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OK- this is not just a random shot of me in my inflatable life preserver. As you may have noticed, I have been updating the website theme and functionality. One of the problems that I’ve been trying to overcome is getting photos uploaded into the WordPress Media folder quickly and easily. I also want it to be automatically resized so I don’t have to go export from IPhoto to Photoshop then upload to WordPress.
I’ve found out a few things.
For us MAC people, there is no EASY way to get photos from IPhoto to WordPress automatically. There are a few plugins for IPhoto- but they don’t work with the latest versions of either software.
I did find a work around that looks pretty good for individual images. There is a Facebook plugin that let’s you upload IPhoto images using the ‘export’ feature straight to an album on your facebook page and it resizes it automatically. That works great for Facebook. The second step- getting the photos to WordPress. There is another plugin for WordPress called Facebook Photos that let’s you load any photos in Facebook into a post. That’s great, but I’m still looking for a way to show albums on WordPress and easily upload them without a lot of hassle.
I stumbled onto another interesting service called PixelPipe. Pixel pipe will upload the photos from IPhoto and send them to a bunch of different places that you can setup. Each place you want the photo to be sent to is called a ‘pipe’. I have two setup, WordPress and Facebook. This photo is an example of what it looks like when it’s sent over.
I’m still working out the bugs but it may turn into a handy service (that’s FREE by the way). I’m still looking into widgets, plugins, and services to be able to show galleries of photos easily on the website, but this is one step forward.
Stay Tuned….
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8 comments to P1140020.JPG from PixelPipe

  • BrokeNotBroken

    So, do all sailors end up growing a beard? If so, I think that will kill the deal with my wife :) Just kidding. Nice layout, looking forward to more posts.

  • big cheese

    Well I had facial hair before becoming a sailor, but the lifestyle does tend to preclude fastidious personal habits combined with the infrequency of looking in a mirror. You also fall into the ‘less is more’ conservation of the time-space/water continuum that might be seen as being earth friendly when in reality it’s the laziness of the lifestyle.

    ‘Yo Mon, chill.’

    I like the new layout a bunch. I finally did a bunch of back end up dates and I am trying to implement a bunch of improvements I’ve been wanting to include on the website to make it more ‘full breadth’.

    I want to add a photo gallery on the right side with albums and random photos. I’d like to add a library widget with our favorite books and a place people can suggest good books. I want to add some more relevant adsense ads (a financial necessity sadly).

    For my day job, I’m back in Stockbridge, Ga. continuing work on a friends house. They like the work so much they keep adding things to the list. That’s ok with me, a little more cash won’t hurt.

    What’s your thoughts on the ‘buy me a coffee’ widget? Offensive? I get a few inquiries every now and then I handle offline. I thought this might be a way for people to get some answers first hand without feeling like an imposition and we can add a few dollars to the kitty.

    Funny, I get in the city and I run out of inspiration. Maybe it’s because I’m focusing on generating dolleros and not paying much attention to anything else around me?

    Who knows.

    I drive back to Mexico in a week or less. Then the fun begins.

  • BrokeNotBroken

    I don’t think many will find the “buy me a coffee” widget offensive. The Bumfuzzles had something similar, I think it was “buy us some pizza” or something like that. The new format is looking good especially the book listing. I look forward to checking out some of those titles.

    As for inspiration:

    Invictus

    Out of the night that covers me,
    Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
    I thank whatever gods may be
    For my unconquerable soul.

    In the fell clutch of circumstance
    I have not winced nor cried aloud.
    Under the bludgeonings of chance
    My head is bloody, but unbowed.

    Beyond this place of wrath and tears
    Looms but the horror of the shade,
    And yet the menace of the years
    Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

    It matters not how strait the gate,
    How charged with punishments the scroll,
    I am the master of my fate;
    I am the captain of my soul.

    W.E. Henley

  • big cheese

    That’s a wonderful poem. I think I’m going to put that in a post so others can enjoy it.

    My fallback poet of choice right now is Frost. But I am leaning towards the naturalist poets more these days.

    Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

    Whose woods these are I think I know.
    His house is in the village, though;
    He will not see me stopping here
    To watch his woods fill up with snow.

    My little horse must think it queer
    To stop without a farmhouse near
    Between the woods and frozen lake
    The darkest evening of the year.

    He gives his harness bells a shake
    To ask if there’s some mistake.
    The only other sound’s the sweep
    Of easy wind and downy flake.

    The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.

    -Robert Frost

    The last stanza is my mantra for the last few months. Sometimes things get so crazy I just repeat those lines and the panic (eventually) goes away. I like Deering’s suggestion in “The Best Life Money Can’t Buy” when he suggests going horizontal until such crazy notions pass.

  • Davina and Matt

    I wouldn’t find the “buy me a coffee” offensive either. I, too, remember Bumfuzzle’s “buy us a pizza” and found it funny and would much rather change out a few dollars to people like you and them than the average church or Little Five Points “Hobo”.

    I like the new layout better than the old!

    I remember that one paragraph from an old article from the book “Escape from Someday Isle” by a lady named Marilyn R.P. Morgan that served as an inspirational quote on my fridge until the agent made it clear we had to remove all “personal” items from it. She said, “Finally, most important of all, is a firm commitment to the idea that experiences are better than objects, and doing things is better than having things. Maybe we don’t have to stop being packrats if we’re willing simply to change what it is we collect. Collect memories, not artifacts. Make a difference, not a pile. Stuff the lockers of your life with verbs, not nouns.”

    I think she pretty much sums it up. That’s the legacy we should all want to leave behind, a good story and a great pile of memories.

  • big cheese

    That’s Fantastic! I’m going to add that to our reading list as well. I’ll copy the quote and add it to the new post on inspiration.

    On another note. The memories and experiences are so vivid and satisfying over the last year, I really don’t wish to exchange future experiences for possessions or ‘stability’ as commonly defined in our culture. With the relative unencumbered state we currently endure, I can allow myself to laugh and relax back to being the child of wonder and curiosity that I once was so very long ago.

    I am finding when you have objects of value you begin to act as society expects one to act by the mere fact of having the object. In other words, we take on the roles of responsible financial adults as ‘profiled’ by our society. This profile may or may not provide the satisfaction you seek. Here we begin to diverge from our true selves. Instead of seeking a ‘flourishing of the spirit’ we act and behave within societal acceptable standards. The only thing I’ve truly discovered by being normal is an increasing trend toward lower and lower standards of excellence. I think it is better to be your one true self living a life (or many lives) of fullness than a double life mimicking societal beliefs of acceptable and responsible behavior.

  • You might want to check out using the plugin “Flickr Photo Album” for inserting photos and albums on your WP site. I use the same template as yours if you want to see what this looks like in real time. I wish I’d used it when we paddled the Mississippi River, because it would have been a heck of alot easier to post photos!

    Also, check out Posterous. It makes it waaaaay easier to post via email to WP sites, facebook, flickr, twitter – all with one email. That was a lifesaver when I paddled the Neuse river recently. I blogged almost exclusively from my iPhone instead of dragging a laptop.

    Great site, BTW. We’re playing with becoming liveaboards soon ourselves.

    -John

  • big cheese

    Hi-

    We’re using Picasa with a plug-in called “Shashim” that I really like. We also use a Facebook photo plugin combined with a plugin for iPhoto to upload photos to Facebook. We load the photos into iPhoto and I can upload them to Picasa or Facebook pretty easily- much easier than through WordPress!

    I’ll check out Posterous, but we have seriously cut back on the cell phone technology since it’s expensive and pointless in Mexico (not a lot of cell towers in the middle of the Sea of Cortez).

    Thanks for the comments!

    JC