Christmas Again

So I guess I could say Merry Christmas. Then again, I WANT to say, “Hey it’s that time of year where I break out my Christmas theme for a blog!” I haven’t done this in a long while, and given that I’ve moved over to WordPress, I wonder if it’s possible.

Stay tuned for theme-like edits in the next day or two. As soon as I find time to break out my old copy of Photoshop and a few stupid photos of myself which I may already have somewhere on this server, I’ll drop in a new banner image of some sort!

Pentax Camera Accessories – The Expensive Joy of Brand Loyalty

Last April, after months of researching and stressing over whether or not I should (or could), I finally bit the bullet and spent $1300 on a nice 24Mpx Pentax K-3 DSLR. This is a super camera that I really have been enjoying and getting some high quality photos with. Most of all I like the standard ability you get with any DSLR of a fully manual photograph, something you just don’t get with a snapshot like my old Fujifilm A820. Sure the good snapshot cameras come with that little pseudo-manual exposure mode where you set one or two preferred manual settings and the rest remain automatic, but a nice DSLR will give you the ability to adjust everything about both exposure AND focus.

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Up2Date

Heading down to Mississippi in a day (actually, more like 18 hours) to visit friends. Everyone thinks we’re crazy, going at a time like this, when it’s all hot and stuff, but we felt we needed to get it in before school started. Actually, it’s so close to that deadline that they were planning to start school right in the middle of our trip, before we had planned it of course. Well, they’ve probably rethought, so we’ll have a great time seeing them anyway.

On another note, ever heard of Pivot Stickfigure Animator? Me neither, until last week when I saw a couple Youtube videos showing stickmen running around. Apparently, it’s a program entirely dedicated to animating stick-men!! Pretty neat-o. I sure like it. It’s a bit tough to get good at though. I’ve gotten a couple decent videos out of it, as they show silouettes of the previous frame. Anyway, here’s the link: http://www.geocities.com/peter_bone_uk/pivot.html. Personally, I’d go for the 1.3 Beta version, as samples you find on the web are not always compatible with the regular one. However, the beta has a stupid warning every time you open the program which is a text file warning you of how this program might not work because it’s a beta. Well, I think that right there is a beta bug that can use some fixing. Put a “Don’t show this again” checkbox or something.

Online Picture Storage

Well I’ve been storing a few of my online pictures in MSN Groups. But that wasn’t very good. It wastes a whole group, and I don’t like MSN that much. So I’ve moved almost all of my web pictures to PicasaWeb. Since Blogger stores all uploaded folders there anyway, I figured I might as well try to consolidate. So, in short, I’ve created a new album called Webdev. It will contain pixel colors (I already have black and white there) and a few other pictures even you can use for web development.

To use them is a bit confusing. You need to go to My Webdev Album and click on the picture you want to view/link to. The pixel ones are a bit small, so you will have to have good eyesight to find them.

Next, on the right side, you will see a link called “Download photo.” Right-click this link and “Copy Shortcut.” Go to your source code and Ctrl-V into an <img> tag. Make sure you remove the “?imgdl=1” from the end of the pasted image source code. This will make sure the image shows up on your page rather than prompting the end user to download it. Hit refresh (F5) in your web browser and my image should show up on the web page. Cool, huh?