Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility

I mentioned last night that I played around with the Wi-Fi setting on my little Nikon Coolpix camera. I took a picture and then used the Wireless Mobile Utility to transfer it to my iPhone. Brilliant.

There is another function in the app. You can use your phone as the viewfinder and shutter button. I took that for a test drive this morning before work (and also before the frog incident) and it worked.

I stood the camera up on my desk and used my phone to take this artistic masterpiece. It also stored the photo on my phone. Cool.

Just for schnitzengiggles, I also took a picture of Patches…

…and I also took a picture of a flower. I was playing with the macro setting for this one. Not sure it made much difference.

All of this plus the frogger incident equals my Tuesday morning.

Amphibious Visitor

Well that was weird. Doubly weird because it’s the second time it’s happened.

We’ve been in this house for almost 12 years. Once, maybe 5-6 years ago, we had this weird episode where a toad hopped out of the fireplace. The fireplace hadn’t been lit in years, so Mr Toad was not on fire, but somehow or other he got into the house through the chimney. We had all sorts of weird theories. Maybe a hawk picked him up from the ground then flew over the house and dropped him? Maybe? Whatever, we had a frogger in the house and we had to get rid of it.

Well, it happened again today. Jen was in her office upstairs, I was in my office downstairs. She was actually conducting a job interview for some lucky person who might get the chance to be her co-worker when Mr Toad’s Wild Ride hopped into the room. It was covered in dirt and dust and clearly scared shitless. She texted me asking for help. I thought she was referring to a blood sugar monitor update Harry was sleeping through so I went to Harry’s room first and made sure all was well. It was. Then I walked back to the office to give a thumbs up and I happened to look down and there was a small amphibian on the floor.

I scooped it up into a Tupperware container and took it outside to let it go. Granted, before I took it outside I went back to the cellar and grabbed a camera. I mean, it’s still me. I let our Frogger friend out of the container near the bird feeders. It is now free. At least until a bird comes and takes another crack at it. Assuming it was a bird that got it up onto the roof. Assuming that’s how it got into the house. Assuming assuming assuming.

ADDENDUM: Google solved the mystery! I searched for toad and chimney and got a whole bunch of hits for stories of the same thing happening. Turns out it wasn’t a toad, it was a Grey Tree Frog! No one carried it to the roof, it climbed up a tree and jumped in itself! You go, Mr Frog! You’re a little amphibious superstar!

Tupperware Toad
In the immortal words of Mork from Ork: Fly, be free!

That’s Interesting

Turns out my little Nikon point and shoot has a built in Wi-Fi. You can connect it to your phone and use a Nikon app to transfer images from the memory card to the phone’s camera roll.

I just took this and uploaded it to my phone while sitting up in bed watching The Sandman (episode one) on my iPad.

We live in a thoroughly groovy world.

Another Film Photography App

I heard about a new app that is supposed to be an alternative to Instagram (no video, no tic-tok-ish bullshit) but it is only for images shot on film.

Sure, I’ll check it out.

Or I would if I could find it in the iOS app store. It’s called Grainery and it looks and feels and smells exactly like Instagram, except that when you post an image you have to include the camera, lens, and film used. Good thing I started taking notes!

I created an account on the web version of the app. The article I first read was written in June and it said the mobile apps were imminent. So maybe there is an app in the app store somewhere, maybe there isn’t. My account is RobJ_1971 (just like Flickr).

The only question left is will images from the site embed into posts here? I am guessing no, but let’s paste a link and see what happens….

Nope, doesn’t seem like it works… yet. Let’s get on that, Mr

Good Morning

Good morning everyone. How was your weekend. Did you do anything fun?

I didn’t do any of my exercising yesterday until after 10:00pm. I then did this morning’s exercising at a little after 8:00am. I suspect that is going to result in some issues throughout the day today. I also failed to do any weight training over the weekend. Let’s say that today is the day it starts for real.

Jen and I finished Stranger Things last night. The last episode is about 2.5 hours long. For a TV show, that is looooong. We’re up to date now though. Harry still has to run that particular episode marathon, but once that’s done we’ll all be up to date. The show is now clear to start working on season five (I think they’ve already started without my approval).

I have decided that, after season five is over, I want to see a spin off series that is just Nancy and Robin in the X-Files. I think I smell a hit. Steve can show up and be their muscle from time to time, and the rest of the cast can make cameos (except Mike, he’s kind of a douche). Oh! Now that I think of it, Will and Dustin and Lucas can be the guys from The Lone Gunmen! This show is going to rule!

I tried out the new toaster oven/air fryer last night by trying to air fry some potatoes. The results were less than stellar, but I don’t know if it was my fault or the oven’s fault. I think it was a combination of the two. The potatoes were one part bland (my fault) and one part… squishy? I guess? That’s probably the oven’s fault. I want another crack at it tonight (with maybe some broccoli too?) but we ran out of olive oil so we need to hit the store for a resupply. Challenge accepted.

I brought up the idea of maybe Jen and me taking a day off on a day when Harry doesn’t have to work so that we can all have an extra shot at doing something fun together before he goes back to school. There isn’t a whole lot of time left with him this summer and I feel like we need to do something to take advantage of what time we have. We also need to get up to Vermont to visit Bellana and steal some additional time with her as well.

Okay, Robert. Back to work with you.