Using Photoshop Filters to Create Instagram-ish Photos

In Photoshop, I give myself a solid C-.  I can crop and do fancy circles in various colors, but really I can’t mask, dissolve, nor free transform for shit.

So, I’m loving this download for Photoshop, where these Instagram type filters can be run on any photo you’re manipulating.  A couple of them are a little off, but better than scrambling for your app every time you need a headshot.

Fennel.  
Quick recipe for Fennel Salad (modified from an Epicurious suggestion).
Mix the following into a med-sized bowl:
1 chopped fennel bulb
2 diced pears (I used Bosc)
Handful of chopped fennel fronds
juice of 1/2 lime
couple of tablespoons of red wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
salt/pepper to taste
Epicurious suggested rolling their version of the mix into proscuitto, which was super-yum.  I ended up just eating the salad the next day for lunch.  Held up really well.

Fennel.  

Quick recipe for Fennel Salad (modified from an Epicurious suggestion).

Mix the following into a med-sized bowl:

  • 1 chopped fennel bulb
  • 2 diced pears (I used Bosc)
  • Handful of chopped fennel fronds
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • couple of tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt/pepper to taste

Epicurious suggested rolling their version of the mix into proscuitto, which was super-yum.  I ended up just eating the salad the next day for lunch.  Held up really well.

Rados Re-Think: Grade Pending

grade pending

Attention New Yorkers - yeah, those sanitary grades you’re seeing all over town:  Pretty snazzy and convenient, eh?

While you’ll probably continue to frequent an ‘A’ or ‘B’ restaurant, while staying clear of the ‘C’ establishments, you might want to pay special consideration to those listed as ‘Grade Pending.’

Which means:

- They failed inspection the first time and are now appealing for a better grade. 

- After they get their grade, they can wait for another inspection while they fix their violations.  Which is the honest approach.

- Or, if they have enough money, make those violations…ahem…disappear.  I know of one restaurant that has done this…and it was quite the schwanky eatery.

But, let’s assume they go back and ‘fix’ their violations.  I would think that they would REALLY fix their violations and earn their grade, right?  But I’m a jerk and therefore believe they will just fix to the bare minimum (because they really didn’t give a sh*t before inspection) and repeat this process the next time they get caught.  After all, the Sanitary Department only makes money off of violations and fines, yes?  I’m just sayin.

Blow Dry Your Hair on the 4 Train

Hear me out on this, New Yorkers:

  1. Position yourself (and your wet head) in front of the door that leads to the next train car, where the AC is positioned to shoot cold air down the aisle.
  2. Gradually shake out or section off hair during your commute.  
  3. Ignore strange looks.  
Dinner of Champions.  Or stressed marketers.  Same thing.

Dinner of Champions.  Or stressed marketers.  Same thing.

Indulging in a little heartbreak is a good thing.  Feel free to belt this incredible gut-ripper on the freeway.

(Source: youtube.com)

Running to the Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo soundtrack is the best motivator.  

Kelly, Turbo, and Ozone say so.

The First 48 is my Summer Guilty Pleasure.  Oh look, a marathon of episodes is on.  OOH and then Hoarders!  

I need a bigger couch, some Fritos, and lipo.

(Source: youtube.com)

Oh would you like to sit in a leather recliner and eat quesadillas, a bucket of popcorn, and Twizzlers?  yesplease.

Would you like to do that while watching a fucking MOVIE? 
Hell yeah, where do I donate platelets??!!!

Oh would you like to sit in a leather recliner and eat quesadillas, a bucket of popcorn, and Twizzlers?  yesplease.

Would you like to do that while watching a fucking MOVIE

Hell yeah, where do I donate platelets??!!!

Road Trip DJ

Using the ‘Quick Mix’ feature on the Pandora iPhone app for long road trips. 

Saves the hassle of DIY mixes, station surfing, or getting stuck with smoooooooth jaaaaaazzzzzz for four hours.