Discussion in 'Reality Check' started by cRoy, May 26, 2009.
A digital backdrop on Etsy so my little guy could "get a photo with Santa" for his first Christmas.
Another first for him missed due to COVID. He has been the breath of fresh air during such a shitty year, but it has been difficult being even more isolated as a new mom.
Haven't used photoshop in about 12 years and really impressed myself with this! Not perfect by any means, but not too shabby!
Did a good job!
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I didn’t realize “digital backdrops on Etsy” was a thing but totally makes sense.
Did you try out some of the new Photoshop features for this? The new object selection tool is ridiculously good.
Yea, crazy what Etsy has for digital backdrops. Made everything much easier.
I used CS5, can't justify the cost of upgrading beyond that for the newer features when I can barely consider photography a hobby anymore.
But, I did use the object select tool in CS5 and turned him into a vector mask, cleaned up my outline and then brought him onto the backdrop. Attempted to scale him to the appropriate size, and blend the tones of the two photos.
This is the original shot. Oh and keeping with the original meaning for the thread, I purchased the photoshoot from a local photographer to get this shot!
Yeah, making things like Photoshop more accessible price wise to hobbyists is something we discuss a fair bit (when I say we, I work at Adobe). The subscription model works great for pros but tough if you only pull it out once in a while.
That's my issue. I'd love to use the latest and greatest adobe stuff but I can't justify the cost if I may only use it once a month or so.
Same...for those who use it, well worth it though.
I used to have to do some photo editing for some of the 3D terrain modeling I used to do and I hated doing it because the jobs were so few and far between that I was rusty on using the software and would get comfortable with it and then the project would end
new wheels and tires for my RC Truck
RC has a communal truck?
Neat, guess I can stop looking at buying one!
It’s only available to the upper echelon members
The literal 1%, assuming there are 100 members total.
Lobster. Damn, it was good. One more sitting in the fridge to make sandwiches with.
- Xmas gifts for my wife
- Xmas gifts for my parents
- A bajillion things needed for the baby, who is now overdue....
- case of rainx winter washer fluid
- new snow brush
- new winter boots and gloves from Mark's
Samsung galaxy watch active 2 for the wife
New welding helmet for me
under armour mask they are actually pretty decent, We are required to wear them on the ice when coaching
All to make some of my basement a little quieter. The in floor was supported ever 4 feet by metal strapping which was 6" from the floor and sagged a lot further in places. Insulation was only r12 batts which looked like they were ripped in half and the 1/2" ultralight drywall was right to the strapping. You could hear every word and when someone walked across the floor the lights would rattle below. Still noy perfect but waaaay better now.
4x boxes of ultrafin snake hangers for the infloor (which we don't even use)
10 bags of 19" R20 batts
50 sheets of Type X
36 pieces of resilient channel
1 bag of sheetrock 90
4 boxes of compound
500 feet of paper and fiberglass tape.
So funny story. A couple weeks ago my dishwasher decided to stop working. It's been in the house since the kitchen was last reno'd, which was back in the early-mid 1990s. Can't find any reference to the model number online. Hoping that parts could be sourced somewhere for it, I called Appliance Maritimes to book a service call. Today was the first opening they had, so buddy came over this afternoon. Anyway, we talk about the machine, how old it is, that I'd tried some troubleshooting (checked the breaker, did some Googling, etc) before calling him. I shut off the breaker for him, he starts to take it apart. Pokes and prods here and there with a test meter, etc. and starts to put it back together. Says as far as he can tell, it's the door switch but alas, because of the age of the machine, parts aren't available. That sucks, I really don't want to buy a new one and have it last 2-3 years. Anyway, he recommends some brands to consider/avoid, some retailers, etc. I start to think about buying a new one after the holidays.
He's apologetic about having to charge ~$90 for the service call just to deliver the bad news. I pay him, he leaves and I go to the basement to turn the breaker back on. When I come upstairs, I hear something.
The dishwasher's running again. I promptly call the repair guy (he'd called me from his cell so I had his number). We had a good laugh, he said he had tightened a connection and that's what might have done the trick
tl;dr paid Appliance Maritimes ~$90 to accidentally fix my dishwasher.
Was it Don?
It has been my experience that these appliance repair companies are in the business of charging you $90 for them to tell you your appliance is broken.
It’s very much a disposable world now, sadly. Hard to get parts for a lot of things because the manufacturers don’t make the repair parts.
I had the joy of telling a customer last week that her 5 years old, $700 Roman tub faucet was garbage because they no longer make the parts to repair it. Fun times.
Which is why I don't want to buy a new one.
So much more baby stuff...I think we are set for awhile now.
The last of my Xmas presents for chelsea. Went through everything last night, realized I forgot to get a couple things.
1 bottle Aviation Gin.
1 bottle 99 ice cask canadian whisky.
1 bottle Proper 12 irish whisky.
1 bottle Kraken rum to go with the egg nog.
1 case of MGD.
You forgot mix. Grab a case of Big8 Lime!
Don't use mix. Unless you count the egg nog with rum. Just ice in this house! You need mix? You come prepared and also hand in your man card at the door!
Also, no big 8 in Alberta. It's been years since I've had that!
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digital instant read thermometer