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Super Big Desktop

This weekend we finally admitted defeat and consigned the now 10 year old monitor to the scrap heap. While it was a very impressive flat screen CRT monitor, it’s colours had seen better days and it kept pretending to be broken. The random fix of unplugging all the cables waiting a indeterminate amount of time and plugging them back in bringing it back to life was begging to ware a bit thin.

After the latest bout of Monitor stroppyness on Friday, I trekked over to John Lewis and picked up an 21.4″ wide-screen monitor, For what was quite a reasonable price. The net effect on the study is a lot more desk space now we have got rid of the monster and massive screen real estate – we’ve gone from a fairly respectible 1280*1024 to a quite massive 1920*1080, which is a lot of desktop to fill.

While at work (and for a while at home) I have multi-monitors – having a single wide screen monitor is a different experience. for one you need a nice single picture to fill the screen. Since Saturday both Ruth and I have been looking for excuses not to use our laptops for a while and now we have both dug around and come up with our own 1920×1080 wallpapers for the superwide screen PC we hardly ever use.

Liverpool Skyline
Liverpool Skyline
Blossom Tree
Blossom (Ruth's Desktop)
Compton Bay
Compton Bay

They are not quite all 1920*1080 because, well, we’re a bit lazy – but still they are very pretty on a very big screen – which means you will need a big screen to see them properly 🙂

All we do now is occasionally disappear upstairs turn the computer on and stare at the desktop. We haven’t worked out how to fill the space on the screen, websites full screen just look a bit lost, and well you need to be able to see the pretty pictures don’t you?

selling photos?

[hopefully the most stressful week at work all year has now passed, and i can stop spending my day fretting and chasing people on the telephone and concentrate on doing stuff – including not thinking about work at home… we can but hope.]

Last week I got an email from flickr, apparently I’ve been invited to the getty contributor program – which is as far as i can tell, a way for getty to build their catalogue using my flickr images. I think I am meant to get money, but I’m not expecting a great new income stream.

this one was to small
this one was to small

To be honest – I’m a bit surprised, while people say your photos are nice, you only have to look at the quality of some of the pictures on flickr to realise it’s a lot more than just a well framed shot that make them good. I’m also surprised because I don’t really push the flickr photos, I don’t tag or put photos in to groups – really i use it because it can be stuck onto the blog (although that’s bust today), so to even stumble across the pictures they must have been doing some fairly deep searching. 

Anyway against my better judgement i have signed up to the Getty thing, although the of the six pictures they asked me to include three where rejected because they where to small (i took them with my very old camera), the remaining three are in review, and then I’ve no idea what happens probably nothing, i don’t think strait photography is a way for me to make money, my only hope is through the collage photos, and even then they are a bit of an acquired taste.

All tired out, now.

Daisy in her frockDon\'t they look handsome?So, that felt like a busy weekend – though I keep telling Kevin, we only did two things all weekend. However, one was a wedding, and they do take it out of one.

It was a lovely wedding. The bride was beautiful, the guest list was full of old friends, the kids coped, and apart from a heart-stopping moment when Henry pushed his high-chair away from the table, and it tipped over backwards, it all went very well (he’s fine – Carys Groves grabbed him, and more or less saved him from cracking his head on the floor – he still hit the floor, but his fall was broken).

On Sunday, we were part of a family service at church. Our church finds family services a bit alien, but I think we pulled it off. We did a dramatic reading of the story of Zacchaeus, and a sort of obstacle race, amongst other things, and still managed to have a ministry time and Serious Meeting With God at the end. Though, the way our church is at the moment, I think that could happen at a Knobbly Knees Contest.

It was heading for 11pm before we got our kids into bed on Saturday (and even then, we left straight after the speeches!), and we couldn’t have a lie-in on Sunday morning, so we took the rest of yesterday very gently indeed!