My goal is to post once a day, purely for my own purposes to make a record of:

  • Major accomplishments of the day
  • Things to remember for tomorrow
  • What worked/what didn’t work

If you’d like to read along, feel free!

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I’m going to start posting here again. If only to let Google be my brain for a while.

Frasier Spears, via Jim Correia, has a great post about when photos get deleted. He’s got a good methodology that seems inline with my very informal practice. Basically, I never delete any photos of the kids unless something went horribly wrong (which does happen when I decide to manually futz with my Digital Rebel XT’s settings).

I have such a hard time deleting digital representations of people that I love. A couple of years after my grandmother passed away I saw her information in my address book. I was doing housekeeping and cleaning out old contacts. But how do you erase the information of someone who was so dear to you? Sounds like an insanely irrational process, since her address book entry was just a record of some data and had nothing do with why she was so special. However, it was a reminder of her. I need to think about her more often and make sure I tell my kid what a fantastic grandmother I had. If she’s not there, will I somehow forget?

It’s the same type of feeling with photos of my kids. Even though my son may have had his eyes half open or my daughter was looking at anything but the camera, it captures them in a moment time that’s completely unposed, normal and banal. But those are the moments that life is largely composed of. My own childhood has a paucity of photos, primarily because taking photos in the ’70s was a disaster compared to today. Flashbulbs that only worked once. Cartridges of crappy film. Instant camera prints that faded unless hermetically sealed. Plus, you had this extensive process of actually dropping the film off at the Fotomat and then having to remember to pick it up later. Silliness.

The flip side is that my kids will have thousands, if not tens of thousands of photos to review at some point. My only hope is that consumer-grade image recognition and processing software is introduced to facilitate more automatic and inference-based tagging, sorting and grading of photos.

I’d love to see iPhoto ’08’s skimming feature added to Leopard’s Quick Look previewing user interface. When you select multiple files in the Finder and hit the space bar, you have the option of seeing a “contact sheet” view of the files in Quick Look — a perfect place to be able to skim over PowerPoint or Keynote slideshows for instance. Oh Internets, please make it so.

Twitter just hasn’t found its way into my heart. I may be that in my extensively multi-tasked existence, Twitter was just one thing too many to think about. Hell, I can’t even update my blog on a useful basis. I want to like using Twitter since I like the concepts behind Twitter. But my ability to time slice is outweighed by my desire to focus and Twitter on my periphery is just too much right now. I’ll keep Twitterific in case I change my mind, but for now it’s being marked as noexec.

I was downloading some QFX files to import into Quicken. Upon double-clicking, Numbers launched and rendered a nice view of the QFX data. Nice feature!

So I ordered the 20th anniversary special box-set reissue of the Joshua Tree. I had to, for many reasons. 1987 was a very important year for me and my tastes in music. Several of the bands I was into at the time, U2 and REM primarily, released stunning new albums. And Guns ‘n Roses came out with Appetite for Destruction, completely rewriting the rules for hard rock. But The Joshua Tree stood out from all of the new releases of 1987 as an accomplishment both musically and emotionally.

Sadly, life has been quite busy and I haven’t had time to listen to the CD or watch the concert and other footage on the DVD. I’m very interested in the changes remastering brings to the table. I was never thrilled with the overall production of some of the songs. Streets sounded murky on the original version, the drum mix on In God’s Country was very weak (in contrast to the powerful pattern Larry plays live), same for One Tree Hill. I’m hoping that the gentle scrape guitar in Running to Stand Still becomes more musical in nature, rather than percussive. I hope the “fly over” in Bullet the Blue Sky between the two recorded takes of the song is less apparent. It’s not like I know anything about sound engineering or production, but I do have discerning ears that are quite sensitive.

Once I get a chance to listen to the CD (with two kids in the house, I just have to figure out when and how I can sit down and listen to the whole thing) I’ll post my thoughts here.