Happy New Year !

Our friends Stuart and Diane were kind enough to invite us to their house to bring in the bells.
The Bells !

Christmas Day

Merry Christmas Everyone !
It was a smaller gathering this year only 14 for dinner !
For those that could not make it here are some photos from the day:
Star Decoration

I Have A New Employer !

The one time I take a “true” holiday, switch my phone off, don’t check e-mails, I open the paper and what do I see: THIS.

Rachel House

Last weekend we spent a fantastic time at Rachel House in Kinross Fife.

We had a very relaxing time, and got the chance to take some nice photos in the garden too !
You can also see the photos at the newly created CHAS Flickr Group.

Emma’s Enterprise

As part of Emma’s art work at school she got the chance to set up an Enterprise, a small company that she has to run.
She set up her company “A Gift From The Heart” to sell hand made gifts.
She recently had a sale of her work.

OpenID

I first heard of OpenID ages ago.
You can read more about it here
I have now added a plugin that makes this site OpenID aware.
If you have an openID then feel free to use that to sign up, otherwise you can continue to use standard user names and passwords.
The list of other sites that use OpenID is growing here, long may it continue to grow !

Starting To Feel Like Christmas!

I don’t know if it’s the sudden cold snap, but I am starting to feel more Christmassy !

To help get into the mood it’s time to get the cards done, or buy next years if you are super organised!

Check out these cards (PDF Catalogue) from the Scottish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Yahoo Support is Improving

I have started to have lots of issues whith the Yahoo toolbar for Firefox.

As a travelling consultant who regularly flits between home, office and multiple client sites and multiple PC’s at each site it is a boon to be able to access my bookmarks especially at any PC I use. For YEARS I have been using the Yahoo Bookmarks service, and since it was launched I have been using the Yahoo Companion or Yahoo Toolbar.

Recently it has stopped showing me my buttons on the toolbar:

Yahoo Toolbar Broken
Continue reading Yahoo Support is Improving

New Toys

Took delivery of some new toys on Wednesday:

Davro Astro BoomerangDavro Traditional BoomerangDavro Outback BoomerangDavro Falcon Boomerang
Continue reading New Toys

Exposure

Exposure is the heart and the art and the act of taking a photograph.

In film cameras, the film must be exposed to light, the light causes a chemical reaction to occur which captures and records the picture.

In a digital camera, the action is the same except, instead of the light falling on a chemical soaked film, it lands on a sensor. Think of the sensor as the camera’s eye, it “sees” the light and records the picture.

I don’t really want to use an eye as an analogy as your eye has a very clever brain behind it helping out. To simplify things your eye needs just the right amount of light to see. Too much light and you are blinded, time to put on your polarised sunglasses (more of this in another article I think), not enough light and it is too dark to see.

The “right” amount of light, is what’s known as the correct exposure. You are letting in just enought light to record a good photo. Continue reading Exposure