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SNIPPETS (4-1-15)

Snippets

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snip-pet: a small piece of something

Snippets: mini blog posts

SNIPPET 1

An open letter to WordPress.

Dear WordPress:

Your new editor is really bad. Very bad. It is as slow as molasses. In fact, sometimes it’s so slow that I have to check my calendar to make sure it’s 2015 and not 1985. There are times when I’m typing something from a book only to look up at the screen and find that it is several sentences behind me. I haven’t been able to type faster than a computer since, well, 1985. The longer my post gets, the slower the editor gets. Is this your attempt to force us to keep our posts short so we don’t use too much of your server space?

And what just happened is really irritating. I’m at the bottom of the editing screen and what I’m typing here is not visible. It’s below the screen. There is always one line at the bottom of the screen that is not visible until one goes to the next line. What’s with that?

The new stats page is even worse than bad. First, it doesn’t give me cumulative totals for views and comments, making me add them up manually. That’s not a huge problem because I simply put past yearly totals in my Excel spreadsheet and then just update 2015. The real problem here, though, is that when I do that, the cumulative totals using the new stats page numbers don’t match the cumulative total shown in the old stats page. Both are substantially lower. Obviously I want the correct total, but how do I know which total is the correct one?

Next: I don’t get a complete list of tags and categories. The list of tags only goes through C, and the list of categories only goes through H.

Lastly, it doesn’t matter where I try to “add media,” 90% of the time it automatically gets inserted at the top of the editing screen, which means I have to cut and paste it where I want it. The editor should add media wherever my cursor is in the document….

Come on, WordPress. You can do better than this….

SNIPPET #2

Here a baby, there a baby, everywhere a baby at the San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park. Here is the week-old hippopotamus with his mommy, the first time I have ever seen mommy out of the pool and on land.

Momma and baby hippopotamus

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SNIPPET #3

Zoey the Cool Cat thinks I have been neglecting her here in my blog. So following are three gratuitous pictures of the little princess taken last month. She’s obviously very much abused….

Zoey the Cool Cat

Zoey the Cool Cat

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Zoey the Cool Cat has this interesting obsession about where she lays herself down. When she finds a spot that is acceptable, she continues to use that spot for about five days. Then she’ll find a new spot. She has about twenty acceptable spots after 7½ years living here, and she simply rotates between them. Right now her spot is my desk chair. Doesn’t matter where she is, if I get up, she’s in the chair within a minute.

Zoey the Cool Cat

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SNIPPET #4

Speaking of Zoey the Cool Cat, one of my greatest problems in life is saying “Thank you” and “You’re welcome.” I guess it’s because I have always though that if you say them too much, they lose their meaning. In fact, I used to have a friend who said “Thank you” after almost every sentence I spoke. It really did get irritating, and when I left Texas, I didn’t bring his friendship with me. I have made no effort to reconnect with him on Facebook either.

One of my recent posts got a lot of “thank you” comments. I felt kind of silly responding to each comment with a simple “You’re welcome.” I asked Zoey the Cool Cat what to do and she had this brilliant idea of becoming my official “Thank you” and “You’re welcome” spokescat. Here’s an example:

You're welcome

Whenever a comment needs a simple “Thank you” or “You’re welcome,” look for Zoey the Cool Cat to make an appearance.

SNIPPET #5

Previously whenever I did a SNIPPETS post, I would have ten SNIPPETS. For today, I’m going to end at five. This editor is just too slow. My last sentence in SNIPPET 4 took over a minute for the editor to type. I can’t do this.

If WordPress can’t correct these problems soon, I’ll be looking for another blogging platform….

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San Diego Nighttime Zoo starts today!

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Today marks the beginning of the San Diego Nighttime Zoo for 2014. Instead of being open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m each day., the Zoo will stay open until 9:00 p.m. each and every day through September 1, 2014.

I love the Nighttime Zoo! Yahoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! (Smile if you think I’m excited!)

Remember that if you come to San Diego on business or vacation, contact me because I often have free tickets to the San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, or SeaWorld. With enough notice, I can usually play docent for a day!

Also, if you fly into San Diego, sit on the left side of the plane. The view of downtown San Diego as you are landing is awesome!

Following are some of my favorite pictures from past visits to the Zoo. Eventually, Photographic Art will be created from these pictures and Julian will upload them to my galleries at Fine Art America for purchase in many different forms (traditional prints, prints on metal or acrylic, posters, cell phone cases, etc.).

Komodo dragon at the San Diego Zoo

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Necking flamingos at the San Diego Zoo

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Albino burmese python at the San Diego Zoo

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Shoebill at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

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Ocellated turkey at the San Diego Zoo

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Hippopotamuses at the San Diego Zoo

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Giant panda at the San Diego Zoo

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Bakka, cheetah ambassador of the San Diego Zoo

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Peacock at the San Diego Zoo

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Koala female and one-year-old joey at the San Diego Zoo

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San Diego Zoo

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Bald eagle in residence at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Woma at the San Diego Zoo

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Maned wolves at the San Diego Zoo

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Sudanese striped hyena, San Diego Zoo

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San Diego Zoo

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Polar bear at the San Diego Zoo

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Flamingo chick at the San Diego Zoo

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Cape clawless otter, San Diego Zoo

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Malayan tiger at the San Diego Zoo

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Hibiscus blooming in November at the San Diego Zoo

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Monkey at the San Diego Zoo

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Red kangaroo at the San Diego Zoo

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Camel at the San Diego Zoo

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Red Panda at the San Diego Zoo

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Serval at the San Diego Zoo

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Desert Bighorn Sheep at the San Diego Zoo

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Knobbed Hornbill at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Meerkat at the San Diego Zoo

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Female red-cheeked gibbon at the San Diego Zoo

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Bornean Sun Bear at the San Diego Zoo

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Elephant at the San Diego Zoo

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Striped hyena at the San Diego Zoo

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SNIPPETS — #2: Plain old RGB or Adobe RGB?

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Many decades ago I did copyediting, writing, and proofing for the Texas A&M University Press, the Department of Chemistry, and the College of Science. I became well aware of colors and color models.

In my Canon 550D and my various photo editing programs (Photoshop CS6 Beta, Lightroom 4, PaintShop Pro X4, Photo-Paint X6, and Draw X6), I have the choice of many different types of color models, the most prevalent being RGB, Adobe RGB, and CMYK.

RGB stands for “Red Green Blue” and CMYK stands for “Cyan Magenta Yellow Black.” My camera has a default setting of RGB, but my Oki C5500 color laser printer is a CMYK printer. If I want colors from the camera to match the printer, I need to take the photos from the camera to something like Photoshop and convert to a CYMK color model. Of course, it also helps if my monitor is calibrated to CMYK.

I’ve done all that, but recently I was reading about the Adobe RGB color model because I downloaded the Beta version of Adobe Photoshop CS6. Specifically Adobe RGB apparently provides better color saturation at the outset, so yesterday when I went to the San Diego Zoo, I set my Canon 550D to Adobe RGB instead of RGB.

If you look at yesterday evening’s post (The San Diego Zoo’s albino burmese python), it should be pretty obvious which picture was taken yesterday using Adobe RGB. The other pictures are from my vast collection and used RGB. Now I have to decide if I like the extra saturation.

Here is another Adobe RGB picture from yesterday:

Hippopotamuses at the San Diego Zoo

 

The hippopotamus on the left is two years old, born on January 26, 2010, at the Zoo. I remember the date because it also happens to be my wise old grandmother’s birthday. The hippopotamus at the right is the mother. The hippo exhibit has an underwater viewing area, too, where you could see that the young hippo was standing on mommy’s back.

I got the best pictures yesterday because they were playing above the water. I also think that Adobe RGB gave me better color saturation in that picture, resulting in less work in Photoshop CS6.

Do you have a preference between RGB and Adobe RGB? Did you even know there was a choice?

 

SNIPPETS are short posts about anything and everything.
Each SNIPPETS will also have a picture.
After all, this is Russel Ray Photos.

 

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