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Firebug 1.6.1 released

I noticed there had been some updates to Firebug lately. I just updated my laptop to the latest version of Firebug 1.6.1. I also sent a $5.00 donation to the developers because I've found it to be a useful extension. As my business grows, perhaps I can give more.

It helps me to figure out where my web code shows up on the page in the browser (without hunting for it) and what tags surround the content that I can use to add style with CSS.

Replies to Spam - I'm so tempted

I'm a big fan of Bruce Lawson's replies to spam. It is truly hilarious. I don't have the nerve to play this game with an e-mail address that I really care about so I never sent this along but I am so very tempted and here is what my first correspondence would look like. What do you think ?

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My Canon 50D Unboxing

In mid-August, 2010 I dropped my EOS Rebel XTi after shooting the Andrea's Memorial 5k Run and Walk (see race photos). Thankfully it didn't happen before the race. I was told that the electronic sensor that powers the camera on and off had become detached and it was going to cost $284.00 to get it repaired. Well I had been wanting to upgrade to a 40D, 50D, or 7D for quite awhile. I looked at the prices for all of these and the 7D new is currently fetching about $1400 while the 50D was getting about $950 and the 40D about $650 or $700.

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Let's go Jowling

You may be thinking "surely he means bowling". I Don't. I mean jowling. It is apparently a phenomenon of taking photos (with a fast shutter speed) of people shaking their heads rapidly while their face muscles are at rest.

Ajax and the eBird web form

This post is only tangentially related to birding but ultimately this web tool I am working on will be a widget to draw data specific to a birding location at Western Maryland Birding from the eBird database. This tool will allow users to generate a table of birds seen at the location by specifying how many days back and how many miles away from that location they want to search (with some limits set so as not to tax the e-bird database).

The Beetle Cam Project

I read about this Beetle Cam Project on the Digital Photography School website. These guys used a remote-controlled vehicle and a 400D camera with strobes to make a mobile wildlife camera with some interesting results. The story is on their blog as well (Burrard-Lucas Blog). They got some interesting shots and learned a few lessons about what not to do as well.
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exiftool and geotagging

I spent part of today learning a new tool called exiftool by Phil Harvey. It is a pretty cool command line tool for reading, and writing exif data from your photographic images. It is kind of nice to have it updating the geographic data in my images before I upload them to Flickr. I posted a little more about it on my GIS blog http://gisblog.jbchurchill.com/

Site Upgrade to Drupal 6

I have upgraded this site to Drupal 6 (just in time for Drupal 7). This blog has not received a lot of love lately but this upgrade is my excuse. It took me a while to get through it but I held off with new content while I got a Drupal 6 version running on my localhost and worked on debugging the Drupal 6 version of the theme. One good thing that came out of it was that I started displaying the category icons using CSS instead of template files.
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Allen's Hummingbird Nest-Cam

I saw this re-posted on the MDOSPREY listserv. Its really cool watching this female hummingbird sitting on the nest. The video is amazing. Check out the Hummingbird-Nest-Cam !
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Firefox 3.5 is now the most popular browser

For a short but interesting take on some web statistics read this Firefox Article on Sitepoint. Apparently if you go by version number Firefox 3.5 is currently more popular than any single version of IE.
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