Photoshop Isn't the Over-Glorified Paintbrush I Remember

Over the last few months, I've found that I've needed to use Photoshop more and more. This strikes me as odd, considering how I haven't needed it for a single touch-up in over four years. But now that I've built an intranet at work, as well as putting up this simple WordPress site, it seems that Photoshop has once again become part of my regular tools.

I've taken more pictures since meeting Reiko than I have in my entire life. Everything seems more interesting and has more colour when I'm with her, so why not capture those moments with a camera? Of course, those images then need to be sized, trimmed, re-touched or down-right modified before being posted online (if posted at all). That's not to say that every picture needs to be touched up … just one ones that need to sit at a 11.5 degree counter-clockwise rotation, like the picture in the upper left hand corner.

The version of Photoshop that's currently installed on my notebook is CS. I realise that this is an "older" version, but seriously, for what I do with images, I could easily get away with Photoshop 4. Layers, overlays, text manipulation and simple transformations are all I really do (and understand). I'm sure that over the next few months I'll learn how to do very cool things like alter skin tones or change backgrounds as well as subject lighting. But that would change the entire purpose of the picture, wouldn't it?

I love technology, don't get me wrong. But I wonder how much of a picture can be changed before the purpose of the picture is lost? A picture is a snapshot … a moment in time. By altering it, we're altering our memory of the event. People could make themselves look thinner, or heavier, or taller, or have darker or lighter skin … the list goes on. In this ever self-conscious society, how many of us will be altering our pictures to make ourselves look better?

I guess this is really a question of how much fiction will we insert into our personal histories.

While I don't think I'll be modifying these pictures to darken my skin or give myself that million dollar smile, I'll certainly make sure to never over-write the original pictures. Life is beautiful as it is. We don't need to fret over the little things.

Jason No Baka!

Okay … it's clear that I'm an idiot. For the last week I've been having trouble viewing this site properly when not at home. Other people have told me that it loads, but I don't think they've been seeing what I wanted them to see. Today I decided to change all the site's internal links to look at Port 88 (since my ISP filters out port 80 requests), and voila! It works.

I should have tried this last weekend … because now that I know the NAS will do what I need it to do (albeit, slowly), I can start loading it up with pictures and other details. It should be fun. I think I'll put up most of my comedic images, too. This way I'll have something to link to people who need to see Domokun chasing a kitten …

Over the next few days I'll try to add some of the pictures and events that occurred in Japan, as well as talk about my upcoming trip there during this Christmas break. I've managed to squeeze two weeks of vacation out of work, and I can likely extend that to three without much hassle. The biggest problem will be the amount of vacation time I'll have remaining afterwards …

Let's see what happens.

Not The Box I Was Expecting

Okay, I've had this NAS running for over a week now, and I must admit that it's not quite what I was expecting. I guess it's a good thing I didn't rush out and buy matigo.net … because it seems that people can only access this site when my router has been recently reset.

Since buying a new router is out of the question right now, I guess I'll have to keep these entries short and to the point. Of course this is just a little hiccup that'll eventually be resolved. I still want matigo.net :P

LAMP Up And Running

Well, it looks like it's finally running.

Yesterday I received my new NAS (Network Attached Storage) and LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) box while at work. It's nothing spectacular, just a simple Synology DS-101j, but it certainly gets the job done and has some pretty cool features considering it's the size of a standard 3.5" HDD enclosure.

Over the next few weeks I'll be updating this to be much more personalized, and eventually it'll have pictures from my trips to Japan, Victoria and around BC (I guess that would be Whistler, and my work).

w00t for Simplicity!

Happy Birthday To Me!

Okay, it's a cheap entry since it was clearly not written the same day as I was born … but here we go.

In April of 1979:

  • April 1 - Iran's government becomes an Islamic Republic by a 98% vote, overthrowing Shah officially
  • April 1 - 18 - Police lock Andreas Mihavecz in a holding cell in Bregenz, Austria, and forget him there without food or drink.
  • April 1 - Nickelodeon Television Channel, a children's cartoon channel, launches as The Pinwheel Network.
  • April 2 - Sverdlovsk Anthrax leak: A Soviet biowarfare laboratory at Sverdlovsk accidentally releases airborne anthrax spores, killing 66 plus an unknown amount of livestock.
  • April 3 - My parents navigate through a snow storm to the hospital in Georgetown, Ontario to bring me into the world
  • April 4 - President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan is executed.
  • April 8 - Alexi Laiho from Children of Bodom is born.
  • April 10 - A tornado hits Wichita Falls, Texas, killing 42 people (the most notable of 26 that hit that day).
  • April 11 - Tanzanian troops take Kampala, the capital of Uganda; Idi Amin flees.
  • April 17 - Schoolchildren in the Central African Empire are arrested (and around 100 killed) for protesting against compulsory school uniforms. An African judicial commission later determines that Emperor Jean-Bédel Bokassa "almost certainly" took part in the massacre.
  • April 23 - Fighting in London between the Anti-Nazi League and the Metropolitan Police's Special Patrol Group results in the death of protestor Blair Peach.

Though times have changed between then and now (whenever "now" is), people have not.