Like a caterpillar turing into a butteryfly, became last week.Β  While I will miss the funky URL because I put so much time and effort into learning how to type it properly, I’m generally very happy with the improvements and the new look.


The thing that I love the most is the extended notes field. Obviously I use Del.ici… er… Delicious all the time for slapping quick links up on the blog. I’ve always been a bit handicapped by the short notes field parameters. Let’s just say that sometimes I have difficulty expressing myself in 120 characters or less. (Hush, you.) I am now “limited” to 1,000 characters. Woohoo! I may actually be able to blog properly again just using the Delicous blog roll function. (A function that, it should be said, looks nicer now, but is still just as archaic and user-unfriendly to set up. Are you listening, Yahoo!?) The Delicious Firefox add-on still limits users to 255 characters but according to the Delicious Support Forum they are working on a fix. Happy news!

Other niceties include cleaner organization, faster search, tag sorting, bookmark history (see what other Delicious users said about your links), private nicknames (so that “stblogr351” shows up on your Network list as “Joe”), and a contextual ‘action box’ that gives you a shortcut to a few of the more popular actions for each type of Delicious page. (For a full list of updates, click here.)

Great work, Yahoo! And you did it without Micro$oft’s “help”. All I can say is: Yahoo! πŸ™‚

UPDATE: I forgot to add a link to the blog post regarding the change. Even if you don’t want to read the post, they have a great little video of how the site transformed from to Fun stuff!

Test Post from MacJournal 5 Beta 5.0.2b3

Just testing! I created a new post / journal entry and put a voice recording on it. I’m curious to see if the recording will be transferred to my blog along with the post! πŸ™‚

Uhhh, nope! Nuts.

No video either.

((( expletives deleted )))

Ok, let’s see if we can attach a Flickr image…

That would be a “no”.

*fiddle* *tinker*

BINGO! Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you —- BOWLING!


Now to get rid of the funky characters. (Don’t worry, if I’m successful you won’t see them anymore and this line will be completely meaningless, making me look like a huge, hallucinating dork. Yay!)

BRILLIANT! I’ve managed to not fix the bad characters and for bonus points I screwed up the photo imbedding. Woohoo! Testing is FUN!

Audio now?

Nope. Hmm.

Oh, this is handy. During this adventure I’m listening to:
        Carlos Santana – Love Of My Life
        Stereolab – Miss Modular
        Five for Fighting – Do You Mind
        Rolling Stones w/ Dave Matthews – Wild Horses
        Wonders – That Thing You Do! (Live)
        Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds – What Would You Say (Live)
        Bryan Schultz – Popcorn Monster
        Billy Joel – An Innocent Man
Sting – Shape Of My Heart
        Five for Fighting – Easy Tonight
        Howard Jones – Cross That Line

Hey, let’s try block quoting!

“Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.” ~Franklin P. Jones

Interesting. I still get a question mark on the blog wherever I’ve put a quote or an apostrophe. I’ll bet the punctuation FUBAR is a smart quotes issue…

Huzzah! So, everything works peachy keen and flawless (once you’ve got the settings tweaked) and the only question left is why the audio and video files don’t transfer. I’ve a hunch that’s a WordPress issue — server space issues and all that. Can’t blame them, I mean, it’s FREE right?

Drama! Drama! Drama! That’s it for today kiddies.


Online Photo Sharing In Plain English

I’m really bad at explaining some things. Not concrete things like how to make an omlette or why I use a 50mm lens on my Canon most of the time instead of my cool Sigma 70-300mm zoom. No, I’m bad at explaining concepts.

Classic example: TiVo

You don’t know how much you need one until you’ve actually used it for a while. And yes, you DO need one if you “don’t watch a lot of TV” because TiVo ensures that the TV that you do watch is relevant and interesting to you specifically…. but I digress.

This isn’t about TiVo. This is about Flickr. More specifically, this is about using web sites to store, backup, manage, and share your photos.

The folks at have just come out with a great little video explaining online photo sites and why you should use them. I recommend Flickr because it’s generally considered the best and the easiest to use, and because it’s the one that all of my friends and family use. (There are some very picky people in that bunch, so you know it’s a good thing!)

Click to play:

Two things I think I should stress:

1. If you don’t want to share your photos with The World you don’t have to. You can mark any photo on Flickr as public, friends only, family only, friends and family only, or completely private so that only YOU see them.

2. Even if you don’t have a digital camera you can scan important photos into the computer and upload them for safe keeping and/or sharing.

3. (I can’t count!) But seriously, it’s one of the best ways to keep an eye on friends and family if you travel or live far away from your loved ones for any amount of time — Yes, I’m talking to you. You know who you are! — or just don’t see them very often.

4. (I still can’t count!) It’s FREE for 200 photos, or you can get a “pro” account which gives you absolutely unlimited storage for $25 bucks per year. That’s less than a movie ticket and popcorn! (Believe me, I know!)

Please don’t hesitate to ask questions if you have them. I’ve been using Flickr since 2005 and I’m pretty well-versed in Flickrology. If I don’t know the answer, I can get it for you.

A few Flickr streams that you might be interested in:

My Flickr stream

The Man’s Flickr stream

Photos taken in and of Grand Rapids, Michigan

And for Heaven’s sake, let me know if you sign up! πŸ˜€

Katie Weller – original producer of stolent content

My apologies for the language, but this is pissing me off… Big time!

My first blog EVAR was on Blogger. It was called “Passing Obsessions” and I loved it very much. For various reasons I tried other blog services over the years but Blogger was my first and – because I returned to it late last year – my latest as well.

You never forget your first… especially when it comes back to bite you in the ass.

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Doing It With GUSTO!β„’

I know that a lot of you will be blind-sided by this revelation, but I think it’s only fair that you hear it from me… I’m a geek. Yes, I know, shocking, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

I’m also a bit obsessive (I’m fairly sure you all knew that one… uh-oh, someone fainted in the back! Too many shocking revelations, I guess…)


So yeah, obsessive. Just a wee bit. Natch as soon as the idea of traveling to Wellington presented itself I was all over the Internet trying to find out more and looking for things to do! I had a TON of trip-related bookmarks floating around on my computer, then one day I came across Gusto!β„’ and I haven’t looked back. Gusto! is a site where you can bring it all together — bookmark places that you intend to go, upload photos of your trip during and after, and you can even keep a trip blog there. (I prefer to write some of my posts off-line using Ecto, so I did not use Gusto! for this trip blog.)

The really kicker though is something that they call the “Gusto! Grabber.” You just add their little grabber tool to your bookmarks bar (works with most browsers) and whenever you come across something interesting you just hit that bookmark link and PRESTO! you get a pop-up window. Ok, that’s not the cool part. Wait for it…. wait for it… the Gusto! Grabber will create a Gusto! bookmark for the site, suck any image of your choice off of the page you’re viewing (this really helps jog your memory later), write little notes about why you want to go there, categorize it (eateries, lodging, LotR movie locations, etc.) and save it to Gusto!

I have a large-ish set of bookmarks HERE. These aren’t all places that we’re definitely going – we don’t have very much actually planned out for the trip – but it’s a good place for me to go for a little personalized inspiration when we’re looking for somewhere to go that day.

As of this writing, Gusto! still needs work. The blog system is a little wonky, and the photo organization is… well… you should probably use Flickr instead, let’s put it that way. But the Gusto! Grabber is definitely a winner. Bookmarks on steroids!

3 days, 9 hours, 11 minutes to go….