Monday, July 7, 2014

Moving back to tumblr

There are many things I want to say, but usually those things are in response to current events and internet hoopla. Tumblr seems much better suited for the commentary-style "blogging" I'm interested in.

You can find and follow me on tumblr here.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Pixelmator Playtime

I purchased Pixelmator back in 2011 during one of their early promotional sales. It's taken me this long to actually sit down and see what it has to offer. (Note that I've been using Photoshop for over 15 years, so it has been extremely easy to just glance at the Pixelmator icon and think "I'll try you next time.") Well, now that I've tried it, I have made the decision to keep using it whenever I can. The feature set is outstanding for a $30 piece of software. It's also very user-friendly from a Photoshop user's perspective—almost every function and keyboard shortcut I tried worked the same as it does in Photoshop. Hell, it even lets you open up layered PSD files! As far as I'm concerned, if you have a Mac and want an image editor, this is the app you need to look at first.

Here is the result of my first trial run. I just took an old black-n-white drawing I did back in college and started fooling around.

Friday, July 4, 2014

A Truly Inspiring Independence Day

I've been seeing myself slowly become more and more annoyed with American politics. Congress is in full gridlock—we can't even get common-sense legislation to the floor to be voted on. Our legislative government is essentially worthless. Well, a couple months ago I randomly came across a movement called "Mayday PAC". I read the plan, dug into the story behind the movement, and after listening to Lawrence Lessig's book The USA is Lesterland, decided I would join the cause. It's the first political contribution I've ever made.

Long story short, it looked like there was no way in hell we were going to make our final goal of $5 million by today's deadline. We hadn't even reached $4 million by this morning.


We Did It
…and I haven't felt this optimistic about America in years.

Happy Independence Day.