“I hate anyone who ever had a pony when they were growing up.”

Girl admiring a pony

I passed the kidney stone early this morning.  I’ve been dancing and singing ever since.  I forgot about the post-kidney stone euphoria.  It’s fabulous, even though I’m so tired I could cry.  I know I’ll be sleeping well tonight.  Imagine me with a massive grin on my face and a spring in my step.

Thanks to everyone who made thoughtful comments and provided suggestions.  (I feel like I should have a statue to go with this speech or something.)  I’m loopy, and I like it.  I made another video, but I promise it doesn’t suck as hard as the first one did.  The accompanying music is two short songs I created.  The first was my initial GarageBand effort.  The other was the last time I used GB before switching to Logic Pro X, more recently.

I used stock video footage to make it.  I don’t think I’m ready to move up from iMovie yet.  (Shup, I’m learning.)  😂  I have Adobe Creative Cloud, so I’m trying to build my skill level to where I can transition to Premiere Pro and After Effects.   (Because I’m paying for them even if I don’t use them, and I’m probably cheap.)  I did install them, but the amount of time required to open PP exceeded my patience.  Remember when 16GB of RAM was terrific?  Sigh.

I refuse to build a video editing rig.  Look, Adobe.  Put that shit in the cloud on professional editing rigs with uber RAM and video RAM.  I want to log into an editing rig with my laptop and edit 4k video on it, then publish it to YouTube (or whatever.)   Call Nvidia and AMD and make that shit happen, because I’m not building or buying a $10,000 desktop computer just to run your unbelievably bloated software.

Nvidia already lets me do this with video games, so I don’t have to build any more gaming rigs.  Get with the program or go obsolete.  In fact, make it work on my phone.  I speak on behalf of the 99% (who didn’t game the economy to compensate for a teeny, tiny penis.)   And without further ado, my second video.

I hope you didn’t hate it.  I’m off to read.

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Playing around with Illustrator.  I figure I may as well use it since I’m paying for it.  Adobe charges an annual fee to utilize their products now.  I can’t help but feel like they’re trying to recoup all the money they lost to pirating of their software.  I know that for about 15 years, anyone with a little bit of internet savvy could download a cracked version of Photoshop for free.  It was basically purchased by students, graphic designers, and corporations that dealt with media and art.  But it was probably the most stolen software program in existence.  So, I can’t blame Adobe for jumping through multiple levels of hoops to prevent this from continuing.  It’s just that they make it very obvious that you’re only renting.

For those who read the fine print, it’s always been the case.  They just allow people to rent it by the month, or for a year with monthly installments.  Or you can save a little and rent it for a full year up front.  I’m not sure if they still sell it outright.  If they do, they’ve not made it obvious, as I didn’t see the option while casually browsing their site.  It’s a smart move on their part.  Those who can’t afford to drop a few grand up front on the suite now have affordable access with the installments, so I’m sure they’ve increased their customer base.  They do release a light version of Photoshop and Premier that you can purchase outright, but light is an understatement.  You’re better off using Gimp for free than bothering with Photoshop Elements.

The fact that an entire new industry was created surrounding Adobe applications is kind of cool.  Books, tutorials, and university courses that teach it’s uses have been steadily glomming off Adobe’s success for as long as I can recall.  It can cost a few hundred dollars to take an online course for Photoshop.  However, it’s for those who want someone to hold their hand while they figure out the features.  You can use the built in tutorials, free tutorials on websites like DeviantArt, and trial and error to get to the same level of expertise.  I’ve found that trial and error is the best teacher for me.  I tend to remember when I click a new button and have it destroy the project I’ve just spent hours creating.  Thank goodness for the history, (undo) option.  You learn quickly to take snapshots as you go to save time.  It’s why I prefer digital painting to tactile painting.  No mess, and no waste.

Illustrator is interesting and surprisingly simple to dive in without prior experience.  I’m sure my Photoshop skills come into play regarding the tools to some degree, but there are lots of new ones that I have yet to explore.  The mesh tool was taunting me while I worked on the above.  Next time I’ll play with that.  I’m going to break out my Wacom tablet next time.  Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Audition look like fun, too.  I’ll have to pace myself.