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I've noticed that some of my older images both in my main gallery and in my scrapes are gone.  I guess this was part of one of the last few "upgrades". 

Does anyone know how to get them back?
I had a few things I put here for safe keeping, but now they've dropped off the edge of the earth.
guess it wasn't so safe after all.
farewell to John Dobson.

A legend has passed from this world.
Just wishing everyone a happy holiday
All the scopes, all the fancy mounts, all the high end camera equipment doesn't mean squat if you don't have a good polar alignment.

I'll be the first to admit that mine are not always perfect. 
Even when they are, I still get a little wobble because my scope is at the upper end of my mount's weight limit. 
Then there is the wind.  This week end I got lucky. 

Oh there was some wind.

I still had a little wobble.

But not bad.

Not bad at all.
  • Listening to: The stereo (50 disk changer)
  • Reading: Warlord of Mars
  • Watching: the keys when i type
  • Playing: World of Warcraft
  • Drinking: Twin springs blush
to google+ or not.

as frustrated as I am with facebook, i'm just not convinced google+ is any better.

for example, "Your profile and +1's appear publicly in search, on ads, and across the web."


comments, thoughts or suggestions?
  • Listening to: The stereo (50 disk changer)
  • Reading: Warlord of Mars
  • Watching: the keys when i type
  • Playing: World of Warcraft
  • Drinking: Twin springs blush
"Good books are friends who are always ready to talk to us."
  • Listening to: The stereo (50 disk changer)
  • Reading: Warlord of Mars
  • Watching: the keys when i type
  • Playing: World of Warcraft
  • Drinking: Twin springs blush
ok, I just have to tell this one.

This is Texas and it gets a bit windy from time to time.  Friday it was really windy.
When I checked the winds were 37 knots gusts to 51 knots.  
On the drive home there were numerous accidents where cars had been blown out of their lanes and into other cars.
One woman had her hood blown up into her windshield, breaking the windshield and bending the hood so that it wouldn't close.

So when I finally made it to my neighborhood, I had to laugh when I passed a little old man out in his yard with a leaf blower.
  • Listening to: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
  • Reading: Seven Pillars of Wisdom
  • Watching: the keys when i type
  • Playing: World of Warcraft
  • Drinking: Twin springs blush
I won't be online for a bit.

y'all take care.
  • Listening to: Miles Davis
  • Reading: Side Jobs - Jim Butcher
  • Watching: the keys when i type
  • Playing: Fallout New Vegas
  • Drinking: Twin springs blush
Merry Christmas to all
  • Listening to: Miles Davis
  • Reading: Side Jobs - Jim Butcher
  • Watching: the keys when i type
  • Playing: Fallout New Vegas
  • Drinking: Twin springs blush
from slashdot.org

yro.slashdot.org/story/10/12/2…

"According to the BBC: 'Kodak claimed it owns patents regarding the display of online images that is being infringed by Shutterfly. The photo-sharing site disputes these claims and has launched a counter suit. But the landmark case could have ramifications for other popular online photo sites such as Yahoo's Flickr and Google's Picasa.'"

does anyone know if this affects DA as well?
  • Listening to: Miles Davis
  • Reading: Side Jobs - Jim Butcher
  • Watching: the keys when i type
  • Playing: Oblivion, it's the real world after all.
  • Drinking: Twin springs blush
But I hope everyone has/had a GREAT Thanksgiving!
  • Listening to: The wind outside
  • Reading: Side Jobs - Jim Butcher
  • Watching: the keys when i type
  • Playing: Oblivion, it's the real world after all.
  • Drinking: coffee
We just got home from SDCC and I was about to start uploading pics when, after looking at the sheer number of pics, I was wondering If I should branch off and start a second accound for con photos.

comments, thoughts or suggestions?

Edited:
New gallery for con photos:  phrosted-cons.deviantart.com/g…
  • Listening to: Eureka
  • Reading: First Steps in Wine making
  • Watching: the keys when i type
  • Playing: back in Oblivion
  • Drinking: coffee
Talking tripods.

I finally broke down and and bought my first new one ever.
I've owned several over the years, but they were always hand-me-downs or something I bought used at a garage sale or something.

I picked this one up last week at Frye's.  It seems sturdy enough to last and it's small enough to fit into the side bags of my motorcycle.  

I've found that even when I don't need a tripod(for reasons of shutter speed) I still do better when i use one.  I slow down and think about the shot more.

anyway, hopefully it will make a difference.
  • Listening to: a dove outside
  • Reading: The Sextant
  • Watching: the keys when i type
  • Playing: back in Oblivion
  • Drinking: coffee
Happy Father's Day to all
  • Listening to: my kids on the new Xbox360
  • Reading: Stories from the Terlingua Portch 2
  • Watching: the keys when i type
  • Playing: FlightGear over Study Butte
  • Drinking: diet sprite
it's really not an issue, because i have a backup plan or two.

it's just that it's not that old.  i've only had this laptop for about 2 years, but the wireless went out yesterday.  at first i thought it was a driver issue from a recent update(linux), but when i rebooted into vista all hell broke lose.  it's not as forgiving as Debian.  anyway, my Desktop that is faster so i have that and i'll look into one of those little wireless cards and see how that works.

the HPs are cheap, but you get what you pay for i guess.
  • Listening to: my kids on the new Xbox360
  • Reading: Stories from the Terlingua Portch 2
  • Watching: the keys when i type
  • Playing: FlightGear over Study Butte
  • Eating: yesterdays popcorn
  • Drinking: diet sprite
In my morning websurfing i came across this:

"I was first made aware of such a restriction when someone mentioned that in a forum, about the Canon 7D dSLR. I thought it didn't apply to me, since I had bought the double-the-price, professional (or at least prosumer), Canon 5D Mark II. But looking at its license agreement last night (page 241), I found out that even my $3000 camera comes with such a basic license. So, I downloaded the manual for the Canon 1D Mark IV, which costs $5000, and where Canon consistently used the word "professional" and "video" on the same sentence on their press release for that camera. Nope! Same restriction: you can only use your professional video dSLR camera (professional, according to Canon's press release), for non-professional reasons."

"And no, this is not just a Canon problem (which to me sounds like false advertising). Sony and Panasonic, and heck, even the Flip HD, have the exact same licensing restriction. Apparently, MPEG-LA makes it difficult for camera manufacturers, or video editor software houses, to obtain a cheap-enough license that allows their users to use their codec any way they want! This way, MPEG-LA caches in not only from the manufacturers and software providers, but also artists, and even viewers (more on that later). Maximizing their profit, they are! "


www.osnews.com/story/23236/Why…

i would be interested in the views of the DA crowd.

i'm not planning on going professional anytime soon, but i have to wonder if those that do have addressed this or if it's all just BS.

both .019999 and .0200001 USDs are appreciated.
  • Listening to: the fan and the birds outside
  • Reading: Stories from the Terlingua Portch
  • Watching: the keys when i type
  • Playing: Oblivion(yeah, i'm hooked)
  • Eating: yesterdays popcorn
  • Drinking: coffee
last weekend, when i was camping the old man who ran the camp site asked me how long i was staying.  i told him, "just the night then i have to return to civilization".  he was quite for a second and said, "you haven't been here long enough, or you'd know, THIS is civilization"
  • Listening to: the fan
  • Reading: Sci Fi of Rudard Kipling
  • Watching: the keys when i type
  • Playing: Oblivion(yeah, i'm hooked)
  • Eating: jelly beans
  • Drinking: Sprite zero
when did the Stack thing start and how do you turn them off?
  • Listening to: the fireplace
  • Reading: First Lord's Fury - Jim Butcher
  • Watching: the clock, i have to get up early
  • Playing: Oblivion(yeah, i'm hooked)
  • Eating: popcorn
  • Drinking: Sprite zero
Help Haiti Now

www.wfp.org/donate/haiti?utm_s…
  • Listening to: the fireplace
  • Reading: First Lord's Fury - Jim Butcher
  • Watching: the clock, i have to get up early
  • Playing: Oblivion(yeah, i'm hooked)
  • Eating: popcorn
  • Drinking: Sprite zero
Yeah, it's been one of those kind of weeks.

you just want to wake up and it be over.
  • Listening to: the fireplace
  • Reading: First Lord's Fury - Jim Butcher
  • Watching: the clock, i have to get up early
  • Eating: popcorn
  • Drinking: Sprite zero