Sophie

Almost regular musings of a (somewhat confused) graphic designer.

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Progressive rock and the men of March

What is it about this band, that I have been extensively listening to for the past three weeks? I can’t remember at what point did I decide to rekindle my love for this band. And consecutively for three solid weeks. I began paying very close attention to all their lyrics and musical arrangements because to be honest, David Gilmour is such a master at his work. His sounds make the most lovely haunting feeling, that there’s absolutely no reason to hate this band one bit. And the lyrics put together by Roger Waters, it could only create a unique sound that belongs to a band ahead of its time, Pink Floyd. As I write this post, their live album from Pulse is playing in the background. I wonder what it is like to be young in the 70s, getting high on their music and growing up with them, I wonder what it’s like to see their live shows together as Pink Floyd. I can say that my parents are definitely lucky to be experiencing an era of love and peace. No wonder they’re always reminiscing about their childhood and how good it was. I wonder what we have here that is amazing? The ability to do things wirelessly? Our advanced technology. But honestly I wish nothing more than the simpler form of life. Without the shackles of social media, peer pressure from friends, and social upkeep. A life that is built on materialism. I think that’s why I can connect too well with the boyfriend. We have that similar vision when it comes to our perspective about life and how we intend to lead them.

Although I consider myself very tech savvy and technologically informed, I am definitely not a victim to it. These days you see the average consumers chasing for the latest gadgets, struggling with their social upkeep even though it actually serves a very minimal purpose to them. But I see technology as tools to make my life and work especially easier. Maybe it’s because my job has always centred around computers. It could be the reason… To the point when there were days where I just didn’t want to look at computers or screens for the rest of the day-haha! Sometimes he doesn’t understand how I could separate technology from my daily life. He hails himself as the type of person who does things at a somewhat primitive level and maybe because of that he is not the tech savvy type of person. And yes, he does take an incredibly long time to understand  and adapt to electronic means of doing things, recently discovering what it’s like to use a smart phone, but still (chuckle) not used to social media. Which I hope one day he will. Despite having the technology around us, we know when to put our phones and computers away. That’s the difference between us and them.

Next came the day when the boyfriend turns 31. I do look forward to this date a lot, this would be the second time this year. It’s always an important milestone. Birthdays. And it was a good day well spent. The funny thing is that I’m STILL deciding on his birthday present. He’s such a fusspot sometimes. I am still deciding. Hopefully he likes it. No I can’t say it here. It’s a secret. Duh.

And because I’m still having my ears tuned to Pink Floyd and the incredible solos of David Gilmour, I’ve been YouTubing his solos and cover solos of Comfortably Numb and then I realised – wow, David Gilmour turned 67 on 6th March! An old bloke, still looks charming, ageing gracefully and able to work his guitar magic. Seriously, what’s up with the men of March? Can I conclude that they’re all very talented?

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As a tribute, I tried my skill at face portraits again. Not bad after many years.

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Classroom in a Book

So, I’ve started on my reading for my ACE (Adobe Certified Expert) exam in July. Which I am hoping I’ll pass as I’ve never sat for an exam since my O levels at 17. It’s funny, because I’ve used Photoshop for 10 years now, but I’ve never actually READ or studied anything about it. Going thru a mock paper yesterday I was asking myself, ok this should be easy to pass. You just have to put it in words what you usually do with your mouse. But each question proved to be quite hard as I’m skipping them, mainly because I don’t know the answers from the multiple choices, they all seem so similar to answer. By the way the mock paper is for the ACA (Adobe Certified Associate) exam. So it is supposed to be concise and easier.

Example question: Which of the following steps will you perform to make a default view for color channels in a color?

A. Choose Edit > Preferences > Interface, and then select Show Channels in the Color check box.

B. Choose Windows > Channels, and then select the eye icon on the left corner of the layer in the Channels panel.

C. In the Channels panel, select Preferences > Interface and then Show Colors.

D. Choose View > Channels, and then select the eye icon.

All the answers look almost the same. Wait, how many ways are there? I’m so utterly confused, and I can feel my panic mode already. Getting certified is something that put myself as a goal for this year but I also came to the understanding that I’m not so expert afterall, even after using it for nearly a decade! I need to start thinking and dreaming about Photoshop terminologies soon.

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So… I requested from the boyfriend to buy me a book that Adobe recommended; Classroom in a Book, the official training workbook from Adobe Systems. Hopefully the book is not thick enough, so that I can lug it around during my Starbucks tea breaks, train rides and those moments when I’m just circling about my 3-room flat.

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