estrich's deepest secret

this is what happens when i try to use photoshop:

I've been taking lessons in pshop off my girlfriend, but I use it so rarely that every time I try it's like starting over again. And the result is what you see above, even worse than my first attempt.

Although it still amuses me...

What I really need to learn is web graphics. I want to turn this pos page into something halfway respectable-looking, and I have neither the money nor the humility to pay someone else to do it. I want to learn how to do it myself, but so far the major obstacle has been learning how; not a lack of desire on my part, but a lack of websites willing to teach me for less than it would cost for me to simply pay them to do it themselves. Or, for that matter, for free. Somewhere out there, some geek has a tutorial that will teach me how to do all this nonsense; unfortunatly, it's rather well hidden.

Maybe I'll buy a "For Dummies" book. From my experience, that would take me about as far as creating a hyperlink in IE 3.0. "Click on the 'e' on your desktop. this opens a 'webpage'. it displays information on the internet." Yee ha.

The next step is writing bloggers that I know write their own pages and harrasing them to see if any of them know a webpage or even a book that will help me, but I'm trying to avoid making enemies by pestering people for as long as possible. Begging for help simply because I'm an idiot never seems to come across too well for some reason, but it may come down to that.

Until then, enjoy the shitty photoshops, lousy design, and oh-so-witty commentary that we both have become accostumed to.


howdy, thanks for stopping by. what you're looking at is the intermittent ramblings of an iraqi vet, college student, goth-poseur, comic book reading, cheesy horror loving, punk listening, right-leaning, tech-obsessed, poorly typing, proudly self-proclaimed geek. occasionally, probably due to these odd combinations, i like to think i have some interesting things to say; this is where they wind up.

"I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us...We need the books that affect us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside of us.

ace o spades hq
bargain-basement allahpundit
a small victory
army of mom
babalu blog
beautiful atrocities
being american in t o
belmont club
blame bush!
castle argghhh!
citizen smash
the command post
common sense runs wild
curmudgeonly & skeptical, r
curmudgeonly & skeptical, pg-13
dean's world
drill sergeant rob
exit zero
enjoy every sandwich
feisty repartee
fistful of fortnights
free will
four right wing wacos
ghost of a flea
half the sins of mankind
the hatemonger's quarterly
hog on ice
house of plum
id's cage
ilyka damen
incoherant ramblings
in dc journal
the jawa report
knowledge is power
lileks bleat
the llama butchers
memento moron
the mudville gazette
naked villainy
nerf-coated world
those damned pajama people
professor chaos
professor shade
the protocols of the yuppies of zion
protein wisdom
the queen of all evil
seven inches of sense
shinobi, who is a f'n numbers ninja, yo
tall dark and mathteriouth
the nose on your face
the thearapist
this is class warfare
texas best grok
tim worstall
way off bass

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