• Minecraft bug is itching

    I’ve spent the last month or so really away from Minecraft.  I’ve been working on a backlog of web deisng stuff, and some bigger updates to TRC.  But now I think its time to get back to Minecraft some.  My list of things I plan to build NEEDS to get a bit shorter before summer. I plan on doing alot of kayaking this year.

    I’m still having builders block with how to finish Pyke, so I’m not really sure where to start.  I have a pretty good idea of how I want to expand one city and add a Colliseum/Roman Circus/Arena type deal…  But I also have some pretty neat visions of an “ice city” off in the bit frozen wasteland to the far east.

    I think to start I’m going to do the long-awaited update to some of the photo albums.  Most of my photos were taken over a year or two ago, but most places have been updated since then. Only the latest Cair Denbar album is pretty up-t0-date. (I haven’t really changed anything since then).  But alot of other places have had touch-ups and what-not.  Maybe I’ll even get motivated and make some more videos.

    We will see.  Stay tuned…



  • Taxes are a Work of Pure Evil

    -OR-
    Seth’s Continuing Misadventures with Health Insurance


    Now I don’t want to get off on a rant here, but I got my tax paperwork back this week and I just have to share my experience with everyone.

    I owe the Federal goverment over $400.  Not because of my taxes.  Because of my health insurance.  Yes, thats right, because I have health insurance.  When you first sign up for it, you have to estimate what you’re going to make in the next calendar year – this is how the estimate how much “assistance” you qualify for.  WELL, whatever you do, don’t underestimate.  I calculated wrong, and ended up making more money than I had estimated.  This means that in the end, I didn’t qualify for as much assistance as they gave me, so I need to pay it BACK.

    I’m just sick of everything to do with health insurance at this point :( I feel like I’m being punished for doing well at my job by the government.

    But that’s just my opinion, I could be wrong.

     



  • TRC 8.1 Progress & Setbacks

    WEBCAMS

    Thanks to Fred Trask of Trask Insurance and Mike Russell of ProTech Solutions, TRC now has 12 all-new, live-streaming webcams!  We still have a few more in the works, up to a possible total of 19!  We’re also working on acquiring permission to use existing webcams on Sebec and Ebeemee lakes :)

    www.trcmaine.org/webcams

    FACEBOOK

    Today we released 8 new Facebook pages, one for each town in TRC.  These pages will have news and local events more geared towards the individual town.  They also help expand our visibility on Facebook, as these pages show up in searches for our local towns, where TRC does not.

    SETBACKS

    I also ran into a cumbersome setback today.  Part of our plan for these new Facebook pages was to have news articles and such from TRC pushed up to them, the same as our main news feed is pushed up to the TRC Facebook page. I have used RSSGraffiti (a Facebook App) to post our RSS feeds up to Facebook for quite some time now.  Well, today when I loaded them up to setup these new feeds, I stumbled across a notice that informed the service is shutting down on May 1st.  Hooray.  I use this app for 5 different feeds and 3 different pages :(  And here I am, trying to add 8 more feeds and pages to the damn thing.

    I spent the afternoon researching alternative methods and didn’t find anything that was awesome as RSSGraffiti.  I discovered one service that has a free option that will JUST cover everything we currently have running.  Their base payed plan which is about $100/year would JUST cover this expansion to the 8 new pages.  And we don’t have that kind of regular money kicking around.

    Needless to say, we’re going to be posting content to these new pages manually, at least for the time being.  I may look into some other methods first. I do have till May 1st after all.



  • New webcams are almost ready!

    I’ve been working diligently the last few weeks on the TRC 8.1 update list.  I’m happy to announce we’re almost done! A lot of minor changes and updates have been taking place all over the site and most are already live. Only one of thing still remains.

    The new webcams!!!

    Fred Trask has once again graciously paid for the webcams, and Mike Russell of ProTech Solutions has installed them. We aren’t quite ready to go live with them yet, and I’m getting so eager!!

    As I write this, we have 8 cameras working, and I believe 2 or 3 more almost ready. We’re looking at about a dozen webcams when all is said and done.  I can’t wait!!



  • Prize Drawing broadcast a success!

    Tonight I was in Milo to stream the annual fishing derby prize drawing online. For the first time in years it went perfectly! No technical difficulties, no cameras dying, no rebooting from windows updates while streaming, no wireless issues, and no horrible sound. It was great!!

    The USB microphone and new webcam I picked up were perfect. Even the library’s wireless cooperated for once.

    Here’s the video from the live stream if anyone is interested.

    Now I’m off to bed. Hopefully a don’t blow away to Oz tonight.