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General Update

Yesterday (or rather, two days ago) was the saddest Fourth of July ever—and probably the only reason I found the time and energy to begin this post.

When you spend entire days working by yourself, you start to realize that even as an introvert, you need to have some amount of social activity. I typically enjoy time with friends over meals, movies, or movement (i.e., sports). But strangely, all my usual friends were... More

MySQL Server Startup Error

System:
OS X Mavericks (10.9.3)
MySQL Server (5.6.19)

Symptom:
Ever since installing MySQL using Homebrew, MySQL would not start up properly on a hard reboot. When I try to start MySQL manually using mysql.server start, Terminal outputs

. ERROR! The server quit without updating PID file (/usr/local/var/mysql/XXXXXX.pid).

General Solution:
Check the error file at /usr/local/var/mysql/XXXXXX.err to see what’s going on,... More

Save for Web Doesn't Resize Image in Adobe Illustrator CS6

System:
OS X Mavericks (10.9.2)
Adobe Illustrator CS6 (16.0.4)

Symptom:
When exporting an AI file using the Save for Web dialog, after changing the resize percentage, the preview does not update to reflect the new Image Size, and the dimensions of the saved file is also incorrect. This seems to happen only when the image proportion is constrained, and only when changing the Percent box.

Solution:
Save for Web seems... More

Exporting Transparent PNGs in Adobe Illustrator CS6

System:
OS X Mavericks (10.9.2)
Adobe Illustrator CS6 (16.0.4)

Symptom:
When exporting an AI file to PNG using the Save for Web dialog, the resulting PNG file does not have a transparent background.

Solution:
The Save for Web feature seems to save whatever you see in the preview box, so if the preview doesn’t show any checkerboard patterns that indicate transparent regions, the resulting file will not have any... More

Message for Married Folk

A reply to a question my friend recently asked me: “As a single person of a certain age (not an offensive thing), how would you want to feel supported by married people in the congregation?”

The issue brought forth by this question is one an older single friend has wrestled with for years. Watching him go through that, and seeing myself possibly in his position in a few years—“certain... More

11-12-13 14:15:16

Still another historic moment.

Basic Photography I (Camera)

A Guide to Buying a DSLR Camera

The greatest hurdle for me in getting started with photography was in the very beginning, when I was overwhelmed by the choices of cameras and all the different numbers and terminology, such as ISO, F/#, or 55 mm focal length. I’ve learned a lot through experience and articles, so I’d like to share what I learned for those who are just starting out.

The most basic tool you... More