I reloaded Gimp with all of its custom special effects and in my copious spare time at night I’ve been working on a simulated sketch of yours truly (Alvin Alexander).
Here are two moose that I came across one day in Alaska.
Last night I watched an episode of Father Brown where Mrs. McCarthy was judgmental about something her god-daughter did. (She was the girl’s godmother.) In my mind I thought, “Wow, she sure is judgmental and intrusive in the girl’s life.”
Then this morning I woke up and saw some photos on Facebook involving one of my young relatives that made my skin crawl. When I saw the photos I realized I didn’t know them at all, and I hated what they were doing. I wanted to grab them by the ear and yank them out of those pictures.
So it turns out that giving unconditional love is really hard when you see people you care about doing things that you think are really stupid.
I came across this picture of my younger self recently, and the first thing that came to mind is the phrase, “Hurtful words last forever.”
When I was about this age, a girlfriend said, “If you had blue eyes and got your teeth fixed,” and then she said some other things. I don’t remember what she said next. All I heard was the sting of those first words. I do remember being hurt and thinking, ‘Wow, if you want to know what I don’t like about you...”
This picture should bring back happier memories, but that’s what I remember.
A picture of four sled dog paintings from a motel in Healy, Alaska.
Mac batch image resizing and conversion FAQs: How can I batch resize images or batch convert images on Mac OS X?
I was really pleased lately to discover I already had some free Mac batch image processing software already installed on my Mac computers. It turns out that the Mac Automator program from Apple was created with several "workflows" in mind, including several batch image processing workflows. With the Automator you can batch resize images, batch convert images file types, and batch create image thumbnails.
It's pretty easy to email a web page to a friend using Apple's iPhone. When you're looking at a web page using Safari on the iPhone just press the "+" icon on the menubar at the bottom of the screen. This brings up a menu with several items on it; just press the "Mail Link to this Page" button. This takes you over to the Mail application, automatically filling in the Subject field with the title from the web page, and adding the link to the content area.
One of the cool things I just discovered on my Mac is the slideshow capability of the Finder. This can be a great tool for previewing a collection of images, or just to rotate images on your screen just for fun. Just highlight a few images, right-click, and choose the Slideshow option.