Ok, following up on Post #3 from last week, I’m going play catch-up with the next several posts, publishing posts on various subjects that wanted to address earlier in the year. At the front of the line will be a post showing my favorites photos of 2018. Each year I post a group of pictures that I took the previous year that represent my what I thought were my top ten photos, although some years I find it difficult to narrow it down to just ten.
After my Favorite Photos of 2018 post I want to go back to some my subjects in previous years, including, but not limited to: politics, technology, sports, film, product reviews, podcast reviews and the financial markets.
Wow, we are into month 7 of 2019 and this only my THIRD blog post of the year! I knew I had published only a few posts so far this, but I was a little shocked when I checked recently and confirmed I had only posted twice this year. I think that is my slowest start for the first half of a year since I started writing this thing back in 2009.
Well, I definitely plan to be a bit more active in the second have of this year. This is not the first time that I have had a prolonged stretch with few blog posts. I can’t attribute that to any one thing, but I have given it some thought to this most recent decline in posting . I think there two things that I would attribute my lack of blogging to this year. One would be my personal computer equipment and the other is Twitter.
My computer a MacBook Air. I also have 9.7 inch iPad Pro and an iPhone XR. I can blog on all three of those devices, but I honestly don’t enjoy blogging on my iPad or iPhone. I just don’t consider them well suited for blogging. However, that is no reflection on the WordPress app, which works very well. I just prefer to work with larger screens when blogging. I do use the Twitter app on my iPhone and iPad quite a bit.
I recently purchased a new 23 inch Dell monitor and a new wireless Logitech keyboard, both of which I like a lot. I also purchased a new, large desk, so I’m to use my MacBook Air more as a conventional desktop and I think now that I have good home office set-up in place I’ll be more inclined to do more blogging. I’ll like to add a second monitor and possibly a regular desktop computer. Ideally, a computer that doesn’t take up too much space, such as a Mac Mini. I owned a first gen Mac Mini many years ago and really liked it, but ultimately traded in for a MacBook. However, I’m quite intrigued by the current Mac Mini’s and some of the mini computers that run Windows, such as those offered by Dell and HP. If I do purchase one I’ll be sure to post a Product Review post.
I have been on Twitter since 2009, under the handle @georgefattell. I have to admit Twitter is the one Social Media app that I like quite bit and I use it very extensively. The character limit expansion from 140 characters to 280 characters back in November of 2017 made Twitter even more attractive to me. However, even with that expansion the Twitter platform has obvious limitations. In some cases I have been tempted to post a tweet to express my thoughts on topics, but did not follow through because a tweet or even multiple tweets might not provide sufficient space to address certain topics in a way that accurately reflect all full extent of my thoughts on those topics. So, in the interest of providing a more complete expression of views and opinions on many different subjects I am going try blog more.
I have been publishing the GMF Journal blog since August of 2019 and I recently refreshed the blog’s interface. The biggest change is a change in the blog theme. I switched from the K2 theme to Lodestar theme and I’m very pleased with clean, modern look of Lodestar. I did not start with the K2 theme back in 2009, but I used that theme for the majority of this blog’s life.
I also changed the Header photo. I called the photo below the Winding Trail and I chose that photo because I thought it was symbolized (emblematic) the journey of life and it captured the beauty of the San Diego area, which is known dramatic meetings of land and sea. I took that photo at the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. I really love that photo, but I felt it would more appropriate to feature photos from my current home, in Easton, PA and the surrounding area, which also has many scenic settings. Right now the header photo features a shot of downtown Easton, taken from College Hill neighborhood in Easton, which is directly north of Historic Downtown Easton. In the future I may add others photo’s from this area and put them in rotation for the header photo.
The NBA season has been under way for almost a week and I am clearly late posting my predictions at this time, but I can honestly say that the early games have not influenced any of the following predictions.
Eastern Conference Champions: Boston Celtics
Western Conference Champions: Golden State Warriors
You could say that that Celtics and Warriors were the obvious choices to win their respective conferences, but I did not find it easy to pick either team. I think there will be strong competition in both Conferences and I won’t be shocked at all if either team is denied a trip to the Finals this season.
In the East I think Toronto, Milwaukee and Philadelphia will pose real threats.
In the West I think Houston and Utah will be dangerous rivals to the defending Champions.
Most Valuable Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
MVP was another very difficult choice. There are probably at least half a dozen players that have a legit shot, including Lebron, Durant, Anthony Davis, James Harden, as well as young guns Ben Simmons and Jayson Tatum.
Rookie of the Year: Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
Coach of the Year: Brad Stevens, Boston Celtics
NBA Champions: Golden State Warriors
I really can’t say that I want the Warriors to win another championship, but with their current roster it is very difficult to pick very difficult to pick against them.
I was in Hoboken, NJ this past Friday night and took this shot Midtown Manhattan. It was beautiful, clear night and this vantage point from Hoboken really captures the dramatic cityscape of Midtown. The illuminated spire of the Empire State Building can be seen center and cluster of skyscrapers to the left of center are buildings of the futuristic Hudson Yards.
I shot these two pictures with my iPhone SE on Sunday, July 22, 2018, while walking over the Fahy Bridge in Bethlehem, PA. The bridge crosses the Lehigh River and connects Historic Bethlehem with South Bethlehem.
In the distance you can the old Bethlehem Steel plant on the right side of the river.
I modified both photos with the HDR Blue Sky filter on the Tonality App.