Monday, March 30, 2009

There is a cost for storage, a price for service

I went to my inbox and what did I see? A message from Kodak. Kewl. "What's new at Kodak?" I thought. Now, I use Flickr for my photo preservation needs, but I have a Kodak account for one reason - I signed up to view other Kodak members' photos. But I still have good feelings associated with the Kodak brand. With that background, let's take a look at what they had to say:
We wanted to make you aware that we have modified our Terms of Service *: To more effectively serve our Gallery members, we have adjusted our photo-storage policy to align with storage usage.

How this affects you.

Once you begin storing photos at the Gallery, you must make the following purchases to continue such storage:

• Members with photo storage of 2 gigabytes (GB) or less must make annual minimum purchases totaling at least $4.99.

• Members with photo storage exceeding 2GB must make annual minimum purchases totaling at least $19.99.

Failure to meet this requirement may result in your photos being deleted from the Gallery.

You are currently compliant with our new policy, so no immediate action is required on your part.

Once you've uploaded photos, please refer to your Storage Status within the My Account page of the Gallery website to see the time frame within which you are required to make your next qualifying purchase to meet our Storage Policy requirements.**

We look forward to continuing our relationship with you.

The KODAK Gallery
Thank goodness I'm compliant with the new requirement! The paragraph prior to that, about failure, was making me uncomfortable. The wording reminds me of certain contractual language I sometimes see in my dreams. To me, "failure to meet this requirement" is a loaded phrase. I'd argue that the word "failure" as it especially refers to my actions or lack thereof, should never be uttered by a salesperson or a company selling a service. Kodak is selling me their service. I have an account. I can fail to meet their minimum requirements and move on, or could Kodak make me feel good about meeting the "requirement" so I become a customer? Here's a mock up I whipped up while watching Emeril on Planet Green (for the first time!)

Tweet from Wil Wheaton (@wilw)

"@kittylair Arrogant Bastard Ale is my favorite beer in the world.
Your brother's the brewer? That is awesome in pants."
- Wil Wheaton (@wilw)

Sent from my iPhone

Dinner theater - Sesame St style

Walkie pre-talkie

Simple joys

Friday, March 27, 2009

First Day of shirtsleeves

So we closed off the street to celebrate.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Happy Birthdays in March

This is how we roll out the happy birthdays at Leeds. Everyone reading
this who has a March birthday, picture youself up there with the other
youngsters, maybe next to that cute little girl in the middle.


Monday, March 23, 2009

Best dog evar!

Lounge Dog

She's soooooooo relaxed, it's good for everyone's blood pressure.

Trader Joes

The best place to shop. Good cookies.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

This is 49 after babies

There are things to be thankful for...


Home life, simplified

Saturday, March 21, 2009

On our way HOME

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Pulling the guts out, good boy

I had to laugh. He was quiet for 1 minute then laughing. I walk aroumd
the island and find them both going chrome tape crazy. Maddy was
really getting into winding it around her arm. (i had to cut it off.)
It was an old tape.

Our Volvo represents the last cassette deck we own, and it's about to
need $500 in repairs to its exhaust, so I say, "have at it kid, you
are a tiny spirit in this material world." We have it on iTunes anyway.

Since 1908

I've been wanting a dog for a long time. When my wife and I moved to
Northampton in the fall of 2003 it looked like we were getting real
close to welcoming a dog (specifically a beagle) into our lives, but
jobs, babies and an elder kitty bound to live out her days a spinster
(bless her) were nearly good enough reasons to hold the thought
awhile. But that while has arrived. Behold, the preparation!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Monday, March 16, 2009

I91 - when life hands you traffic

Smoke. If ya got'em.

This is my life

Between calling MA gov and the federal Gov about COBRA reductions
under President Obama's stimulus pkg (sadly this COBRA is much more
mundane yet also potentially more life threatening than the GI Joe
villians of the same name) I glanced down at the countertop in our
kitchen. This is an accurate reflection of my life.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Sakura micron pen and brief family history

It's for my sister's birthday card.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Ordinary Lay Off Attire & Visage

I haven't looked like this for weeks. (this is a mere illistrative

Breakthrough technology is...

So easy a toddler can demonstrate to his mother.