Photoshop has gained a lot of notoriety over the last few years, mainly for what we’ve see happen to celebrities suddenly looking 20 and even 30 years younger than they are. The irony is Photoshop is an incredibly hard bit of software to learn from scratch, it’s only once you have a fair understanding of it do you realise everything is where it is for a reason and above all, requires a lot of skill to use. Correct use of Photoshop was to remove items seamlessly like spots or a blemish that shouldn’t be there normally, or simply colour grading. Today it is a vast graphic art and design powerhouse. For the most part it is used for good and can be used for a bit of fun too. I often get asked where I get my artwork done, and my reply is “me”… and over the years and months I got asked to do a lot of things, some cool, some for a joke and some serious, but rarely did I get paid when high-end studios charge a small fortune for the most basic This in itself is restricting to the budgets of most everyday folks like you and me. So… today, I have decided to change that… Today we’re bringing online an image service for everyone, not charging hundreds of dollars, pounds, euros or what ever – but charging something people can afford! Say hello to Real World Image Retouching! The website is new and no doubt still requires a few “wrinkles” ironing out (pun intended, because I’m that sad). So your opinion, likes and so on are welcome, wanted and needed! Oh and please don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook.
The concept of “me” buying art is rare to say the very least. In fact, few of the things that have ever blown me away, I could never afford anyway and as an engineer at heart, Installation Art is more my cup of tea than most things as long as I can see the passion and uniqueness of the item.
So a few weeks ago I was collared by the site’s editor “Gabsatrucker” to go and have a look at a small studio who’s artist had caught her eye.
On a freezing November weekend, we arrived at Treehuggery owned and run by Jackie Ward. Jackie’s art has an air of irony and simplicity that was so refreshing I ended up buying Gabsatrucker a piece for Christmas!
From making images like people waiting for a bus out of old bus conductor tickets to sport and cycling images from used car tax discs and there’s just so much more besides. To me, the best part is, Jackie is passionate and loves what she does.
If this reads like an advert, well I’m not being paid for it and I can’t recommend a true artist enough :)
KMA, you’d love her work!!
Then I see a competition for a piece on Facebook and get this – I won it!!! What more can I say to that?!
So If you want something a little different and very individual for a space on the wall of for a gift that seriously will not hurt your pocket – click on TREEHUGGERY and give her stuff a look because if you like quirky, interesting and most definitely original – then you just found it! :)
I know, it’s a catchy post title, but that was the point ;-)
So, in a week that brought us my buddy Dr Sue Black asking her other half to marry her on Facebook, the sad news that Davy Jones of the Monkees has died, Gabsatrucker looking on in disbelief as a locksmith offered to unlock her friends car with a lump hammer, Angelina Jolie proved that she has finer legs than any table and I made my own cup of Tea for the first time in years – yer gotta ask “what’s next?”
Well I’m getting drawn more into Adobe art things and think I’d like to qualify properly in it at some point, so much so I bought a Wacom drawing tablet, and for those whom know me – me actually spending anything is kinda rare (especially on myself). So it was to the finest market in the world (eBay) to acquire said item for 1/3 its RRP. :-)
This my friends also means you’re gonna have to put up with more of my crazy artwork at some point :D
Now… The Argies..
On my birthday, it will be the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War… I remember this war well, a few friends of mine fought in it, most notably in South Georgia, Goose Green, and the other, after establishing the Beach Head at San Carlos, walked 70+ miles to battle.
The reason I mention this isn’t because I have some benign rhetoric on this issue – just that simply, the UK isn’t shouting about this, there is no dispute here. Argentina on the other hand is running around screaming blue murder everywhere and even getting famous folk like Sean Penn and now Roger Waters of Pink Floyd harping on about it…
JUST SO WE’RE CLEAR… The Falkland Islands are NOT under UK control, they no longer belong to the UK – they belong to the people of the Falkland Islands…
WE on that basis (and that they wish to remain British) will defend their right to do so…
Basically the freedom of the people of the Falklands is our priority… as it should be for any free and fair society on earth.
The military strength on the Falklands is simply at a level to repel another illegal invasion of the islands and incarceration of its people. People failing to understand this have a serious flaw in their over all ability to be intelligent – I should know, I’ve met a few flawed folks in my time (and you should see me when I’m drunk).
I was grimacing about some fashiony type things while being shown a website on Skype the other day, this led to Gabsatrucker falling about laughing and suggesting I should create a fashion blog or website with my point blank point of view (i.e. as rude as hell). This I could see strangely working because my opinion is often very straight, blunt and clear – when you look like sh*te, I’ll tell yer. This is based of course on a lifetime’s practice of looking this way, which I believe (as do others) puts me squarely in the ballpark of being ever correct and on the ball… But it will of course be funny, very rude and probably get me sued :D
This blog’s very own culinary expert in all things of where is best to eat wherever you are in the world (Dom Joly) [ok, I say “this blog’s”, but I simply tweet him and he tells me where to go] is drawing his epic global monster hunting expedition to a close as he looks for real life source material for his book due to be released later this year.
As I write this, Dom is in Tibet and due to return to Blighty tomorrow. As such he has been filling the columns of The Independent newspaper and you can read about his exploits HERE and check out some of his pics HERE. If you want a fun read though, Dom’s other great book “The Dark Tourist”, and you can find it at Amazon by simply clicking this book cover.
Now I know I mentioned the new life brought into this world by Gabriela and of course Dad; Alex Elwood… but how can I go without posting a pic?
Ladies and Gentlemen from whatever country you reside, whatever language, faith, creed or other things you hold dear, it is my great pleasure to introduce you to:
Maximus Decimus Meridius, Commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions and better known to you as
I’ve just seen this, it was drawn to my attention on twitter by @andrewbaron and I have to say… Wow! Nice One!! :-)
Basically, here is about the most responsible parenting you’ll find anywhere… This video was posted on Facebook and You Tube by father Tommy Jordan. He had just spent a day upgrading his daughters laptop and came across a letter she’d posted on Facebook… Enjoy the results.. and please, watch it all!!
Now… obviously people will or wont agree with this, so I can’t leave without posting what Tommy had to say in response to the comments left to and at him.
By Tommy Jordan
For those that wondered, commented, criticized, and just in general wanted to know: My daughter came through it fine.
Yes, she’s in trouble, and yes she’s grounded, but that doesn’t mean every moment of her life has to be miserable. She’s going to come to terms with the changes that will be present for a while; no TV privileges, no Internet, etc.
In the meantime, once the initial anger passed, she sat with me reviewing some of the comments that have come in via Facebook and YouTube. One person even suggested collecting the shell casings and auctioning them on eBay. I said I’d do it if it would help contribute to her college fund! When I told her about it, she thought a minute, got a funny calculating expression on her face and said, “in that case you should shoot my phone too. We can use more bullets and I’ll go half-sies with ya on it! It’s not like I’m going to need it any time soon. And I can use the money we get to buy a new one.”
While the whole point of this story isn’t funny, what is funny to me is how weak some people out there think kids are. Our kids are as strong as we help them to be. My daughter took a horrible day in her life, had her crying fit, then got over it, accepted her punishment, and hasn’t let it (or people’s comments) destroy her strength. I don’t get any credit for that. She’s strong and able to overcome almost anything life throws at her.
Since this unsuspectingly threw her into the limelight much more strongly than either of us intended, I asked her if she wanted to make her own response video, and told her I’d let her do it if she wanted to. She doesn’t like being in front of the camera, so she declined, but I’ve told her if she wants to write a response or post a video response, I’d be OK with it. It’s only fair considering the viral nature of the whole thing. So far she’s not really interested. Quite frankly it seems she’s gotten bored of it much faster than the general public has. If that changes I’ll post it here.
Finally, my thoughts…
Shaping the will without breaking the spirit makes great parenting and turns kids into fine adults, sometimes that line comes very close when it needs too, but break the spirit and you either destroy the child or turn them into a monster. But this wasn’t crossing any line, it was taking control of the situation in a manner that would be fully understood, clear and direct. The most important point of all is that Tommy took a day to think about this, didn’t go off the handle, and you could see how much he cared in his body language. He was beyond annoyed, he was hurt and let down greatly.
The last point, a kid who has the space to rebell and yet can accept their punishments for their wrong doing – will make a great adult…
As the earlier post suggests it was infact my birthday yet again… It wasn’t the most lively to date, infact apart from a short bout on twitter and a stroll to the shops to acquire a beloved treat in the form of a battenburg cake – it was for the most part exceptionally quiet lol.
But as the time and date roll into 3rd of April I can’t let it do so without thinking all those whom wished a Happy Birthday either here, on Facebook, Twitter or email.
Typically, not one wish at all from family, but that is normal.
Anyway, here’s to hoping for a far better 12 months and a huge thank you to you all as I retire to bed…
T W Brit
So I get an email that my brother has left a message for me on Facebook which I really don’t use anymore. I log in and get the bizarre badly misspelt note about me suddenly being famous or something which has me wondering if he wrote it – and then theres a link.
Thinking this is humour and a bit of a piss take, I hit the link, sit back and wait for a vid or something to appear… No, my laptop gets suddenly upset and I get a warning flash up from both Norton and Windows…
Whatever it was, my security killed it. So now I’m looking on the main Facebook page and there is another note posted by my brother which a different link on it…. With caution, I hit this link and the exact same thing happens!!
Ok guys, when you’re using Facebook and you see those little things that say stuff like ‘send a friend a gift’ or ‘play a game’ and anything like that that asks you to click an OK button – DON’T!!!! not ever, you’re not just agreeing to the two minutes of fun you think you are – you’re agreeing to a whole load of other stuff. Most of which is the transfer of valuable and more importantly, personal information being passed to a third party who WILL sell it on to others.
Users of Facebook will have comment and voting rights over the firm’s future policies regarding how the site is governed.
Founder Mark Zuckerberg said the aim was to “open up Facebook so that users can participate meaningfully in our policies and our future”.
A prominent leader in the field of Privacy rules and laws said:
“No other company has made such a bold move towards transparency and democratisation,” he said.
“The devil will be in the detail but, overall, we applaud these positive steps and think they foreshadow the future of web 2.0.”
Mr Zuckerberg admitted that the recent changes to the website’s terms and conditions had sparked a “firestorm”.
Other Facebook news from the BBC is that a 16 year old girl has been fired from her job because she said her office was boring on her Facebook page! No, I’m serious…. read it.
Full story HERE
Presented by the highly intelligent and ever funny (and stunning) Joanne Colan
RocketBoom is a great ‘Web-Culture’ site based in New York. Both Rocketboom and Crakle.com are great sites and part of Sony Pictures.
So Facebook have gone back to there old Terms of Service (funny that). Apparently the users of FB have been cancelling their pages by the thousands, and this has an obvious effect on advertising and sales profits.
But sadly FB have literally said that it’s ‘Just For Now’ until they can re-work it to be more acceptable.
Hmmmmm – kinda not convinced…
Yes, they’ve changed the ToS (terms of service) to say they can use you’re information and photos as they like (even if you close you’re account) – how long for? FOREVER !!!
Check out this LINK to compare the different sites terms of service.
My Facebook account will close on Friday, I strongly suggest everyone does the same…
She told the Daily Telegraph she could not see herself agreeing to the sort of contracts that see Jonathan Ross earn a reported £6m per year.
“My reputation in this industry… is as one of the stingiest women in television,” she said.
You’re not kidding!! Have you seen the state of the BBC1 channel? it’s like something out of the dark ages. I’m not joking when I say that even ‘I’ could do a better job at BBC 1 than the crap the channel has turned into. Frankly, she should learn to spend the money on programming quality entertainment – not shoving every viable show on to the 6 million other BBC channels.
The battle for the Taj is over.
Apparently it was Thanksgiving in the US over the last few days, I know it’s a big deal for them but I still don’t get why it’s such a big thing to be honest – but what do I know. However, it seems several people lost their lives in the ensuing ‘Black Friday’ shopping rush – amazing!
Twitter, I’m so not sure about this thing. It’s kind of weird. Yet it turned out to be one of the single most useful tools during the Mumbai thing – who would have thought!
Obviously we’re moving into a more seasonal part of the year and I’m guessing that the pubs of this once great isle are gearing up for the whole thing. I haven’t actually had a ‘Christmas’ as such for several years due to work commitments. It would be nice to change that this year, but alas it is not to happen. I should get New Year off though. That said, I had my first Mince Pie of the year last night – alright, there were three, steaming hot and eaten with single cream.
I found myself staring into a bowel of Cheerios this morning, I think I have bridled my restlessness too much this past year. I need to sort a few things out and get on to complete any and all outstanding commitments and promises to friends and mates and get on to treading new ground.
Fenny seems to have returned from the dead, this is miraculous to say the very least. She is also sounding much better, but sadly her laptop is not in such a good way. Hope an image format will work wonders.
Had an inbox full of emails today. There were the usual Africans begging to allegedly give me millions because of some terrible banking issue with an ailing family member, advertising, a handful from friends, some trade stuff and the millionth email from PMI – but also someone calling herself Brittany who loved some profile of mine and thought I was hot – huh? then she must either be blind and/or grotesque!! 3 of the emails from friends were almost devoid of sense which would be fair enough if they’d sent them while drinking. Anyway as my brain wasn’t working after just getting up, I selected option ‘2’ and promptly deleted them. I’m sure that if they were important, they will write again – but please take your time, think and take a breath before doing so.
Last but not least, if I hear of any more stupid things done by our present government – i’ll take up politics.