Over the years of travel and moving, our stereo equipment is consistently on the list of things-to-get-rid-of-before-we-move. This has left us with a nice music collection that can only be played through computer speakers or headphones. Until now. B bequeathed me with a RocketFM transmitter for Christmas, and it has allowed us to expand our listing to anything that will tune in FM radio. That expansion included walkmen, and a single shop radio that belonged to B’s grandpa that still has the saw dust filtering out where ever it is placed. This was not really a big upgrade, but recently a friend passed on a stereo that has 2 speakers, and some bass! So, now we can actually listen to some rumblings on the other side of the house, and tune in from any room (almost). I did have to hack the RocketFM to extend the range, but that was why B bought me that one, she knew that I would have (get) to hack it to make it work well. It worked!

So, if you happen to be driving in down Round Lake Drive, and hear Cake, Jem, KT Tunstall, U2, or B-tribe while tuned into 88.1, that is Shackelford Radio.

Frugal Photo

Let’s see, I was browsing WordPress sites and found myself at PhotoMatt, where I read a post about using wordpress. In the comments some one mentions that Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism also uses wordpress, and I happed to notice on that site a link to Pinoy Top Blogs. A casual perusal of the list found Litratista, a Pinoy photo hobbyist site. This site had quite a few links to frugal-style photography. It is the Filipino way to make do with what you have, so these are a few of the sites that I found, in that round about way, from Litratista:

Home studio on the cheap – This really is cheap, coming at around $75. I am not sure I have the space for this kind of setup, but I think i could swing the light box below.

Small budget photography – How to use what you have to look like a professional. A few basic skills and available software is all you need. Personally I would recommend getting familiar with The Gimp. It will do most of what you need, and maybe more for hundreds less (free, actually).

Build you own light box/tent – This would be perfect for small studio shots and macros. It would also come in handy for all those pictures of B’s projects.

Portable Gimp – This may only apply to Windows users, but it could be very handy for touch ups on the road, or for those of you who travel the world with a camera… You know who you are.

Using old SLR lenses with a digital SLR – Very handy if you already have some of these lenses, or have easy access to them. I think you could find them cheap on eBay well, so maybe it really is a good way to fill out your collection of lenses if you do not mind the drawbacks of more manual fiddling.

Unusual photography tips – These are just good tips that you may not have seen/heard before.

I had a lot of fun looking through these sites, and thought I would pass them along. Strange how one hobby (web design/Wordpress) led me to another, in a culture that I understand (Pinoy photography)

Moving the gallery

I have been somewhat dissatisfied with the gallery that I had. It seems to work well as an album, but it does not make it easy to post daily photos, nor does it make it clear if something has been added. I am moving to a photo blog rather than an album, and it should be a better situation all around. There is a single photo on the main page, the most recent one. You can browse through the previous photos one at a time, or pick from an index. The link under pages will now take you to my photo blog. If you really miss the album gallery, I can make a link to that as well, but I do not think it will stick around.


To my friend Will:

I was rash,
wrong to bash.
Though passion pushed
And ideals clashed
I spoke what never
should be heard.
Admittedly I was irate.
But never do I claim
my words to be
the words of He.

Please, if you can
forgive me.