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Friday, February 29. 2008
Heading for Mount Snow now, with an Alberta Clipper on the way promising another load of fresh powder in a few hours. Mount Snow is the best mountain south of Killington but, due to its location in southern VT, it tends to get crowded with New Yorkers on weekends.
Middle class taxes are at a record low.
Any excuse to take your clothes off.
Hillary's scare advertisement.
Help the Brit earthquake victims!
WSJ: Let houses find a bottom.
Young, white and foolish. American vagabonds. Remarkable photos.
Men are avoiding teaching as a career
The Bernanke Reflation.
The politics of miserabilism. The Economist
Now it's all four global temp trackers that show serious cooling
The Dem white male swing vote
McCain's Freudian slips. Sheesh. At first I thought it was a comedy routine. Afraid not.
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what's up with the grannie pannies? youd'a thunk Euro babes would have better undergear, at least more photogenic colours or styles than someone's grandma. Kinda defeats the purpuss, eh?
Sweeeet! Photo documentary of the American Vagabonds was amazing. I was supposed to take a course in photo-journalism at the Harvard extension school with B.D. Colen, (but I bailed). That's the kind of work I'll bet he would have loved.
Check out his site:
Great B&W street photography. (Be warned, it resizes your browser window).
Also, a few threads ago I talked about colorizing a Dorothea Lange photo BD posted on MF. It's up for a look.
Check it out:
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Nice job! The shading came out particularly nice. And the blue signs in the background really could be authentic. The color of the reddish gas pump things looks a tad off, is all. A bit too salmon.
I note, however, how you slyly cheated.
Rather than a pic of Black and White people, next time let's see you do one full of American Indians and Asians. :)
As far as color shifts and "web colors", don't worry about it. It's basically irrelevant with a 32-bit display and 16.7 million colors to choose from. The problem with color shift these days is computer-->printer. That's why desktop publishers use CMYK, rather than RGB.
May I digress?
A lot of people have seen "CMYK" around, but don't have any idea what it means.
They're the names of four colors.
Go ahead, guess. Dare ya.
Okay, 'C'. Uh, "carrot"? "Cerise"? "Cadaver blue"?
'M'? Mauve, right? Sure, that's a real popular color. I use it all the time. Any other guesses?
'Y' is yellow, so that's a gimme. However, because you had such an easy one with 'Y', it's only fair that 'K' be a real toughie.
Any guesses? Oh, come on! Lots of colors begin with 'K'!
Or at least END with 'K'.
Cyan, magenta, yellow and black, as compared to the common scale of red, green and blue. And yet that's the proper and best way to port something from the computer to a 4-color press. Interesting, no?
Was I going to say something? Oh, right.
In the global cooling article, two of the commenters start talking about storing up canned goods for when the impending ice age arrives. They're talking about doing it NOW.
If global cooling becomes all the rage, will we see this being the equivalent of the people panicking about rising waters from global warming? That is, IF the planet warms, the waters will rise over hundreds of years. And IF the planet cools, it, too, will occur over hundreds of years. Just like it always does. Certainly nothing to panic about.
It just kind of struck me as a portent seeing these two guys talking like the next ice age is just around the corner.
I've been watching a lot of old Clint Eastwood westerns lately.
The herd sure panics easily, doesn't it?
We do a lot of 2 color print jobs and we use CMYK Pantone spot color approximations. We’re usually on target. I’m pretty sure sRGB is the preferred space for desktop bitmap printing as it’s gamut more closely approximates the output of desktop inkjet printers, which equals fewer out of gamut wildcards. For postscript files it’s cool to go with CMYK if you’re running a printer with a RIP or if you’re using, for example, Illustrator, InDesign or Acrobat as a RIP for closer approximation of the printers output. I target my desktop output with specific papers, printer, and ink profiles to ensure consistency of results.
With monitors staying within the sRGB gamut offers greater assurance of consistency in color reproduction across monitors, excepting mac gamma (1.8) and PC gamma (2.2).
Every little bit helps.
Thanks for the feedback.
I just learned this and it modifies what I've said in my previous response. It's a photographer's error. I work in the sRGB right down to the wire and give the conversion to Photoshop's rendering engine, using a specific printer profile. (My printer uses eight colors). I am printing to CMYK on my desktop inkjet, Dr. Mercury. I stand corrected.
Also, RIP software manages raster conversions of PS files and not color intent.
I think that red is a little less salmon now. Am I right?
"Who's that knocking at the door?"
"It's me, Dr. Mercury--hey, y'all ain't got no extra beans or somethin in there, do ya?"
Why don't we get nude protesters that look like that here in California? Ever seen pics of the hideous specimens in a rush to divest themselves of clothing in Berzerkley at the drop of a hat? Make you want to put knitting needles through your eyeballs.
I've seen a couple of long strings of photographs of protests at Berkeley, and, man, are you right! The pictures made me want to borrow Stevie Wonders' eyes.
knitting needles.... haha
Meta, don't know if you saw Zombie's pic of the wizened little old nekkid geezer with the inflated ballsack but a more twisted mind can't possibly exist in this galaxy. It's like the pinnacle of depravity and hilarity in one filthy little disgusting package. Great visual rejoinder to wield whenever a libtard offers up the old "Republicans are a bunch of backwards snake handlers" canard.
haha.... Too gross to think about, Paul. Thanks for the image, though........ I like what you'd do with it, too. Perfect!
Yeah where can they go after that? Snake handlers look positively sane by comparison. Not to mention the freaky little bugger had peace signs stenciled all over his leathery old hide.
Barry Bonds grand jury testimony has been unsealed. Here's a peek at one of his answers...
"While the entire Bonds transcript is worth a read, we particularly enjoyed his answer to a question posed by one juror about Greg Anderson, the athlete's beleaguered friend and trainer. "With all the money you make, have you ever thought of maybe building him a mansion or something?" Bonds replied, "One, I'm black. And I'm keeping my money. And there's not too many rich black people in this world. And I'm keeping my money. There's more wealthy Asian people and Caucasian and white. There ain't that many rich black people. And I ain't giving my money up. That's why."
Asshole kinda guy...no, not kinda, just an asshole.
Idiom Shortage Leaves Nation All Sewed Up In Horse Pies
February 29, 2008 | Issue 44•09
WASHINGTON—A crippling idiom shortage that has left millions of Americans struggling to express themselves spread like tugboat hens throughout the U.S. mainland Tuesday in an unparalleled lingual crisis that now has the entire country six winks short of an icicle.
Since beginning two weeks ago, the deficit in these vernacular phrases has affected nearly every English speaker on the continent, making it virtually impossible to communicate symbolic ideas through a series of words that do not individually share the same meaning as the group of words as a whole. In what many are calling a cast-iron piano tune unlike any on record, idiomatic expression has been devastated nationwide.
"This is an absolute oyster carnival," said Harvard University linguistics professor Dr. Howard Albright, who noted that the 2008 idiom shortage has been the country's worst. "I don't know any other way to describe it."
it made me grin like a double row of white-painted cinder blocks nestled in jellied cotton candy
It made me wonder if WFB died of chronic necrotic verbosis.
What I said above was so rude I'm going to go put on my wedding dress to restore myself and all of my creations.
now THAT's poetry -- the idea -- to be so embarrassed ya have to go back to a restore point and start over -- jeez -- i'd have to put on my leiderhosen and beanie
Reboot? Jephnol, you mean that's all I have to do???
OKAY! I'm a virgin! Wait... I don't have any front teeth and my Keds are scuffed.
that was just before the fleet docked at Norfolk?
(oh i'm SO gonna regret that)
Avast! Chicklet teeth!.... thou rogue insulteth a maiden. A flogging around the fleet for you. Or you can bring me some cookies and a Bud Lite.
Thou hast smackethed the virtue of a fair maiden. Chided thus by her tender blush, the sand worn picket fence of your mirth is once more consumed by crusted, fleshy worms and your piety cast low by down turned orbs. Stand now, in this low, low estate and fairly be reproved by rebooted maidenhood. Such is and should ever be the fate of a scoundrel.
Nay, nay, fair childe industries, t'was ne'er meent to be a lockheed smacketh downeth, but a soft raytheon of a most boeing and scraping admiration, and t'ward but mere ribaldeth jestery.
To be stretched airbus from the yards for such small effrontery wouldst be a heighth of lowness; one must prithee understand, and deign malice toward thy most obeejunt servant, who most reverently & verily forsweareth further such general electric tomfoolery.
Thou speakest planely good sir. A flight of merriment can, with gentle departure, uplift a sagging brow, yet errant missiles woefully lay low the most blithe and free flying. Comfort our dove with light words whispered softly to calm the turbulent wind thou hast cast beneath her wings, lest she jet from us now to other climes.
hahahaha -- that's 4 ha's -- top of the patina index, reserved for best laff all week!
Oh my! My lean and hongry Jephnoleth hath retored and rebooted my sylph's nymphness to a rigorous searching for the robin-hoodiness of a steed-mounted knight! I swooneth!
Oh! Things look better looking up. Indeed. Bring cookies and meade and do, please, go off to the moor to truncheon that coven of baby witches. I shall loveth thee moor.
Lancelot: "I'm in love"
Bystander: "Maid Marion?"
Lancelot: "Not yet"
"it made me grin like a double row of white-painted cinder blocks nestled in jellied cotton candy"
Now that's just poetry. Plain and simple.
Check this out:
Thanks girlfriend......papa was a rolling stone, momma an atheist...just a normal day in a dysfunctional upbringing.
Looks as though the idiom shortage has the house rock'n ..kool ...don't Bogart dat thang, pass it over to me.
nowhere this crowd is will ever be TOO short of idioms
Those scummy wastrels are all over the PACNW. Reminds me a bit of the Manson family, but too lazy to get real drugs or something. I wonder if we'd even hear about any murders they'd commit.
These are the folks who used to shut down the city back in '03, and the mayor would get them porta potties and sandwiches, instead of fire hoses and batons. Lately they have been... well, NOT doing that whole protest thing. Fat and happy? (fed and drunk?)
And what would they do when it all comes down, man? Without the system they hate, they'd all have to work or something. Useless eaters they.
I'm with Paul. Can't we give these PETA protesters a little encouragement? Like give them some symbolic victories so they keep doing this? Imagine a world in which liberals thought that sending attractive young women out in their knickers was the only way to get anything accomplished. Heck, even I'd take a fall on an occasional issue for that.
$74,100 household income is not middle class in New Jersey.
That's "rich", in the Rio Grande Valley on the Tex-Mex border.