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By duxup (Thu Feb 02, 2006 at 08:16:47 AM EST) (all tags)

Opting out of pre approved credit cards
Adobe Lightroom
Consumer Level Hippos

Poll: Would you buy some of my hippos?

Pre Approved Credit Cards Opt Out

I discovered this recently.  Since opting out I have seen an estimated 70% drop in the amount of mail I receive and NO reproved credit cards or such things.

Adobe Lightroom

Thank goodness!

There are a number of digital photograph processing and organizing programs.  I have not used them all, but all the programs that I’ve used seem to come up short in significant ways.  Right now I use Photoshop Elements,  It is a low end and fairly unstable piece of software, but when compared to the other packages out there it gets the job done and it’s hard to spend big $ on other programs that might do more but always suck in some important way.

Adobe is working on a product called Lightroom that looks very interesting.  It’s still in beta and if you’ve got a Mac you can DL the beta now, windows version to come later.  I’m waiting on the windows version for now.  Unlike Photoshop it looks and feels like it is designed for digital photography from the ground up.  No doubt there will be some complex things that Photoshop can do that Lightroom won’t be able to do, but most of that is beyond me and I’m hoping Lightroom will be as cool as it looks.


Webwench linked to this game a few days ago. Addictive indeed.


Is it my imagination or is Husi just very quiet these days?


I was thinking yesterday about how some people have those fish ponds in their yard, and how I’d rather have hippos in the pond near my house.  Obviously full sized hippos would not be practical so I started wondering if it would be possible to genetically manipulate some Hippos and create a breed of miniature hippos.  I could make a nice hippo beach for them on the edge of the pond and everything.  That would be cool.

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Hippos | 17 comments (17 topical, 0 hidden)
Micropotamus by ptyx (4.00 / 1) #1 Thu Feb 02, 2006 at 09:01:22 AM EST

Still 350 pounds though, shipping charges might hurt.

350 by duxup (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Feb 02, 2006 at 09:08:09 AM EST
I think we're going to still need to do some genetic work or something, 350 just seems a bit on the heavy side.  On top of shipping problems, sales will plummet after the first one drowns a child.
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Let me know when you have it closer to 50 by mmangino (4.00 / 1) #6 Thu Feb 02, 2006 at 09:48:51 AM EST
I think much more than that and the people who live below me would be unhappy. I also need it to be able to get into our jacuzzi tub. We have a dog who used to sleep in our bathtub at the old house, be she can't get into the new tub. I finally gave up on carrying her in and out of it. I don't want to repeat that for a hippo.

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Another century or two... by ana (4.00 / 1) #3 Thu Feb 02, 2006 at 09:16:54 AM EST
of climate change, you might be able to support hippos in the Mississippi near the Twinky Cities.

Even if it had been raining flaming poodles, it's better than work. -- blixco

i've been busy and anxious lately by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #4 Thu Feb 02, 2006 at 09:19:23 AM EST
so I haven't been posting as often as I do, so yeah, Husi seems slow.

We have enough pets, so I'm not really in the market for a pocket hippo, so perhaps I'm not the jeduge of this market.

Looks like Lightroom by Metatone (4.00 / 1) #5 Thu Feb 02, 2006 at 09:41:50 AM EST
is their answer to Apple's Aperture... If they do it right it will be a really, really useful program.

However, as I've heard, Apple didn't really get it right with Aperture in the end, so I don't hold out a lot of hope for Adobe either.

Aperture and Lightroom by duxup (4.00 / 1) #7 Thu Feb 02, 2006 at 10:03:22 AM EST
I’m not as familiar with Aperture as I am Lightroom, and even there I only understand them from the perspective of the writers who write about the programs.

Word is that Aperture has a great concept but is in a messy state, and Lightroom and Aperture seem to do a lot of the same front end things in terms of organization and some of the basic work you do.  With both programs in various states of development it’s hard to compare. 

I get the feeling that they’re going to end up very similar programs, but being a PC guy I’m not paying much attention to Aperture espically based on what I’ve heard about the state it is in.  I’ve much more confidence in Adobe’s ability to provide quality editing tools (especially for RAW files) more so than the folks making Aperture.  They’ve already done that, they just need to get a platform that works for photographers.

What I’m really excited about when it comes to Lightroom is that finally it looks like a digital photography program that does organization and editing built from the ground up for digital photographers.   Rather than all these hybrid programs where you graft photography tools into photoshop and / or other programs with UI or features involve components that often gets in the way and/or are downright useless to photographers.

Oh please let it be what I wish it to be!


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Picasa and The GIMP by riceowlguy (4.00 / 1) #8 Thu Feb 02, 2006 at 10:53:05 AM EST
For no money whatsoever, you can use Google's Picasa for the organization/basic fixes part, and The Gimp if you need to do more involved manipulations.

PicyGimp by duxup (2.00 / 0) #9 Thu Feb 02, 2006 at 11:22:27 AM EST
I tried Picasa when it was advertised on Google, and again after it went up a version.  I was not pleased by either version.  The first version exploded all over my system trying to catalogue every damn file it could dropping stupid index files in every directory with a jpg, gif and so on.  Being that it was from Google at the time I was shocked, and after that

The next version I tried was a bit less I’M GOING TO TAKE OVER YOUR COMPUTER.  Still I found it a bit painful just doing some testing with some jpegs I had.  I think Picasa in that form was a very good program for most people but it lacked a lot of the quick organization features that I’m seeing from Lightroom.

Then again that was at least 10 months ago when I last tried Picasa so it’s probably time I checked it out again, although I’m doubting it will be able to handled the ridiculous numbers of RAW files I futz with.

Gimp, one of those programs I’ve played with here and there, but never spent much time on it.  I really should do that.

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are these hippos by dr k (4.00 / 1) #10 Thu Feb 02, 2006 at 12:05:33 PM EST
ISO 9000 compliant?  Also, will they get along with my aquatic turtles?

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A: by duxup (2.00 / 0) #11 Thu Feb 02, 2006 at 12:09:08 PM EST

At this point I'm not sure.  As far as I know Hippos and turtles don't mess with eachother, but as the size gap shrinks there could be some conflict.

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I'll take 47. by dr k (4.00 / 1) #12 Thu Feb 02, 2006 at 12:25:30 PM EST
Can you send them "book rate"? I want to save on the shipping charges.

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I'll try by duxup (2.00 / 0) #15 Thu Feb 02, 2006 at 12:39:18 PM EST
The last time I tried to send something book rate with some live seals.  The USPS quickly caught on that they weren't actually large popup books.  Stupid seals, always trying to eat and stuff...
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I think I love you by Gedvondur (4.00 / 1) #13 Thu Feb 02, 2006 at 12:29:55 PM EST
For the link to the FTC.  I was just bitching to the wife about credit card offers.  Thanks, dude.

"If you do not sin, then you too may some day float like a big pink Goodyear blimp of The Lord." -theboz

Anytime by duxup (4.00 / 1) #14 Thu Feb 02, 2006 at 12:36:40 PM EST
When a coworker mentioned it to me I was surprised that I had never heard of it before. 

For me effect was almost immediate, blamo, less mail, and no crap.  w00t!

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In re: HuSi quiet-ness, by blixco (4.00 / 1) #16 Thu Feb 02, 2006 at 02:13:46 PM EST
My apologies.

In re: all else, get yer ducks up!
I am ten ninjas. Ten ninjas with root access. - mrgoat

too busy to post by StackyMcRacky (4.00 / 1) #17 Thu Feb 02, 2006 at 07:19:57 PM EST
About 2-3 weeks ago I got seriously slammed with work.  I can barely find time to IM with clock, much less post anything useful.

moo.  moo moo.

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