Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Apple iPhone and an Application

As many of you know I own an Apple iPhone and yes! here in the states I was one who waited in line to purchase one on Release Day.  I was fortunate to wait only 45 minutes or so.  I was not in time to purchase an 8 GB phone as they were already sold out, but did get a 4 GB model.  I loved it the day I purchased it and still do today.  I won't up-grade until the next generation model is released; but in the meantime am enjoying mine to no end.   Apple has released the iPhone code to developers World wide to make applications for the iPhone.

One such application is called "Color Splash".  This application allows you to take your digital photos and highlight parts in color and the application sells for 99 cents USD from Apple's iTune Store.  In the States and I presume World wide, a great many television commercials are aired in Black and White with only the main product in color.  This picture is a good example of what I did with one of my photos.

In order for this to work, your original must be in color.  Any digital photo can be used.  I took this photo on the Detroit River during Detroit's 300 Anniversary parade of tall ships.

Saturday, February 21, 2009


First off, I'm sorry for the misspelling of the word entrance in the movie you are about to watch.  

I had a chance to purchase a brand new "Flip Camcorder" at a very good price recently and just received it.  What better test to try with it, but to use my anker Stones to create a structure.  So here is an Entrance Gate from set number 4.  Note in the set they refer to it as a "Theatre", It looks more like a portal or a gateway to me.

The last few moments are a little shaky as I did not have the camera set so as to include the top of the structure well enough; so I had to hand pan around the building thus causing the shakiness.


Saturday, February 7, 2009


I really have not published much about our dog Schula.  Schula is a survivor from the animal shelter.  Apparently she was born in Mexico and brought here where she was given to the shelter.  She was adopted and returned.  After we lost our third dog Kokie we were devastated.  Kokie was born with a heart defect and we lost her in just three months. Having searched pet shops, private sales and other shelters in the area; we were about to give up finding a replacement for our beloved Kokie. 

Thus the Macomb animal shelter was our last stop for the day.  We had been there before and had  not see anything we liked.  On this day, it was approaching closing time and we had only 45 minutes or so to find a dog and start the adoption paperwork.  Schula made herself known almost immediately upon seeing us.  So we took her to a room where both dog and humans can get aquatinted.  Schula knew she was going with us although we had not yet realized this.  Joan, my wife, said we should take her, as it was getting late and neither of us wanted to spend still another night in a lonely pet-less home.

While completing the adoption paperwork, an officer called my wife aside.  "I hope you are going to adopt her", he said.  "Yes, my husband is paying for her now, Why?"  She is on the list to be euthanized after closing today.  "Why?" Asked my wife. "She was returned once already and has been here for three days without anybody even asking about her, and she has some separation issues."  "I know you and your husband will be able to help her become a good dog, I can see the love you both have for her in yours eyes; and I have never seen her tail wag so hard when your husband is in the room."  "She tries to climb all over him."

That was almost 2-1/2 years ago.  We are still learning how to deal with her issues; for you see Schula is a mixed Terrier, and very high energy; also we believe she is afraid she will be abandoned again.  For our age, it's a real effort to keep her in check all the time, but either we are learning to adopt or Schula is.  School's still out on that.