Over the past couple of weeks I’ve spent a lot of time in the car driving my mom (who is 89) back and forth from her home out in the country to various ERs and hospitals in town to visit my dad who recently suffered a stroke, and is now back home and recovering (and thank you very much for asking). At nearly 90 my mom’s memory is not quite what it used to be, so in the course of a 45 minute drive she is apt to ask the same question, tell the same story (always a little more dramatic than the last telling), or make the same statement over and over, and over, and over, and over, and over… You get the idea.
In recent days, one of her favorite sayings to repeat ad infinitum is “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans,” not knowing, of course, that the quote in associated with John Lennon. But that’s okay. It puts her mind at ease and it is a pretty apt quote, especially, since over these stressful couple of weeks my attention has understandably been on my parents and not on my blog.
In any case, now that things are getting back to normal, here’s a quick update on things I hope to be posting on in upcoming days and weeks:
- I’m in the final stage of completing a new photo, and planning on writing a post about the crazy post production technique I employed to achieve deep focus throughout the otherwise impossible-to-shoot composition. The technique is almost scary because the results are amazing with tack-sharpness from the foreground all the way to the back, but… it was incredibly labor intensive and I’m afraid of falling in love with a complex technique that could severely chew up every last bit of free time I have at my disposal (currently, holding steady at “none”).
- In concert with the new photo is a new animation, where I’ve again gone over the technical deep end to mangle and modify various pieces of Apple software to achieve effects not otherwise available with their out-of-the-box products—in this case, iMovie. I’ll post the video and some tips for how to hack iMovie to create some otherwise unavailable special effects.
- There’s been a little bit of a buzz on some Apple forums about my fixed-layout book for the iPad, Plastic Prophets of Vinyl Redemption, and a past promise I made to post details about how I was able to design and create the book without any high end tools (i.e. InDesign). At some point I still want to capture all of my notes and lessons learned in a series of posts to dare others to take on this daunting task. Yes, Apple now has a freely available tool for creating fixed-layout books (iBook Author), but it would appear that some prefer another approach.
Okay, there’s your update… Back to work, now, on that new photo which—by the way—will surely send my soul to hell. Stay tuned!