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20140806_153612Sometime ago, someone mentioned that they would like to add their name to their photos like I do. I do it a couple of different ways, depending on where the picture is located (on my computer, or on my phone).  This is not a step by step tutorial, but rather, a guide to share what programs I use to put watermarks on photos.

First, I created an image with my name in it. I use “gimp” for this purpose, a free image manipulation program. I also need to say that I have “Ubuntu” as my operating system for all my computers. I ditched “Windows” years ago. You will need to use whatever program you have for manipulating images. (Photoshop?)  The gimp does have a version for Windows also.  The file created should be the .PNG type. PNG files are capable of having a transparent background (not white). Otherwise, there would be a square showing up on each picture where the “signature” is located. Once you have that file, send it to your phone in whatever way you do that.

On the computer:
I use a program called “Phatch” (Photo Batch). It can take many pictures and do all kinds of things to them all at once (a batch of them). I use this on Ubuntu. If you use Windows or Mac, it looks like it is possible to get this program working on them, but it doesn’t look easy. Years ago, before I dumped Windows, I used a nice free program called FSresizer. It worked real nice to do nearly the same thing as Phatch. Most of the time, I also resize my photos so they are not so big to upload to the Internet. Both Phatch and FSresizer do this easily.

On my phone:
I have an android phone and use a program called “Photo Watermark App Free“. It is an easy app that lets you add watermarks to your photos. I use the PNG file I created earlier and put it on my photos. “Watermark Photo” does not have a batch mode (to do many photos at one time), but it is easy to use.

That’s about it.  If you have any questions or want particulars, leave a comment. Click the images below to go to the appropriate web sites.  -John.

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Phatch

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FSresizer

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Ubuntu Operating System

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Watermark Photo

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wordpressWhy am I posting a thing like this on our family blog?  Maybe it will help others that are having a similar problem with their blog.  I use WordPress as my blogging software.  Lately, my software updates have been failing.  Blogging software and other web/Internet software needs to be updated when there are discovered vulnerabilities just like other software.  I also use something called Jetpack that provides statistics and other functions for my blog.  It also needed to be updated and was failing.  OK, I am going to get a little geeky here, so if this is of no interest to you, then thanks for stopping by.

To fix this:

  • First, log into your web site administration control panel however you do it.  For me, it is cpanel. Get into your file manager and find your plugin directory.
  • Find the jetpack directory inside your plugin directory and delete the whole jetpack directory.
  • Do a plugin update if required.
  • Do a WordPress update.  It took quite a while for me.  If it asks you to do a database update, do it.
  • Reinstall the Jetpack plugin and activate it.
  • Have fun.

I hope this helps someone with a similar problem.

-John.

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Click the photo to see pictures from our Hiawatha bike ride.

On the week-end of August 23-25, 2013, most of Carol’s family got together for a 60th birthday party for her brother Doug. We rented the Savenac Bunkhouse at a bunk house at Haugan, MT. We then went on the Hiawatha Rails to Trails bike ride. It is a 15 mile bike ride. Some of our group were more adventurous and traveled another 8 miles to Avery, Idaho. John’s Dad and Mom lived in Avery after they first got married in the 40’s when Dad worked on the Milwaukee R.R. At that time there were no roads into Avery, only the train, on the very trail we traveled, through many tunnels and over many trestles.  Click HERE or the picture to see photos from our fantastic week-end.

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Desire’ has started her own YouTube channel.  She has one video up and HERE it is.  Check her channel in the following weed/months and you will be able to enjoy the talents God has giver her to share.

— John

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Two of my favorite media outlets… “Your Network Of Praise” (YNOP) and “Answers In Genesis” (AiG). I support and listen to our local transmitter from YNOP everyday, and I read the blog from AiG every day, along with reading their materials, watching their videos, and listening to their podcasts.

I was pleasantly surprised to see the picture of YNOP’s General Manager, Roger Roger Lonnquist, on Ken Ham’s AiG Blog.  Yes, those two ministries definitely go together.

– John

AiG VP of Media Dale Mason with Roger Lonnquist. He leads “Your Network of Praise,” a network of about 40 radio outlets in the northwest U.S. His entire network carries our Answers … with Ken Ham daily radio program. Roger loves God’s Word and our message of biblical inerrancy!

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I’ve been hacked! My web sites have been hacked.  Fortunately, the hack was so bad that it just broke the web site and I noticed it right away.  It looks as if they came in through my hosting company some how, but I have not received any notice that a server at the hosting company has been compromised.  I deleted the web site and restored it all from a reliable backup.  It was a learning experience; and I am glad that I am fanatical about backups!

– John

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Fox News mentioned the work that the Convoy of Hope is doing in Haiti.  Haiti is one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere and the Convoy of Hope already had a presence there.  To give to the Convoy of Hope visit : http://www.convoyofhope.org/

FOXNews.com – What I’ve Seen In Haiti

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Click to see Susan Boyle on "Britain's Got Talent"

Click to see Susan Boyle on "Britain's Got Talent"

I love a good “under dog” story. Here is a true one that is incredibly amazing.  Susan Boyle, an unmarried, unemployed Scottish woman, was on “Britain’s Got Talent.”  The judges were cynical, the audience was laughing at her, and there were a lot of eye rolling.  That all ended about two seconds after she started to sing.

Click HERE to view this awesome YouTube video.  You must view this video from YouTube’s web site because they don’t allow this one to be embedded on web sites.  You will be inspired when you see it.

John

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Desire’ has started her own little web site. With my help, we set it up at http://desi.McDougallsHome.net .  Stop by her blog and give it a look, she will be encouraged if you did.

John

Click to go to Desi's new blog

Click to go to Desi's new blog

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