automation saved my life!

I’m a big fan of sitting back and watching my computer do mindless things for me. Applescript and photoshop actions are two big things on my list. (Sorry windows users, you’ll have to find some other kind of “glue”)

I just set up a workflow for posting pix that makes me pretty dang happy. I have a droplet made out of photoshop that saves all of my images to a folder on my desktop. It performs an action that converts them all to 300×400 and “saves for web” jpeg medium.

Next up I have an applescript app that uploads any files I drop onto it to my images folder via ftp.

This is what the script looks like.

on open doc
tell application “Fetch”
make new transfer window at beginning with properties {hostname:””, username:”username”, password:”password”}
open remote item “directory/to/your/html/image”
put into transfer window “” item doc
close window “ — image”
end tell
end open

That’s about it. It saves me tons of time, and makes it less of a drag to put pix up, and that probably makes for a more readable blog.

In the future I’m thinking about making part of the applescript generate the code I need in order to post it. Yet another 3 buttons saved per photo. This wysisyg stuff can get real old some times…

I’m also gonna whip up a fetch script to upload videos, and a sorenson squeeze droplet to do auto compressing for me.

Maybe i’ll go so far as to make the folder that photoshop saves to hooked up with a folder action, so I can save a step.

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Bearings and Beer….hmmmm….. Beerings?

So here are the fruits of my weekend.
These are the slide bearings for my CNC router. They’re made up of skate bearings, and angle aluminum. A really simple concept that makes my life simpler.

you can see my new Keg-o-rator here. It’s almost a perfect fit in this closet, with just enough room left to to fit all of my beer brewing stuff! Oh yeah, and an iron too…

Here is a closeup of the tap handle. Does anyone have any cool ideas for how to fabricate a cool drip tray? So far I’m coming up blank.

It just occurred to me how much I anthropomorphize my inventions/creations. that’s kind of weird. I guess having more unfinished projects than fingers is weird too.. oh well…

I cut the hole for the tap the worst possible way ever. I used a 1″ spade bit used for cutting wood. It was brand new, and I decided it was worth it to ruin it cutting through the metal front of the fridge. I’ll pour out a little grease next time i’m in the shop for my  fallen homie “spayde Bitt”

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Some AFX tests

Here are some recent tests I did with vector line effects in After Effects.
This first one is from a tutorial I found by bill O’neil on the creative cow site using the shine plugin.

This is the simplest one, cloning out the tracing effect once I liked it, and tweaking to add depth.

This one adds a camera move spinning the logo.

This one uses camera moves through the logo.

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