Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sunday Safari -- Ranger Peak

Hello and happy Easter from the Hermit-writer

Despite overcast skies, smog and enough dust in the air to gag a goat...I present you proof I made it to the top of Mount Franklin. Yep. This fogie. Though my lungs haven't adjusted to the elevation here, and I had to stop every tenth step for many deep breaths, I made it, carrying my camera and tripod. Enough about me...enjoy what I could make out of a less than perfect day for taking pictures:

My ultimate destination...way up there in that tiny speck of blue sky, one of the peaks of Mount Franklin...Ranger Peak.

On the way up...this intermediate hill where the well-healed live, overlooking the oldest neighborhoods of El Paso.

They have a nice view of downtown, don't they. Cough cough. Look at that smog and dust.

Nice backdrop for this hovel, eh?

Sometimes in the desert, the real beauty hides in miniature.

You can find the most delicate beauty even in the dry season if you take your time and look.

 This is the Mecca of iron-man mountain biking.

This is a bike trail Texas style. the tough part of the hike.

The sign did not lie:

Storage shed of bygone days. Nice view. I wonder what the mortgage is. The commute would be a bear though.

Near the peak, and I haven't had a coronary.

Can you imagine what this looks like on a beautiful day? Cough, cough.

Proof I made the peak. The tram endpoint.

I had tons of pictures that a geologist could drool over. I'll only bore you with this one. This tiny vein, what drew miners to the mountains...copper

Have a great week.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Where'd the Light Box Go?

Anyone have any idea what happened to Blogger's Light Box? (The nice feature that allowed us to click one picture to go into the slide projector mode, with the icons of each photo below).

They axe Reader, then the Light Box?

I'm going to stop using Blogger and go to Bing...the way Google is treating its users. 

-- Angry Google User

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sunday Safari - Ron Coleman Trail (Franklin Mountains)

Hello from the hermit writer…

After a cold, a sinus infection, bronchitis and bad weather, I haven't been out for a hike forever and it's been driving me nuts. The wind was gusting 60 miles an hour on the summit, but I got out today, by darn. Hope you enjoy my pix from Ron Coleman Trail, off I-375 through the Franklin Mountains.

Nice of them to include half-mile markers

Wish I could get some of these boulders into my MIL's front yard. They'd look cool.

Boy! That peak is way up there.

Amazing a desert with an average of -200 percent humidity could have so much lichen on the rocks. I think it's pretty

I like rocks almost as much as I like trees. (I miss trees. Not many out here. I get a shiver when I see one *smile*)

Getting closer to the peak

Time to rest and turn, that's pretty

Looking west across the most western point of Texas, into New Mexico

Facing north west, and New Mexico.

 I made the peak (sort of...I'm not crossing the saddle to go up there).

Facing south. Edge of El Paso, with the haze of the dust storm over Juarez, Mexico. Can't see the mountains south of JZ because of the sand in the air.

I like rocks.

Outcroppings have neat rocks.

Facing south, southwest. Overlooks part of TX, NM, and Mexico

Couple of nice chucks of rock.

Yep. This old man made it up there.

When my knees recover, I'll take the southern trail up.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Outlook as a replacement for READER

Converting from READER to MS Outlook isn't that fun--mostly because Outlook creates a folder for EVERY feed. 

You lose (as far as I can see) the ability to look at just a list of new posts.   [someone correct me if I'm wrong?] 

And every post will come across as unread. So you have to click through every folder and 'Mark All as Read'. 

But--if you only follow a few blogs, and already have Outlook up all day, you might like it.

You'll have to download your OPML file from Google Reader | Settings 

Then import the Subscriptions file from that zip file created ...follow the simple instructions in Outlook. [pasted below]

[before I did the import, I used win explorer to open the zip file, right-clicked the subscriptions file and pasted onto my desktop. Probably five other ways to do it...but that is how I got to the zip file...for all I know I could have opened the zip file in the Browse dialog in the import]

Have a great day.

(Did I mention I create e-book covers?)

Import a collection of RSS Feeds from an OPML file

Outlook 2010 supports the .opml file format for exchanging a collection of RSS Feeds and sharing configuration information between programs that can organize and display RSS Feeds.
  1. Click the File tab.
  2. On the Open tab, click Import.
  3. Select Import RSS Feeds from an OPML file.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Click Browse to specify where the file you want to import is located, and then click Open.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Select the Feed name check box for each subscription that you want to import.
RSS Feeds selection dialog box
Tip Click Select All or Clear All to quickly select or clear all of the check boxes.
Note You are importing only the subscription information, not the actual items from the subscription.

9 Google Reader Alternatives

Somehow I missed Maria's good post on this topic. If you missed, jump over there

Have a great day.

(Did I mention I create e-book covers?)

Followup on Feedly / Reader alternative

Now this really tics me off. All I need, is another app continuously running to slow down my computer.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Added the 'Follow by Email' Widget

Thanks to Richard for suggesting that I add the 'Follow by e-mail' widget. This makes even more sense with Google Reader going away

(Did I mention I create e-book covers?)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Google Reader Going Away

I was irritated to read Google Reader is going away. I'm like everyone else, I don't like change.

I didn't want to wait to the last minute to switch. There are probably more alternatives than you can throw road-kill at...feedly is the first I've tried.

It was only a click, literally, really, I wouldn't lie, to be a feedly user. It helped that I'm already a Chrome user (not Internet Explorer). 

I've played just a little. It's very clean. I've found a couple features I like and a couple I'm not  crazy about yet. Maybe they'll grow on me. If you want to migrate, here's a link, and some tips. 

Let me know what you think.

Have a great day.

(Did I mention I create e-book covers?)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Passage I Love

Again...I am enamored with a piece of my writing. Hope you enjoy as well.

"I don't care—"
"I do!" His wolf was instantaneous. There was no shifting. He exploded into his half-beast.
I lurched backward. His clothes ripping, snapped at the air like a bullwhip. Four of the longest canines I had ever seen in a fully-shifted beast lunged across the bar at me. His seven-foot form, four-feet broad at the shoulders, shucked my lungs into my scrotum.
"We will do this right." His words accented Russian, as my wolf's did.
"Shit," he snarled a moment later.
I followed his eyes downward. The brandy glass was pulverized in his clawed hand. Slices in his palm healed as I watched. He stepped to the side. Water ran in a sink, the tinkle of glass danced upon stainless steel. We didn't speak while he dried his hands on a towel.

Have a great day. 

(Did I mention I create e-book covers?)

Monday, March 4, 2013

Passage entertained me--So Sharing

Loved this thought I would share.

The first speaker is the second speakers administrative assistant. The male protagonist is a lone wolf were. You might notice, Carter is a little hard to get to know. Lone wolves tend to be a little aloof. 

"I've worked for you a long time—" she said.
Not that long. Thirteen. Fourteen months.
"You know I don't stick my nose into your business."
No. Women never do that.
"[...], and don't tell me he didn't."
"Okay, I won't tell you that."
"Don't get sarcastic with me. I've gotten two boys through adolescence without  the hint of backtalk, and won't take lip from you either."
I didn't know she was even married. "You're married?"
Her face turned crimson for a three-count. I'm not good—I'm terrible at reading expressions. I've relied on my wolf scenting emotion for too many years, but I had him well buried this morning. But her face seemed to turn from worried—no, embarrassment, to—no, I had no idea what she was feeling.
"What?" I asked.

Have a great day.

(Did I mention I create e-book covers?)