How do you store your digital photos?

Imaginary Karin - photo sorting

I took on a monstrous task today: sorting through my camera folder.
*clash of thunder* *ominous music*

I don’t own a camera, but I own a phone – a phone I’ve had for almost exactly a year now – and the camera folder has (had) almost 1000 photos in it! And I’m not even that much of a photographer! D:

It took the better part of today going through them all, deleting and downloading and sorting into folders. But I did it, and for this brief moment in time my phone is empty!

I’ve realised I’m a real photo-hoarder, I don’t like deleting any of them! So I save every photo and my folders just keep growing and I keep adding more folders.

Right now I have like 6 years worth of photos stored on an external hard drive
+ a Flickr account where I upload everything I want online
+ a Dropbox account for stuff I need to access from multiple computers.

All of those have downsides though.

External hard drive can easily break.
Cloud storing like Flickr and Dropbox are convenient since they allow me to access my stuff from anywhere, and it doesn’t matter if my computer or hard drive breaks. On the other hand Dropbox is limited and Flickr is public and sort of clunky.
Printing is no option as I rather use my shelf space (and money) for something other than endless photo albums.

How do you store your photos?

I really want to know because I’m not entirely sure of my current system and I’d love to hear how others do it! Especially from fellow hoarders who never delete anything.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Of course I’ve watched the last Hobbit movie, and of course I have opinions.

WARNING: MASSIVE SPOILERS AND NERDINESS AHEAD!

The actual battle

If it’s one thing Peter Jackson does well it’s when the camera sweeps over the battlefield and manages to capture the massive scale of the destruction. It’s thrilling to watch.

What’s not so thrilling though is the one-on-one duels.
Just like in the previous Hobbit movies we have these looong drawn out scenes that could’ve easily been cut in half.
The final clash of Thorin and Azog is about 10 minutes too long, by the end I was like “ugh, just kill each other already”. Same with Bolg vs. Kili, Tauriel, AND Legolas. (That’s one epic orc by the way.)

One thing I especially appreciated was seeing the contrast between the different races.
The orcs being dark and gritty and mean-looking vs. men as a disorganized rabble of dirty brown rags and mismatched armour, the dwarves looking tough in heavy plate while wielding big hammers and axes, and the elves disciplined and graceful with golden armour and elegant sleek weapons.
It was very well done!

The Battle of the Five Armies

So shiny…

Continue reading…

Welcome to my new site!

Imaginary

Adjective
existing only in the imagination or fancy; not real; fancied:
“an imaginary illness; the imaginary animals in the stories of Dr. Seuss.”

Synonyms:
fanciful, visionary, shadowy, chimerical, baseless, illusory.

YAY! New domain is live!

When fishing around for a new name I tried to define myself. This is a personal blog about pretty much whatever I want to write about. The name should reflect me, and who am I?

Well, there’s one thing that runs like a red thread through most aspects of my life: fantasy.

The books I read, the movies I watch, the games I play, and the art I create is almost always fantasy related. The animals I like tend to be of the weird and unusual division. Even the music I listen to tend to have otherwordly elements (power metal ftw!).

So, I wanted a name that hinted at the fantastical, but still seemed neutral enough that I wouldn’t feel obliged to stick to any one topic or theme. And if possible I wanted my name in there somewhere.

I think I succeeded.

That's how we roll in The Shire

For a while I considered deleting my old posts and start fresh, but then I decided against it.
It’s over 5 years worth of posts, and even if many of them are redundant and badly written they’re still a part of my history. I’m going to let them come along, for now.

So all the old posts and most of the pages from Rockwitch.net is here, but I haven’t got around to changing all the links yet.
In other words: there might be a bunch of broken or misleading links. Don’t worry, I’ll get to them. And if I don’t feel free to poke me.

Meanwhile, welcome to my new place!
Don’t forget to change any links or subscriptions you might have!

Online identity crisis

So… *wipes dust off keyboard*… it’s been really quiet here lately, hasn’t it?
This blog seem to have been neglected for quite some time now.

I could blame it on being busy or something, but that would be lying. Actually; I’ve been having a bit of an identity crisis.

I’ve been running websites since the early 90’s, and lots of different types of websites too. Fanlistings, pixel adoption sites, blogs… Heck, I even turned making websites into a career!
Needless to say, the Internet has changed a lot over the years and I have changed a lot. Lately I’ve been thinking about what I really actually want to do with my online life.

Most of the online communities I used to belong to has closed up shop and died. Many of my old blogging buddies seem to have up and left as well. And I miss them. Finding new circles to hang around and new people to befriend isn’t all that easy. The Internet is a vast sea and you can easily sail for weeks and months without finding an inhabitable island.

It doesn’t help that nowadays most people seem to only be interested in promoting their “brand” and creating niche blogs that are more like businesses than personal journals.

Which sucks.
If there’s one thing I hate it’s how everything has to be monetized now. What happened to just having fun and making friends?!

/rant
Sorry about that. *clears throat*

What it boils down to is: what do I want?

Is personal journal-style blogging dead? Should I try to find a niche to stick to?
Do I really want to blog at all? Should I just have a portfolio with art and websites I’ve made?
Should I strive to create a more mature and professional online presence?
Do I even need to have a website? Maybe I could just stick to social media like so many others?

This is what I’ve been trying to decide these past months.

And here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

  1. Yes, I most definitely want to have my own website.
    After all this time NOT having one would be like chopping off a limb. Call me old-fashioned, but Instagram alone isn’t enough.
  2. I want to keep blogging.
    If nothing else, I like having a record of what I’ve done over the years. It’s fun, and I don’t think I need any more reason than that.
  3. I most definitely do NOT want to be “serious” or professional or anything of the sort.
    I’m silly and geeky and I curse a lot and I honestly don’t want to talk about my job outside of the office. If I’m going to blog I want to blog about nature, fantasy movies, my pets, and where I went for vacation. Websites in general might be my career, but blogging is my hobby and should be treated as such.

    (Also, I misspelled professional as “pornfessional” like 3 times before I got it right. Let’s take that as a sign.)

  4. I want a new domain name.
    This isn’t something new, I’ve been thinking about giving up Rockwitch.net for a while. Well, since I got the invoice to renew the name and instead of “sure thing” I thought “eeeh”. Rockwitch has been my online hub for over 7 years and it’s been great. I still love rock n’ roll and I still love witches, but I feel like it might be time to move on.

    I want the new domain to have my name in it, I think. It may not be the prettiest or most original name (Karin is really common, at least in my country) but it’s mine and I will have it for the rest of my life.

Well, there we are. Turns out I won’t stop blogging, but I will be moving.
The new url will be announced as soon as I figure out what it is.

In the meantime: happy Christmas and new year and whatnot! Take care of yourselves and your loved ones, and eat lots of deliciously unhealthy food!

First snow 2014

first snow 2014

first snow 2014

As is tradition, I’m here to report the first snow of the season! :yay:
There was a thin layer of slush on the ground this morning and it was pouring down snow-mixed rain, but over the day the temperature dropped so right now it’s not raining at all – it’s just pure snow (too dark to take a pic tough, the ones above are from earlier today).

It just makes me so happy when it starts to snow, even if it’s wet and mushy now in the beginning it’s still magical. Like the whole world is getting cleansed and we get to start over again. I feel so full of energy, and giddy as a child!

Gods, I do hope we get a proper winter this time. At least it must be better than last year.
What a tragedy that was…

Any snow yet where you are?

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