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Stop! The presses or why I love/hate Flipboard

Posted 11-24-2010 at 06:33 AM by Nasturtium (Ramble on)

Surfing the internet on a touchscreen is wonderfully intuitive I find. I'm old enough to remember when hypertext links were new. I thought they would be incredibly powerful one day. Little did I know how much.

And now there's this application that turns any Twitter/Facebook feed into compact and nicely formatted magazine.

But only those.

Flipboard makes my Google Reader account; Zinio, PDF reader and things like Posterous & LiveJournal look like dinosaurs....
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Dutch Utopia, Dutch Heaven

Posted 10-12-2010 at 10:00 AM by Nasturtium (Ramble on)
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Dutch Utopia
There's a local exhibit of American oil paintings of Holland from the late 1800's called Dutch Utopia. They have that amazing chiaroscuro light...but with pale impressionist colors. I do believe this could be the 'missing link' between van Gogh's dark Flemish style and his work that started in the Paris salon and ended in Provence. Fun stuff. They painted idyllic Dutch villages while in America industrialization was making the landscape not so picaresque. My one beef with this...
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has the term "Photoshop" become generic?

Posted 10-09-2010 at 01:10 AM by Nasturtium (Ramble on)
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In talking to people lately I've noticed that they've used the term 'Photoshop' to mean any kind of digital editing.

So even if they are using iPhoto or any other kind of software they call it 'Photoshopping' not digital retouching (that last sure doesn't roll easily off of the tongue). We just don't seem to have a good word that describes post processing.

In the two years since I started editing my photographs in the computer I've noticed a shift from; the-only-good-picture-is-one-that-comes-straight-out-of-the-camera...
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Wacom Bamboo stylus top is an eraser

Posted 09-01-2010 at 04:17 AM by Nasturtium (Ramble on)

How did I not know this? If I turn my stylus over...the tip is an eraser. Who knew?

This month I am working through a book on Illustrator. It's certainly making me think differently about how I use Photoshop.
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the placement of wings on imaginary creatures

Posted 08-05-2010 at 09:06 AM by Nasturtium (Ramble on)

So I've been thinking. I know where you'd put wings on a human...and on a horse...but where would you put them on a centaur? If they were on the man's shoulders they'd flap into the horse part and he'd probably fly lop-sided. If you place them on the horse...well aerodynamically I don't see how that would work either.



And why do they usually used feathered wings? Why not airplane wings? I...
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