jack of all jacked up

Quicksand. Sinking. Struggle to get out. Hence: can’t eat, can’t work, can’t give a f*!k about 3DTV. The balance, you can’t go forward without actually progressing. I let a former friend stay in my warehouse for 3 years. She spent those 3 years “studying” with no regard to me essentially paying for education. When the clock struck “gethefuckout”, all of that studying had yielded no results.

At some point, there is only do, action, movement… pedal to the metal.

crushed

I have to remind myself of that. Transitioning new business foci requires a certain amount of mad scientist attention to detail and interest in obliterating the known universe. Dig up the cadavers, dust off the beakers, prepare the overthruster-charged theremin and get to it. But man, when the angry mob of creditors have torches with intentions to burn your ass it’s more difficult to find the grace that simple quips would seem to make things be. Life – definition 112: seeking balance through the chaos.

Library: 3-year old source books. Some companies no longer exist but you’re not dropping $200 for something that is already obsolete if you’re trying to save loot. Notepads for each project because information has to be organized or your time goes goodbye.

My adbase subscription is up for renewal and I’m perusing the other options for researching companies as the emailer feature is of lessor concern to me.

Today’s word is similar to yesterday’s: Bah.

Experiment: Photo book v.1: MyPublisher.com

I got my Saturday FedEx from MyPublisher which delivered a 2 for 1 book special. It strangely got me a little fired up… maybe because I really dig seeing my shots in a printed form, bound and all. Anyway, I kind of rushed it together but I learned what I needed to learn should I want to produce another book with them.

red rider

In the woods, no one can hear your screaming tree falling

With MyPublisher, you use their custom application to arrange your book’s layout. It basically is looking at your file as something that came out of a 3 to 5 megapixel camera so the program interpolates your big honking modern file size down to about a 300 dpi file internally so all you have to do is make certain your files are 4×3 (or 3×4 depending on book orientation) and let the application do its thing. The application is a little too simple but I can see why it’s designed the way it is. My largest irritation with it was that I erased some text that wound up printed anyway. No big deal as this was only in the name of science (echo echo echo…).

I printed everything full bleed so it’s hard to comment about the registration but it seemed ok. The overall print was a tad dark and the reds seemed to crush easily so a small gamma bump (≤5% and slight red desaturation ≤5%) would get it to print a little truer is my guess. The images should also be SRGB profile.

It was a good experiment. The end result are for promo giveaways, I’ll believe. I think they look look damn nice quality-wise. They printed quickly and close enough to spec but if you’re looking for greater control and ultra crazy premium quality you’d have to look elsewhere. Basically a printer that takes your layouts from their templates will give you that control and possibly other books sizes. These cats, memoryescape and winkflash seem to have regular sales so I’ll try and have my lab coat clean for them.