Archive for May, 2010

TO HELL WITH CS4.

This guy says what many of us designers can’t: “CS4 sucks immense ass: give us back CS3.”

I currently run Win7 and CS4 on my work laptop, and you know what? I can’t really work on it.

1) CS4 hates multitaskers. That retarded “tab image/whole new window if you drag it out” thing is some bullshit and i hate it, especially when editing batches of hundreds of pictures.

2) Poor WACOM is scrambling to figure out why the fuck their older drivers keep getting overlooked by CS4. They figured out in March how to make  my Intuos2 drivers work with Win7. Success! I pop open photoshop, and for some reason, my tablet only works in a tiny, 300×600 area tucked in the upper right corner of my 1366×768 screen. The pressure sensitivity, the buttons, everything else works, but for some reason, the span is doomed to never reach my layers palette. If i tab out of photoshop, my tablet works fine and dandy.

Thankfully, i’ve been lucky enough to have it not crash on me, but this poor guy has.

Godspeed, man. Godspeed.

via Maniacal Rage.

Case Study: Mens Health: 20 Worst Drinks in America 2010

Men’s Health’s “Eat This Not That” segment did a fascinating series of the 20 worst drinks in America and their junkfood equivalents. Some of them might surprise you.

If you’d like to see the other 15, and read what the better alternatives are, hit up the article itself via 20 Worst Drinks in America 2010 | Eat This, Not That.

via Case Study: Mens Health: 20 Worst Drinks in America 2010.

Sako Shopping: ThinkGeek: Star Wars Stuff

I have a friend who worked at Thinkgeek once upon a time ago, and i got some complimentary geeky girls’ undies.

Since then, they’ve come out with a bunch of wicked new stuff, like star wars paraphernalia.

Such as the Tauntaun sleeping bag:

The C-3P0 backpack, which i simply must have:

And the new addition, the Wampa rug!

You can find these and other neato geeky stuff via ThinkGeek :: Geek Toys :: Plush.

Case Study: Vintage Ads

via Remembering Cool Vintage Ads | Abduzeedo | Graphic Design Inspiration and Photoshop Tutorials.

Case Study: Julian Meagher Ink Butter™: Yakuza Tattoos

When i was in college, the little anime twits would trot up to me, make small talk, and then after introducing myself as Sako, they asked me what my real name was.

“Fusako.” But you’re white! “Not as white as you. My father is japanese.” And then they’d kiss my feet and apologize, but i’d already been offended. It’s always bothered me that my culture has become a fad, even more so now, no thanks to adult swim,  and now i’m noticing that yakuza-style tattoos seem to be becoming a fad.

I am third generation soka gakkai buddhist, and was raised that way. Once upon a time ago, my father, my sister and i all pondered the idea of getting massive buddhist-themed tattoos as a family. My father wanted a dragon, my sister wanted a kitsune, and i wanted kiirin, and they’d all have some kind of underlying, uniting buddhist theme to the decorations, and maybe some quotes from the gosho.

We thought we’d ask my dad’s mother, my namesake, for her opinion on the idea.

She shit a brick. “NO. We are SAMURAI. Tattoos are for gangsters, for Yakuza. They mean you have no family, and need to deface your temple to feel like you are part of something. There is no honor in it, and you would disgrace our bloodline if you did that. No.”

The three of us were taken aback, and respected her wishes by not getting them, but it doesn’t keep me from thinking about it again from time to time.

This Julian Meagher Ink Butter did a lovely series on tattooing, Yakuza style included.

If you’d like to see more, you can via The Art of Julian Meagher Ink Butter™.

Case Study: laesfinge: Getting Clean

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Case study: Wild Dayz

Poster for a japanese horror flic.

via *Wild Dayz.