You know I’ve been pretty scarce on the blogs for a while now. Part of it was lack of time/motivation to write after work, and part of it was being pretty active on Google+. I always got more reader engagement on my social networks — first Twitter, then Google+ — than I did on my blogs, as much as I tried to “pimp” my blog activity (which admittedly wasn’t a whole lot). So it probably comes as no surprise that I chose to spend more time on my social networks thanks to a higher “ROI”.
But even though this is the case, I’m rather annoyed at Posterous shutting down in April. I moved to Posterous (while still cross-posting back to Late to the Party) because they had a very easy way of handling embedded media. WordPress.com required some workarounds to embed things like YouTube and other videos, and limited ways of handling photos. Posterous automatically and intelligently embedded whatever media you threw at it, even file attachments for direct downloads. They also had nice themes, and the ability to post via e-mail, which was even bigger for me than the embedded media handling. Why I can’t e-mail posts to WordPress.com (I still don’t think you can, but feel free to correct me if I’m wrong) is beyond me. Sure, there are mobile blog apps now, but sometimes a simple e-mail is all I want to deal with. And finally, they had some pretty great cross-posting features. You could easily choose an e-mail alias to post to all configured services — like Flickr, other blogs, Twitter, Facebook — or pick a subset of those services if you liked. Such a useful service, but I guess I can’t get that mad about them shutting down considering it was free. :-/
Well, whatever. It was nice using Posterous, but now I’m wondering where to migrate now. It’s probably a bit of a moot question considering I’ll likely still just post most of my content on Google+ as I’ve been doing, and only blog once every now and then. I sometimes have grand ideas of setting up my own blog on some service like Squarespace, or perhaps just becoming more active on my old Tumblr site, or reinvigorating Late to the Party, but because it’s easiest for me to peruse my social networks and RSS feeds and share these links directly to G+ via my mobile devices, I don’t think I’ll ever really throw myself into regular blogging again… But never say never.
I thought about making G+ my blog, since it kind of is already, but I don’t know. Part of me thinks that I shouldn’t consolidate all of my content on one service because the same thing that happened with Posterous could happen again. But I know that I’m not motivated enough to run my own personal server and host everything on my own.
Again, probably a moot exercise, but if you guys have any suggestions for a good blogging service (preferably one that’s low-maintenance), I’m open to them. In the meantime, please follow me on Google+. If you’re partial to Twitter, my G+ posts get cross-posted over there.
Hey, All, long time no post!
Just wanted to post a quick note wishing my fellow US Friends a happy Independence Day (a little early). I hope you enjoy your celebrations. Stay safe!
Apologies for the lack of posting. If you’re not following me on Google+, you’re missing a lot of my shares. It’s kind of become my blog in a way since it’s so easy to share things (and have them be cross-posted to Twitter) from Google Reader, in which I tend to live in thanks to my professional blogging gig.
At any rate, you may or may not have known that I went to CES 2012 a few weeks ago for my work with Netbook News. I had a pretty good time (it’s kind of a brutal schedule, so it’s not all fun), but I still haven’t had a chance to go through my photos and videos. I typed up a huge journal entry trying to recall all the stuff that happened while it was still fresh in my mind. Eventually I’d like to post snippets from it.
Another thing on my radar right now is Macworld/iWorld. It’s my first time attending; I was able to snag a press pass for it. I went on Wednesday, press preview day, which was alright. Since I’ll be hitting up the exhibit floor on Friday (and likely Saturday), it wouldn’t have killed me if I missed the press preview day. The website made it seem like there would be significant amount of exhibitors available to talk to before the show is opened up to the public, but there really weren’t. I went to the media reception to see which exhibitors would be there, and I saw a few interesting things, but again, I probably would’ve seen them on the show floor in a more exciting atmosphere. Atmosphere for an event like Macworld is important. Being there on Wednesday was a little bit like watching a movie like Rocky Horror Picture Show (in other words, a movie that benefits from a participatory audience) in a nearly empty theatre. But from the tweets I’ve read today about the first public show day, it sounds like it went much better. I’ll be there tomorrow!
P.S. I’m posting this from my iPad using Blogsy, so if the post ends up looking wonky, apologies. Trying to test out different ways of trying to blog from the iPad.
You may have noticed a marked increase in my blogging lately. I have actually been blogging part-time (though it feels like full-time (EDIT: in a good way!) ) for a site called Netbook News. I actually started on the day Steve Jobs announced his resignation, so my first story about an unboxing and comparison video done for the Asus Eee Pad Slider kind of got overshadowed… Oops! At any rate, the research I’ve been doing to find news stories to cover there has kind of revitalized my blogging here as well. So, please stop by Netbook News (EDIT: it’s not just about netbooks) or add it to your favorite news reader & lend your support! It feels nice to be doing some kind of work while I still haven’t found a full-time job. Wo know, if I’m lucky this could turn into some kind of full-time gig, but I shouldn’t get ahead of myself. See the text “translation” below for a link to all the posts I’ve done for Netbook News so far.
[Editor's note #2: Post updated with my Brightkite link.]
[Editor's note: will update the post later with the link to my posts on Brightkite. Inconveniently, Brightkite is down right now (6:27PM Central, Oct. 8). ]
Hi, Kids. I haven't officially blogged about this yet, so here's the scoop: the hubby & I are going to move out to the bay area in CA, hopefully by next spring. It all really depends on how quickly we can get the house sold.
Last week we went out to CA to explore the San Jose area since the hubby will be transferring out to the office in Santa Clara. It was basically a scouting mission to get acquainted with the various cities in the area, see potential neighborhoods we'd live in, get a feel for commuting & traffic, stuff like that. Our main strategy was to look up places for rent online, then drive by them to check out whether or not we would like the area. This helped us figure out places we will check out officially when we go out there.
If anyone has any suggestions or comments about where to live (rent) in Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Milpitas, Cupertino, Mountain View, or San Jose, please let me know.
As for the trip itself, it went really well. We both were really impressed with the bay area and were psyched to find out how much it fit with our interests. For example, we love Japanes food & culture, and the Japanese stores and restaurants we checked out were great. We'll definitely be spending a lot of time at Mitsuwa, Kinokuniya, Tomi Sushi, and discovering new places to try. There was also an abundance of Filipino restaurants compared to here in Chicago. Jollibee! I have no idea why there isn't a Jollibee in chicago when there is a sizeable Filipino population here. >:-\ Moot now that we're moving. We had two great Filipino dinners with my extended family on my mom's side, one at Tribu in San Bruno, and the other a couple nights later at Ongpin in South San Francisco. Both kind of far from the Santa Clara/San Jose area, but worth the drive. I might drive the hubby nuts driving around to try the different Filipino restaurants around, or finding Filipino grocery stores to frequent.
We hit a few malls (Valley Fair & Santana row, Great Mall (that's where the Jollibee is in Milpitas), and Oakridge Mall), a few Fry's Electronics to see the themes, and sampled Peet's coffee. We tried to find the shopping areas to figure out where they would be in relation to where we'd live. We didn't want to end up somewhere where it takes 20-30 mins just to do a quick grocery run. Overall we wanted to pretend like we were already living there as a practice run. And we were happy to find out that the Santa Clara/San Jose area fits in quite well with how we're used to living out here in the west Chicago suburbs, except it seems like it's a lot easier to get around, due to a better-planned road network.
Oh yeah, we also had our first In-N-Out burgers, which were good, but nothing spectacular, IMO. *shrug* Anyway, if you check out my posts on Brightkite
, you'll get an idea of where we all went. I used it to kind of help me remember where we visited.
I've rambled on long enough, even though I've only glossed over some of the major things we did. It was a great trip, & we're excited to be moving out there. The hubby said at one point, "Why haven't we moved here sooner?" That's how good it was.
Long time no blog. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to “properly” blog this, but I got laid off a few weeks ago (3? 4?), and am now searching for a new job. It’s really frustrating because a) there aren’t a whole lot of jobs in the Chicago area for C++ developers, and b) I’d like to move beyond software engineering, but my skill set doesn’t seem diverse enough (or at least I don’t have enough experience in areas beyond software engineering) to qualify for other jobs, or so the listings would have me believe.
Ideally I’d love to have a job where I work from home. I probably wouldn’t mind doing a C++ programming job (or similar…if you know object-oriented programming, how hard is it to learn others?) if it were in an area beyond telecommunications, which is what I’ve been doing since graduating in Dec. 1999. If it were a job where I could do some writing of a tech journalism bent, that would be even better. It seems, however, that these job requirements of mine are not the norm. Also, it’s hard for me to fully express my frustration with the situation without perhaps saying some things that would give future employers pause, should they find my blog during a routine Google search. So I guess I won’t make this blog post too long.
If you read this and happen to know of programming opportunities in the Chicago area for someone like me, or maybe another job that sounds like what I described above, I would be eternally grateful for the leads.
In the meantime, I might try blogging more regularly to help give me a regular thing to do while my job search is going on, to help focus my schedule instead of seeming like an endless weekend to me, as it has over the past few weeks. It has been nice not to have to worry about work deadlines, but going from working for over 8 years (over two different jobs) to not working is still quite an adjustment.
Just pulled the trigger on buying a netbook upgrade for the hubby — an Asus Eee PC 1000H. Why am I blogging this? Well, I’m pretty sure the hubby will not see this post if I don’t point it out to him. Also, I bought it through the Amazon web store he has set up, so the secrecy is pretty much a non-issue. He likes the Eee PC we bought from Kevin Tofel of JK On the Run fame, but the small screen has been bothering him lately, so I hope he likes this upgrade for his b-day.
I would rather not deal with eBay when selling off my stuff, and Craigslist seems only slightly more appealing. So I’ll try putting a listing here. Forgive me for not having pictures of these items; I will try posting an update later so you can see the merchandise.
I’m selling my Nikon D50 and Nikon D70 bodies because I’d like upgrade to a D80, perhaps a D200 if I really want to stretch.
Price quotes (all prices do not include shipping):
Nikon D50 body only: $400
Nikon D70 body only: $450
Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED IF AF-S DX Nikkor Zoom Lens: $250
I have the original box for the D70, but I can’t find the box for the D50 right now. I also am not sure where the instruction manuals for these are, but the manual is downloadable as a PDF from Nikon for free. Both cameras will come with the original battery charger and a spare battery. I also have a Nikon ML-L3 wireless remote that I can include (buyer might need to change its battery) with one or the other; I only have one.
Both cameras are in great shape, clean with no major scratches or damage. There are scratches on the plastic LCD protector on the D70, but it’s still quite usable, and removable if you like. I lost the rubber cover for the USB port on the D70, but this doesn’t affect the operation at all. I shot a lot more with the D70, as the D50 was originally the hubby’s DSLR. He didn’t shoot with the D50 nearly as much as I shot with the D70.
I will accept PayPal, money order, or cashier’s check. Please allow time for the MO or check to clear before expecting shipment. I prefer shipping via USPS, but will do UPS or FedEx if buyer prefers. Feel free to check out my feedback on eBay if you’re worried about my credibility; my eBay ID is jezlyn (I’ve only bought stuff on eBay, not sold, FYI).
Please comment here if you have any questions, and I’ll get back to you in e-mail.
Sorry I’ve been so scarce for a while. I’ve been experiencing a summer slump of sorts, not really feeling in the mood to read much online, like my feeds in Google Reader, or keeping up with my buddies on Jaiku or FriendFeed. And before the summer slump, I was always on Jaiku and FriendFeed, essentially microblogging in a true sense. Frankly, I get way more interaction on Jaiku and FF about the RSS items, articles, and photos I post there than I do here. The almost instant feedback on Jaiku was fun and satisfying.
However, it seems now I am not in the mood to spend a whole lot of time on my social network sites, either. Part of that could be attributed to my wonderful Kindle that The Hubby got me for my birthday. I have enjoyed getting back into a reading mood with it! My relatively voracious reading of late reminds me of how much of a bookworm I used to be when I was younger, before Teh Internetz killed my attention span. **smirk** I also have been writing in my journal a lot more, partially because it’s a nice, inconspicuous way to kill time at work. And so I’ve been writing in my journal, even outlining things I’d like to blog about, but then never get around to actually writing the blog posts. Hence, not a lot of writing on the blog. I’ve been trying to supplement the lack of writing with pictures cross-posted from my Flickr stream, but that’s not really enough, is it, Dear Readers? So, I’m going to consciously make an effort to keep up with my RSS feeds again and post more, even if it’s just shorter, blurb-y posts that are more appropriate for Jaiku. All I ask in return is for a bit more commenting here so I can enjoy more interaction here as well. Deal? Okay.
Before I wrap this up, let me address the “…and a test” part of my blog title above. I am composing this post in the WordPress app for iPhone/iPod touch. I just downloaded it from the AppStore for free, and this is the first test.
Quick first impressions:
- UI is pretty good. When you set up your blog account, you can choose how many recent posts the app should display. I didn’t try it, but I assume this means you can edit currently published articles.
- It has an embedded browser so that you can preview your work. This worked pretty well when I previewed an older article.
- It has full access to your categories. It was pretty easy to scroll through the list (I have a lot of categories) with my finger, with the kinetic scrolling typical of OS X’s touch interface.
- It’s annoying that you cannot rotate the screen to landscape mode. Therefore, you can’t use the more comfortable landscape version of the on-screen keyboard. I don’t have as big of a problem with the iPod’s virtual keyboard as others do, but I still would’ve appreciated the “breathing room” accorded by the landscape keyboard.
I’ll see how well it works when you want to include pictures, or if there are any issues if you’re composing a post and you don’t have wireless access (you shouldn’t). But for now I’m going to wrap this up and upload the post. Later, Kids!
Eggs, Toast, and Bacon
Underneath the yummy melted cheddar is eggs baked into the middle of the bread. I used this recipe as my guideline:
I cut out the middles of the pieces of bread with a glass (I don’t have cookie cutters), then I sprayed the bread frames with a bit of Pam cooking spray. After placing the bread on the foil-lined cookie sheet, I broke an egg into each piece of bread. I sprinkled some garlic pepper seasoning mix over the eggs (the mix has a bit of salt along with other spices). Then I laid out 3 pieces of bacon around the edges of the cookie sheet, with one piece cut in half, to fit on the shorter edges of the cookie sheet. The whole thing baked in a 350-deg F oven.
At the 6-minute mark, I took out the cookie sheet to flip the pieces of bacon. 4 more minutes in the oven, then I transferred the bacon to a plate. I sprinkled some shredded cheddar on top of the eggs, turned off the oven, and put the cookie sheet back in for a minute and a half (I have a timer that can be set with minutes and seconds) to melt the cheese. And then it was all done!
Very easy to do, since everything bakes on one tray, and I could tend to other things while waiting for the food to cook. The toast turned out the right amount of soft in the middle and crispy on the edges (thanks to the cooking spray), and the eggs were just a tad bit underdone, enough that I could sop up a bit of the yolk with the bits of bread that didn’t have egg or cheese on them already. The bacon always turns out perfectly when baked this way. Ever since I read about how to cook bacon in the oven, I’ve been using this method. The only thing that I’d change next time — and yes, I’m going to make this again — is to cook the eggs a little less. I am a sunny-side-up fan. Maybe only cook the egg toasts for 7 or 8 minutes, and let the bacon finish up after the toasts are taken out. Otherwise, this was a great, filling meal. Mmmmm!
How were your holidays? What fun gadgets or other nifty gifties did you all get?
Sorry about the huge gap in blogging. I was slowly withdrawing from reading feeds & doing much of anything else online other than reading & posting on Jaiku, Twitter, & Pownce (mostly Jaiku). And over the holidays I got rather sick, which really sidelined me for a while. Anyway, enough excuses. I can’t promise that I’ll be more prolific in the coming days, weeks, or months, but I’ll try my best!
In other news, I’m excited for tomorrow’s MacWorld keynote. Rumors about a tablet-style Mac have been running rampant again this year, but I think the ModBook will be the only tablet Mac for a while. There will probably be an ultra-portable MacBook. I hope it’s not called “MacBook Air” as the rumors claim. What I’d really like is direct WiFi downloading of podcasts to the iPhone/iPod touch. Yes, I can already do this via a 3rd-party hack, but native support would be nicer. That’s really all I care to predict at the moment. I’d love it if Apple would release an iPhone-like tablet with a 5″ or 7″ screen and decent amount of flash storage, but it won’t happen this year. Maybe next year. Whatever is announced, I know that tomorrow is going to be unproductive while the keynote is happening.
The other even that I’m looking forward to this weekend is the Detroit auto show! The hubby & I have gone every year for at least the past 4 years (IIRC). It’s a nice weekend road trip to take after the holidays. I’ll talk more about what gear I’m bringing later. Right now I really need to get to bed!
P.S. I really hate touchscreen inking… *sigh*
* 10 points to the first commenter to tell me where “nifty gifties” comes from.
Ink blog quickie post
Last night I finally updated the Wii’s software and checked out the new “Check Mii Out” channel. There were tons of fun, creative Miis posted by other Wii users, like Charlie Brown, Chuck Norris, Dwight Schrute, etc. Hilarious! I saw one that looked like Trent Reznor and the hubby was amused that a) I was able to ID him so quickly (I’m pretty good w/ faces), and b) that someone was able to make a Mii that was so recognizable. The hubby is keen to make more Miis to post to the channel now, heh.
So, what’s up with you guys? We’ve been painting rooms in the house, finally. Or rather, I helped decide on the colors and the hubby’s been painting the rooms. So far the rooms have been small enough that it’s easier for him to do all the painting himself. It’ll be a different story for the family room & the big walls (we have high ceilings in the family room & foyer area). Other than painting & the redecorating associated w/ it, we’ve just been gearing up for Thanksgiving (my parents are coming over for it), and planning Christmas shopping.
Beyond that, follow me on Jaiku & Twitter. They’re (we’ll mainly Jaiku) the reasons I don’t get around to posting here as much lately! I’ll try to be better.
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Perhaps you’ve noticed that everytime you visit your Flickr homepage, they show you a different way of saying hello in a foreign language (reminds me of old school Wired magazine covers…IIRC they did the same thing. Either “hello” or “Wired” in different languages. Now I can’t remember. ). I just happened to see the following just a few minutes ago:
This is cool, because I’m of Filipino descent, and Tagalog (tah-GAH-lawg, not “tag a log”) is the national language.
Just a cute thing I happened upon that I had to blog. Excuse my indulgence.
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Leave it to Sumocat to tag me for “Meme of the Week”… Just kidding, it’s fun. Here are my 8 random things:
1. I’m going to a 12:01 AM showing of Harry Potter tonight and am very excited about it!
2. I just cut my own hair last weekend because I was fed up w/ how long & easily tangled it got.
3. Even though I still would love to have an iPhone, I’m perfectly happy w/ my Nokia N95. It is super awesome.
4. My summer TV watching has been dominated by DVDs of season 2 of both Buffy the Vampire Slayer & The Office (US version). The rest of my summer TV line up consists of recordings of Mythbusters & Cash Cab.
5. I just bought a bunch of cool t-shirts from Threadless.com to help fill out my pathetic wardrobe. Up next, jeans!
6. I’m having trouble thinking up other random things to write about…
7. I’ve really been into taking Polaroid pictures lately (yes, film!). I am in the middle of scanning in my July 4th fireworks pictures, duds and all, for posting on Flickr.
8. In keeping w/ number 7, I recently bought a Polaroid 680 from eBay, and it is sitting on my porch right now, having been delivered a couple hours ago. I wish I could go home now & get it out of the heat & humidity!
Well, that’s my 8. I don’t think I know anyone else who hasn’t already been tagged! Sad… *sheepish grin*
Hey, Kids, how was your weekend? Mine was rather uneventful. The hubby and I didn’t really have any travel plans, and he’s been preoccupied w/his impending engine swap, so he was busy with that. I, on the other hand, was busy being a couch potato. *sheepish grin* Well, on Friday night we bought the HD-DVD box set of the Ultimate Matrix Collection, essentially duplicating the 10-odd-DVD box set we got for Christmas a couple years ago. But let me say, after watching The Matrix in HD-DVD, I would say that the repurchase was well worth it! The colors & fine details really showed off what a great HD-DVD remastering should look like. Also, the sound was great. I haven’t watched any of the other movies yet, or the Animatrix episodes, but I’m sure they’ll all look spectacular. I can’t wait to buy the HD-DVD versions of the Harry Potter movies, or of Heroes!
We did watch a couple other movies this weekend — Deja Vu and Children of Men. Deja Vu was pretty good, if a bit hokey. Children of Men (in HD-DVD) was a bit of a disappointment in a couple ways. The HD-DVD transfer wasn’t anything special. And the story wasn’t really my kind of story. I thought the cinematography was very good, and there was a powerful scene near the end, but I just wasn’t into the story.
The rest of my weekend was kind of boring. *shrug* I didn’t have a lot in mind that I wanted to accomplish, so I didn’t really accomplish anything. *smirk* Oh, well! At least I sort of got caught up on sleep & some chores.
Well, I think it’s great because it makes me feel better about not getting tons of great shots with every photo shoot that I do… *smirk*
Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.
- Ansel Adams
This is the first time I’ve ever read that quote. I saw it in someone’s sig on the Sony Talk forums at DPReview. I’m glad to know it now.
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Skipped lunch today so I could walk around a little bit in a nearby forest preserve to take some more Polaroid pics. Here are the results. See my Flickr account for any notations on the pics.
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Had a great day out today in some really nice, warm weather (finally!). Played around some more with my neato Polaroid camera and here’s one of the pics.
More pics can be seen in my Flickr photostream.
So… Long time no ink blog (don’t I start a lot of my ink blogs like that?). Since I like to write about personal things when I ink blog, keeping in theme w/ the personal nature of handwriting, I’ll pose sort of a personal question to you all: how do you keep up with all of the stuff that interests you?
A few days ago I posted a whiny entry about how I’m getting overwhelmed trying to keep up with all of the stuff I like — RSS feeds, taking pictures, reading forum posts about various gadets, TV shows, etc., reading e-books, listening to podcasts, and blogging. I also confessed that I am lazy (duh), which obviously hinders things.
I could just choose not to focus on so many things. Or, I could really partition my schedule to make time for everything, but that seems kind of rigid. What’s the happy medium?
How do you guys make time for your hobbies & interests?
One of my first batch of Polaroids… Check out the rest here.
GRRRR! The last couple days I’ve had headaches that lasted all day, despite taking some kind of headache medicine like Tylenol. Dunno if it’s due to lack of sleep, or something else. Anyway, this morning I was fine until I did a stupid thing and drank a bit of this energy drink that I wanted to try. Without getting into a whole big story, just know that some energy drinks give me huge headaches. So basically, I didn’t have a headache today for once…until I induced one myself! Psh! >:|
(click on the pic to see original size; this is my “ink pasted in from OneNote” test with Windows Live Writer)
Gah. A couple guys in a cubicle attached (Editor’s note: meaning on the other side of my back cube wall) to mine are discussing a bunch of work stuff, and one of them is SUPER loud. :p Usually I’d just pop in my trusty earbuds to block out all the noise, but it’s still annoying to have to deal with ambient noise like this. Whoever invented cubicles should be flogged. The inventor of two-person cubes doubly so!
As you may have guessed, my goal to get out and take pictures kind of got sidetracked by the fortuitous arrival of the Q1. Well, I admit some laziness did also contribute. *sheepish grin* However, I did take a picture of the hubby using the Q1 while we were at dinner on Saturday evening. I brought it along to see how it’d be, and we ended up trading off using it while waiting for our yummy sushi (and a little bit during! ). In this pic, the hubby was playing Sudoku.
Sometime soon (I hope) I’ll be writing up a little review of the sushi restaurant we were at (complete with food pics), called Kyoto Sushi, since it’s the first one in the western Chicago ‘burbs that we truly enjoy. There’s precious little to be read about Japanese restaurants in the western suburbs, so I want to contribute so that fellow seekers of good Japanese food in this area have some resources to refer to!
Hey, Kids! Got any weekend goals you want to accomplish? Yeah, I said goals. It kind of sounds like homework, but my goals aren’t really productivity-related. My main goal for this weekend is to either go out somewhere and take pictures (even if they’re “boring” pictures of flowers), or at least process some pictures I’ve taken recently and post them on my Flickr and Smugmug accounts. One thing I definitely get bogged down with when taking pics is doing the post-processing. I have tons of pics from the last 2 or 3 Detroit & Chicago auto shows that are sitting around un-posted. So that’s why I’m “forcing” myself to do some picture-taking and/or post-processing to shake myself out of this photography rut. I keep remembering this tip that if you publicize your goals, it helps motivate you to achieve them, since you wouldn’t want to lose face in front of a large public audience. We’ll see how it goes. Have a good weekend, Kids!