Tweetstorm: Photography And Happiness

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Watch out, Tweetstorm in three, two, one.

A tweetstorm is like a mini blog entry. To my knowledge, web pioneer and venture capitalist Marc Andreesen (@pmarca, co-author of Mosaic, the first web browser) cultivated this form of communication and here’s my first effort. A tweetstorm is great to convey an idea that’s too complex for 140 characters but might still be valuable for a Twitter audience.

Anyway, here’s my first one, it’s in the widest sense about photography and happiness.

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Affinity Designer might give Adobe a bit of a headache

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affinity-designer-logo Many of us have reluctantly signed up for the Adobe Creative Cloud because .. well .. because there’s not much of an alternative. A monopoly is a monopoly and monopolists have the tendency to take what they think is theirs.

This might be changing right now. A few days ago, Affinity Designer has emerged. It’s a vector program that works remarkably well. You get to switch between three different modes (they call them “persona”): vector, pixel and export. It’s fast, it’s small and it seems really well programmed.

While that in itself is all great, here are a few more goodies:

Affinity is planning to release two more products: Photo and Publisher. If the quality of Designer is any indication on what’s to come, Adobe might have a bit of a problem on their hands. I’m serious. This thing is speedy and fun to work with. Watch the video on their home page, after playing with Designer on my 2012 Macbook Air, I can confirm that what they demo in the video isn’t sped up.

And then there’s the pricing model: bye bye subscriptions. Affinity Designer is $39.99 (20% discounted launch offer until Oct/9/2014) and if you buy it, it’s yours to keep.

Oh, and did I mention that they support Mac OSX 10.7 and up? So my old 2007 Mac Pro can play too!

I’m convinced. Bring on the Photo and Publisher!

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Update:
The more I rummage around in Designer, the more little delightful things I discover. For example the non-destructive boolean operations (hint: select two shapes, click the boolean toolbar icons while holding down the Alt/Option key) and then I found this in the help file: the Affinity Cat

ABOL IS BACK, BABY!

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Yes, ABOL IS BACK!

ABOL’s been sitting dormant for a while, but I’ve just found a way to bring it back!
A BUNCH OF LINKS
I sift through an awful lot of photography-related news and blogs and websites, so you don’t have to. Every last Friday of the month, I’ll send out a mail with a bunch of links to the most interesting, informative, inventive or outright strange photo stuff that I came across.
If you want to get the monthly ABOL mail, let me know here.

Become a Patron

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Become a Patron

I just added a new way to support the show: Patreon. Think crowd-funding for artists. Become a patron starting as low as $1. Did I mention rewards? ;) Yes, rewards will be based on the size of your patronage. And this is just the beginning. I’m planning for more rewards over time.

Of course TFTTF is free and will stay free. I’m very humbled by your awesome contributions, but they are not mandatory to be a listener of TFTTF.

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Chris Got Very Wet. And Cold. #icebucketchallenge

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The Ice Bucket Challenge is taking the world in storm. And to those who say “enough already”, I respond: if you don’t want to see it, ignore it.

Here’s what this is about: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS. It’s a devastating disease of the nervous system and simply said: it kills in a slow and horrible way. Patients slowly lose control over their muscles. ALL their muscles. One of the more famous people with ALS is Stephen Hawking.

ALS is not fun. ALS is dead serious. And the ice bucket challenge isn’t making light of it. The challenge is a wonderful way to raise awareness, and it’s necessary because most people don’t even know what ALS is. It’s is a rare disease of the nervous system (approx. 30,000 US Americans have it) and as a result of that, the pharmaceutical industry has no incentive of making any serious investments into finding a cure.

Which is why everybody should chip in for ALS and all the other rare neurological diseases. A good place to do so is the ALS Assocication at www.alsa.org.

Back to the ice bucket and how I got involved: Jon Miller took the Ice Bucket Challenge and then challenged me.

After I did my part (and obviously donated too), I challenged Sean Galbraith (see his video here), Ingo Quendler (here is his video) and Sebastian “Schlingel” Wölfle (watch him get wet here).

You should seriously look up the translation for the German word “Schadenfreude” :)