Playing with Painter

I’ve just downloaded the demo of Painter IX after reading it’s rave revue in How Magazine. I’ve played with Painter 8 a bit in the past. It’s fun. I own a pretty big Wacom tablet (my very first eBay purchase!), so it really does _feel_ like I’m painting.

But it’s much more than that. Painter IX lets me do things I never could in real life – paint relatively well! Sounds cheesy, I know. But I’ve just spent the past hour or so having a terrific time. I haven’t had fun sitting in front of my computer in some time, so this is a very welcome relief.

This is what I’ve come up with so far:

 Painting of Ella

Contact

So, you want to chat? What a coincidence! So do I.

The best way to get me is at the office at peter @ theblogstudio.com

Phone works awfully well too. The office number is 416-461-4406

I’m located in the quite wonderful city of Toronto, which puts me smack dab in the middle of the Eastern time zone.

You can try to get me on AIM at theblogstudio, but odds are I’ll have it set to ignore.

About the design

First, this is a work in progress. There is lots and lots still to do. Don’t know when it’ll get done mind, but there are plans.

If this site looks familiar, it’s because it’s one of the sites I designed for TBS Express, my semi-custom blog design package over at The Blog Studio. One of the reasons for switching to WP is the ease with which I can switch between the various TBS Express designs. I’ll be using this site as a showcase and test-bed. There are many ideas swirling in the dark abyss of my mind, and I’m looking forward to experimenting on you!

I’m sure there are a whole bunch of broken links and whatnot scattered around here at the moment. Please bare with me while I clean up.

TXP to WP

It’s been done. Why? Why oh why? Why would I abandon textpattern in favour or wordpress? That’s what y’all seem to want to know.

Well I’ll tell you. There are a couple of reasons. I’ll go through them here in no particular order.

First, having become quite handy with txp, I was ready to try something new. I like a challenge. I like to try new things.
Second, textpattern’s lack of support for xmlrpc gives me concern. I like the flexibility this bit of technology offers. It makes posting a breeze, and fun fun fun.

Third, like it or not, WP is easier to use. Because posting is such a snap, I’ve been using it more and more for my client’s sites. I’m looking forward to getting to know some of the more advanced ins and outs of the system.
Fourth, the theme function simply rocks.  I plan on changing the design of this site regularly. Being able to simply switch from one look to another makes my job much easier.

I haven’t abandoned textpattern, not by a long shot. From my vantage point, txp seems more flexible and powerful than wp. The Blog Studio runs on txp. That won’t be changing any time soon.

I’ll be honest: blogging lost its fun. Using this new tool makes it fun again. In a bit, I’ll probably change to something else. It’s good for the brain, and good for business!

About

Ok, do we all remember the heart warming cold-war story of The Hundredth Monkey? For those who are too young or too old, the premise of the story is that once a certain percentage of a population learns a lesson (in this case, one hundred monkeys), the whole of the population spontaneously shares the knowlege. I am the 97th monkey. I am not the first monkey, nor the 10th, but I am in that lead group, albeit at the tail end. Hence, almost cool.

If you read me with any regularity, you’ll know I have a propensity for overusing the word ‘power’. This paragraph will be no exception. I think being the 97th monkey puts me in a pretty powerful position. If I know all the other monkeys are going to start washing their potatoes soon, I can set up a potato washing service before the market gets saturated. See what I mean?

I’ve ignored this gut sense far too many times. This blog is my attempt to stake out a bit of territory, and establish myself as an expert in a narrow field before the field becomes too cluttered. My chosen field is a hybrid of graphic design and marketing, with an emphasis on personal connection between a business and its customers.

Almost Cool, v8.0

Almost Cool was created in the fall of 2004, while recovering from disc surgery, and trying not to go insane with boredom. The impetus for, or rather the catalyst to doing the actual design and coding was an “article”:http://www.designbyfire.com/000158.html written by Andrei Herasimchuk at “Design by Fire.”:http://www.designbyfire.com

*About the Name* Do we all remember the heart warming cold-war story of *The Hundredth Monkey*? For those who are too young or too old, the premise of the story is that once a certain percentage of a population learns a lesson (in this case, one hundred monkeys), the whole of the population spontaneously shares the knowlege. I am the 97th monkey. I am not the first monkey, nor the 10th, but I am in that lead group, albeit at the tail end. Hence, almost cool.

*About the Code* XHTML 1.0 Transitional and valid CSS. No big whoop. I use WP to power this particular *About the Author* Having already compared myself to a monkey, and not a particluarly bright one at that, you may well be wondering who it is pushing the buttons behind the scenes. I dislike having to sum one’s self up in a few sentences. Who am I? Oh boy, there’s a loaded question. Let’s just say this: I am a father to two incredible girls. I am a husband to the love of my life. I am a loved and loving son. I am an ex-bike racer, an ex-windsurfer, and ex-snowboarder (don’t worry, only until my back is better). I am an avid reader, a dis-interested gardener, and a lover of fine foods and wine. I’ve studied business and art, and practice both. I live by the words “help others make wealth, and wealth will come to you”.

How’s that? So that’s what the 97 is all about. Clear?

Textpattern to WordPress?

Well, I haven’t been posting here lately because a) I’ve been overwhelmed with life, and b) I can’t stand to look at this site. It hurts my eyes.

I’ve got another design all lined up and ready to go. It’s coded and running on WordPress. Problem is, I can’t get my current data out from Textpattern and into WP.

When running the import script, all I get is errors. There is nothing unusual going on with my Txp install or my WP intsall though – they’re both totally stock. I’ve tried on both WP 1.5 and 2

Has anyone out there in blog-o-land ever run across this same problem? If so, what did you do?

Two new projects launched

I’ve just posted info about two projects that we released today over at “The Blog Studio”:http://www.theblogstudio.com. The first is a website design for “Spinopsys”:http://www.theblogstudio.com/blogarticle/spinopsys and the second is a logo design for “bloomCompany”:http://www.theblogstudio.com/blogarticle/bloomcompany. Head on over to check them out, if you’re so inclined…

Quite a bit more new work coming up shortly…