★ Life Poster

A couple weeks ago, I read instructions on how to make a life poster using only iPhoto and Photoshop. The instructions were simple enough so I went ahead and did it. And here is the end result.

Here are some facts about the poster:

Dimensions: 20″ x 30″
Number of photos: 98
Total cost (including frame): Less than $50

It turned out really nice and I’m happy with the way it came out. I can look at each picture and I can vividly remember the story behind each one. As people walk in and out of my room, they always have questions about where a picture was taken. It’s a very cool way to display a bunch of pictures at once. To be fair, not all the pictures were taken by me, but by a true artist.

I love the fact that I can look at my poster and I can laugh, cry, and/or smile about the past 4 years.

: A Lack Of Color by Death Cab For Cutie from the album Transatlanticism

★ Old Friends

On Friday, some old friends from high school made it up to Irvine to celebrate multiple peoples’ birthdays. It must’ve been at least 4 or 5 years since all of us have been together at the same time. Unfortunately, we were missing Ernie and Joe, but it was still great partying with the rest of them.

 

★ Title and Registration

The glove compartment isn’t accurately named
And everybody knows it.
So I’m proposing a swift orderly change.

Cause behind its door there’s nothing to keep my fingers warm
And all I find are souvenirs from better timesBefore the gleam of your taillights fading east
To find yourself a better life.

I was searching for some legal document
As the rain beat down on the hood
When I stumbled upon pictures I tried to forget
And that’s how this idea was drilled into my head

Cause it’s too important
To stay the way it’s been

There’s no blame for how our love did slowly fade
And now that it’s gone it’s like it wasn’t there at all
And here I rest where disappointment and regret collide
Lying awake at night

: Title and Registration by Death Cab for Cutie from the album iTunes New Music Sampler (Atlantic/Lava Edition)

There’s nothing like driving in the rain with some good music to clear your head.

★ Finish to Begin

I have to click on “Finish” to “begin” an installation. This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. I laughed out loud when that popped up. And then right after I got sad and went back to working.

★ The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot

If it makes you less sad, I will die by your hand.
I hope you find out what you want. I already know what I am.
And if it makes you less sad, we’ll start talking again.
And you can tell me how vile I already know that I am.
And it hurts a whole lot, but it’s missed when it’s gone.

If it makes you less sad, I’ll move out of this state.
You can keep to yourself. I’ll keep out of your way.
And if it makes you less sad, I’ll take your pictures all down.
Every picture you paint, I will paint myself out.

You are calm and reposed. Let your beauty unfold.
Pale white, like the skin stretched over your bones. Spring keeps you ever close.
You are second hand smoke. You are so fragile and thin. Standing trial for your sins.
Holding onto yourself the best you can.
You are the smell before rain. You are the blood in my veins.

Call me a safe bet. I’m betting I’m not.
I’m glad that you can forgive.
I’m only hoping as time goes, you can forget.

: The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot by Brand New from the album Deja Entendu

★ Sage + Firefox

Awhile back, someone commented as to why I chose Firefox as my browser of choice. I used to use two programs to read RSS feeds and view websites; NetNewsWire and Safari. It worked for awhile but it got cumbersome switching between a newsreader and a web browser. In order to get what I was looking for, I would have to wait until “the first half of 2005” when Tiger comes out with Safari RSS. I thought I was stuck with waiting until I discovered Sage.

Sage is an extension for Firefox that lets you access RSS feeds from within Firefox. No more Command+tabbing between two programs. I click on a feed, it’s contents show up in the main browser window where I can skim through articles, and if I want more, I just click on the headline and it takes me straight to the website. It also has the ability to discover feeds if you find a site that you’d like to visit in the future. Lastly, you can skin it with simple CSS to make it look anyway you like. I suggest using Jon Hick’s theme as it almost looks like Safari RSS.

When Tiger and Safari RSS come out, I’m sure it’ll give Sage+Firefox a run for its money, but until then, it’s Firefox for me. Trev also makes a few good points in Safari’s favor. Most importantly for me, the ability to switch between tabs, something that Firefox doesn’t support.

: Only Ashes by Something Corporate from the album North