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Monday, November 29, 2010

Taiwan POD FlickR Group

Bar BeerHello Everyone!

Recently we have been monitoring the Taiwan Picture of the Day Candidates FlickR page. We are cleaning it up and eliminating a few of the extra entries. Please, if you are submitting photos to this group, make sure to include only your best shots of Taiwan so we can select them for the daily picture. We are currently in the process of further automation and editorial review. Remember, this is for you - the Taiwan Photographer - to get some exposure to your work.

Thank you for your Support,


Picture Layout

Just another manic Monday...

Working now on a page full of nice cabinet pictures. Lucky for us we were able to upload all of those good looking pictures, but now we need a little nicer layout. If you have any ideas, let me know. Please let me know.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Taiwan Daily Facebook App


The Taiwan Daily Facebook App is up and running again. Now they have changed around their system and you don't have all those boxes in your profile page. It used to be that one of those boxes could show the Taiwan Daily Picture if you add it to your profile page. Now that part of their site has disappeared completely, so I had to redo the whole thing using their javascript sdk / jquery. It wasn't easy, but following the laborious yet successful completion of LinkMan, this one turned out to be much quicker. Now, I guess I need to figure out how to post one picture per day, or a weeks worth, on the user's streams. I wonder how many people want to get one picture per day on their facebook stream.... I guess we'll find out soon.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

New Application

Dear Folks,

I recently set up a new facebook application to save your facebook links. Please add it and let me know if you have any trouble with it. This is important because facebook only displays your links 6 at a time now and it takes a long time to go through them if you have more than a dozen! Also, it is very difficult to capture the source html they are using, so I made it easy to copy the html including the image location in one go. FBML is getting deprecated, so I wrote the new app completely in Javascript on a normal html page. No more php sdk. Less load on the server.

I re-learned their entire api system since it had totally changed since I worked on the Taiwan Daily App. Now, I see that one is totally out of date so the next step is to start working on that and get it back into tip-top-shape.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Quick One

Notice our New Header! I'm not sure what happened to the last one, it was somehow drastically reduced in size, but you miss it, here's a link to the general image:


On FotoZon Pages, I added a new javascript feature to "listen" for the press of left and right arrow keys for navigation between pictures. This was a ridiculously easy to do and I should have done it earlier. I'm thinking about adding some more instant key press features.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Stanwood Car Show July 2010

I just love making little improvements, so I can look at my fotos more easily on my web page. Why didn't I set this up before ? I used a really easy javascript to listen for the left/right arrows to be pushed and navigate forward or backwards through the pictures. Try out this car picture while looking at some shots from the Stanwood Car Show July 2010.

For even more old car pictures, check out our trip to the LeMay Musem in Tacoma.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Back in the PNW

Hey Everyone!

I am back here in America and visiting family in the great Pacific Northwest. This view is of Lake Diablo up in the North Cascades Mountains on the way back from Eastern Washington.

Not much doing here, just staying out of the rain and working on my personal Keith Grey BIO page on the ole JayData website. You never know what you may trawl up on the internet.

Take it easy, All for NOW, Keith JOE Grey

An Old Steam Train in Newhalem Hwy 20

Monday, January 18, 2010

Little Liu Chiu Island

Little Liu Chiu Island (小琉球) is South-West of Kaohsiung in the Taiwan straits. The very small island is easily reached by passenger ferry from Dong-Gang (東港 - East Harbor) . See Google Map.

Freeway 3 is the easiest way to get down there. Just drive to the end and turn right. Turn left just before the big red bridge and park in one of the lots there next to the boats. We arrived just in time from central Taiwan and caught the boat at 12:35 on the Saturday after Christmas. Our friends Andrew and Sarah were there waiting for us, saying "Come on! We're going to miss the boat!" ... So, we got on the crowded little ferry boat and made the quick 25 minute trip to the island. Our helpful hotel manager met us at the dock with a sign and the keys to 3 scooters. She led us up the narrow winding streets to the hotel just near the harbor.

Life is slower on Liu Chiu and almost nobody wears a motorcycle helmet.

The harbor was completely full of fishing boats crewed by Indonesians, Filipinos and Taiwanese.

We took a wonderful trip on the under-sea boat.

An urn for burning incense near the best beach on the east side of Liu Chiu.

A hermit crab crawling out of his shell.

Liu Chiu Island is completely made out of coral. There are all kinds of interesting coral.

The view from the "Black Ghost Cave" temple.

Sunset on Little Liu Chiu island as seen from the Black Ghost Cave temple.

A beach completely made of busted up coral.

The Famous "Liu Chiu Rock" . "Held Up" by a beautiful model.

All in all, we only spent about 26 hours on Little Liu Chiu Island It was totally worth it. We barely made the ferry back with seconds to spare and again it was totally full on a Sunday. Thanks to Andrew and Sarah for the great idea. We are already planning our next trip to this pretty little island for some more beach combing on the coral sands.