. I’ll be relaxing and enjoying myself AWAY from the office.
Well, the wedding pictures are posted! Go check them out. I know I said it would take a while, but these are only the ones on my hard drive. Thanks goes to Michael Fischer who took most of the ones at the reception. He also used his digital camera to take motion video and those are posted as well (they’re just very large, so be patient!)
I have been notified that I will probably stay working on this project until the end of March. argh. Not too pleased about that. I was hoping for a hiatus at home for a couple of weeks and then maybe to move to a more exciting project where my prefered skills can be used – maybe even learn new ones. But, it doesn’t look like that is going to happen.
However, things always have a good side if you look for it. Today, I just participated in a prayer meeting here in California. It’s really nice to have a place where I can relate to people who share my faith as well as be encouraged and prayed for. They even have a Bible study on Tuesdays which I will be attending as well.
Also, I had my project manager tell me last night that he’s thinking about sending me to Australia. Ouch! The Pain! (just kidding) Now, I only hope they give me enough notice to get Laura a ticket to come with me!!! Of course, nothing is ever final or certain in this project, but hope is what makes things bearable.
Have you ever gotten to a point where no matter how hard you try, it doesn’t seem like you can make any progress? I feel that way sometimes with my pictures. I have so many pictures and things I need to post and configure on my site that it sometimes seems that I can never finish it.
So: in order to catch up, I have been posting my humongous backlog of pictures. I am posting some pictures and movies (yes, Gallery will do movies as well) to the wedding album. “Wedding album?” you say. Well, you can’t see it yet. I have it hidden until I put enough things in there. It is in the first album on the gallery page, but you just can’t see it. So, once I upload more pictures, I’ll open it up for everyone to look at. I just didn’t want you to think I’d forgotten about them. No, they are a large part of my backlog.
Once I got married, my free time hasn’t been quite what it was, Thank God! So, I don’t spend as much time on the computer anymore. All these pictures and movies have been sitting there waiting for me to get to them. And now that my project has slowed a little, I have some free time in the evenings to do some photo correction and posting.
One day, maybe I’ll catch up…
I have started a wine database with some few types of wine we have had. These wines will be rated and described as best an amateur can and I would really like your feedback on the comments for each one. I have now placed a link on the home page right under the Gallery link for the wine database. You can search for any wine you want from the top level of the Gallery. (not that I have many to search yet…) Go check it out!. I will be more than happy to post pictures and recommendations/evaluations from other wine lovers. Simply send me a picture (digital preferably) and the following information (see the wine database for examples):
Evaluation: (rank it 1 to 10)
Summary: (a brief description in your own words)
For those of you who didn’t know, a “sommelier” is a wine steward – usually quite knowledgeable on wines… not that I’m in any way an expert!
[UPDATE 1/4/2016] I’ve removed the links to the Gallery since I’ve take that part of the site down. I will replace this content some other way.
It’s out! I have installed the new Gallery 1.4.1 software on my server and it’s up and running. It has tons of new features, only one of which I’ve enabled at present: recursive slideshow. This used to bomb out when you tried to slideshow where there were only albums and not pictures. Now, it will go all the way down into each subalbum and show you all the pictures all the way down. Kinda cool, but if you did it from the front page, it would really keep my server busy for a while. There are, after all around 3,700 pictures on here now.
There are tons of new features I will later explore, like email subscrition and notification, gallery themes, all sorts of fun things. For now, I’ll just keep it simple and do one thing at a time.
Well, now that I’ve been back a while, you’re probably wondering: “Where are these pictures I keep hearing about?” Well, here they are! There are not nearly so many pictures as from Dive Turkey III. And, you’ll find some dives, I was focusing on certain objects like anemones, friends, octopi, etc.
My realization is that I need a strobe to do this right. I have been reading more about digital photography and I can only go so far with the built-in flash. It causes the particulates to illuminate, as you can see in this picture of Jason… It looks like he’s exploding.