Archive for February, 2007

Portable Photoshop

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

I read tonight that Adobe is going to release an online version of Photoshop within 6 months. I love it! Sounds like they plan to make it ad supported, which should work well since if they do this right, I know it’ll be an extremely popular tool. Of course, they’ll have to scale down the application so you won’t get all of the features from the full version here. Gotta keep people paying for those software licenses to pay the bills, yo. I’m really looking forward to checking this out. It will be handy to have for when I’m on a computer that doesn’t have Photoshop. And for those people who have been relying on Microsoft Paint, this should open up a few doors.

[tags]Photoshop, Adobe, Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop online, portable Photoshop[/tags]

Original Wendy’s Closing

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

This is sad. The original Wendy’s in Ohio is closing its doors. Is this the end of an era? Just one more thing to make me feel old. I used to work at Wendy’s for a few years as a teenager and I really loved it. Shut up, I’m serious. I got into that job and learned how much of a perfectionist I am there. I still remember the right order to put the condiments on a sandwich. For the record, it’s white, red, green, white, red, green or mayo, ketchup, pickle, onion, tomato, lettuce. Mustard goes on the burger, not the bun. Ahh, the things I store in this brain of mine that could easily be removed to make room for more meaningful things.

I need to dig out a picture of me in my Wendy’s uniform to show you how cute I was as a Wendy’s girl. Memories…

[tags]Wendy’s, Wendy’s Old-Fashioned Hamburgers, Dave Thomas, fast food[/tags]

Google Click to Call & Traffic

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Google really is going to take over the world, aren’t they? I’ve seen two applications this week that just blew me away. The first one was the “Call” feature on Google Local. When you do a search for a local listing, a link titled “Call” appears next to each listing which, when clicked, prompts you for your phone number. Once entered, Google will place the call to the business for you. As soon as you hit enter, the phone number you entered rings, waiting to connect you to the business. Very, very cool. We’re already looking into how we can maximize this feature at work.

The second feature is on Google Maps and it’s called “Traffic”. Key in a location, then click on the “Traffic” link in the top right to see real-time traffic data overlaid on the map. Powerful!

[tags]Google, Internet, Internet applications, Google tools[/tags]

American Idol – The Girls, Week 2

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

It’s time for the girls to show their stuff again. Will they blow away the boys like they did last week? Read on.

Gina Glocksen sang “Alone” by Heart. And we’re back with the dedications, of course. She sent out her song to her boyfriend. Oh this is good. Ann and Nancy Wilson would be proud – this girl’s got some pipes!! Really enjoyed it. Did not enjoy the dress, however. When do these people get stylists? Not soon enough. They should just hire me.

Alaina Alexander sang “Not Ready to Make Nice” by the Dixie Chicks and dedicated it to her mom. I’m confused why she would dedicate this song to her mom, maybe it doesn’t mean what she thinks it does. Whatever, it doesn’t matte. Her singing, not her lack of comprehension, is going to get her booted out of here. That sucked. I love it when they say, “You look amazing.” Translation – girl, you can’t sing, hope your good looks get you by.

LaKisha Jones sang “Midnight Train” to Georgia Gladys Knight and dedicated it to her grandmother, who seems like a little firecracker. Okay, is that a wig? And were her boobs this big last week? Whoa. Okay, she redeems herself with the singing, at least. She’s got an old school style and soul. I like her. I agree with Simon about her attitude and outfit – she needs to act more sure of herself and get a stylist!

Singing “My Funny Valentine” by Frank Sinatra was Melinda Doolittle who dedicated her song to her two best friends. And one of those friends is a stylist. Let’s see if she’s any good. She is! I like her outfit, nicely done. Ooh, she’s got some real old world jazzy, soulful smoothness going on with her voice. Mega talented, this one! Wow. Chills for sure with this performance. Her singing made me forget all about her lack of a neck. “Breath of fresh air”, indeed.

Oooh! Nude pictures on the internet chick, Antonella Barba, is up next in a fugly dress! She’s dedicating her song to her brother. Awww. Antonella sang “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion. She did a lot better this week than last, but she’s got some really strong competition, I’m not sure this will measure up. She’s got an attitude, too, and doesn’t like the judges criticizing her. Gotten toughen up, girlie!

Jordin Sparks also dedicated her song to her brother. She sang “Reflection” by Christina Aguilera. I loved this girl last week, but this week I’m not feeling it as much. She did an okay job, but I didn’t love it. I still really like her, though, because she’s so sweet.

Stephanie Edwards sang “Dangerously in Love” by Beyonce and dedicated the song to her parents. Amazing that she had no desire to audition for this show until they pushed her. The beginning was a bit of a mess, but man, what an ending on that one! WOW!

Leslie Hunt dedicated her song to her belated grandfather. She sang “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone. There were some nice moments in there, but this was one of my least favorites of the night. I like the husky tones to her voice, but her voice is just not very big. I think she’s in danger tonight.

Haley Scarnato sang “The Queen of the Night” by Whitney Houston and dedicated to it her fiancee. Another one in danger, I think. I agree with the judges – the background vocals drowned her out and she definitely didn’t like hearing she sucked. The truth hurts, honey!

Sabrina Sloan dedicated her song to her grandmother. Can I just say how much I hate these dedications? Because I do. She sang “All The Man That I Need” by Whitney Houston. That wasn’t a great song choice for her, there was too much yelling going on, but she did do a nice job.

Overall, there wasn’t too much yelling like we had last week, so that was refreshing. I think the guys out-performed the girls this week, but it was close.

My favorites: Melinda, LaKisha, & Gina, In danger of going home: Leslie, Alaina, and Haley.

And tomorrow we get the treat of having Kellie Pickler performing!! Ha!

[tags]American Idol, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, Ryan Seacrest, Reality Television[/tags]

A Role Model

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Connor won an award for Outstanding Citizenship today at school. Actually he won the award a few weeks ago, but today was the awards breakfast. They held it at 7:15 in the morning. Umm. Yeah, Rob went while I stayed home to get Aric off to school. I was sad to miss the event, but glad to not have to be up and out of the house by 7am.

This award is given to 2 students in each grade at the middle school, so it’s an honor to win. I am especially proud of Connor for winning since he is new to this school district. I love that he has not let a new school hold him back or change him in any way. He is very outgoing and works hard to keep up his grades. It’s nice that he’s being recognized for his all-around greatness. I can say that as his mother, right?

Connor said the principal made an announcement about the winners and noted that these students were role models. He got a big kick out of that, and we made a joke out of it all night. When Connor spilled 1/2 of a huge bottle of apple juice all over the floor, I said, “See, you’re no role model at home!” hahaha! I’m such a great mother. So I was giving him a hard time all night about the role model thing, because I know he’s got a great sense of humor and can take it. At one point, he got down on the floor, rolled around and said, “But I am a role model! I am!” We laughed and laughed. Man, I dig this kid.

[tags]parenting, school awards, role model[/tags]