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Categories : Baking, My Boys, Software, Vacation
It is Spring Break and already I’m trying to find something for the boys to do besides play video games. Some of you will remember, Nolan got stop motion software for Christmas. He was looking for a new subject for a movie and I suggested he bake cookies again and use that as his subject matter. These cookies took longer to make than any have before in this household, but see if the results were worth it.
Here is Nolan ‘s finished movie. (Turn on your speakers, there is sound this time.)
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Categories : Misc, Software
Today is my birthday. In honor of this momentous event I created my first Digital Scrapbook Page. Click the thumbnail to get the full effect. The elements all came from the free Diva collection at www.digitalscrapbookplace.com. All I can say is what an ugly baby, and look they used cloth diapers in the hospital when I was born. (My apologies to those of you that think newborns are adorable, I think they have to be your own before they look good.)
I don’t have a problem with admitting my age, but I thought it would be more fun to list some of the things that happened during the year I was born. The event that took place 10 days before my birth should be a dead give away for rock and roll fans.
The year of my birth was a leap year starting on Wednesday
- January 3 – Senator Barry Goldwater announces that he will seek the Republican nomination for President.
- January 8 – In his first State-of-the-Union address, President Lyndon Johnson declares a “War on Poverty” in the United States.
- January 11 – United States Surgeon GeneralLuther Terry reports that smoking may be hazardous to one’s health. First such statement from the U.S. government.
- January 13 – I Want to Hold Your Hand by The Beatles released in the United States. It will become their first North American hit and the beginning of Beatlemania.
- January 27 – Senator Margaret Chase Smith (R-Me.), 66, announces her candidacy for the Republican nomination for President.
- January 30 – Ranger 6 is launched by NASA. Its mission is to carry television cameras and to crash-land on the moon.
- February 6 – Cuba cuts off the normal water supply to the United States naval base at Guantanamo Bay in reprisal for U.S. seizure 4 days earlier of 4 Cuban fishing boats off the coast of Florida.
- February 7 –The Beatles land in New York City.
- February 9 – The Beatles make their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.
- February 27 – The government of Italy asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over.
- February 29 – President Johnson announces that the United States had developed a jet airplane (the A-11), capable of sustained flight at more than 2,000 MPH and of altitudes of more than 70,000 feet.
- March 4 – Jimmy Hoffa, President of the Teamsters, is convicted by a Federal jury of tampering with a Federal jury in 1962.
- March 9 – The first Ford Mustang rolls off the assembly line at Ford Motor Company.
- March 14 – A jury in Dallas, Texas finds Jack Ruby guilty of killing John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.
- March 27 – The Good Friday Earthquake, the most powerful earthquake in U.S. history at a magnitude of 9.2, strikes South Central Alaska killing 125 people and inflicting massive damage to the city of Anchorage.
- April 7 – IBM announces the System/360.
- April 16 – Geraldine Mock is the first woman to fly solo around the world.
- April 19 – In the United States, the Ford Mustang is officially unveiled to the public.
- April 20 – President Lyndon Johnson in New York and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in Moscow announce simultaneously plans to cut back production of materials for making nuclear weapons.
- April 20 – Nelson Mandela makes his “I Am Prepared to Die” speech at the opening of the Rivonia Trial, a classic of the anti-apartheid movement.
- May 2 – Senator Barry Goldwater receives more than 75% of the votes in the Texas Republican Presidential primary.
- May 19 – The United States State Department says that more than 40 hidden microphones have been found embedded in the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
- June 2 – Senator Barry Goldwater wins the California Republican Presidential primary, making him the overwhelming favorite for the nomination.
- June 9 – In Federal Court in Kansas City, Kansas, army deserter George John Gessner, 28, is convicted of passing United States secrets to the Soviet Union.
- June 12 – Nelson Mandela and seven others are sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa and sent to the Robben Island prison.
- July 3 – President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 19** into law.
- July 27 – Vietnam War: 5,000 more U.S. military advisers are sent to South Vietnam bringing the total number of United States forces in Vietnam to 21,000.
- July 31 – Ranger program: Ranger 7 sends back the first close-up photographs of the moon (images are 1,000 times clearer than anything ever seen from earth-bound telescopes).
- August 7 – Vietnam War: The United States Congress passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution giving U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson broad war powers to deal with North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces.
- Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
- September 24 – The Warren Commission Report, the first official investigation of the assassination of United States President John F. Kennedy, is published.
- October 5 – Twenty-three men and 31 women escape to West Berlin through a narrow tunnel under the Berlin Wall.
- October 12 – The Soviet Union launches the Voskhod 1 into Earth orbitas the first spacecraft with a multi-person crew and the first flight without space suits.
- October 14 – American civil rights movement leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr becomes the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, which was awarded to him for leading non-violent resistance to end racial prejudice in the United States.
- October 14 – 15 – Nikita Khrushchev is deposed as leader of the Soviet Union; Leonid Brezhnev and Alexei Kosygin assume power.
- November 3 – U.S. presidential election, 19**: Incumbent U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson defeats Republican challenger Barry Goldwater, Sr with over 60 percent of the popular vote.
- December 3 – Berkeley Free Speech Movement: Police arrest over 800 students at the University of California, Berkeley, following their takeover and massive sit-in at the administration building protesting the UC Regents’ decision to forbid Vietnam War protests on U.C. property.
- 19** in film
- 19** in television
- April 30 – Television sets manufactured as of this date are required to receive UHF channels in the United States.
- The Beatles appear on the Ed Sullivan show, breaking television ratings records.
- Nearly all of NBC‘s programs are now broadcast in color.
- Peyton Place debuts on ABC, bringing sex and infidelity to American television screens for the first time.
Famous People also born this year (these are just the ones I recognized).
- January 27 – Bridget Fonda, actress
- February 15 – Chris Farley, actor, comedian (d. 1997)
- February 18 – Matt Dillon, actor
- March 17 – Rob Lowe, actor
- April 7 – Russell Crowe, New Zealand-born actor
- April 24 – Cedric the Entertainer, comic, actor
- May 8 – Melissa Gilbert, actress, president of the Screen Actors Guild
- May 30 – Wynonna Judd, singer
- June 15 – Courteney Cox, actress
- September 2 – Keanu Reeves, actor
- September 22 – Bonnie Hunt, actress
- November 11 – Calista Flockhart, actress
- December 8 – Teri Hatcher, actress
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Categories : Misc, Software
Guy went on patrol this morning so I checked the weather for him last night. There was a 10% chance of snow. On the right is what is showing on Weather Underground now. On the left is what it actually looks like out my front door at the moment. I think it is coming down better then it has all winter with just a 10% chance of snow.
Jesse’s immediate response was good it has too keep going. He was thinking of a snow day from school. What he forgot was tomorrow is a holiday anyway.
I don’t mind the weather. My birthday present arrived a few days early (on Friday) and this morning is the first time I’ve had much time to sit down and play with it. Photoshop CS3 has many more exciting features than Photoshop 6. I have Adobe Photoshop CS3 Classroom in a Book from the library and am working my way through it.
I didn’t get just Photoshop. I ordered the Web Premium package so that means I have several new programs to learn. Previously, I’ve done webpages using Frontpage. Since Microsoft is no longer supporting that package, I decided to try Dreamweaver.
Nolan is excited about the Flash portion of this package and has also already played with Illustrator and Photoshop. Isn’t it nice when one’s birthday present can be fun for the whole family?
I think it is time to take a break from the computer — maybe eat some breakfast and work on some quilts.
Oh, the sun is starting to come out, so I suspect the snow will stop shortly.
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I went shopping online at the beginning of the week. My order arrived this afternoon and among all the nifty things I got was Kaleidoscope Kreator 2.0 . I loaded it on my computer this evening and started playing. It is super easy to use. You can print out the whole kaleidoscope or you can print in wedges for use in a quilt. The slide show below shows the very first kaleidoscopes I’ve created in the software. The pictures used are all ones I’ve taken. The titles on each slide tell what the original picture was and most tell what template from the software was used.
It is loads of fun and a fairly inexpensive software package.
(If you get to this blog entry and the slideshow is no longer running, Click on the Title of the post and it will open in its own page. The slide show will start running at that point.)
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Do you remember when you were a child and it was never your fault? Well I’m blaming the last few days’ time use on Suzanne. I’ve never actually met the poor woman, but it is her fault. She has been posting some fantastic digital scrapbook pages on her blog over the last couple of months. In addition she has been raving about how much she loves Photoshop. We have a fairly old version of Photoshop on one of our computers and I have used it to do some very minor editing to my digital photos over the years. Suzanne finally inspired me to dig a little deeper.
No I haven’t signed up for any digital scrapbooking classes (…yet), but I did search for books on Photoshop at our local library. They had several including books old enough that they were written for the software version I have. Since Friday, I’ve been working my way through “Sams Teach Yourself Adobe Photoshop in 24 hours.” I’m currently working on hour 12. This software has so many cool features! I don’t have any fantastic results yet, but I have been having loads of fun playing. This is the picture I just used a”mask” and “filters” to change the background.
If you’ve read some of my older posts, you may remember this picture as one I took in our front yard before Christmas.
I’ve cleaned most of the pictures off the computer I’m using because the hard drive was getting full. So I’m using whatever pictures I can find and access easily. Here’s another picture that used the mask. It is Jesse and Pogo several years ago. Pogo now lives with my parents in Oregon mainly because she fell madly in love with my dad and he with her. This picture probably isn’t the best example since Pogo is a blue (looks more gray to me). But hey, it’s my blog and I’m having fun.
Now if this old version is that cool, imagine how much better the new version is. Oh my, I have a birthday this month. I think I know what my gift will be. (Actually Guy already gave me the go ahead, I don’t need surprises.)
Back to my book and the software.