Category: Techie

Free to Play


My friend Damon Hampson and I went and had lunch at Butterfly (which I highly recommend) with author Will Luton and discussed his upcoming book Free To Play: Making Money From Games You Give Away. We stopped off at the Musée Méchanique to shoot this promo video first. (Side Note: We shot this video using a iPhone 4 and the OWLE Bubo with small non-powered directional mic):

Puppy Tweets – Keep tabs on Fido


Okay this is for the person who has a pet and is obsessed with their pet’s shenanigans. In addition they have to also love Twitter messages that are more mindless than most and we know Twitter is not a place filled with mindless tweets, cough!

Introducing Puppy Tweets! The good folks at Mattel are teaching kids the value of K-9 social media, well thank God someone is! Apparently after you hook the tracking puppy tag, any time your dog moves or barks you are sent a tweet. I am a firm believer that once I leave the house my dog puts on my bath robe, turns on the stereo, and gets on the computer and browses the web all day in addition to ordering the occasional home delivered pizza.

Of course some dogs may sleep all day- in which case you won’t get many tweets. However in the case of the all day yapper- you may get 100’s of tweets that say “your dog just barked.” Perhaps there will be an occasional tweet that says “your dog just drank water.” As you can see this is a fascinating and incredibly rich experience. The prize jewel of tweets will be when you get one that says “Your dog just pooped on your rug and tracked it all over house.” That is sure to brighten your day and give you something to look forward to when you get home.

Puppy Tweets is PC and Mac compatible so everyone can jump in on the fun. In closing, the one thing I love about technology is taking it and subverting its intended use. I think the device and software for puppy tweets, may have some other sinister use and I can’t wait to find it!

Photoshop Store opens in San Francisco: Photoshop & You


Hey Photoshop fans! Adobe is bringing Photoshop & You to San Francisco. I attended the pre-opening Gala and Adobe has produced a fantastic environment that will inspire, help boost your skills and give you new insight on the possibilities for your photography. The store includes a theater, training books and videos area, and digital imaging area where you can make cool customized gifts. The training schedule has a full line-up of Photoshop royalty including Scott Kelby, Robert Seale, Cory Rich and the always entertaining Russell Brown.

Also on display is digital Artist Bert Monroy’s Times Square. This is a rare opportunity to see the 20 ft x 5 ft digital rendition of Times Square. The image is populated with portraits of a who’s who in the world of Phtoshop. (PS. I am in it!!) This artwork has been touring the country and is on it’s way to Las Vegas after this showing. So take the time to see a truly incredible work of art. Hand drawn by the digital hyper-realist master himself.

Photoshop & You is a must attend!

Schedule of Store Events.

Photoshop & You
Open July 23-August 6, 2011
Store Location & Hours:
550 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA
Sun–Wed:        11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Thurs–Sat:       11 a.m.–9 p.m.

Artist Gary-Paul Prince and Adobe Photoshop Madhatter Russell Brown

YouTube Feed info you should know


Google Operating System Blog: Unofficial news and tips about Google

I found while searching for info on using a YouTube for my iTunes feed. I was wanting to re-boost Gary-Paul TV for this site. I long ago set-up Gary-Paul TV using the Internet Archive. It was a bit clucky and has outlived its use for my purposes. On the other hand I don’t want to try to put all my videos on every video site on the planet- the hassle of managing all the files and doing all the uploads Ugh!. “Give me one Pipe to feed them all” is my motto.

Anyway I think you mightt find this useful if you want to utilize your YouTube feeds to the fullest extent. Please note: the author(s) is not affiliated with Google.

Google Operating System Blog

DIY Screen saver for the Mac


DIY RSS Screen Saver

Here is a good one from Apple. Make your own screen saver. Quartz Composer lets you create your own Screen Saver with any RSS feed as its text source. And it’s included with the free Xcode 2 developer tools in Mac OS X Leopard.
Why am I telling you about this seemingly geeky program to make oyur own screen saver?
Well not just for fun but it is also a great way to market your company. Make your own screen saver and share it with anyone who will try it. If you make it fun and not all business people will be more likely to try it and leave it running.