Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Zetus Lupetus!!

I like to think I was not the only teen to still like the Disney Channel. I'm telling you, there were some great movies on there! Pete's Dragon? Teen Witch, the ridiculous 80's film with a rap that ended up on 30 Rock? (Kenneth definitely did it justice.) And let's not forget Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century, the debut of Kirsten Storms.

Guess what, Zenon fans. Their hand-held video phone things may not be far in the future! I read a little rumor today that Apple has come up with a new device that is very similar. I'm not sure if you would have the capabilities to see the person you're talking to, like they could in the movie, but it's sooo close!!

How did that song go, again? "Zoom zoom zoom, make my heart go boom boom boom..." So good!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


I absolutely could not believe it when Adobe came out with CS4. I had just bought CS3 only a few months before, which as we know is not the most budget-friendly purchase. Every time I turn around, they've done it again!

However, after reading a review for CS4 Photoshop and Illustrator, and I'm thinking the purchase might very well be worth it. If nothing else, just because Illustrator now allows multiple art boards! That's right, the review says it allows for up to 100. You know what that means. Sooo much less time wasted switching back and forth between Illustrator and InDesign. Now you can design and manipulate type and images in the same program you organize it all in! Sounds like heaven.

If I'm going to upgrade, now would be the time. After April 30th, the upgrade will be $200 more expensive. Plus there's a really good deal for AIGA members at Adobe that only lasts through May. I would be able to get an extra twenty percent off! But I'm still apprehensive.

Have any of you been working with Adobe CS4? Do you have a feel for the ups and downs? Do you think it's worth it to upgrade from CS3? Are there any compatibility issues, like what happened between CS2 and CS3? Is Illustrator fairly easy to use with a multi-page document, or do you miss organizational qualities of InDesign? Any thoughts? I would love to know.

(P.S. Speaking of great deals, have you checked out CSA Images lately? To keep site traffic and interest up, we're offering some of our images for free! Of course, I believe there are a few restrictions, but this is something that is definitely worth checking out.)

Saturday, April 11, 2009


Polaroids seem to be all the rage right now. I guess it is true, when you take something away from the people, it becomes ever so much more popular.

I stumbled upon this site a while ago called Polanoid. It's basically a huge collection of Polaroids. Some have been yellowing in attics for decades, some where the chemicals were messed up, and some were shot yesterday. But they all have that amazing instant Polaroid feel in common. Great source of inspiration. Here are a few I've stumbled across.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

I'm an Idiot.

For those of you who have followed from the beginning, with the bathroom incident, you probably have a good idea of my luck. For those of you who just met me, you should know I'm rather accident-prone. Bad things happen. But they always make for good stories later!

Well, this week's shenanigans come with a lesson, so I thought I would pass it on. I can sum it up for you right now. You don't even have to sit through the entire story. When you decide to enter a contest, and are researching requirements, you want to be fully aware of the time zone being used. That way, when the due date/time comes, you'll know. And, my friend, that is a good thing to know.

I know my readers are all brilliant, so you've probably guessed it by now. I missed the deadline for Good 50x70. I went to the website this week, and there was an update saying that the deadline was extended to (what I thought was) midnight April 10. I was so excited! I had been so busy that I thought I had missed it. Well, I threw together a poster, and got some feedback from good friends. Everything was looking pretty good.

Then Illustrator went haywire. Won't even open. I had no way of editing. Luckily, I did make a jpeg version earlier on. Of course, it is minus all of the improvements I had made, but it's something.

I get home at 8:00, and figure I have plenty of time to submit. I go to the website to get it over with, and it says submission is closed! "You have missed the deadline by two hours." Really. At 8:00 on April 9th? Then it hits me. Time zones! Merde! Two hours ago, somewhere in the world, it was midnight, the morning of April 10th. Leave it to the selfish American to think everything is in her time zone.

So when things go bad for me, they really go bad. The Adobe Gods and Father Time against me! I just couldn't win. I guess Massimo will never know. Lesson learned.