i've found a tutorial on how to do a site i really like and could adapt to my needs. i can either buy the source files and find replacements from my own portfolio, or wing it. i'm going to read through the full tutorial today and see if i can wing it. i really don't want to pay the $20. i will, if i have to. but i'm still going to use my own images and colors. just use their basic design techniques to do it.
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my parents never called about my Nana. i called and got stonewalled. i can't even find out if she's in ICU or not. i know, i'll message Teneal, and she can get an update from her dad, another one that doesn't like me, who is close to the situation in Oakland. she'll be able to tell me what's up. okay, message sent to Teneal. thank the universe for my gorgeous cousin (my uncle's a good enough looking guy, but i swear i don't know where Teneal got her beauty from). she'll call him and find out what's going on. then maybe i can sneak back to the hospital tomorrow and see her when she gets out of ICU, if she's in there. why are my parent's such buttheads?
i slept all damn day. i mean, i just crashed. i needed it. strange dreams, i remember they were strange, but i don't remember what any of them were. i'm okay with that. if my mind is working out the strange and not involving me, more power to it. i won't interfere.
there, another 40+ people added to my twitter feed while i wasn't looking. strange. i changed my password. funny thing is, some of the people were local bands, some were dance music composers. in other words, people i want to be connected with. but i haven't been on twitter for a few days. not since the last time i found a bunch of new people on my timeline. anyway, password changed, issue a non-issue.
we got a copy of the lease today with both our names on it so doc can turn it in to the HR verification people. we've given them every document we can think of. finally today, they said that they would take the lease in lieu of the tax forms. good. i have a better understanding of the ACA now, and i know that while doc is claiming me as a dependent, i cannot qualify for medicaid. so if i don't get the UPS insurance, i am right and proper fucked. i don't know what Rand Paul is talking about, his dependent son getting a medicaid card, someone lied somewhere or that wouldn't have happened. i know this now.
i have to stop thinking of my paints and precious, unrenewable resources and just use them. i have some sort of block about it. those perfect, tiny little tubes full of magic. piffle. tomorrow, i paint. or maybe later tonight.
doc is convinced i can hack that site design without having to buy the source images. i was looking at the instructions, and i think he's right. it will take me some time, the guy is cagey about it to keep the value up. but doc reasoned that if i'm not actually going to use the source images, there is little point in me having them. true enough, and i have no other real use for the site they are on, so there is little point. so i'm going to study the instructions, which i have already gone over twice, and try to replicate the deisgn. the more i look at it, the more i want to change about it to fit my own needs.
i finally got myself a copy of Photoshop CS6. the filter kit i was trying to find was bundled in it. i have yet to play with it. i got another filter set that i only have 30 days on, then i have to give it up or fork over $150. balls. i have discovered about half of the tutorials i've been messing with use this version of the program. the other half use an older version, which i also have, Photoshop 7, my favorite version. so between the two i have a lot of versatility. tonight i want to create a gallery of lomo-inspired florals. i have the floral pictures, so it's just a matter of doing the work. it will be my first easter egg. the rest i won't announce, and i won't ever tell where i hide them in the site. you just have to look for glitches and click on unsuspecting things.
okay, i bought this Kindle for doc for his birthday a couple of years ago. when they put it on deep sale, right before they came out with the tablet-like Kindle. it's a simple one. but we don't have wifi so he hasn't really used it. i just collected about 400 books to put on it. then i can read it in the tub. and he can read it anywhere, i just want him to use it. he always wants to read more, but doesn't think much of my library. i just got a package of 300 books from all over the spectrum, he should be able to find something that he likes.
now fighting with the Kindle, trying to figure out how it works. then i'll take a bath. i haven't heard anything from Teneal. tomorrow, then.