POTD: Trapez!

Trapez!
Budapest, Hungary
2011

As far as I cold tell from across the street, Trapez! was some kind of convenience store. It’s way more typical for me to take photos void of people but after posting so many from Budapest that in fact do include people, this one looks strangely empty.

POTD: Late-Breaking News

Late-Breaking News
Budapest, Hungary
2011

A couple of guys hanging around a news-stand on the street perhaps getting more news directly from the proprietor than from the publications he sells.

 

POTD: Shortcut

Shortcut
Budapest, Hungary
2011

This walkway was a dimly lit shortcut from a busy main street to the more sedate neighborhood where we were staying in Budapest. Except for the occasional rogue photographer lurking in the shadows, it seemed a safe enough route to take, even at night.

POTD: Homelight

Homelight
Budapest, Hungary
2011

The welcome light from our apartment after a walk one evening casting a nice geometric pattern on the balcony walkway.

 

POTD: Someone Reading a Book

Someone Reading a Book
Budapest, Hungary
2011

Originally I took this photo thinking it would be a great addition to my Girl Reading a Book series. Now, after brightening up the image on the computer, I’m thinking it’s a guy rather than a woman. It was so dark on the street I couldn’t really tell when I took the photo. Whatever their gender I give the person credit for being able to read in such dim light–and for doing something constructive while panhandling rather than just sit there and stare at nothing like a lot of them do. (I’m just assuming here that the subject matter of whatever he/she is reading could be construed as constructive on some level.)

POTD: Beyond the Veil #6

Beyond the Veil #6
Szentendre, Hungary
2011

So I’m wondering, does it make sense to expand this series to include photos that show much obscured faces? I think they can be seen as fitting together, although it makes me less happy about the choice of series title.

 

When All Else Fails, Read the Instructions

I’ve been slowly, very (very) slowly,  working on a rebuild of my website using Dreamweaver rather than the more obscure (1Site) software that I have been using these last few years. The problem is I don’t know much about Dreamweaver, or HTLM, or CSS stylesheets, or Javascript, or whatever else it helps to know about web programming that I’m not even aware of. (Anyone who thinks that you don’t need to know anything about the background programming details that go on when using a supposedly WYSIWYG editor like Dreamweaver is fooling themselves, or at least just building a very basic site with no need –or compulsion in my case– for messing with all the find formatting details.)

Anyway, I don’t know much about this stuff–just enough to get me in trouble, which I proceeded to prove yesterday when I delved deep into multiple web page code listings, nested (or spagettied) CSS files, etc. trying to figure out why I couldn’t get certain colors and fonts to appear like I thought they ought to. All together I spent maybe six hours on it and all I did was make a big mess of things and confuse myself something awful. Up to a point I like the challenge of deciphering and fixing a system I know very little about by just applying logic and trial-and-error guesswork, but only up a point. Six hours of non-productive mucking put me well beyond that point.

The only productive result of all that time spent yesterday was when I came to the conclusion that maybe I ought to actually find some tutorials on these web tools and learn some basics. So, today I started down that path, spending four hours on an excellent web site studying tutorials on how to construct and organize CSS style sheets. I learned a lot and when I turned back to the immediate problem at hand, I was able to clear up the quandary I couldn’t resolve yesterday in about 45 minutes.  And I think I’ve made the site program more efficient and well-organized to boot. Can’t beat that. So, I’m back on track to getting the site redone. There’s still a long way to go and more quandaries to be solved I’m sure. But you can bet the process is going to contain a better ratio of time spent training vs. floundering from now on!