And now for some technical minutia. I've just set the timer on my iPhone; sausages grilling on the gas grill, just outside the enclosed back porch where I'm sitting in front of that fire, above. The fire is in a Victorian era pot belly stove, that has had the ash pit filled with fire brick and ash so it can be used as a fireplace. Typing this post on a iPad Mini. The photos I took a few minutes ago have been importd into the Mini, processed in Photogene, and now posted.
(Oh, time to turn the sausages. Sausages are being mentioned, because eating a lot helps with winter.)
This is my first iPad; I've had a Kindle Fire, but the iPad feels more like a real computer rather than an entertainment device. The program I'm using to do this post, Blogsy, makes it very easy to post. That is something I could never do with the Fire. Probably possible, but steep learning curve. The photo editor, Photogene, is full featured, very inexpensive ($.99), and does something the much more touted programs, iPhoto, and Snapseed don't, is allow resizing of images for different purposes. Some complain that the virtual keyboards are difficult to use, but not being a touch typist, I find I'm faster than on my desk keyboard.
Email, of course, but I'm also doing word processing that can be easily linked to my desk machine. There are still some things that the desk machine excells at, but I'm finding more projects that I can do on the tablet. The few days I recently spent in NYC, with only the tablet, did not seem under powered computing wise. Entertainment; movies are great; the small screen, close, is surprisingly effective. Magazines and illustrated books, when done properly (still an issue for many publishers), especially the ability to zoom and change font sizes, let alone carry a vast quanity of material, and have access to an infinite more. I can even go to my local library and borrow books when I'm not in town. Interesting, warmed by the most ancient of technologies, while working on one of the most recent.
A photo from late in the day, near sunset, though the sun is obscured by heavy clouds and some storms off to the west. The Crows have been flying around and alighting in the trees, but are facing in random directions, rather then west as in the previous post.
Definitely an arcane and obscure ritual.
Besides Crows, we seem to be haveing an excess of humidity, frozen. ( It's not the cold, it's the humidity )
Both of the photos in this post have not been corrected, as I like the way they came from the camera. This is also a first post using an iPad Mini; there is, in spite of Apple's assertion that Macs just work, a certain amount of just working in order to find a way get photos from cameras to places where blogger can access them, and sized down. Curiously, many photo editors for phones and tablets have no provisions for resizing photos. Photogene was one solution, expensive by app standards, $2.99, but It does "work".