Sunday, 17 October 2010


Well folks this is it
Cant believe that 6 weeks have flown by so fast
But that's photoshop 101 and illustrator done for last week this week

Yeah bit of a mess this collage system, older, wiser and more attune, i can see glaring issues it is devoid of any standards such as school teaching what so ever

this was intro courses .......right OK, now new programs never used before
but why was illustrator so hard ? luckily i managed to solve what was wrong with the work sheets (not my job i thought) written for mac not PC and assuming to much

I used this analogy ,i will teach you to bake a cake but i assume you know already what a cake mix is er wrong this is a intro course and like i said wrong equipment so all the type and menu and keyboard short cuts for a different piece of equipment
so ill give you instructions to bake the cake in a microwave not a oven

And photoshop ok i know a intro course, but really if you need to tell someone step by step how to save a picture truly these people should not be allowed on a PC let alone on such a course,
so 24 people are slowed to this point because three don't know how to turn the PC on great
The illustrator is not long enough, though you cant learn much in that time,Personally id love this to be 6 months in that time you really would learn a lot and benefit from this, this is a bit of a cheap filler
needs to be ten weeks like the advanced courses photoshop would benefit also from this but illustrator defiantly
If you work out it is 2 hours a week only 12 hours whole course  is no where near long enough
everything is rushed pressured and dash for finish, 2 hours left to do everything in is not enough and giving us a ton of home work is not much of a answer either
there are those without PC at home and more without these very costly programs so not good really

now in final weeks gotten easy in illustrator yet it was nigh on impossible sure its going backwards
its been murder so far PC breakdowns loss of files
But i have learned and i have come away wiser thanks to home study chiefly
I am not complaining it was cheap compared to others i found ,and it got me started and I'm already down booked in  for a more advanced Photoshop course and funds allowing dreamweaver intro

Groovy people to some strait from industry so been fun picking thoughts and like i say lot of learning Illustrator is hard work that needs to be done repeatedly photoshop more flowing and easier

Liked being out in collage liked the late nights getting cold now but been fun nice new collage nice facilities the future is Bright and this is paving a way forward now not best time but job hunt CV re write
Look forward to learning more and funds allowing more ahead

Final thought
Better teacher style pacing longer lessons or couple of more weeks and better constructed lesson plans otherwise i say go for it its fun
let your imagination flow

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Doing the 'Timewarp'

I watched the DVD of 'Revenge of the Cybermen' recently bit meh for a DVD ,BUT the extra about VHS releases took me back and filled me with nostalgia
I remember it very very well i as i have said elsewhere owned 3 Pyramids of mars, Death to the Daleks and revenge of the Cybermen ,
Im to young to remember pirate copy's of the early 80s
Something done at the time on the Videos  and only in some few DVD cases re done, is these were edited, no credits or episodes just one long  story it was a brilliant idea and makes it all seem bigger and better definatly a improvement as seen on the Curse of Fenric DVD 

I recall this very clearly Saturday night sat watching Doctor Who on tape
Yes we were rental kings ,a shop you could go and take tapes home for a couple days, you want to see something rent watch done dusted, head cleaning on the monday ,

I remember seeing Robocop .Terminator, Star Trek, Star Wars, Back to the Future and other delights realy magical and a bag of pop corn if lucky 

My parents would get a tape for them for when we were in bed and id get a 'Who' :) think they new us by name,
It may of been on TV but to thrill at seeing these old VHS stories was something magical it was a different era and books was all you had really,being used to dads old war movies and black and white cowboy films the black and white who fascinated me , and in comparison to all other sci fi stood proudly unique ,i loved watching the very first Dalek story and this the doctor a grumpy old man ,thats the Doctor ?

With the advent of the digital age its all at your fingertips but back then this was it besides the books
I have got a few of these videos  now and some even signed,more happy memories seeing the stars of these stories personally and not being charged for the autograph either
And on the DVD was our old machine to.....................

For those of you playing the home game
this is what these delights were played on it was old when we got it to .......
you did not sneak a video on in our house, this thing made a noise like the Formula one cars when rewinding stopping it shook the house with a thud clunk
You eject and it launched the tape at you ,
the LED counter clock flashing as it was never set ,and behind those grills on top, is little wheels to tune it in and sort the tracking ,ahhhhh happy days