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Lessons I’ve Learned Recently…

Lovely shade of purple Photos should be transferred from your memory card to your computer  more often than every 7 weeks…

Photos should be at least transferred before you reach 220 shots…

Earth crust displacement theory is the best device ever for a screenwriter who needs the earth to move to suit the bare threads of a plot…or just to get his characters from Vegas to a precise location in remote China on time…

Photos of places you have never been to before and are unlikely to revisit soon should be saved on your hard drive as soon as possible…

Don’t go sticking your memory card in strange computers, even if just to view the photos…

The passport office might be able to deliver some of those 26,000 unclaimed passports it alleges are sitting in the office if it would just tell people if their passports were ready over the phone, before forcing them to make the trek to line up again and again…

Don’t stick your memory card in alien computers without moving the teeny switch to lock it…

No matter how cool, colourful,  appropriate and appreciated the gifts you buy, the 3 year old niece will still ask how come she didn’t get a pen too, like her mother got…

When you lose all 220 photos of Eid food (for which recipes are still to be posted), your first glimpses of Haiti, rare family get-togethers, seminar for your newsletter, brilliant flamboyant in Guyana, top local performers in Haiti, great Indian food in Barbados and Trinidad, (did I say Haiti?) try not to cry or smash the alien computer that ate them on contact.


And that’s why I haven’t posted the za’atar chicken recipe yet or anything else. That and I’ve been so overwhelmed at work that I got my boss to give me this week off which I am spending in the homeland and avoiding the computer.

The photo is unrelated to this post. I am just liking my 50mm f2.8 lens. This is at the Belmont Estate in Grenada, from September…which apart from a few of my Eid food shots, is the last set of photos I have…except for the couple hundred on the camera now…darn…getting to it NOW!

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7 Comments so far (Add 1 more)

  1. Shucks-sorry to hear that. I will be in Guyana in January-I lost your contact info-please email me at greene@wow.net so we can communicate privately.

    1. Nicole on November 25th, 2009 at 10:12 pm
  2. i’m sorry

    2. Lilandra on November 26th, 2009 at 11:33 pm
  3. That flow photo – good DOF. Very nice.

    Bad, bad, and more bad but what I wanted to say was I told you so but more appropriately, how could you :)

    I don’t ever stick my memory card anywhere except my own machine. I am not a trusting person and don’t even like everybody I trust. Haiti? Sad.

    Smashing the alien computer may not bring back your images but it is worth a try. I still have recent (August and September) photos of Arizona and Colorado to post. If I could only find the time. I will now proceed to find the time to download images from memory card to friendly and known auto-backed-up HD. Thanks for the reminder.

    p.s I think there is software that attempts to recover memory card data.

    3. aka_lol on November 27th, 2009 at 1:06 pm
  4. thanks aka :-)

    I think every now and then one needs a serious lapse in judgment on things like this to burn lessons into my mind. Some people survive without these lessons, but apparently I needed this…

    the alien computer was at my older sister’s house. she swears the house has a dislike for computer things since her laptops suffer strange and untimely disasters. I should have kept that in mind!

    4. Chennette on November 27th, 2009 at 2:49 pm
  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PhotoRec
    if the card has not been overwritten, this above url points to software to recover photos. good luck.

    5. Kevin Mark on November 29th, 2009 at 4:07 am
  6. Hi Kevin – I know I should have started googling recovery resources, but unfortunately I seemed to have reformatted and assumed it was all lost…so data written over. But I know better for next time.

    6. Chennette on November 29th, 2009 at 12:59 pm
  7. Oh crap. I feel your pain.

    Um, there’s a switch on memory cards? O_O


    7. Liane on November 30th, 2009 at 10:07 pm

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