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Aug 19

Should I Follow The Mocks?

Should I Follow The Mocks?

Where Did My Keyboard Shortcuts Go?

Update: Thanks to Michael Leroux’s insanely good intuition and/or a coincidence and/or maybe a miracle, I’ve solved the problem originally posted about below. Here’s the link Michael sent me, to a blog post about the otherwise awesome SnagIt app and how it does actually hijack Adobe’s default keyboard shortcut for “Save for Web…”

I was able to resolve the issue by quitting SnagIt. Simple. Done. I’ll leave this post in case others encounter the same dilemma. Declaring victory and moving on with my day.

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I’m having a small problem that’s destroying my workflow, and I’m calling on the hive-mind to help resolve it.

The problem is that, in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator (CS6), the “Save for Web…” keyboard shortcut has stopped working. The command is still accessible from the File menu, and the keyboard shortcut hint still appears next to it, but that key-combination no longer invokes the command. This change is recent, was abrupt, and I do not know what might have caused it.

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Online discussions suggest two different approaches to fixing this: First, they say, delete the preferences. If that doesn’t work, they say, try giving the command a custom keyboard shortcut. Problem is, I’ve tried both, to no avail.

Deleting preferences (either plists or the “Illustrator Preferences” file, the second of which does contain references to saveForWeb) does nothing, and OSX System Preferences won’t let me create a keyboard shortcut for Adobe apps.

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So, I’m stuck, and I’m hoping someone here has encountered and solved the same problem, and can save me the seemingly inevitable days of frustration otherwise ahead.

Anyone?

Aug 18

Imagine discovering a secret language spoken only online by a knowledgeable and learned few. Over a period of weeks, as you begin to tease out the meaning of this curious tongue and ponder its purpose, the language appears to shift in subtle but fantastic ways, remaking itself daily before your eyes. And just when you are poised to share your findings with the rest of the world, the entire thing vanishes.

This fairly describes my roller coaster experience of curiosity, wonder and disappointment over the past few weeks, as I’ve worked alongside security researchers in an effort to understand how “lorem ipsum” — common placeholder text on countless Web sites — could be transformed into so many apparently geopolitical and startlingly modern phrases when translated from Latin to English using Google Translate.

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Lorem Ipsum: Of Good & Evil, Google & China — Krebs on Security

Totally, 100% fascinating.

Aug 15

I just have so much hostility for Klout.

I just have so much hostility for Klout.

Aug 13

“Pointing out that there are very distinct criteria she looks for in a partner, area woman Christine Maloof told reporters this week that the men she finds attractive tend to be tall, athletic, and have hurt her in the past.” — Area Woman’s Type Tall, Athletic Men Who Have Already Hurt Her | The Onion - America’s Finest News Source

Aug 11

Shane Cyr and Wiki Sombreros, c. 1987.

Shane Cyr and Wiki Sombreros, c. 1987.

Seven Things

  1. My car needs an oil change. It has 6500 miles on it. For weeks, I’ve been wondering when it would need its first oil change. The manual doesn’t say anything, I logged onto a website that doesn’t say anything, nothing says anything. This weekend, an orange icon depicting a wrench lit up on my dashboard, and then there was a message declaring that my oil’s life has 15% remaining. 15% of what, exactly? What would it be like to have a little light in the dashboard that is the inside of my cranium, and it would light up when I had 15% remaining? I’d probably still wonder, “15% of what?” right up until the end. Probably not a good feature.
  2. The porch is still in shambles, because I had to get new treads custom-made, and that took some time. But it’s looking like Mars Lumber (yes, really) should have my custom-made cypress treads finished this week, and hopefully I’ll finish the porch-steps-replacement project while…
  3. Julie’s taking her niece to New York City this weekend. I’ve been to New York City for the weekend before. I hope they don’t blow all our money on oysters and strip clubs.
  4. I did all the plumbing and electrical wiring for our powder room. It was years ago, but it’s basically held up so that makes me a plumbing expert. Except the supply-line valve behind the sink occasionally springs a leak and I’m not sure about this but it looks like it might be coming from one of my expert sweat joints. In the past, the leak has fixed itself if I just left it alone and didn’t bother it for a while. We have really hard water. I think the water is hard enough to fix the leak. That’s my theory and I’m sticking with it unless or until the baseboards or drywall in the powder room rot or mildew.
  5. Hard water is a capricious bitch though, and it’s no friend to dishwashers. You probably already knew this, but a dishwasher is basically a watertight chamber with a couple of racks and some spinning sprinklers attached to them. Hard water clogs the sprinkler holes over time, and then you think your dishwasher is a piece of shit, the door of which deserves to be slammed and kicked and cursed, until you realize a pipe cleaner and five minutes of your composed effort could have saved you hundreds of dollars in repair bills and countless loads of hand-washed dishes. But like I said, hard water is a capricious bitch. Fixes your leaky sweat joints, lands you and your dishwasher in the poor house.
  6. I have a migraine today, and it is several kinds of bad. Usually, my migraines consist of sensory sensitivity and visual impairment, but aren’t especially painful. Today, I’m fielding a relentless headache to boot, and my friend Tony who sits next to me at work and is an unconscious foot-tapper while he codes is playing the longest Pantera song you could imagine with his feet and while my heart really loves Tony my head is fucking dying up here and does anyone have about 1800mg of ibuprofen?
  7. Julie’s birthday was this weekend, and I just love her so dearly. I threw her a little party, for which her parents and her sister’s family came over, and the boys even put down their Minecraft for long enough to come eat ice cream and watch her open presents. She quit Facebook a few weeks ago, and it was interesting to see what it was like to celebrate a birthday without a stream of “happy birthday!” wishes arriving via cellphone. A few people even texted or called her! Like real friends!
  8. This space intentionally left blank, because mystery and potential.

Aug 08

My friend TJ, who came over with his fancy-ass camera last weekend, sent me this little stinker while I was sleeping last night. I opened it over coffee at 6:30 AM and all I could think was, “Fuuuuuu, I look so OLD.”
Looking at it now, though, I realize my eyes are also crooked, and so is my nose, and my mouth too, and pretty much everything except my eyebrows, which are level as the foundation of my house.
Ugh. I bet I think this song is about me.

My friend TJ, who came over with his fancy-ass camera last weekend, sent me this little stinker while I was sleeping last night. I opened it over coffee at 6:30 AM and all I could think was, “Fuuuuuu, I look so OLD.”

Looking at it now, though, I realize my eyes are also crooked, and so is my nose, and my mouth too, and pretty much everything except my eyebrows, which are level as the foundation of my house.

Ugh. I bet I think this song is about me.

Totally comfortable with what my Amazon viewing history says about me.

Totally comfortable with what my Amazon viewing history says about me.