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Bullet Sunday 103

Posted on Sunday, October 19th, 2008

Dave!I'm writing today's Bullet Sunday at Seattle-Tacoma International airport during my 3-1/2 hour layover. I forgot to charge my MacBook battery, so here's hoping that I can type really fast today...

• Event! Finally got around to updating my Events Page with Austin, Chicago, and San Francisco, and I'll try to update my blogroll and sidebar tonight. Amazing that I've met over 100 people now! By far my favorite part of blogging is continuing to meet my readers and fellow bloggers, so hopefully this will continue into next year and beyond.

• Trick! This morning I got a notification email that a critical part of my Halloween costume I ordered for Avitable's party is out of stock and not expected before I leave. Since this was the ONLY place I could find it after an exhaustive two-day search, I'm screwed. Now I'm going to have to work on an entirely different costume with less than two weeks to go. So nice they waited almost THREE WEEKS to tell me that I won't be getting the item I needed. Now that's customer service!

• Vote! I brought my Voter's Information Pamphlet with me so I'd have something to read on the plane. Most of the issues are fairly straightforward for me this time (when they're not, I usually defer to whatever side The League of Women's Voters takes... they've got a pretty good track record). As an unaffiliated voter, I tend to vote for both Democrat and Republican candidates. This largely stems from the idea that Republicans tend to be from Eastern Washington and don't forget about us when it's time to make the budget. Democratic candidates tend to focus on Seattle's problems first (it's the voter base that got them elected, after all), and I never really feel the area where I live is well-represented. Of course, when it's time to vote for president, there's no way I'm voting for piece-of-shit POW/MIA betrayer McCain. I may not agree 100% with everything Obama says, but in this race there's no contest. I would never give my vote to an angry unstable bastard with total disregard for the men and women serving in our military like McCain. The fact that he's in bad shape health-wise, leaving the joke that is Sarah Palin as our president if he dies, is just the icing on the cake. Thankfully McCain's fellow MIA/POW betrayer asshole, John Kerry, didn't win the Democratic ticket or else I'd end up voting for Ralph Nader!

• Boredom! This past week I took my grandmother to East Wenatchee so she could get her flu shot. Along the way she mentioned something about how the snow kept coming later and later and the amount of snow was less and less each year. She worried that if this trend continued, we might not have a white Christmas this year. She then remembered one year when she was a kid in the 1920's how there was no snow for Christmas, so her and her sisters went outside to wait for it. This kind of boggles my mind, because I can't fathom being so completely bored that I'd go outside and wait for it to snow. I'd probably not even be bored enough to bother looking outside a window, preferring to consult the weather widget on my MacBook instead. It's things like this that make it difficult for me to know if we're better off... or worse off... in today's hectic, modernized world. There are days I'd sure like to be bored enough to go outside and wait for it to snow.

• Creative! My copy of Adobe Creative Suite CS4 arrived, and I'm kind of hesitant to start using it. On my very first launch of the new Photoshop, I found a massive bug (if you use Apple's "Spaces" virtual desktops and launch an app in a space different than where you have it defaulting to, then open an Photoshop file by double-clicking it in The Finder, you end up in a limbo between Spaces and have to click back and forth in order to access the image... wheeeee!). This just makes me wonder what other horrendous crap I'm going to have to deal with because ONCE AGAIN Adobe doesn't test their software very well. I mean, seriously, Spaces is a standard feature of the Mac OS... did nobody bother to turn it on when testing the programs? What's next... is The Dock going to stop working in CS4 apps? And here I was hoping I wouldn't have to rip Adobe a new one like I did last time.

And now, since I'm down to 5% battery life left, I guess that's all for Bullet Sunday.

UPDATE! Oops. Since I forgot that I didn't get to post Saturday until Sunday, then completely forgot about Sunday until Monday. Hopefully Monday's entry will actually be on Monday so I can break this chain of not knowing what day it is.

Ummm... it is Monday, is it not?


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Comments

  1. John says:

    Yeah, dealing with Adobe (where service is concerned) is pretty much akin to dealing with Microsoft these days. In other words, good luck!

  2. Dave2 says:

    On the plus-side, Adobe does have some great bloggers out there interacting with their customers (like John Nack ), which is a good thing. Might be an avenue to explore…

  3. Avitable says:

    That sucks about the costume – is it anything you need to get shipped here or can get shipped here?

  4. Hilly Sue says:

    I often wonder if I’d be happier without all of this technological gadgetry around to do my bidding. I’ve been trying to actually enjoy the sunset each night by sitting out on my balcony for a half hour or so but even then, I have my iPhone with me!

  5. claire says:

    I know what it’s like to be from the forgotten part of a state too. argh.

  6. Poppy says:

    Where’s the salami?

  7. Dude. Don’t confuse me about the days of the week. I’m already screwed trying to figure out what year it is.

    And? Sorry about your costume. That’s always bad.

  8. ssp says:

    Be sure to post about your CS4 experiences once you made them. A real world report seems to be worth more than all the PR material.

    I saw that Adobe’s edu pricing is tolerable and may just use that opportunity to upgrade myself out of the stone age.

    But the sheer number of different products they offer and the different bundles of them – which seem to be even worse than Microsoft’s licensing shenanigans – are kind of putting me off…

  9. Dave2 says:

    No joke.

    I swear that Adobe makes it intentionally confusing in the hopes that somebody will break down and just buy the “ultimate” bundle that includes everything.

    Fortunately, it’s easy for me because I use Apple’s Final Cut and don’t have to worry about production tools and such.

    I think the whole Design Premium/Web Premium schism is just plain stupid when the only difference is trading out InDesign for Soundbooth and Contribute. They could have simplified that by just bundling the two, as there are already web tools in Design Premium that are mostly web-focused.

    Oh well. I’m sure it will be a roaring success despite the confusion and bugs that are sure to ensue. There’s not really much of a choice anymore!

  10. I’d LIKE to use Final Cut at work after experiencing the crap crapiness that is Premiere Pro CS3. With its inability to handle HD video well, crashing when doing important stuff, like rendering the video!

  11. awytch says:

    Since all I ever use is PaintShop Pro, I can’t really comment on Adobe (I tried it once and got my system so screwed up it hurts to think about it) so I treat Adobe like a really old bottle of homemade wine, it could be good but why take the chance on messing up the bottle?

    What I really want to know is, what part are you missing?

    I mean I don’t want you to give away the special surprise but if it’s something simple, maybe I can help? I’m pretty good at making stuff out of nothing, or figuring out how to find an acceptable substitute, there was the year of catwoman when the carmel apple sticks came in real handy….

  12. ssp says:

    The impression I got was definitely that I’d invariably either not get all the stuff I want or buy loads of crap I don’t need.

    I’m mainly into Illustrator and Photoshop and I think I’d be happy if they put Lightroom into such a bundle (which doesn’t seem to be in any of them) and while I don’t currently have a real use for it, I might also be willing to cough up for Indesign.

    I definitely have no interest at all in the web stuff (if had it my way Adobe’s web apps died and took Flash right with them…) and no use for Video and Audio editing software either, so I’m out of that game anyway.

    To make things even more strange there seem to be different versions of Photoshop by now. I’d carefully guess that the ‘basic’ one will do for me and the others are focused at specialist stuff like medical imaging.

  13. Lexxie says:

    Jeez, next time you have a long layover at Seatac, let me know! I know it seems weird cuz I haven’t talked to you much…or at all…haha, but I know my boyfriend reads this a lot and I believe has talked to you before. Maybe. Don’t quote me on that. :P

    But hey, I for one think we’re nice people. And, as an added bonus, we live literally about one block from SeaTac airport. Meaning, you wouldn’t be left to just sitting on your ass whenever you’re stuck at the airport :D! If you ever decided we were cool enough to be graced with your presence, that is… *asskiss*

  14. ChillyWilly says:

    I really need to clear some time to put Leopard on my MacBook Pro. Spaces is very useful, from the few times I’ve used it (booting from my external drive that has Leopard on it).

  15. whall says:

    And the awesomest thing? All the comments are about Apple, Photoshop or something related to it and not negative at all!

    GO POSITIVE ACTION!

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