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Oct 31, 2019

Copp's Hill Burying Ground is said to be haunted by Increase Mather, according to Bostonians.

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Mather Tomb


Sept 22, 2018

If you want to reduce the size of your images, ShortPixel is an awesome tool to use.

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Short Pixel Feature

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Equirectangular projection

If you have some 360 photos and would like to use parts of the images, you can do that in Affinity Photo. You can zoom in and out and "fly around" to find the perfect place to export as a picture. In addition, you can use Affinity's powerful touch-up features to clean up your 360-degree photo.

In Affinity Photo, the tool you use to navigate a 360-degree image is called the Equirectangular projection. This tool allows you to explore an image as if it were a globe; spinning it around until you find the perfect spot for your needs. Once you've found what you're looking for, simply exporting it as a regular 2D image will give great results thanks to Affinity's excellent editing capabilities.


Five Things I Learned

The Equirectangular projection tool is only available in Affinity Photo and not Affinity Designer.

You can simply drag and drop a spherical image onto the Affinity Photo icon. Once open, go to Layers -> Live Projection -> Equirectangular projection. Now you can click and drag around the image.

To zoom in and out in Live Projection, use the "Field of View" in the menu just above the photo. When you first enable the Equirectangular projection tool the Field of View is set to 75% zoom of the image.

Field Of View Affinity Photo
Live Projection menu options.

You can import the image into an Affinity Photo file, to use the Equirectangular projection tool you need to Rasterize the image. Simply right-click on the image and select Rasterize. Then the Equirectangular projection tool will be available in the Layers menu.

If you switch tools while in the "Equirectangular projection tool" mode, you can get the "Live View Pointer" back by typing the following shortcut: Command - Control - P

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Arturo's Ristorante

If you're looking for a delicious Italian dining experience, look no further than Arturo's Ristorante in Westborough, MA. This family-owned and operated restaurant serves up traditional favorites like homemade pasta, wood-fired pizzas, and fresh seafood dishes. The warm and inviting atmosphere is perfect for a date night or special occasion. And be sure to save room for dessert ' the tiramisu is simply irresistible!


Three Things We Learned

Despite the fact that they don't have a dedicated gluten-free menu, we were able to ask the host if something could be made gluten-free by substituting a different ingredient. The waiter was able to verify that the Alfredo in the Alfredo Penne Chicken and Broccoli is gluten-free. He did this via a wireless microphone to the kitchen - very cool.

As for the gluten-free pasta, it is freshly made pasta, not some kind of boxed pasta. My daughter loved it and enjoyed the leftovers a few days later.

As you wait for your food to come to the table, they will serve you bread. They do have gluten-free bread on the menu, however, it is not free. The waiter did not inform me about that in advance, so I would have still ordered it, but I was surprised to find a $3.99 charge on my bill.

Great Food!

We all enjoyed the food, and we look forward to coming back soon. However, the prices were a bit high from our point of view, so we wouldn't be eating here on a regular basis.

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Cinematic Mode

The iPhone 14 Pro Max camera is a powerful tool that can record videos in Cinematic mode. This mode allows you to add a beautiful transition between focused and unfocused areas for a cinematic look. The results are stunning and will leave your viewers amazed.

A cinematic mode creates a beautifully blurred background and foreground while keeping the subject of your video sharp. As the video is being recorded, iPhone automatically identifies the subject and keeps it in focus during the recording; if another subject is identified, iPhone switches the focus. In addition to manually adjusting the focus while you record, you can also do so in the Photos app later. All iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 models support cinematic mode.

This is a great feature if you're taking "Photos of the Day" of your child. You take a short video and then take a snap of a photo. Now I don't have to worry about missing that perfect shot. A short 30-second video in the morning gives me plenty of opportunities to find the perfect smile.

My Workflow

This is my standard morning workflow:

  • Take a quick video in the morning. I usually move the camera around to get better lighting.
  • At lunchtime, I AirDrop the video to my iMac.
  • I then open the video in Quicktime Player, and when I find the perfect shot, I pause the video and copy the frame to the clipboard. The contents of the clipboard then get saved to a file on the desktop (This is because of my Keyboard Maestro action that I added back in 2020.)
  • Then I create a Collage using Photoscape X

Cinematici Phone14 Pro

Four Things that I Learned

The Cinematic mode does a great job with facial recognition. I don't need to focus on the source it does it automatically.

The image dimensions of a screenshot of a Cinematic video are 3840 x 2160. Typical Portrait photos are 4032 x 3024.

A 4K Cinematic videos that are 15 seconds long is 43.1 MB. At 24 frames per second, I have nearly 360 chances to get the right picture.

In the iPhone Camera Settings the only option you have is to change the recording type. You can select from 1080p at 30 fps, 4K at 24 fps, and 4K at 30 fps. I would recommend using the 4K at 24 fps. I don't think there's much value in increasing the fps to 30 - unless you're shooting a lot of action videos.

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November Release Memes

Various QA Memes announcing the release in the month of December.

Be sure to check out all the QA Memes in the QA Library.

/ Christmas Bell Release Day

/ Release Day Gold

/ Happy Release Day Gift

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Having Fun with Robocallers

A couple of short calls talking about having Medicare "Only on the Weekend."

This is a short post since most of the time was spend creating the video using Filmora Wondershare 11.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra

On Saturday night, there was an excellent performance by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Worcester's DCI Center. We had a great time enjoying this show's music and visual effects.

D C U Center

Having never seen previous shows online, I did not know what to expect from this show. Having not perused previous shows online, I came to the show with an open mind. I was impressed by the performers' engagement with the audience, and the variety of fire special effects they used.

Trans- Siberian Orchestra2022

Things I Learned

The parking facility across the street is called SP+ Parking. You have to pay $20 to park there. This is a great location. However, it is a real hassle to get out. You have to pay before you get back to your car - which means long lines in the elevator lobby for the parking machine and the elevator as you have to pay before you leave.

After waiting in line for about 10 minutes, someone from the garage came out and told people they didn't have to wait in line to pay for parking. He also said that people could pay on the way out. Which only makes getting out of the garage slower because people are paying at the gate.

On this particular night, there was only one elevator working in the building. This meant that people who were not able to walk the stairs had a long wait even if they could walk down the hall.

We saw the show from section 231 - which for most sporting events would be the center of the arena. For the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, it was just about stage level. We were worried that we wouldn't get to see much of the show since the seats seemed to be almost backstage. But the seats were great! The band used the whole area, which made our seats a great location.

Some people had a hard time walking up and down the stairs. Just a fair warning for anyone getting tickets for the upper balcony sections - the stairs are steep and there's no rail to help you up.

We upgraded to the VIP experience so that we could get into the stadium early and have a snack before the show. It cost $50 for the VIP experience and it didn't seem worth the cost. We did get in early but the appetizers were a bit small and we had to pay for our drinks. I would definitely not recommend doing the VIP experience.

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There are a lot of sites that are now offering various tools for free. One sight that I found is

This site has a lot of great tools for social media posters and bloggers. They have seven main categories: Text Tools, Image Tools, CSS Tools, Coding Tools, Color Tools, Social Media Tools, and Miscellaneous tools.

One tool I like is the "Tweet to Image Converter." You can easily convert a tweet to an image to post in slack or any social media. You can change the image size and background type.

Website Description is an online tool factory where you can get all tools you needed in one place. While serving different type of tools in different categories, it aims to perform this with a clean and beautiful user interface. Every tool is designed to solve a problem with minimum number of steps to save time of the users and decrease the complexity of the operation. has started to operate in 2020 and it will continue to grow with time by adding new tools each day.

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Sample Tweet to Image Converter

Only Boston Tweet

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Quick BBEdit Notes Tip

If you use BBEdit Notebook, you may have a lot of open files. Having files open isn't bad as it doesn't up us any memory. However, I use the open file indicator to focus on notes that I am actually using.

To quickly close out of all your notes, just use this simple shortcut:

Control - Command - W

Close Notes Notebook B B Edit

When you apply this simple command, all the notes are closed, even ones that are in Collections that you probably haven't looked at in a while.

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fcpeffects Mega Package

If your videographer and looking for a great Black Friday deal, check out FCPeffect's Mega package deal. You get 1900+ presets for only $57 - the best deal ever offered on this collection.

F C P Effects Black Friday

Key things in this package

  • 200+ Titles, Graphics & Overlays ($420 Value)
  • 1000+ Different Transitions ($350 Value)
  • 700+ Video Effects & Color Grading Tools ($830 Value)

Some Personal Thoughts

This is a great collection to have available when you need it. You never know when a certain lower-third title will be the perfect fit for the project that you're working on.

There are plenty of Effects that are very useful to have. Some of my favorite include: HDR Plug in, White Balance Plug in, Better Ken Burns, and so much more.

The Transitions are really valuable to have at your disposal. If you want to "swipe right" there are 123 items to pick from. Giving you more power to create an awesome video.

Screen Splitter is a great screen splitting tool.

You get lifetime access, so you don't need to install everything now. You can install the package and remove items - then at a later point you can install them again. You don't need to take space and memory for effects that you are not likely going to use.

This package is a no brainer to get and I highly recommend it.

One More Thing...

FCPEFFECTS was located on Sanibel Island in Southwest Florida. On September 29, 2022, Sanibel Island was hit hard by Hurricane Ian. Residents will not be allowed back until September.

FCPEFFECTS will donate 25% of all sales directly to this island's residents who are now jobless and homeless.

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HDR Video

HDR offers a larger range of colors, as well as a higher dynamic range for luminance (from 100 to 1000 cd/m2). This results in video quality that more closely matches real life, with richer colors, brighter highlights, and darker shadows.

HDR Video

Advantage of HDR Video Recording

There is an overall brighter picture when you use this method, especially if you are shooting outside.

The best HDR video viewing experience is on a Dolby Vision display, found in any iPhone 12+ and most TVs.

If you want to get the most out of your iPhone 14 Pro Max, then you should shoot 4K with HDR.

Disadvantage of HDR Recording

When creating a new Project make sure to use the Wide Gamut HDR = Rec. 2020 PQ or Wide Gamut HDR = Rec. 2020 HLG color space. If your using an existing project you can use the HDR Tool in Final Cut Pro to adjust the colors so that the imported video appears brighter than non-HDR videos if you use the HDR Tool in Final Cut Pro.

It is not recommended to use HDR when you are trying to capture motion, such as when you are photographing sports, as it increases the chance of a blurry photo because it takes three shots to do so.

There is a possibility that HDR video may cause more halos in certain clips compared to others.

It is recommended that you view HDR video on a display that has Dolby Vision. If you view HDR video on a screen that has SDR, then the footage will appear washed out.

Using HDR requires more disk space, so if you're recording a long session - such as a school play or soccer game - you should expect to see a very large video file. Make sure to plan your use of HDR before you begin recording.

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