Apr 072011

I’m starting up a new blog where I’ll just talk about photo apps for the iPhone and iPad. I have a feeling it will be far more active than this blog, since it is so much easier to do a blog that focuses on a particular topic as opposed to life in general.

I actually forgot how much thought has to go in to a brand new blog! My biggest challenge was which URL to choose. I grabbed two and haven’t really decided yet. One is catchy, one is straight to the point. The two I went with are:

I keep flipping. Both domains currently work, but for the moment I’m using the more straightforward URL. Hmmm…

If you have an iPhone or an iPad and enjoy taking pictures, be sure to bookmark my new playground. 🙂 Right now it looks a lot like this site since I went with the same theme. That will slowly change over time, but I really do enjoy blogs where the theme is just in the “background” and the content is the important part. On the other hand, maybe I should use a lot of blink tags with big red text. So many decisions…

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May 242009

I’d been using a really nice iBook G4 since 2005, and it was finally time to upgrade my laptop. I bought a gorgeous MacBook with an illuminated keyboard. The keyboard is really much nicer than I thought it would be! The unibody construction is also amazing.

My new MacBook!

My only complaint (as many others have said) is the glass screen. The matte screens that used to be on all Macs is preferable (at least to me). The only one you can get with a matte screen is the 17inch MacBook Pro…a bit out of my reach. I’ll learn to live with it.

I usually use Migration Assistant to fully pull over my prior self but I didn’t do that this time. The old G4 has been around a long time with an old processor, and I just decided to “stay clean” this time.

This is my first post from this new MacBook. How does it look 🙂

May 052009

I’m not sure when it happened, but I’ve gotten tired of the web. Twitter seems to be the hip thing right now. I’d followed Twitter for a long time (in web time that is) but somewhat refused to jump in. Eventually I did. I’m now starting to find I enjoy it more than the web. That probably isn’t is a good thing.

Renew Chuck

Twitter is truly fascinating. If I was writing a thesis in almost any topic I think I would use it. The vast amount of information (meaningful or not) getting tossed around is staggering and was highlighted by how quickly the picture from the “Miracle on the Hudson” spread through media channels via an iPhone and Twitter. I was reading a story in the NYTimes about scientists that used data from “Where’s George” to simulate how the swine flu might spread. Germs can travel on money. What travels along the Twitterverse? Social norms? Current trends? Micro-local news? I have a feeling if I dug around a bit I’d find quite a few articles about the topic (since it is the hippest thing in town!).

Looking for trends or finding people with similar interests can easily be done on Twitter since tagging a topic is very common, and one that I’m currently watching is #savechuck. NBC is stalling on a decision on whether or not to renew Chuck. In my opinion Chuck is one of the most entertaining shows on television. There has been an uprising of fans as there is almost every year when cancellations are getting announced, but Chuck seems to be the one the web has decided to focus on. There have been dozens of articles written in the past month asking if the new social sites can help fans save a show. In an interview in the NYTimes even the producer of the show was wondering if it could be saved.

If you ever want to see real-time messages on a topic you can just jump over to search.twitter.com and enter a word or a tag. For #savechuck there is a lot of activity right now. I’m hoping the tag fades away for another year when NBC announces the renewal. Guess I’ll find out around May 19th. If you like the show be sure to let your voice be heard. Lots of help all over the web if you google “save chuck.”

Feb 152009

I’ve spent the past few hours digging through the endless themes that are currently out there. In the early days of WordPress there were about a dozen themes that were decent out of the hundred themes available. Now there are a few dozen decent themes out of the millions that seem available. My numbers may be a bit exaggerated, but you know what I mean.

Will the theme I choose end up influencing the content I throw up? It shouldn’t (in theory), but my mind is already wandering on that fact. By choosing a “news” theme will I end up doing more news-ish stuff? If I go with a traditional straight down blog will I just post occasional snippets? Or what about a photo-based blog?

Categories vs. tags is another issue I’m thinking of. In the old WP days you had categories and nothing more. Now the confusion has increased with tags. Some say categories are like the table of contents in a book and tags are the index. Do I have to come up with my table of contents right away? It isn’t easy trying to write an outline (or develop a table of contents) until you have lots of things written – at least in my experience. I’m not yet sure what I want to write.

I decided to go with a “fresh” look with a lot of orange floating around called Tropicala. I trimmed one of my photos to use as the main image at the top. We’ll see how I feel about it in the next few months.

Now…what category should this go under? What tags? Why do I even think about such things?