The Story on my New MacBook’s Name


Since college, I have used deities and other characters in Greek mythology as the names of my computing devices. My previous generation MacBook Pro was named Eos (another story in and of itself), and when it came time to name my [two] new machines, two names stood out for what should be an obvious reason.

In Greek mythology, Eos was the Titan goddess of the dawn and had many children. Through Astraeus, she bore ten; among them, Eosphorus, the morning star, and Hesperus, the evening star.

Eosphorus, then, is the machine I use by day, at the office, and Hesperus is the machine I use by night, at home.

New MacBook Pro


My company-issued MacBook Pro finally came due for an upgrade. I got a shiny new 17″ MacBook Pro at work, but I decided to take the migration as an opportunity to split my work and home computing resources into their respective domains and purchased my very own 15″ MacBook Pro for home.

It’s a super-sweet, 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7 machine with 8 GB DDR3 RAM and 750 GB of 7200 RPM hard drive. I even got the upgraded, high-resolution screen (though I’m a bit miffed that Apple rumor junkies think a new MacBook Pro with Retina display will get released early next year). The impressive new machine should provide a much-needed boost in performance when working with RAW images from my Nikon D7000.

All this means is that I’ve been a little slow to post things here while I migrate [not one but two] machines, but you can expect good things in 2012, especially in the [soon to be added] photography area of this site.

New look for Rails version


Starting today, the forthcoming Rails version of this site has a new look. Like any good UI, it’s a constant work-in-progress, but I think the changes applied here look good enough to run with for now.

I haven’t bothered to verify that the new look works across all browsers, but I’m not doing anything terribly fancy, so it should just work. Anyway, check it out: