I walked from the back door through the aisles to my office. Most people have cubicles, but the way the "building committee" set things up, some of us senior people get actual offices. (I wasn't on the committee, but I like having an office.
Past Kevin's cubicle to my office, the door, inside
After hooking up my laptop, checking email, etc., I posted an item on my log about participating in BTC, and another one following up on our press tour the week before. As I worked on my log using my company's tool, Trellix Web, I took this picture:
Editing my log using Trellix Web before uploading
Then I added this line to my log:
(I just took a picture of me typing that -- it's hard to hold a camera behind your head and fire the shutter.)
I've really been trying to take as many of the pictures myself, but to get me in the picture more (since it's supposed to focus on us webloggers, as I read the instructions), I've been trying to hold the camera such that at least part of me shows up. That's usually not my style, so I've been experimenting, as you can see throughout this journal.
Time to see how our rollout of Trellix Web Express (our server-based web site authoring tool) was going. I went to see Sharon:
Sharon telling me the latest
Later, I went to see Julianne, who is the main person who looks over what I've written for my log and gives me comments (at my request). Peter is the other one, but he was on vacation this week.
Here are three attempts to hold the camera behind me and show both me and Julianne. Given my interest in the picture side of doing a weblog, I'm always looking to figure out different techniques. I didn't like any of these. I couldn't get the effect of showing both of us (and I'm not used to seeing that "thin spot" on my head, either).
Three attempts at holding the camera to show both of us
Finally I gave up holding the camera. Luckily Julianne's cubicle desk wrapped around and I could put the camera down on the back part and use the self-timer. Since I was doing this all day, carrying the camera around my neck was fine, but also carrying a tripod was something I'd never think of. The angle from the desk was different, but I think it came out fine:
Looking over my weblog post with Julianne
Time to follow some people to a status meeting about our rollout:
People going to a meeting
When I got back to my office, I found, to my surprise, an email from Garret Vreeland, who is organizing BTC. He must have seen my log posting, since he commented about having the same problem getting pictures of himself. He also, in the spirit of "non-denominationality", asked if I had any how-to's or information for Trellix Web users who wanted to make picture galleries:
Email from Garret
I wrote back to him, explaining how Trellix Web makes such things relatively easy, so I didn't think users would need help with that part. I said that I had questions with the original instructions to put 1-2 pictures per page, like the simple on-line photo albums. I usually go with many more (as you see here). I gave him links to some examples from me and others, and also to my www.webphotojournals.com
site. But, I wrote, if there was a reason he asked for the other format, I wanted to know so I could follow it and keep the readers' experience going from weblog to weblog smooth.
I got a reply pretty quickly: No, he didn't want large pictures ready for quality printing but rather ones for viewing, and any ideas to give people was good. He would add a link to Web Photo Journals on his next revision of the BTC page (which he did). That got us into an email exchange about a variety of topics. I was getting behind the curtain of Behind the Curtain... A surprise!
Other emails came in with meetings and interview times, so I turned to my left to my Palm and keyboard to enter them:
Palm and keyboard for my schedule
Finally, I met with Sylvia to go over a Developer's Kit we're making for web designers making designs for Trellix Web Express. Sylvia had worked with me years ago as a contractor to Software Garden when she wrote the user's manual for Dan Bricklin's demo-it! for Windows. Molly, her boss, took this picture:
Discussing the SDK with Sylvia