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Organising Photos takes forever! (Or rather, tales of Japan 2014 is on its way!) Blogging 03 FEB 2015

I know, I know, I promised some feedback from the awesome two week long jaunt in Japan I experienced back in October 2014, and yes, that was quite some time ago. The thing is though, there are so, SO many photos to organise – never mind the part of actually getting around to writing everything up!

Nevertheless, you’ll be rather pleased to know that at long last I’ve sat down and sorted through all the photos – that’s two Memory Stick PRO Duo memory cards plus my Huawei P6’s memory card worth of pictures – in other words a decent amount of sorting that was done.

Of course, it could be worse – I could have been armed with a proper camera and not just my little point-and-click Sony Cybershot – which if that was the case and I was all professional like, I’d be wading through thousands and thousands of the damn things!

So small blessings then, even if the trade-off is at times some pretty shoddy (and blurry) shots! (I shudder to think just how many photos and how much organising my friends who actually are proper into photography have to go through after a trip like this!)

Tokyo Tower mascots

Anyway, I have to say, the last couple of evenings going through all these photos has brought back some wonderful memories of my short visit alongside Ryan to the Land of the Rising Sun, and so pleasingly I’m looking quite, quite forward to writing up all the text to go along with the pictures.

In short, I hope you’re ready for some tales from Japan – because looking at all these folders sitting in front of me – you’re in for a lot!

LaQua greeting robot in Tokyo Dome City

Now, where did I put that file with all the attraction ticket stubs and travel guides in it…

A Couple of Meet and Greet with the Lotter Clan Photos Jessica 17 AUG 2011

Back on 31 December 2010, my mom and dad got to properly meet and hold little Jessie for the very first time, where else, but in our beautifully prepared nursery back at Country Mews. Finally back home with us and out of the stifling hospital environment, Jessica was at last ready to meet and greet the world!

And meet and greet she did, with even the two great grannies from the Lotter side of the family making the trip through a handful of days later, in order to say hello to the newest addition to the Lotter clan! :)

(And how lucky for us, nowadays there is always a camera on hand to capture the moment! Of course, this is rather unlucky for you, because it means that 9 out of 10 times, I’m going to feel compelled to share these snaps with you! Like now for instance…)

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A Photo Visit from Mom and Pops Jessica | My Life 16 JUN 2011

A couple of Sundays ago we were treated to a visit from Mom and Pops, something we hadn’t had for quite a while now. They were quite keen to come and catch up with little Jessica and see the various changes we had made to the house, and even though the chance of seeing Chantelle was pretty slim as she was working on the day, they came through anyway.

As it turned out though, the bosses let Chantelle slip out early and so it was the four of us who could sit down, catch up on all the gossip come late afternoon, and enjoy the yummy mint lammingtons and lemon meringue tartlets that Chantelle had scrounged up for us to partake in.

Of course, as the clock kept ticking, the stay kept extending, and by the time Mom and Dad did eventually say their goodbyes, a good six hours had passed and in that time we had munched on the aforementioned snacks, scoffed down boerewors rolls for supper, drank copious amounts of coffee and cooldrink, enjoyed pancakes for dessert, and thoroughly enjoyed watching Bug’s Life together.

Oh, and looked after Jessie of course! ;)

Anyway, the reason I tell you this is because of the fantastic set of photos Mom and Dad captured of little Jessie, some of which Mom put up on Facebook already. The rest, well the rest I’ll get off Dad’s PC once he finally gets around to cleaning that Conficker virus off his machine!

But in the meantime, here’s a sample of some of the shots they got…

Images of Candice Hillebrand’s Nina Williams Live-Action 04 MAR 2010

Ages ago (back in November 2008) I popped in a quick blog post asking the question as to whatever happened to SA actress/singer export Candice Hillebrand, ending off with the announcement that she landed the role of Nina Williams in the upcoming Tekken live-action movie. Well, in the meantime production on the film has nearly been wrapped up and despite the fact that we all know it is going to suck thanks to the fact that movies based on fighting games, particularly fighting tournaments, have always sucked, I must say that from the images released so far, this movie has got to be given credit for capturing the feel of the game as closely as what it has.

It’s got a couple of recognisable names in the forms of Jon Foo, Kelly Overton, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Ian Anthony Dale, Cung Le, Darrin Dewitt Henson and Luke Goss, and is directed by Dwight H. Little who has a couple of movies to his name like Deep Blue, Murder at 1600 and The Phantom of the Opera (1989 horror).

As for the film summary itself, Tekken is set in 2039, an apocalyptic world that has been ravaged by the great World Wars. Governments no longer exist, instead replaced by corporations, the mightiest of which is the Mishima Zaibatsu. In order to entertain the seething masses of its territory, Mishima organises the King of Iron Fist Tournament which rewards the last man standing with a lifetime of stardom and wealth. Jin Kazama is a rebellious teenage street fighter who enters the tournament in order to avenge the death of his mother which he blames upon Mishima Zaibatsu’s powerful chairman, Heihachi Mishima. But getting to the end of the tournament and exposing the dark underbelly of Tekken along the way is not going to be an easy task – particularly when you are still in the process of battling your own inner demons first!

Now as I obviously haven’t seen the movie myself yet, I can’t really judge it too harshly or even analyse it just yet, but looking at the pictures below, shame, Candice really could have been given a better fitting costume to work with, don’t you think? :)

Yup, Candice (on the left) really wished she made it to that costume fitting session after all.

I believe I can fly...

Finish Him!... Oh wait, wrong franchise.

Finish Him!... Oh wait, wrong franchise.

Let's face it, capoeira will always look cool, even in bad movies.

Damn! Missed him by a mile with that one!

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tekken_(film)

Open Source Photo Gallery for Your Website CodeUnit 12 FEB 2010

The aptly named Gallery is a brilliant piece of well-support open source software, aimed at providing you with the best photo image image sharing tool to use on your own hosted website. All you need is a PHP-enabled website and an operational database, and you’re pretty much good to go.

From minimalistic all the through to as customized as a chameleon, Gallery is fully extensible and can be expanded upon by your own modules and themes if you so want. Written in a object-orientated, MVC framework, Gallery comes packaged with versioned APIs, can handle active localizations and supports a number of different DBMS.

Gallery can intergrate with blogs, general CMS systems as well as forums like phpBB, SMF and vBulletin just to name a few.

In terms of features, Gallery provides all the basic functionality like creating photo albums, adding/removing photos, administrating the albums, automatic thumbnail generation and image resizing, plus it also handles a wide variety of image formats, which is pretty important in this day and age as you can well imagine.

Like I already mentioned installation and upgrading is a piece of cake and what is nice of the software is that it comes 100% multi-user ready and comes with all the necessary user, group and permissions management tools that you’ll need to administer the site properly.

And the last little fun fact – Gallery is actually pretty much multimedia ready, meaning that it supports streaming videos, and listening to music, making it an invaluable little asset if you want to stay away from online-hosted big boy solutions like Flickr or Picasa Web, where you don’t hold all the keys to your kingdom…

Related Link: http://gallery.menalto.com/