Cake by Wifety
Wifety, on the other hand, is very good, and her Facebook albums are full to the brim I'm going to make amends, somewhat, and I've stated a web album on Picasa. This will sync, with any new photos that I place in the folder on my laptop, so it will hopefully be easier to keep up-to-date.
My plan, although a little cliché, is to take and upload a picture of Holly everyday (or at least as close to that as possible). The danger is that, as I really only see Holly before work (when she's eating breakfast), or after work (when's she's eating dinner), they will all be pictures of her eating! Ah well, at least she takes after her old man
I've tried to go through the photos I already have, and choose one, or two to add to the album from each day we have taken photos of Holly so far. I can email pics from my phone, so I'm hoping that it will build into a nice collection. It's already scary to see how much she's changed in such a few months!
You can see for yourself... read on to see the slide show!
Anyhoo, as I was reading it again (it's not great - it was my first, and only attempt at writing a screenplay), I realised that one of the characters is called Holly. I'm not sure if this had any influence over my daughter's name, but it made me smile. I've always like the name, but it just threw me a bit.
As it's been sitting on my hard drive for 4 years, I guess I should really post it - at least that way someone might actually read it!
So, without further ado, here it is!
EDIT: Apparently that link is causing difficulties, so try this one, if that's the case.
Those following me on Twitter will have noticed my new obsession, GPSed.com. The GPS on my phone is actually pretty good, and I've started to discover some decent applications that make use of it.
With GPSed not only can you post your current position to Twitter, and other networking sites sites (a lazy man's Plazes, if you will), but you can also save the journeys you make.
These can then be uploaded to the site and displayed in all their glory on Google Maps. Whilst these are probably of limited interest to anyone, I can't help being impressed. It's a simple process, and when you upload your journey to Google Earth to see it in glorious 3D, it's very cool.
There are some problems, however. Apparently I did this journey at an average speed of 75mph, which is impressive, seeing as I was stuck in traffic most of the way. My manic driving might explain the manner in which I tackled the roundabout above...
I guess it's mainly meant for walks, and it does work better on pedestrian journeys. It also makes use of the geotagging feature of my phone, so it can pin pictures I take along the way to the map.
It's a very nice idea, and although I have some security concerns (maybe I shouldn't be displaying my movement in such a public manner), I'm very impressed with it.
I think my camera's going to be very busy over the festive period. It was inevitable that I'd have to open up a new album to accommodate all the photos.
Well, she is the cutest baby EVER (even if I say so myself )
It's that time again when I get to upgrade my phone, and after much thought I've gone for the Sony Ericsson C905. As I have an iPod Touch, I didn't think it would be worthing getting an iPhone, or similar, and the lure of the 8.1 mega-pixel camera, Wi-Fi, and GPS was too much to resist. And hey, I'm a Sony Ericsson lover, and it would take a lot for me to look somewhere else.
First impressions are good - the camera is great, though obviously not as good as a stand alone camera with a decent lens. Not only are the photos of high quality, but the video is nice and smooth. I had contemplated getting a video camera, but I won't bother now, as the C905 does the job very well. I have noticed that due to the size of the photos, when they get compressed for media messages, they become pretty unusable. This is putting a dent in my Twitpic addiction, and I'm not sure there's a way around this without taking the photos in a lower resolution, which kind of defeats the object of getting this phone...
The phone does link well with Blogger, and I may have to start using this for posting photos and videos from my phone. You can add other blogs to the phone, but it doesn't seem to like MyOpera It just sends it an MMS (which has arrived at the time of writing this post), and as my MyOpera cannot remove the operator message, I'm reluctant to do this.
The Wi-Fi on the C905 is excellent, and using Opera Mini with it is superb. The GPS, on the other hand, is not so good, and it doesn't help that the Java version of Google Maps doesn't seem to be compatible with it. It appears to be a known issue, so hopefully there'll be an update to fix this at some point. I didn't expect much from the GPS, but at the moment I'm struggling to see that it'll be useful at all!
Apart from a few niggles, I'm happy with the choice. The camera alone makes it worthwhile for me, as I'm finding myself wanting to take my camera with me more and more. This way, I can carry less, and still take some decent pics. Hopefully the GPS will improve, but this phone should keep me going for a while!
Last night I blogged about trutap, which I discovered on my mobile. When I saw that it was compatible with MyOpera, a smiled a little. It's not often that you see MyOpera listed with the big guns of the blogging world, which is a shame as it's by far the best blogging platform that I've come accross.
When I checked trutap's features page and saw the little MyOpera logo among the "top blogs" list (and highlighted in the screenshot no less), I couldn't help but feeel proud. I like to think that it shows how far MyOpera has come in the last few years.
Sent from my phone using trutap
So far we have:
- Ickle Pickle
- Icky Picky
- Icky Von Picky ,shortened to
- Icky Von
- Icky McPicky
- Grumple Stiltskin (when she's in a mood)
I get a bit carried away
I saw this pic on Idiot Toys, and thought that it needed a lick of red paint. Who's up for a trip to Grizedale Forest?
I like the concept of iTunes' Genius playlists, it's just that my iPod doesn't seem to be that good at creating them. It's like he gives up halfway through. He's all eager, and up for the challenge when I tell him to go and find the similar tracks, and for the first three or four, the little chap gets it spot on. Then it goes downhill, and he decides to take a break, or something.
Yesterday, for example, I set off to work feeling lively and in the mood for something upbeat to accompany my walk to work. I choose "Don't Stop Me Now", by Queen, and set off on my merry little way. I pressed the Genius button, and a playlist was created. I would expect to see on said playlist some more upbeat tracks, maybe some 70s rock, some more Queen. I was secretly hoping for "Mr Blue Sky" by the ELO as it's one of the best tunes ever created.
The first few tracks didn't disappoint, but as the playlist went on, it all went horribly wrong. On came "Warwick Avenue" by Duffy, not exactly upbeat. I could appreciate what iPod was thinking - "I'm going to mix it up a bit, change the mood" - but then he went crazy, as he always does. I swear he has about 20 tracks that he puts into every Genius playlist he creates. No matter what I choose as my starting track, you can pretty much guarantee that these tracks will appear at some point. It's sloppy, and shows a lack of effort and thought.
IPOD: But you like those tracks, don't you? So what's the problem?
ME: Well I would quite like a bit more variety, you know. You've got over a thousand tracks to choose from.
IPOD: Yeah, well, I like these ones, and they're all bunched together - easy to find. And why are you blaming me? It's your music. Not my fault you have a taste for bland and generic tunes.
ME: But I could give you dozens of tracks that would suit that list better.
IPOD: Well then make your own bloody playlist. Listen, pal, I didn't want this job. It's not what I signed up for. Some geezer does a fancy update, and expects me to do extra work, and for what?!?! Nothing. The Union isn't happy about it, and neither am I. If I was you, I'd stop complaining.
ME: Or what, eh? You're my iPod, and you'll do what I tell you to.
IPOD: I'll tell people about the fact that you listen to Chas and Dave.
ME: OK, fair enough. Carry on.
Yes, it does mean that my lightsaber swinging has to be a bit more restrained, and any battles with rogue Jedi and Rancors are going to be a little subdued, but it's the best way to play!
Imagine the scene... It's late at night. Holly's unsettled, and I try to comfort her. She slowly calms done as I pace back and forth, and then falls asleep in my arms. I go to put her back in her cot, and slowly move her toward it. Reminiscent from the above scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark, I carefully place her down, knowing that one false move could start her off again, and unleash a rolling boulder* if she wakes.
But success is oh so sweet It's just not how you'd want to emulate Indy.
*metaphorically, of course. The room's not booby-trapped with spears, rocks, or poisoned darts. Well, not that I know, anyhow.
Hours of endless amusement (in between the crying and pooing...)
And I've taken the opportunity to upload some more pics to the Hollybean album.