Phaeton – Maybe the Amish?


Unless someone discovers the secrets of time travel, I doubt I will be riding in a phaeton any time soon.

Sentence: What they both liked best was a summer visit when Mr. Gardiner could enjoy the fishing, and his wife enjoyed nothing better than to explore the grounds with Elizabeth in a single-horse phaeton.
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    pha·e·ton   [fey-i-tn or, especially Brit., feyt-n] noun

  • any of various light, four-wheeled carriages, with or without a top, having one or two seats facing forward, used in the 19th century.
  • a vintage automobile of the touring-car type.

Origin: 1585–95; special use of Latin Phaetōn, variant of Phaethōn Phaethon


Sentence: What they both liked best was a summer visit when Mr. Gardiner could enjoy the fishing, and his wife enjoyed nothing better than to explore the grounds with Elizabeth in a single-horse phaeton.
Page: 40

    pha·e·ton   [fey-i-tn or, especially Brit., feyt-n] noun

  • any of various light, four-wheeled carriages, with or without a top, having one or two seats facing forward, used in the 19th century.
  • a vintage automobile of the touring-car type.

Origin: 1585–95; special use of Latin Phaetōn, variant of Phaethōn Phaethon


Sep 222012

In the comment section of the latest Wheat Belly blog, someone asked what can you eat if you don’t eat wheat, I love the response:

I’m going to guess that you haven’t read the WB book, because it’s not just a scientific horror story, it’s a scientific horror story with recipes.

Source: Diabetes: “Cured by Wheat Belly”

Sep 212012

I have found the best way to get the word out about my photos is to put them on Facebook. Rather than put the photos on my personal page, I created a ‘fan page’ on Facebook, because 1) not all my Facebook ‘friends’ care about my photography, 2) people could ‘like’ my page and ‘tag’ the photos without having to ‘friend’ me, and 3) it just works better. By having them on Facebook, the athletes can tag themselves and friends, share the photos and albums on their personal and team pages, and comment on the photos.

Facebook Photo Gallery The problem with Facebook and photos, though, is that it has no way to group albums into galleries. I finally found a solution by creating a document that groups the photos together and can be linked to on my Facebook page. It has been easy to keep up-to-date but is taking some effort to go back and fill in the previous galleries (but some day…). I created the page using the free Google Sites which Google gives you if you have an account with them and then just had to create an image that I could use as a link to my Sports Photos on the front of my facebook page. The nice thing about doing this is that I can add pages for different seasons and sports easily without having to change anything on my Facebook page. Everytime I add a new album of photos, I add a link to the Sports Page and then share the album on the front of my Facebook page so people who are following my page know there has been an update.

Facebook is, of course, not the only place I put my photos. It is, as I said, just the best place to get the word out about them. The true ‘home’ for my photos is on Zenfolio in my Sports Photography Gallery, where they are stored in higher resolution and can be purchased as prints or downloads without the watermark. When I upload the photos to Facebook from Lightroom they all include a caption that links back to my Zenfolio gallery so that all the athletes and parents who see the photos on Facebook know where they can get them if they want.

Facebook seems to be ubiquitous but in reality not everyone has or wants to have an account on Facebook. But, if you set your page and albums up as ‘public’ then you can share any of the links on your page with anyone on the web. If they don’t have an account they will not be able to comment, etc, but they can view all the photos. If Facebook would just create some way of organizing the albums it would be a perfect solution for sharing photos for the parent-ographer.

Sep 202012

When I happened to pop into Webmaster Tools today (for a completely unrelated reason) it reported that some kind of malware had been detected on this site. Argh! Of course nothing that was clickable on the warning page gave me any idea of anything concrete I could do to fix the problem so I resorted to a Google search “google find malware” which brought up a few suggestions for me to follow.

Severe health issues found - Malware detected

I ran the Sucuri SiteCheck on my site and it showed I was ‘clean’ everywhere except for some site called Yandex which had blacklisted my blog.

Domain blacklisted by Yandex

It took me about 20 minutes to sign up with Yandex so I could find out what ‘malware’ they had detected. Turns out it was an old issue that I had already fixed from back in March but they had never rescanned to see that it had been corrected. I submitted a request for them to rescan my site and remove the malware notification. Was sure glad it was not something serious but wish they had updated their system sometime in the last 6 months.

Sep 182012

The move from Smugmug to Zenfolio has been pretty easy. I have meant to write up the different steps I have taken to make the move so as to make it easy for others who start using Zenfolio, things like moving my photos over (and the issues involved), redirecting urls to the new site, etc.

Zenfolio Sort Order

One (minor) issue that I hope Zenfolio will some day be able to address is to allow users to set the ‘default’ sort order when you create a photo album. Right now it defaults to ‘upload order’ which, because multiple photos are uploaded at the same time, causes the photos to be ordered in a jumble. As an example, if you upload sequentially numbered files, it might order them as 1,3,2,5,4,6,8,9,7…. depending on the file size and other internet connection factors.

After the photos are uploaded, Zenfolio does allow you to manually change the sort order of each album to our desired sort. What would be nice is that if you could make one of these existing choices your personal default, making Zenfolio just a little smarter.

If I could choose to have Zenfolio always default to ‘filename order’ or to ‘date order’ it would be much better than ‘semi-random’ order. It should be an account option that the user can select, “Choose your preferred default sort order.” Then later the account holder could, like now, change individual galleries to something else if they choose.

This is a minor annoyance, since I can go in and change individual galleries, but having to manually change more than 400 galleries with 53,000 photos when making the switch from Smugmug is a pain.

Jul 172012

Stephen King.
Google Books

What happens when you go back in time and try to change history? King tells an interesting tale that takes the subject into some interesting directions with a different twist at the end. At times I felt the story drug on for a while but it may have just been me wanting to get to the end of the book to see what happened.

Book Info

by Stephen King
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: 11/08/2011
ISBN-10: 1451627289
ISBN-13: 978-1451627282
Source: Mid-Columbia Library

I have been wanting to listen to the audio version of this book since it made the best-seller list but it has never become available at the library. It is available on but not at any of the libraries. Finally decided to check out the book. It is quite a daunting tome, at almost 850 pages and it took me near 2 weeks to find time to finish it.

Format: Hardcover

Publisher Synopsis

What if you could go back in time and change the course of history? What if the watershed moment you could change was the JFK assassination? 11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot – unless…

King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 – from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life – a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

With extraordinary imaginative power, King weaves the social, political and popular culture of his baby-boom American generation into a devastating exercise in escalating suspense.

Author Info
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Jul 152012

If you are always looking for something ‘more’, a special wisdom, or a miraculous sign then you have exchanged the simple yet incomprehensible gospel for one of the oldest errors in Christendom.

Read all of the first chapter of 1 Corinthians for more context: “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Cor. 1:18

Jul 142012

Kamiakin Booster Golf Tournament

The Kamiakin High School Athletic Booster Club sponsored its 18th annual golf tournament on Friday – July 13, 2012, at Canyon Lakes Golf Course. The annual tournament is a major source of funding for the Booster Club and helps to support all athletic activities at the high school, which includes:

  • Two $500.00 scholarships (one male & one female) for graduating Kamiakin Seniors that have participated in athletics.
  • Additional athletic equipment used by the sports teams.
  • Assistance in paying for transportation to sports camps

This was the first golf event I have shot. I learned quite a bit and will list at the end some ideas I would like to implement next year and at any other golf tournament I may shoot. It was a ‘shotgun’ start, meaning the foursomes all started at the same time, so I went to the first hole and took photos of the foursomes there and then waited for the next foursome. And waited. And waited.

I had not done enough homework to find out that they were not starting at every hole, only 1-7. So, I was going to have a long wait. I caught a ride in a cart to find the lead foursome and now things progressed much better. Next time I will start at the last hole they are starting at, which in this case would have been hole 7, since all the earlier holes will be coming through one after another.

I took a photo of the score card for each team when they first drove up in their carts so the Booster Club will know who the players are in each photo. Each foursome then posed for a group shot and then I asked if they would like to take a goofy/crazy shot. Some went for it, but many did not have an idea what they would like to do and I did not have very many ideas. I also would like to have taken more more candid shots. I only took a few but like the feel they add to the album. The last thing I thought of that would have been good for a high school booster tournament would be to have had a few cheerleaders available for the pictures. Then I could take 4 photos of every group, the foursome, the foursome with the chearleaders, a goofy/crazy shot, and a candid shot.

Looking forward to doing it again next year!

All the photos I took can be found on my gallery: 2012 Kamiakin Boosters Golf Tournament

Jun 262012

I thought about titling this ‘CrashPlan Crashes’ but realized it would not help others find it and it doesn’t really explain what was happening. I have been using CrashPlan for quite a while and have even upgraded to the family plan. But fairly recently, every time I opened the main CrashPlan program it would let me do my stuff for about 30 seconds then close down with no error message. The tray icon seemed to close as well.

I did some research and found the solution to the problem. It appears that something I am doing (probably the number of files I am backing up) causes the CrashPlan backup engine to run out of memory. The solution? Allocate more memory to CrashPlan.

The simple solution:

  1. Stop the CrashPlan backup engine
    1. Open Cmd window as admin (start window: cmd then ctrl-shift-enter)
    2. From the command prompt: net stop CrashPlanService
  2. Locate your favorite text-editor, right-click and Launch as Administrator
  3. Open the file: C:\Program Files\CrashPlan\CrashPlanService.ini
  4. Find the line containing: -Xmx512m (was the 4th line in my file)
  5. Edit to something larger such as 640, 768, 896, or 1024. E.g.: -Xmx1024m
  6. Save the file
  7. Start the backup engine
    1. From the command prompt: net start CrashPlanService

According to CrashPlan this number sets the maximum amount of memory that CrashPlan is allowed to use. CrashPlan will not use that much until it needs it. They recommend starting out setting it to 768, and go higher only if you continue experiencing problems. You can set it as high as 2048 on 32-bit systems, or even higher on 64-bit systems.

Sure enough, I changed it to 768 and have not had any problems.

Update: I got a new computer and on this one changing to -Xmx768m was not enough. After some more reading I changed 2 items on the line: -Xms512M -Xmx4096M. This solved my problem and may play with reducing them now to see when the problem pops back up. I discovered that the -Xmx switch determines the maximum amount of memory that will be used, while -Xms is the initial (minimum) size.