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June 22, 2019

Does anyone here use Adobe Lightroom CC?

I've just subscribed to it. The theory is that I can use it on my trip to the UK to put my photos on the Creative Cloud, edit them, and the post photos either here or on my blog.

Problem is, I tested it the other day - and night - and uploading 320 photos to the CC took hours and hours. And that is with my semi-fast broadband connection. Chance are, the internet available to me while on the trip will be slower - and not at all while on shipboard.

I've been looking at external drives and understand that it is possible to store photos "locally" then sync to the cloud when possible.

Any advice on how to handle this?

NOTE - we will be onboard ship for two weeks, in Scotland, England, and Wales for 2.5 months, then onboard ship for another 2 weeks for our return. I hope to post photos and updates to my blog - but if I am tying up bandwidth uploading photos, that will not be easy. That's why the fallback of an external drive seems advisable.

June 13, 2019

The paperless society struck today!

I'm getting ready to transfer our "extra" vehicle to my brother in law - but my husband and I searched all over and couldn't find the title for the car. Last time this happened AFTER we spent an hour and a half in the tag office waiting to apply for a new title and transferring it to the buyer I found it in the wrong folder in the file cabinet a week later.

So I called the guy who sold me the car (very nice used car salesman I've known for years). It turns out that now Florida has what are called "electronic titles." You don't get a paper copy unless you ask for one.

Cool - but we were going to just sign the title over and let him carry it to Jacksonville where he would transfer his old sedan to his daughter and put our car into his name. Now we have to carry BIL into the local tag office, make him buy a temp tag, and transfer the car into his name.

Whew! At least we don't have to pay for a lost title again...

June 10, 2019

You don't like the Electoral College - how about THIS method of selecting a leader?

From "The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books" by Edward Wilson-Lee, about Hernando Columbus who was in Venice in 1521 when a new Doge was being 'elected':

This observance being done, the election of the new Doge could commence - though perhaps 'selection' is a better word for the long series of lotteries and ballots put in place to safeguard the process from corruption. Venice was a republic, yet its electoral process was far from wholly democratic: only members of the Great Council, consisting of 2,500 or so male members of ancient Venetian families listed in the so-called Golden Book, could participate. From this body thirty were chosen by lottery, of whom none could be related, and then these thirty were further winnowed by lot to a Committee of Nine; the Nine elected forty more, who were reduced to a Committee of Twelve by lot, and given the chance to elect twenty-five more; they in turn were reduced to nine and elected forty-five who were reduced by lot to a Committee of Eleven. The Eleven chose forty-one, none of which could have been on the previous electoral committees (the Nine, the Twelve, and the Eleven), who (finally) elected the Doge. At each of these stages each of the candidates had to carry a healthy majority of the vote. The design of the system made it incredibly difficult to rig, because of the lotteries and the rules to prevent any one person (or family) from participating at different stages of the process, and also because it was so complex it would be hard to know where to start. All the same, in 1521 it was floated during the election to double the number of electoral steps, just in case. This was the mode that Venice, the mercantile republic, par exellence, had developed to inoculate itself against the monopolisation of power. pp219-220

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