Thursday, August 6, 2009

one old dog...

so here I am - taking a break from my efforts to learn MovieMaker and PhotoShop today... yep, Today... I don't see why I shouldn't be able to master 2 new programs in one day - some may call it insanity - but for the purpose of today's "discussion" let's go with the friendlier and less psycho term Determination.

I need to learn these... I need to use them in my work... so why are they so danged HARD? I know, I know... .they're probably not hard, I'm probably just hung up on why MovieMaker isn't more like iMovie... and PhotoShop should certainly be more like what I'm used to... scissors, crayons, and my endless artsy skillz.

I had to laugh when one of the people helping me taught me the "old school" way of doing something... "old school"? shoot, Old Schools didn't HAVE computers people!!!

Don't get me wrong, I love my computer... we have a very tumultuous relationship at times and the neighbors might report a tiff or two that they've wanted to intervene on... but the passion is still alive and we'll never be parted. Ummm, wait, let's drop that metaphor right now - I'm actually typing this on my work laptop :)

Anywho - I'm apparently an old dog who can't learn new tricks... I WAS going to have this amazingly photoshopped picture of myself RIGHT HERE to show you how much I've learned... it didn't turn out so hot... as a matter of fact... the only photo I got very far on at all was an iris... which quickly turned into a blue blob... which I then deleted out of impatience and unwillingness to make a complete fool of myself...

so, I will apologize in advance to any of the children I will help with these program in the months to come... I'm sure they will be teaching ME far more than I am teaching THEM!

11 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I would love to learn Photoshop.

You do realize that this is the curse of the Cozy, right?

T said...

the cozy made me dumb? ummm... yeah, let's go with that...

unfortunately it's just so darned comfortable that I'll have to settle for stupidity :)

S said...

You crack me up! Don't get down...you'll learn soon and then you will be an old pro in no time! It just seems like forever. I have faith in you.

Homer and Queen said...

I am learning Photoshop also. I took a photo class and the teach photoshopped a photo of me, I look half way ok! Now I realize RVERYBODY who is beautiful is probably photoshopped!

Becky said...

MovieMaker... grrr! MovieMaker is why my husband is now and forevermore in charge of making our Christmas movies to send out to family.

But, um, you'll do fine... :)

Seriously, good luck with all that! I'm impressed you're even willing to take it on. Determination will prevail!

April said...

Learning TWO new programs in ONE day??? Who is an overachiever??? I like you! hahahaha!!

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

What is the date for the St George Crash/Bash? I need to get that scheduled.

Sorry about your worries. Technology, can't life with it, can't live with out it.

Z said...

Okay, here's the thing with PhotoShop... you need to use the "Undo" feature when things aren't going your way. Don't delete it, just back up a little. Then you retain your brilliant move, and get rid of the dumb one. ... I use the undo button constantly when I am working with graphics. It isn't you... just the nature of the program. You are good with technology... the PROGRAM is stupid. :) Remember that part and it will be easier. Tell it to do something, and it does it mindlessly, so you have to go back and explain... no, I didn't mean THAT, ya moron... Let's try that again. :)

Megz said...

Why do little kids need to know stuff about making movies and photoshopping their headshots? Can't you just teach them some good classics like Duck Duck Goose and how to read?

just the five of us said...

Megz, that is what the teacher is suppposed to be doing. But as a teacher, with ELL kids, special needs kids, kids with other various problems, along with a classroom of over crowdedness, teachers are failing. Sadly to say i am one of those. Thank heavens for after school programs:D

T said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only one with issues about computers... I mean, c'mon people we ALL know they were invented for blogging... and maybe facebook...