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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

To photoshop or not to photoshop.... 

As you may already know, Photoshop is the name of a powerful image editing application. Photoshop allows you to touch up old photos. It also lets you blot out the occasional zit or make Grandma look young again (Look! No gray!)
But photoshop is also a verb. And it's become one of my favorite pasttimes, of late.
It all started when I had some spare time to make frequent visits to Fark.com. Each day this web site posts a number of informal contests giving insane people, like me, the opportunity to photoshop a picture. In this case, the goal is to photoshop it into something funny (often crude) or artistic. Or both.
Some photoshoppers actually use Photoshop to edit the image. Others might use Fireworks or even Power Point. Some edits are poorly done while others have a professional look to them. The challenge is to get the altered image posted quickly so it has the opportunity to garner more votes.
Now that I've begun to photoshop for pleasure (and to learn how to use the software) I've stopped posting to Fark. A friend at work showed me a picture of one of his friends that he was was altering and shared the source pic with me. That got me started. Where will it stop? No one knows.
Here's that source picture of my "friend of a friend."

Once I had this image, I could start playing with it.
Here's my first attempt at being hilarious. The victim in this shot is my friend.
Notice how little I altered the images. I simply found an environment to put them into and added some props.
Here, I was getting seriously silly. But it was hard work. I had to reproduce part of his jeans so I could extend them and add the boots. Worked okay. So I decided to do another one with boots that seemed a bit more fitting.
I'm exercising my creativity muscles. It's all great fun.
But don't think I stoppped there. I've been continuing to hone my skills and challenge myself to see what else I can do.
So come on back, soon, for more wackiness.


Friday, March 03, 2006

I suck at updating my blog! 

Right. Now on to something I really care about.
I read an article that was linked from Fark.com, my favorite new hangout. It concerns a young man thrown out of a theater for laughing too loudly during a showing of The Pink Panther. They actually threw this guy out of the theater!
At first, I was incensed! They've got some nerve!
Then I went ahead an read the whole article. That'll teach me. It seems the guy has a disability that sometimes causes him to break out in loud uncontrollable laughter. (Sounds almost as bad as Tourette Syndrome.)
People were complaining about how loud he was. Now it's nice that the theater has offered to give him a free personalized showing, but I think they're bending over backwards.
What if this guy had uncontrollable farting? What if he had Tourettes? Would we be so angry that he was thrown out?
I always wonder why the poor disabled guy gets the special attention and those of us who pay to actually hear all of the lines in a movie have to put up with something annoying (people who leave their cell phone rings on in theaters need to be shot). I know it's not his fault and I certainly don't blame him.
I blame his mother. Why the hell would she take him to see the movie knowing that funny things make him laugh loudly and uncontrollably? Geeze. Don't we abled people have rights, too?

Although, as I understand it, there's not that much to laugh about in that movie. Maybe she thought?... Nahhh


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