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Last month, I posted this image, based on a photograph I had made the day before:



 I had photographed the entire tree in January of the previous year, and always enjoyed looking at it whenever I was in town.


Then, yesterday, I discovered that the city managers had had it cut down. Here is the newspaper article. A 330 year-old tree destroyed by ignorance. To quote from an old English song, "God damn your eyes!"

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If you are blogging images and using Google's free Blogspot and Picasa (as so many of us do), you might wish to know about this:

As of 20 September 2013, Google automatically enhanced your pictures and made them "awesome". They were so sure that you would be pleased with this, that they didn't bother to announce the action (so far as I know).

This made a number of changes to every picture you posted from then on: color was shifted (and color space switched from whatever you've chosen to sRGB), contrast and saturation were bumped up and shadow detail diminished, et cetera. Almost all the metadata seems to have been erased, leaving very basic information (and the name of the application used to make the picture was changed from whatever you had used to "Picasa". (File size was reduced slightly.)

The differences in appearance are slight and, if you are not discerning, you probably will not notice.

There is one way to undo all this, except—surprise!—it requires that you sign up for "Google+", which is their 'social' interface to compete with Facebook.
Once you have signed up for that, you can wade through all the settings and change/deselect these two:
This will put you back on the 'old' blogging track. [But it will not undo anything posted after 19 September 2013. For that, you will have to repost each image.]

I highly recommend following the information provided in this Web post, "User-Profile Privacy and Avoiding Google Plus" to minimize the intrusion into your life.
I got over feeling bad about all this by remembering that I am not Google's target audience. On the other hand, I am paying nothing to use their services.

That is all. And now I shall slip back into the shadows.

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Every winter, a spider will appear at this same space between the floor and baseboard in my house.

Move towards him and he will scurry back under the board, then come back out after a moment.

Obviously, he is waiting for something to eat to walk by, or fall down from above. But I've never seen it happen.

Day or night, he is always there.
Then, one day, weeks or months later, he is dead and I sweep him up.

Next year, another spider will appear there, and not always the same species, but at the same place.


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Looking Towards Barbara's Mountains Yesterday Evening

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Locked Out

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