Feb 082015
 

Dear WordPress Blog

Well it’s been a while since we had a new roof put on our house in October 2012!!! For much of the past several years my “blogging” has been carried out on Facebook where it’s so easy to write a quick status, link up a couple of photos and post it, or to create a photo album in iPhoto and then post that directly to Facebook.

Saturday 7 Feb 2015 saw us on what is becoming a familiar drive – the 3 hours to Chicago O’Hare airport to fly away somewhere – it’s much cheaper to do this than to fly out of Grand Rapids. This time we’re off to Salt Lake City for research in the Family History Library and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 2015 conference being held in association with RootsTech put on by Family Search (the genealogy and family history part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints).

Having left home with about 12″ of snow covering the ground, it was somewhat surprising to see much of the middle of the country devoid of snow – even the mountains around Salt Lake City only have snow on their upper reaches – not a good scene if they were trying to run a Winter Olympics here right now.

Upon arrival, picked up a rental car so we’d have a car for Sunday to be “bloody tourists” and headed off to the Radisson Hotel. Got checked in there and met up with Australian genealogist and blogger Jill Ball and headed out for dinner. The Red Iguana gets great reviews so we walked the mile or so (downhill) to there only to find it was standing room only out on the footpath of people waiting to get in – wait time at least an hour. So we caught the Trax back into town and went to the Blue Lemon for a delicious very reasonably priced meal.

Next up is Sunday. We’re going in the aforementioned rental car to head out of town, on a couple of trips – up in to the mountains to the south to the Timpaganos Caves area and then to Antelope Island – the “island” you can drive to that’s out in the Salt Lake. Stay Tuned!

Oct 172012
 

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:

 

 

 

Jun 212012
 

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  – https://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 »
 Posted by at 11:52 am
Apr 022012
 

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!!!

 Posted by at 10:36 pm
Mar 262012
 

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 »

Jan 302012
 

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 https://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 🙂

 Posted by at 9:20 am
Jan 242012
 

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??

 

 

Oct 252011
 

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!!!

 Posted by at 12:44 pm