Monthly Archives: November 2007
Just testing to see if this function works. Move along, nothing to see here.
(Updated from WordPress: Not exactly as expected, but it works. Good for files, not so good for images. No ability to tag or assign a category from the Box.net “Post to” window, so WP automatically uses your default category, which in my case is “uncategoried”. Overall I’d give it about 6 points out of 10 for usability.)
By everyone’s estimation the Annapolis Summit is going to be just another photo op, this time staged by the Bush administration. After witnessing so many of these events over the past 27 years, it rankles me knowing that at each and every one Israel alone has been expected to make “painful concessions”. What exactly are the other Summit participants doing to make peace in our region a reality?
It takes courage, vision and drive to make the changes required to create an environment where peace can exist in this region. If these qualities do exist in the present regional leadership, they aren’t being used towards that end. Maybe it will take another 40 years of wandering in the desert before it happens, but that seems to me to be optimistic.
Polite discussion welcome. To insure so, comments are currently being moderated.
We could do without the ten seconds of Motel6 Vibrobed…without either vibrobed or Motel6. That’s the second earthquake this week and the 4th (maybe 5th) earthquake I’ve experienced since moving back to Israel in 1990. I hope that the Afro-Arabian Plates have released enough energy for now, or at least enough to let me sleep.
(They keep reminding us that the big one is due any time now. Well, there’s only so much I can worry about at one time-guess I’ll have to re-prioritize my angst and move earthquake up a bit this week.)
This month’s PI Goodies include:
Ribbons.UGL: a PI Gradient palette for your Color Panel
200711-JenT.UOL: includes 5 curlicue path object ribbons
Ribbonbrush.SMP: a brush setting to use with your tablet for drawing and tracing your own ribbons
Ribbon Gradients: First back up your own specialized PI Gradients in your Color Panel, because loading my Ribbon Gradients in the Color Panel will replace the existing ones. You save your Gradients by opening the Color Panel/Gradients tab and then clicking on the little arrow in the upper right hand corner of the Color Panel. Next click on “Save Gradients…”. By default, PI names this file “My Gradients”, but you can name it whatever you choose. Remember where you’ve saved this file on your hard drive because you’ll want it back later.
Now you’re ready to load my Ribbon Gradients into the Color Panel. Using the menu in PI’s Color Panel, click on “Load Gradients…” and browse to wherever you downloaded and unzipped the 2007Nov-JenT_ribbons.ugl file. After you click “Open”, under the Multiple-Color section you should now see a total of 10 different gradients, five solid colors, three multi-striped and two ribbon “shader” gradients. Once you’ve finished using my Ribbon Gradients, you can restore your own saved “My Gradients” file by loading them again via the Color Panel.
Ribbon Path Objects: Import the UOL file into your Easy Palette via the Object Library Manager and then drag the ribbons onto PI’s workspace. Each ribbon is made up of a top and bottom path object. Always re-Group the top and bottom ribbon objects before you move or resize the ribbon. If you accidentally move one ribbon object without the other, just Undo until the accidentally moved object is returned to its original position. In order to fool the eye into seeing the ribbon curl, there should be a lighter top object and a darker bottom object. Keep this in mind when you apply your own gradients.
Please note that my Ribbon objects have been created using PI’s default multicolor gradients in order to make importing them easier. Once you have imported both the ribbons.UGL and 200711-JenT.UOL files into PI, you can apply the Ribbon Gradients to the Ribbon path objects.
The 200711-JenT.ZIP file can be downloaded from my Box.net widget in the sidebar.
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As a part of my efforts to bring more focus to this blog, my photography page “Shutter Clutter” is now its own blog, Random Acts of Photography.
At the moment RAoP is pretty much a portfolio of select archived photos. I’m planning on making twice-weekly updates and adding features as time goes on. Because I’m so new to the idea of photoblogs, I’m completely open to suggestions, so if there’s something you’d like to see, just let me know in the comments either here or there.