Stephen Colbert’s remarks on his job remind me of the process of developing Photoshop:
"We often discuss satire — the sort of thing he does and to a certain extent I do — as distillery," Mr. Colbert continued. "You have an enormous amount of material, and you have to distill it to a syrup by the end of the day. So much of it is a hewing process, chipping away at things that aren’t the point or aren’t the story or aren’t the intention. Really it’s that last couple of drops you’re distilling that makes all the difference. It isn’t that hard to get a ton of corn into a gallon of sour mash, but to get that gallon of sour mash down to that one shot of pure whiskey takes patience" as well as "discipline and focus."
We’ll never, ever lack good suggestions on what to do next, nor is it terribly hard to grab a wad and go work on them. Given the vast number of customers and workflows Photoshop serves, however, it’s critical that the enhancements we make each serve a wide range of needs. Finding the really transformative stuff–the fundamental architectural changes that’ll enable numerous other enhancements while standing the test of time–is the fun, aggravating, and ultimately rewarding part.
Normally I don’t go for single-serving link posts, but this sequence of Michael Phelps’ amazing photo finish is too good not to share. [Via]
And, what the heck, here’s some spectacular imagery from the Olympics opening ceremony. (It’s as if Julie Taymor got ahold of the Clone Stamp…) Also, what’s with creepy Olympic M&M’s?
Lenovo has just trotted out the ThinkPad W700, a new portable (luggable?) machine geared towards pro photographers and graphic artists. This warlock features:
- Quad-core processor
- Up to 8GB (!) of RAM
- Up to three internal hard drives
- Integrated screen calibrator
- Mini Wacom tablet (!)
- Both SD and CompactFlash card slots
- 17" monitor with 24-bit Dream Color (2.3 million colors)
HDMI video output [Thanks to Bob Rose for the correction]
- NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700
Adobe’s Robert McDaniels remarks, "With a 17min battery life and a mere 4" thick and 48lbs case, it also doubles as a space heater, pumping out 52K BTUs per min." Reminds me of the similarly girthy ThinkPad I named "Battlepig" when I started on the Photoshop team. I’m pretty fond of the Mac 17-inchers I’ve been rocking ever since then, but I’d love to see Apple answer the challenge (especially from the integrated tablet). Engadget features more info and a video demo. [Via Tobias Hoellrich, from whom I snatched the subject line as well]
Apropos of absolutely nothing Adobe-related, happy 08-08-08! I’m especially into the date as I was born at 10:08 on this day 33 years ago. I celebrated my birthday on 8-8-88 watching the first Chicago Cubs night game on TV. (It being the Cubbies, they got rained out.) I’m told the series of 8’s is auspicious, so I wish you happiness, good fortune, and delightful pixel-wrangling. And with that, I’m closing the computer to have some good times with the family here in Illinois.