As a beta-tester for the new TypePad web publishing service, I'm going to test out their ability to manage photo albums. This might be a good way to post samples from our upcoming vacation.
To start with, I posted some pictures from our July 4th trip to the mountains. So far it looks like a pretty easy service. I like the ability to title and describe each picture. Doing so probably means it's best to limit to just the dozen or so best pictures from an event rather than dumping 30-40 up there.
Update 2003-08-11: Because these pictures were mostly of my kids, I decided to password-protect this album. Please e-mail me for the password (assuming that I know you of course…).
Over the Fourth of July holiday, the kids had a lot of fun playing games on a couple of Palm handhelds that I brought. Back in the office on Monday, I found this set of pictures they had taken. Kind of artistic, eh? These were taken on my Zire 71 with its built-in camera.
Update: Pictures removed after I switched gallery software.
This weekend my father and I went to the Nascar Winston Cup race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma — the Dodge Save Mart 350. We had a great time and enjoyed watching the race live, especially the close battle between Jeff Gordon and Robby Gordon for the last 20 laps or so. The last time I saw a Nascar race was probably 10 years ago. With new track ownership and the Infineon sponsorship deal, they've really upgraded the facility. The “terrace seating” is really nice — we sat in the Turn 9 Terrace which had a great view of practically the whole track.
We rented a scanner for the day to tune in on the driver-team communication. There wasn't too much to hear; I suspect you'd hear more on an oval track where the spotter is constantly updating the driver with information. Next time I'll have to bring mine and program in the frequencies. (Available on the web or for a few bucks at the track.) Using these scanners has become so popular that manufacturers like Radio Shack make dedicated racing scanners (search Google).
I took a few pictures of the event, especially from the morning. The pictures from my seat didn't turn out very well because of the distance. Hopefully my dad's camera took some good ones.
PhotoPal looks like a promising server-based solution for organizing and presenting pictures. I really need to get caught up with all my digitial pictures — they’re quietly sitting in several folders on my desktop right now.
Update: It looks like PhotoPal is now known as PhotoStack.
This year we bought the kids a basketball hoop — not too soon to start preparing for that scholarship!
The smartest move we made was deciding to not assemble this thing on Christmas Eve. It took me the good part of a day to assemble it in the daylight.