I think i'm finally happy. It is all automated as it should be for an ubercool web geek.
This is the camera I finall ended up with to replace my stinkin V170 which verizon crippled, and motorola equiped with a sub-par camera. At the $400+ I paid for it did nothing but frustrate me as a camera. The Sony P150 was first choice because It's Small enough to carry around in my pocket, has a larger CCD than most cameras (1/1.8"), Does well in low light (especially on a tripod when you can use the double exposure which cancels out the image noise), has optical zoom. Suprisingly the huge resolution (speaking in pixels not ccd size) didn't matter to much and was one of the least important factors in my decision to buy this camera.
iPhoto was the logical choice on the Mac to import photos from my camera. It's nice and easy, plug in the camera and click 'import'. iPhoto has a simple interface to rotate photos as needed which is really the extent of what I want to do as far as editing my photos.
Now the fun begins. I have a shell script which I run with the click of a button after my import into iPhoto. This script takes the huge 5 or 7 megapixel images from the iPhoto directory and both resamples them to 800x600 through Imagemagick, and renames them with the date and time instead of a serialized number.
The last thing the script does is copy any new image files to the website, and execute two imagemagick calls on the server to create two thumbnails at 400x300 and 40x30. These two calls to imagemagick could easily be done first, then part of the rsync call.
The features I added (over the flash version) are :
You can preview the results of my hard work here.
If you want to download the photo album get it here JCPhoto_Album-1.0.tar.gz