End of an era…

The base of operations in North Carolina has been sold. I’ll still get down there, but it won’t be on the semi-regular basis that has been the rule for the past fifteen years.

In 2004, all the buildings were gray.
In 2004, all the buildings were gray.
But by 2015 new colors abounded, and the A building got a green cast with white trim.
But by 2015 new colors abounded, and the A building got a green cast with white trim.
I'll miss seeing Pedro on the move in the early morning...
I’ll miss seeing Pedro on the move in the early morning…
And I may never again see the Coast Guard running exercises with a C-130 and a fishing boat.
And I may never again see the Coast Guard running exercises with a C-130 and a fishing boat.
But in 2005 the Captain Phillips was busy most evenings catching shrimp...
But in 2005 the Captain Phillips was busy most evenings catching shrimp…
...and years later, the scene is still much the same.
…and years later, the scene is still much the same.

I’ll miss the place, sort of… but it will give me more flexibility to travel in the Old North State (and others).

All in all, it’s the end of an era.

 

 

 

Revising the photo website

Since March of 2005 I’ve had the photo collection on a service called SmugMug; accessible either as http://www.woodallphotography.com or wpw.smugmug.com.

When I signed up all those years ago, the choice was hobbyist or professional; I took the professional choice, registered a domain, pointed it to the site, and started uploading photos. The fee was reasonable I thought for unlimited storage with video and commerce options. Prices have gone up a couple of times, but as an early-adopter I got something of a discount. And there it stood for quite some time.

A few weeks ago SmugMug decided that simply being a photo-hosting site wasn’t enough; they had to start bringing politics into the realm. As I can’t figure out how photos of old buildings, railroads, birds and landscapes create a political view I stay away from that, but it caused me to reevaluate the situation.

Running some comparisons, it is clear that for an advanced hobbyist with little need for ‘event-oriented commerce’ (aka wedding photography), while SmugMug continues as the best-available photo hosting service, I no longer need the extensive commerce features (most of my sales are either digital licensing or largish fine-art prints). So going forward, the photos will stay hosted on SmugMug, but the commerce fulfillment will move elsewhere. On an ongoing basis, it saves $140/year in hosting fees.

 

Death of a tablet

It feels like an old friend is gone. The Wacom Intuous 3 pen tablet, model  PTZ-431W, vintage December 2006, has died.

I had thought it was essentially indestructible. I’ve spilled iced tea on it twice, coffee once; each time took it apart and gently cleaned the circuit board, and back to work it went. I’m on the fourth (and probably last, since I can’t find another to order) pen… the side switches wear out.

I use the pen tablet in preference to the mouse, which feels clumsy by comparison (albeit not as awkward as the touchpad on notebooks). I’m quite happy with pressure- and tilt-sensitive controls, and direct proportional mapping.

The replacement has new features, knows touch gestures, has edge lighting, even a wireless option (must remember to periodically charge the battery and not lose the fiddly bits) which generally won’t get used…

Serial number 7AZM14858, I salute you. Come to think of it, I’ll raise a pen to you.