Betrayed by Pampers

February 27, 2009

pampersWell, after a little over two weeks of dodging the friendly fire, I finally got tagged last night. While laying on her back in my lap last night, Abigail let loose a dark conspiracy that caught me off guard. It was the kind of “dark conspiracy” that went up her back, down her legs, and over, under, around, and through anything that got in its way. Sadly, my shirt and pants were in the way.

After emergency action, a bath for baby, and a shower for daddy, both father and daughter are resting comfortably.

Et tu, Pampers Swaddlers?


Photo and Video Gallery Changes

February 22, 2009

Now that I’ve grown accustomed to Apple’s iMovie software and MobileMe gallery, I’m making some changes to how we handle videos on the site. From now on, all photos and videos will be accessible through the “Gallery” link in the top navigation of this site. That will open up the photo page you may already be accustomed to. However, now you’ll see videos in the gallery, as well, under the “Movies” heading.

That’s where I’ll post the little family and friend videos I make. I’ll probably still use YouTube to insert the videos into blog posts, but I’ll also archive all of these videos to the online gallery for easy viewing later. I can also make the videos accessible for download through the gallery if necessary. I’ll hold off on that for now, though.

Please let me know if you have any trouble viewing the gallery page. If you experience an issue, let me know what the problem was and what internet browser you’re using. Thanks!

Proud Grandparents Pics!

February 21, 2009

Abby met her Gran-Gran (my dad) today! All the pics I took inspired me to move all grandparent pictures into a new photo gallery. Check it out!

Grandparents, feel free to upload your own pics of you and Abby into the gallery. Just click the upload link in the “Proud Grandparents” gallery to add your own photos!

Video: Abby’s Arrival

February 21, 2009

I pieced together some of the video clips I shot immediately after Abby’s birth. All this footage is within 30 minutes of her arrival.

On a geeky note, I went back and forth on whether or not to drop the $79 for the Apple iLife ’09 update. I’ve been pleased with iLife ’08, and I wasn’t sure if the new version would offer enough new features to justify the cost. Now, having installed ’09 and used the new iPhoto and iMovie all week, I can say it is definitely worth it. I’m having a blast organizing all the baby photos and videos with iLife, and the new features are awesome.

Baby Picture Backup Strategy

February 19, 2009

It’s been a little while since I went geeky, and since this is the first week when I can truly call myself a “geeky dad,” I thought I’d put up a post about my backup strategy for all those wonderful baby pictures and videos we took in the hospital when Abby was born.

I should say up front that I take backups quite seriously. The little Christmas Eve data loss nightmare from two months ago weighed heavily on my conscience. I had backups in place, but my whole plan failed then. I could not let that happen to these once-in-a-lifetime pictures! I was snapping pics of Abby as soon as she was exposed to open air. There’s no way to recapture those moments if a drive or backup failed. So, I left nothing to chance.

My photo gear consisted of my iPhone 3G camera for quick, easily emailed pictures; my basic Kodak Easy Share C613 point-and-shoot; and my Flip Ultra mini camcorder. The hospital had great WiFi coverage, so I managed these devices and files with my MacBook in the hospital room throughout the week.

Geeky Dad at Work

Geeky Dad at Work

At least once a day while we were in the hospital, I copied the files off the cameras and onto my MacBook. I did not delete the files off of the devices when I copied them. That alone gave me two copies of everything.

Next, I moved all of the files on the MacBook into a single folder called “Abby Pics.” I used Microsoft’s excellent Live Sync service to instantly (and wirelessly) sync the contents of that folder with all of my other machines. That gave me two more copies of all these files—one on my home iMac and another on my work iMac—without me ever leaving the rocking chair at the hospital. That brought the total number of copies to four.

Then, I logged in to my home iMac from my MacBook at the hospital using MobileMe’s “Back to My Mac” feature. Remotely controlling the iMac, I initiated a Time Machine backup, which copied the new files from the freshly synced Live Sync folder onto my Time Machine backup drive. That was backup copy number five.

Once that was done, and while I was still remotely logged in to my iMac, I initiated a total system backup to my second backup hard drive using Super Duper. I use Time Machine for regular incrimental backups, but I use Super Duper once a week to clone my iMac’s entire internal hard drive. That’s the best solution for making perfect, bootable copies of Mac drives, in my opinion. And, it’s free! This gave me backup copy number six.

Once I felt sure everything was safe enough for me play a little bit, I uploaded the pictures to my MobileMe web gallery. That allowed me to show off pictures of my daughter to all of you (that’s the photo page of this website), while also saving my pictures to MobileMe’s web servers. That’s a great layer of off-site backup, and it gave me copy number seven.

Last, for good measure, I copied all the files onto my 4gb Sandisk thumb drive that always resides in my left front pants pocket. That’s not the most elegant solution, but it works. This rounded out my backups at copy number eight.

So there you go. Within an hour of taking my daughter’s first pictures and videos, I had eight perfect digital copies on multiple computers, hard drives, and flash drives. I think that’ll do.

Don’t risk your important data! Backup, backup in multiple ways to multiple places, and do it regularly! You only get one shot at these precious moments, and losing them will make you want to jump out a window. Or, at the very least, it will make your wife throw you out a window. Actually, that would probably hurt just a little bit more.

FINAL Baby Bump Picture!

February 18, 2009

Better late than never! I just uploaded the last baby bump picture of Maryalice, taken three days before Abby was born. Check it out in the photo gallery!

Crazy Mexican Wrestling!

February 18, 2009

Okay, this doesn’t really have anything to do with this blog’s subject matter, but this video cracks me up. It reminds me of about 25 years ago, when me, my dad, and my brother watched pro wrestling together while grilling burgers and making homemade french fries. We never saw anything like this, though.