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It appears that you can cross-post from here to LJ, but not vice-versa.
That sucks.
I'm not going to post here & cross-post it to there because I don't want to find a new posting client.
I use XJournal and I like it. I know how it works and I know the keyboard shortcuts and I like the history viewing/backup feature it has. I'm not going to start trying out all the Mac clients that work with DW to figure out which one to switch to.
So, I'll be posting there as usual, and then when/if I have time I will be doing a cut/paste to manually copy posts to here. I don't think I have many people only reading here anyway. 95% of my LJ is posted w/o flock or filters so everyone can see it. I also allow anonymous comments (but log IPs) so people w/o LJ can still comment.
Since I've got a permanent LJ and I'm not considering moving to just over here, that's just how things are going to work for now.

*EDIT* Oh, yeah. Also, since I'll be posting the same things in both places (other than this post...) I won't be offended if someone who's in both places doesn't put me on their reading list. No one needs to read all my stuff twice! Also, if you're just cross-posting the same thing I'll probably not add you to my DW reading list and just leave you on the LJ one. 

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I'm so sick of CVS/Caremark!

I complained about being forced to use a CVS pharmacy instead of the Walgreen's we'd been using for 10 years last fall when we got the notification about the change in our insurance. I found out that one of the two brands of generic Ritalin that CVS carries does work, just not quite as well as Walgreen's generic. I also found out that CVS has one brand of generic that sucks donkey balls. And I found out that when I dropped off my prescription I could tell them which one I needed them to use.

How it normally works:
1) Rx Plan: "You have to do 90 day refills on maintenance meds *and* you have to use CVS Pharmacy.
2) Explain new pain in the ass plan to Awesome Doctor. She writes all our Rx for 90 days
3) Find a CVS Pharmacy even though we've been very happy w/our local Walgreens for the last 10+ years.
4) Drop off Ritalin Rx at new pharmacy. They say "90 days? No problem."
5) Pick up Ritalin...
6) Pharmacy: "The Rx Plan won't cover 90 days, only 30. Probably because it's schedule 2"
7) Call Rx Plan for options.
8) Rx Plan: "No, you're covered for 90 day pickup at the store. Doesn't matter if it's Sched 2. I did a test script and it worked.
9) Me: Pull out freaking hair! Then call Awesome Doctor for new 90 day script because the last one ended up only being used for 30.

And of course, that was how it worked today. They entered it in the computer while I waited, it said only 30 days, they called the Rx Plan who said "Yup, only 30 days on that one."

I took the script back until I can figure out what to do. Then I called the customer service line. This time I *hope* I got the only smart person they have answering phones there because I LOVED her answer.
1) I can only get 30 days at a time of Ritalin because it's Schedule 2.
2) It's not considered a "Maintenance Medication" even though I take it every single day!
this rocks because
3) If it's not a Maintenance Med I can get it filled at ANY damn pharmacy I want and I'm not restricted to only being allowed to fill 2 times at pharmacies that aren't CVS!

I can go back to our Walgreen's for my Ritalin again! This makes me so happy! Not just because their version works better either. We never wanted to switch pharmacies. That decision was forced on us. If this chick was right and I'm not restricted in where I can go I can now go to the place *I* choose. That would be the pharmacy that has given us 10 years of problem-free service and is convenient. \0/


Sep. 8th, 2010 01:36 am
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No, I'm not defecting to Dreamwidth. But, one of the LJ's that I follow is moving over there and I don't want to miss her posts. So, I've dusted off the DW that I set up a couple years ago and have bookmarked my reading page.
An ideal solution would be for me to be able to keep posting here and have it crosspost to my DW acct, but that's not possible yet.
What I'll be doing instead is carrying on here as usual, and when I make a post I will just copy & paste it to my journal there. If you're a DW person now and would rather be over there, then just comment on my posts on that side.
If I don't have time to read both though, LJ will be the one that's looked at.
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Reading and posting on LJ improves my mood. I should remember this. I miss you all, even though I see a lot of you on the Facebook and the Twitters.

Getting out to see people improves my mood. I should remember this. I had a FABULOUS time at the State Fair last night. First I took pictures of farm animals and stuff. Then I watched a set & a half of Martin Zellar. It was actually 3/4 of the Gear Daddies because both Nick & Randy were there. Then [livejournal.com profile] 7thstranger & I walked & chatted as I took more pictures and I ate some cheese on a stick.

Finding out that a friend has died does not improve my mood. [livejournal.com profile] gingerpook lost her battle with cancer this morning. You'll be missed Ginger.
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I haven't been posting much for a variety of reasons. Not a lot going on in my everyday life, random thoughts going in short bursts to Facebook or Twitter instead, not having time when I do feel like posting.

But the main reason is that I haven't been doing much of anything lately.

Depression sucks. )
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Here’s to running with the crowd, playing music loud. Here’s to life, here’s to love, here’s to being free.

I'm going to hit the State Fair again tomorrow, 'cuz I wanna go see this guy:

Martin Zellar

Martin Zellar & the Hardways will be playing on the Heritage Square free stage at 6:30 & 7:45!
I'll be meeting [livejournal.com profile] 7thstranger there, and any of the rest of you who decide to come out to see the awesomeness of Martin.

As I was denying turning 40 earlier this year I had an utterly depressing realization. I'm so old that I've now been a fan of Martin, first in the Gear Daddies and now w/the Hardways, for half my life! When I first discovered the Gear Daddies I immediately fell in love. Then, they were going to be coming to Fargo. (well, Moorhead, technically.) I couldn't go see them because they were playing at Kirby's Bar and I was only 20! But damn, the man still looks as good now as he did twenty years ago!

So tomorrow I hit the fair again, this time sans Rick. There will be more deep-fried pickles, Martin Zellar, and photos taken of carnival rides lit up at night.


These are troubled times we live in now
I know we can hold our own somehow
We’ll move on, we won’t forget
Things have changed for sure
But it’s all right
Everything’s all right

Here’s to letting go of fear
All that we hold dear
Here’s to you, here’s to me
Here’s to everyone

You’re uneasy about the road ahead
Harbor fears and doubts inside your head
You’re feeling lost, feeling unsure
Longing for the way thing were
All right
Everything’s all right

Here’s to going out with friends
Laughing hard again
Here’s to life, here’s to love
Here’s to memories

Here’s to running with the crowd
Playing music loud
Here’s to life, here’s to love
Here’s to being free

Here’s to letting go of fear
All that we hold dear
Here’s to you, here’s to me
Here’s to everyone

Here’s to going out with friends
Laughing hard again
Here’s to life, here’s to love
Here’s to memories

~Martin Zellar & the Hardways
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Oh LJ, even w/o as many people hanging out you still manage to piss folks off.

1. I rarely flock my posts.

2. I don't care if people on LJ know my real name

3. But I don't announce on Facebook that I am HellZiggy!

4. Yes, there's a lot of crossover between the two, but there is also family & coworkers on FB. They don't need to know that I like vampire porn!

5. Do I even need to tell my friends not to cross-post comments they make here?

6. I don't need to tell you. I followed these simple instructions to remove the cross-post option from my LJ's style:

I've seen this on a couple friends pages. Not sure of the original source. I got it from [livejournal.com profile] magicmarmot who got it from someone who got it from someone else...
I did this and it worked. Note that it's curly braces around the display:none, and not parentheses.

To get rid of the twitter/facebook repost links in your journal entry comments do the following:

1. Go to your "Journal" menu, and select "Journal Style"
2. To the right, you'll see what theme you're using, with a link stating "Customize Your Theme". Click that link.
3. Scroll down a little ways, and you'll see that on the left side of your screen, you have multiple options to modify your theme. Click on the "Custom CSS" link, and it should load the options for doing Custom CSS.
4. From here, all you have to do is go to the "Custom Stylesheet", and put in that line.

.b-repost-item {display:none}

Once that's in there, you want to save the changes, and you should be done. Leave everything else as it is (unless you want to remove more things!).

Because it's tied to the style sheet, if you've got LJ set to always view pages in your style you will never see the ticky boxes on your friends' pages. If you put this in, but your friend is looking at your page in their style which still allows the tickys, I think they will still see ticky boxes on your post. Not a perfect solution, but at least people who are looking at my page with my style won't have the option.

7. It's pretty simple. Just follow Wil Wheaton's advice. Don't be a dick.
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Well, I'm out.
Today's the last day of voting and I'm still at less than 100 votes.
Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me & who posted about it to get their friends to vote!

Unfortunately, of the folks who are in the running, my pick of them has dropped to 6th place. If you've registered and voted for me, can you go change your vote to Stacy Trenary?
He's someone who's passionate about nature & the environment, he volunteers at his local zoo, and, like me, can't afford to travel to cool places. He's the kind of person who should win this trip. (If it's not going to be me, that is!)
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Cross-posted from Frozen Sharon

As much as I really really really want to win this trip to Antarctica, it's pretty easy to get frustrated.

Because getting into the top 5 is based just on votes, I feel like I have to keep posting about it to get my Twitter, Facebook & LJ friends to vote. But I hate feeling like I'm a pest. There are only so many of them that are willing to go through the registration process to vote even though I assure them that Quark Expeditions doesn't share their email and doesn't spam them. You get maybe one email a month, and it's easy to unsubscribe.

I think the only way I will get more votes is if I can get some celebrities to tweet about it. Or maybe even some local media. The problem is that whole I hate feeling like a pest thing. I don't want to send bulk emails asking, and doing individual ones takes time. Also, if it's someone I just connect with on Twitter, I have to convince them with only 140 characters.

I just need to find a way to get more people to spread the word! I did make an easy to remember custom short url for voting: http://bit.ly/FrozenMoose so it will be easier to give out the link. I know, /FrozenSharon would make more sense, but I used that one last time, and it was actually the inspiration for the blog name!

D'oh! It just occurred to me as I typed that last paragraph that since the bit.ly links are case sensitive that I can make the link http://bit.ly/frozensharon and also http://bit.ly/frozenSharon. So I just did.

As for how I'm doing so far in the contest? Well, I started campaigning for votes seriously on Aug 9th and at that point I was down in 36th place. Right now I am tied in 24th. Unfortunately I need 419 votes to hit 5th place. On the bright side, of the 23 people above me, only 8 of them have received more votes than me in the 10 days since Aug 9th.

I've got 11 more days. I need to average 40 votes per day if I'm going to hit the top 5. Probably more like 50/day since I'm sure other people will still be getting votes too. I've got to figure out a way. If any of y'all have ideas or suggestions I'd love to hear them.

Oh, and I put a Moose post up there earlier this week: Vote for Moose!
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Despite all my traveling earlier this spring, I really don't get to travel much. I have NEVER left North America. Until June 2004 I had never left the United States! My total international travel is one day trip to Vancouver, BC, Canada and about 48 hours in Toronto, ON, Canada. As a kid looking at travel posters & wallpapering my room with them I always assumed that when I was a grown-up I'd be able to go to all the fantastic places. Unfortunately I've never been able to afford to.

I became obsessed with Antarctica after discovering [livejournal.com profile] mcpenguin's LJ back in 2005 or 2006. He even agreed to host Moose at McMurdo Base for a visit. That was awesome enough in it's own right, but then [livejournal.com profile] mcpenguin got to spend time at both the actual South Pole and the West Antarctic Ice Shelf! Honestly, I love the pics of Moose on the South Pole even more than the pics of Moose with James Marsters. That says a lot!

Quark Expeditions had a contest last fall that I tried to win. Out of over 500 entrants I got enough votes to come in 22nd. This time I want to make it to the top 5! Unlike the last contest that was determined solely by the number of votes, this time they will look at the top 5 and choose the winner from those.

I'm currently in 39th place and less than 400 votes will get me to the top 5.

You do have to register to vote, and it is one vote per valid email. Quark doesn't sell the addresses for spam, and they only send about one a month that is easy to opt out of.

I'm also going to be blogging about the contest over at Frozen Sharon

Please vote for me! http://www.adventurewithjulie.com/blogs/view/96

Please tell your friends, family, and everyone else to vote for me! http://www.adventurewithjulie.com/blogs/view/96

Please put it on your Twitter! [livejournal.com profile] whimsywinx is awesome & has already been pimping for votes for me also made a custom short link: http://bit.ly/FStoSoPole.

Please join my Facebook group and invite all your friends! http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=120863593910

Yay Google!

Aug. 7th, 2010 03:06 pm
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I wasn't planning on using the internets even though we have it this year, but I decided to actually download & look at the manual for the Hasselblad camera I have for the weekend. :)
It's kind of fun shooting w/film again. And maybe I'll even know how to work the camera before the weekend is over!
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I need a vacation! Instead, I'm going to the cabin w/the family. LOL

My parents' "cabin" is a house on the lake w/2 bedrooms & bath upstairs, 1 bedroom, bath, living room, dining room & kitchen downstairs, a slightly finished basement with more than enough room for a few air mattresses, and a deck. Of course, even though it sounds big, the annual Kids Weekend puts 17 people into that cabin.

We won't have air conditioning, or internets. We also probably won't have cell reception.

I'm planning on getting a lot of writing done. I still have some space shuttle stuff to write, the rest of the Florida trip, pretty much all of Phoenix ComiCon, w00tstock, CONvergence, and, of course, the newest Antarctica contest. A bunch of those will also be getting posted over at the Frozen Sharon site.

I really haven't done much pimping for votes on this contest yet because I just haven't had the energy. With minimal mentions I'm in 39th place. This time you only have to make the top 5, and then the judges choose from them. I'm 362 votes from being in the top five. I'm going to get some blog posts ready this weekend and also get emails ready to send out. This time for the contest I'm going to try to get people who tweet & blog about it for me to all try to do it in the same few days. Maybe more people will click to vote if they see more than one person pimping it.

Well, hell. I totally forgot to post this before heading to the cabin yesterday. But, the whole "we won't have internets" thing? Not so much. Dad got high speed up here and a wireless modem. So, now I post.
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Prop 8 was ruled unconstitutional in California today!


CNN story HERE

Marriage in the United States has always been a civil matter.
Civil authorities may permit religious leaders to solemnize
marriages but not to determine who may enter or leave a civil
marriage. Religious leaders may determine independently
whether to recognize a civil marriage or divorce but that
recognition or lack thereof has no effect on the relationship
under state law.
~Page 60, Lines 6-12 of the final ruling

That one paragraph sums up exactly what I have always thought. The "God says it's wrong" argument is not a valid reason to make it illegal. If your God doesn't want gays getting married, then your church does not have to recognize the marriage. However, your church's view should have no influence on the legality. Hell, I don't expect the Catholic church to recognize my marriage, because I wasn't married in the Catholic church. But because I was legally married, I expect the gov't to recognize it. Just like if I'd had a church wedding but didn't get the legal papers, I would expect the church to recognize it even though the government would not see it as a legal marriage and would thus not recognize it.

If you want to read the entire ruling, you can get it HERE. 136 pages of awesome.


Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in
singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license.
Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than
enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite sex
couples are superior to same-sex couples. Because California
has no interest in discriminating against gay men and lesbians, and
because Proposition 8 prevents California from fulfilling its
constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis,
the court concludes that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.


Plaintiffs have demonstrated by overwhelming evidence
that Proposition 8 violates their due process and equal protection
rights and that they will continue to suffer these constitutional
violations until state officials cease enforcement of Proposition
8. California is able to issue marriage licenses to same-sex
couples, as it has already issued 18,000 marriage licenses to same-sex
couples and has not suffered any demonstrated harm as a result,
see FF 64-66; moreover, California officials have chosen not to
defend Proposition 8 in these proceedings.
Because Proposition 8 is unconstitutional under both the
Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses, the court orders entry of
judgment permanently enjoining its enforcement; prohibiting the
official defendants from applying or enforcing Proposition 8 and
directing the official defendants that all persons under their
control or supervision shall not apply or enforce Proposition 8.
The clerk is DIRECTED to enter judgment without bond in favor of
plaintiffs and plaintiff-intervenors and against defendants and
defendant-intervenors pursuant to FRCP 58.



United States District Chief Judge

~Page 135, Line 14 - Page 136, Line 25
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So I was reading LJ for the first time in a while & looked at my account. Holy frak! I haven't posted in TWENTY days!
And hey, it looks like Loud Twitter died about 2 weeks ago. Yeah, I know, you're thinking "But Sharon doesn't post her tweets." And you're right. But I like to have them there to help me remember what I've said/done and to make it easier to find links I've tweeted, so I do post them, but only as private posts for my own reference. *sigh* There's another program, Twiteinesis or something silly like that. They don't have the option of setting the security level or even doing an LJ cut as far as I can find. So, no tweet reference for me!

And what's a HellZiggy been up to for the last month since she obviously hasn't been posting? Well, lets see what I can remember... (remember = go back & look at Twitter because I am old & forgetful & shit!)

OK, July 1-4 - CONvergence. Of course. Very exhausting this year. Had actual time commitments during con, working on the GPS Silent Auction. Weird. Not used to having so much structure. Wasn't a bad thing but definitely meant a different energy than other years. Next year I will know what to expect though.
Also different for Rick this year, as he was the guest liaison for author L.A. Banks. (liaison is very hard to spell. yay spellcheck!) Leslie was great! Very sweet and funny and just a nice person.
Moose had a lovely time at CONvergence too. He got to have his picture taken while hanging from Voltaire's mouth, and with an actual real Emmy award!
I am married to Lex Luther. Paul Cornell's first issue of Action Comics came out the day before CVG so he got the con to give him a slot on stage to do a live reading of it. My uber-talented husband played Lex and was just fabulous! I guess I now officially have a thing for Lex Luthor voice actors, since James Marsters has voiced animated versions of him.

More stuff. LJ-cut so I don't fill your whole friends page. But you should click the cut and read it.  )

And that's what I've been doing with my time.

Things I'll be doing in the near future:

* Watching a movie outside in a friend's back yard.

* Going to the CONvergence volunteers party.

* Going to my parents cabin w/Rick, my brother, his wife, their kid, my sister, her husband, their two kids, my cousin, his wife, their kid, her cousin, my friend, and my friend's girlfriend. Yeah, the cabin's not really that big. And my family is crazy.

* Possibly road-tripping to Madison to see Sunspot

* Posting about & pimping the current Vote To Send Me To Antarctica contest. I need to do a big email/twitter/blog push. I haven't done much this time because it was fairly exhausting last time and I did ok, but not nearly close enough. This time I think I will try to get many people to all RT it around the same time. I'll also at the same time send out one Facebook message to everyone, but only one because I don't want to spam my friends. Twitter is fleeting enough that the repetition pretty much gets lost.

* Yes, I really will sort and post the pictures I've been taking since May.

* I need to pick one for the State Fair Fine Art competition too. I know what group of pictures I have that I'll be taking it from, I just need to make a final decision of which one.

*And yeah, I know I still need to write about the actual Space Shuttle Launch. And everything from ComiCon. And w00tstock.

But first, it's 1:30. I need to go to bed!

I've missed you all! And I'm going to try to catch up on reading if I can. And I promise not to leave you for another 20 days.

Good Night!
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Amusing thing heard at con:

Guy pops his head into the room and asks "What are the horses they use in the Budweiser ads?" We answer "Clydesdales." The ducks back out into the hall and we hear "Her feet are as big as a Clydesdale's!"

It was a fun con.
It was an exhausting con.
I will post more later.
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Awesome thing:
Unique Skins had a contest. You design skins, upload a preview of it, and they select 10 finalists. Then, those 10 finalists are voted on from now through July 2 and the one with the most votes gets an iPad.

I want an iPad. They are awesome, but too expensive since it's just a want and not a need.
So I entered. I've got TWO designs in the finals!!!

Go vote for me, please! I think they use cookies so it's a once per computer kind of voting system.

My two designs are the abstract tree w/pink background:

and the cute widdle tree frog:

Also, let me know which you like better of the two, so I know which one to steer the votes too. :)

Awesome thing 2:

I got new skins for my laptop & my phone today! My iPhone was skinless since doing a warranty trade in just before Florida. Now, it stares at me:


Front w/wallpaper image:

Unfortunately when locked the eyes are kinda hidden:

The laptop is a purple version of the same abstract tree:
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Ralph Macchio has a video on Funny Or Die. It's made of awesome & you should watch.

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Quark Expeditions is sponsoring another contest to win an all expenses paid trip to Antarctica.

The details:
Turn Your Love of Wildlife and the Environment into a $45,000 Trip of a Lifetime.

Share your passion for the environment in 300 words or less and you and a guest could Travel with Julie Scardina on a Snow Island Hill Safari to see Emperor Penguins in Antarctica!

Join Julie on one of the final sailings of the legendary icebreaker, Kapitan Khlebnikov. As Animal Ambassador for SeaWorld and Busch Gardens, she will share fascinating behind-the-scene stories of animal training and conservation.

Tell the world why you should Adventure with Julie and encourage people to vote for you. On August 31, 2010, if your entry has received the most votes, you could win! This October 2010 voyage is already sold out, so winning is the only way you can get onboard.

Turn your love of conservation into the trip of a lifetime!

So of course I entered! I got 258 votes last time. This time I plan to exceed that. The judges will choose the winner out of the top 5 vote getters. I've got 2 1/2 months to do this.

My entry:
I'm passionate about Antarctica & want to share it with you
In high school I was convinced I would have a career working with animals. I attended an animal behavior summer school at the Minnesota Zoo, and earned a trip to the International Science Fair based on my study from that summer. I even attended college majoring in Zoology. But, life got in the way, as it tends to do. Because of various struggles in my life I ended up dropping out of college, never to realize my dream of working with animals.

I’ve also wanted to travel the world since I was a child, with camera in hand documenting nature. I feel that one of the best ways to get people passionate about saving the environment is to show them what is out there, and the beauty of it all. Unfortunately, I have never yet left North America although I did just get myself my first passport and it needs some stamps in it. I don’t know how yet, but I WILL travel internationally sometime in the next ten years. Wouldn’t it be great if that first trip was to Antarctica?

If you vote to send me to Antarctica, I’ll be sharing my adventure with you online. I’m a passionate amateur photographer, focusing mainly on nature, wildlife and zoo photography. I’ve had a journal on the internet since 2002, blogging about all aspects of my life. I have active accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. Through these, you will be able to read about the trip as it happens. I already have a blog for my Antarctic obsession, and I’d love to use it to show the world Antarctica’s wildlife and untamed beauty!


To vote for me, click here:


Jun. 16th, 2010 10:39 am
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Gonna try LJ's new "Repost this" feature for the first time.
And really, can there be anything more awesome to try this on than a [livejournal.com profile] kylecassidy post on how to be a photographer?

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] kylecassidy at FAQ
A Reader Writes: I want to be a photographer someday. Any advice?

Yes, lots.

Photography is a mixture of Artistic Ability and Technical Skill -- the magic of the mix isn't written in stone. The world is filled with technically proficient but artistically uninspired photographers, there seem to be a smaller number of artistically gifted but technically unsavvy artists, but they're out there as well. But the most successful people have a mixture of both -- they have an artistic vision, and they posses the technical skills to know how to make that a reality. The technical skills are the easy part, you can learn them from a book -- f-stops and shutter speeds and light modifiers, etc. The difficult thing to come up with is an idea.

0) Possibly the most important thing of all: Find creative people and make them part of your world. They don't have to be photographers. They can be writers, or musicians, or actors or puppet makers. Have a peer group of people who are doing things. They'll be your inspiration, your facilitators, your idea makers, your artistic partners. Do this for the rest of your life. Artists rarely survive in a vacuum.

1) Get a camera. It doesn't matter what kind. Eventually you'll most likely end up with a Digital SLR but in the meantime a point and shoot, your cell phone, a 1946 Brownie Box Camera, all these will work to start out.

2) Study photography -- this doesn't mean go to school for photography, but it means pay attention to photographs tear photos that you like out of magazines and keep them in a scrap book, get photography books from the library, from the bookstore, at yard sales. Learn what types of photography you like. Landscapes? People? Bands? Artificially lit? This will start to provide you with your visual vocabulary -- which will be important in figuring out what you want to photograph. Given a camera many new photographers are left baffled as to what they ought to be taking photos of. Subscribe to photography magazines, fashion magazines, travel magazines.

3) Take photos. What is it you're interested in? Enlist friends. Take trips, set up elaborate hoaxes, copy great works of art, copy not so great works of art.

4) Make a portfolio of your 12 best photos. these can be 4x6 1 hour prints. Every month try and replace at least one of these with a better photo. Do this for the rest of your life.

5) Evaluate your equipment. When you know specifically why what you have can't do what you want, it's time to think about upgrading. Do this for the rest of your life.

6) Find someone who will pay you to take photographs. It's always easier to learn on someone elses dime. It doesn't matter what the job is -- assistant to another photographer, part time local newspaper, photographing houses for a Realtor, etc.

7) Go to school. You can learn a lot more quickly this way. Things like advanced lighting techniques, gallery framing, etc. can be more quickly figured out in an environment like this.

8) Show your work. It doesn't have to be in a traditional gallery, it can be in your parents garage, or in your stairwell. Some friends and I used to have an open-air art gallery we called "Show up and Show" where we'd meet along a length of chain link fence, hang out photos up and stand around and talk to passers by.

9) Take lots of photos, throw out the bad ones, only ever show people your best. Do this for the rest of your life.

10) Stay busy. The opposite of busy is bored. Don't visit that place. Do this for the rest of your life.

Hope this helps.

Add me as a friend on LiveJournal, Add me on Facebook, Follow me on Twitter.

Note: the "add me" links on the bottom are for Kyle. Go do it! Kyle is Freaking Awesome!
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OK, so I don't have a write up about Phoenix ComiCon yet. But, I did get my pictures from the James Marsters Q & A up on Flickr.

But first, a link:
Thanks to A Geek And His Wife we've got some good quality video of ComiCon panels out there. I know a lot of people recorded stuff, but these aren't on You Tube. So, they aren't broken down into a bunch of short segments! I don't know about you, but I really hate having to watch 6 different videos just to see one full 1 hr panel! Now that I have found this site I'm going to have to go watch all the panels I didn't make it too!

For your viewing pleasure, the whole James Marsters Q & A:

And since not all of you out there want to see tons of pics of James, here's just one.

James Marsters Q & A

And for those of you who want to see a ton of pictures, here's a bunch more under the cut! )

As always, it was great fun watching James bounce around on stage for an hour. I can only imagine he would have been moving around more had the mike not been all wired under the table & shit.

I really wanted to punch annoying moderator guy, especially after it switched over to the questions from the audience. Really dude, at that point SHUT UP! You're there to keep things flowing if they slow down, not to fan boy all over James like it's a conversation between the two of you. And when James is doing a Q&A, things don't die down to where a moderator is needed to get it going.

The whole Flickr set can be seen HERE. I just wish I had more pics. My lens just wasn't quite fast enough, so some of my shots were a titch blurred.


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