Bigger is Better – Still just a test

I’m still playing around with setting up photos in some kind of gallery view, so these are just a repeat of stuff you may have seen elsewhere.

The plan was to use the Nextgen Gallery plugin, but the latest update crapped out and doesn’t work. I can go through the trouble of getting a patch and figuring out how to apply it, but in my simple mind, that’s bullshit. Release something that works. Don’t make me work around it.

So, I have Jetpack installed on this site. I have a love/hate relationship with Jetpack. I love all the modules that come with it even though I don’t use most of them and it seems extremely stable. Which it should be. I think it’s made by the same people that make WordPress, so it damn well better work seamlessly. What I hate is that I had to register with I didn’t want to do that. The most annoying aspect of that is that it is always asking to sign in to WordPress, even if all I’m doing is leaving a comment on another’s WordPress site. BUT, the most annoying is that when I go into my dashboard it will sometimes ask me to log in. Apparently the developers of Jetpack don’t understand the concept of the little Remember Me check box. The damn thing obviously doesn’t work for more than a couple of days at a time. It obviously has severe memory issues.

Anyway, they have a module called Carousel built into Jetpack. A basic gallery feature.

I used it in another recent post. I’m used to sizing photos so they fit the width of the blog column, that’s why I chose the themes I use. This one allows me to go with an 8 inch width on images. I noticed with the Carousel gallery I might be able to go even bigger. The ones in the gallery below are sized to 12 inches wide.

I’ll know in a second if it works…


Sunset in the Neighborhood

Sunset in the neighborhood.

You take what you can get.

Or, you take what you got.

I live a short block from some busy railroad tracks.
Tiki the Bitch Queen likes to go for extended evening walks along the tracks.
Lots of fresh and new smells I guess.
She can shit where she wants and neither of us give it much thought.

Sunsets are more urban, more industrial, but I grew up that way a long time ago.
I guess back then I was an inner city kid.
Punk kids, I recall being called.
There are some things you’re perpetually used to.
Urban sunsets are one of those.

It’s no longer what I want, what I prefer.
But, you take what you can get.
Or, you take what you got.


This is Only a Test

No, really. This is only a test.

So it’s a little boring, but I wanted to try out the WordPress Gallery feature. I keep going back and forth on using it, which I haven’t, or to continue to just put in images like usual, full size and you scroll down and down the page.

I’ve seen others use the gallery feature and it doesn’t bother me. For the most part.

The one thing I know I don’t like is that it won’t let me use the images that are on my image server. I have to upload all the images to the WordPress Media Library. I like to organize things in folders, by date and location. The Media Library just dumps things all together. I have over 2000 images on my server all nice and neatly organized. I can’t access any of them for this gallery feature. Unless there is a way and I just have to figure it out.


In These Woods

In these woods, no one would hear you moan.
Oh, baby.
Oh, baby, baby.


All I can tell you is that it’s on an island.
Just before walking up on this, I spooked a family of turkeys.
Two adults and at least 10 young ones.
Which means they are living on this island.

Nearby I found a stack of unfinished wood.
I think this was built onsite with driftwood out of the river.

The no trespassing signs all over the place are to be taken seriously.
Depending on the mood of the owner, a trespasser will either be arrested or shot.
At least shot at.

Except for me. I have permission to be here.


Oh, oh, baby…


A Slight Shift in the Season

Today I could see, feel and smell a slight shift in the season.

Meteorologically after all, summer is two thirds of the way to being over.

I sit outside on my daily half hour lunch break.

I couldn’t help but notice today that the sun is slightly lower in the sky and the shadows are slightly longer.

The feel and smell are harder to describe.

The wind is both warm and cool.

For as much vegetation that is still growing, just as much is starting to die off.

I can smell that musty odor of decay.

This slight shift in the season is fine by me.

Fall is my favorite time of year and if it starts a little early, I can live with that.

As long as it doesn’t end too soon and winter sets in too early.

Sorry to all for not getting around reading and commenting on your blogs.
Sorry for not responding to comments here on the little I’ve put up this summer.
I’m approaching 20 minutes of sitting here doing this.
That’s enough.
Time to head back outside.