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Tire chains

Training for the south pole trekking can be a daunting task.  On top of all the coordination with different companies, you have to be extremely fit to even consider attempting this.  If you look at the ...

Faster Macbook Pro wakeup

I’ve been enjoying working with my Macbook Pro Retina since the beginning of 2013 when I returned from Antarctica.  Editing HD video from the expedition was not possible on my 2005 vintage Macbook Pro. ...

It was a dark…

Snoopy always started his novels with: “It was a dark and stormy night.” But that’s about as far as he ever got with his venerable typewriter.  Fortunately for me, I’ve gotten much ...

Teton Photography Group Symposium

I will be presenting today at the Teton Photography Group symposium on improving your photography technique and making great images.  My presentation is on Intermediate Camera Technique.  There is a lot of ...

Aguacate recipe

While training for mountain climbing, sometime I’ve wanted something to snack on.  Since none of the Mexican stores around Jackson sell their good salsa, the only option is the mass-production stuff at ...

Book development

As I’ve been developing and writing my book, I’ve had to refer back to photographs to clarify certain things. One place I needed to check on was the location of Colossus Hill at S 87º 21′, W ...

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 ...