Archive for November 2007

Baby steps…

November 21, 2007

Well, for all my good intentions and my growing backlog of unposted blog entries, I haven’t stayed on top of the transition from my old blog to this new one. Which is a shame; I’ve had lots of interesting experiences and things I’ve wanted to write about. I went back to California for a wonderful vacation/wine tour. I have been keeping up with the sky as it has changed through the season, and of course I’ve had several good looks at Comet Holmes. The saga of Floyd Landis has had many new developments I’ve wanted to write about. I’ve added a new Mac mini to the family to act as a media server, as well as a 50″ DLP HDTV and a few new HD TiVos. Lots has been happening.

What hung me up was’s handling of graphics. They give 50M of space to free accounts for static images, but animations must be posted in one of a handful of sites like YouTube. Neither process is intuitive, and I hit a technical wall in trying to clean up the 300 or so entries from the past. And I really wanted to finish that before moving forward, but it obviously is a bigger project than I’d hoped. Some bloggers just cut their old material loose when they upgrade, and I really didn’t want to do that.

So, I’ll have to face reality and compromise. I have to keep writing and keeping up with events. That part is so easy with WordPress! At the same time, I have to de-emphasize cleaning up the old entries, so I can prioritize moving forward.

I had the great good fortune of having a dear friend from long ago come up for dinner this past weekend, and she, my wife and I had a wonderful visit. I have had a fairly solitary year this year, largely because the house hasn’t been fit for entertaining, and we are catching up now. Anyway, a big highlight for me was talking about Comet Holmes, and setting up my 10×70 binoculars so she could have a look. Even with the poor seeing last Sunday, it was clear she enjoyed the sight. An ISS overflight would have been too much to wish for, and unfortunately there wasn’t one that night. Still, she was keen to learn about Heavens Above, so she could find the ISS for herself.

Now that my extremely hectic summer is over, and the house tasks are winding down, I’ll do my best to continue taking baby steps here in my new blog home.