Adobe’s Bee

I got a laptop for Christmas and have been getting it setup. I decided to look for a good way to blog offline so that I could work on a post during lunch when I don’t have an internet connection and then load it when I get home. It looks like there are a lot of solutions out there, but I think i’ve settled on Bee from Adobe Labs. I’m testing this post with a connection but I’ve made some notes on setting up a new laptop that I’ll test offline later. Bee is simple and powerful and also supports flickr. For WordPress you put in your blog address (be sure to use /wordpress if that’s where your installation is) then add your user and password and Bee will sync your exsisting posts so that you can edit them offline. If you are online the flickr ‘Photoview’ makes it easy to add one of your pictures or search for a public picture to add to your post. A search for Bee gave me a nice selection of pictures, clicking the blog button on a picture adds it to your post automatically like so:

European Honey Bee Touching Down

Very slick, makes me want to write all my posts here instead of from the admin console. If you have a WordPress blog then I highly recommend trying it out, even if you aren’t planning on working offline. Since Bee is a sample project from Adobe Labs you can download the source as well, always a bonus. Do you any tools for offline blogging?

Russell Kaye

Yesterday I had the good fortune to speak with Russell Kaye, a professional photographer who’s work has been in National Geographic Adventure, The New York Times, Saveur, Outside, This Old House, Reader’s Digest, Men’s Journal, Outside and Gourmet. I had taken a look at Russell’s photography web page before we spoke and I was impressed with his work and wanted to share it. I’ve never been a fan of sepia toned pictures but I guess I had never seen them done as well as this because I found them to very striking. I wish I was as good at knowing when a shot will look best is black and white, sepia, or color. It seems like it would be an easy skill to acquire, but I think to do it really well you must have an excellent eye and good instincts. Take a look, I think you’ll enjoy them as much as I did. (make sure to see the viking ship shots!)