After more than 20 years, the roof on our house was getting a bit tired – the shingles had lost much of the gravel on them, and for some time there had been a few mysterious leaks that I could never completely find. So we bit the bullet and have had the olde shingles torn off and a new roof – with 50 year non-prorated warranty – put up. Day 1 saw well more than half the job done. I set up my two Canon digital cameras with the CHDK software on them to enable the Intervalometer and had them each taking a photo every 60 seconds during the day. I put these together with “Time Lapse Assembler” in to two time-lapse movies at 4 frames per second, so the videos are going at 240 times actual speed. Here they are:

 

 

 

 

The deadline is approaching – on 30 June 2012 Apple is closing down the MobileMe service, including any webpages you have published at homepage.mac.com.

Below are listed the steps I’ve figured out to allow you to move your whole homepage.mac.com website to another server and have it continue working as it has until now with the same designs and themes. This follows on from an earlier post  - http://lisaandroger.com/2010/11/fixing-your-mac-homepage-sites/ describing how to keep them working after Apple made the Pictures folder go away. Hopefully the following steps are in time to help someone else:

  1. Open your iDisk folder on your Mac. This will help you plan what needs to be done.

    iDisk Folder Contents

    Contents of iDisk Folder

  2. Continue reading »
 

Today amidst massive hoopla, overly optimistic expectations, and totally unimagined demand, the 1940 US Federal Census was made available online.

I’m doing my part towards this by helping out FamilySearch Indexing with getting this indexed. I’ve indexed 1 batch so far, and arbitrated 3 batches – first note:

Make sure the “Highlights” are lined up correctly on the page so that they fall on the proper field to be indexed each time.

One of the pages I arbitrated was because Indexer A correctly indexed the 3rd column “Number of Household” while Indexer B incorrectly indexed the 2nd column “House Number” – possibly caused by the “Highlights” grid not being correctly aligned.

Examples of  of this are shown here – click the images to open a larger view

You can adjust this grid by clicking on the View menu and choosing Adjust highlights. This puts a grid over the image and you can grab each of the 4 corners of the grid to get it correctly positioned.

Have Fun!!!

 

24 March 2012 was the West Michigan Science Olympiad at Grand Valley State University. As we had done in previous years (see this post from 2008 for example) Lisa and Roger went with others from the Wyoming General Motors plant to run the bottle rocket competition.

Some rules changes from previous years:

  1. the rockets could not change shape in flight – ie they could not deploy any system to lower the rocket to the ground more slowly. The rockets had to go up and come back down without use of things like parachutes
  2. the bottles could be no more than 1 litre now – in previous years they had been allowed to use 2 litre bottles
  3. each team could launch 2 rockets and the combined time of both rockets was added together, along with participation points to arrive at their final score.
Blast Off - Just lifted off

Just lifted off – a lucky press of the shutter button.

Below is a gallery of pictures showing some of the goings on during the day (click one of the thumbs to open a slide show). Below that again is a gallery of images of blast off. Continue reading »

 

Just in time for RootsTech 2012 and the imminent release of TNG Version 9 I’ve (finally I hope) completed an update to LisaAndRoger.com that includes a new theme – Suffusion – and the incorporation of TNG into the WordPress theme using the tng.php plugin for WordPress.

So the kind of dated http://roger.lisaandroger.com/ will be going away – replaced with what can now be seen on the Page http://LisaAndRoger.com/genealogy/

Another Page http://lisaandroger.com/genea-ramblings/ will be about genealogy blogging, and includes in the left sidebar a “feed” from the TNG database showing some statistics and other features.

So enjoy the new look :-)

 

According to a post by Thomas MacEntee the sessions to be streamed live from RootsTech 2012 have been announced. I’ve consolidated them here into a single easy to view list…

RootsTech 2012 Streaming Schedule
Thursday 2 Feb Friday 3 Feb Saturday 4 Feb
8:30 -10:00 Keynote – Inventing the Future, as a Community – Jay Verkler 8:30- 9:30 Keynote – Exabyte Social Clouds and other Monstrosities – Josh Coates 8:30 – 9:30 Keynote – Making the most of technology to further the family history industry – Tim Sullivan
9:45 – 10:45 Publish Your Genealogy Online – Laura Prescott 9:45 – 10:45 Genealogy Podcasts and Blogs 101 – Lisa Louise Cooke
11:00 – 12:00 Do I Trust the Cloud? – D. Joshua Taylor 11:00 – 12:00 Optimizing Your Site for Search Engines – Robert Gardner 11:00 – 12:00 Future of FamilySearch Family Tree – Ron Tanner
1:45 – 2:45 Effective Database Search Tactics – Kory Meyerink 1:45 – 2:45 Genealogists “Go Mobile” – Sandra Crowley 1:45 – 2:45 Privacy in a Collaborative Environment – Noah Tutak
3:00 – 4:00 Twitter – It’s Not Just “What I Had For Breakfast” Anymore – Thomas MacEntee 3:00 – 4:00 Google’s Toolbar and Genealogy – David Barney
4:15 – 5:15 Eleven Layers of Online Searches – Barbara Rennick

 

I know I’ll be tuning in to listen to a number of these – how about you??

 

 

 

will be posted here “soon”…

 

Thanks to TripAdvisor, I got a coupon for a free book from Shutterfly – who could turn that down!!

Here it is here:

 

Click here to view this photo book larger

Photo books are the perfect gift for any occasion.

and posting this “should” get me $10 off the next one :-)

 

Alerted by a post on facebook from Todd Dopkowski that there were northern lights devloping over his place, Lisa and I looked outside around 8 pm, but didn’t see much. Foolishly we didn’t then get all the camera gear setup.

By 9pm it was showing, and 30 minutes later it was on. Then the scramble for the tripod, camera etc started. These are the pictures that Lisa took on her Nikon D50.

At the same time, Roger fumbled around with his Canon PowerShot S2 IS trying to find a setting that would work, and managed this poor imitation of Lisa’s pictures..

Roger's Camera's Interpretation

Roger’s Camera’s Interpretation

There were some amazing other pictures captured in various places. Here are a few links:

Album of viewer submitted pictures on WoodTV in Grand Rapids (includes one of Lisa’s images from above)

Aurora Gallery on SpaceWeather.com - contains links to some amazing shots taken in the USA, Canada and Norway.

This amazing time lapse taken over 2 hours by Michael Gavin at East Martin, Michigan – about 20 miles south of us:

WOW!!!

 

From Jill Ball – Geniaus – and Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun we have this tonight…

The Ancestors’ Geneameme

The list should be annotated in the following manner:
Things you have already done or found: bold face type
Things you would like to do or find: italicize (colour optional)
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type
You are encouraged to add extra comments in brackets after each item.
Which of these apply to you?
    1.  Can name my 16 great-great-grandparents [Yes - see this 5 generation chart]
    2.  Can name over 50 direct ancestors [Yes - 261 - see this ahnentafel listing]
    3.  Have photographs or portraits of my 8 great-grandparents [Yes - see this 5 generation chart although I notice there I haven't linked up a picture of Mum's Mum yet]
    4.  Have an ancestor who was married more than three times [Not that I know of]
    5.  Have an ancestor who was a bigamist [Not that I know of]
    6.  Met all four of my grandparents [No - 3 of the 4 - my Mum's Dad died when my Mum was 11 years old]
    7.  Met one or more of my great-grandparents [None]
    8.  Named a child after an ancestor [No Children]
    9.  Bear an ancestor’s given name/s [No - no ancestors that I know about called Roger]
    10.  Have an ancestor from Great Britain or Ireland [Yes - apart from parents and grandparents born in New Zealand, one great grandparent born in Australia, all the rest are from England and Scotland, and maybe Ireland]
    11.  Have an ancestor from Asia
    12.  Have an ancestor from Continental Europe
    13.  Have an ancestor from Africa
    14.  Have an ancestor who was an agricultural labourer [Yes - many of my ancestors were Agricultural Labourers]
    15.  Have an ancestor who had large land holdings [None that I know of]
    16.  Have an ancestor who was a holy man – minister, priest, rabbi [Almost - my father was a Lay Preacher who took services at distant churches from time to time.]
    17.  Have an ancestor who was a midwife [Not that I know of]
    18.  Have an ancestor who was an author [Not that I know of]
    19.  Have an ancestor with the surname Smith, Murphy or Jones [No - lucky me]
    20.  Have an ancestor with the surname Wong, Kim, Suzuki or Ng
    21.  Have an ancestor with a surname beginning with X
    22.  Have an ancestor with a forename beginnining with Z
    23.  Have an ancestor born on 25th December [Yes - Alexander Oliver and John Bourgoigne]
    24. Have an ancestor born on New Year’s Day
    25.  Have blue blood in your family lines [No - all red as far as I know...]
    26.  Have a parent who was born in a country different from my country of birth [No - both born in New Zealand]
    27.  Have a grandparent who was born in a country different from my country of birth [No - all 4 born in New Zealand]
    28.  Can trace a direct family line back to the eighteenth century
    29.  Can trace a direct family line back to the seventeenth century or earlier
    30.  Have seen copies of the signatures of some of my great-grandparents [No, but have copy of great great grandfather's will - that's better isn't it?]
    31.  Have ancestors who signed their marriage certificate with an X
    32.  Have a grandparent or earlier ancestor who went to university [Not that I know of]
    33.  Have an ancestor who was convicted of a criminal offence [Not that I know of]
    34.  Have an ancestor who was a victim of crime [seems quite possible, but I don't know about it]
    35.  Have shared an ancestor’s story online or in a magazine (Tell us where) [Some of these stories are my ancestors, others are about relatives.]
    36.  Have published a family history online or in print (Details please) [I think this website counts :-)]
    37.  Have visited an ancestor’s home from the 19th or earlier centuries [Yes - have been to several of the farms in Scotland where my ancestors worked as Labourers, and in a couple of cases seen what was likely the Bothee they lived in. Dovecot Hall was the last residence in Scotland of the Houliston family before the emigrated to New Zealand in 1860.]
    38.  Still have an ancestor’s home from the 19th or earlier centuries in the family
    39.  Have a  family bible from the 19th Century [Yes - have the bible of this couple]
    40.  Have a pre-19th century family bible
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