Kevin’s birthday is this week! We’re having his party at one of his favorite restaurants, so he’s quite excited about it. He wants a Plasma Ball and a Darth Vader Voice Changer, among other things. It should be a great party, I’ll take lots of photos.

Mahirose, Kevin and I are planning to go to the Snow Sculpting Championships in Lake Geneva on Saturday. We’re really looking forward to it. I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures there as well.

Mahirose and I also recently joined the PhotoKenosha Club “Kenosha’s Very Own Shutterbugs”. We haven’t been to a meeting or outing yet, but it should be fun. The club is pretty new, from what I hear, so it’s just starting out and still has a pretty small membership. It’s totally free though, so you can’t beat the price! If you’re into photography, whether it’s digital or not, and you’re in or around Kenosha, why not consider joining! Check out the website for more information.

And since this posting seems to be all about pictures, I might as well explain my recent dilemma. I’ve been trimming down the photo gallery lately. We’ve been getting dangerously close to using up all of our 2 GB of space lately. I managed to whittle it down a few times previously, but apparently the cache is just eating it back up as users view the photos. I empty the cache again, but that’s only very temporary relief.

So far though, I’ve managed to not have to remove any of my own photos or other users’ photos. I had hundreds of stock photos of sunsets, animals, space, etc., which I removed first. This helped quite a bit. As a second step I’ve been resizing and compressing the remaining albums. Since I started using photo gallery I tended to keep my photos large, usually at least 1280×1024. Everyone else seemed to only have small images 640×480 or less on their sites, and I figured why not off some better quality? Well, now I’ve learned my lesson. Gallery 2 makes it fairly easy to trim down entire albums of photos though, so it’s not a big deal. I just end up with smaller images on my website.

So if you happen to see a photo you like on the site, like a sunset or something else, but it’s too small to use as you wallpaper or for developing, feel free to contact me directly and I’ll be glad to send you a full-sized version of the photo you want. Keep in mind, however, that I don’t have larger-sized versions of any images in the humor galleries and other user galleries, only the photos I’ve taken myself.