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London Drugs Photo Lab VS Costco photo lab

Ordered 4 photos for print using London Drug’s photo lab online. 4 Prints, each 8×12. “Pearl” finish, because Matte is NOT a printing option. Uploader is fairly intuitive, quick and easy to navigate, as well as stable. No problem placing an order.

Total order cost: $35.80

Ordered the SAME 4 photos through Costco’s online print service. Same 4 files, same size, same everything. (except the finish, because “matte” is an option) Limit of 8MB on file size, and the uploader crashed twice in my initial test of uploading 10 images. But to be fair, I was using the “classic” uploader, as I didn’t feel like doing extensive java updates that give me dire warnings about security holes and risks. I’m not really trusting of Java anyways.

Total order cost: $8.92

Difference: $26.88

Hrm. In an economy where $26.88 is 4 jugs of milk and 2 loaves of bread… I think I will be getting my printing done at Costco. Of course, we’ll have to run a side by side comparison of quality and what not.

BC Ambulance service, Sikorsky S-76, inbound Nanaimo General Hospital
Helijet BC Ambulance Service Helicopter, Sikorsky S-76

Helijet BC Ambulance Service Helicopter, Sikorsky S-76

This is beyond “free”.

I would, in a heartbeat, and without hesitation, jump into this sport. SO. MUCH. AWESOME.

Finding Vivian Maier.. A pretty amazing photographer. Wow.

Guy buys a bunch of undeveloped film at auction, and an amazing photographer is discovered. After she’d died.

More on the story.

747 Crash in Bagram, caught on tape.

Man. That sucks. Atleast they caught it on tape. NTSB will have some help figuring out why it went nose high and stalled. Load shift, maybe?

Bluegrass on a boat.
Steve Charles  - Guitar and Vocals for the band "Viper Central". Steve graduated with a degree in Jazz Guitar in 1999. As a performer, he specializes in Brazilian music; composing and playing Cavaquinho for local group Corcovado and re-inventing the Choro tradition with Sapeca. Since encountering Bluegrass and Old-time music in 2005, Steve has quickly established himself in the scene with his band Redgrass. In 2007 he produced Whiskey Hollow Bound, a compilation CD of emerging bluegrass and old-time bands in Vancouver which was distributed and played all across Canada. As a composer and multi-instrumentalist Steve is in demand with many theatre companies in Vancouver. His arsenal includes nylon and steel string guitar, electric and upright bass, piano, banjo, mandolin, cavaquinho and various percussion instruments. Recent shows include: Back To You and The Jungle Book by Musical Theatreworks; Boca del Lupo shows; Vasily the Luckless, The House of Sleeping Beauties, The Perfectionist, and The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces, Fugue Theatre's Lillie and Flynn, Studio 58's The Boyfriend and Jessie nominated sound design and composition for Mesa by Third Street Theatre. Recent highlights include Folk, Jazz, and Fringe Festivals across Canada, U.S., and Europe. He is active in Vancouver's diverse music scene, often seen with Ache Brasil or Cabaret slam folk band, The Fugitives.

Steve Charles – Guitar and Vocals for the band “Viper Central”.
Steve graduated with a degree in Jazz Guitar in 1999. As a performer, he specializes in Brazilian music; composing and playing Cavaquinho for local group Corcovado and re-inventing the Choro tradition with Sapeca. Since encountering Bluegrass and Old-time music in 2005, Steve has quickly established himself in the scene with his band Redgrass. In 2007 he produced Whiskey Hollow Bound, a compilation CD of emerging bluegrass and old-time bands in Vancouver which was distributed and played all across Canada.
As a composer and multi-instrumentalist Steve is in demand with many theatre companies in Vancouver. His arsenal includes nylon and steel string guitar, electric and upright bass, piano, banjo, mandolin, cavaquinho and various percussion instruments. Recent shows include: Back To You and The Jungle Book by Musical Theatreworks; Boca del Lupo shows; Vasily the Luckless, The House of Sleeping Beauties, The Perfectionist, and The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces, Fugue Theatre’s Lillie and Flynn, Studio 58’s The Boyfriend and Jessie nominated sound design and composition for Mesa by Third Street Theatre. Recent highlights include Folk, Jazz, and Fringe Festivals across Canada, U.S., and Europe. He is active in Vancouver’s diverse music scene, often seen with Ache Brasil or Cabaret slam folk band, The Fugitives.

Some time ago, I was taking the ferry over to the Mainland (or more specifically, was on the way back to Nanaimo) and came across a group of musicians putting on a little bit of an impromptu performance, playing violin, Banjo, fiddles and what not.. They were pretty awesome. This guy, Steve Charles, was really great on a banjo. Check out some of their stuff HERE.

Twitter makes me rage.

A few days ago, I deactivated my twitter account, because apparently, I don’t have the option of deleting it outright. So, fine, whatever. I really find twitter to be irritating and not at all helpful, but I figured that hey, maybe I just over-reacted and deleted it because I was in a bad mood.

So, I reactivated it, and decided to give it another go. And within 20 minutes, I was ready to deactivate it again, and was just rotten in my mood

At the top of the home screen, there’s a large block that “suggests” feeds to follow. Two of the common ones were Wal-Mart corp, and Starbucks inc. Which is bullshit, because that’s just advertising being force fed down your gullet. Not cool at all, not in the least. And there is no easy or simple way to disable it – if there’s a way at all.

So, screw it. I just pulled the plug and disabled it, and have no intentions of ever using it again. Ever. So, Twitter is one tool I’ll never be relying on… Good-bye, and good riddance!

Hey! Look! Its a mobile post!

Testing out the capabilities of posting from my Galaxy S3.

image

Oh, hey! Its a picture of trees in water.

That’s pretty cool, eh?

Joe Rogan is my favorite comedian and podcaster
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Out with the new, in with the old.

As you might have noticed by now, we’re back to the old, wordpress website, and no longer with Squarespace.

What a waste of time THAT was.

I’d heard about Squarespace on the Joe Rogan podcast, and thought I would give it a try. While it looked great, and had a lot of potential, there was a few issues I had with it. Most notably was the lack of customer service. Their response times were great, but they missed some of my messages entirely. The times they DID get them, they just glazed over my concerns and didn’t address ANY of my complaints or issues.

From my correspondence with them:

I have elected to not stick with squarespace, for a number of reasons. For
the sake of possible future changes, I will list the reasons:

It costs just under $300 a year for the business plan with e-commerce.
Pretty close to the same as Smugmug (with which I am already a paid
member), only smugmug offers full printing and shipping services.
Squarespace doesn’t. You can sell stuff, but you have to handle all the
packaging, ordering, shipping, etc.

You don’t offer FTP. You have no space to manage or use, or park, say… a
zip of photos for a client/friend to download. That’s a big issue for me.

Mobile posting/management is VERY limited. IE, from the mobil app, and the
phone, I don’t have the option of pushing to my social media when I post
from a phone.

Unless you blog a single image in a blog post, you can’t share an image, or
have anyone share an image. Only a page. So if you have a FANTASTIC image
of Brad Pitt running naked and drunk in downtown Vancouver, it can’t get
shared in social media. So having someone share a single image to facebook
is not possible.No one can view my portfolio, and if they see an image they
LOVE, they can’t share that image (from a gallery) on social media.

If you want your page to do something specific, you can’t change the source
code without a LOT of hassle. If it’s not a predefined option, it’s not
something you can do. IE, on my blog posts, the font for image captions
under images is “one size only” (at least with that template) and is so
tiny, you can’t read it. So, changing it is very, very difficult unless
you’re proficient at source code “injections” into headers, footers and
body spaces. And it’s done at CSS level. In addition, you can’t set
anything to save and use a set of settings by default. IE, every time I
post, I have to set the social media links to push, and set my location
from New York to my hometown. Every. Single. Time. Time consuming, and
frustrating.

It’s a good service, and I’d probably use it more or even exclusively, but
it’s actually more limited than advertised, and for me, the price point
doesn’t seem reasonable for what you’re getting, which is really just a
fancy GUI for a sliver of space on your server, which I don’t have ftp
access to. A slick GUI isn’t worth $300 a month, IMO.

And one other thing I REALLY don’t like… (and it’s a minor thing that
would only bother someone on a budget, like myself) is there’s a penalty
for paying month to month. If you sign up for a year, the business level
package is 24 bucks a month. If you pay month to month (even if you use a
credit card and auto renew) you charge $30 a month. Which to me, is
somewhat… unfair. The message I get is “Hey, if you’re on a budget, and
can’t fork over $288 in one shot, we’re going to charge you an extra $72 as
a penalty. Or “you’re low income” tax.

These are all points I will be blogging about, and sharing publicly,
because I am not happy with my squarespace experience.

I know to you folks, it’s not a big deal, but to me, I was really hyped
about your services, and it actually ended up being pretty frustrating. For
ME, anyways. Even though you don’t have FTP solutions I was willing to
rework everything to work around that, because everything else looked so
promising. So, I spent money on a new domain name to create my own “cloud”
service using the space I already paid for, which now, turns out to be a
waste of money. And on top of everything… Something got changed within my
own network, as none of my computers at home will connect to my website. I
keep getting directed to a page that says:

:Domain Not Claimed. This domain has been mapped to Squarespace, but it has
not yet been claimed by a website. If this is your domain, claim it in the
Domains tab of your website manager

It’s all VERY frustrating. I don’t know what or
why, but everything is just borked, and I’m so frustrated I could scream.

Cheers,

Robb

I then told them that the reason my payment hadn’t gone through was because the transaction had been cancelled, and not on their end.

And their response?


Hannah A (Squarespace Support)
APR 26, 2013 | 02:30AM EDT
Hey Robb,

Glad to hear that this has been resolved.

Feel free to reach out with any additional questions. Thanks!

Hannah A.
Customer Care
Squarespace, Inc.
help.squarespace.com

So. With that, my Squarespace experiment has concluded.

Pretty convinced that there is, and never will be, a PERFECT all round solution that will meet my needs. Which is a great, easy to configure website, emphasis on a blog, that has really great, easy, content management. IE, I don’t want it to take me 20+ minutes to post a single image. I liked that about squarespace.. it had great image management and made it super easy to post a photo to my blog while I was out and about and took a snap with my cell phone.

-R

PS: If you notice that the tables on the site look wonky, it’s because I’m messing with the code, trying to make the content (like this blog post) match the width of the page, so there’s not all that super empty, wasted space on the right over there ————>

Have patience whilst I tweak and configure.

Godzilla comes to Nanaimo! (And Matt calls it in)

“WHAT THE HELL DO YOU MEAN “they’ve all gone for lunch”?? THERE’S A GODDAMN LIZARD THE SIZE OF A SKYSCRAPER KNOCKING HELICOPTERS OUTTA THE SKY!!”

More photos to come.

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