Interest in Podcasts Follow-up

On October 1, 2018, I asked for your thoughts on my making a podcast available to you.  It’s been over a month and I have enough responses to make an informed decision.  At least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

On balance, the consensus was that a podcast would be fine, but it wasn’t something that you were crazy about.  I don’t know the reason or reasons for this, but it’s enough to know that if my making a podcast isn’t something you want, I probably won’t do it.

If you want to share your reasons with me on not being that interested in any podcasts I might make, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!


Software Update

Last week, I told you about the problems I was having using my primary photo editing software on the RAW files from my newest camera.  After spending way too much time trying to track down the issue, I think I found it.

Long story short, the patch for the software that was supposed to allow it to edit my new camera’s RAW images didn’t install properly.  Suffice it to say that the installation process was a mess.  I finally resolved the problem by removing the editing software completely and then re-installing the version with the latest RAW image editing capabilities.  Viola!  End of problem.

While this was a clunky way of getting the issue fixed, it seems to have worked.  Of course, once it reads this post, I’m sure it’ll hang up just to mess with me!  (I can’t prove it, but I think there’s already some artificial intelligence (AI) in the software I’m using.  I think I heard it snicker at me the other day, but I’m not sure.)

Now that the photo editing software looks like its running, I’ll have to edit some photos from the new camera and get them posted.  Assuming, of course, that I can find some pictures worth posting!

If you’d like to share your thoughts on this, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!


In last week’s post, I lamented the fact that no matter how many times I update the new computer, there are always more patches, bug fixes, and upgrades that I need to install.  As I mentioned, with so many things that need to work just right every time in order to have a computer boot and run, I’m sometimes amazed that the thing works at all.

I recently installed a series of patches in an effort to keep my security current and to make it easier for me to take advantage of some of the new features available through an operating system upgrade.

Everything seemed to work fine until I updated my primary photo editing software so that it handled the latest RAW format for my new camera.  To make a long and painful story short, something is out of whack between the new photo editing software and my computer’s operating system.  The two bits of code don’t play well with each other.

When I use the new software to edit photos in the new-to-this-computer RAW format, I run into all kinds of difficulties.  I contacted the customer support teams for the photo editing software and of the operating system manufacturer.  Not surprisingly, each one said that the issue was the other guy’s fault.

In the meantime, that leaves me with the inability to take advantage of the software that I need to edit RAW photos from my new camera.  Right now, I have a few choices.  I can take pictures in JPG, use an older camera that doesn’t have all the features of the new one (but the software knows how to handle its RAW images), or I can fiddle (that’s a technical term, by the way) with my computer in an attempt to resolve the issue.

If you’d like to share your thoughts with me on this, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

New Video Editing Software

I recently shared with you that I’d built a new computer to re-code videos.  I’m pleased to announce that I also updated my software so that it now handles 4K video.  I don’t know if I’ll post anything higher than 1080 video, due primarily to the huge size of the video file.

I’m still learning the ropes of the new software and putting more patches on the new computer.  One of the things I dislike about computers is that they always seem to need something patched, upgraded, updated, or generally fixed.  I can understand the reasons for this, but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating when you turn on your computer to do something only to learn that you have a truckload of updates you need to install.

Before I get too sidetracked on that topic, I’ll let yo know that the software seems to do what it’s supposed to do.  It also produces a finished result that is perfectly fine, especially to my untrained (video) eyes.  I know that some of you will find the video lacking for a number of technical reasons, assuming I ever find one that I post.

One of the things I learned years ago was that the more you learn, the less you know.  While that seems a bit contradictory, it’s been my experience that every time I learn something new, it opens up a whole bunch of questions that never entered my mind before I learned the tidbits that prompted the new queries.  Seems like a vicious cycle sometimes.

If you’d like to comment on this idea, or another one, please contact me.  I read every note I receive, but don’t respond to all of them due to time constraints.

As always, thanks for your continued  support!

New Category Added

Last week, as many of my sharp-eyed readers pointed out to me, I added a new category to this website.  The latest addition is Random Thoughts.  Due to the fact that I was talking about beer, and it didn’t seem to fit into photography, novels, motorcycling, administrative, flying, or any other category I already had, I added a new one.

The danger is that with the addition of the new category, I’ll be tempted to write more posts because I can now dash off anything that comes to mind and put it into Random Thoughts.

I will try to be mindful of the fact that the readers of my site have their own lives and I won’t write non-stop just to inundate you with emails announcing that another post is available.  Not to mention clogging up the site with largely irrelevant items that bounce around in my head for reasons known only to them.

I’m sure that some of you suffer the same affliction.  If so, please contact me with how you mange to keep it under control.  Left unchecked, I’d have more posts about whatever was going on in my head at the time than anything else.

If you could see inside my head, you’d realize that it’s a dark and scary place in there.  The fewer things that escape, the better.  For everyone!

If you’d like to comment on this, or something else, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Thoughts on Podcasts

A couple of weeks ago, I asked for your thoughts about adding a podcast to this site.  I’ve heard from many of you, but I’d like to hear from more so that I have a larger sample size on which to make a decision.

The fact that I haven’t gotten a large number of responses is probably the answer to my query.  Be that as it may, if you’d like to share your thoughts this topic, please contact me.

Just so that everyone’s on the same page, I’m not going to tabulate your thoughts as if I were counting votes.  I want to hear why you think a podcast would be a good addition to this site.  Conversely, I want to know why you think your time, and mine, would be better spent in other pursuits.  I’m looking for things that I haven’t thought of before we make a decision.

If you’d like to comment on this, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Rearranging Flickr Photos

In the recent past, I rearranged some of the photos in my Flickr account.  I made the changes because I inadvertently posted some pictures on the public side that were supposed to be on private webpages.  Obviously, I made the changes to keep the public side images family-friendly.

I received quite a number of questions, comments, and even threats after the changes.  I appreciate your remarks, but the changes are going to remain in place.

I also need to make an observation on the sharp-eyed followers of this blog.  I’m still amazed that every change I make, no matter how large or small, is noticed and inevitably provides the wellspring for a host of opinions and questions.  Although, I am a bit curious as to why none of you let me know that some of the public side images weren’t appropriate for all ages.

If you’d like to comment on this, or share your thoughts on something else, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!