Archive for September, 2007

17
Sep
07

Photoblog

After a lot of messing around, a week or more of inaction, and a little more messing around, I finally got my photoblog up and running.  The bottom line seems to be that WordPress and the photoblogging plug-in don’t play nicely with 10MP images.  I had been hoping that I would be able to use the plug-in to automatically upload, resize, and thumbnail all the images I wanted to post on the photoblog, and while that may still be possible, I have given up trying to make it work.  For now, I will resize the images manually and then use the WordPress administrative interface to upload things.  This also will give me the opportunity to think about whether I want to crop the pictures at all in order to make sure the picture is composed exactly as I want it.

Anyway, my photoblog is now available at the unsurprising URL: http://imladris.mit.edu/photoblog/  (Update: this site is now down – see its replacement at http://instantforever.org)

I wrestled with the title for quite awhile, rather than choosing something lame like “insert title here”.  My initial choice was “14 Shots of the Dome”, which was meant to say something about how this site featured photography (“shots”) and about how I am a student of MIT, the most easily recognizable architectural feature of which is its dome.  I thought this title was a clever double meaning to both “shots” and “dome”, playing off L.L. Cool J’s album “14 Shots to the Dome”.  However, after some consideration, I decided not to use a name that evoked thoughts of someone getting shot in the head.

Going back to the drawing board, I began to think a lot about the nature of photography, which, I would say, is the way in which it takes a fleeting moment and records it, preserving it for eternity.  I’ve been thinking more about speaking German lately, so I thought I might want to choose a title in German.  Furthermore, the people who made both the WordPress photoblog plug-in as well as the WordPress theme I’m using are German speakers, so this seemed doubly appropriate.  In the end, I settled on “Der Ewige Augenblick”, which roughly translates to “The Eternal Instant” or “The Everlasting Moment”.  I also considered “Der Ewiggewordene Augenblick”, which would more precisely capture the idea of an instant becoming eternal, but that seems like a mouthful for English speakers.

I posted a picture last night and another one tonight.  I hope that you’ll take a look and let me know what you think.

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11
Sep
07

The streak continues

The Pirates lost tonight, putting their record on the year at 64-81. What does this mean? Well, it means that the Pirates cannot have a winning season this year. It means the best they can hope to do is not having a losing season. Unfortunately, that would require them to win every game they play for the rest of the season – all 17 of them. That means winning the series against the Brewers, sweeping the Astros followed by consecutive sweeps of the Padres, the Cubs, the Diamondbacks, and the Cardinals. So, although they haven’t recorded their 82nd loss quite yet, I think it’s pretty much in the bag – along with their 15th consecutive losing season. I hope I’m wrong, but that seems pretty unlikely.

01
Sep
07

Potential Outage / Coming Attractions

So, I’m planning to add a photoblog to the offerings here on imladris.mit.edu.  In particular, I’m thinking about using the so-called “Yet Another Photo Blog” plug-in for WordPress, since I have a decent amount of experience with WordPress and I already have 2 WordPress installations on this server.  However, as I was looking into adding a photoblog, I realized that having 3 separate WordPress installations would be a pain, since it would make 3 times the work for me when I want to upgrade to a new version of WordPress.  So, I’ve decided to try to consolidate things and run my blog, Heather’s blog, and my new photoblog all from the same WordPress installation.  How is such a thing possible?  Well, after looking through the documentation at codex.wordpress.org, I found the Allan Mertner/Stephen Rider symlink hack.  I plan to try to get this running in the next day or two.  However, I’ve had enough experience doing things like this to know that it rarely goes as smoothly as one might hope.  So, be forewarned that this blog, and Heather’s blog, for that matter, could be out of commission for a day or two.  Once everything is set up, I’ll post again and let you know where you can find my new photoblog.  I have a pretty big backlog of pictures, both from my ~20 rolls of film (with 4 more yet to be developed) and from the 600+ pictures that I’ve taken with my Pentax K10D since I got it, so I hope to be able to give my readership a picture a day for the foreseeable future.




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