Oscar’s first lego model

March 16th, 2015

It might not be quite his first, but I’ll claim it is. He’s been able to build the men since forever, and stick blocks together. But I think this is the first time he decided he wanted to build a specific thing, found the pieces and put them together in some coherent shape. All with zero help (I had gotten bored with lego and was browsing the web at the time!)

Can you tell what it is?!

It’s a pair of dragon wings. (Made of 2 wing pieces held together by the red strip)

Later, Mummy helped him add a head. Oscar found a tail, and I tried adding legs, but Oscar didn’t approve of them so they didn’t last long.

Fix collection naming in Lightroom after Aperture import

February 28th, 2015

I’ve created another open-source project, which helps you fix the collection names created by Lightroom when you import from Aperture.

It’s a pretty basic script, although it took a while to figure out all the hoops to jump through. Hopefully this will help someone else!

Get it at https://github.com/fredsherbet/lightroom-aperture-fix

After using Adobe’s Aperture importer, you’ll find all your Aperture projects have become Collection Sets in Lightroom, with a collection called ‘Project Photos’.

Fair enough… but then when you sync them all to Lightroom Mobile, all the collections you see on your iPhone/iPad are called ‘Project Photos’. Hardly helpful!

So, this script fixes it.

  • Every collection called ‘Project Photos’ is renamed using its parent collection set
  • Projects imported from Aperture that had no sub-albums are turned into a simple collection, rather than a collection set with one child collection.

Feel free to tweak the script to behave differently!

MAKE A BACKUP OF YOUR CATALOG BEFORE RUNNING THIS SCRIPT

Mass deleting photos from Google+ and Picasa

February 28th, 2015

I’ve published some open source software!

I had a problem – I’d uploaded all my photos to Google+ (it’s super-easy to upload them with the Google Plus Auto Backup program. But I did a bunch of them at full res, and was stuck paying for extra Google storage. I decided having all my photos on Google+ wasn’t that great after all (it’s not very good for browsing/searching, and it’s story thing never seemed to work well – all the photos were muddle up despite me being careful to have good metadata on my photos)

So I wanted to stop paying for extra storage, and started looking for a way to get my photos deleted from Google+… turns out it’s a painstaking process! You have to manually delete one album at a time (I had 2500 because it creates an album for each day) or manually highlight all the photos (which would have involved scrolling through 120,000 photos – a process that would have taken days).

Even the help says:

Scroll all the way to the bottom (it may take a while, depending on how many photos you have).

A “while”?… yes. A long while!

I found Google have APIs, and wrote a Python script to do the deletion for me. I’ve now published the tool, so it’s a pip install PicasaDeleter away!

More information about PicasaDeleter here and the source code is on github too

Quote of the day

February 21st, 2015

Mummy asks Oscar: “Did you have fun at the park, today?”

“Yeah. I went down the slide and fell off. Daddy laughed at me.”

Which prompted me to burst out laughing again… Am I a terrible father?!

Joshua is crawling

February 16th, 2015

Joshua has just started crawling. And he’s fast!

My very own server room

February 15th, 2015

Now all I need is a cinema room and my dream house is complete!

Quote of the day

February 15th, 2015

“I like Darth Vader. He’s nice.

And he is angry”

  • Oscar (15 February 2015)

Lego: Snail

February 15th, 2015

Inspired by Beautiful Lego, a book that’s part of the Humble Bundle this week

My snail isn’t quite as beautiful, but it took long enough to find the antenna!

Oscar loves Star Wars

February 13th, 2015

Caroline says: “Oscar loves this! He’s saying very proudly & in awe ‘that’s my mummy’ and ‘that’s my daddy'”

My work here is done!

Oscar performing his Christmas songs

December 10th, 2014

Sorry about the terrible filming; Oscar is wearing a red santa hat, and green jumper!