NewsForge | Switching art students to GNU/Linux

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Mar 232006
 

NewsForge | Switching art students to GNU/Linux:
Yeah, great idea. Because what we want to learn in college is how to use a nice 3rd-party operating system, and free software like GIMP, Scribus, and Quanta Plus, instead of things that will actually help in a career once we get out of school.

Punditry is all well and good, and truth be told I use a Linux distribution at home on my workstation and web server. but if I were a professional in the art or design industries, you can bet your ass I’ll be using Photoshop, Illustrator, QuarkXpress, Dreamweaver, and a bunch of other software that runs on OS X or Windows instead of a linux box with what is, despite all the loud claims to the contrary, software that isn’t as good.

I’m all for free software, but until Linux “just works” like my Mac, I don’t see any reason to force students to use it. Especially since there’s such a low probability they’ll see it “in the field”.

Good things come in threes

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Mar 192006
 

I was going to write something here about how great my weekend’s been going, but instead I’ve been sidetracked.

I was just at Central Market (the HEB near my house was out of both “frozen veg med” and puff pastry sheets), and they had this ugly display with a sign that said “get on the bunny train”. Obviously, it was an ad for Easter. Now, I’m not going to be sidetracked here into a discussion of how the Catholic church stole Easter from the “pagans”; if you really want to read something, try wikipedia: Eostre, Easter (particularly the “Easter Controversies” section).

Any way, in an usual knee-jerk reaction, I got a completely different idea from it. Part of it’s probably because it’s only March 19th; it’s nearly a month until Easter. But in any case, I made a snap decision as to what I’m going to have for dinner some time soon (not immediately, since I just deposited my paycheck about an hour ago, but soon): rabbit. I’ve never cooked or eaten rabbit, but I’ve heard it’s fairly tasty, if a bit gamy at times. So rabbit it is. I’m thinking braised, maybe with glazed carrots and a squash gratin on the side. Maybe grilled fennel.

Heh. I guess the advertising worked anyway, even if it wasn’t what they were shooting for.