Turn of the season

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There are signs of the turn of the season everywhere. Summer to autumn. It’s lovely and brings anticipation of the sight of glorious fiery foliage, of warm cinnamony baking smells and rich harvest meals together with friends.

This is also my first post using WordPress on the iPhone since the iOS 8 update, and a new photo app, Pomelo.

It’s always a bit nerve-wracking committing to an update, especially on a 3-year-old phone that is practically ancient in technology time.

Happily, I can say that it’s been fine so far on my 4s, contrary to many online writers bemoaning the hit to speed and productivity and usefulness of iOS 8.

The feature set I wanted the most was the ability to edit photos using app features, directly from the stock photo collection without having to open an app to do so.

Lucky me, this works – but with limitations. Newer apps, Fotograf and Pomelo, for example, work fine with the “open in…” function. Alas, my favorite app, Afterlight, does not probably due to hardware limitations of my older gadget. I still use Afterlight the “old” way: open app, import and then edit and save back to Camera Roll.

Which brings me to: the new absence of Camera Roll in favor of photo Collections. To see all my photos, I can only view them in groupings organized, inconveniently, by location/date, rather than one massive collection ordered chronologically. I much prefer the old way, as do scores of other iPhone users, according to Internet forums and posts. Errrrrrr. This is a gripe, and one I fear I will have to come to terms with as Apple steamrolls user options in favor of whatever new features they are attempting to integrate.

(There is a whole other discussion here about how users are conditioned or trained to use technology in particular, prescribed ways, but let’s save it for another time, or for my other blog.)

But regardless of this one rather big downside, in general I am very pleased that my (old) iPhone is not functioning any less efficiently or smoothly since the iOS 8 update.

Photo project: le Petit was here 2013

1/365: crazy carpeting

I’m starting up another year of 365 pics. Inspired by some bloggers and Flickr peeps, this time I picked a theme related to what’s really really important to my life and that is: the adventures and trials of le Petit.

Thus, the first shot of my new photo project for 2013: we went crazy carpet sledding for a couple of hours in the afternoon. All of us, all decked out in winter gear, screaming and whooping down the hills like people possessed. It. was. fun.

Where grades come to live or die

Taylor Family Digital Library

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Staycation

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As it was the first time in years I was in school as a student, this winter break was really like the vacation we used to get during the school year.
It brought me new appreciation of the term “staycation.” It was pretty awesome, just hanging out with le Petit and mon mari, relaxing with food, games, family and friends in town, and having some new experiences (bowling by our family of three).  Good times to get recharged for one more semester of grad school course work!

Discovering Albertan places

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R&R in the Kootenays, British Columbia

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