My pants are in the oven. Why? Because they were dirty, I washed them and I have no dryer. I’ve heard that putting clothes in the oven for a few minutes on a low setting will dry them a little. More than likely I’m just cooking my pant.
On a seperate note, today I have a minor presentation to do in Buisness Practices class. It shouldn’t be anything more than “hi, this is my stuff, enjoy” but I always hate talking in front of the class. This however is only a prelude to tomorrow’s full blown 15 minute speak I’m supposed to give. I have slides and everything.
I’m also getting my presentation mounts today, I hope. They’re little black cardboard thingies that you put chromes (big slides) into so that they look pretty. Tomorrow I also have to pour orange juice from a decent height and photograph it’s explosion onto a table top. Ah the things I do for art. Actually, it should be a good shot. I’ve got to take a look around tonight and find something to pour it into. I’m think an old glass milk bottle, making fun of the dairy industry and giving a big “huzah” to the Florida fruit growers. We’ll see.
Oops… gotta go check on my pants.
With the exception of the other day I haven’t really done any big “links” post lately. I figured I’d take the opportunity to mention a few things that I enjoy, can’t live without or just find interesting in general.
First up is Y’s Dock. It’s simply THE BEST Mac OSX Dockbar for Windows XP. Currently in 0.3 beta it’s already past my two previous favorites in terms of dockbars. It’s insainly fast, clean, super easy to use and doesn’t take up much memory. If you’re like me and enjoy a OSX theme for you desktop then this is a perfect addition to your collection. Official Page here.
To go along with Y’s Dock, you’ll need icons in PNG form. In that case you should check out Clotz Icons. Now, these aren’t officially released by their authors for technically Clotz shouldn’t really be doing this but since he’s taken the time to convert a great deal of these from ICO to PNG, I’ll mention the link anyways. Otherwise you’d have to convert them yourself from your favorite icon collections or find them somewhere else. Link.
Moving on, if you’re looking for techie news, look no further than GeekNews or Neowin. Each have their upsides and downside but they both cover the world on electronic news fairly well. Of course if you actually want to read the sources that they’re quoting you should probably read The Register or CNet News… but who has time for that 🙂
Speaking of The Register, this story appeared today and I couldn’t think of a more perfect example to demonstrate my discust over the direction that Microsoft, Intel and their lackies are going to take the computer industry. It’s about how the XBox Live service is banning unique XBox IDs for life if they’ve been modded. See… now do you people believe me that hardware IDs are going to doom us all? Can’t you see where this is headed? I digress…
I have addictions… they are bad. Please help.
–Civ 3… again.
–Neverwinter Nights …please, someone stop me now.
–Natural Selection … funtastic!
–Subspace …it’s like Highschool all over again!
That’s about it for now. I’ve got to get back to my finals. As a personal update, I’ll be heading home for the holidays next week. I’ll be sure to let you know more about my exact schedule once it gets ironed out but I can say for sure that I’ll definatly be home by the end of next week. That means I’ll be looking to hang out with you good folks from NH that weekend. Get the hint? Later.
Teens protest “skanky” clothing in department stores. Bout friggin’ time.
Upclose Interview with Jon Stewart. Man I love the Daily Show.
Iranian Court Punishes Vandals with Donkey Rides. Yup… you DID read that correctly.
I did fairly well today as far as getting things accomplished. I managed to get 4 prints done for next week as well as turn in 9 (!) to be printed digitally. They’ll be $6 each but it’s still a savings if you realize that it would have been $15 each plus extra time if I did them by hand.
I’m also happy because I stumbled across something that I thought was long dead. Subspace, the video game, it seems it’s really dead after all. It’s been brought back to life in much the same way Total Annihilation was. Now it’s under the subtitle of “Continuum” or as I’ve seen if more commonly referred to as “Subspace: Continuum.” Head over to SubSpace Central to get a new download and some server files. The “community” appears to be alive and kicking as well and there’s even some clans/groups floating about. Awesome. Consider me RE-addicted.
That is all.
Hey, guess where I am again. If you said the photolab, you’d be right. I’m waiting up in the digital lab for a scanner. Not you’re everyday run of the mill scanner of course, no… these are massive 24,000dpi “drum scanners.” Basically, it sucks the negatives up into the machine itself and then makes a very very slow scan at insain resolutions. Shit, a preview takes about a minute and a half. But that’s ok. The main reason I’m up here is to save some money. You see, all of my work this quarter has been on slide film. Slide film is a bitch to print, it just never looks good. The costly solution to this would be to scan my negatives, invert them, have them digitally burned onto new negative film and then hand print them like they were the originals. Fuck that. I’m taking the easy way out. I’m scanning them and having them digitally printed at the only photolab in town that does a good job, and we’re not talking Kinkos here. Taking the long way would cost… well, lets see… $8 to get the possitives developed, $15 to have them reburnt as negatives, another $8 to get the nagatives developed and then I’d still have to print them myself. Instead, I paid $8 to have the developed, I’m scanning them for free in the schools lab and then having them printed for $2.50 each at the photolab. Aren’t I thrifty. The downside to this is that they don’t look as nice as real hand-done prints but you know what… unless you really really look, it’s hard to tell and I just don’t care anymore.
Hmm… both scanners are taking a shit load of time. I hate stupid people. You’d be surprised by how stupid some people can be when it comes down to something as simple as scanning a negative. Honestly, I don’t see why the entire process shouldn’t take more than an hour a piece. And that’s assuming you’re scanning a shit load of negatives. I scanned 10 in an hour, had them burnt to a cd (man I love TOAST for Macs) and was done. These people are lucky to get 1 done in the same time frame. They take their sweet ass time aligning the negative ever so perfectly in the slide tray, spraying canned air at it to get rid of dust, color correcting it in the preview window before finally scanning. Then it’s a brain-fart when they get to Photoshop, since that’s what the scanner dumps things into. They think they need recolor-correct, recalibrate, etc. Some little ass-hats actually have the nerve to sit there and spot tone or heal-brush AT THE SCANNING STATION! The point of having a scanning station is that you scan, move it across the network to a work station AND FIX IT THERE! Man I hate stupid people.
Well, someone’s almost done with one of them which means I move up in the line a little. I think I’m still 2 people away from it though. I realize that these things are $15,000 each, but you’d think they’d have more than 2. Anyway, after all this I get to have a wonderful dinner out with my Lauren. I can’t wait. I think we’re getting Italian which makes my stomach dance with delite. We haven’t been “out” in a while because we’ve been busy with classes and homework but tonight we’re going to relax a little. I can’t wait. Later.