April 13th, 2008

Impediments to Photography

I wrote a comment in pir_anha's LJ that I should actually make as an entry in my own blog.  I'd like to be able to actually capture all the trains of thought that this has set off in my mind, but to begin with I'll just repeat what I said in that comment.  Hopefully soonish I can expand on some of this.

Upthread from this comment I'd mentioned that there were some things holding me back as an on-line photographer.  I then expanded on that to say:

What's keeping me from posting pictures on a reasonable regular schedule is that it takes me so much time sitting in front of the computer before I can actually post something, and secondarily that it's such a chore.

I need:
(1) a reliable broadband Internet connection;
(2) a software solution to organizing pictures so that I can pull the memory cards from the cameras I used that day, stuff them in the card reader, and not have to use my brain at all to get the files copied
into the file structure *I* want them in;
(3) a software solution to organizing, uploading, and presenting as a web page the edited pictures I want from that day.

(2) and (3) are things I ought to be able to do for myself, but I'm so damn burned out on software and computers that I've made zero progress towards those goals in the more than 3 years I've known I need them.  I have a tremendous aversion to paying commercial software prices, but if there were a package that would just do what I wanted, I'd be willing to pay for it. What I'm not willing to do is to pay huge wads of money for something that I then have to deal with learning to use, hoping that I can actually get it to do what I really want.

Taxes done

  • Computed in spreadsheet - CHECK

  • Copied onto paper forms (checking numbers copied into spreadsheet) - CHECK

  • Labels affixed - CHECK

  • Photocopied (Yay for printer that is also a copier) - CHECK

  • Envelopes stuffed, addressed, and stamped - CHECK

  • Envelopes mailed - pending (not making a special trip out of the house tonight)

Perhaps some year I will e-file.  I plan on e-filing either (a) when they start charging a service charge for paper filing, or (b) when I believe that I can do it myself, through my current web browser, without having to buy or install software, pay fees, or suffer undue gaggage.

Perhaps some year I will actually be together enough to do this in February.