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Let the design play begin

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Adobe Production Premium Cs3 boxThrough a happy little coincidence I have been able to acquire a copy of Adobe CS3 Production Premium! I had a license for a previous version of Photoshop, but running under Rosetta the older version was getting to be a bit of a drag. Now I will not only get to enjoy the Intel version on my Core 2 Duo iMac, but I’m getting the rest of the CS suite to boot! Now I not only have still capabilities through Photoshop, but full blown video production, audio editing, and rich content authoring. This weekend I’ve already chalked off two days of the three day weekend to just start exploring the other apps and see what kind of cool things erupt forth from the depths of my creativity!

The Idablow fiasco

Monday, August 27th, 2007

The American political system is good and truely fucked – no wonder with all these cum-drenched, closet-case, power-bottoms in office! Yet another anti-gay, pro-hate senator got out busted trying to suck dick in a public restroom. This time the perp is Senator Larry Craig of Idaho who was busted for soliciting sex from a male undercover officer in the mens bathroom in a Minnesota airport while on layover. They always say the biggest homophobes suck the best cock, but who knew it gets you into office as well!

Senator Larry Craig: big flaming buttclown

Slog points us to the fact that our beloved dick-slurping Larry Craig has a great record of voting with his constituency and not with his dick. Larry has voted as follows:

  1. Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  2. Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  3. Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  4. Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  5. Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)

Larry’s excuse is a classic – he claims “At the time of this incident, I complained to the police that they were misconstruing my actions. I was not involved in any inappropriate conduct”. Catagorical denial in the face of the following police testemony:

“I could see Craig look through the crack in the door from his position. Craig would look down at his hands, ‘fidget’ with his fingers, and then look through the crack into my stall again….

At 1216 hours, Craig tapped his right foot. I recognized this as a signal used by persons wishing to engage in lewd conduct. Craig tapped his toes several times and moves his foot closer to my foot…. The presence of others did not seem to deter Craig as he moved his right foot so that it touched the side of my left foot which was within my stall area,” the report states.

I agree with Dan Savage on this one – how do you misconstrue playing footsie with a stranger in a public mens room? I guess it could be worse: his colleague Senator Bob Allen managed to conjure up “I got intimidated by a black guy” when he got busted for offering an undercover policeman $20 and a blowjob not a scant month ago.

Great job Larry. Hat’s off and pants on to you! P.s. Larry – you look a touch like one of those creepy 2nd uncle child molesters – you should really have an image consultant work with you on that.

Metered carefully

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

Meter

An old gas meter nestled in the shadows lit perfectly by a single beam of sunlight. I’m finding some interest in trying to use a Lensbaby to make a shot that doesn’t look like it was made with a Lensbaby by lining the focal sweet spot with the plane of focus more like that of a 55mm prime lens. It ends up feeling more like a shot taken with fixed focal length lens, but with a prized ethereal quality permeating the shot. I got a couple of other shots today, but this one is a clear favorite.

Meter” by sparktography

A triptych of mini-reviews

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

Twitter – I first experienced Twitter back in February and didn’t really get into it at the time, letting my Twitter page fade into distant memory. Recently I got the unlimited SMS textng plan from AT&T and decided to give it another go via my mobile phone – a much better experience all in all. I’ve been having much more fun with it of late – not only are more of my friends on Twitter, but I’ve found new meaning and writing inspiration in the art of concisely crafted content fitting within the 140 character confine put in place by the medium.

iPhone – I still love my iPhone! I’m really surprised at how long the honeymoon is lasting – I’ve had my iPhone for about two months now and I still find myself quietly gibbering about how cool it is. Most gadgets have a 2-3 week honeymoon phase with me before I take a flight of fancy to some new toy, and the best of gadgets sometimes make a month – my iPhone has not only blown past that limit, but doubled it. What makes it so worthy of praise I ask myself: a fun to use, well implemented device that does pretty much everything I need it to.

PAX – The Penny Arcade Expo happened this year in the Washington State Convention Center, a big improvement over the overcrowding of last years shoulder to shoulder overly-olfactory cluster of un-bathing gamers. The extra breathing room this year helped make for a more open experience – much easier to get around. When compared to other technology conventions I’ve been to PAX has a certain charm in that it’s much more focused on the consumers (gamers in this case) than the technology. This leads to a more causal vibe than so many other events.

13 hours

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

13 hours is a long time to be at work when you are still getting over being sick. The weekend can’t come fast enough – even if it starts in less than 24 hours. Once my project ships (less than two weeks – knock on wood) I’m taking me a vacation and not moving from my couch for a good 4 days – I need it!

Loving and hating list style

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

Things I love right now:

Things I’m not so hot on right now:

I can’t wait for another weekend. I need to get healthy again and catch up – my backpack is growing out of control! I’m thinking of doing a The Lord of the Rings marathon on Saturday so I can get rested up, then plan on making Sunday an ultra-productive wonder day!

Sparky duality

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

Sparky duality

Today was a busy day! I did a massive deep clean of my condo – ripped everything out of my closet and with the help of Sylwia and Jenn deep cleaned everything while managing to dispose of roughly 30% of the crap that has accumulated over the years. I made a hard and fast rule that everything I hadn’t used in 2 years had to go, and slid the scale down to as little as 3 months for a few things.

This evening brought photo fun with Jessie, Brenda, and Nate. We did some experimentation with 3D photography using parallax mirrors in front of my DSLR. Not everything came out very dimensional, but some cool shots happened like the one above and this one.

Sparky duality” by sparktography

A week later

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

And I still haven’t updated this blog? So what – I’ve been busy! I don’t have to justify myself to you. Do I? Well fine then, I will: my mom is in town, backpack is ruling my life (and increasing my productivity threefold), I love my iPhone, and I’m slowly coming to the harsh realization that I’m getting burnt out and demoralized at work. C’est le Vie, life goes on, another day another dollar, tough luck, and all that nonsense.

Is it Friday yet?

Fountain

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

Fountain

Yesterday I went for a nice hour long photo walk with my Lensbaby. You would be surprised at how difficult focusing a Lensbaby is while perched on one leg, the other knee jammed into the button to make the fountain produce it’s liquid bounty.

Fountain” by sparktography

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