Overworked and Manic

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Everybody is bored hearing how busy I am. Hey, I’m  bored with it! We’re working frantically this week to get the new network rolled out and all of the computers switched over to it. When it’s done, I’ll be able to get back to what passes for normal. I’ve been in a state for the last few months. The old system went back to Windows 2000 Server for Domain Controllers and had been upgraded, patched, hacked, glued together and thrown into a mix-o-matic with a bunch of Linux monstrosities that were supposed to be “enhancements”. Never again!

The new system has dual Windows Server 3008 R2 Domain Controllers and all workstations will be running Windows 7. Most of it is working already and it is sweet, sweet, sweet. I just have three mission-critical machines to move over to the new network. Then we have to get the big network printers switched over, do a little prettying up of bits and pieces and we’re done.

Then I have to get cracking writing some magazine articles and arrange for some bush walks to gather new material. I also plan to ride the Harley more. I’ve only been on it a couple of times in the last few months.

Today, to amuse ourselves, I have a few miscellaneous images that tickled my eyeballs over the last couple of weeks. I’ll start with an unusual view of a nice red hibiscus blossom:

Those water drops caught my eye from twenty metres away. I never pass up a chance to shoot drops. I love the way that they reflect the light. You can see some interesting reflections if you click to enlarge.

Here’s another of my ongoing series of “crazy foliage” shots:Sometime when I was a child I was brainwashed, probably by a gym teacher who was assigned to teach science – a common enough occurrence in the U S of A – that plants are green. Despite intense therapy, I’ve not gotten past this crippling mental defect. Plants here are all kinds of nutsy colours and it is deeply disturbing.

The shots above came from Blueblood as did this one of a man hurrying home during a brief rain shower:You can see the base of the huge Kar Kar Island  volcano at the right side of the frame. Click to enlarge and you can see the rain drops hitting the water and even a few streaks of rain drops against the darkness of the canoe. I took all of these shots with my new Canon G11.

You’ve seen the flower of the Sensitive Plant or Tickle-Me Plant (Mimosa pudica)  here before:

This is the nicest shot that I have of it. I attribute that to the increased dynamic range of the G11. It seems to capture many more tones of colour and brightness than the G10, as it should, given the massive changes to the sensor.

Here is another familiar to regular readers. It’s my favourite spider:This fellow was distinctly grumpy on the dull day when I shot him. They usually try to hide by crawling around on the opposite side of the flower. This guy turned to face me and raised his front legs in a menacing display of aggression. I have to admit that I didn’t feel greatly menaced, but I didn’t mention it to him.

Oh, yeah, back to water drops:This is one of my favourite water drop shots. I have others that are sharper, flashier, more colourful, blah, blah, blah. This one, however, makes me feel very relaxed and mellow. I’m strongly affected emotionally by images, always have been. I think that is why I love photography so much. When I look at my favourite images, I feel good.

I love sharing those good vibes with you. I hope you dig it too.

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9 Responses to “Overworked and Manic”

  1. Steve Goodheart Says:

    Nice series, MadDog.

    Your computer works sounds extremely challenging….if you don’t mind my asking, who are these servers for and used by? I’ve always wondered about that! I loved your description of what a kluge the Windows 2000 mess had evolved (devolved?) into. It must feel like you’ve gotten in to the 21st century at last!

    Love your water drops, and spidey….


  2. MadDog Says:

    Steve, the Domain Controllers handle log on information and security for all of the computers connected to the network. You can’t hook up more than 10 computers to a Microsoft network (I think that is still the number) without at least one domain controller. We use two for redundancy. We also have a file server where shared files are stored (like about 100 gigabytes of music and some actual work stuff too). The servers also controll access to the printers and the internet connection from our satellite. I have a Remote Access Server with phone lines coming into it so that I can log on to the internet from my house without having to have an ISP. I just go straight into my office network. That is, of course, when the phone line is actually working.

  3. Steve Goodheart Says:

    Gotcha! Way cool. I bow to your techno-geekness with true awe!

  4. Colin Huggins Says:


    No doubt you have been to Kar Kar Island?
    Have you any recent photo shots of the place – it was supposed to be in the 1960’s the “only place on earth” if sent to PNG to be posted to.
    Great photos as always – you really amaze me.


  5. Samantha Says:

    Super clear and detailed picture of the TickleMe Plant powder puff flower. If anyone out there loves this very sensitive plant, the TickleMe Plant Company just came out with “The TickleMe Plant Book” ..it shows over 20 cool activities you can do with your plant and how to grow the plant 3 ft plant tall and ways to get it to flower indoors even during winter and what to do so that it will live for years . Over 60 picts too. Vist http://www.ticklemeplant.com for more information about the book and any supplies you need to grow your own. My students run to class to visit their Pet Plants each morning and tickle them.

  6. MadDog Says:

    Colin, I have been diving at Kar Kar many times. We have stayed with the Middleton family and at Noel Goodyear’s amazing place. However, it’s been about two or three years since I was last out there on M. V. Moonlighting with Tony and Lorraine Collins.

    Sorry to say that I have no recent photos, except those which you can find by putting “kar” into the search box on my journal.

    I’m sure that in the ’60s it was an amazing place. It still feels like stepping back a hundred years when you visit a plantation and stay with the owners.

    Thanks for the kind remarks. Doing my journal every day is a great theraputic activity for me and probably forstalls senile dementia.


  7. MadDog Says:

    What a nice story, Samantha. I’ve always been interested in the Tickle-Me plant. When I was a child, I went to the Cincinnati Zoo. There I purchased a small Tickle-Me plant. I kept it for a long while. I never thgough that I’d live in a place where they are weeds in my lawn. The thorns really hurt when you step on a plant by mistake.

    Your sutdents must love you!

  8. pvaldes Says:

    > It’s my favourite spider:

    a Crab spider from the Familiy Tomisidae probably

  9. MadDog Says:

    Thanks, pvaldes. I depend very much on my readers to help with identifications. I have enough difficulty identifying the fish.