4th Of July 2018 Trip Photos

This past week, the family and I headed to San Antonio for the 4th of July holiday.  I naturally wanted to take some photos, and we wanted to see some fireworks.  In addition, the eldest wanted to start looking at college campuses.

The trip was a lot of fun, and I did get some good photos (see below), but the weather did not cooperate for the fireworks.  There was some serious rain in the afternoon, and the Powers That Be(TM) decided to cancel the displays.

We did end up spending a lot of time wandering around the River Walk which was nice and relaxing.  Our favorite places were still there, so we enjoyed some good food and ice cream.

As you can see, the light was good, and the River Walk was nice and lush.

We did get to SA a few years back for the 4th, and we enjoyed it then, as well.

 

Another Trip to the UK

As I teased before, I was back in the UK for some meetings.  The original plan got all sideways when my main person I was meeting with left for paternity leave just before I got over there.  No worries, as I was able to use the time to meet with others and get some good work done.

This time, I brought my main camera over with me, and spent some of the downtime taking pictures, mainly in Bournemouth, as I was only in London for the Monday, and was in meetings all day.

Anyway, here are some of the pictures I took.  Enjoy!

#NeverAgain

March For Our Lives

 

The numbers are unbelievable.  As I write this, we are 12 weeks into 2018, and there have been 17 school shootings in the US where someone was injured or killed.  1.4 per week.  And, if you look outside of schools, there have been to date 50 mass shootings where 4 or more people were injured or killed, not counting the shooter.  50 since January 1, 2018.

Never Again.

I plan to talk to my US and Texas Representatives and Senators about the issue.  Yesterday, I went with my two oldest to the March For Our Lives protest in Houston.  I am proud to say, it was my kids who wanted to go.

Naturally, I took my camera and tried to capture the spirit of the event with photos of the signs and a couple of videos.  They are posted in the photos section.

February, Already?

AR Test
AR Test

I am shocked to look at the calendar, and realize that February is almost over.

Where to begin?  Well, the test with ChromeOS is going well.  I have found that I need the access to my R810 less and less as I move things over to the Pixelbook.  I have even found myself doing some light python coding on it.  The flexibility and the speed is very nice.  I have also been enjoying one of the major benefits of the Chromebook life style: major battery life.  I can take my Pixel out of the bag when I get to the office and not plug it in all day, and still have a couple of hours of juice left over when I get home.

On of the things that I am still not totally sure about is doing my photo workflow.  I have been doing some reading, and finding a few tools to play with.  To that end, I am going to set myself a challenge of taking, processing, and posting a photo at least once a week.  As I get more comfortable, I might even move that up to many a week.  It will be good to get back into that as I have done that in the past, but I did fail the last time I tried daily.

The photo above is from my playing around with ‘Augmented Reality’ which is all the fade now days with ‘virtual stickers’ you can insert into photos.