04 14 2020 AE Harris Rd

04 14 2020

This batch of photos are the last from the AE Harris Rd excursion. They aren’t super exciting I admit. But they have some merit in my opinion. There usually isn’t too much interest in photos of power lines. And I imagine there aren’t too many of them out there, especially not good ones…

Well I imagined incorrectly. There are a ton of good photos of power lines on Google images. I should have known before I opened my mouth. Heh, but I took the time to write it, so it stays. Anyway, to me, these aren’t the most interesting photos of the group. But they have some merit. 

I had some fun in post playing with these. I kinda messed them up to give them more character. I’m not sure this can be considered lomo or lomography style, but that was the inspiration for most of these. While not a toy camera, the lens I used here is pretty cheap and not technically that great. It is not bad, just not great. And on these wire shots with the sky as the background some of the imperfections seemed more visible to me, so I used them. It was sprinkling out when I took these, and the spots are water drops.

Actually, the more I look at this group the more I like them. Well that stream of consciousness writing. And my consciousness is forever changing for better or worse. 

I tried a new way to post photos on my blog here. Instead of posting them as a set that you click then look through, I posed them each as its own set so they should display larger on the initial page. I haven’t even look to see how it looks before adding this piece of writing. But I know what I anticipate. Whatever it looks like I’m not going to change it. This is done in the interest of experimentation.

I use a third party web site hosting and software template company for my page here. I like it. It has done what I wanted and expected it to do. But there are a lot of variables when it comes to web development, at least it seems so to me. I have no real interest in learning and keeping up with web development, so I am more than happy to let Format do that. So I am not sure what this will look like, but I think it will be cool. If it is I may use this method more often when I only have a few photos to post.

For the diary portion of my blog today I will say that I am about half way through “Roughing It” by Mark Twain. He is incredible, and I will certainly read more of his work. He was a true American treasure. Apart from the general enjoyment of reading his well crafted prose, I learn a good deal of history with every page. He lays out a portrayal of the time in which he lived with alacrity, comprehensibility and a sense of complex simpleness that delights me.

My phone is on its deathbed. The battery is swelling up, and I noticed it was unusually hot last time I charged it. No, I didn’t charge it after I noticed it was swelled up. The heat was noticed before the puffiness. Anyway, it is powered down. I have turned it on once a day to check for messages, then immediately turned it off. It is difficult not having a phone readily available, but I’m sure I’m more equipped to handle this scenario than many. I’m pretty much a hermit anyway, and grew up in a time when cell phones were only on Star Trek. But I have ordered a new phone, but it is going to take a while to get here. I should have it in a couple more days. I hope it works as intended, I bought it on eBay. I’ve had pretty good luck on eBay, so I think it will be fine. It is a fairly big purchase though, probably the most expensive thing I’ve bought on eBay yet. So we will see how well this works out. The item is supposed to be new with an original warranty. Not sure how that works, but eBay also has a warranty and I expect that if the phone is junk I will get made whole somehow. I do look forward to the new phone though. Isn’t a new phone always fun?

It is interesting the timing of my old phone giving up ghost at this particular time. I also got a drone that I was trying to get working. The drone uses the phone as part of the remote control system. I was having problems with the phone connecting to the remote control unit, rendering the drone useless. I was beyond frustrated. And the customer support was closed due to the holiday weekend leaving my high and dry, heh. It was actually while playing with this whole system that I noticed the battery puffing out. I wonder if there is a causation. I did a lot of internet searching and there seems to be some problems with Android phones and the app that controls the drone remote system. I saw several complaints from people who had Android phones complain about various things including the issues similar to the connection problem I was having. I didn’t see anything about causing hardware problems though, that  was mostly just a random thought.

Anyway I am taking this time to change to IOS phones, and hope and pray that my drone investment will work with this new phone without having to jump through more hoops with the manufacturer. For what it’s worth there were plenty of Android phone users that had glowing things to say about the drone product. But the vast majority, and it was significant, of complaints came from Android users. So hopefully with Apple’s tight controls on hardware and software compliance the integration between drone and phone will be flawless. So much hope rests on this phone. I pray eBay comes through, as it saves me a good amount of money.

As usual I’m not sure why I wrote all of this. Actually it is because I have a lot of free time with the quarantine. I hope to soon have drone capability to add to my fledgling business. I spent a good part of yesterday studying for the part 107 FAA drone test. I may have to wait a while before the testing centers open up though. I’m not sure. But I want to be able to offer this. And I would like to do so before a serious marketing push. But I am playing it by ear. I’ve said more than enough for now. 


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