Or when your keyboard switches languages all of a sudden. >:((((((
Question mark with is <Shift> + <6> on Canadian French keyboards.
Also, if you have multiple languages setup in Windows 8, you can use <Windows Key> + <Spacebar> to switch between them. #BonusHint
Q:I like your blog. What instruments do you play?
I [try to] play the flute, Irish whistle, bodhrán, and the mandolin.
Two of my best mandos- Melusina and Echo
Weber Fine Acoustics- “The River”- Mandolin
Bob Givens - Custom Shop- Mandriola/Tricordia
I always wanted a blue mandolin…
I would do many things to get my hands on that blue Weber!
Got a wonderful surprise while looking for Photoshop alternative
I’ve been using Photoshop professionally for well over a decade. I’m comfortable with the tools and the workflow, and I know how to get to the results I’m looking for.
But, the licence of Photoshop I use is owned by my employer—so for my personal computer, I need an alternative that won’t break the bank—Photoshop CS6 is far from cheap, and I’m trying to stay away from Adobe CC for as long as I possibly can.
In the past month, I pretty much tried all the popular alternatives. The common one is GIMP… I hate GIMP, a lot! It probably wouldn’t be so bad if I had little-to-no familiarity with Photoshop, but having Photoshop almost built-into my muscle memory, it’s not a pleasant transition to attempt.
There was one that I was a bit scared to try. One that I remember getting a lot of flack years ago for being very “wizard-y”: Photoshop Elements. I did try it anyway, and…
Things sometimes evolve/improve over time… sometimes. ;)
It is everything I could ever need for my personal/casual use. There are tweaks to be done soon after it’s installed, sure (like run straight to the Editor on startup, switch to Expert mode, change the Undo/Redo shortcut keys, etc.) but it’s essentially the same workflow and tools that are so ingrained in my mind and in my way of working.
There are even little shortcuts to small/repetitive tasks that I do a lot, that don’t exist in Photoshop.
All-in-all, I’m very happy about this. My personal workstation is starting to have everything I need in it. Don’t be scared to try Photoshop Elements if you’re in the same boat as me.
Now this is a pick!
For a long time I thought this was just too expensive for a pick. Then I realized that I just didn’t have the right mentality.
We’re used to picks being disposable. Even if you’re not a musician, this is the impression you probably have. We see stacks of them on microphone pick-holders during shows that range from rock to folk, the musician not caring if he loses it or throws one in the crowd—there’s more where that came from.
In the end, you get what you pay for. BlueChip Picks has years of R&D behind their picks and they’re made from a proprietary material that’s made to last. Even the beginner that I am, I was still digging through GoldenGate Picks like they were butter.
Bottom line is that the pick is a tool for producing music. It stands between you and the instrument, just like the bow of a violin or the tipper of a bodhrán. The interface between you and the instrument affects your sound. It is as important of a part of the equation as you or the instrument.
You’re a musician when:
You get really excited about buying a 20 Euros (about $30) piece of wood.
I’m either a “musician” or “bat-shit crazy”… I think it’s a little bit of both…
Facebook recently took position against professional Wedding Photographers with a video saying “Why have one photographer when you can have a hundred”. Funny enough, their video actually shows professional photographer shots to BS their point across.
The above video shows what you will actually get if you follow through with Facebook’s misguided and delusional position.
Enjoy your crappy wedding shots!
Disgaea 4 Coming West
NIS America annouced that they will bring over the PSVita version of Disgaea 4 to the West this summer. Titled Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited, this version will include the original PS3 version as well as all it’s downloadable content.
The fun wont just stop there either, with this new release players will get to use “Peta Tier Magic Spells”, job specific attacks, and a brand new story.
Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited should be out on PS Vita in North America and Europe this summer.
Just learned this, and I can’t sit still!