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Adding .mobi file to Kindle for Mac

As I’m writing my book, all sorts of technical issues come up, like what word processor to use, how to manage content, and then this: Can you read your home-brewed mobi files on Kindle Reader for Mac? ...

Handy tools in Scrivener

When Scrivener is loaded into the background on the Mac and I want to access the scratchpad without going over to the program, click Control + Shift + Enter This brings up scratchpad over whatever window is ...

Editing the OpenOffice dictionary on the Mac

While working on the draft of my book, Antarctic Tears, in OpenOffice, I accidentally added a word I did not want into the user dictionary.  As I’ve been going along, I’ve learned OpenOffice does ...

Repaired Nikon 18-105mm lens plastic mount

Nikon makes great lenses.  Except for those plastic mounts.  The bayonet mount on my 18-105 broke some time last year and I’ve been able to get away with 2 tabs.  I could see some image degradation and ...

Variable ND inducing softness and blurriness

In an attempt to achieve a shallow depth of field (DOF) with my Canon M-500 video camera, I purchased a Polaroid HD Multi-coated Variable Neutral Density (ND) Filter for that purpose.  The concept of the ...

Thank you St. James!

Thank you so much to St. James Lutheran Church in Imperial Beach, CA, for the follow-up blurb in its July 2013 news letter. It was a wonderful time and I enjoyed speaking to an enjoyable audience.  Pastor ...

Alaska wisdom

A few words of wisdom from Alaska guide Willi Prittie with 38 years of experience on National Geographic Channel’s Ultimate Alaska Survival: Some of the best things in life – you can’t plan ...

Filters in the digital age

Yes, you need or at least want filters in the digital photography age.  Some people say you only need a polarizer, as that can’t be done in post.  As Peter Hill illustrates, filters still and probably ...

Getting the technical moon shot

To get the moon shot using Ansel Adam’s oft-quoted exposure formula, used for his famous Moonrise over Hernandez: Take the square root of your ISO – that becomes the aperture. ISO100 = f11= ...

Ski bindings mounted

The ski bindings are mounted after a whole summer of not finding the right skis. Living in a ski capital should make it easy and yet not. With the lack of snow here, shops do not seem overly concerned. That& ...

Is this camera good?

Last night one of my former coworkers asked me about a starter camera for his daughter. She’s looking at getting into photography.  As with all kids, do you go all in and get something amazing or will ...

Great bungee inline technique

After a lot of punishment to my back last summer prior to my expedition, I was getting tired of having expensive bungees wear out, get snagged, and crank on my body. After research and seeing what other ...