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tales from a guy who is trying to manage a crapload of photos

A little while back I decided to give Picasa a go for organizing my photos on my computer and on this web site.

Reasons why I wanted to do this:

  1. It's free.
  2. It gave me a way to organize my photos because it was getting out of control.
  3. I could upload files to a public web album and then embed them here on my blog, thus saving bandwidth worries.
  4. I could display full-resolution (i.e. bigger) versions by just a click.

I am now in the process of changing back to the way I did photos before, as in hosting them myself on my own site.

I'm doing this because hosting the photos elsewhere introduced a whole new set of annoyances.

  1. When getting photos from Picasa via the web, the load time is slow and therefore slows down my web site. Not good.
  2. Web albums (whether Picasa or Flickr) is clunky at best. The way in which photos are shared is, to be blunt honest, a pain in the ass. I have to log in, upload, tag, title, blah blah blah. Lots of extra effort just to post a photo; that I don't need.
  3. (This is the big one) Picasa's way of doing web albums can easily crash a browser when they get large.

Number 3 is by far the most disappointing. If you have, say, 25 photos in an album, the web page for that album will load just fine. Anything more than that and you'll get intermittent pausing. Because my computer is powerful enough it's just a short pause, but for slower computers it could literally crash the browser.

In one album I have over 300 photos. I noticed this load pause (only because it's so huge) and it's definitely a problem.

I'm still going to use Picasa locally to manage photos, and maybe I'll keep a few small albums on the web. But as far as having all the photos hosted there, nope.

The only thing I'm going to miss is the ability to geotag photos easily. It was cool because if people wanted to know where I took a particular photo, there was a map showing just that. However I can just as easily post a link to the location on Google Maps or Microsoft Live Maps, so.. maybe I won't miss it too much. 🙂

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wide turns

I will now impart a few of my driving tips and observations to the masses.

florida rainy-day glare

Driving in Florida rain is a bit different compared to the north. At first I couldn't figure out why but I think I've got a good idea of why it acts the way it does now.

When slow-moving drizzle-style rain comes thru the region it causes the entire sky to have a light shade of gray. This reflects off the ground and the water flying thru the air, and that makes for poor visibility at best.

Today was one of those days and I usually avoid highways entirely because the reflecting off the road is pretty bad.

In the north the rain clouds are a lot darker and patchy, but not here. There aren't any breaks in the rain clouds and it's just one big mass. Definitely takes getting used to.

turn wide, drive safer

Pretty much ever since I started driving I've made a practice of making wide turns whenever I have the room to. The reason I starting doing it is because I noticed no one else was. I noticed that every time someone turned anywhere they would always turn tight and usually dip into the other lane when doing so. This always, without fail, puts you in danger for two reasons:

  1. You cut into the other lane (as in the lane with opposite traffic coming).
  2. You run the risk of hitting stuff (such as a median, signs, etc) in the middle between the lanes.

So like I said I make a practice of turning wide. I can't count many times this has saved my ass and how many other times I've seen people get slammed (literally) but cutting a turn tight.

happened by accident but still cool anyway

Well, I changed around my template but it happened unintentionally. I was working on the template and accidentally deleted the CSS files for the old template (oops) so I was forced to use the new one.

Turns out this was for the best because I actually like this one because I like this one better, so good deal there.

Now I can get on with my regular blogging. Yay. 🙂

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