19 May 2017

Life of Art SitRep #379 Incipio DualPro Shine iPhone 7 Plus Cases

This week, I added select designs to new Incipio DualPro Shine iPhone 7 Plus Cases. They have a cool faux brushed metallic finish that comes in gold, silver, or rose gold. (Yes, it's possible I'm partial to silver. Any case can be easily switched to the finish you prefer under the Color option on the product page's sidebar.)

Shot 55 photographs. Culled 1. Haven't properly looked at them all yet though.

Rocklawn Arts blogged New Eye-catching Google Pixel Cases Collection, New Rugged Google Pixel XL Case Collection, and New Samsung Galaxy S8 Carved Cases at Rocklawn Arts. The latter two will post next week.

Watched some classes during PhotoShop Week on CreativeLive (more airing for free on Friday and Saturday):
Cloning, Healing and Removing Distractions in Photoshop with Matt Kloskowski
Digital Printing using Adobe® Photoshop® and Lightroom® with Daniel Gregory
Creating Advanced Masks with Chris Knight (this one was really great!)

How was your week?

11 years ago on TTaT: Nature's lawn mowers!

17 May 2017

Note to Self, vol. XXVI

When it's tremendously windy where you are pumping gas and you want to clean your windshield, stand upwind when you pull the squeegee out of the wiper fluid.

Fortunately, it's ridiculously warm today in the mid 80's, so it didn't feel too bad when the liquid spritzed my bare calves. Just as well I was wearing shorts for the first time this year.

10 years ago on TTaT: Eight, at last

12 May 2017

Life of Art SitRep #378 Samsung Galaxy S8 Cases with Wood Inlays

Finishing out this week, I went to a Nasty Women art exhibit which reminded me that there are others out there who think like I do, that women are people who deserve equal rights, equal pay, health care, and safety in our lives.

Shot 13 nature photographs, culled 6, rated rest.

Created select new Carved Samsung Galaxy S8 Cases:

Created a couple of Case-Mate Tough Xtreme iPhone 7 cases and upgraded others to the Tough Xtreme case option:

Created Eye-catching Google Pixel Cases and Rugged Google Pixel XL Cases collections:

Rocklawn Arts blogged New Google Pixel Cases at Rocklawn Arts and New Google Pixel XL Cases at Rocklawn Arts.

Made monthly backups. Have you backed up lately?

12 years ago on TTaT: today's thought...

05 May 2017

Life of Art SitRep #377 More Google Pixel Cases

To start the week, I Rocklawn Arts blogged Popular Protest Pins, Keychains, Bumper Stickers, T-Shirts, and more which collects the most popular protest swag sold last month.

Shot 33 photographs, culled 19, rated rest.

Rated 5 more folders of photographs from last year.

Finished adding select designs to new Google Pixel Cases and Google Pixel XL Cases:

Check out the rest of the Google Pixel Cases and Google Pixel XL Cases.

Created a Resistance Starts Here on Blue Silk Abstract Photo Postcard and added it to Resistance Starts Here collection:

Also created a new Incipio iPhone 7 Plus case:

How was your week?

11 years ago on TTaT: Thirteen, Speak up

01 May 2017


Gettin' my climb on back in the day:

10 years ago on TTaT: How cheap am I willing to be? (Coincidentally, I recently rewatched both of those episodes of Star Trek: Voyager though this time on BBC-America. Those scenes still make me laugh.)

30 April 2017

The Day The Light Changed

Leafing out trees with new yellow-green leaves that are more green today, just a bit more open, less of the sky to see beyond trunks and branches. Softer, warmer light. Spring.

12 years ago on TTaT: Headfirst

29 April 2017

Wonder Woman, Volume 1: The Lies

Wonder Woman, Volume 1: The Lies25. Wonder Woman, Volume 1: The Lies by Greg Rucka

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read in an interview somewhere that Greg Rucka was trying to make Steve Trevor cool again. I've never thought of Steve as cool before, but Rucka succeeds here.

Though this is volume 1, this story does reference the preceding New 52 run's events. You need not read those first to understand this book. I wouldn't bother as that run got worse over time so much so I stopped reading it.

Once the mystery presented in this book is solved (not yet in vol.1), I think we'll be able to dispense with the New 52 run's history as no more than footnote.

I enjoyed the characters and stories in this and look forward to seeing where it goes next.

11 years ago on TTaT: The order of a series

28 April 2017

Life of Art SitRep #376 Samsung Galaxy S8 and Google Pixel Cases

This week, I got outside and shot 51 photographs. Culled 30 and rated the rest, marking 2 with green labels for a possible diptych.

Rocklawn Arts blogged New Varied Indigo and White Stripes pattern at Rocklawn Arts.

Then shifted gears to new smartphone case offerings.

Created some Samsung Galaxy S8 Cases and Samsung Galaxy S8+ Cases:

Also started creating Google Pixel Cases and Google Pixel XL Cases:

Watched Shooting for Stock Photography with Geo Rittemyer on Creative Live.

Watched Stop Planning. Start Doing | Chase Jarvis RAW and I got PHOTO TIPS for DAYS!! | ChaseJarvis RAW.

How was your week?

12 years ago on TTaT: Like slaying a dragon with a toothpick, Brain Alert

25 April 2017

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2013

The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 201324. The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2013 by Rich Horton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A bit hard to rate with around 33 diverse short stories, some OK, some I liked, some I really liked, and 1 I disliked enough I didn't finish it. Your mileage will vary based on your tastes, I suspect.

If I had edited this volume, I would've made a slimmer selection. Therefore I suggest if a story isn't grabbing you, feel free to skip to the next one. (I could've saved myself some time on a few that way.)

Not my usual sort of read, but I won a copy from Worldbuilder's annual fundraiser for Heifer International during which they have a huge lottery of books/games and other cool sundries you can win to encourage donations.

I read stories off and on over the course of a year.

Here are some of the stories I rather liked:
The Black Feminist's Guide To Science Fiction Film Editing
Scrap Dragon
The Castle That Jack Built
Twenty-Two And You
Two Houses
The Weight Of History, The Lightness Of The Future

10 years ago on TTaT: Slow Seven

22 April 2017

The Legend of Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Origins

The Legend of Wonder Woman (2015-) Vol. 1: Origins23. The Legend of Wonder Woman (2015-) Vol. 1: Origins by Renae DeLiz

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An excellent origin story for Wonder Woman. Feels faithful to the original with some key tweaks that actually make it make more sense. Though it's set during World War 2, it has a contemporary feel in some aspects which makes it an enjoyable read with a bit more diversity.

I like that we actually get to see her growing up on Themyscira first and interacting with other Amazons. Diana is an evolving, growing person in this book rather than a somewhat removed ideal as she can appear in some stories.

The art is beautiful.

Highly recommended.

ETA: Bummed to discover there won't be a volume 2. Still a very worthwhile read on its own.

10 years ago on TTaT: Tiebreaker