Comedy Photoshop Tutorials

•January 27, 2008 • 2 Comments

I found this very funny photoshop tutorial series on photography blog, Photojojo. Photojojo is something to check out in itself for photography and photoshop tips. This photoshop tutorial series comes from a comedy internet tv site called, My Damn Channel. If you’re getting bored with regular tv since the writer’s strike started, check out this site for some comic relief. Some very funny stuff in there but there is also a lot of just plain silly stuff too.

What made this particular episode of You Suck at Photoshop really funny was that his eBay post was really on eBay for one day. The auction started off with a starting bid of $0.99 and went up to $750 by the time it was canceled. To see some of the Q&A comments from eBay you’ll have to go to the Digg story at the bottom. Those were equally entertaining as the video was! I’m not sure if there will be more episodes in this series, but I am hoping for more!

Oh yeah, as for the actual “photoshop tutorial” part of the videos, you can actually learn something from them if you already have some familiarity with photoshop. Right before episode 4 came out I had just started getting my feet wet with the pen tool and paths. Masks I haven’t tried yet. He did give some small tips on how to edit your pen paths.

This episode brought to you again by Donnie, is about paths and masks. Have fun and learn a thing or two.

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Second Life Age Verification: in beta now

•December 8, 2007 • 4 Comments

I wrote a couple of posts about this when it first came out in May, that Linden Labs was going to put in age verification. I wasn’t happy with the way they were going to implement or the fact they needed to clean up their own mess with the whole, no credit card needed thing. (That just opened the door for anyone to go on the Main Grid were it was adult only. Yet on the Teen Grid you still need credit card info. *boogle*)
Ok, /rant off.

Last week it was announced that Linden Labs has put age verification into beta testing. There are some glitches in the system though. Massively has been publishing some very good articles on the subject, this one has some very good info in it. I would have to say after reading that article, Linden Labs should scrap this age verification system and go back to the drawing board. Maybe put back the old credit card verification system they once had and charge the one time fee of $9.95 again. Basically, if an under age person really wants to get on the Main Grid in SL, all they ever have to do is pose as one of their parents. So no system will ever be full proof.

Edit: 12/9/07 – Linden Labs has their latest blog post to answer resident questions. They are answering most of the questions we all had back in May but were not answered at the time. Probably because they didn’t know the answer then. Massive has another insightful post today. It’s a rather funny post on how many people are using dead celebrities and even live ones to verify with.

Elder Scrolls MMORPG is official! (or is it?)

•December 5, 2007 • 2 Comments

Edit Note 10/8/10: Thought I’d mention that it’s not so official yet. Yes their parent company bought the IP address but there hasn’t been a peep about it from Bethesda yet. They might be quietly working on it or not. A lot has changed in 3 years in regards to MMOs. They do have a ready made world with lore built in. Although sometimes the charm of their games is that it’s single player and especially because it’s modifiable!

I was very excited a month ago when I saw this post on Voodoo Extreme. But I was cautiously happy, since there was nothing official on it yet from Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls site. Well I just found this post on QJ.Net. (I’m a month late seeing that post though.)

I’ve seen many blogs buzzing about this since Voodoo Extreme first posted. Still there was nothing concrete yet. QJ.Net is the closest thing to concrete so far. Massively had several articles with different speculations on it.

I’m still worried that Elder Scrolls Online will be yet another WoW knockoff. I would like to see something new or improved in the way of MMORPGS. There are several things about the Elder Scrolls series that I really like. One main thing that I noticed right off with Oblivion, was the quests. They are not straight forward, some are even hidden quests. Even the Thieves and Assassin Guilds were hidden. The second thing was all the mods available to tweak the game itself. Plus you can even make you’re own mods for the game.

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First Meta

•December 3, 2007 • Leave a Comment

I’m finally getting a bit more into SL again. I guess I just needed the SL vacation time. Plus I was having some creative blockage. Anyway, JEVN recently had an update for their vendor system. In the release notes she mentioned that the vendors are now First Meta compatible. Since I love to tinker with gadgets and learn about different ways JEVN can be used, I needed to look into this First Meta thing.

First Meta is a credit card for Second Life. They also offer a saving account. The credit card idea sparked my interest. I have no need of using one but enabling my vendors to accept a credit card is a great idea! Their current merchant list is not fly by night merchants either. So I do have faith in this company. It will be interesting to see how many people use their credit cards.

New Way of Picking a Candidate

•November 20, 2007 • 1 Comment

I just saw this on my local CBS station which showed a great way to choose one of the millions of Presidential candidates. Instead of watching one of many debates, which we’re going to be drowning in for next year, Glassbooth.org helps you see where candidates stand on issues that are personally important to you.

I encourage anyone in the USA to check this out. Since we are having to wade through so many candidates with a list that grows and shrinks monthly. It takes 10 min. to take the quiz which is rating system of which topic is most important to you.

I ended up with Dennis Kucinich, which surprised me. I mean the only thing I ever heard about him was that he had a “hot” wife. The media rarely talked about what issues he stood for. Basically the media only focuses on the top 3 candidates from the Democrats and the Republicans. They don’t even pay attention to the other parties. Hmm…I’m not even sure this site pays attention to the other parties but at least it does show the candidates in the parties.

Travian – Curiously addicting

•September 16, 2007 • 10 Comments

Screen Shot Travian is a free browser game that’s heavily advertised on different game sites. The first thing that comes to my mind for a browser game is either something very good like Runescape or something very very bad. (No example of bad since I run away screaming from them.) Travian is a RTS game, Real Time Strategy, similar to the Warcraft series.

I wondered how a RTS game would work in a browser. It’s actually much easier to do than what the RPG game Runescape did. The funny thing about Travian is that it becomes addicting. You want to build up your village and go off to conquer or pillage someone. Like all RTS there is a bit of a flow chart in the order of things you can build. I enjoy this game because I can do other things and let this sit on the browser while I’m at another site. If you try it out and need more information on the game, there is a FAQ page and a Wiki. Also look through their official forum.

Update note 10/14/07 – There is a Beginner’s Guide on the Travian forums.  Also the 3x Speed server is exactly what the name implies. Everything is three times faster on that server versus the four other servers currently online. Which means they are seriously slow to build on.

Phil Hansen’s Art

•September 11, 2007 • 1 Comment

Just in case you haven’t seen this guy’s art yet, here it is.

It was hard to pick only one of his pieces. He’s extremely unique not in the end product so much as how it’s made or what it’s made from. I should add that he’s very very talented. Here is his personal site and his Youtube site. He takes the meaning of multi-media art to a whole new level!