not a dog

nope 
not a dog 
this is a lion
 my friend michele hanlon
 shot
 when we visited the awesome cincinnati zoo 
with 
our mutual friend mary

the shot i got was not good



yes! fridaycation!!!!

its that time of year again
 fridaycations 
begin
 today

 they don't end till labor day

 a whole 3 months of do nothing fridays

 i am going to enjoy
 sleeping late
 being lazy
or
 maybe 
actually doing things

 who knows

 thats the beauty
 of
 time off 
free time
 no
 must
 be here
 or 
there 

make like a bump on a log


or


 go chase sunsets

go blow your horn

i will
 i am 

a friend's book was published
there'll be a launch party soon

 today
 a mutual friend
 forwarded me
 a review of the book 
its a good-ish review
 i hope she sells a ton of books

 but 

i am also tickled for me 

the photo 
i took of her for the back cover
 was used in the review 

woooot��




weekended

its sunday late afternoon
 i am tired 
i didnt sleep well last night

 i clench my teeth
 which causes a headache
 as well as
 a jaw ache
 tho 
the headache trumps that 
since i got a bite guard 
nevertheless
 i had a headache all night 
so 
at 6ish 
i got up
 the cats were thrilled 

anyway
 i did get a lot done
 aside from beautifying 
i had lunch with my friend cheryl
 then 
we went downtown 
to do a little wandering
 a little window shopping 
a little real shopping
came back uptown
 i picked up my new glasses 
i spent some time deleting photos from the iCloud 
we watched two series season finales
 more exciting life cannot be

 i spent more time today
 (sunday)
 deleting more photos 
then
 i gave up

 i am going to let the iCloud
 download
 to 
the photo app on my iMac 

after thats done 
i suspect 
i will be deleting
 duplicates 
triplicates 
who knows how many-cates 

once thats all done
see if i can get my photos to the iphone 
without causing
 the cloud to clog 

if i didnt have a headache
 this would give me one
 in fact
 i believe it has 

here's a photo
 not in the cloud
 one i took with the iphone
 down on lafayette street 
outside a bike rental shop




gus and sam


i didnt take any new dog photos
 this week 
or 
last 

i was too deep in iCloud issue hell 

yesterday 
(actually today for me, tomorrow for you) 
i went looking through my dog file 
in the 
not
 in the
 iCloud photos

 when i came across this one
 i stopped 

that 
was our gus
 he was the best cat ever 

that
was sam
an akita mix 
he belonged to a friend's son

all that is left of these two are memories

gribbit


tom otterness' 
whimsical
 frog and bee
 sits 
in front 
of
 public school 234
 greeting 
all 
who walk past
on
greenwich street 

iclouds, photos, techs, oh my


this photo was taken early on wednesday evening
 its a good thing i took it 
because
 later that evening
 my computer 
was
 'taken over' 
by 
apple's uber cloud techs

they'll be figuring out
 what the heck is going on
 why the iCloud isn't communicating
 with
 my photo apps and vice versa 

part of the investigation
digging into the why not 
required freezing 
the iCloud 
cutting it off 
stopping 
it from
interacting with
my iPhone and iMac 

 all my over 23,000+ photos
(hard to believe
 i have 
deleted
 or
 saved to a thumb drive 
over
 6000 photos
since
 sunday)
are safe in the apple vaults 

they will 
be 
returned
downloaded
to 
my various devices
after
 everything is working properly

it was fascinating
 to discover 
how many times
 i have taken the same photo 
of the church on the corner 
of WTC
of the cat(s)
of 
well 
a lot of things

i also discovered
 its not so hard to be ruthless
to delete photos
to acknowledge 
not 
every 
shot 
is
 a winner

i discovered
there were duplicate 
occasionally triplicate 
copies 
of 
the same image 
not
 that i shot it more than once 
but 
that it uploaded more than once

the fabulous brandon
 assures me
 the uber tech group 
will have some answers for me on friday

 i love puzzle solving

wordless, somewhat, wednesday


i cannot remember
 where i was 
when i took this photo 
but 
i will tell you 
that originally 
the photo was very much a silhouette 

the sum was so strong
everything in the foreground was black 
in shadow 
the sky dominated

 i messed with it
 got the exposure to balance
 a bit better
 then
 had to hit it with some topaz simplify 
its still way off 

i would have used another photo 
one of the over 29,000 
i had in the iCloud
 but
 ever since this past weekend
 i have been retlentlessly weeding out
 the duplicates 
the same old same old shots
trying to get a more reasonable library

 not easy 
but 
i am going to do it 

turned out the iphone was not the issue
 the problem lies in connecting to the iCloud 
and
that may be 
in part 
due to the humongous size 
of my photo library 

nevertheless 
it has spurred me 
to take action 
and 
purge