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851  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re:photo film on: February 21, 2004 10:00:01 AM
first off, i love photo, so i'm always happy to get someone else involved in my favorite vice.  Smiley
as for any useful information i can give, that's always a little dodgy, but here goes:
any 35mm camera can shoot B&W film, so don't bother buying a manual camera or anything fancy until you know if you really want one.  likewise, pretty much any photo finisher can develop your film for you, though it pays to shop around your neighborhood to find someone with good quality and a good price.  you're not going to get "one-hour" type of service, though, unless you use film that they can print on color paper and i don't recommend that because i hate the reddish hue your prints will have...but that's just me.
the best way to get cheap film is to buy a lot of it at once or to buy bulk-loaded film (film that is put into reused cannisters rather than in "kodak" style packaging.)  i often buy my film from freestyle http://www.freestylephoto.biz/ and find them to be fairly cheap, really quick and easy to deal with.  they have great clearance deals, too!
a great place to learn about photo without having to pay a lot is to go to your local community college and either take a class or show "polite" interest and chat some people up.  they can give you tons of help, if they're a mind to.  for me, the joy of photo is in the printing, not the shooting, and a community college is the cheapest way to have access to good quality darkroom supplies to learn the skills and to be a part of a creative and collaborative environment.  
as for books, my favorite "beginners" manual is by henry horenstein, _black and white photography: a basic manual_, but if you don't want to learn the technical process, you can develop your eye by just looking at a lot of photos you like and figuring out what it is about them that you like.
man, i do ramble on!
good luck!
852  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re:fish tails cat bed on: February 21, 2004 09:35:35 AM
i think my girl anubis would give new meaning to "rip it a new one", but that thing is adorable!
853  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:Wooden Tinker Toys? on: February 21, 2004 09:25:47 AM
you can make some super cool mobiles with tinker toys...and it's a fun little puzzle to get the visual (and actual weight) balance right...
of course, that's pretty much just the same thing as playing with them.  
854  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re:more porn-by-numbers...this time, t-shirts! on: February 18, 2004 06:22:35 PM
thanks!  but, to be fair, i'm on holiday this week.  i don't USUALLY stay out past 3 on a school night.
oh, and for the other nice folks who showed interest, i'm ready to rumble on the sell or trade...keeping it on the downlow until i make peace with the copyright gods...
855  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re:Ugly prison walls on: February 18, 2004 05:06:58 PM
depending on how long you plan to be there and whether or not you have a friend with a truck, you can get a sheet or a couple of sheets of sheetrock or particle board and put them up against the wall covered, like giant bulletin boards.  i did this holding the piece in place with a heavy base and my couch leaned up against it and it lasted without a worry for a year...though you have to be able to get it home and up without incident.  that's where the friend with the truck comes in.  Smiley
856  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re:more porn-by-numbers...this time, t-shirts! on: February 18, 2004 02:23:45 PM
so exciting!  i took the plunge and listed a shirt on ebay, to see what would happen:  http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3461717227&category=15687  and did a "commission" for a very special craftster, who i think was happy with the results.  i'm all aflutter!
857  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re:GO LIVE on: February 18, 2004 12:56:47 AM
it might be too late for you if you've already committed to another editor, but the new version of dreamweaver interacts with fireworks which has been updating to do pretty much everything that photoshop does now.  at least, that's what they say.  i'm still photoshop all the way, baby.
anyway, just thought i would share...they've really made some amazing upgrades at macromedia...
858  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / at what point do you need to get a business license? on: February 18, 2004 12:52:35 AM
if i consign things, i don't need one, right? and if someone happens to give me a few bucks for something i make, well, that's just a random thing...and if i sell something from my website? what is the "line" that i cross that means i need to get a license and deal with sales tax and all that official stuff?
sorry if this is too basic a question, but a good reference to a book or article would be really helpful to me.
859  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re:more porn-by-numbers...this time, t-shirts! on: February 16, 2004 01:15:18 PM
yeah, i haven't actually been satisfied with any of the filter results.  i've been magic wanding and color filling.  then outlining by hand to make the blanks.  i like to do things the hard way, i guess.
860  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re:more porn-by-numbers...this time, t-shirts! on: February 16, 2004 11:36:25 AM
lothruin, maybe your secret is better than mine!  we should share.  
i keep thinking there is probably an easier way to do it, but it's sort of fun, in a pain-staking photoshop way, so i keep on churning them out.  the "done" paint-by-numbers are the easy part, though.  it's the "blank" ones that take forever...and i haven't been able to figure out how to make solid transfers from them.  they look GREAT on notecards and stuff, but the lines aren't heavy enough to make a good iron on.  i'm going to work on that today, since i'm on holiday.  i think i'm going to have to have different "blanks" for paper and for tshirts because the heavy lines are SO aesthetically unpleasing on paper, but seem necessary for fabric...
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