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Custom WordPress Thumbnails

You may find this post interesting if you are using the built-in WordPress method for uploading and inserting photographs, which I have only just recently given in to using as explained in Multiple WordPress Photo Albums On Same Post.

Once you have uploaded any media to your WordPress blog, you can access it through your Media Library within your Admin Dashboard. From there you can give each file a Title, Alternative Text (web accessibility), Caption and Description. You can even perform some basic edits to change how the photograph will appear, and even limit your edits to certain sizes of the photograph. WordPress will typically make five or six versions of each file that you import based on predefined dimensions which you may edit. You may change these dimensions along with the upload location of all media in the “Media Settings” page of the Admin Dashboard (Dashboard > Settings > Media).

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Multiple WordPress Photo Albums (Gallery) On Same Post

This post is an explanation of the reasoning behind the layout of my blog, and in particular, the post of Grand Canyon photographs.

Last week I had a discussion with one of my friends concerning my blog. I was curious about his initial experiences and his thoughts concerning the layout and content. The feedback that I got was humorous and valuable, especially considering he is a pretty good representation of the general web-surfer that may not yet be used to things like blogs and RSS feeds.

It turns out that he didn’t realize that each post on the “home” page was only an excerpt. He thought that I only had four photographs on each post and hearing his explanation, I can’t say I blame him. I’ve been running a LightBox plugin that allows the viewers to flip through all the pictures that are displayed on the loaded page. Since the “home” page displays multiple excerpts of my most recent posts, the LightBox plugin would navigate through each one, mixing posts together. This isn’t a shortcoming of the LightBox plugin that I’m using, more just an undesirable characteristic based on how I was posting my photographs.
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Smiling Helicopter

I was at Costco yesterday walking around and something stood out in the corner of my eye. I’m still not even sure why something so insignificant caught my attention as abruptly as it did. I saw something smiling at me all the way at the end of the aisle so I went to investigate…

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Road Trip 2009: Seattle

Back in Winter of 2009 I went on a road trip across the country, from Boston to Seattle. My friend Erik Macchi accompanied me, and in 6 days we pushed 4500 miles through several regions of the United States. The road trip served two purposes, as a fun endurance vacation across the country and also part of the process of relocation. As such, there was about 800 pounds of luggage in my poor Mazda RX8.

Obviously the fastest and most direct route would be to just hop onto Interstate 90 westbound and ride cruise control until our eyes glazed over. That’s a pretty dull trip and I’ve already done that before. Sure, there’s lots to see and nice places to stop at, but as far as driving is concerned it’s not so great. The real reason though for not taking I-90 was because it was winter time, we were traveling in a little sports car with bald tires, and the last thing I wanted to do was be stuck in a winter storm.

Seattle Photographs:

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Update: Graphics Card Failure – Sapphire 4870 X2

Sapphire HD 4870 X2 2G GDDR5 PCI-E

I just received my replacement graphics card from Athlon Micro, the company that handles all of Sapphire’s return merchandise authorization requests. It took 14 days, from the start of the RMA process to the day the replacement graphics card arrived at my doorstep. I have to say I am quite pleased with the service I had received.

You can read the first article here: Graphics Card Failure – Sapphire 4870 X2

The replacement card is clearly refurbished, very clean, and with very minimal handling wear and a new set of serial numbers. It came in a small box and was wrapped in a worn polyethylene terephthalate antistatic bag with a piece of tape, very similar to how I had sent my card in. The amateurish packaging sort of makes you wonder, doesn’t it? I’ve yet to test out my replacement card, which I will get around to doing over the course of the next two or three days.

Thank you Sapphire and Athlon Micro.

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Road Trip 2009: Miscellaneous

Back in Winter of 2009 I went on a road trip across the country, from Boston to Seattle. My friend Erik Macchi accompanied me, and in 6 days we pushed 4500 miles through several regions of the United States. The road trip served two purposes, as a fun endurance vacation across the country and also part of the process of relocation. As such, there was about 800 pounds of luggage in my poor Mazda RX8.

Obviously the fastest and most direct route would be to just hop onto Interstate 90 westbound and ride cruise control until our eyes glazed over. That’s a pretty dull trip and I’ve already done that before. Sure, there’s lots to see and nice places to stop at, but as far as driving is concerned it’s not so great. The real reason though for not taking I-90 was because it was winter time, we were traveling in a little sports car with bald tires, and the last thing I wanted to do was be stuck in a winter storm.

Miscellaneous Photographs:

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Road Trip 2009: Yosemite

Back in Winter of 2009 I went on a road trip across the country, from Boston to Seattle. My friend Erik Macchi accompanied me, and in 6 days we pushed 4500 miles through several regions of the United States. The road trip served two purposes, as a fun endurance vacation across the country and also part of the process of relocation. As such, there was about 800 pounds of luggage in my poor Mazda RX8.

Obviously the fastest and most direct route would be to just hop onto Interstate 90 westbound and ride cruise control until our eyes glazed over. That’s a pretty dull trip and I’ve already done that before. Sure, there’s lots to see and nice places to stop at, but as far as driving is concerned it’s not so great. The real reason though for not taking I-90 was because it was winter time, we were traveling in a little sports car with bald tires, and the last thing I wanted to do was be stuck in a winter storm.

Yosemite Photographs:

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Road Trip 2009: Las Vegas

Back in Winter of 2009 I went on a road trip across the country, from Boston to Seattle. My friend Erik Macchi accompanied me, and in 6 days we pushed 4500 miles through several regions of the United States. The road trip served two purposes, as a fun endurance vacation across the country and also part of the process of relocation. As such, there was about 800 pounds of luggage in my poor Mazda RX8.

Obviously the fastest and most direct route would be to just hop onto Interstate 90 westbound and ride cruise control until our eyes glazed over. That’s a pretty dull trip and I’ve already done that before. Sure, there’s lots to see and nice places to stop at, but as far as driving is concerned it’s not so great. The real reason though for not taking I-90 was because it was winter time, we were traveling in a little sports car with bald tires, and the last thing I wanted to do was be stuck in a winter storm.

Las Vegas Photographs:

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Road Trip 2009: Grand Canyon

Back in Winter of 2009 I went on a road trip across the country, from Boston to Seattle. My friend Erik Macchi accompanied me, and in 6 days we pushed 4500 miles through several regions of the United States. The road trip served two purposes, as a fun endurance vacation across the country and also part of the process of relocation. As such, there was about 800 pounds of luggage in my poor Mazda RX8.

Obviously the fastest and most direct route would be to just hop onto Interstate 90 westbound and ride cruise control until our eyes glazed over. That’s a pretty dull trip and I’ve already done that before. Sure, there’s lots to see and nice places to stop at, but as far as driving is concerned it’s not so great. The real reason though for not taking I-90 was because it was winter time, we were traveling in a little sports car with bald tires, and the last thing I wanted to do was be stuck in a winter storm.

Grand Canyon Photographs:

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Photo Retouching for Drew

A friend of mine, Andrew Wilkinson, sent me two photographs that he had taken while he was testing out some of the more advanced settings on his camera, a Kodak Z760 point and shoot. Both of the shots were pretty interesting night time, long exposures. I figured I’d have some fun with them and post them here.

Long Exposures:

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