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Journal Entry: Sat Sep 3, 2011, 9:23 AM
Greetings and Salutations,

This seems to be my yearly post. I just noticed that it's been about a year since I actually wrote something in my journal, silly me.

The main purpose for this post is to let people know that I am looking for employment opportunities (both of the freelance and the permanent variety) in the Graphic Design field. I have over 11 years of experience in the educational textbook market and I would be looking for something based in Toronto, Canada. While my forte is textbooks, I am also interested in talking about other types of books, magazines, ePublications and more.

Recently I completed a Web Design, Development, and Maintenance Certificate at Humber College, School of Media Studies & Information Technology. So I can now add HTML, CSS, PHP, mySQL, jQuery and other web-related skills to my Graphic Design utility belt!

I've also just created a spiffy new portfolio website to illustrate my experience. You can visit it by going to; www.foxdesigns.ca and having a look around.

So, if you know of someone who maybe needs a Graphic Designer with Web skills, or a Web Designer with Print skills, then maybe you could send them my name?

Many thanks.

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So, uhm... Hi!

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 5, 2010, 2:33 PM
Today's Rant

Well if you're still watching me: congratulations, you are one of the very few.

It's been over a year since my last journal entry and although I have been on and around deviantART in all that time, entering things into my journal has not been a priority for me. So I thought it might be an idea for me to throw something new in here.

I noticed that I spoke of layoffs in my last entry from way back, and after a turbulent and busy winter it has finally happened--The company I worked for for over eleven years has gone out of business putting over 50 of us out of work. You can blame the US economy (our biggest clients were in the US), you can blame the Canadian economy, or you can blame the ignorance of those people who think that sending jobs overseas is "good for business," but it doesn't help those of us that have lost our jobs. I still can't fathom the stupidity of company bean counters who think that offering India pricing to North American vendors would stimulate better pricing. All you did was put more and more North American companies out of business, you idiots, and now I will laugh at you when the Indian companies you're left with double and triple their prices for the same low-quality work that you're getting now. I really hope you wallow in your own ignorance.

The trouble is that most of the bean counters have no clue as to what goes in to good Graphic Design and fewer still care. All most of them cared about was getting the most work for the cheapest price--who cares what it looks like? I dunno, but if it was me who was in charge of a major educational textbook purchase for a school system and I knew that the publisher I was looking at farmed all of their work out to India, I would not purchase their products. After looking at the quality of work that comes back from overseas countries, where English is not their first language, it really disgusts me that these books are being put into the education system at the very same prices as books that were once made over here. Half of them have glaring spelling and grammar errors, nevermind how crappy they look visually...

In any case, in the upcoming weeks and months I will be out looking for new work, both full-time and freelance in the Graphic Design/Page Layout/Mac Operator field. I'm not sure what I will find but I don't have a lot of choices these days. Maybe I'll get around to posting some new deviations here, but again it is not really my priority these days.

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Podcasts

G'Day World Podcast  <img src="img.photobucket.com/albums/v22…"  alt="Aussie Geek Podcast" title="The Aussie Geek Podcast" align="center" />   Portfolio with Jade Macalla

These are some of the podcasts I listen to on a regular basis.

Cameron Reilly is a 30-something Australian lad who does this little podcast called G'Day World, first launched in 2004, where he talks about everything and anything under the sun. Cam has been branded as "Australia's First Podcaster" and is CEO of The Podcast Network and Australia's #1 digital media guru.

The Aussie Geek Podcast talks about everything tech, from Web2.0 blogging, the internet to product reviews and software even what they did on the week-end. Two Aussies, one Canadian, and quite often a mad Belgian get together and talk about Tech. The Aussie Geek hosts are quirky, pithy, and often amusing so have a listen. You can subscribe on iTunes or listen directly from their website. (Used to be Global Geek Podcast.)

Portfolio is by deviantART's own jademacalla. Portfolio is all about exploring ones creativity and Jade does a great job of hosting. Jade has done interviews of some of deviantARTs more popular names, including lockstock, LongStock, and Nisori. Keep an eye on Jade's Journal or Jade's Blog for more good stuff.

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Some Catching Up...

Journal Entry: Sat Jun 20, 2009, 5:53 PM
Today's Rant
Greetings and salivations my watchers, whomever you are. Just a quick journal to catch up on what I've been doing for the past few months.

Firstly, the company I work for has been going up and down rather rapidly since the big economy crash around October 2008. We did some cutbacks and layoffs, got some work in and managed to get through Xmas and into the New Year rather well. Then, a couple months ago the work dropped off again and there was another, much larger round of layoffs and cutbacks--some people who I never thought would be laid off were given their notices. I've been working for the company for 10 years now, and we've been cut back to numbers equal to or lower than the numbers of people that were there when I started. We still have our offshore component though. The staff has been severely reduced, moral is at an all time low, and everyday we wonder if the company will still be there the next week. Lucky for me, I still have a job to go to.

So, with this in mind, I finally made the decision to purchase a new computer. Well, my decision was helped along by the fact that my PC started acting up on me--it's about 4 years old now. First my monitor started going wonky and I thought it was a monitor problem, so I went out and bought a new 24" Samsung flat monitor. Then when I tried to connect the computer to the new monitor, it just refused to boot. After several days of cleaning it out and fiddling with it, I decided that the old video card couldn't handle the new monitor, and that maybe the old monitor was going wonky because of the video card. The problem is that the old PC is a Pentium 4 with an AGP motherboard, and it's harder to find AGP video cards. So I tried to get a new AGP video card and I was told that maybe my power supply wouldn't run the faster video card. Meanwhile, I'm still trying to keep my PC system stable as it continues to do it's funky thing. At least I have all my important data backed up onto an external drive.

So I have a wonky PC combined with uncertain employment and I'm thinking, "If I have to start freelancing again, I'm going to need a Mac." So I bit the bullet and purchased a 24" Intel iMac.

New Mac by FoxDesigns

I had purchased a used 17" G4 PowerBook laptop off of eBay shortly before Xmas, but it just wasn't powerful enough to run the programs that I need to run. It runs rather well when it's plugged into the new 24" Samsung monitor though, which is kind've ironic considering that the PowerBook came out in 2005 and it runs the monitor with no problem while my PC won't even boot with it. So now I've gone to a completely Mac workflow--I use a Quad core PowerPC G5 for everything I do at work, and now an Intel CoreDuo iMac at home. Work has also provided me with some nice tidbits like CS2 Suite and CS3 Suite so that I can work from home when I need to.

Nothing new on the photography front right now... I was all set to purchase a Canon 50D before Xmas, but then the economy melted down and everything changed. So for now I've just got my head down working and saving all of the money that I can "just in case." I have money put away for a rainy day, and for some reason I think there's gonna be a downpour before September.

Going to try and make it to the Toronto devMeet, but not sure if I'll get there...

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Podcasts

G'Day World Podcast   Digital Photography Life  <img src="img.photobucket.com/albums/v22…"  alt="Aussie Geek Podcast" title="The Aussie Geek Podcast" align="center" />   Portfolio with Jade Macalla

These are some of the podcasts I listen to on a regular basis.

Cameron Reilly is a 30-something Australian lad who does this little podcast called G'Day World, first launched in 2004, where he talks about everything and anything under the sun. Cam has been branded as "Australia's First Podcaster" and is CEO of The Podcast Network and Australia's #1 digital media guru.

Scott Sherman and Michael Stein host Digital Photography Life. Scott and Michael do a great show all about digital photography and have some great contests and prizes from WACOM. Digital Photography Life is reborn under a new name (once The Digital Photography Show) and is already at the top of the iTunes Store listing of photography podcasts. Stay tuned to Scott's Photo Blog for more news on the new show.

The Aussie Geek Podcast talks about everything tech, from Web2.0 blogging, the internet to product reviews and software even what they did on the week-end. Two Aussies, one Canadian, and quite often a mad Belgian get together and talk about Tech. The Aussie Geek hosts are quirky, pithy, and often amusing so have a listen. You can subscribe on iTunes or listen directly from their website. (Used to be Global Geek Podcast.)

Portfolio is by deviantART's own jademacalla. Portfolio is all about exploring ones creativity and Jade does a great job of hosting. Jade has done interviews of some of deviantARTs more popular names, including lockstock, LongStock, and Nisori. Keep an eye on Jade's Journal or Jade's Blog for more good stuff.

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  • Listening to: The economy crashing
  • Watching: My pennies
  • Drinking: Coooooooooooke

Life, the Universe, and Nothing... (edit)

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 28, 2008, 3:39 PM
Today's Rant
:new: Things are looking very, very bad at work lately. The US economy continues to kill the world's economy, and since we have so many American clients our cash flow has dropped to almost nothing. In fact, it's been so bad in the last month that the owner was forced to lay off almost 20 employees—the first time in over 25 years in the business that he's been forced to lay people off.

Fortunately I was not part of the group who got laid off, however the rest of us who are left in the company have been forced to endure a 10% pay cut across the board in order for the company to stay afloat. The American economy has conspired with "Offshore Pricing" (ie: India pricing) to kill North American companies and I'm a bit worried right now that come Xmas, the company that I've worked with for almost 10 years, a company that is a world leader in Educational Textbook Design, will no longer be in business.

I mean, why pay a company in North America $70 a page to do a proper job when you can pay someone in India $5 a page for an "adequate" job. Nevermind you'll never be able to reprint the book because of the poor quality of the electronic files, and nevermind all the problems you'll have in trying to get the job on the printing press, it's all about the bottom line, right? Bean counters are ruling the world.

As such, I am sussing out the current possibilities. So if anyone has any inside information on Production Artist jobs (full-time or freelance) in Toronto, Canada, then I would appreciate a little nudge or a note.

Thanks.

I'm also afraid that I'm going to be forced to purchase myself a 24" iMac, when I don't really have the cash to do so right now, just in case I need to freelance from home to make ends meet—The mortgage waits for no man.

Thanks George.

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Just updating since it's been quite a while since I wrote an actual journal entry;

:bulletgreen: The hawt book secks continues, I have added many books into my sexy new bookcases and purchased more pieces. My wall-o'-books is almost complete.
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:bulletgreen: No new photos yet, I just haven't had the time or inspiration to post things here.

:bulletgreen: I recently purchased a hosting plan and have activated several of the domains that I purchased but never got around to using.

:bulletgreen: I have put up a blog under my "Internet pseudonym" (ie the name I use to remain private on the 'Net) as well as putting up my personal domain and my photography domain.

Now I need to rebuild my personal website after killing my dialup account and build a photography website! Using CSS! And I'm still figuring out how to do that... More on this as it happens.

:bulletgreen: Work is beginning to ramp up as it always does at this time of year, although this year things are a bit late and a bit slow because of the bad US economy. The Educational Publishing business is suffering as much, if not more, than other businesses because educational spending often takes a back seat to other "problems." I was also recently put into the short-term position of Production Manager at work while the real manager is off training our production crew in India. Most of the time I only have to manage 10-15 people in India at a time, but this time I'm managing 50 or so people in Toronto and it's amazing how much people don't want to think when someone else is in charge. I'll be happy to switch back to my own work when the real manager gets back to Toronto this week. I have several projects under my purview right now, including a 12-book (1500 pages 'ish) ESL program for the US Market, a 1000-page Algebra book for the US Market, a 1200-page Algebra Teacher's Edition for the US Market, and hopefully an 800-1000'ish page Canadian Science book.   

:bulletgreen: On the upside, I recently won a copy of Adobe Lightroom 2.0, a copy of Scott Kelby's "The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers" and a 1-year subscription to Layers Magazine from the people at the NAPP! All I did was listen to the LayersTV podcast and answer a simple trivia question. I was quite amused that they finally picked a Canadian to win the prize, I often rib them about this on Twitter.

Today I installed it and I am figuring out how to use it effectively.

[I'll let you in on a little secret: Stay tuned to NAPP_News on Twitter for a special announcement regarding the National Association of Photoshop Professionals memberships for people on Twitter who follow NAPP_News. (and Click on this link if you have no idea what Twitter is.)]

:bulletgreen: I am currently saving up to purchase the new Canon 50D because it is hawt and sexy. And I am considering the Canon EF-S 18-200mm 3.5-5.6 IS Lens, but I'm not sure if I am interested in an EF-S lens. I may purchase a Canon EF 70-200mm F4 L USM zoom instead as I already have a Canon EF 17-40mm F4.0 L USM lens and the 50D ships with a 17-85mm IS option.

:bulletgreen: I also need a new computer--thinking about a 24" iMac or a new PC--and I need a new (flat screen) TV.

So if you're looking for an Xmas gift for me... :dollarus: :D

:bulletgreen: Canadian Thanksgiving tomorrow = holiday for me!

Beware: Winter is coming. :snowing:

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Podcasts

G'Day World Podcast   Digital Photography Life  <img src="img.photobucket.com/albums/v22…"  alt="Aussie Geek Podcast" title="The Aussie Geek Podcast" align="center" />   Portfolio with Jade Macalla

These are some of the podcasts I listen to on a regular basis.

Cameron Reilly is a 30-something Australian lad who does this little podcast called G'Day World, first launched in 2004, where he talks about everything and anything under the sun. Cam has been branded as "Australia's First Podcaster" and is CEO of The Podcast Network and Australia's #1 digital media guru.

Scott Sherman and Michael Stein host Digital Photography Life. Scott and Michael do a great show all about digital photography and have some great contests and prizes from WACOM. Digital Photography Life is reborn under a new name (once The Digital Photography Show) and is already at the top of the iTunes Store listing of photography podcasts. Stay tuned to Scott's Photo Blog for more news on the new show.

The Aussie Geek Podcast talks about everything tech, from Web2.0 blogging, the internet to product reviews and software even what they did on the week-end. Two Aussies, one Canadian, and quite often a mad Belgian get together and talk about Tech. The Aussie Geek hosts are quirky, pithy, and often amusing so have a listen. You can subscribe on iTunes or listen directly from their website. (Used to be Global Geek Podcast.)

Portfolio is by deviantART's own jademacalla. Portfolio is all about exploring ones creativity and Jade does a great job of hosting. Jade has done interviews of some of deviantARTs more popular names, including lockstock, LongStock, and Nisori. Keep an eye on Jade's Journal or Jade's Blog for more good stuff.

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  • Watching: My pennies
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If you were a listener to the Digital Photography Show Podcast with Scott Sherman and Michael Stein and wondered what happened to them, then read on...

Due to unknown circumstances, the Digital Photography Show has left The Podcast Network and have been effectively closed out of their accounts there. Scott and Michael wanted to post episode #98 of the show to say their goodbyes, but they have been unable to access their regular feeds.

The Digital Photography Show is/was quite popular on iTunes and was often featured in the top ten podcast picks at the Apple iTunes store under "Society and Culture." In fact as I look right now, they are still sitting at #6 on the "Featured" page in Canadian iTunes. Special guests to the show have included Scott Kelby (several times), the president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), Rick Sammon (several times), Chris Orwig, Rudy Winston from Canon, Kevin Kubota, Mike McNamara from Popular Photography, Amedeo Rosa from Alien Skin, Luc Marin from DXO Optics Pro, Chris Marquardt from the Tips from the Top Floor Photography Podcast (TFTTF is another great podcast to listen to!) and many, many more big names.

I am sure that there are reasons on both sides as to why Scott and Michael have decided to go out on their own, perhaps we the listeners will hear the whole story in due time.

I know that there are some listeners here on deviantART and I thought I would drop a news article here and ask you to help spread the word around. If you were a listener, then go over to Scott's Photo Blog www.scottsphotoblog.com/ for more information on what is happening with the show and what the future holds for The Digital Photography Show.
An earth tremor with a 5.8 magnitude hits L.A., and it takes about 10 seconds for news of it to hit Twitter. The power of the social web.

Do you Twitter? www.twitter.com

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Earthquake link: news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7…

Hawt Book Secks

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 30, 2008, 6:45 PM
For the longest time I've wanted a REAL library in my own house and now I sort've got one! I finally got around to running down to IKEA and picking up some bookcases. I even splurged a bit and got real wood veneer instead of the cheap old plastic stuff.

I ended up getting them delivered... They told me they would phone me the next day at 10am to arrange a time for the delivery but instead they call me at 9am the next day, wake me up out of a sound sleep and tell me that my items would be delivered within the next hour.

Great! I leap up out of bed, run around and get dressed, make some coffee so I can see straight and then I'm just about to run downstairs to let the people in the condo office that I'm having stuff delivered when the front gate buzzes me and tells me that IKEA is here with my delivery. Wonderful! So I run to the elevator, push the button and wait 4 days for the freakin thing to get up to my floor. When I get downstairs, I find the Super telling the guys from IKEA that he should have been told that they were delivering stuff and that they had to wait until he put the pads in the elevator so they don't get scratched up...and then I show up. Now I'm making profuse apologies to the Super for not telling him that I was getting a delivery and the woman from the condo office shows up to tell me that I'm not supposed to get stuff delivered without informing them... Greeeat! What a morning.

In any case... here are my sexy bookcases! I only had to assemble them, curse at them, take a couple of them apart because I didn't put them together right, curse some more, level them, bolt them together, attach them to the wall, assemble the lights and bolt them to the top of the bookcases! Easy peasy!
Bookcase Secks 1 by FoxDesigns

You'd think that with the simplistic instructions that IKEA includes with each and every piece of furniture that people would be able to assemble them correctly... but NO! Actually if I had READ the instructions, and I had been paying attention (and I hadn't been drinking), then I probably wouldn't have had to take them apart and fix them... but if I HAD read the instructions, then I wouldn't be a man.

Anyway, today I spent some time rummaging through the multitudes of boxes that I've had stacked in every corner of the condo and I pulled out most of my hard cover books. I've got most of them shelved, but they're not really arranged that well yet.
Bookcase Secks 2 by FoxDesigns

I still have to get a couple more pieces--I need two more doors for the right-hand case, and then I need extensions and doors for the two outside pieces to complete the "WALL O' BOOKS." Like this;
Bookcase Secks 3 by FoxDesigns

Then I need to sort through the hard cover books that didn't make the shelves and figure out what I want to get rid of and what can be sold on eBay... Then the whole process starts over with the BILLIONS of softcover books that I have... I might need to buy a couple more shelves.

I also took a couple shots of my cats who were freaking out because I was actually moving around the condo in an industrious manner, rather than just sitting comatose in front of the computer.
Mouse Hostage by FoxDesigns Life Imitates Art by FoxDesigns Perusing the Books by FoxDesigns Unhappy Kitty by FoxDesigns Stares by FoxDesigns Conversations by FoxDesigns

Other than that...not much going on in my life. Still nothing creative coming out of this brain of mine. And I still need to build a new personal website! :shakefist:

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The most amusing thing I've seen in a long time: Written on the bottom of a novelty coffee mug, "For best results, use other side. I almost bought the mug just for that.
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Podcasts

G'Day World Podcast   The Digital Photography Show  <img src="img.photobucket.com/albums/v22…"  alt="The Global Geek Podcast" title="The Global Geek Podcast" align="center" />   Portfolio with Jade Macalla

These are some of the podcasts I listen to on a regular basis.

Cameron Reilly is a 30-something Australian lad who does this little podcast called G'Day World, first launched in 2004, where he talks about everything and anything under the sun. Cam has been branded as "Australia's First Podcaster" and is CEO of The Podcast Network and Australia's #1 digital media guru.

Scott Sherman and Michael Stein host The Digital Photography Show under The Podcast Network banner. Scott and Michael do a great show all about digital photography and have some great contests and prizes from WACOM. The Digital Photography Show is very popular and constantly at the top of the iTunes Store listing of photography podcasts.

The Global Geeks talk about everything tech, from Web2.0 blogging, the internet to product reviews and software even what they did on the week-end. Global Geek Podcast sits on it's own with the quirky attitudes and pithy, humour between the hosts and their content! Another happening podcast from TPN.

Portfolio is by deviantART's own jademacalla. Portfolio is all about exploring ones creativity and Jade does a great job of hosting. Jade has done interviews of some of deviantARTs more popular names, including lockstock, LongStock, and Nisori. Keep an eye on Jade's Journal or Jade's Blog for more good stuff.

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  • Drinking: Magner's Irish Cider
Robert Lynn Aspirin, also known as "Yang the Nauseating" in the SCA world, passed away some time between 2pm and 5pm on May 22, 2008.

Due to appear at MarCon in Ohio this weekend Mister Aspirin was found in his bed, vital signs absent, apparently holding a Terry Pratchett novel. He was found by a friend of his from the SCA who was picking him up to take him to the airport for the convention. It was apparent the he had been reading and perhaps took a nap, and then passed away peacefully in his sleep.

Robert Aspirin was probably best known for his "Thieves World" series, created with (then-wife, now ex-wife) Lynn Aspirin. He was also well-known for a series he started in 1979 called "Myth Adventures" and in the 1990s he started the "Phule" series of novels.

Another fine author gone...

Robert's Homepage: www.mythadventures.net/
Wikipedia; en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_A…
Robert Aspirin FAQ: www.olywa.net/cook/rlafaq.htm

Coming Up For Air...

Journal Entry: Sat May 10, 2008, 1:55 PM
Today's Rant
So I've been spending far too much time at work lately to do anything useful, but I have been around... I thought I would just drop a quickie journal in here to prove that I'm still (mostly) alive. Other than that, not much going on, although I am disgusted with the cost of gas lately. Do they really need to charge $1.25 a litre? Wasn't it odd that the prices of gasoline started skyrocketing when this stupid war in Iraq started? And do they really have a good excuse for ramming it up on a long weekend? I imagine it will be up around $1.30, $1.35 by the upcoming long weekend... Can you say usury? And why doesn't the government care? Because the gov't always gets its cut.

Anyway... I need to build a person website, but I have absolutely no desire to create anything anymore... and I'm currently saving up for a Canon 40D, a 1080p TV, and a 24" iMac. That's only, what? About $5000 total? Sheesh.

At least I should be able to breathe again after May 23rd when my current project goes to print... Maybe then I'll take a couple days off to decompress.

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The most amusing thing I've seen in a long time: Written on the bottom of a novelty coffee mug, "For best results, use other side. I almost bought the mug just for that.
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Podcasts

G'Day World Podcast   The Digital Photography Show  <img src="img.photobucket.com/albums/v22…"  alt="The Global Geek Podcast" title="The Global Geek Podcast" align="center" />   Portfolio with Jade Macalla

These are some of the podcasts I listen to on a regular basis.

Cameron Reilly is a 30-something Australian lad who does this little podcast called G'Day World, first launched in 2004, where he talks about everything and anything under the sun. Cam has been branded as "Australia's First Podcaster" and is CEO of The Podcast Network and Australia's #1 digital media guru.

Scott Sherman and Michael Stein host The Digital Photography Show under The Podcast Network banner. Scott and Michael do a great show all about digital photography and have some great contests and prizes from WACOM. The Digital Photography Show is very popular and constantly at the top of the iTunes Store listing of photography podcasts.

The Global Geeks talk about everything tech, from Web2.0 blogging, the internet to product reviews and software even what they did on the week-end. Global Geek Podcast sits on it's own with the quirky attitudes and pithy, humour between the hosts and their content! Another happening podcast from TPN.

Portfolio is by deviantART's own jademacalla. Portfolio is all about exploring ones creativity and Jade does a great job of hosting. Jade has done interviews of some of deviantARTs more popular names, including lockstock, LongStock, and Nisori. Keep an eye on Jade's Journal or Jade's Blog for more good stuff.

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  • Reading: The Harlequin by Laruell K Hamilton
  • Drinking: Blackthorn (again)
In Episode 124 of the Photoshop User TV video podcast, Matt Kloskowsi makes mention of deviantART as an "inspirational website."

Photoshop User TV Mentions dA by FoxDesigns

To learn more about Photoshop User TV go to this link; www.photoshopusertv.com/ or you can subscribe via iTunes.

Photoshop User TV is put together by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) run by Scott Kelby.

From the Photoshop User TV website;

Watch each week as “The Photoshop Guys” (Dave Cross, Matt Kloskowski, and Scott Kelby) from the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) share the hottest Adobe Photoshop tutorials, the latest insider tricks, and the coolest timesaving, job-saving shortcuts to make your time in Photoshop more productive, more efficient, and more fun.

See also Layers TV, the video podcast about everything Adobe, brought to you by NAPP and Layers Magazine (www.layersmagazine.com/tv.html).
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I am not affiliated with NAPP or Photoshop User TV, I am just a long-time viewer of the podcast.

Snow Day Revisited

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 8, 2008, 3:15 PM
Today's Rant
So it's been a while since I've updated my journal, so I thought I would throw something in here for fun...

Today, March the 8th, here in Toronto it's snowing like you wouldn't believe. Snow...in March! And they're expecting at least 12-16 inches of this white junk over the next 24 hours.

It's days like this that give me the wanderlust. I don't know why, but when it's miserable outside, I just want to go out walking. I think it's partly because I'm unlikely to meet other people when I go out on days like this, because you have to be missing something upstairs to want to go walking in a blizzard. Sounds like me.

Below left is my artistic rendition of what greeted me when I went out this morning to go grocery shopping. Visibility was about to the end of my arm. Everything was shades of grey and white, and yet people were still trying to drive along the road at 50 kph. People are stupid.

Snowday1 by FoxDesigns      Snowday2 by FoxDesigns

Above right is my artist rendition of what I saw as I walked to the store. This was about all I could see as I wandered, footprints in the snow made by some other crazy person wandering in the snow (or maybe I got turned around in the snow and these were my footprints? Hrm). There was no sidewalk just some pathways through the drifts of snow, so I did my best to stay where I thought the sidewalk was.

When I finally got to the grocery store, the staff seemed amazed that someone actually came in--actually, there were other people shopping but most of them were driving. I must've done something good this week because when I got into the store I found a shopping cart that someone had already left a coin in to unlock the little chain so I didn't have to dig around in my pocket! Huzzah! The store was also out of Purina Bachelor Chow(tm) :shakefist: so I had to buy real food that I'll have to cook...how annoying. More annoying was the fact that they were out of the smaller packages of kitty litter, so I was forced to lug a 40 pound bin of the stuff home! The things we do for our animals. Ah well... in a fit of karma when I returned the cart to the little cart corral in the store, I decided to leave the coin in it for the next person...

In any case, I haven't been very creative lately as work has taken up most of my free time and sucked all the creativity out of me. When you work from 6:30 am until 4:00, 4:30, 5:00, 5:30... day after day, it wears on your creative nub. Another thing I'm finding annoying at work right now, in addition to the sheer volume of work I have to get through, is the fact that some of the staff are being referred to as "heroes" because they've been working extra hours and weekends in order for us to make out deadlines. These are the same people who wander in to work around 9:30 or 10 am and do their work with a casual flair... A lot of them seem to work on the GIGO theory--Garbage In, Garbage Out. They don't seem to really care what job they're working on, they don't really seem to even care about the job, they just float through the day and if the job gets done right then that's a bonus. It annoys me that these sort of people get recognition when there are other people that show up every day at 6am and do the best job that they possibly can before they go home at night. Am I any less "heroic" because I can get the job done in my usual 50-60 hour week without working weekends than they are? I can get the job done and get it done right during my normal workday...does that make me worth less? I think the problem is that I actually care about the job I'm doing when I'm working on a project... perhaps that's where I went wrong.

Books to Read

I have a couple books on the go right now, but I have no time to actually sit down and read. Bathroom reading doesn't count. Lately I've just been turning my brain off when I get home from work. I'll update this later.

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The most amusing thing I've seen in a long time: Written on the bottom of a novelty coffee mug, "For best results, use other side. I almost bought the mug just for that.
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Podcasts

G'Day World Podcast   The Digital Photography Show  <img src="img.photobucket.com/albums/v22…"  alt="The Global Geek Podcast" title="The Global Geek Podcast" align="center" />   Portfolio with Jade Macalla

These are some of the podcasts I listen to on a regular basis.

Cameron Reilly is a 30-something Australian lad who does this little podcast called G'Day World, first launched in 2004, where he talks about everything and anything under the sun. Cam has been branded as "Australia's First Podcaster" and is CEO of The Podcast Network and Australia's #1 digital media guru.

Scott Sherman and Michael Stein host The Digital Photography Show under The Podcast Network banner. Scott and Michael do a great show all about digital photography and have some great contests and prizes from WACOM. The Digital Photography Show is very popular and constantly at the top of the iTunes Store listing of photography podcasts.

The Global Geeks talk about everything tech, from Web2.0 blogging, the internet to product reviews and software even what they did on the week-end. Global Geek Podcast sits on it's own with the quirky attitudes and pithy, humour between the hosts and their content! Another happening podcast from TPN.

Portfolio is by deviantART's own jademacalla. Portfolio is all about exploring ones creativity and Jade does a great job of hosting. Jade has done interviews of some of deviantARTs more popular names, including lockstock, LongStock, and Nisori. Keep an eye on Jade's Journal or Jade's Blog for more good stuff.

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  • Listening to: The washing machine rumble (again)
  • Reading: No Humans Involved by Kelley Armstrong
  • Watching: The snow fall
  • Drinking: Blackthorn (again)

'Tis the Season

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 29, 2007, 8:26 PM
Today's Rant
So this is where I’ll write my regular tirade about what I see wrong with the world today, feel free to ignore this and skip down to the next bits of my journal if you like, I don’t mind.

We come now to the end of the old year and on to the New Year. This is generally the time of year that I look back on what I’ve done during the year and I try and decide if I’ve actually done anything worthwhile or improved my life. This year isn’t much different than last year, with the exception that I have moved into my own home now and now I’m shackled to a mortgage for at least the next five years. Moving has been both good and bad for me—good because I now have my own space again, bad because my expenses have effectively tripled. Still, it is nice to have my own space in the world again, a space where I can do what I want any time that I want to do it, but it also comes with lots of annoying responsibilities, like bills.

I’m also another year older now and I find that my patience has become even shorter than it was. I’m not sure if this is a function of age or because I find that there are more and more stupid people in this world. What’s worse, our society is breeding more of these stupid people. Look at the US Education system for instance, I’m not a US citizen but I deal with the US educational system in my job, and I see them getting worse as time goes on. Actually, I saw an interesting movie on the Science Fiction channel the other week where the US had progressed to a society of people where everyone wore an electronic band around their heads that would limit the intelligence of the wearer. The premise of the movie was that intelligent people had an unfair advantage over "normal" people, so everyone had to be "dumbed down" to the lowest common denominator so that no one person had an advantage over another.  Being smart went against legislation and intelligent people were lobotomized to prevent them from getting ahead of everyone else. This created a society of morons lead by morons. Ironically, look at the US right now.

In any case, I find that I have no patience anymore and that I get angry far too often about really silly things. I mean, why should I get upset when someone can’t be bothered to do the job they were hired to do? They get paid the same as I do, why should I attempt to actually do my job when they're "phoning it in"? Or when people shove other people out of the way because they’re after the same toy, game, or whatever on the store shelf. Or those people who feel that they are somehow more important than you and they shouldn’t have to wait for their turn at the ATM, or the checkout line, or whatever and push ahead of you to the front of the line? Or even when people walk down the grocery aisle side-by-side, blocking the entire aisle with their cart and then look at you like you have three heads when you ask them to move to one side or the other? I mean, really. Sometimes I think I should just give up thinking altogether, it seems to work for a lot of other people.

I should really figure out what I want to do with my life at some point as well. I’m at that age in life where men often have a "crisis," but since I’m not married (or ever will be), I wonder if this could be called a "mid-life crisis." I’ve spent the last 20 years of my life looking for something, but I’m not sure what this "something" is. Perhaps someone can tell me, because this waiting for "the answer" is really annoying.

I also look back and see that I’m more alone in the world than I used to be. I don’t really have any "real" friends anymore, only "electronic" friends, most of which I haven’t even met in person. I think I’ve probably said that before. Sometimes I wonder if I can really call these people friends or not, although I’m not sure where I would be in life right now if it wasn’t for a couple of them. Just talking with someone online is cathartic in a way. I also find myself alone quite a lot—it’s my own fault really, I realize that. Being alone isn’t so bad, it’s worse when I find myself choosing sleep or work to occupy my time—too much of either isn’t very healthy for the body or the mind. I need to work some more on my social skills this year, I think. And I need to stop spending my Saturday nights doing laundry.

So what’s everyone doing for New Year’s? I will probably spend it online in a chat room of ill repute (here on deviantART), and for New Year’s day I will probably go over to my Mother’s house for dinner. I had Xmas dinner at my brother's house, so Mom gets me for New Year’s day. Lucky Mom.


Video
Bob & Doug McKenzie DVDI had to buy this video!

Bob and Doug Mckenzie Two-Four Anniversary

What started out as a parody of a CBC request for Canadian Content, the McKenzie Brothers hit television in 1980 and went on to make a platinum-selling album, a cult movie, dozens of commercials, action figures, appear in editorial cartoons and become enduring icons in Canadian culture.

In 2007, the McKenzie Brothers reunited for the first time in 10 years with new footage on the Great White North set and were joined by some of their celebrity friends.

Also included are Bob and Doug's first appearances on Saturday Night Live, the Junos and the Hoser Parade in Toronto along with rare never-before-seen footage of the McKenzie Brothers.

(source: Amazon.ca)

Comes with a free bottle opener, eh? Take off!


Books to Read

Currently Reading
<img src="img.photobucket.com/albums/v22…" border="0" alt="A Few Demons More" title="A Few Demons More"  align="texttop" />For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison

This is Kim Harrison's fifth in a demon-kicking extravaganza to feature Rachel Morgan, the Cincinnati-based bounty hunter and witch. With the help of her pixie partner Jenks and human Detective Glenn, Rachel must deal with demons, the multi-millionaire elf and master vampire, who along with angry Weres, struggle for possession of a 5000 year old artifact. Meanwhile, a serial killer is on the loose and Rachel's alpha werewolf pal, David Hue, becomes the prime suspect of the FIB (aka the human-run Federal Inderland Bureau). Action-packed and full of Rachel's persistent erotic ruminations, this titillating tale includes a shocking finale that will leave fans panting for the next installment in the Hollows series.

Other books in the series include:
Dead Witch Walking
The Good, The Bad, and The Undead
Every Which Way But Dead
A Fistful of Charms
For A Few Demons More
The Outlaw Demon Wails (Coming Soon)

From the Publisher
Despite dating one vampire and living with another, Rachel Morgan has always managed to stay just ahead of trouble . . . until now.

A fiendish serial killer stalks the Hollows, and no one living in or around Cincinnati—human, inhuman, or undead—is safe. An ancient artifact may be the key to stopping the murderer—a mysterious relic that is now in the hands of Rachel Morgan, fearless independent bounty hunter and reckless witch. But revealing it could ignite a battle to the death among the vast and varied local supernatural races.

Rachel’s been lucky so far. But even she can’t hide from catastrophe forever.

About the Author
Kim Harrison, dark urban fantasy author of the New York Times best-selling For A Few Demons More, was born and raised in the upper Midwest. After gaining her bachelors in the sciences, she moved to South Carolina, where she has remained since.  She is currently developing a new young adult series between working on the Hollows books, and is a member of both the Romance Writers of America and The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. When not at her desk, she is most likely to be found chasing down good chocolate, exquisite sushi, or the ultimate dog chew.
(source: kimharrison.net www.kimharrison.net/)


Reading Next
East of the Sun, West of the Moon
East of the Sun, West of the Moon by John Ringo
The Assassin King by Elizabeth Haydon
Forest Mage by Robin Hobb
Mistral's Kiss by Laurell K. Hamilton
Hinterland (book 2 of the Godslayer Chronicles) by James Clemens
Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Empire by Orson Scott Card

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The most amusing thing I've seen in a long time: Written on the bottom of a novelty coffee mug, "For best results, use other side. I almost bought the mug just for that.
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Podcasts

G'Day World Podcast   The Digital Photography Show  <img src="img.photobucket.com/albums/v22…"  alt="The Global Geek Podcast" title="The Global Geek Podcast" align="center" />   Portfolio with Jade Macalla

These are some of the podcasts I listen to on a regular basis.

Cameron Reilly is a 30-something Australian lad who does this little podcast called G'Day World, first launched in 2004, where he talks about everything and anything under the sun. Cam has been branded as "Australia's First Podcaster" and is CEO of The Podcast Network and Australia's #1 digital media guru.

Scott Sherman and Michael Stein host The Digital Photography Show under The Podcast Network banner. Scott and Michael do a great show all about digital photography and have some great contests and prizes from WACOM. The Digital Photography Show is very popular and constantly at the top of the iTunes Store listing of photography podcasts.

The Global Geeks talk about everything tech, from Web2.0 blogging, the internet to product reviews and software even what they did on the week-end. Global Geek Podcast sits on it's own with the quirky attitudes and pithy, humour between the hosts and their content! Another happening podcast from TPN.

Portfolio is by deviantART's own jademacalla. Portfolio is all about exploring ones creativity and Jade does a great job of hosting. Jade has done interviews of some of deviantARTs more popular names, including lockstock, LongStock, and Nisori. Portfolio is currently in Season 2. Keep an eye on Jade's Journal or Jade's Blog for more good stuff.

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  • Listening to: The washing machine rumble
  • Reading: A Few Demons More by Kim Harrison
  • Watching: My Fella Plushie watching me
  • Drinking: Blackthorn

Snow Day

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 16, 2007, 11:53 AM
:omfg: Plushie Sexiness!! Plushie Hug by de-Mote

A very good friend of mine sent me a plushie Fella from my wishlist!  Fella plushies are tres sexy! A very big thank you to my witchy friend for the gift!! :hug::heart:

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So Toronto is experiencing the worst snow storm we've seen in the past few years... This is the view I was greeted with when I finally crawled out of bed this morning.

Snow Day 1 by FoxDesigns

A grey-white mass of snow swirling around into my balcony. Even on the 11th floor I still have about 4 inches of snow drifted into the corners of my balcony.

It still never ceases to amaze me that people in a city like Toronto refuse to use their brains and put freaking snow tires on their cars. Have you never SEEN snow before people?! I've been watching the news off and on all day and I'm seeing story after story of people driving down the highway and sliding into the guardrails or into other cars and the first thing the police officer asks the driver is, "Do you have snow tires." It's really amazing how many people say, "No." I mean... are you completely stupid or what? When you refuse to put snow tires on your car, not only are you putting your own life in jeopardy, but you're putting the lives of every other person in every car on the road around you, including the pedestrians walking on the sidewalk in jeopardy! If you start to slide and you haven't got snow tires on your car, then you're just a large heavy weapon looking to hit something or someone. I firmly believe that if you're not putting snow tires on your car and you're stopped because of an accident or because you're simply stuck, that you lose your license immediately. If you can't be bothered putting the proper equipment on your vehicle to cope with the weather, then you don't deserve to be on the road. Period. "I can't afford snow tires" is not an excuse. If you can't afford the correct equipment on your vehicle then you can't afford your vehicle. Get a bus pass and get off the road!

As well, what is it with these people that clean a little hole through the snow on their windshields and then get into the car and drive it. You see them traveling down the road doing about 60 looking like some sort of frosted cake float with the driver peering out through a tiny porthole in the snow. Stupid, stupid people. They can't see out and they're blowing snow back into the people behind them so they can't see either. How much effort does it take to properly clean off your car before you get onto the road. "I don't have enough time," they say. Well how much time are you going to lose when you smash into someone because you can't see out the side windows of your car or out your rear window? How much time are you going to lose when the snow on your hood suddenly lets go, completely covers your windshield, and blinds you? Why do you need to be an idiot? You don't deserve to be on the road.

The same goes for those idiots who try to drive around (or through) the snow plows as they're trying to clear the highways or roadways. I mean, what do you think the people in the plows are doing? Sunday driving? If you impede a snow plow, then you shouldn't have a license. I saw a story on the news this morning where a snow plow operator was assaulted when another driver tried to drive around the plow, lost control and slid into the plow blade. The driver of the car blames the snow plow driver... I mean, what's going through your head? Are you completely stupid or what?

Here's a couple more shots from my scraps of today's snow day.

Snow Day 2 by FoxDesigns Snow Day 3 by FoxDesigns
Snow Day 4 by FoxDesigns Snow Day 5 by FoxDesigns
Snow Day 6 by FoxDesigns Snow Day 7 by FoxDesigns
Snow Day 8 by FoxDesigns

I wonder how many people are going to make it to work tomorrow...

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The most amusing thing I've seen in a long time: Written on the bottom of a novelty coffee mug, "For best results, use other side." I almost bought the mug just for that.


Podcasts

G'Day World Podcast   The Digital Photography Show  <img src="img.photobucket.com/albums/v22…"  alt="The Global Geek Podcast" title="The Global Geek Podcast" align="center" />   Portfolio with Jade Macalla

These are some of the podcasts I listen to on a regular basis.

Cameron Reilly is a 30-something Australian lad who does this little podcast called G'Day World, first launched in 2004, where he talks about everything and anything under the sun. Cam has been branded as "Australia's First Podcaster" and is CEO of The Podcast Network and Australia's #1 digital media guru.

Scott Sherman and Michael Stein host The Digital Photography Show under The Podcast Network banner. Scott and Michael do a great show all about digital photography and have some great contests and prizes from WACOM. The Digital Photography Show is very popular and constantly at the top of the iTunes Store listing of photography podcasts.

The Global Geeks talk about everything tech, from Web2.0 blogging, the internet to product reviews and software even what they did on the week-end. Global Geek Podcast sits on it's own with the quirky attitudes and pithy, humour between the hosts and their content! Another happening podcast from TPN.

Portfolio is by deviantART's own jademacalla. Portfolio is all about exploring ones creativity and Jade does a great job of hosting. Jade has done interviews of some of deviantARTs more popular names, including lockstock, LongStock, and Nisori. Keep an eye on Jade's Journal or Jade's Blog for more good stuff. We're waiting, Jade!

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  • Listening to: The hum of the heaters
  • Reading: A Few Demons More by Kim Harrison
  • Watching: Pirates of the Caribbean III

Scuzzle Sexyness!

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 6, 2007, 2:05 PM
I has solved it! Probably a bit late, but better late than never!

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The 'Hungry Man' Dinner Fallacy

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 29, 2007, 3:57 PM
Today's Rant

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For some reason my mother decided to show up at my condo and stuff my freezer with odd bits of food. This is not the first time I've lived alone however my mother seems to think that I cannot cook for myself (like my brother) and decided to put an entire lasagna in my freezer, amongst other things...

One of these articles of food she decided to leave me was a couple of these "Hungry Man" dinners made by Swanson. Now, I'm not sure who's bright idea it was to give this "food" the name of Hungry Man. Perhaps they were thinking that you'd have to be a VERY hungry man in order to eat one of these things--Women wouldn't eat them, that's for sure. First of all, the box is all about false advertising, especially when they have photos of actual food on the front of it. Prominently written on the front of the box it says "over 1 lb of food" and then written in smaller text it says "455 g". Now I'm not great at conversions, but even I can look it up on Google and I see that 455 g equals 1 lb exactly, so I guess the "over" part is the weight of the box and the packaging. The box also features a lurid photo of a Duncan Hines brownie, so you know who they're marketing these things to... Bachelors.

Next the cooking instructions themselves are sheer genius. "Step 1: Remove plastic cover from chicken, french fries and brownie. Poke holes in plastic over corn." Now you know no guy is going to do this, he might poke a couple holes in the plastic with the fork he has sticking out of his mouth, or he may just want to see if it'll explode when he puts it into the microwave. "Step 2: Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Carefully remove brownie with a fork; set aside. Return tray to microwave oven." Ok, so this translates to "throw it in the oven and nuke it until its steaming". No guy is going to remove the brownie and set it aside, unless by "set it aside" you mean "remove brownie and eat immediately while waiting for rest of dinner to thaw". Next, "Step 3: Microwave on high 1 minute. Step 4: Let stand 1 minute in microwave." Or, "after eating brownie, nuke it some more until the corn is wrinkled and hard." Step 5 should be, "Eat first meal while nuking a second meal because there ain't no way this is going to fill you up, man!"

More amusing things include the Nutritional Facts that are printed, by law, on every item of prepared food today--Per package, 455 g we have 980 calories. Of these 455 grams, 46 grams are fat (71% of the daily recommended allowance), so about 11.5% of your "meal" is fat. Cholesterol 110 mg--Mmmmm. Now this part is amusing, Sodium 2520 mg or 110% of the recommended daily allowance--Shouldn't that throw up some flags in people's heads? I bet the people at Swanson are thinking "What guy is gonna read the nutritional information? Throw some more salt in there! They'll never know!" Fibre 9 g, Sugar 25 g, Protein 33 g. So...what's the rest of the stuff? Sawdust? Recycled paper? I'm not quite sure myself, it certainly isn't flavour. Ironically, at the bottom of the box it states: "Promptly refrigerate any unused portion." Uh... unused portion? Who's gonna have leftovers? Besides, there's enough salt in it to preserve it for 100 years just sitting on the counter.

In any case, this "Hungry Man" is now eating a bowl of cereal and wondering how he can get rid of a couple frozen dinners without anyone knowing...


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I should really write things down when I think of them--I often have these long, philosophical thoughts that I figure I should add to my journal and then when I actually get down to writing a journal, I've forgotten what I wanted to say!

Little Boxes of Life
Anyway... I'm still working on settling into my new home. Although it doesn't really feel like a home yet, it feels more like living in some strange hotel room somewheres. My life still sits around me packed into little cardboard boxes...

I have so much junk. You go through life picking up little bits and pieces that you think might be useful for some reason and it collects in the corners of my office in small piles, maybe it breeds secretly? I have so many little bits and pieces of "stuff" that have little memories attached to them that I can't bear to throw away just yet--a brochure I picked up somewhere, a postcard from a friend, a guidebook, or even a freaking ticket stub and I can't seem to get rid of anything! I've been spending the last couple of weeks since I moved in opening up boxes that I had packed away for years and finding the detritus that is my life. I just can't understand how some people manage to have such minimalistic apartments when my junk seems to multiply on it's own. Have you ever seen pictures of people's houses where their bookcases have about 6 books on them   with space for "objet d'art"? Where do these people come from? My bookcases are always overflowing! Speaking of which, I still need to get to IKEA and pick up some more bookcases...

I also need to remember how to cook for myself again. I've gotten lazy the last few years having someone cook for me all the time. Cooking is such a chore most of the time, sometimes it almost seems like too much effort to cook just to eat. And then there's clean up afterwards...I have a dishwasher in the condo but I've yet to use it, I just wash up my dishes by hand. It seems like a lot of effort to go to, this living alone thing. I also get bored very easily lately--I've had to stop myself from just going to work for a few more hours because I was bored and work is just 5 minutes down the road. I need to find myself some new outlets...

Also Xmas is coming...not my favorite time of year.

<img src="img.photobucket.com/albums/v22…"  alt="Second Life icon" title="Second Life icon" />Second Life -- What is it?
Now that I have high speed Internet access, I decided to check out this new-fangled Second Life thing. So far I'm not exactly sure what Second Life's purpose is--It's advertised as a 3D social networking world, but so far in my explorations I've only discovered large empty areas that people pay real-world rent on and large areas where people seem to gather to earn "Linden dollars" (which can translate into real US currency) by dancing or just sitting. Although at L$3 for 10 minutes of "dancing" it would seem to take a long time to earn anything worthwhile. Presumably there's a reason that the owners of this virtual land want people go gather in large numbers in their constructs, but I haven't yet discovered why. I also don't understand why people would want to enter into an online 3D world just to have their little avatar animate itself "dancing", or just sit around in a large room full of chairs with a bunch of other avatars who aren't doing anything. I mean, I think they would be talking to each other or "interacting" or something, but they're just sitting there. Oh, and you can also have 3D interactive "sex" in Second Life too for some reason, although I'm not sure why you'd want to. And the funny thing is...people pay money for this.

Oh, speaking of paying money, Second Life sent me an automated email saying that they couldn't bill me for this month's access because my billing information was incorrectly filled in--Well, that's mostly because my billing information is blank, I'm using a FREE account! And then when I tried to send them an email via the online "help" desk, they sent me another automated email saying that they couldn't answer my help request about billing because I was using a free account and they apparently don't answer requests from a free account. Well what I wanna know is if I'm using a free account, and you know I'm using a free account, then why are you trying to bill me!? Sheesh.

Photography
I haven't gotten back to this yet, but I hope to do so soon. I need to get back into a creative groove soon, I'm spending too much time working lately. I'd really like to start scanning the slides my Grandfather left me from his around the world tour in the 60's. There should be some interesting stuff in there.


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The most amusing thing I've seen in a long time: Written on the bottom of a novelty coffee mug, "For best results, use other side." I almost bought the mug just for that.


Podcasts

G'Day World Podcast   The Digital Photography Show  <img src="img.photobucket.com/albums/v22…"  alt="The Global Geek Podcast" title="The Global Geek Podcast" align="center" />   Portfolio with Jade Macalla

These are some of the podcasts I listen to on a regular basis.

Cameron Reilly is a 30-something Australian lad who does this little podcast called G'Day World, first launched in 2004, where he talks about everything and anything under the sun. Cam has been branded as "Australia's First Podcaster" and is CEO of The Podcast Network and Australia's #1 digital media guru.

Scott Sherman and Michael Stein host The Digital Photography Show under The Podcast Network banner. Scott and Michael do a great show all about digital photography and have some great contests and prizes from WACOM. The Digital Photography Show is very popular and constantly at the top of the iTunes Store listing of photography podcasts.

The Global Geeks talk about everything tech, from Web2.0 blogging, the internet to product reviews and software even what they did on the week-end. Global Geek Podcast sits on it's own with the quirky attitudes and pithy, humour between the hosts and their content! Another happening podcast from TPN.

Portfolio is by deviantART's own jademacalla. Portfolio is all about exploring ones creativity and Jade does a great job of hosting. Jade has done interviews of some of deviantARTs more popular names, including lockstock, LongStock, and Nisori. Keep an eye on Jade's Journal or Jade's Blog for more good stuff. We're waiting, Jade!

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  • Listening to: Strange noises in the night
  • Reading: Not nearly enough

Movin On... (edit)

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 20, 2007, 4:01 PM
:new: My sexy new bed and couch have arrived!

I fail to understand why bed makers today must make them so high! Maybe they have something against small dogs...

The Algonquin sofabed. Perfect for napping on as it is, or if I have company and can't make it to the bedroom, it pulls out into a full-size queen mattress.
The Algonquin Sofabed by FoxDesigns

The giant bed. If I fall out, I'm liable to bust something. Coincidently, a portion of the purchase price of this bed goes to help cure breast cancer and to breast cancer awareness programs.
The Emperor's New Bed 1 by FoxDesigns The Emperor's New Bed 2 by FoxDesigns

Now open for appointments... :eyes:

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Short journal entry for the moment, just an update really. I've spent the weekend moving house and I'm slowly settling into my condo. Lots of emotions to deal with as well as a multitude of boxes to unpack and sort through, so it may be a bit longer before I get anything productive done here.

On the plus side, my new phone line and high-speed Internet have been hooked up and are running fine. On the minus side, my new bed and couch have not arrived yet due to a mix up with the store delivery!  So I have to spend the next week on an airbed and I lose another Saturday waiting for the delivery men to arrive. :shakefist:

Still settling in here and dealing with all the new noises of the condo. It's all so different than the house...

More to come soon.

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The most amusing thing I've seen in a long time: Written on the bottom of a novelty coffee mug, "For best results, use other side." I almost bought the mug just for that.

I Support

The Weekend to End Breast Cancer
I'd like to congratulate Moonbeam13 and her mom on raising over $12,000 in 2007's Weekend to End Breast Cancer. For anyone who missed out on donating for 2007, Moonbeam already has her 2008 donation page up, and I see that some people have already helped her towards her goal of $3,200! Avoid the crowds and donate early!



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  • Listening to: Someone's too-loud TV down the hall
  • Reading: Condo Corporation Rules

Silly Ideas and More

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 7, 2007, 5:05 PM
The most amusing thing I've seen in a long time: Written on the bottom of a novelty coffee mug, "For best results, use other side." I almost bought the mug just for that.

Video
I bought the new Fantastic Four movie on DVD, Rise of the Silver Surfer, and I have to say I wasn't terribly impressed with it. I mean, overall the story was ok, and they pretty much stuck to the original ideas behind the Fantastic Four comic books, not like the stupid things they did with Spiderman, but I was not really impressed with the whole thing. I found the story to be pretty simplisitic, we didn't really get any more information on the characters and their powers, and it seemed like they were using special effects just to say, "Hey! Look at what we can do with special effects!" rather than adding to the story at all.

Seems to me that Hollywood just isn't trying anymore. Or maybe the viewing public is just getting dumber by the moment.


Today's Rant
So the Webzine/Podcast idea I had didn't seem to go anywhere. At least I only had about 2 comments on it. Maybe I just need more watchers or something, I dunno... I'll still think about doing something along that line, but I'm not going to waste any energy on it right now. People, in general, have very short attention spans these days, so it seems that nobody actually wants to sit down and read something for longer than 5 minutes unless it has flashy lights or makes pinging noises. Maybe it will be a case of "If you write it...they will read it..."  We shall see.


I also threw an idea out in the forums today (forum.deviantart.com/subs/memb…). See, I would like to go back to Scotland on vacation again in either 2009 or 2010, depends on how much money I can save up now that I've spent mostly everything I had on a condo. I figure by 2009 I'd be able to vacation again.

The idea: I want to fly in to a place like Glasgow, Scotland, rent a car and then drive all over the islands and Highlands of Scotland on all those little back roads and explore all the ancient stone circles, castles, buildings and scenery I can find, photograph EVERYTHING and immerse myself in the rural Scottish culture (read: pubs).

The Problem: I don't have a driver's license, so I'm looking for a travel companion. Either sex will do. I'm not offering to pay for someone's vacation, but I would offer to pay the bulk of the car rental fees in exchange for having someone do the driving.

If someone is acually interested in discussing something like this, please note me. Any cranks or stupidity will be ignored.


Things I still need;
:bulletgreen: Inspiration
:bulletgreen: Purpose
:bulletgreen: Beer


Books to Read

Currently Reading
Clan Corporate by Charles Stross

This is the third book in the series, the first book being The Family Trade and the second one being The Hidden Family. The forth book in the series is The Merchants' War: The Merchant Princes.

Book Description
Miriam Beckstein has gotten in touch with her roots and they have nearly strangled her. A young, hip, business journalist in Boston, she discovered (in The Family Trade ) that her family comes from an alternate reality, that she is very well-connected, and that her family is too much like the mafia for comfort. In addition, starting with the fact that women are family property and required to breed more family members with the unique talent to walk between worlds, Miriam has tried to remain an outsider and her own woman. She started a profitable business in a third world she has discovered, outside the family reach (recounted in The Hidden Family). She fell in love with a distant relative, but he died saving her life.

Now, however, in The Clan Corporate, Miriam may be overreaching. And if she gets caught, death or a fate worse is around the bend. There is, for instance, the brain-damaged son of the local king who needs a wife. But they'd never make her do that, would they?

About the Author
CHARLES STROSS lives in Edinburgh, Scotland
(source: Amazon.com)

Reading Next
Fat by Rob Grant
Island in the Sea of Time by S.M. Stirling
Exit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong
Runner by William C. Dietz
Princess of Wands by John Ringo


Podcasts

G'Day World Podcast   The Digital Photography Show   Portfolio with Jade Macalla

These are some of the podcasts I listen to on a regular basis.

Cameron Reilly is a 30-something Australian lad who does this little podcast called G'Day World, first launched in 2004, where he talks about everything and anything under the sun. Cam has been branded as "Australia's First Podcaster" and is CEO of The Podcast Network and Australia's #1 digital media guru.

Scott Sherman and Michael Stein host The Digital Photography Show under The Podcast Network banner. Scott and Michael do a great show all about digital photography and have some great contests and prizes from WACOM. The Digital Photography Show is very popular and constantly at the top of the iTunes Store listing of photography podcasts.

Portfolio is by deviantART's own jademacalla. Portfolio is all about exploring ones creativity and Jade does a great job of hosting. Jade has done interviews of some of deviantARTs more popular names, including lockstock, LongStock, and Nisori. Portfolio is currently in Season 2. Keep an eye on Jade's Journal or Jade's Blog for more good stuff.

I Support

The Weekend to End Breast Cancer
I'd like to congratulate Moonbeam13 and her mom on raising over $12,000 in 2007's Weekend to End Breast Cancer. For anyone who missed out on donating for 2007, Moonbeam already has her 2008 donation page up, and I see that some people have already helped her towards her goal of $3,200! Avoid the crowds and donate early!



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  • Reading: Clan Corporate by Charles Stross

Various Things

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 22, 2007, 4:41 PM
<img src="img.photobucket.com/albums/v22…"  alt="Writing" title="Writing">
I have an idea for a Webzine that I'd like to throw out to the general public. As well, I have an notion to resurrect a deviantART podcast. You could read about these ideas in the forum by going to; forum.deviantart.com/community… . Comments would be appreciated.


I just got a really nice calendar from lucias-tears deviant shop. I was pretty impressed with the quality of it. Check it out. (And if anyone would like to buy me some of her prints I've stuck in my wishlist... :eyes:) :heart: Scotland!

2008 Calendar by lucias-tears

I should really get working on my own photography again! And I should also get working on some prints of my own. I procrastinate too much, I know...


The condo purchase proceeds as normal. I had a visit there the other day and took some measurements so that I can shop for furniture. Only 6 weeks to go.


Things I need right now;
:bulletgreen: Inspiration
:bulletgreen: Purpose
:bulletgreen: Reasons


Books to Read

Currently Reading
Dead Man Rising by Lilith Saintcrow

This is the second book in the series, the first book being Working for the Devil and the next one being The Devil's Right Hand. I think there are five books in this series right now.

Book Description
When the dead call, she answers.

Bounty hunting is a helluva job, but it pays the bills. And it lets Necromance Dante Valentine forget her issues---like struggling with her half-demon side and the memory of her lover's death.

Now psychics all over the city are being savagely murdered---and a piece of the past Dante thought she'd buried is stalking the night with a vengeance. Too bad she's got no way to tell which fiend--or friend--to trust. Or that her most horrifying nightmares are gathering to take one kick-ass bounty hunter down for the count.

But that's only the beginning. The Devil just called. He's looking for Dante's lover--the one he killed... (From Amazon.com)

You can also see the author's page for more information, here: www.lilithsaintcrow.com/journa…


Podcasts

G'Day World Podcast   The Digital Photography Show   Portfolio with Jade Macalla

These are some of the podcasts I listen to on a regular basis.

Cameron Reilly is a 30-something Australian lad who does this little podcast called G'Day World, first launched in 2004, where he talks about everything and anything under the sun. Cam has been branded as "Australia's First Podcaster" and is CEO of The Podcast Network and Australia's #1 digital media guru.

Scott Sherman and Michael Stein host The Digital Photography Show under The Podcast Network banner. Scott and Michael do a great show all about digital photography and have some great contests and prizes from WACOM. The Digital Photography Show is very popular and constantly at the top of the iTunes Store listing of photography podcasts.

Portfolio is by deviantART's own jademacalla. Portfolio is all about exploring ones creativity and Jade does a great job of hosting. Jade has done interviews of some of deviantARTs more popular names, including lockstock, LongStock, and Nisori. Portfolio is currently in Season 2. Keep an eye on Jade's Journal or Jade's Blog for more good stuff.

I Support

The Weekend to End Breast Cancer
I'd like to congratulate Moonbeam13 and her mom on raising over $12,000 in 2007's Weekend to End Breast Cancer. For anyone who missed out on donating for 2007, Moonbeam already has her 2008 donation page up, and I see that some people have already helped her towards her goal of $3,200! Avoid the crowds and donate early!



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  • Reading: Dead Man Rising by Lilith Saintcrow
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For the first time in 31 years, the US dollar is on par with the Canadian dollar! Now is the time for us Canadian deviants to take advantage of these favourable rates and stock up!

1 US Dollar =  1.01343 Canadian Dollar
(source: OANDA.com)

You know you've cursed the fact that there is so much deviant goodness here on deviantART, but you couldn't take advantage of it because all the prices were in US dollars and you cursed the conversion rate. Well curse no more, the US dollar is at an all-time low and rumour has it that the Canadian dollar will actually be worth MORE than the US dollar for a short time before the rebound happens. So, my fellow Canadians, now is the time to jump up and top up those subscriptions! Dive into the deviantART shop like a bus load of pensioners on a trip to Buffalo and grab yourself some of that deviantWEAR that you always wanted but was always priced way too high for us north of the border. Now is also the time to go and grab up all those prints and calendars you always wanted because I doubt the rates will be this favourable again.

Yes, you're probably like me and you're thinking, "Sure, I can get great stuff, but what about the postage?" Well, if you're like me you're constantly cursing the fact that it costs so much to get anything shipped from the US up to us here in Canada, so I'm calling on all you Canadian deviants to stand up and tell deviantART that we want more choices! We don't want to pay $10 to ship one print! Speak out with your buying dollars and tell those people down there at the US Postal Office that Canada isn't on another planet, we're right here above them and we're tired of getting screwed on postage! Let's tell deviantART that we're quite happy to spend our money, but we want more choices when it comes to shipping! In the meantime stock up and save that postage by ordering multiple items all at the same time... You know you want to.

Here are a couple of news articles to check out:
Toronto Star: www.thestar.com/Business/artic…
BBC News: news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7…
CNN: money.cnn.com/2007/09/20/marke…

In the meantime, check out this sexy deviant goodness;
Dunrobin Castle by FoxDesigns The Muse by FoxDesigns Vertigo by Moonbeam13
Sanctuary by Moonbeam13 Noahs Arc by lucias-tears Warriors by Moonbeam13
Sunflower by Moonbeam13 Claro01 by annie252 Autumns Regret by Elandria
Ancient Pathways by lucias-tears 2008 Calendar by lucias-tears Boann by Lyastri
Cradled by Lyastri Noahs Arc by lucias-tears Lakeside Retreat02 by annie252
Reynard by Photosbykev :thumb3127864:
Misty Morn' by Photosbykev Where The Dragons Fly V2 by Elandria
Her Phantom by Foxfires Something beautiful. by zemotion versus by bryan-cuttance

Thinking Pink and Rinky Dink

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 1, 2007, 4:47 PM
<img src="img.photobucket.com/albums/v22…"  alt="The Weekend to End Breast Cancer" title="The Weekend to End Breast Cancer" />
I've known Moonbeam13 (Danie) for many years now and she never ceases to amaze me in the things she can accomplish when she sets her mind to it. Even though this dogged (see also; bullheaded, hardheaded, headstrong, mulish, obstinate, pertinacious, perverse, pigheaded, stiff-necked, tenacious, and willful) determination of hers often leaves her so worn out that she makes herself sick she won't stop until she accomplishes the goals she's set out for herself.

I've often believed that certain people in the world are catalysts or "rallying points" around which other people — people who don't usually act on their own — flock to. I think Danielle is one of these sorts people, and I'm often proud to call her a friend... (while at other times... =P)

Once again I am amazed at the things the girl can do. Danielle promised to do her walk again this year, and she set her goal at a modest (for her) $2000. I just went to look at her pledge page and I see that Danielle and the people here on deviantART have achieved pledges amounting to; $6,780.62!! That just blows me away, and there's still time left for you to donate!

04-Sept-07; Danie's total donations are now $7,645.62!
:new: 05-Sept-07; Danie's total donations are now $7,845.62!

It's little things like this that make me declare Danie and her mom to be Wonder Women.

Wonder Women by FoxDesigns


Photography

The Rinky-Dink part of my journal.

I found out the other week that Canon has just announced the release of the new Canon 40D DSLR.
Canon 40D

At first I thought it was hot sex on toast, but now I'm still a bit torn on whether I should call this an upgrade from the 20D/30D or merely an update. We're looking at a better-built body with weather-proofing, 10.1 megapixel self-cleaning CMOS sensor (APS-C size sensor), DIGIC III technology, 6.5 fps continuous shooting (max 75 JPGs, 17 RAW), three custom user modes, a 3.0 inch LCD monitor, "Live View" with optional mirror-drop auto-focus, a larger brighter viewfinder with interchangeable focusing screens, and a quieter mirror mechanism. They also say there's a new optional combo vertical / WiFi grip which will probably cost way too much.

Ok, great, a 10.1 megapixel self-clean sensor is nice. More burst images is nice too, so is the larger LCD, although I can see that big LCD sucking up more battery life. But "live view"? How many serious photographers are going to use the LCD for composing images? Not very many. The live view is mostly for the amateur user who bought a DSLR because they heard it was better. One person I spoke to said it would be great to use live view when shooting over the top of people's heads in a crowd, but the LCD doesn't tilt, so you wouldn't be able to see through it anyway! Live view might also be used in studio settings, but I can't imagine it would be used often. Personally, I would rather use a laptop connected to the camera to control it in a studio than looking through the LCD.

At least with the Digic III technology we're going to have better images with less noise and better colour rendering. And the self-clean sensor is also a nice addition first seen on the Rebel XTi. An IR remote would've been nice too, although they're talking about being able to transfer images and commands wirelessly through the WiFi grip--I imagine this WiFi grip will be way out of the price range of most consumers though. ISO maxes out at 1600, or 3200 in "HI", it would've been nice to get ISO 3200 on the selection dial and 6400 at "HI ISO", but what can you do. Most people are going to max out at ISO 800 hand held anyway. I also hope that the 40D isn't plagued with focusing problems that have been popping up in the 1DS.

They also announce two new lenses to go with the 40D; The EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, which is a nice image-stabilized lens that can replace the kit lens, and the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS, a telephoto zoom with a 4-stop Image Stabilizer. Two pretty nice lenses.

Pricewise, the Canon 40D with 17-85 IS USM lens is pre-selling at my usual camera store for $1760 CDN, body only is $1400 CDN. I already have someone interested in buying my 20D, so I may get myself a 40D in the spring, I imagine the price will have dropped a couple hundred by then.


My Photos:
I've posted a couple of the photos from my UK2007 trip. I'll be posting more as soon as I get more time. In the meantime you can still visit my Flickr page at; SFoxPhotography

In the meantime, here's a couple books on Photography to check out wherever you buy books. I've got a bunch of this series from "Photo Workshop" on my wish list.

I think the book on Lighting would be particularly good for some of the stock photographers on dA to look over. There's also one on portrait photography that's pretty interesting.

<img src="img.photobucket.com/albums/v22…"   alt="Photos That Inspire" title="Photos That Inspire"/>   Composition   Lighting


Books to Read

A Meeting at Corvallis by S. M. Stirling
Currently Reading
A Meeting at Corvallis by S. M. Stirling




This is the third and last of this particular trilogy. The series includes two other books; Dies the Fire and The Protector's War. I really enjoy the series because it includes several things that interest me; a post-apocalypse human race, Medievalism, the SCA, Wicca, and a look into the peculiarities of humanity. They say that society is a mere three meals away from total anarchy.

Ten years after modern technology and most of the human race go extinct, what was Oregon is divided among three societies...

Book Description
In the tenth year of The Change, the survivors in western Oregon have learned how to live in a world without technology-but there are those who would exploit the new world order. On one side stands Michael Havel's Bearkillers and their allies, Clan MacKenzie under the leadership of Juniper MacKenzie. On the other is the Lord Protector, Norman Arminger-the Warlord of Portland, whose neo-feudal empire rules over much of the Pacific Northwest.

The tensions between factions have been building for some time, and the only reason they haven't met on the battlefield is because Arminger's daughter has fallen into Clan MacKenzie's hands. But a plan to retrieve her threatens to plunge the entire region into open warfare. (Source: Amazon.com)

S. M. Stirling (Steve) has also told Amazon.com that he just submitted a new book called The Sunrise Lands, the first volume in a new trilogy set in the same universe.

It's Change Year 22, a generation after high-energy technology died in a catastrophe most of the human race didn't survive.  The children born after the Change are now starting to take center stage -- and Whoever or Whatever was behind the Change itself may be taking a hand in their rivalries.  An expedition must travel to Nantucket across a strange and hostile continent to find some answers.


Podcasts

G'Day World Podcast   The Digital Photography Show   Portfolio with Jade Macalla

These are some of the podcasts I listen to on a regular basis.

Cameron Reilly is a 30-something Australian lad who does this little podcast called G'Day World, first launched in 2004, where he talks about everything and anything under the sun. Cam has been branded as "Australia's First Podcaster" and is CEO of The Podcast Network and Australia's #1 digital media guru.

Scott Sherman and Michael Stein host The Digital Photography Show under The Podcast Network banner. Scott and Michael do a great show all about digital photography and have some great contests and prizes from WACOM. The Digital Photography Show is very popular and constantly at the top of the iTunes Store listing of photography podcasts.

Portfolio is by deviantART's own jademacalla. Portfolio is all about exploring ones creativity and Jade does a great job of hosting. Jade has done interviews of some of deviantARTs more popular names, including lockstock, LongStock, and Nisori. Portfolio is currently in Season 2, and Jade has recently made an update! Huzzah! Also Jade promises to have new episodes after he returns from DragonCon, so stay tuned to Jade's Journal or Jade's Blog for more good stuff.

I Support


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  • Reading: A Meeting at Corvallis by S.M. Stirling