Photo Essay: Co-Pilot Training

Spikey behind the wheel!

At first he's a bit nervous in the driver's seat.

Spike, always face front when driving. Okay? Go ahead. Try it. You can do it.

You want a treat? Here you go. Good boy!

 
 

You deserved that. You are going to be the best co-pilot ever!

Spike, look at you! So confident! Only one lesson and already you look at home behind the wheel.

 rvsue 

 

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13 Responses to Photo Essay: Co-Pilot Training

  1. Jeff says:

    Hi Sue,
    Spike needs on of these: http://www.petdriverslicense.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=5&category_id=1&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=13. We got one for our papillon and feel much better now in case she gets pulled over driving our motorhome, Jeff.

  2. rvsueandcrew says:

    Thanks! I intended for there to be a photo in the middle showing Spike facing front with his eyes on the road ahead. But wordpress won’t let me insert it. Do you know why? (I see you have a wordpress account.) I tried several times.

  3. Bob Giddings says:

    I don’t know what you mean by “in the middle”, but I am going to try and insert a picture in a reply.

    http://i51.tinypic.com/293zt7a.jpg

    Do you know about Tinypic.com? It is a quick and dirty way to put a picture on the web for reference when actual insertion in a document or blog is problematic for some reason. No subscription, no elaborate procedure. I don’t know how long they stay there, but it is so easy to upload I use it for showing stuff to people on the fly.

    Bob, who apologizes if this doesn’t work.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Bob,

      Your picture of a motorhome (is that yours?) next to a stream along the road came throught very nicely.

      I don’t know if it will work inside a wordpress blog. WordPress blogging themes have restrictions. Maybe I used up too much “space” for the Twenty Ten theme of my blog. I don’t know. I’m new to this.

      I’ll try it. I’m not going to try it with the co-pilot training post because if I mess it up, it will take for-ev-er to fix. There’s so much tech stuff I need to learn and I learn it so slowly. Yesterday I tried to make a movie out of some photos and I blew the whole afternoon. No kidding. It doesn’t help that I’m a perfectionist about things like that.

      • Bob Giddings says:

        Never mind. I don’t know anything about WordPress. The good thing about TinyPic is it uploads quickly onto the web and you don’t have to do any resizing, etc. That’s all automatic. No membership required.

        So if you want to send a bunch of pictures to a bunch of someones and don’t have the bandwidth or time to attach them to an email, you can just upload them to Tinypic and use the web address they give you to share them. When I was doing renovations to my motorhome converter, for instance, I would just upload pictures of what I was doing and refer to the photos by their web url when asking how to do this or that on a forum. Sort of bypassed all the forum restrictions and folderol, since I wasn’t using their bandwidth to show the pictures.

        Sort of quick and dirty short term gratification, without a lot of bother.
        ————————————————–
        On another note, you mentioned making a movie out of some photos. Here’s an interesting video site using google maps to make a background. Just put in the zip code, and poof! – the video is taking place in your home town !

        http://www.thewildernessdowntown.com/

        Kinda cool. Got to be a way to use that in a blog, but nothing comes immediately to mind…

        Bob

        Bob

      • Bob Giddings says:

        Hey, I just thought of something you really can use: http://posterous.com/faq .

        Posterous works with Blogger, WordPress, etc. to *automate* all the drudgery and timewasting detail of blog layout. It makes blogging work through Email. It sounds too good to be true, but you should try it. You don’t change anything about your blog site, you just use Posterous to post to it, and everything generally turns out painlessly right the first time round. Makes blogging a breeze.

        And if you get tired of WordPress, you can easily shift everything over to Posterous and keep your blog there. Works about the same either way.

        That said, I haven’t actually tried it with WordPress. But it works great with Blogger, and claims to work with everything. So far it’s the easiest way to make an attractive blog I’ve found. O, and it’s free.

        Bob

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Okay, Bob. I don’t get it. Bear with me. So I go to this Posterous and type my blog and then email it and it makes my blogpost, arranging photos how I want them and making large font in orange the way a want, etc. Um, I’m not sure I get the point. I type my blog in wordpress, post my photos, arrange things, etc. in wordpress. No emailing. It’s free, too. Don’t confuse me with easy. I can’t do easy. If it’s technology I have to have everything be difficult.

      • Bob Giddings says:

        Lol. You are right. You don’t get it, and that’s because you haven’t tried posting from the road yet.

        Right now, you are doing everything in a wifi environment, in the WordPress site, and of course everything is easy because you’ve got all the time and bandwidth in the world. When you are traveling, a useful and dependable internet connection is not always easy to find. With Posterous you don’t need one.

        Once I set it up, Posterous allowed me to work off line on my posts, squirting them to Posterous in a few seconds on line as an email with attached pictures. Posterous then automatically arranged my photos and formatted my text and published the result both on my Blogger site and in Posterous. Or you can tell it to wait to publish until you get somewhere to look it over. My experience is that it makes decisions that really look good when they arrive on Blogspot. That’s the key. It just works, and works well. Blogger’s native app for emailing posts in usually manages to mangle the thing, with pictures in the wrong place, poor formatting, etc.

        You’d have to try it to tell if Posterous works well with WordPress.

        It takes a little while to get it set up at first, though that is mostly a matter of automated import. And you might have to tweak a couple of items later. But compared to the hour on line it might have taken me to do each post in Blogger, adjusting the pictures, importing them and sizing them, then typing out and correcting and formatting the text, Posterous does all that without the need for an internet connection, other than the weak one necessary for ordinary email and photos. Find a connection, pull over for 5 or 10 minutes to squirt emails, and there you have two or three posts, looking pretty much like you wanted them to. Meanwhile you are on down the road. Perfection might have to wait a few days, when you find a Starbuck’s. Of course if you never camp far from a Starbuck’s, this discussion is theoretical.

        Look, I’m not selling this stuff. Do it your way. Just keep Posterous in mind if you ever get annoyed with working on the road with WordPress. It ain’t like being at home in Georgia.

        Bob, who’s been doing this stuff since the days when he had to go beg a landline from someone and call home long distance with a credit card to use his home internet provider to get on line at 14400 and get email. Forget pictures. Ah, the baaad ol days, circa 2002..

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I get it! I get it! I read the first sentence of your comment and I could feel my mind expanding. Now it makes sense! I couldn’t see the purpose as I am “being at home in Georgia.” I have wondered how I could spend so much time online working on my blog when in NM which, according to Verizon coverage maps, isn’t colored-in with many purple areas. In other words, poor coverage.

          You see, when it comes to the internet, I’m still struggling trying to visualize everything as if it’s a concrete world. It’s taking a while for me to think about cyberspace in complete abstraction. I never felt like I had trouble with abstract thought . . . being a math teacher and all . . . but I’m really slow grasping the intricacies of the internet. I keep thinking in terms of “here” and “there.” I need new circuit paths in my brain and it’s taking a while.

          You are patient and kind to explain it to me. LOL

          I probably will try it. As long as I can still fix things after Posterous puts it together (perfectionist, I know.).

      • Bob Giddings says:

        Math, huh? Here’s a little geometry for ya:

        “God is a circle whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.”
        — variously ascribed to Empedocles, Augustine, Voltaire – and probably any of a hundred other sages.

        The Internet is very like God that way. Wherever you are, within it, you are at its center. And wherever you are, beyond it, you are…. Nowhere Man.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfWEPu0w-7w

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