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The rest of the Belgium photos will be posted when I acquire sufficient spoons to do so. Sometime, we need to buy the non-free version of Photoshop, so it has macros, as it's quite tedious to have to resize a whole camera-worth of photos myself. (Granted, there are always some I'd want to resize manually, like if I want to refocus on part of the photo - but those are usually only 1/3 of the total, if that.)

Some of you are going to get random parcels from me over the next few days/weeks. hoopycat & veryfineredwine are getting the Belgian chocolate they "ordered". lindsical is getting the football papers I said I'd send. ailbhe is getting some dairy-free chocolate with vanilla cream filling that I found plus a newspaper article about homeschooling.

Tomorrow I have an ultrasound to find out what the current state of my gall bladder is. It's a little under a year since the last one, and I'm terrified. I know I'm much less ill than I was, and I've introduced a lot more fat into my diet without ill consequence (still doing low fat, but not ultra low fat - I'm eating about 20-30g of fat a day, rather than less than 10g. As a comparison, the guideline daily amount for "sustainable weight loss" in the UK is 50g for women. However, my weight has been stable since I changed to this amount.). But there is the possibility that the gallstones have gone "quiet", which means they're still there but just not hurting much - in which case, I could end up with acute cholecystitis again in the future and have the whole hospital thing to deal with.

We're going to Paris at the weekend! Richard decided the only way he was going to get some paintball "business" sorted out was to go and speak to the person about it, and he asked if I wanted to tag along. So I have to amuse myself on Saturday, then we're going to Aquaboulevard on Sunday. Suggestions of museums I might want to go to welcome. I "did" the main attractions (Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Sacre Coeur) when I was a teenager. I like science & modern art, and I don't much like Old Masters at all unless they're weird like Hieronymous Bosch.

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mistdog From: mistdog Date: 5th July 2006 13:45 (UTC) (Link)
For science, there's the Cité des Sciences at La Villette, but that's big and requires a lot of walking around. I like the Musée des Arts et Metiers better. It's also more central.

For modern art, the Musée d'Orsay, a former railway station, is good. Lots of 20th century art (impressionists etc - lots of Van Gogh).
lovingboth From: lovingboth Date: 6th July 2006 18:29 (UTC) (Link)
Yep to all that. The Cité des Sciences is particularly good if you've got kids with you.
From: hatter Date: 5th July 2006 14:18 (UTC) (Link)
You should ask the wuzzie to show you 'mogrify' on some convenient unixy machine, no need to buy photoshop for the resizing. Something like:

# create several copies - else mogrify will alter the originals
for i in thumbs medium big; do
mkdir $i
cp mypics/* $i

popd thumbs mogrify -resize 100x100 * ; pushd
popd medium mogrify -resize 640x640 * ; pushd
popd thumbs mogrify -resize 1024x1024 * ; pushd

That'll give you 3 dirs with 3 different sizes in (the resize bit gives maximum dimensions, so if you've got a mix of landscape and portrait pics, it'll preserve the aspect ratio, they'll all be 1024x768 or 768x1024, for instance)

Enjoy paris, I discovered one of the rockety geeky people is doing paintball electronics stuff, so I'll have to poke richard to see if they can help each other out.

the hatter
From: pir Date: 5th July 2006 19:54 (UTC) (Link)
Rather than copying files and doing mogrify on them you can use convert with the same options to go from one file to a new file.

One or the other is what I do with my pictures. A little bit of shell to read the exif info and rotate them appropriately, too.
redbird From: redbird Date: 5th July 2006 14:28 (UTC) (Link)
I really liked the Musee Rodin. It's as focused as the name implies, so if you don't care for Rodin or aren't in a mood for sculpture, it's not what you want.
rjw1 From: rjw1 Date: 5th July 2006 17:28 (UTC) (Link)
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