Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Birthday, Gampa!

Mike, we had a fantastic time sharing in your Birthday celebration. Great crowd, great party, and a great reason to celebrate. I wish you many, many more very Happy Birthdays.

Friday, October 24, 2008

My G1 delayed

No T-Mobile G1 for the weekend. Oh well. We'll see what happens next week.

As for Half-Pint and photography related issues, I've stalled. I'm midway through processing images from a great June Road trip to NJ to see Caroline and Scott, and I'd like to get going on processing / posting the rest. However I got sidetracked by the technical and hosting changes to the blog. I'm now publishing only one blog, and that is this one hosted and powered by blogger.

There are a couple of javascript based errors that need to be resolved, and for right now the "email" link (at the top of this blog page) and the "recent additions" link (same place) do not function. If you want those links, click "home" (which will exit the blog and return you to half-pint prints) and then those two buttons will work.

Lots and lots of photography shooting planned for next week. I'm looking forward to it greatly.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Done deal

I've opted to abandon the WordPress blog and go with Blogger instead. Though I find WordPress more powerful, I find Blogger extremely hackable and I've had great success blending it into the main half-pint prints website.

I'll make changes to the URLs soon. In the long run, the primary blog will be at (right now that's WordPress).

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Android G1

It is fully possible that I may have an Android G1 phone in my hands to test by as soon as this Friday.  I'm really looking forward to comparing this new smart-phone against the others that I use regularly (the BlackBerry Curve and the iPhone 3G).  As far as I can tell, all of them have shortcomings, so it will be interesting to see who has the least compromises and the most gold stars.

More to come.

A Tale of Two Blogs

the Wordpress blog is located here.
the Blogger blog is located here.

If you have any opinion on which you like better, please share it with me.  Thanks.

Blogger vs. WordPress

I am looking into Blogger instead of WordPress as a potential home for the Half-Pint Blog. The WordPress version is at, and the Blogger version is (at least temporarily) located at

Initially, I think WordPress has a cleaner look, whereas Blogger is more customizable to fit the look of

I'll need a few weeks to work with each and decide on the final content engine.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

New Jersey

I just started working on a large batch of images from a very enjoyable visit to New Jersey. Right now I’m working on June 21st. There are some pretty images in here that I can’t wait to really spice up in post processing.

First images may start showing up as early as tomorrow.

I’ve put up a couple of “new” pictures of the kids from early summer over the past day or so. They can be located in each of their respective galleries.

Big Al!

Hey Big Al! Happy Birthday! We miss you up here. Let us know when you’re coming back up for a visit.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Great Blue Heron vs. Bull Frog (doesn’t end well for the Frog)

I’m in the process of uploading a few images from an extensive series of a Great Blue Heron hunting, capturing, and eventually consuming a bull frog. Not everyone’s taste, to be sure, but an interesting series none the less. If you’ve ever seen how truly large a Great Blue Heron is, you can use that to scale and figure out how big this bull frog was. He was a big one. The images are in the Wildlife Gallery.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Skooter-Twoter updates

Yeah, he’s a handsome little man, and one very fast crawler now too. It’s getting pretty tough to keep an eye on him these days, but if you want to find him, I suggest you find his big sister. He’s usually right there by her side, loving every second spent with her. He’s standing easily now, and definitely threatening to walk very, very soon as well. There are 4 new pictures of him posted here. Enjoy.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

One of the Wheel Horse Trio Turns 4

I posted a dozen images from Aaron’s 4th Birthday today… I know I have a lot more images but I’ve been unsuccessful in locating them so far. Workflow, workflow, workflow… this ship needs to be tightened up a bit. I’ll post the others when I find them. Until then, here’s the small sample that I can offer… (link)

Happy Birthday, Aaron!

Gallery completed

I’ve finished uploading the images from Auntie Michele to the Peanut’s TWO! gallery. Thanks again, Michele!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Changes for Wednesday, October 15

The first mission for today (about 50% completed) is to get the balance of the pictures that Auntie Michele took for us at Peanut’s second birthday party up. That is underway now, and the results are in the gallery. I expect they all should be uploaded in an hour or so.

Secondly, I’m trying to make changes to the home page on, and the primary change (and ergo culprit) is the new, groovy, flash-based slide show. I certainly need to do some rearranging and housekeeping, so please pardon the appearance as I renovate. Should be nice when completed, though. I hope.

Last, and not only not least, but perhaps most importantly, I wish a very Happy Birthday to Maeyee today as well. It was great to get to see you and hubby this weekend. I look forward to doing that with more and more frequency in the future.

techie mumbo-jumbo

I’m trying to accomplish something. When it eventually works, it will be right here. For now, it’s not.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Monday, Monday

It’s a slow-moving Monday after a wonderful weekend with Family and Friends. Jody and I enjoyed a rare and wonderful date to attend Marla and Josh’s Wedding. We had a fantastic time and even got to share a dance. Good friends are a wonderful thing.

We came home to two sleeping children. That’s a good day. Pictures will follow as soon as I can, but there’s a lot to go through.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Just before sunset

I didn’t have any errands to run tonight after work, so I had the great pleasure of getting home with a little daylight still left. Emmie and I took the dogs out into the field and took full advantage of the opportunity. I used the 100mm Macro lens and a flash for most of the images, a couple of which I will be posting soon. It was a very nice ending to this week, and I think we both enjoyed ourselves greatly.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


I think today (October 8th) is a great day to ask you all to join me in wishing the Gator a Happy Birthday.

Have a good one, Tom.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Daniel's Birthday Gallery is complete

The pictures from Daniel's 3rd Birthday are all finished and posted now. Here's the link. The password was just changed, so if you didn't get an email from me, send me a message for the new password.

Beesh and Ree, feel free to share the link and password with anyone that you think might want to see these. Be well!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Photography Projects

I'm making good progress on Daniel's birthday party. With a little luck, I should finish it this week. Next on deck, Aaron's Birthday!

Go Sox!

Friday, October 3, 2008

a Wee-Shee turns Three

I'm just beginning to work on images from Daniel's third.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Half-Pint Prints Autumn '08 update

If you're here because you received an email-change password from me, read on. If you need the password, email me (the link can be found at the top of my home page)

If you're on facebook or twitter, let me know if you would be so kind. Thank you.

The last email was June 12, 2008, so the updates for Autumn '08 include:

Technical changes to the site include the addition of this blog, which is still in its infancy, and improvements to video (I've got a bunch of footage to process and post, hopefully soon). Feel free to leave comments here or in the guestbook.

I am obviously falling behind on photo processing and will do the best I can to catch up soon. Next on deck is Daniel's birthday, then Aaron's, a visit to New Jersey, lil' Jake's Baptism, Six Flags, Davis Farm, Small Town Fairs, Andrew's Birthday, Addison's Christening, Zack's Birthday, and so much more.

If you've got nothing to do, see if you can find a few of my pictures on Google Earth. Cool Beans, I say.

Yes, it was a busy and fantastic summer. Hope yours was too.

As always:

  • If you don’t want to be on this distribution list, email me and you will be removed.
  • If you have pictures up here that you don’t want up here, tell me and they will be removed.
  • If you have any password concerns with your images, let me know.
  • If you want a gallery password protected that isn’t, let me know.
  • If you know someone would want to be added, tell them to email me.
  • Feel free to share gallery access with others that might be interested.
  • Contributions for “The Old Shoebox” and “Photographs and Memories” nostalgia galleries always welcome.

URL Change for the blog

the URL for this blog has changed. It can now be accessed as part of the Half Pint domain at

miscellaneous changes

One of the small projects I'm working on right now is changing all of the thumbnails to black and white to better compliment the theme of half-pint prints. Let me know if you like the look or not.

I won't be done for a little while yet, but here's an example.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Almost finished

I am pretty happy with the progress made on Mason's Birthday Gallery tonight. It should be completed tomorrow evening.


OK, so I am trying out the iPhone's WordPress application from the App Store. While it looks like an interesting method for providing short updates, the touch-screen keyboard and the lack of cut and paste may prove limiting in the long run.

Mason's Birthday images

I'm in the process of completing Mason's Birthday Party images. Since today is October 1st and the party was in late May, it's fairly easy to conclude that I currently have at least 4 full months worth of images to process. I need a few sunny weekends to catch up on yard-work, but I just as badly need a few rainy weekends to catch up on Photography.

The gallery can be located here. You'll need the password. It hasn't changed since the last mailing (edit: password changed October 3rd). If you're not on the email list, email me using the link at the top of the home page.