Black&white photos

Most of my authors supply photographs to include in their books. Since I have grown familiar with Photoshop (elements 9 now), I enjoy optimizing them for inclusion. There are several things to consider:

  • 1. The resolution of the picture should be 300 dpi in the final size on the page. That is easily done by using the image size instruction, but it requires advance knowledge of the desired size on the page of the final layout. It doesn’t work to just drag a corner on the page because the pixels per inch changes as the size is changed. So the final resolution needs to be set at layout time. I usually leave the pictures at their original resolution until just before inserting in the book. Continue reading Black&white photos

Mast Raising

When I first bought my boat the sea trial entailed setting the mast. I wasn’t in charge but it scared me to have about 6 guys standing around discussing possible ways to get it up. In those days it rested (was stepped) on the deck. Ideas ranged from using the small hoist fastened around the middle to having several men push it up. There was no consensus. The mast was about 35′ long and heavier than one person could lift. I don’t recall what was finally done, but I remember a halyard got stuck at the top and someone used an extension ladder to get up there. Continue reading Mast Raising

Boat Launching

When I discovered that it would cost me a good $600 per year to get my boat from my yard to the harbour and back each year, I decided a trailer (costing $1000) would be a good idea. Unfortunately to legally put a 15′ wide trimaran on the road would require special permits, etc. but where I live fishing boats of about the same width are routinely trailered by a commercial carrier (legally) and it is only 2 miles to the harbour. Drivers here are used to encountering wide boats on the highway and, as long as I avoid peak traffic times, things are OK. Continue reading Boat Launching

Sailing on PEI

A true account: I herewith endeavour to give a true account of my sailing experiences on Prince Edward Island interspersed with bits of advice and warnings, often derived from the writings of others. These experiences arose out of acquiring, and then modifying, a small used sailboat for coastal sailing. When Luke, the author of two Bible books, began writing, he pointed out that, while many others had already written about the same topic, he was going to write an orderly account resulting from careful investigation.[1] In the realm of sailing, this is beyond my grasp! Much of the technical information presented here echoes the writings of others who have come before me. Instead, it is my goal to give a personal account of my journey on the path to becoming a sailor. Continue reading Sailing on PEI

Starting a blog site

Getting a web “presence” is not as easy as it is claimed. Good advice told me, if I wanted to have any hope of finding a market for the new books I am developing, I should start a set of blogs to grow a community of people who share my interests. The good advice was to not have a wide variety of blog posts all in one thread. I have at least three separate interests, so I am wrestling with how to have blogs threads clearly delineated. I have just discovered that separate addresses (URLs) make everykthing easier. It is a case of beating my head against a (software) wall or going with what the software tools make easiest. WordPress seemed easy (and free) and it claimed to have the most powerful tools so that is how it has gone. Continue reading Starting a blog site

Web site development

I have been struggling to develop new web pages and posts so I can be more interactive with those who are interested. I expect to be posting new blogs several times a week in the various categories as they develop. Today I am working on the multiple layers of this web site–it isn’t so much that I have to get the tools to do what I want as it is to get my wants to line up with what is easy to do! I think the best analogy is that of banging my head against the wall when all I need to do is look up and move over to the doorway which has been there all along.