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May. 29th, 2010 08:15 am An all-purpose update

I haven't done a real post in forever. This post will be a brain dump/bookmarks of subjects to be elaborated upon later (hopefully). Follow me on Facebook if you want more real-time updates (visible to friends of friends only, I think, until they alter their privacy policy yet again).

- Today I am shooting a wedding for the beautiful savorie and handsome djdigit! I shot engagement photos for them a few weeks ago and they were happy enough with them to hire me for the wedding, which makes me very happy as well.

- I've finally gotten fed up with SmugMug's frequent downtimes, and am in the process of migrating all of my pro photos to Zenfolio, which also has a nicer interface, more features, and is cheaper to boot. If you'd like to check them out, my referral code is DUQ-C5J-MB8.

- I'm making a lot of changes to my main Funcrunchphoto site to improve the appearance and navigation and (hopefully) prevent broken links in case of host migrations like the one above.

- I'm now using Ubuntu as my primary desktop operating system, running on my Mac under Parallels. This switch really deserves a full series of posts of its own, but in short, I absolutely love this version of Linux, and am using it for virtually everything except photo and video editing currently.

- After another several-month layoff, I am starting to run and race again. I ran Bay to Breakers, and immediately thereafter signed up for the San Francisco Half Marathon. The entry fee for the latter is quite high, so I would be most grateful to get some sponsors for my cause, Youth Run4Fun; if I raise at least $250, my race entry fee will be refunded. Also, I would still love to get some friends to join me for the (much cheaper!) Dolphin South-End Runners races.

- I've fully recovered from my scary seizure, and am off all medication (for now, at least).

- I have a new Yamaha CP-300 digital piano courtesy of my wonderful Mom, and love it. I serenaded her with an impromptu Mother's Day recital of old Elton John tunes; highlights here on YouTube. I start piano lessons with Ken Muir this week; he previously accompanied me in my last vocal recital at the Octavia Lounge with Vicki Burns. I'm continuing to play the bass as well, but have lessons on hold for now.

- boyziggy's laser tag venture continues to grow and delight. I am happy and proud to support him. He is also performing wonderfully well in his job as audio engineer at the SF Opera.

- My social life is good; I have a happy balance of friends, friends-with-benefits, and others.

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Date:May 30th, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
I'm not using Ubuntu for photo and video editing yet, since I have an established workflow for my business that I'm not ready to abandon after only a month of using a new OS. Regardless, I've always preferred the Mac OS over Windows because of the nicer interface, ease of use, and better security, personally.
Date:June 1st, 2010 05:18 am (UTC)
Clearly I need to read your blog more closely, as this is the first I heard of your seizure. Gah! Hope there's no lasting damage.

As for Ubuntu... Yes, they've done a lot of work to make Linux accessible to the general public. I'm not fond of the GNOME environment myself, but I'm glad to hear you're liking it.

As for photo editing: You've almost certainly heard of The GIMP, which is the premiere Open Source image editing package. You may find its scriptability useful for your use case.

For video editing: Nothing much, I'm afraid. I spent some time fiddling with a few things, but they're all very very clunky. One of the few with active development is Cinelerra, but I found it to quite arduous to use, and extremely prone to crashing. It also doesn't help that Cinelerra forked a while back from the original semi-commercial version to the Community Version, and that the latter has since forked over into Lumiera, which hasn't actually shipped a binary yet.

So, video on Linux is still a mess.