Monday, December 27, 2010

December Blizzard 2010

We dodged this storm for the most part. It is windy, but nothing like we see on TV. Some pictures for you:

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Some photos of Reyes Point and Muir Woods

I've admired the photography of Tim Bouwer for some time. Recently he traveled with my friend John Weber on a business trip to California. The hiked through Muir Woods and Point Reyes, visited Alcatraz and more. These are my favorites from his album.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A new look for the new year

If you have visited this blog or it's companion Musings you will notice that the design is slightly different. I was having difficulty embedding slideshows and videos and the new layout gives me a much wider palette.

You will also notice new items at that bottom of each posting which allows sharing options for Facebook, Buzz, Mail etc. I have also added some buttons for reader feedback (like, dislike). Comments are always welcome, but they still require a verification step which unfortunately I needed to add to thwart the spammers.

On the right sidebar, I've added a statistics gadget to show how many folks have visited this blog along with the links to the various other family blogs and online venues.

Hope you'll stop by in 2011.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Christmas Music

 In the past it was difficult to find Polish Christmas music. Also I was reluctant to purchase an album for one or two cuts. Imagine buying an entire album of dogs barking Christmas carols. I have a similar album featuring power tools. Fun for a while then really really tedious. Here are two choices of Christmas tunes available for downloads at a reasonable cost.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday Shopping

Wow, freezing rain and icy roads this morning in New Ipswich! Is there a better way to shop?

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Some new old photos

My cousin has given me one of my late aunt's photo albums to scan for the archives. Most of the photos were taken in the period of the mid 1920s to mid 1930s. I decided to call the album "When they were young". I will be adding more over time. Enjoy!

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Smithville Bridge

Some pictures taken of the bridge construction on Smithville Road.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Spammers not welcome

I have moderation enabled for my blog comment and get to spend a few minutes every morning deleting the anonymous spam that fills my inbox. I don't want to disable comments since I value feedback on my postings however I will now require folks to use Captcha. Sorry about this.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Hampton Seafood Festival 2010

It seemed like a good idea, a row of tents serving seafood at Hampton Beach on a perfectly beautiful September day. Only problem for folks who abhor crowds (like me) was that it was too popular. I falsely assumed that we would be getting small samples of different foods from different restaurants for free instead of shelling out 4 to 5 dollars per serving in addition to the entrance fee. I'm glad we went but this will not be an annual event.
Crustacean headgear was popular.

Wonder about the nutritional value of this
Trained seagull who realize that plenty of food is available from unwary beach goers.

When things get busy sometimes the clam bellies aren't fully cooked. Google undercooked shellfish.

Remembering Sept 11, 2001

In the spring of 2001, Ginny, Emily, Wendy and her friends visited New York City for shopping and sightseeing. This is a photo taken of their breakfast at the World Trade Center.

At a much earlier date, I have this photo of Chris taken in NYC. I'm guessing this was the early 70s.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tradesmen cover of "Runaway"

Another tune from "The Tradesmen"

Local music in New Ipswich

The third Saturday in August is a busy day. It is the dated of The Children's Fair and the Jaffrey Fireworks.

This year I got attended a party down the street and had the opportunity to listen and play some music, Great fun

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sunrise at the Cape

We had wonderful weather for our vacation week at Cape Cod. It rained one night and the storm blew out to sea. Luckily I awoke that morning and was able to see the sunrise through the departing storm clouds. Most of these pictures were taken that morning.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

New Amazon Banner added

I'm deep in thought, thinking of the many ways that I can provide services to the greater public through internet technology.

One recent addition of these services  is the inclusion of an Amazon Store banner for this blog and it's edgier sibling blog "Musings".

You can now do your online shopping by simply clicking on the toolbar.

Zzzzzzzzz...... thanks to John Morand for capturing my contemplative mode on his iPhone.


Friday, June 18, 2010

How can I deal with all these digital image files? Ligthroom and Photoshop Elements 8.0

I've owned just about every version of Photoshop Elements, the affordable version of Photoshop for the average guy. In version 8.0 they added a face recognition/identification that seems almost magical. It seems superior to the similar (and free) capabilities of Google's Picasa although I suspect they probably use some of the same technology.

The software can identify faces and "suggest" who it is. It's a bit unnerving to see it get confused about family members, it seems to sense the genetic connection. With this method I am able to apply keywords for family members, which is essential when looking through thousands of images.

I also took my first leap into the world of "professional" software when I got a version of Adobe's Lightroom (version 2). Since I was running Windows 7 (64 bit) I wanted to explore the capabilities of this wonderful product. I've started to just shoot in RAW mode and was interested with having more control over the images in the "darkroom" and wanted that to be in the 16 bit space.

Both products have their strengths and weaknesses. LightRoom runs as a native 64 bit application with no issues on my Windows 7 machine. Elements runs in the XP emulator space, with some hesitation. Why use both? Simple, the facial recognition software in Elements. After keywords are applied for People recognition, they can be written to the metadata for the file. Lightroom can take over and import those keywords for it's own database.

By using both products, it is possible to create a robust strategy of tagging your photo subjects. Have fun!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Some good news about exercise

I just got my cholesterol numbers back from my doctor and the news was good! I've been following a pretty rigid routine after my last check came through with BAD numbers.

They have started a program at work called "Wellness Central" which provides online tools, challenges and incentives to exercise and top adopt a more healthy lifestyle.

All the participants were sent a pedometer, but I opted to use an Omron that I had purchased year ago when the 10,000 step program was popular. It resets itself every day and keeps a weeks history which is useful when one is doing a challenge.

Get moving! Here are some suggestions:

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Grace Northgraves

Grace Northgraves was accepted as a member of the National Honor Society. We're very proud of her!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

PIP Productions film project

A message from Rick Dumont of PIP Productions:

As many of you might know, or if you don't, I have become a filmmaker and carla and my indie company, pip productions, will be premiering my first project "Brothers in Communion" to hopefully good sized crowds at various art house theatres in as many communities as possible in the coming months. We have joined forces in New Hampshire/New England with an art show producer and will be having an art show before each showing of the film, as venues will allow.

But that's not all that I've come to tell you today.

We, Carla and I, along with nearly 50 other people (cast members and crew) are about to embark on our second feature film and are wondering if anyone in the fam might be willing or able to invest or donate any amount of dollars to help us reach our budgetary goal so that this film can be completed. The story of "farm stand" is about a woman who becomes the target of a deranged xfbi profiler's affection. Through a supernatural connection he tries to win her love by "protecting" her and slaying anyone who he believes has emotionally or physically harmed her. Meanwhile the police investigating the series of murders target the woman's husband as the primary suspect until the end when the killer goes after him. There is also a special lil twist at the end, which i hesitate in giving away, but suffice to say it will be something that no one could have expected and hasn't been done before, to my knowledge, in thriller style films.

Should anyone be capable (realizing in today's economy life is tough enough) and willing to contribute anything to this project, be advised that we will be donating a percentage of any profits from sales/showings, etc to domestic and sexual violence groups as well as aspca's. you can reach me at for further details

thanks for reading :)

happy trails! rick

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Abby wins a first

Bragging abit - Abby Northgraves won a gold for all-around in a gymnastics meet this past Sat. The week before that, she also won first in all around. She's a terrific little gymnast and so is her sister, Grace. Grace has been elected co-captain of her high school gymnastics team next year and she specializes in the beam! Nice going girls.