Saturday, November 7, 2015

Adobe Suggests Roll Back Lightroom CC

My New Year's resolution was to learn Photoshop.  I took a long time getting around to it, but I subscribed to Adobe Creative Cloud mid way through the year. Paying every month helped me get around to it.

My knowledge of Photoshop is pretty minimal, but I'm becoming a regular user. I also signed on to so that I could take tutorials on learning Photoshop.

Things were going swimmingly until the most recent update to Creative Cloud. Someone at Adobe decided to muck around with the photo import on Lightroom, which totally messed up a feature that wasn't previously broken.

That's caused a ton of frustration on my part.  I've been searching around the Internet for a solution and found this advisory from Adobe that directs users to uninstall the newest version of Lightroom until they get things sorted out in their engineering department:

I hope that Adobe gets this sorted out. It's never good to be a paying customer for a product that doesn't work.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Camping List

I drive a Subaru:
Therefore I camp.

Camping packing list:

Extra car key
Sleeping bag
Inflatable sleeping pad
Ditty bags
Tent broom and dustpan
Tent stakes
Tent light
Extra batteries
Stove fuel
Cooking pots
Resealable bags
Can opener
Dish towel
Dish scrubber
Dish soap
Ice chest
Toilet paper
Camera gear
Camera cleaning gear
Day pack
Hat and Beanie
Insect repellent
First aid
Allergy relief
Wash cloth and towel

Sunday, July 5, 2015

St. Margaret's at Westminster Abbey

Good morning from London. I attended Sunday service at St. Margaret’s Church at Westminster Abbey. St. Margaret’s is the smaller church on the Abbey grounds that was built to serve lay people when Westminster Abbey was an actual Benedictine abbey. 

I arrived early, which allowed time for me to chit chat with the ushers. I mentioned that I work at a school with that is named St. Margaret's.  That piqued interest and prior to start of the service, the Verger came up to me and asked if I'd like to participate in the service by bringing up the elements at the offertory. I was happy to do so. 

I sat in a pew near the front of the church, on the left side. However, I noticed that a group of pews opposite me were reserved. I caught a glimpse of the placard on each of those pews: Reserved for Members of Parliament. There were a few MPs on hand this morning.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

TRAVEL ALERT: Managing Mobile Device International Data Charges

This text message from AT&T arrived as my flight arrived at London's Heathrow Airport. I'd flown overnight from Los Angeles, and was ready to begin my holiday.  I'm grateful for the notice. I called the number and, upon checking my phone settings, realized that I had forgotten to turn my mobile phone off, or put it in airplane mode, and had not turned off international roaming when I slipped it into my carry-on luggage. Even at over 30,000 feet, crossing the Atlantic Ocean,  my phone was using billable data. I learned lessons that are worth passing on:
  1. Turn off mobile phones and other data enable devices when traveling internationally.
  2. Preserve purchased international data by manually switching on data roaming only when intending to use data. This takes conscious effort, but it's worth it.
  3. Switch off none essential data-using apps. Assume that everything uses data.
  4. Monitor usage by checking your online user account.  Keep in mind that data usage doesn't update immediately. There is lag time.
  5. Note that international data packages cover data usage on land, and not on the sea or in the air. So, be warned! There is a separate "cruise ship" package with AT&T.
I hope that you find these tips helpful. I'd never paid much attention to this until receiving the courtesy reminder from AT&T.

Happy traveling!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

One of those quotes

There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man less, but Nature more. - Lord Byron
This captures so many of my feelings when I'm out with my camera. It's meditative to me.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Shotgun Lovesongs

A few months I heard National Public Radio commenter, Scott Simon, talk about Shotgun Lovesongs, a novel by Nickolas Butler. I was taken by the piece and ordered the book from my mobile phone as I had my coffee and a bagel at Brugger's. 

I was drawn to Lovesongs because it sounded like the book was about friendships and place.  I like friendships, especially those that are long term.  I also like "place" as a human theme.

Even before I got my copy of the book, I contacted members of a bookclub that last met over a dozen years ago and told them about the book. One of the bookclub members recommended that we read the book and meet online to discuss it.  

The book was everything that I'd hoped it would be, including good friendships, a strong sense of place, complexity, warmth, surprise, understated heroism, and good doses of redemption. 

Lovesongs is written differently. Each chapter is written in the first person point of view of a character. I had to catch on and I wrote down notes on each character to keep things straight in the beginning. That style takes a while to build a framework for who is who and their relationships. But it works for this book. Once the framework was in place, which was about the first half of the book, the story takes off with intensity. At that point, I couldn't wait to get to the next page.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Short take: What happens when ...

What happens when a person intentionally tries to treat others better? For example, when talking to a telephone service representative? You know, someone who is anonymous and you'll never deal with again.

It's hard to do so. It's easier to quip back at people, rather than to great the service agent warmly before communicating my concern - even if I've had to wait for 20 minutes to get to a human being. Then communicate my concern, listen to the service agent's response with patience, and then work through what I hope can be done to satisfy or resolve my concern. I've been aware of that recently; and, to be honest, it's worth the effort. 

Monday, June 30, 2014


I heard a reference yesterday that is sticking with me. It was that erosion was the big threat to a rock. Think, the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon.  Subtle.  What happens when erosion happens to the values a person holds dear, or to guiding values? Does one lose something important?  Does one become desensitized? Uncaring? Frightened? Brazen? This conversation can go in multiple directions.

It would be a healthy exercise to recall decision points in life where things went well, or went poorly, and to look at what triggered a good decision or a bad decision, and then follow the thread.

Friday, February 24, 2012

What do you care about?

I came upon a postcard as I walked through London last year that read, “Do I look like a frickin ‘people person’?” I laughed and almost took a photo of the card, but I was too timid to take out my camera.

As I thought about it, I internally acknowledged that I value being a “people person.” Other people – their stories, cultures, struggles and needs – mean a lot to me.

I’ve long felt a moral compulsion to be aware of people on the margins of society. This term might sound demeaning, but it’s meant to identify people who suffer injustice and/or indignity silently, for whatever reason.  

These things are often on my mind.

The theme of caring for the vulnerable runs throughout the Bible. Three classes of people are often cited for special care: aliens, orphans and widows.

Caring for the “weak” is the theme of Psalm 41. It appears that active caring is a requirement for a healthy relationship with God.

A couple of blogs I recently came upon are certainly on my mind - and bring up something that I care about. These are high school students who are dealing with real issues. I care about the kids who write these blogs. I care about kids who are able to share their lives, struggles, hopes, dreams, fears and needs. Here are links to two of the blogs:
StandingUpSpeakingNow and BradRobertBen.

I continue to be inspired by the work of Hudson Taylor and Athlete Ally.

I know that some readers will struggle with these blogs. Yet, these kids are dealing with real life issues. That matters. Thus, I care about them and their lives.

I think that I'll journal on what I care about during Lent this year. Please feel free to let me know what you care about.