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Composite Photos can be Fun

Composite Photos can be Fun

BIZCARDCOLOR1-smallComposite photos are used in a variety of applications. Composites are essentially several photos merged or stitched together to form a panoramic or a composite of two or more scenes together. You see this routinely with images of people over laid in front of a background on a business card or website. Such as the shameless plug on the left ;)

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The first composite style that I use allot is a…

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Cruisin’ The Gut

Cruisin’ The Gut

gut (8 of 8)Yet another epic car culture event took place over this past weekend in the ‘Couv’. By now, most of you know that I am a bit of a car junkie. (UK translation, Petrol Head)Cruisin’ the Gut is an event that has grown into a giant all day extravaganza that consumes Main Street. Yes, we still have a “Main Street” in the ‘Couv’. It was an eclectic internal combustion collaboration from the bottom of…

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STO: The Geeky Character Building Epic for the Clinically Insane

STO: The Geeky Character Building Epic for the Clinically Insane

Dj1-picardvsrikerI have played a great many RPG games and MMORPGs. I have built thousands of characters across nearly every game console and PC platform ever made. Yeah, I am kind of old, I guess ;) Star Trek Online has one of the most complex character building systems out there.

Now some of you may have played a game with even more complexities to the toon, but not many games offer the level of tweaking that…

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It’s High Time the City Complete Her Annexations

It’s High Time the City Complete Her Annexations

This is a controversial subject! Vancouver, WA is supposed to annex the entire Orchards area in to the city. It was all part of a master plan back in the day when the City put water and sewer service all the way out past Sifton. Former mayor Pollard tried to complete the Orchards annexation and ended up in a stalemate with the county over the whole process. I will not pretend like I know the…

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Dinesh D’Souza and ‘America’

Dinesh D’Souza and ‘America’

imgresDinesh D’Souza stormed onto the controversial scene in 2012 with his documentary expose on President Obama, that did not flatter the President. I have not seen that film nor read the book on which it is based but I understand that it was a searing critique on Mr. Obama. It went on to become the second highest grossing documentary of all time trailing Michael Moore’s equally destructive critique…

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Flying as a Ferengi

Flying as a Ferengi

Ferengi I mentioned last week, (Risian Luxury Test Drive) that I wanted to start a Ferengi toon to play so I can fly that Luxury Cruiser. What a great profit opportunity.  The Ninth Rule of Acquisition says, “Opportunity plus instinct equals PROFIT”! STO is a role-playing game and what better role to play for an American, than the galaxy’s ultimate capitalist entrepreneurs, the Ferengi ;)

So I started…

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Vintage San Francisco, 80s Style

Vintage San Francisco, 80s Style

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From Yerba Buena Island, Canon A-1 with FD 50mm f1.4 circa 1983

I was rolling through some old dusty 35mm Kodachrome 64 transparencies and found some interesting images I made when I was a much younger lad. When I say dusty, I don’t just mean figuratively, they are quite dirty. I cleaned them up as best I could and decided to run them through my old Minolta Dimage scanner. Ah, the eighties… tech…

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We Survived the 4th in the ‘Couv’

We Survived the 4th in the ‘Couv’

34275_1157365551469_7086033_nThe 4th of July in America’s Vancouver is one of the most emphatic displays of national pride you will find anywhere. We take our fireworks displays quite seriously. I have to say, at the risk of a jinx, that this year the good citizens of the original Vancouver were reserved in their pre-4th and post-4th jubilation. Independence Day itself was the full “in-your-face” explosion of sparks and fire…

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Risian Luxury Cruiser Test Drive

Risian Luxury Cruiser Test Drive

risianlux2The Risian Luxury Cruiser is now in the ship inventory of several of my characters. The new event reputation system allows you to grind away with one character to get the prize ship and then all your other toons need only complete a simple task to get the ship. Three cheers for this new rule; hip, hip, hooray; hip, hip, hooray; hip, hip, hooray!

luxurycruiserstatsSo this new vessel is a bit corny but I like it. It…

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Cruisin’ and Racin’ in the ‘Couv’

Cruisin’ and Racin’ in the ‘Couv’

I have mentioned in a few other posts over the last year that we have quite a car loving community here in the original Vancouver. Cars and the ‘Couv’ and ‘New Bling‘. I have also mentioned that our larger neighbor down south in that other state has an anti-car attitude. I still think that is largely the case, but the City of Portland does have something automotive that is really cool. Portland…

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