So why, I ask, did Adobe drop their “Extract” function for the much less intuitive, much less handy, much more time intensive “Refine Mask” or “Refine Edge”?

Anybody? I can mask old school generally faster than it takes me to hop back & forth refining my mask. Seems, well useless.

A little about myself

I’ve worked with Illustrator since v88. Photoshop since the v1. I still remember the joy of layers coming to Photoshop. I worked with Quark Express for 10+ years until I went solo and could no longer afford it. Since then I’ve spent a lot of time with InDesign. While I still prefer Quark, InDesign does do the job quite nicely. I’ve spent time with Freehand, which was great to build in, an absolute nightmare to print out of. As a pre-press operator I hated it almost as much as I hated Pagemaker. I also worked with Live Picture a revolutionary image composition program. It was stunning for it’s time, heck even now it’s got some awesome points, but the industry standard Photoshop soon caught up. Ah the heady days of digital pre-press. Working off 040 Macs, jumping to RISC based processors, dealing with Intel based RIPs, hacking PDFs back when they were “Printer Definition Files”, arguing with Scitex, fixing traps, screaming because some idiot designer tried to overprint white text (which makes the text disappear on output)… those were the days…


I do plan on adding content @ some time. What I’m not sure. Thought about book reviews as I’m a bibliophile. Art supplies, scale models, modeling supplies, random junk on my desk reviews… Even games but there’s just no way I’d be funnier than Zero Punctuation so I’m not going there.

Lately I’ve been addicted to Carmageddon & Tapped Out on the iPhone. Carmageddon I can explain but having loved it years back on the Mac. Tapped Out is just addicting. We’ll see how it lasts.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving…

There are many things I am thankful for. I know I don’t think about them as much as I should. I’m thankful I have a roof over my head. I’m thankful my health is, well, ok. We have food in the cupboards, pets that act like they love us, hobbies, and income. Friends, family, and the internet.

In all, a pretty damned good life.

Sleep, those little slics of death, how I want some.

Insomnia sucks. It sucks the energy out of the day, the fun out of life and puts the gumpy in charge.

Hate insomnia.

Too tired to think straight so no works gets done, still have to wake up the next day else I repeat the trend. Eyes ache, joints hurt, grumpley stomach, just not the usually big ball of fun I normally am. Doesn’t help my depression much @ all. Need to make an app w/Doc to see what else might be done. Sometimes even my heavy hit of Sleepy Time & Tension Tamer doesn’t do the trick.

Just so damned tired.

All I want to do is sit on the couch and drool.

Oh, well, back to your usual chain of events.