EmbracingTheGreysDear Reader,

imagesCAM94OVNI’m not overly artistic although I have some sense of design – evidenced by my blog design and matching Facebook Fan page.  When I saw Fresh Paint on my Windows 8 Laptop, I was mildly interested at best.   Until I combined my stylus with a paint brush with the touchscreen….  Witness my mid-life crisis, also named “Embracing The Greys”.   I started a blank canvas, and the app accessed my webcam.   This started as a picture.   I chose a brush shape and color and dragged my virtual bristles through the picture on the screen.  But wait!  There’s more!

I uploaded a picture I had taken with my digital camera while driving around Rhode Island and took an impressionistic approach… Mystic Scenery came about.  Do I expect to launch a career in art?  Not likely.   But I figure if I can do this with Fresh Paint, I can only imagine with a real artist can accomplish.MysticScenes

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imageDear Reader,

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
―     Apple Inc.

Steve Jobs was a visionary.  He resurrected Apple from the dead, he successfully competed against Microsoft, and he innovated culture.  The naysayers could not tarnish Apple’s reputation.   I remember the line outside the retail store on a Friday night waiting for the latest iPhone.   Apple managed to build up a fan following similar to a popular band — that line was reminiscent of people lining up to get tickets to a sold-out show.

2010’s headlines included:

What of Apple today?   Two years into “The Year of Jobs?”

2013’s headlines include:

Additionally, Apple’s stock is not remaining strong and its new product launch at this year’s WWDC met with lukewarm reviews.  I’m left wondering, WWSD (What Would Steve Do)?   We don’t know.   Is this turn of events the beginning of a downward trend for Apple?  Apple users are a tremendously loyal bunch — almost to the point of a cult-like following to an iconic brand.   A good bit of that has to do with the exceptional customer service and support at the retail stores.

However; if Jamie Dihiansan, a self-admitted life-long Apple Guru found reason to switch to PCs, what of less involved individuals?  Apple products have become average among the competitors they inspired.  What is tragic is that Apple would attempt to damage Samsung in a lawsuit rather than raise itself to new excellence on its own merits.  Cruel irony would be that Apple crumbles as Steve Jobs commented on in 2004.

“And how are monopolies lost? Think about it. Some very good product people invent some very good products, and the company achieves a monopoly. But after that, the product people aren’t the ones that drive the company forward anymore. It’s the marketing guys or the ones who expand the business into Latin America or whatever. Because what’s the point of focusing on making the product even better when the only company you can take business from is yourself? So a different group of people start to move up. And who usually ends up running the show? The sales guy. John Akers at IBM is the consummate example. Then one day, the monopoly expires for whatever reason. But by then the best product people have left, or they’re no longer listened to. And so the company goes through this tumultuous time, and it either survives or it doesn’t. Look at Microsoft — who’s running Microsoft? (interviewer: Steve Ballmer.) Right, the sales guy. Case closed. And that’s what happened at Apple, as well.” – Steve Jobs, Business Week.


Dear Reader,IE10

After bravely trekking into the undiscovered country of Windows 8, I decided to add to the adventure by buying an Asus tablet running Windows RT.   So….   while setting up my environment, do you think this tech-savvy diva can set her IE10 homepage??   Nope.   I know I set it on my Lenovo Yoga … three months ago.   Now that I’m fluent with Windows 8, I figured no problem — I’d have this changed.  So I swipe from the top & bottom to vivoleadget into the settings.   No luck.   Swiping from the right to get into the charms bar.   No luck.   Bleeping computer.   So I Google it.  No luck.   Finally, memory resurfaces!  (Whoever said it was all over after 40?).   I went into the traditional desktop.   Opened IE in the desktop.   Went into the internet settings — low and behold, it was there!!   Hallelujah!


DSCF7321Dear Reader,

Here it is, the last day of Give Camp.   We have approximately 4 hours to finish up our work…  much like Celebrity Apprentice or Face Off! some of us are frantically coding DSCF7320and putting on the finishing touches of our work in the final 4 hours.  It’s been another crazy, while awesome adventure as always.  What is different than other years is engaging in this event in the shadow of the events of the Boston Marathon only a week past.  The impact on our non-profits and this event has been profound.   Profoundly good.   In addition to our technical work, we have raised funds for the victims of the bombing and for Sean Collier.   Catching Joy spearheaded creating cards for all the wonderful protection and support people of greater Boston.   Catching Joy’s growth as a non-profit has been skyrocketed this year with an overflowing of interest from children wanting to better the world and not knowing where to start or how.   TDSCF7336hey will be holding 26 special events during the coming year in anticipation of the next Marathon and in memorial of this last one.  Catching Joy’s entire impact will be on the very young children of the area and growing them into adults who know how to redirect the negative back to the positive.

There were two terrorists for those events.   Give Camp had 23 nonprofits + approximately 150 volunteers + many corporate sponsors.   Although the impact of the terrorists was profound, our impact will be greater.   I always tell my friends that this weekend is good for my soul.   It refreshes my humanity and reminds me of the beauty of the world around me.   No year has this ever been more true than now.


Dear Reader,

Continous form paper, of course!

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Notes:

1.  http://gajitz.com/the-mighty-pencil-diy-paper-touch-pad-gets-great-marks/


Dear Reader,

Is bling your thing?   Is sparkly your favorite color?   Well, walk past Tiffany’s to the Technology Innovation Store for something your girlfriend doesn’t have!  The Ringbow will revolutionize your touchscreen apps. 

Notes:

1. http://news.cnet.com/8301-19882_3-20060622-250.html

2. http://www.gizmag.com/ringbow-enhances-touchscreen-interaction/18521/

3. http://gajitz.com/ring-it-up-techy-jewelry-makes-touch-screens-a-snap/

4. http://www.cnet.com/av/video/embed/player.swf


Dear Reader,

For those of you Steampunk Fans… First, a fashion show!

How To Make Steampunk Clothes ~ Videos and Tutorials!

http://www.threadbanger.com/ispydiy/episode/iST_20080826/how-to-make-steampunk-goggles-threadbanger

Steampunk Events!

http://www.steampunk.com/events/conventions/

http://nescifievents.org/?tag=steampunk

http://www.threadbanger.com/episode/THR_20080829

http://wingsofsteam.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=66