Well, here goes anyway.
That photo is of one of our three cats. We love our cats, my daughter and I do, even though that technically makes ME a “cat lady.” A scary prospect. But cats are one of my favorite things.
Flickr is also a favorite thing. One of the reasons I’m doing up these posts is to teach my readers, all two of you, how to host your photos on flickr. Why is this important? It just is. When you move your site, which you may do on occasion, either to a new server or because you were hacked, it’s so much easier if your pictures are not hosted on your server. Also, it’s just good blogging practice to host remotely. It’s never good to load up your server with a lot of media. Then again, they will come up on image searches if you do and that will draw folks to your site. There are good and bad things about it.
But these photos below are all hosted on my Flickr site, so I don’t have to store them on my server. Half the time, I upload them on Flickr JUST SO that I can use them on my site. I learned this trick from The Pioneer Woman (Ree Drummond), and have since learned that a lot of bloggers do this.
It’s a Nikon D90. Basically, a starter DSLR. If you spend any time on Flickr you will notice that there are thousands of great photographers will excellent cameras who can take staggeringly brilliant pics. It’s just the reality of the times in which we live. Anyone can cook, as they say in Ratatouille. So I have a few lenses — an 85mm, which is so gorgeous (another thing I have to thank Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, for). Also, I have a few others. The only thing I’m missing right now is a good wide angle lens. I have also found that the Nikkor lenses, which go with the Nikon, cannot be substituted with knock-offs and get the same result. So forget the Tamron lenses, for instance.
The other great thing about buying Nikon is that if you run out of money by the end of the year, which I invariably do, you can sell this stuff almost for what you paid for it and then buy it back the following year, maybe even getting an upgrade. A win/win!
Ipad 2 and Iphone 4
“Mama dollar and papa dollar.”
I put off buying the iPad the first go-round. But my dastardly friend Robert talked me into buying one this time around, the reason being – web development is headed for the handheld and I am going to have to be developing apps for the iphone and the ipad for my websites. Therefore, I need it (cough cough tax write-off, cough cough). I “need” it. Now that the justification or “juicy rationalization” is out of the way, how about that iPad 2? It’s pretty groovy. Really, my twelve year-old daughter is using it a lot more than I do. She uses it all of the time – she facebook chats on it, listens to youtube videos on it, and reads books on it. I’ll take it to Cannes and see what to do with it but I suspect it will end up being my daughter’s thingy.
I like it, though, I really do. I just use my own laptop computer more, and my iphone of course.
I will be developing (cough cough) apps for both of these eventually, along with the vegetable garden, herb garden I want to start, the novel I want to write, the books I want to finish reading, the mountain I want to climb, the man I want to marry — all of these things that dangle before me unfinished. Actually, I don’t think I ever want to marry unless it’s something one does at 70 years old to celebrate leaving the planet. Doesn’t it make more sense for a marriage to come at the end of a relationship rather than at the beginning?
Either way, the apps are the future, so we must improvise, adapt and overcome.
I’m going to think really hard for my next installation of favorite things — maybe some that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Or a breast and a thigh.