Archive for May 2010

Roanoke Island Aquarium Photos

Published on May 30, 2010

Yet another photo album has been posted: this time from my visit to the Roanoke Island Aquarium. One of three aquariums in North Carolina, this particular one had several interesting exhibits. The replica of the sunken USS Monitor was quite impressive, as were the large sharks swimming in the tank. I recommend this aquarium, even if it is fairly small. It’s a destination kids (of all ages) will love.

Nags Head Woods Photos

Published on May 30, 2010

I have just posted the next photo album from my vacation. This time, it’s a small album providing a glimpse of Nags Head Woods, a maritime forest on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. There were a number of trails at the park, and I walked along two of them. If you visit, be sure to bring some insect repellent; the swampy area was rife with bugs. You may also wish to visit when it’s fairly dry; some of the trails were a little muddy when I visited.

Pictures From the Wright Brothers Memorial

Published on May 25, 2010

A new day, a new photo album. This time, the photos are from the Wright Brothers Memorial, a national monument to the pioneers of aviation. It was really amazing to stand at the site of the very first powered flight in history. The museum, Wright flyer replica, and the various monuments around the park were all fascinating sights. Though it costs a small fee to enter the park, it gets a very high recommendation from me; I thoroughly enjoyed my visit.

Jockey’s Ridge Photos

Published on May 24, 2010

Tonight I’ve posted the next photo album from my recent vacation: a look at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. The most visited state park in North Carolina, Jockey’s Ridge is home to the tallest sand dunes in the eastern United States. Two hikes are available; I took one (the “Tracks in the Sand” trail), and enjoyed it thoroughly. The views of Roanoke Sound and the Atlantic Ocean from the top of the dunes (at about 90 feet high) are incredible. If you’re ever on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, this is a must-visit attraction. It’s one of the best parks I’ve been to so far in the state.

Pettigrew State Park Photos

Published on May 22, 2010

The first photo album from my recent vacation, a small collection of shots from Pettigrew State Park, has just been posted. I was disappointed with the hiking conditions at the park. Trails weren’t marked, and the overall signage at the park was fairly lacking. Thanks to recent rains, the insect population was seemingly at an all-time high; they were so bad, I actually stopped my hike halfway down a trail and went back to the car. Lake Phelps is an incredible lake to see, however, so I recommend checking out this park; perhaps in the colder months when the bugs aren’t so vicious.

More photo albums from my vacation are on the way; I have at least 6 more in the works!

Duke Gardens Photos

Published on May 13, 2010

I’ve just posted a small photo album of a recent trip to Duke Gardens in Durham. Sad as it is to say, this was my first visit to the gardens, and I enjoyed the outing very much. A must-visit for garden lovers in the Triangle area!

Useful Tool: Process Explorer

Published on May 13, 2010

I cannot recommend Process Explorer highly enough. This application from SysInternals is essentially a replacement for the built-in Windows task manager. One small feature that turns out to be pretty useful is that each process is shown in the list with its associated icon. This makes tracking down a specific application really easy (especially those troublesome processes that don’t terminate cleanly; Java, I’m looking at you). The other tremendously useful feature I enjoy is having a description and company name along with each process. Many processes have cryptic, 8-character names, and having the associated information to help identify them is a real time saver.

High-Res Photos in Monkey Album

Published on May 1, 2010

I have just updated Monkey Album yet again, this time adding support for displaying high-res versions of individual images. This feature will typically be used to link to large panoramic photos that I take. Previously, I had to do this by hand, linking to an image manually in the caption. The old way was rife with problems; this new implementation is much better (and more portable!).

All of my previous panoramic photo entries have been updated to use this new feature. You’ll note a new link area just above these pictures now. Simply click it to view the high-resolution version of that image. I’m hoping this implementation is clear enough to the lay-user. If you have suggestions for improvement let me know. You’ll also probably need to refresh your cached stylesheet if you’ve visited my photos page recently (otherwise the new style won’t show up properly).

Here’s a listing of the current images now using this feature:

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