Process

The Road to Wolfboro

Element Presents – The Road To Wolfeboro from ELEMENT SKATEBOARDS on Vimeo.

Brian Gaberman shares a trip he took exploring an old photographic method (wet plate) but more importantly, learning how to work that process into the kinds of things he shoots.

Even though I use small, point and shoot digital cameras, Brian’s process feels as close to mine as any I’ve seen. I had to shoot with the Ricoh GR in high contrast black and white for a month (throwing a lot out) in order to learn how to look for images that worked with that kind of processing. This sounds trivial but it’s not. One has to do a lot of monochromatic photography to learn how to see compositions with that kind of processing in mind.

Once you do a process enough you can look at the world with that process in mind. This sounds incredibly limiting and it is, but it’s a nice way to get fidelity between the tools you’re using and what you’re using them for.

[via PetaPixel]

Matting and framing tutorial

This is a very nicely done video tutorial by Robert Rodriguez on how to mat and frame a print (photographic or otherwise).

This is pretty much the exact process I use although I buy my mats pre-cut.

I realize that some who take photography seriously don’t make prints of their work but for me, making fine art prints and framing them seems to complete the process in a nice way. I like physical objects, not just a photograph on a web site.

I also print and assemble notecards and I think I’ll do a post on how I do that since I’ve made thousands of them and I’ve got that process worked out.

Update on New MacBook Pro

As some of you may remember, my 2011 MacBook Pro died a little over a week ago while I was away from home. I posted about it here and then an update here.

I determined that the problem was the video card in the computer and that the internal SSD with my data on it was secure. When I got back home I removed the SSD from the computer, put it in a spare firewire enclosure and booted my wife’s 13″ MacBook Pro from the SSD. It worked well while I waited for my newly-ordered 15″ MacBook Pro to arrive although I must say, it would be rough to run my life on a 13″ screen and that’s nice to know.

My backup scheme

I’ve been backing up various Macintosh computers using this scheme for many years now.

I use SuperDuper to make a complete backup of the internal SSD or HDD of my computer onto a portable external hard disk. This backup is bootable so that if something happens to my computer I can boot another computer from the backup. I’ve been using various vintages of LaCie Rugged drives.

I have two of these external hard disks and rotate them from one day to the next keeping one in our basement in a fireproof box. We heat our house with wood and if it burnt down, well, I’d be in trouble in more ways than one but at least I’d have data from the day before.

I also use Apple’s Time Machine to back up my computer onto a large hard disk. I’ve never used Time Machine to retrieve an earlier version of a file I’ve mistakenly thrown out or modified but in fact, that’s exactly what it’s for, among other things.

All three of these drives are spinning hard disks of various vintages with various interfaces although for the most part Firewire 800.

So, when my computer died I was well backed up. I had:

1. My computer’s internal SSD which I removed from its “dead” shell and put in an enclosure with two Firewire 800 ports on it.

2. Two SuperDuper Backups, one of them left in Connecticut when I went to LA, the other in LA with me and current to within an hour of when my old machine died and could not be used anymore. Both Rugged drives with two Firewire 800 ports, one USB 3 port.

3. The Time Machine backup in Connecticut which was, at the time of “death” a few days old. It’s in a LaCie Little Big Disk enclosure with two Firewire 800 ports, an eSATA port, and a USB 2 port.

Interfaces

I’ve had all of these hard disks for a few years or more now and since my dead computer is from 2011, it seems the world has moved on from what I’ve been using.

New Retina MacBook Pros have two Thunderbolt ports and two USB 3 ports on them. It seems the the world of USB has changed considerably since I last looked. In the old days, USB (2) was a slow and at times rather flakey Intel standard for connecting peripherals like mice, printers, and such. A USB (2) hard disk was not something many of us ever got into. USB was just too slow and not reliable enough for data transfer like that. And, we had Firewire, first 400 and then 800 which was fast and reliable.

But, time marches on and Apple has adopted USB 3 for slower speed connections and Thunderbolt for high speed connections. If you shop around, external hard drives or SSDs with Thunderbolt ports on them are not all that plentiful and they’re expensive.

Shop around for USB 3 external hard disks or external SSDs and the price comes way down.

In terms of speed, USB 3 is supposed to be considerably faster than Firewire 800 and not as fast as Thunderbolt. However, for my purposes: backing up my computer, I’m guessing that USB 3 drives and/or SSDs will be great. That’s a guess, I don’t have any experience with them yet.

I’ll know later today when I do my first SuperDuper backup onto one of my older LaCie Rugged drives via USB 3 for the first time. I may come back and write a bit more here.

Here I am, later: the backup was very slow but it’s tough to know exactly why. There was a lot of new stuff on this new computer: a completely new system and more. So, another USB 3 backup test is in order on the same drive tomorrow (I won’t swap this time, preferring to see if USB 3 will work for this application).

Update: Next day and I just did another SuperDuper backup to the same external LaCie Rugged drive via USB 3. It took 6 minutes and 42 seconds to complete the entire thing. I don’t think Firewire 800 ever came close to that. Granted, not a lot has changed on this machine between backups but I’m guessing USB 3 is faster than Firewire, probably fast enough for this kind of backup and occasional boot situation.

My plan is to buy at least one if not two new drives: one for my Time Machine backup and another to rotate into my SuperDuper backups. I’d love it if they could be USB 3 which will be a lot less expensive.

I’ll reformat my old SSD and put it in my wife’s computer which will turn it into a sports car.

New MacBook Pro

My new computer arrived yesterday (Monday) and before opening the box I did one last backup of my SSD (primary drive running my wife’s computer) to one of my backup drives just to be on the safe side. My plan was to boot the new computer, go through the setup process and during initial setup do the migration so as not to have to do it after the fact, possibly creating an extra user in OSX (which I’m told happens more than not).

Before opening the box of the new computer, I completely cleaned off my desk, removing my older USB (2) hub and everything associated with the old computer. I knew there would be some setup and possibly some bumps and I wanted to not have too much legacy stuff around to have to sort through. Also, good excuse to clean things up around here and sort through the wires hanging behind my desk.

I had ordered a Thunderbolt to Firewire adaptor from Apple but it was not listed on the email invoice they sent me so I figured I must have unchecked it when I placed the order. So as not to have to wait, I bought one from Amazon and had it overnighted here. I had also ordered an Apple external CD/DVD drive as the new MacBook Pros don’t have built in drives and I still rip DVD movies from time to time. Yes, I could have bought an enclosure for the drive in my old machine but in my panic out in LA I just went for it so I have the new drive. It’s very pretty, worth having.

When I opened the box of the new MacBook Pro Apple (in China) had placed the Thunderbolt to Firewire adaptor under the little package that contains the print instructions and cleaning cloth. There was no mention of this anywhere and initially I thought maybe they include this with all new computers. Odd really.

The new machine is spectacular: the ports are much better placed (and on both sides of the chassis) than the older models and the screen is, well, it’s a new Retina screen and while the screen on my old computer was a higher resolution matte screen (not the glossy one) this one is far better in every way. For those of you concerned about the older reflective screen Apple had on MacBook Pros, this Retina screen is flat, no reflections at all which is a great relief for me as I’m very distracted by reflection. The machine has a very nice fit and finish and is sleeker and lighter than the old unibody chassis models.

I have absolutely no regrets about this purchase. It was expensive but this machine is the center of my life so well worth the investment.

Migration

Turned on the new machine, chose language, network, etc. and got to the screen that asks about migration.

Listed on this screen are:

1. Migrate from another Macintosh computer
2. Migrate from a Time Machine backup
3. Migrate from a Windows computer
4. Migrate from a networked server

Given that I had the internal SSD, still named “Macintosh HD” in an enclosure I chose “from another Macintosh,” plugged in the cable and nothing happened. The SSD turned on, its light flashed, and Migration Assistant said it was looking for a drive but it never found one. Had the drive been in my Mac, I’m remembering that Migration Assistant sends a code to the old machine that one must type in to make the connection. Of course, my old machine had no working screen so this was impossible.

I disconnected the SSD/Enclosure and connected my latest SuperDuper backup, a Firewire hard disk. I would rather have used the SSD as it’s considerably faster for this long process but no problem, I have a backup for a reason.

The drive spun up, the icon appeared in Migration Assistant but the “next” arrow never lit up which means it was never recognized correctly. I waited 10 minutes, nothing happened. Maybe if I’d waited 11 minutes it would have worked, I’m not sure.

Now I started to get worried.

Consider this: If your computer dies it matters not a bit if the screen is any good or the keyboard or the motherboard, the part of your computer that you need for your new computer is the internal storage, in this case the SSD. I had that but in fact, it was useless without the computer’s shell for doing this migration. This really is short sighted on Apple’s part and even after talking with an AppleCare support person I’m less than happy about it.

It very well may be that there’s a way to force Migration Assistant to recognize a backup drive or an internal drive in an external enclosure but the AppleCare support person didn’t know how to do it and I could not find mention of it on the internet (I was frantically using my iPad to try to sort this out).

In fact, what the AppleCare support person told me is that I’d need a Time Machine backup to do the migration from an external drive. I had one, although it was now a week old.

So, I reconnected the SSD to my wife’s 13″ MacBook Pro, booted it, then daisy chained my Time Machine drive onto it (a reason Firewire and Thunderbolt are useful, USB 3 without a hub is not), went through a few setup bumps as Time Machine didn’t recognize this configuration and finally got it started. It took a few hours to do its thing and I left the room, frustrated but hoping this would work or else I was really in trouble.

Here’s Apple’s white paper on this: How to migrate data from another Mac using Mavericks.

Once the Time Machine backup was complete I connected that drive to the new MacBook Pro and initially it didn’t look like Migration Assistant was going to recognize it either but after five minutes the “Next” arrow lit up and I was able to get to the screen for determining what needed migrating (everything).

Migration took about 2.5 hours and went fine. I’ve not poked into every nook and cranny on the new machine but it looks like everything is in place as it should be.

Settling in

Unfortunately doing a complete migration from an old machine to a new one is not the end of setting up a new computer. What migrates is your collection of applications in the Applications folder, your user folder and any odd stuff you have scattered about. But, the actual system folder does not migrate which is good in that you get a fresh system to start out with, less than good in that you have to reinstall a bit of stuff.

I have three printers:

Dymo LabelWriter 450 that I connect to my computer via a USB 2 cable. I went to the Dymo site and downloaded the latest Macintosh drivers and application. My saved templates were migrated with my user folder so it was relatively easy to get this printer back in business. A thermal label printer is an incredibly useful device to have and I’ve been using one form or another of this printer for a very long time.

HP LaserJet 1022n connected to our AirPort Extreme base station for wireless printing. Very simple to use Apple’s Printers and Scanners Prefs Panel to add the printer and get a new version of its driver.

Epson Stylus Pro 3880 which is the printer I use for doing fine art photo printing. This printer is excellent but Epson tends to not be very Mac friendly. I got the driver reinstalled and got the printer working fine but in the process I found that there is a firmware update for the printer. The utility they offer to update the printer’s firmware continuously crashed on my computer. So, I still need to get that sorted or forget about it as the printer has worked well for many years.

I use Apple’s Pages and Numbers applications and occasionally Keynote. I use Numbers as my main spreadsheet and Pages to construct the templates for my fine art notecards. I have a lot of work committed to those applications.

When the new versions were released I tried them but they were missing features I wanted and so, up until yesterday I had continued to use the old versions. However, the new computer comes with the new versions pre-installed and the older versions did not migrate over. So, I could copy the older versions over or try (again) the new ones. It seems Apple has been listening to users because the new versions of these applications are excellent and I’ve already converted a lot of my important files to the new file format. Plus, if I’m of a mind (at the moment I’m not) I can easily share files with the same applications on my iPad or iPhone via iCloud.

Passwords and such

I usually forget to tell iTunes that my old computer is dead/gone and it needs to be “de-authorized” so that I don’t use up the five authorization slots with computers and/or devices that no longer exist.

The easy way to deal with this is to run iTunes and de-authorize everything, then authorize the new computer, which is what I did today.

I’ve been using 1Password to redo all of my important passwords making each of them complex, different, and hopefully impossible to hack. It’s been a chore I’ve been working on for a month now and while I’m not finished I’ve got the important stuff done: Apple ID, iCloud, Gmail, among many others.

These passwords are what I call “garbage.” Not because they’re no good, but because they’re seemingly random letters in different cases, numbers, and a bit of punctuation. Impossible to remember which means once you go this way you are completely reliant on 1Password.

One of the reasons I avoided this for a while is I was scared that if 1Password failed or I got locked out of it somehow I’d be in trouble. And, what about sharing your passwords with your other devices? My 1Password password (the one I use to get into it) is not a garbage password but its complex enough so it would be tough to hack.

So, I’ve been using both iCloud Keychain and 1Password on my Mac, on my iPad, and on my iPhone and while they’re not perfect, the entire setup is working well and I feel a bit safer than I did before.

Here’s a tip (thanks Edward) for anyone who’s read this far: How do you get the “garbage” password you’ve set as your Apple ID into Apple TV? Copying it from your iPad and “typing” it onto that awful alphabetic keyboard on your TV is a real drag. Download Apple’s free Remote app for the iPhone or iPad and then, open 1Password on the iPhone or iPad, copy your Apple ID password, then open Remote while you’re connected to Apple TV and its asking you for the new password and paste it into Remote. It’s fast and simple and if you use Remote for no other purpose, this is worth it. You can do this with Netflix passwords as well.

After the migration was finished and I started using the new computer various apps I had previously bought from the Mac App store wanted my Apple ID password to run so there was a bunch of that. And, the mess that is iMessage (please, fix this mess in Yosemite Apple) required passwords for each of my three messaging accounts, and so on.

I’m sure I’m not done with this password settling in process but the bulk of it is over and I must say, 1Password was extremely helpful.

I love the new computer and while the entire migration wasn’t as smooth as it might have been, here I am, hopefully on the other side of the bulk of it.

I’ve learned quite a bit in the process, didn’t get too worked up when what I thought was going to happen didn’t, and during all of this was able to keep up with my digital life on various other computers and iOS devices.

Life is good, again.

Update on MacBook Pro issues

While I was in Los Angeles earlier in the week my 2011 MacBook Pro started showing signs that it was suffering from a well-documented video card failure and I wrote about it here: MacBook Pro issues.

The best description of the problem can be found here: Owners of 2011 MacBook Pros report critical GPU failures, system crashes.

Just as the AppleInsider report states that others have done, I reset the Power Manager, reset the PRAM, reinstalled the system via Safe Mode and the problem continued intermittently and then as things got bad there was no way to get an image on my screen. It seemed like the SSD was fine although I had no way to know that without a screen.

When I returned home I used an Apple HDMI cable to connect my computer to our HD television, thinking this would show me if the problem was my LCD screen. Our TV showed video noise when the machine booted which told me that in fact, I had/have a video card problem in my computer. I then used Target Disk Mode to boot my wife’s 2011 13″ MacBook Pro with my computer (using my computer’s SSD) and the SSD was and is intact.

I’m religious about doing backups and so I’m covered and am running off a hard disk backup I made in LA just before I couldn’t use my machine anymore. I’ve booted my wife’s 13″ 2011 MacBook Pro off my backup hard disk and while it’s not the same experience as using my own machine, it’s a good stopgap until my new machine arrives on Monday (from China).

My plan is to use the instructions on iFixit to take my machine apart and get the SSD out of it, then put it in an old FireWire enclosure I have and make sure the few things I’ve updated on my backup hard disk are updated on the SSD, then boot this machine with the SSD. At least I’ll have a bit more speed here until Monday.

I’ve learned a lot of things in this process, I’ll list a few below.

The importance of a bootable backup

Having a backup is important and I have three: two SuperDuper clones, and one Time Machine. I know it’s possible to use a Time Machine backup to migrate data onto a new computer, but in fact, you can’t boot from a Time Machine backup so anyone reading this who relies solely on such a backup may want to consider another method in addition or instead. I rarely dig back into my Time Machine backup and frankly I’m not sure I need to use it since I’m very disciplined in my other backup method.

I’ve always wanted bootable backups so I can do what I’m doing now: run another machine as if it was my own from the backup in case something happens.

It’s been a bit bumpy with Keychain and 1Password because they use machine IDs as well as usernames and passwords so I’m having to sign into things again. But, at least I have that option running from a backup.

Once you go SSD there’s no going back

In 2010 I put an SSD in an older MacBook Pro MacBook Pro SSD upgrade and it made such an amazing difference that I swore I’d never go back to using a hard disk to run a computer.

The MacBook Pro that just died has an Apple-supplied 512GB SSD in it and it was a joy to use and would still be a joy to use if the video card hadn’t died. In other words, while the entire machine was slower than what I am getting on Monday, it was fast enough for almost everything I do on it. A three year run on storage is pretty amazing and my recommendation for anyone reading this is to not balk at spending the extra money to get a large SSD in a new computer, it’s a worthwhile investment and will make a huge difference in performance. The Retina MacBook Pro coming on Monday has a 1TB SSD in it and that large SSD was a substantial extra cost. For me, that extra cost is well worth it and once you experience running on an SSD my guess is you’ll agree.

Note: Apple only makes one portable Mac with a hard disk anymore, a low end 13″ model.

I have no problem with hard disks for backup and if I ever buy an iMac I’d consider an Apple Fusion drive (SSD and HDD combined) but in fact, I’d rather go all solid state.

13″ vs 15″

I thought I might be able to run my life on a 13″ MacBook Pro and was considering downsizing to it, but after spending last night and this morning using my wife’s older 13″ screen, I can say without a doubt that I could never do it, even with the higher resolution on the newer Retina models. If I had a larger monitor I’d consider it but in fact, the 15″ models of MacBook Pro come with higher end processor and RAM options and these things are important to me. Portability is less important to me. The 15″ model is a sweet spot for me: I can carry it around the house or back and forth to LA in my pack and it has enough screen real estate to do real work on. I like multiple windows showing on screen and 13″ just isn’t enough for me.

Mac OS vs iOS

I cannot use an iPad Air or any iOS device as a complete or even partial substitute for a computer. This is a big thing and I’ve sort of known it all along but this recent experience underscores it because the iPad Air is such a capable iPad.

It isn’t just the differences between Mac OS and iOS (which are huge) but it’s text editing, the use of a mouse, and frankly, familiarity. Some serious Mac users have tried to use the iPad as a complete substitute for a laptop and some with great success but for the mix of things I do, and the fact that I touch type, by the time you’ve bought and connected a bluetooth keyboard to an iPad, you might as well have a MacBook Air.

Even though I do have Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on my Mac and on my iPad, I tend not to use them on the iPad. The things I do on the iPad are reading, a bit of research, reading RSS feeds, and watching ripped movies. I could do most of what I do on the iPad on a MacBook Air and at some point, maybe that’s the way I’ll go. The rumored 12″ model is attractive to me (in addition to a 15″ MacBook Pro).

But, what I’ve noticed over time is that for me, the integration of all of my various applications and identities works better on my Mac than it does on my iPad, even though I have iCloud Keychain and 1Password running everywhere, I find my MacBook Pro easier to use to do what I do than my iPad Air.

What’s coming

The new Retina MacBook Pro that’s coming will not have a Firewire port on it, Thunderbolt replaced Firewire a while ago so I ordered a Thunderbolt to Firewire adaptor from Apple so I can continue to use my backup drives until I get newer Thunderbolt drives at some point.

Apple has taken the CD/DVD player out of the chassis of newer machines and so I ordered their USB CD/DVD drive so I can continue to rip movies and music as I need to.

No doubt there will be some bumps although I’m hoping migration goes smoothly and it should be fast if I can get the SSD set up in an external enclosure.

Dark Sky (on my iPhone) just told me it’s going to start raining soon, the perfect day to take my old computer apart and salvage its SSD and get it set up in a case.

I’ll get that done in the next hour or so and I’ll get some new images posted here and do a few other things.

But, the bottom line is, I feel bad that I don’t have my computer in front of me to work with. My computer is such an important element in my life that losing it is more than just a small inconvenience, it’s like I’ve had an “insult” to part of my brain.

Monday can’t come soon enough.

Update: I’ve taken the SSD out of my old 15″ MacBook Pro, put it in a Firewire enclosure and booted this 13″ MacBook Pro from it. Working quite well and while it’s not as fast as it was on the internal bus of my older (faster) machine, it’s a heck of a lot faster than the built in hard disk. When all the dust has settled on this I’ll put the SSD in this computer for Anne.

Spaghetti or pasta?

Nicholas Carr wrote a brilliant post on a small part of Apple’s demonstration of the Apple Watch and iOS 8 that seems to have gone under the radar: Speak, algorithm.

It’s about a new technology coming in iOS 8 called QuickType, which is a highly contextualized predictive text engine. I think it’s going to be fantastic although will no doubt lead to collections of funny bloopers like autocorrect has.

Now you can write entire sentences with a few taps. Because as you type, you’ll see choices of words or phrases you’d probably type next, based on your past conversations and writing style. iOS 8 takes into account the casual style you might use in Messages and the more formal language you probably use in Mail. It also adjusts based on the person you’re communicating with, because your choice of words is likely more laid back with your spouse than with your boss. Your conversation data is kept only on your device, so it’s always private.

Spaghetti or pasta?

In the old days of hand written and typewriter written letters, a misspelling was a much more serious issue than it is today. Even early, crude electronic editing changed that forever by separating composition from printing.

Imagine you’re writing a note about what you had for dinner last night and what you had was spaghetti. If you choked on the spelling pre-electronic editing you might have substituted “pasta” as an easier-to-spell alternative. The mistake intolerance of pen and ink or a typewriter was creating a filter on your vocabulary.

A spoken vocabulary is almost always larger than a written one at least partially because of this: you use the word “spaghetti” in speech but less so in writing because you’re not quite sure how to spell it. When this happens numerous times in a single piece of writing you might wonder if the finished piece of writing is really what you wanted to say.

Because of my problems with writing I did a lot of thinking and writing about this during the early days of computing: How Computers Change the Writing Process for People with Learning Disabilities.

Tools affect language

When you couple this “vocabulary filter” with informal email, texting, or posting to Twitter things get interesting. It isn’t just that writing is getting shorter (for various reasons, including a sort of world-wide ADD that has coined the term “long read”), it’s that we’re doing these things faster and because of this, possibly in a less considered way.

Then there’s printing, cursive, touch typing and “thumbing” and the affect each has on sentence length and complexity. No doubt how we use our hands to encode language is having an effect on the complexity of our written language.

Many of us old folks believe that this speed issue (the fact that things seem to be moving faster) is generational: younger people can handle it better because they were born into it and those of us born in the stone age are struggling to keep up. There’s certainly an element of that, but I also think many people fully engaged in the “new” aren’t as fully engaged as they think they are. Granted, reading a message about what a friend had for lunch doesn’t need much engagement, but that message is now mixed up with lots of other message about important stuff.

In short: I’m concerned with the effect technology is having on our collective ability to deeply consider things we read and write. This is different from cable news pundits reducing complex issues to knee-jerk extremes although no doubt they are connected. This is a lot of small technological filters turning “spaghetti” into “pasta” and we’re going along with it because it seems like a natural evolution.

The Future

The more I dictate on my various devices the better I get at it and dictation certainly end-runs many of these filtering issues. I’m going to dictate this word: Spaghetti (perfect).

Of course, language itself is a filter: maybe some day Apple will get it’s “haptic” or “taptic” act together and really channel the brain sans-language. Not sure the sensors on the Apple Watch will cut it, one might need a new set of earbuds to get closer to the brain, or a special hoodie.

QuickThink is right around the corner. God help us. What goes on in my head, unfiltered, is not a pretty thing.

Frank Howarth makes things

Frank Howarth is a woodworker, filmmaker, and amazingly organized and creative guy living in Portland, Oregon. I’ve been following his work for a while but haven’t posted about him, until now.

Here’s one of his most famous stop motion videos on making a lawn chair.

And here’s a behind the scenes video of how he made the lawn chair video.

Here’s a great video on making a segmented walnut and maple bowl.

Check out Frank makes for more detail on him.

Check out Frank Howarth’s YouTube channel for all of his videos including a great one on the building of his shop.

Brilliant.

Theme Issues

I’ve been noticing issues with the theme I’ve been using at this site which is called Twenty Twelve. The most important issue is that images embedded here at 640 pixels wide are distorting when the site is viewed on an iPad or iPhone in any browser (not just Safari).

I’d like to embed even larger images here and a two column theme makes that tough.

I’ve come across the McKinley theme which looks good to me: simple, free, full width images, seems to work well on iOS browsers (scales properly) and is a bit more modern than Twenty Twelve.

So, I’m going to be doing some construction here in a bit and we’ll see how things work out. If it doesn’t work out I’ll switch back to Twenty Twelve and keep looking. If it does, welcome to a new theme.

Note: McKinley has no sidebar and pushes search, archives, tag cloud and recent comments down in the footer area. Because of this I’m limiting the number of posts on a page to eight for the time being to make it quicker to get to the navigation area.

Note also that I’ve made a new tab called “Curated Posts” where I’m pulling out posts and collections of posts that some of you may have missed.

Thanks for your patience and stay tuned. Your feedback (both positive and negative) is always appreciated.