Saturday, November 03, 2007

Carving Pumpkins, Without The Mess… | The BenSpark

Carving Pumpkins, without the mess… | The BenSpark

Drew has two great links on this post, and I had to get them both. I "carved" this pumpkin at You are given a pumpkin and then you use a free hand or straight edge tool to carve, creating your own e-greeting card to e-mail to friends. The shot above is mine (I used only polygons on my pumpkin. Do you know the names of the polygons?) There are also Christmas and Valentine cards you can make. I like to blog the cards. You can grab your cards with Skitch or Preview (both Mac only apps) and create jpegs to upload to blogger. By the way, I still have 4 beta invites for Skitch (for Mac only). Drop me a line and one will be for you.

The other link Drew had was for a Photoshop Elements podcast: Adobe Photoshop Elements Killer Tips (clicking on the title will take you directly to the podcast page in your iTunes browser. It is a free podcast subscription. Still don't have the free iTunes app? Click here.)

I wish I had been visiting blogs last weekend so that I could have been playing with these things while I was sick. Today is the first day that I have begun to visit other blogs again. I missed a lot of great stuff. Never get sick over a holiday.

No Photo Hunt for me today. I have midterm exams to correct, midterm evaluations to do, bills to pay, a book to read, and neglected kitty and dog time to make up for. I also want to visit as many blogger friends as possible and thank all of you for your e-mails and messages. So many comments to reply to!

On a blogger note: there are noteworthy blogger advances to mention:
  • If you want to be notifed of follow-ups on comments, click the little box for that when you make a comment. You need a free gmail address (who doesn't have a few of those?) and you are automatically updated when I comment on your comment.
  • You can now add Google gadgets as a page element to your blog. You have to use Blogger in draft by logging in at Go to your layout, click on "add a new page element" and there is a choice for adding a gadget. The problem? Which gadget to choose. There are thousands of them. I tried a couple on my test blog and they seem to work fine.
  • All gmail accounts are now IMAP! I haven't configured my Apple for it yet, but it won't be a problem
  • There are many new things on Google Earth and Google Maps. Check my Starred Items on my right sidebar for links to them.

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  1. Thanks for the shout. I thought those were pretty sweet. Look out for my GiSTEQ™ PhotoTrackr™ review coming later today, if I can get my act together.

  2. I'm sorry you've been sick. I enjoyed this post even if you aren't doing photohunt this week and I love the shot in the post below about why you love living in Vermont. Take care of yourself and catch you next week on photohunt when you're caught up. Now that I think of it, I'm not doing photohunt next week as I'll be gone so after that. I enjoy checking in on your blog as you always have such great shots and interesting posts.

  3. Can't wait to try those cards out!

    I know you're very busy & not doing Photo Hunt this week, but mine's up (and VERY special this week)! Please come visit & comment when you can... I'm trying to get as many as possible for my mom (you'll understand when you visit)! :-)

    Happy Sunday!


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