Oct 022010

I love Adobe Ideas! I had used Adobe Ideas for the iPad (on a borrowed one) for several months. I just found out it’s also available on the iPhone! Having tried dozens of handwriting & drawing apps, Adobe Ideas is my current favorite. What I love about this little Adobe Ideas app:

  • clean. its simple and clean user interface with just the right amount of functionalityso it doesn’t feel cluttered
  • space. the zoom in and out with intact resolution bc of vector-basedness gives me ample space to draw, dream and doodle
  • colors. takes a photo from the camera or the gallery and extracts a color scheme, and dozens of schemes at your disposal — not limited to 8 or 16, or color settings that don’t get remembered for later use
  • smoothing. makes even my handwriting look good; not like other drawing apps that are too literal and show hand-drawn lines in that ugly jaggedy fashion
  • layers. toggle the draw layer and the photo layer. i use it for drawing on a web page photo snapshot and getting a nice wireframe analysis
  • undo. read somewhere that adobe Ideas has 50 undos, tho’ i’d never se that many. easier to erase or create a new one
  • free. with features as is, i’d pay for it, but wouldn’t know unless i got to try it all out. one feature that’d make it even more pay-worthy would be easy download to desktop via sync. emailing PDFs one at a time is plain tedious.

To load up a bunch of color themes into Adobe Ideas, I pulled these color scheme palettes from the popular ones at http://www.colourlovers.com and http://kuler.adobe.com ; it’s too bad the Kuler app is Flash-driven and thus iPad and iPhone unfriendly.

So this is my workaround, hope you find it helpful. Browse thru this Picasa photo album, take a snapshot using the sleep + home buttons, then use the color theme maker in Adobe Ideas to get it “imported.”

If only Adobe and Apple would get along, or if Ideas and Kuler could sync, we’d all be happier… know of an easier way?

And, here’s my color palette dubbed “Bold Saturation 5″ that I put together via colourlovers.com:

What color themes do you use with your Adobe Ideas? Would you post it online and share the wealth?

Jun 062010

Debuting this Friday, June 11th, 2010, is the World of Color water show at Disney California Adventure, next to Disneyland. Some have already experienced a sneak preview exclusively held for special guests, friends, media, and family of Disney insiders aka cast members, and celebrities on 6/10. LA Times’ Travel Blog [via] anticipate this “water spectacular” to be a crowd control nightmare. Plus, there’s a video contest to win a free vacation to see World of Color along with sweet prizes. Contest entries are due by July 12, 2010. We get to vote for the grand prize winner among 10 finalists between July 26 to August 6th. (At the time of this writing, 36 videos have been created.) MiceChat is holding a contest for the first 3 reviews of World of Color and best photo. Here’s the official Disney 80-second promo video about World of Color:

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Jul 162009

Are you seeing orange everywhere too? It’s fast becoming the hot color of the season or something. I got this link, like many of you, titled “Twitter will kill you” and being an avid twitterer myself, I’m open to hearing what the critics critique, or what the mockers mock. And look what shows up in the video:
You see that? David Crowder has an orange MacBook and an orange iPhone!
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Jul 102007

This polo shirt has been quite the conversation starter. Wore it on Sunday for church and home-hunting in Orange County, and effortlessly picked-up conversations with people along the way all day. (photo by Jeremiah)

Jeremiah's mom and dad

After church, ran into Stanley & Leslie Jee, and she recognized the pattern on the booth decor at the Georgia Aquarium cafe in the pix, and knows the person who designed the pattern! And then they treated us out to a great sushi dinner at Kabuki! (well, had you going there for a moment; they weren’t total strangers — they’ve known my wifey since the teen years.)

In the afternoon, talked at length with Art Scott, who gives great piano lessons in South OC. So if you’re in that area, or know of someone in that Aliso Viejo / Laguna Hills area, be sure to check out Piano Lessons by Art Scott. Turns out he is quite an organist and had several connections (like me) back to Virginia. He shared a great story about his first time in an airplane, which happened to be a private Lear jet. What a way to fly! (while convenient on the boarding, I think I prefer the smoother flights of a large plane like a 747, thought I can’t really say since I’ve never (yet?) flown on a private jet…)

And met 2 or 3 others who struck up conversations too b/c of the Virginia Tech logo, or maybe it was just the bright orange color that matches my orange Crocs on my feet, and makes me stand out like an orange traffic cone. (So, with response like that, I just had to order 3 more VT logo shirts.)

Nov 262006

No, Santa’s not part of the Red campaign. I heard on the morning radio with Casey Kasem that Santa Claus was a popular folk lore for decades, dressed in blue or yellow, often skinny and tall. And then in 1931, Coca-Cola did an ad campaign with a chubby red-suited Santa Claus, which matches the Coca-Cola colors, and now it’s become part of pop culture. The power of advertising at work — not only is the Coke brand (one of?) the most recognized around the world, it’s also shaped the image of Santa Claus as we know it.

This excerpt is from the Coca-Cola website:

Most people can agree on what Santa Claus looks like — jolly, with a red suit and a white beard. But he did not always look that way, and Coca-Cola┬« advertising actually helped shape this modern-day image of Santa.

2006 marks the 75th anniversary of the famous Coca-Cola Santa Claus. Starting in 1931, magazine ads for Coca-Cola featured St. Nick as a kind, jolly man in a red suit. Because magazines were so widely viewed, and because this image of Santa appeared for more than three decades, the image of Santa most people have today is largely based on our advertising.

But the crack research team at Snopes deconstructs the legend and declares it not entirely true:

This legend is not true. Although some versions of the Santa Claus figure still had him attired in various colors of outfits past the beginning of the 20th century, the jolly, ruddy, sack-carrying Santa with a red suit and flowing white whiskers had become the standard image of Santa Claus by the 1920s, several years before Sundlom drew his first Santa illustration for Coca-Cola. As The New York Times reported on 27 November 1927: “A standardized Santa Claus appears to New York children. Height, weight, stature are almost exactly standardized, as are the red garments, the hood and the white whiskers. The pack full of toys, ruddy cheeks and nose, bushy eyebrows and a jolly, paunchy effect are also inevitable parts of the requisite make-up.” … All this isn’t to say that Coca-Cola didn’t have anything to do with cementing that image of Santa Claus in the public consciousness. The Santa image may have been standardized before Coca-Cola adopted it for their advertisements, but Coca-Cola had a great deal to do with establishing Santa Claus as a ubiquitous Christmas figure in America at a time when the holiday was still making the transition from a religious observance to a largely secular and highly commercial celebration. I

Now I’m off for Dallas for 10 days…