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otherstuff
04:40 PM - 01/13/2014

The topic: Timing is everything

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So, the mail gets here this afternoon, our cable television/internet bill is here. 

There's a notice it's going up effective January 14th. I do the math, it will be going up a total of $13.99, which seems like a lot for one month. Changes are listed out. I see that their Contour service is actually getting a price reduction, from $10.00 down to zero. Curious about the Contour service, I call.

Of course, I can't call straight through, our Magic Jack service says we have to pay to get that exchange. No problem, I use my Google Voice number. I get through. I ask my question and I'm transferred. I find out that the Contour isn't really advantageous for us, then I ask about the price lock in for our account. (It hasn't gone up in quite a while.) The woman checks and said we didn't have it so our rate would be going up. I tell her I'd like to get it. She says "wow, the rate increase takes effect tomorrow, so if you get this lock in today, your rate won't go up, you lucked out". Indeed I did.

It's good for twenty-four months. Woohoo! 

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geekstuff
09:59 AM - 01/13/2014

The topic: When I was working with the graphics

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on the mosaic entry, I couldn't copy and paste a new image. I'm using Paint Shop Pro X (I've got later versions, but I prefer this old version). I can use my mouse to select the area of the graphic I want to copy, but I can't do anything beyond that.

Hahahahaha! I found out what the problem was. I had my new keyboard turned off. 


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craftstuff
08:58 AM - 01/13/2014

The topic: About that mosaic

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It's pretty cool. There are different ways to "tile" the image. For example, two portrait, one landscape, two portrait, one landscape and the next line is offset a little. Or two landscape, one portrait. A lot of options. You can choose the final size of the graphic and how many pictures you want in it (the final amount isn't exactly what you choose, but it's pretty close). And you can choose the amount of tinting so your main image (mine was Mickey with the pinwheel) is more prominent. I think I choose thirty percent.

The software looks at all of the images it has to choose from and puts them in order. I've taken a couple of examples from the one I made. You can get an idea of how the software works. 

MIckey's ear (and I just noticed a sideways picture! I thought I'd found them all....)

 

 

Mickey's elbow:

Mickey's hand:

 

You can see how the software worked with the shading in the original photo, doing a bit of tinting to enhance the Mickey graphic. The dark photos were taken on rides, in restaurants or at night. 

I think this is a great piece of software, you can spend hours playing with it. If you like this type of thing, I'm sure you'd love this. It's fun and amazing. Check it out. AndreaMosaic.


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In her spare time, she makes pretty things to sell in her store.

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