Solar Eclipse 2015 – Keswick style

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This morning was like most other mornings in the Lake District – overcast, and trying to rain.  I went out for a short walk anyway, not expecting to be able to see anything of the eclipse.  However, at just the … Continue reading

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New Gallery

I’ve recently changed my photo gallery on here from Gallery to Piwigo.  The Gallery project has gone into hibernation, with no new features for quite some time. Piwigo on the other hand is supported by an active and growing user community.

What does this mean to you?

Although I’ve been able to move photos and comments from the old gallery to the new one, it wasn’t possible to move user logins.  If you want to see all the photos, you’ll need to register in the new one.  The good news is that you don’t need to have yet another username and password – you can just log in directly with Facebook or Google.

However you register I’ll have to tell the system that you are a family member before you’ll have access to all the photos.  Let me know if you have any problems.

You still need to have two logins for the family tree and the gallery, that’s something I’m going to work on.

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There was a bit of a traffic jam on the way to work this morning

Commuting in the Lake District


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Old Photos from the Tyler Family

I have a small bundle of photos, which include some of my great-uncle Henry Tyler, his father Charles Napolean Tyler (1871 – 1925), some that are probably his brothers and sisters, and many that I can’t identify. The complete set is in my gallery; if anyone can identify any of the photos, I’d love to have any comments. Here are a few highlights:

“Charles Tyler. Taken the last of April 1925, had a stroke in May & died Aug 21, 1925″

Probably Henry M. Tyler in Italy.
On the front: “F. S. Italia – ? – 3/11/14″
On the back: “Boyer Tyler enroute”

“Love to Hank & Betty, from 6 bros & sisters. July 1949. Ed, Leo, Vet & Susie, Margaret, Louise, & Eva”

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The Dreke family of Winona Minnesota

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Henry Dreke was born in 1837 in Germany, and married his wife Caroline there. Their three children, Lena, Minnie, and William Charles were born in Germany, before the family moved to America. How and why they ended up in Winona, … Continue reading

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Latrigg Sunrise

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Matthew and I got up early this morning, drove as far as we could up the Latrigg road, and walked up to the summit for some sunrise photos.

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The Rewards of Being a Good Neighbor

Imagine you live in an apartment complex.  Every apartment has a front door and a back door.  The back door opens onto a service area, where the garbage cans are.  One day you realize that the back door doesn’t really lock — you’ve got a key, and there’s a lock on the door, but you can open it without putting the key in the lock.  You check the back doors of your neighbors, opening them just enough to shout in and see if they’re home, and if they are you explain to them that there’s really no security at all on their back doors.  You inform the apartment complex management.

The next morning, you’re woken by the police, arrested for breaking and entering and trespassing.  The apartment complex management are pressing criminal charges against you.  You’re facing up a maximum of ten years in federal prison and $500,000.00 in fines, not to mention massive legal fees.

Ludicrous?  This is what happened to Andrew Auernheimer.  Read more about it at

Here’s a warning, though: I’m not giving you permission to click that link.  The owners of that web site aren’t giving you permission to click that link (they don’t even know you!).  If you do click it, you do so at your own risk.

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Brocken Spectre from Castlehead

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Patch and I went up Castlehead this morning, after noticing a bit of mist over the lake.

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Liverpool from the Anglican Cathedral


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File Sharing services – Dropbox and Cubby

Need to share files between your home PC and your laptop?  There are plenty of ways to do it, but two of the easiest are Dropbox and Cubby (Google Drive is very similar).  Both sync files between your PCs and their cloud storage (up to 5GB is free, more if you’re willing to pay).  Cubby is new, and still invitation only (you can sign up on their site to get an invitation someday, or ask me for one today); Cubby does have an additional feature that Dropbox doesn’t have: while you can sync 5GB of data by going through their cloud storage, you can also sync unlimited data directly between your own PCs.

(Full disclosure: that Dropbox link is a referral link, if you click it we both get more free space; and if you ask me for a Cubby invitation that will get me more free space too.)

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