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Thank You, Steve.

Thank You, Steve.

The greatest gift Steve Jobs left to all of us is the gift of camaraderie; he found a way through technology to impart upon us an opportunity to bond with one another.  This, the Apple culture, is his legacy, and it will live on through the company, the technology, and all of us for years to come.

Thank you for this wonderful gift, and for truly enriching our lives. You will be missed.

Photoshop of Horrors

Photoshop of Horrors

Oh Photoshop, how do I loathe thee? Let me count the ways. Then again, I can neither count that high nor are there numbers high enough to list the things that irritate me about that program. Why did I spend copious amounts of money on it? Well, because it’s probably a useful tool I need to learn at some point to do…stuff. In hindsight, I should not have bothered to get it but that’s neither here nor there. I have it, so I might as well learn it.

To say I am frustrated puts things quite mildly. I’m far beyond pulling my hair out, in fact I’m starting to realize I have little hair left for the pulling. I’ve never had something frustrate me more than this horrendous piece of software.

To put it simple, my main cause of frustration is this: I try to do something that’s supposed to be simple, and it just isn’t! I seem to be missing the 300 steps involved to do just about anything, and thus I’m frustrated because i just don’t know where to start.

Perhaps I’ve gotten used to a workflow from using programs known for their simplicity, or Photoshop has a simplicity that I have yet to see. I don’t have the finances to support a course in Photoshop, and my friends who know it have better things to do than teach me, and I don’t have the patience or diligence to sit through hours of amateur YouTube videos made by those without the skill to properly teach the program.

One friend is willing to teach me some things, but he has asked that I come up with “a list” – problem is I don’t even know the basics of the program, so I wouldn’t know where to start said list. I barely even know what a mask is, let alone what to do with it and how it works. Another friend at work was doing something for a congratulatory email and she showed me some stuff…at a speed that would make lightning look slow. I was lost as soon as she said “you click this, then go over here, and then use this tool, and there it’s that easy.”

So, enough complaining – I have this (egregiously) expensive program, which I’d paid for, that I know nothing about and am imploring you (those reading this) for some guidance… do you have any recommendations of good YouTube videos you’ve seen that are done by people who explain things well? Do you know of any good online courses that are relatively inexpensive and/or free that would be useful? Or, best yet, would you mind giving me an hour or two of your time for a basics lesson? You’d get free dinner out of it, and immeasurable gratitude from me.

I just need to know how to get started; things I’d use photoshop for instead of Aperture, why I would do this, etc. What’s a mask, how does it work, why is it important? I (kind of) understand what layers are, but I’d like a better understanding of that and how they work, especially respective to Photoshop’s workflow. – But this isn’t all, these are just a few things that I should know.  I’m generally pretty good at figuring stuff out once I can get the ball rolling, but I feel like this program is an immovable ball. But, others seem to be able to push it off and let it roll with ease.

So…that’s all I’ve got. Can anyone help, in any capacity?

Country Music… Who knew?

Country Music… Who knew?

I love music, this is a given, but I may have found an untapped phenomenal resource for

really well-written songs

… Yes, country music. Probably country-pop more specifically, because I can’t say I’m jonesin’ for some twang right now, but I love a song with great lyrics and that is equally performed with the talent befitting a song of that caliber. Rascal Flatts delivers on that, and I’m in the process of funding a few cups of coffee for them while I’m writing this.

I started a new Pandora station the other day for Rascal Flatts specifically, and I’ve been marking just about all the songs that have come on as a result. Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, phenomenal stuff. I’m interested to check out John Rich’s stuff too, being a fan of The Apprentice and him having won he certainly deserves a listen since I liked the stuff he did sing here and there throughout that show.

If you’ve never used Pandora, you need to. It’s given me a great appreciation for music, even more than what I’ve had my entire life. At first it was funk, then dance music, now country-pop. Who knows what else I’ll find on there?

Thank You Time Machine

Thank You Time Machine

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Today is a day I’m extremely grateful for Time Machine, software built-in to my Mac that backs up all of my precious data. I had a Maxtor external HD which contained my library containing all of my photos. Today, this hard drive was coming up as corrupted, and not usable by my system. I would have begun panicking, but instead I just jumped into my backup and retrieved my backup copy which is currently transferring to another hard drive I found. It may take a long time to move over, but it’s well worth it knowing I haven’t lost anything.

If you haven’t already, by all means do yourself a huge favor and invest in an external hard drive. It will be the best money spent, and you’ll thank me if you ever encounter something like this. I normally am not emotionally attached to my data; I know technology can be imperfect, and can fail at any time. But, knowing that I have a safety copy of something like my photos, which are very near and dear to me, makes me sleep just a little better at night.

My thanks to Apple for building this amazingly useful feature into the system!!!

The receipt for my first Mac

The receipt for my first Mac

Cleaning out old paperwork sure does turn up some interesting things! This is the receipt for my VERY FIRST MAC!

It was a Mac Classic, and apparently we bought some floppy disks and cables, as well as an Imagewriter dot-matrix printer on June 28th 1991.
Amazing!

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Shot of the Dock

Shot of the Dock

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Took this photo during the summer last year, been experimenting with some processing in Aperture – curves, enhancement, saturation, etc. I just wish I’d taken this as a landscape-orientation shot! But, I think it works nicely in its original form here too.