Posts Tagged ‘adobe’

“JACK OFF 16TH STREET” – Performance Artist Chicken John Rinaldi to Protest at the Jack Spade Site This Friday Night

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

All the deets:

For immediate “release”

Chicken John and friends to “JACK OFF” 16th Street! 

San Francisco, CA – To demonstrate their objection to chain stores like Jack Spade trying to take root in the Mission, San Francisco showman Chicken John Rinaldi and a collection of friends and followers are planning to “JACK OFF” in front of the chain store’s proposed location this Friday night.

“We promise to jack off until we fill the streets with semen!” Chicken John said, about what may be the world’s largest masturbatory action to end gentrification.  Participants are willing to risk indecent exposure to support the principle of a Mission district without chain stores. 

According to Rinaldi, an ocean of male semen could help wash away the sin of gentrification once and for all. 

“We, the people of the Mission District demand that Jack Spade pull out of their venture to open on 16th street. They are not wanted here. We are ready and willing to go to extreme lengths to soil their brand,” he said.

JACK OFF 16TH STREET will take place Friday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m., in front of 3166 16th Street.

For more information contact: chickenjohn@chickenjohn.com   415-215-1632

Well Here It Is, Your Moment of Zen: A Nine-Minute Video Called “Rehabilitating the Presidio Officers’ Club – An Overview”

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Our Presidio Trust just posted a video to the YouTube about the OC being in rehab.

You people want history* in the Presidio? Well here, have some, via un film du Melissa Peabody:

“No place in the Presidio is more beloved than the historic Officers’ Club, located on the Main Post. Over the course 235 years, the building has played many roles. It served as offices and living quarters for the fort commander, as a post headquarters, as officers’ quarters, and as a social center for the Spanish, Mexican, and United States armies. With each new use the building has grown and evolved, like the Presidio itself.

Today, the oldest and most revered building in the Presidio (and one of the two oldest in San Francisco) is undergoing a comprehensive historic rehabilitation that will revive its original grandeur and restore it as a focal point for visitors and as a venue for cultural events.

This video provides an overview of the Officers’ Club history and plans for returning it to its place as the Presidio’s premiere social destination.

The Officers’ Club will reopen as a community and social hub housing the Presidio Heritage Center in 2013. The project is expected to receive a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

This film is by Melissa Peabody. Copyright 2012, Presidio Trust”

*As opposed to a modern art building or a lodge or a working movie theatre or anything else the richers of the Marina actively fight against…

OMG, It’s Photographer’s Heaven: A Pop-Up Shrine to Adobe PhotoShop! PhotoWalks, Workshops, Classes – Ends August 6

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Have you heard about the two-week Photoshop & You pop-up event at 550 Sutter in Union Square?

OMG, you gotta get over there and check it out.

“Adobe has a new retail venture: a two-week pop-up location. Think of it as a hybrid exhibition, gallery, classroom, experimental lab, retail store and creative experience designed to immerse the public in the visual world of digital imaging. It’s part art, part tech – and all free.”

All the deets:

- Free to the public (including all workshops, classes and photowalks)
– Open until Saturday, August 6
– Hours of operation:
    Sun–Wed: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
    Thurs–Sat: 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
– Photos of the space: http://on.fb.me/oBT1kl

Now I think you’re too late for the big Adobe Chinatown Photowalk on July 31 (don’t go there without an invite, and I’ll tell you, you can’t get an invite at this late date) but there’s other stuff going on.

Check it:

And check out the schedule – there’s a lot of stuff:

See you there!

Using Adobe PhotoShop Match Color Command as a One-Click-Fix for Photos

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Sometimes, due to harsh lighting conditions, the people you photograph can turn out all orange or pink or whatnot.

Thusly:

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One way to avoid this situation is to use a powerful flash in the daytime to fill-in the shadows. (That’s what that Gene guy does at highly-rated and ironically-named Orange Photography. Saw him on Barry Bonds Day a few years back using a flash along with a strong filter (like sunglasses) on his lens – if you’re paying a pro for photos, why not have them done the right way, right?) Anyway, with an ideal set-up, that’s what you’d do. Oh well.

Now, here’s a shot taken of the same people at about the same time, excepting that this shot doesn’t have the harsh backlighting:

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See? More better, less Oompa Loompa.

Now, what if you could throw these two shots into ‘Shop and have the orange-y photo try to copy the colors of the nicer photo. That command is called “Match Color.” Here’s the result with the slider at 100%, full-on Match Color:  

Now, I’m not saying that this is perfect or anything. If it were important, you could do other things as well. But, as a dumbed-down command, Match Color can get the job done with one click.

Or you can convert the whole shebang to black and white. (That might serve to also get you an “arty” look, for better or worse.)  

And There You Have It.

Graduation Gifts 2010 – Is the Apple iPad “The Best Way to Experience the Web?” No.

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

I’ll tell you, back in my day, the ideal graduation gift for rich kids was a baby BMW of some sort – you know, with a giant bow atop a convertible roof. But Steve Jobs is trying to upset the Apple cart by getting people to think that an iPad is the best gift for matriculates.

I don’t know, maybe it is. However, this new ad campaign… 

…says the iPad is ”The Best Way to Experience the Web.”

First of all, Apple means the best portable way to experience the web, right? And then, what’s this deal about using the word ”experience” as a verb? (Is “experiencing the web” a passive event like watching a movie? Are you a creator, at least sometimes, or a merely a consumer of the Web? Mmmm.)

Anywho, the big beef, of course, if the absence of Adobe’s Flash. I know that it, like a strong federal government, might whither away at some point, as Lenin said, but we aint there yet, comrade. In 2010, anyway, You Can’t “Experience” the Web Without Flash.

The smaller beef would be the absence of industry-standard inputs and outputs. I’ll tell you, I wouldn’t trade my aging netbook, which is worth about $100 and was somewhat crippled by one of the many Intel vs. NVIDIA spats, for any kind of iPad. I mean, iPads can’t run Photoshop or nothing, right? (BTW, is there an App for Photoshop? I’d like to see what that would look like. Srsly.) Oh, to run ‘Shop I’d need a MacBook Air (Apple’s name for their expensive netbook with hinges that used to fall apart if you looked at them the wrong way) or a four-figure laptop? Oh, O.K.

Hey kids, you’ve taken your SATs, right? Try this:

Regular Web is to expensive, portable, compromised iPad Web as

Regular bike is to expensive, portable, compromised Dahon Brompton bike.

Brompton folding bikes are nice for the people who use them for commuting. (They’re pretty expensive, and there are a lot of design compromises involved of course.) These things are popular, but are they The Best Way to Experience Cycling? Hells no. 

A regular bike is cheaper AND better for most people of course. 

Just saying. 

(Time’s tide will smother you, Apple.)

A Question for Whomever PhotoShopped Gavin Newsom’s First Gubernatorial Campaign Commercial

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

[UPDATE: Just discovered that Mr. Greg Dewar posted about this very issue yesterday.] 

Well of course the 17 photos used for this standard one-minute commercial on YouTube were PhotoShopped – I mean they’re all black-and-white, so most likely they were converted from color using Adobe’s awesome B&W converter, or something similar. Fine, lots of contrast there, so they look good. But what about the sign that says “Constitutional Convention!” that appears at around :27?

Was it there in real life, or was it added in after the fact, added in to reflect the focus of the TV spot - California’s nascent movement for a new constitutional convention. Or, as mattymatt asks:

What’s with the Photoshopped sign at 0:25?”

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Look at Gallagher over there on the right, dude wearing the natty cap. He has two signs? What’s holding up his “Constitutional Convention!” sign? Would you hold two signs like that? Is the higher sign glued to his fingers or something? Why is Our Mayor in focus, along with the sign, but nothing else? Does Gallagher’s left thumb go through the lower sign?

Here’s a close-up view. Like, why is the lower right corner of the higher sign in sharp focus when the lower sign appears to be out of focus?  

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Now, if the person making this video spot diduse Photoshop and maybe made up a sign to fit the commercial, then s/he would have most likely have used the Horizontal Type Tool. Now isn’t it funny that some of the more recent versions of PhotoShop (like CS2 and CS3) use Myriad (out of scores of options), as the default font and Myriad is the very same font as in the sign?

Rather interesting, non? (And by the way, Dan, that Plastic Planes bit  you had a couple years back about the “unsafe” composite Boeing 787 Dreamliner? You’re totally wrong on that one.) Anyway, my PS defaults to Myriad Pro, so this is what you get when you start typing away and then center the result:

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I don’t know, maybe it’s a real sign that just happened to be created with Photoshop – that would go a long way to explaining part of the mystery.

In conclusion, that sign looks a little funny to me, and it looks a little funny to people (who, unlike me, actually know how to use PhotoShop) on the YouTube.

But, as always, You Make The Call.

August’s Green Corn Moon Rising Over Haight Ashbury

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

This is what the the Green Corn Moon looked like* from Golden Gate Park Tuesday evening – can you see 650-652 Stanyan building  in the foreground? Sure you can.

What’s that? You always thought it was called the Blue Corn Moon, like the song from Disney’s Pocahontas that has Vanessa Williams schooling Whitey? Well, not really, see below.

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Let’s Ask Yahoo about it:

“Dear Mr. Sparks: Thanks for your interest. I feel somewhat guilty to have to tell you that the phrase “blue corn moon” has no actual meaning in Indian lore. I made it up because I liked the sound of it.

Its basis is this: In preparation for doing the lyrics to POCAHONTAS, I read a lot of Native American poetry. One of the phrases I came across, in a love poem, was : “I will come to you in the moon of green corn.” (The Native Americans called their months “moons” and named them according to something that happened seasonally, such as the arrival of green corn.)

The phrase stuck in my head, but I didn’t think the lyric : “Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the green corn moon” really worked, because of the association of the moon and green cheese, plus the “ee” sound in it, etc. So I changed it to blue corn moon, which I thought had a nice resonance to it because of the phrase “blue moon” and the fact that there are things like blue corn tortillas, etc.

Even though it’s not authentic, and actually implies Southwestern tribes rather than the Northeastern Algonkians of Pocahontas, I used it in the lyric and it obviously served me very well. This is probably far more than you wanted to know, but that’s the derivation of the phrase, for whatever it’s worth to you. Sincerely, Stephen Schwartz

So There You Have It.

* Après un petit Magasin de Photo