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If I’m not angry am I even alive?

So, the Adobe Bullshit TM really is all its cracked up to be – how annoying! Everything I have been struggling to do for years with outdated programs, apps, and work arounds is now so stupidly simple to accomplish. If I wasn’t so giddy I might be really pissed off. Surrender and be happy? That doesn’t sound right at all. But here we are 3 weeks later, and a new website has been built in Adobe Portfolio*, Squarespace cancelled, and I spend my days working happily in Photoshop and Illustrator learning all the ins and outs and shortcuts that get shit done. Stupid programs that work. So, I have nothing to bitch about. Why am I even here?! I’m just listening to some Bauhaus and waiting for Erin to let me rat up her hair. *the biggest stumbling block in creating the new website was the eternal problem of how to organize the galleries. UGH! Still not happy with it.

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GRAPHICs – how NOVEL…

I am procrastinating. I should be changing into a pair of pants that fit so that I can go to the grocery store. But I made a quick stop by my desk and here we are. And here a couple photos of the kiddies that I did some Photoshop magic to. Yes, another tutorial. This one was the Stylized Comic Book Effect by Corey Barker of PlanetPhotoshop. Fun for me!And here is a super simple Halftone Dots and Linear Light Effect: In other news, I am reading Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore. It’s…Oh.Now I must find pants and get out the door. Chris just came upstairs and told me to buy drugs. Lots of drugs. I’m sure he will clarify exactly what he is looking for before I leave. He knows me a little too well…

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I love a Tutorial

More than a parade! Although there was that one time at Ventura College when I saw a line of students walking across campus all carrying globes – now that was a parade.Anyways, I am following a bunch of web designers on Twitter, and they are always sharing cool links to articles, graphics, tutorials, etc. Apparently the look of Pressed Lettering (embossing) is all the rage is web design for 2009! Yeah, you heard it here first! Unless you already knew about it. But hey, I like to be trendy – ha! Ok, I like a good tutorial. We all can agree on that yes? So, this one looked cool and lord knows I need to be honing my rudimentary Photoshop skills whenever I can. So, I followed along and made this: Pretty nifty eh? We’ve got the starry space background that it so en vogue right now. Really, if you start to look, you’ll see it everywhere. And then I cut out the Blanchfield Photography letters so that background shows through. If I told you how I did it, I would have to kill you. Or – you would die of boredom as I rambled on about layers, masks, radial…

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Worth a 1000 words

I had a blog entry partially composed in my head this morning, but never got a chance to type it out, and now that bird has flown. It’s so typical that my big dumb brain (henceforth to be referred to as BDB) only kicks into creative writing gear when I ought to be sleeping or some other equally inconvenient time. And you and I both suffer for it. I remember the jist of the post, but I don’t have the creative juice to recreate it right now which has me feeling a bit… oh, what’s the word… frustrated!And BEHOLD! Intro to Digital Art Project #2 – My homage to frustration ~It’s actually a pretty big file. Go ahead and click the photo and really get in there and experience my world, up close and personal. I dare ya. I double dog dare ya! And if you want the complete experience, go back to this entry and play that second video in an endless loop in the background for the soundtrack to my image. And that is my world.Ok, that’s not my world all the time. But it wasn’t hard to piece together. Kyle has been having a rough couple weeks…

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Admission for one please

Alrighty then. What I didn’t acknowledge in the last post was that after I mentioned restoring an old photo, I thought about putting up the before and after shots. Wait – that’s not the bad part. Where it really gets sick is that my next thought was – “Can I write a JavaScript program to change the before image to the after image when the user’s mouse moves over the photo?” And then I seriously considered attempting it. I am not well.So to distract you from my shocking confession, I give you this:http://www.blogger.com/img/videoplayer.swf?videoUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fvp.video.google.com%2Fvideodownload%3Fversion%3D0%26secureurl%3DqAAAAOF-u9WtopylwZ9XHAqIS4Qz9pNLSCDVY-OUzEkRPyd59NsXwF08GSrM-y3o3ARZWgKip2K_-sqv6n-CSNl25T2QeYfNjT8jJBv0e4I7_Fq741WAJVd5lge8YMDaOk7Vp03O9dDKqMJSirXRy3ncRk-KhEJZCvdMJlyYIoLOQ_fR6sjeM0V2Am4yh3TXbm_-t8S1F8C2VfsJHY_9_rx2jRaBu4hZthUyjV8aer8rPzLr%26sigh%3DxERa1JKKP5K5EmWokEJJLbAc0JM%26begin%3D0%26len%3D86400000%26docid%3D0&nogvlm=1&thumbnailUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fvideo.google.com%2FThumbnailServer2%3Fapp%3Dblogger%26contentid%3D9f5150f3efff1cec%26offsetms%3D5000%26itag%3Dw320%26sigh%3DwpufhVpOKcZCTWpLuN7C9LfnScE&messagesUrl=video.google.com%2FFlashUiStrings.xlb%3Fframe%3Dflashstrings%26hl%3DenCute eh? Well, I wasn’t kidding about that feedback!http://www.blogger.com/img/videoplayer.swf?videoUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fvp.video.google.com%2Fvideodownload%3Fversion%3D0%26secureurl%3DqAAAAEbqiT-pXmimn7VDny7-dKpFGFrozUo234X0qfMsDX3NxcrjME8JpCjyZr5P1oplbU5I8nnLfEaArW19C8sveyvALGYXIGfUbFmO_fZTcMVy5MWu4dxpSBLYVjkD8_se_aFmFcypn6GoUZ1Y1CMiMogklfcrhfyArQe49FhWm06UCaV8y7LFNxD0IWeC44k1o3433_ReBZy63RWsxzId87BBkR0Tpof0OJRp2-j0wzeB%26sigh%3DH-BrgAE7Bhu3dhPlqiEYZ7LqwJo%26begin%3D0%26len%3D86400000%26docid%3D0&nogvlm=1&thumbnailUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fvideo.google.com%2FThumbnailServer2%3Fapp%3Dblogger%26contentid%3De61d66f2d48eefb8%26offsetms%3D5000%26itag%3Dw320%26sigh%3DZWjAzHvjWTHGmuQGf4GXLwnQYLE&messagesUrl=video.google.com%2FFlashUiStrings.xlb%3Fframe%3Dflashstrings%26hl%3Den

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Paint it black

Hot-damn. This Palin-pant-fest post by my dearly demented Sain’t has given me the energy to scale the Elavil induced wall of inertia I’ve been trapped behind. … Wow. How’s that for a sentence?! So, quickly, while I still have the energy to type, what shall we talk about? I am in no mood for the election. I just want it over. Ditto for the financial crisis. I’m pretty sure you don’t want to hear about JavaScript. There’s not much else thanks to the dulling effect of this damn medicine. I placed a call to my doctor yesterday to talk to him about it because it is just not working for me. Not even a little bit. And I want off it asap. And then I can be my happy chatty self again. I’ll take the headaches over this crap any day thank you very much. He hasn’t called back yet. Can you tell?In local news, the TBMS 6th grade class goes to Shady Creek Camp next week! That should be fun for Kyle. I will admit that I’m not going to miss having to micro-manage his homework for a whole week! Gads. That sucks. I tried to get a video…

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