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      CommentAuthorCamyLuna
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2011
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    #DealingWithDepression/AssuagingAnxiety/ClingingToSanity

    I remember to make the distinction between what "I am" and what "I feel". So I don't tell my self that "I am depressed", I tell myself that "I feel depressed". It's a small thing, but it helps me to create distance and know that the feeling will pass.

    I also try to do something new. It doesn't have to be a big thing. Actually, it's better if it's not. Something like taking a new way to work. Trying a new drink at the coffee shop. Doing that seems to break things up a little bit and get the ball rolling.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2011
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    Augh, you guys are awesome.
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      CommentAuthorOsmosis
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2011
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    ^ Second that.

    Loved this: "So I don't tell my self that "I am depressed", I tell myself that "I feel depressed"."
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      CommentAuthorInternaut
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2011 edited
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    #DealingWithDepression/AssuagingAnxiety/ClingingToSanity

    I find that when I feel depressed or anxious, I tend to gorge on the familiar-especially in regards to anxiety. Breaking a daily routine-or even realizing that you've created a daily routine to ensconce yourself in-is a step towards shaking off some of that suffocating darkness. Recently I've started trying to teach myself watercolor and it's been a lifesaver (this also echoes the previous suggestions of art) but not simply because it's art, but because since it is a style of illustration I was previously unfamiliar with it allows my brain to more fully commit to it than if it was something I had done before. The techniques were familiar but changed enough that it kept my attention and allowed me to uncoil a bit.

    Cooking. Grab a secondhand cookbook that is something you're unfamiliar with and work your way through it.

    (Again, echoing previous posts) Sex. Not merely the endorphins, but just the straight up human contact and connection sex offers.

    Recreational drug use is great (like all things, in moderation), but be careful and preferably not by yourself.

    A Pet helps volumes.

    ......And this is going to sound cliche- video games.
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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2011
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    #fakesnakes

    Fun Question: does anyone know of any cool mechanical things that mimic snake movements? I'm working on a short film that involves a nest of medusa hair, and I'm trying to figure out how far we can go without actually doing CGI.
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      CommentAuthorInternaut
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2011 edited
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    #fakesnakes

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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2011
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    #fakesnakes

    @internaut - yeah - those robot snakes are really cool! But what I'm really looking for is something more practical, within my reach of actually using. I guess I'm wondering if anyone has come across anything that can be used to mimic snakelike movement that I might be able to repurpose in making a kind of nest of Medusa head snakes in a film. I can't, unfortunately, build a crown of articulated robot snakes.

    I'm thinking about rigging up some kind of thing that rotates an extended tube or something, which when moved will writhe sort of like a snake? If I can find some kind of material that moves in that way, or some sort of rotating thing that can set off motion like that, I might be able to dress that like snakes and have it work on video.

    I know that's not terribly clear or helpful. I can't be more specific as I'm still searching for ideas. I basically want to make a practical, writhing headpiece of snakes.
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    #fakesnakes

    You could maybe take a bunch of those plastic (or wooden) toy snakes that only move from side to side and slip some sort of sleeve over them, and attach a simple servo to the base. That's the easiest and cheapest way I can think of to get the sequential wriggling motion you'd be looking for, but it's be really impractical for someone to wear a whole bunch of them on their head. Maybe rig four or five up like that and fill in the rest with cheap rubber snakes?
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    #mechsnakes

    seems like you would want curved thin wire twisting inside of a wider flexing tube... but to stick several of those behind someone's head, I don't know how you would keep the wires twisting. Unless it was actually several feet behind the person and just blended with their hair in a charcoaly 1920s type manner
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    QUESTION: #adult aging

    Are there cases of retarded development in adulthood? I mean, I know there are cases of people who don't age mentally or physically past childhood, but what about in the midst of adulthood? (I'm beginning to think that my natural aging process and development has paused or slowed at 20something, both physically and psychologically.)

    #snakehair

    Get a bunch of these from your local dollar store or China Town area:



    and, like suggested, put some armature wire through them to keep them structured, cover them with stretchy material, and bend them about in a stop motion animation manner?
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    #snakehair

    Doing them stop motion and compositing that over the live footage would actually probably get you the best results. Though you'd maybe still have to do something with the lighting in post, if you want shadows from the snakes to be cast properly.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2011
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    New Question: #Text Export

    Does anyone know a way to export a page from a word processor document as an image into a graphics program, specifically a page from an OpenOffice file into Photoshop? I'm trying to add some illustrations to a page, and while for most of the pages, I'm fine with just dropping an image in among the text, for one particular page I want to actually draw over some of the text, have it interacting directly with the images.

    Is there a way to do this?
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2011
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    #text

    You could try a screenshot. What OS are you using?
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      CommentAuthorBrianMowrey
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2011 edited
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    #text export

    Also (and I won't be having any great answers to this one) but you probably want to clarify your intended output. If the thing that comes out of photoshop is going to actually be printed with the text readable, then a screenshot won't do, you need to import at high dpi or just let PS (or Illustrator if you are using that downstream) render the text.

    I would think.

    Mainly I would say you can't go putting a screen-resolution image of text into PS and have be acceptable for print unless the image is only going to take up an inch on the final page.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2011
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    Mac OSX. Trouble is, the pages are large enough (I'm writing them at 11x17) that I'm worried about losing resolution.
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      CommentAuthoroddbill
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2011
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    #Text Export

    In MS Word there are a variety of ways you can layer an image behind text or over text. I'm not sure if OpenOffice has the same functionality. Ultimately, though, word processing software is not the optimal tool for this. You really want something like Adobe's InDesign, which is a print layout software meant for this function.

    I know that's not great advice as you are probably doing this with the resources to hand - but having text and graphics interact on a page is not the easiest thing to do in anything other then the proper tools. I don't know of any genuinely free or inexpensive page design tools.
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      CommentAuthorBrianMowrey
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2011 edited
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    #adult aging

    Most agreed definitions/usages of the term "adult behavior" don't fit an idea where acting 20-something is considered less developed than any other spot on the adult behavior spectrum.

    We expect 70 year-olds to generally act differently than 40 year-olds and those differently than 20 year-olds. A 40 year-old who acts like a 20 year-old can be socially penalized by friends and family but isn't generally thought of as having a developmental disorder. Any more than a 20 year-old who acts like a 40 year-old would ever be called "gifted" -- because the main thing the distinguishes behavior in the adult spectrum is conservatism, not intelligence. And even if conservatism is in part a function of wisdom (especially, in learning the limits of one's own judgement), it's also just a function of fear, changed externals (having children, losing loved ones), etc.

    So, I am not sure what you have in mind.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2011
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    @oddbill - actually, thank you for reminding me! I do in fact have InDesign, and... holy shit, this is actually the tool I've wanted all along. I just forgot I have it.

    Wow. Thanks!
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    #Text Export

    @oddbill - I don't know of any genuinely free or inexpensive page design tools

    I'm coming in late on this one, but Scribus is a free, open source desktop publishing program. I'm currently teaching myself to use it and it seems pretty comprehensive.
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      CommentAuthorglukkake
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2011
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    #text export

    Uhmm... why not export as a PDF & then pop that into Photoshop?

    Also, Indesign is an absolutely fantastic bit of software. I use it for everything.