Friday, January 28, 2011

Day 409

If I only wrote about important things, this would have been a good day to skip. Absolutely nothing of any consequence happened. I was busy all day, but by suppertime I was beginning to wonder if I had done anything at all. I went over to Culwell & Son, my favorite clothing store, to see if I could find something at their big end of season sale and left with nothing, feeling that I had a lot more clothes than I needed already. I went to get some groceries at Central Market out of habit, even though the refrigerator was still filled with stuff I got the last time I was at Central Market. I installed the new 100 foot roll of paper in my printer and unclogged the lines, even though I had absolutely nothing to print.

I did manage to get the trash out to the street on time. That was probably my big accomplishment for the day. On the way to the grocery store, I stopped by one of my clients for a short meeting. They've been wanting to install a camera system in their outdoor doggie daycare area, so customers could watch their dogs playing during the day on company website. The project never really got off the ground because of the expense involved in bringing streaming video outdoors. I suggested just giving an iPhone to the pet care attendants who keep an eye on the dogs during the day and let them upload pictures and movies to Facebook. The more I think about it, this is a great idea. It's cheap. It's live. And it's even better than a webcam, since you've got a real person selecting what's interesting during the day.

I need to do a practice run of my new wireless photo system this weekend. In theory this arrangement will be great for events like our upcoming Valentine's Day event at The Shops at Willow Bend. Instead of taking a memory card back to the printing team after every photo session, I'll be able to transmit pictures directly from the camera to the computer by WiFi, as I am shooting. We'll even be able to broadcast the pictures I'm taking to large flat panel screens in the store in real time. That's what the system is supposed to do anyway. We may find out that it doesn't even work. I'm curious whether the WiFi memory card is fast enough to transmit the large image files as I'm taking them without slowing down the entire process. If I'm taking 30 pictures a minute and the card can only transfer one picture a minute, it's just not going to work. Practice makes perfect though, so it's time to get started.

Dalmatian of the Day

Watch of the Day

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