15000 pictures

I am in the middle of an organizational project involving all my images. So far I have only imported pictures dating back to January of 2013, and there are just over 15000 pictures! The plan for this set is to get it down to under 5000 usable images and discard the rest from my library,take into consideration this does not include the thousands of family pictures I have in my archives! When I say discard, I do not permanently discard any image I just remove them from the catalogue I am working with in Lightroom. The task is daunting to say the least, just a quick run through to eliminate groups of bad imagery(pictures taken with bad settings and blurs) of about 3000 images took close to 3 hours. once the task of downsizing my catalogue to just usable images has been completed, I will fully compile a usable portfolio of my best images which I will of course share with everyone.

Photography and the outdoors are 2 of my most loved things in life, right up there with cooking. Sometimes the combination of these 3 things make for an abundance of mediocre to downright bad choices for photographs, that should never be seen by any set of human eyes and with proper handling and encryption they never will! My point being that any good photographer takes many pictures, and many of them are not usable images. Most people do not understand the hours that go into the actual process of sorting through 1000 pictures to find that 1 or 2 that are A1 perfect pictures. I enjoy nothing more than sharing what it is I experience when I am out in the marshes, or off in the state forest or same canyon, and I can do that best through my lens and some carefully crafted words. I am hoping that you enjoy the end product of the many hours of work I am putting into this project, and the stories that will accompany the images.

 

Thanks for reading, please visit me at Http://blog.bleattler.com

Today is Wednesday June 18th

It is the 169th day of the year and the are 196 days remaining in the year

There are only 189 days until Christmas so you had better start shopping now!

The War of 1812 was begun on this day, can you guess what year?

In 1928 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic ocean

Today is Paul McCartney’s Birthday, so be sure to give him a little ring dingy and wish him well and make sure you tell him Uncle Albert called

The weather forecast for today: hotter than the devil with a fever

Life.. its what you make it

A saying that I find now that I am older to be so true. One can choose to be unhappy, and negative about their circumstances or one can choose to use those circumstances to their advantage and make happiness where there once was none. Not every situation is going to turn your way, in fact in reality, probably most won’t. It is how you take those situations and use them to your advantage that can be the difference between happiness and unhappiness. So you lost your job? your wife? you can sit there and be down and negative or you can take any of these situations and make them have at least a somewhat positive light.

 

I lost my job:

BAD: damn how the hell am I gonna pay the bills, what if I can’t find work

GOOD: Get motivated you have skills, you’re not out of work, you’re moving up in the world use what you know

My wife left me:

BAD: how will I ever survive without her?

GOOD: This is awesome, now I can date that hot girl in accounting

you get the point, you can sit around and mope feeling all sorry for your damn self or you can get off your ass, get motivated and make your life great!

Great men and women are NOT born, they are made every day

Make yourself great!

Looking for deprecated technology

Hello All,

I am currently looking for small and medium size business in the Philadelphia\Delaware valley who need to have their technology removed\recycled, but do not want to pay to have it removed\recycled.

I will come remove old computer towers, servers, printers, switches whatever you have to get rid of, working or not.

I also specialize in finding parts, and equipment that is beyond end of life, we all have those legacy systems that still MUST be run, and occasionally something is needed that one cannot just go out and buy

I buy sell and trade WORKING, and not beyond end of life technology, don’t ask me to buy your laptop with windows XP

 

All of my contact information can be found here:

http://about.me/Bleattler

 

Back to the blog

It has been a few months since I have posted anything to the Epitech blog. I am just finishing up a 2 part article with part 1 set for release this coming weekend June 7-8 2014. It is a trip into the marshes of southern New Jersey with a plethora of wildlife photos and some interesting tidbits of New Jersey history most people are unaware of!

Eyes wide shut

The Day it drags the words of fire
The evil pentance false desire
The water boils the lies that sting
Who knew the drought one heart could bring

Time a sentence procured of lust
Brought around, turn to dust
Blinded by the wounded heart
Betrayal served best apart

The day it leaves an ice cold trail
True hidden hatred, behind veil
The nightime brings the dark uncut
Waking up with eyes wide shut

Eyes Wide Shut

What Christmas means to me..

Over the years the meaning of Christmas changes, at least for me it has. When I was a kid it was all about the haul, what the big man in red was going to bring. The anticipation would grow starting somewhere around Thanksgiving, and culminate with total insanity on Christmas morning. I can remember going outside in the snow, with no shoes on my feet to play with some toy I had gotten on Christmas that’s how great Christmas was as a kid. It was THE day, the only day other than a birthday that mattered on the calendar.

Once an age was hit where the myth was shattered, and the illusion dispersed things changed. Christmas had a different meaning, and the gifts became more personal. The holiday became more about being around extended family that we only saw a couple times a year. I think those were the best Christmas’. All the aunts, uncles, cousins all stuffed together in one place and a lot of love. Those family gatherings were some of the best times of my childhood.

Into the teen and early adult years, Christmas seemed to become more of a chore. With family obligations and gift giving becoming an obstacle to the things I really wanted to be doing. I still enjoyed the family gatherings, but they grew smaller as we grew older and family drifted apart moving away, starting their own families and beginning their own new Christmas traditions. Christmas was nothing more than a big commercial joke!

Then I became a dad, and that changed everything. I was the big man, the myth behind the mask, I was Santa! There is nothing on this earth that is better than the smile of a child on Christmas morning, when they open THAT gift. All the searching, and running to make sure that Christmas morning was the best morning of the year, all worthwhile. There is nothing worse than the day they find out the truth, and the charade is exposed.

Now I am older and again Christmas has a different meaning for me than it ever has before in my life. I am divorced, live alone and for some reason feel like a little kid waiting for Christmas morning. I do not anticipate the gifts which I will receive, but am excited by the gifts I have chosen to give to those I love. I am excited by the idea of watching my grandson open gifts on his first Christmas. I am thankful that my family is relatively speaking, happy and healthy and that we all have roofs over our heads and food in our bellies.

So for me Christmas has become about the gift that is given, with no expectation of one in return. One that comes from the heart, Christmas is about making someone else’s wish come true. Christmas is about Family, Christmas is about love, Christmas is about charity. Christmas is about magic that happens only once a year. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, and so in such I wish you all:

Merry Christmas!!

A new Perspective

Without a doubt I would have to say that in my 49 years, 2013 has been the most trying and challenging year I have faced. I have encountered obstacles which I never could have imagined, and found strength where I did not know it existed. I have seen things through a different set of eyes, and comprehended situations in a different mindset. I have found a new peace, and understanding through the quagmire of untruths and have embraced my weakness’ to compliment my strengths.

As I sit and contemplate my new awareness, I am sometimes overwhelmed by the possibilities which lay before me. Accepting that there are forces at work that are beyond my control, and understanding how to manage the way in which I interact with these situations has been my biggest challenge. Understanding that not everything that is broken can or should be fixed, and not all problems have a favorable outcome. That sometimes we just have to accept things for what they are and move on.

The last 4 weeks have been spent doing some very deep spiritual exploration and examination of who I am, how I have gotten here and where it is I want to go from here. The events and circumstances that have brought me here have been convoluted to say the least, but as I do believe everything happens for a reason I am sure in the grand scheme of things it will all make sense. My journey has been a long, and the road ahead does not appear to be a smooth one, but what would life be without those occasional bumps in the road or miscalculated wrong turns.

I move forward with anticipation of what is around the next turn, and relish in the mystery of what will be. I welcome the challenges, the victories and the failures for these together are what make a person who it is they become. Not so much as to whether one succeeds or fails, but how they handle the situation and accept the outcome. I will not let the events of this last year become who I am, or who I become. I will not respond to hatred with hatred and become my own enemy. I will be stronger than those who seek to fulfill their emptiness with anger and contempt, and I will overcome the obstacles that have been laid before me.

As I move forward, I will take with me the lessons I have learned over the past 11 and a half months and I will use them to guide me to a better place within myself. I will take the pain and I will use it to strengthen my resolve, and I will not let hatred and evil inundate my life. Destination unclear, and path yet uncertain I follow the unseen signs, seeing everything through a new set of eyes.
fairmount in snow 015

Tech Tips 101

There are many lessons I try to impart to my friends, family and co-workers about the safety of mobile devices. I think most of it goes in one ear and out the other, and it all sounds like geek speak to most of them. As the world becomes more mobile, and we do more and more online, securing all of your accounts and devices has never been more important. Today I am going to share a few articles about how to keep your home computer, your mobile devices, and your online accounts safe from the prying eyes of the internet.
The first and probably most important lesson I can pass on to you is about security, Always use Anti Virus and Anti-Malware programs on any device you use to connect to the internet! In conjunction with those to protect your device, Always User Two factor authentication anywhere it is available to help secure your online accounts.
The following two articles from Lifehacker explain what two factor authentication is, and how to use it on many of the most popular sites such as Facebook, twitter and even Gmail. Save yourself the headache of being Hacked! It can happen to anyone, even I have even had my Facebook account hacked once, and anyone who knows me can tell you, I am big on security and long mixed symbol passwords.

The first article called “Please turn on two factor authentication”
is a quick explanation and plea to use two factor authentication.
http://lifehacker.com/5932700/please-turn-on-two+factor-authentication


This second article explains how and where to turn on two factor authentication
in Gmail and on numerous other popular sites.
http://lifehacker.com/5938565/heres-everywhere-you-should-enable-two+factor-authentication-right-now

 

Not mentioned here, but if your bank, and credit card companies offer such a service, and I am sure most do, implement them on those sites to prevent unauthorized logins!

 

The second area I need to cover, and also touched upon in the above articles is back-up your data! I cannot stress this enough, if your drive fails and you have no back-up you will be screwed and lose everything. This is the second most important lesson I can pass on to you. I too have once been the victim of not backing up my data, and then I lost close to 10,000 pictures. I always back-up now, every night without fail! It’s easy, it’s cheap and it could save your ass!

As you will notice most of these articles are from Lifehacker.com, one of my favorite sites. Below are two links, the first being an article about online backups, comparing the 5 best. Read it, understand it, and decide if it is for you. BTW Dropbox works well to, and is rated as one of the more secure services!

http://lifehacker.com/five-best-online-backup-services-1006345049

The second is a guide for setting up a home back up plan, and easy steps for doing so. You do not have to use this guide, as there are other options available, but whatever you use, use something and check it occasionally to make sure it actually works!

http://lifehacker.com/5787572/set-up-an-automated-bulletproof-file-back-up-solution

 

The last thing I want to share today is about passwords. We all use them, most people hate them and I can crack 80% of them in fewer than 2 minutes.  Passwords should not be simple for anyone but you; it should not be a birthday or pet name, or your husband’s name. Those are easily guessed passwords, and what most people use because they are so easy to remember. The problem is; most people use the same password for everything! Don’t! that is the quickest way to give people access to your private data. They get the password for 1 thing and BAM, they have the password for everything, bank accounts, email etc.

Always use different passwords for different things, and use passwords you will remember easily, but someone else will not. Like a combination of letters and numbers like; B1i9l6l7y, looks complicated but it really isn’t. I took the name Billy, and the year he was born, 1967, and merged them into one word. So I now use 3 different character sets in my password making it harder to crack, or guess!

 

I hope you take what you have learned here today and use it, because I do want to be the guy you call when your accounts get hacked, or your computer takes a dump and all your pictures of fluffy and flowers, and all the music that was “in your ITunes” is gone. I do not want to be the guy saying to you “do you have a back-up?”