Archive for November, 2013

Rock, fire, Photoshop


Been planning to try making a logo like this for a while but needed to learn some stuff, like how to make 3D text, drop an image onto text and erase the background of semi-transparent flames, since you can’t separate the red channel in Photoshop Elements (I used settings of Contiguous and tolerance 13%). This image isn’t the best rendering of the idea, but it’s my first crack at using most of these techniques, so I’m happy to have managed it at all, thanks to the very clear tutorials linked to above. There is a special place in heaven for people who write really clear tutorials and post them on the Internet. 🙂

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If it is good enough for the Bird, it is good enough for me. This is also kind of a classic example of the mid-20th-century “open four cans of Campbell’s” school of cooking.

Lady Bird King Ranch Chicken

(Bonus: Queen Elizabeth II’s recipe for scones.)

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Ran across this piece of history by Western swing man Adolph Hofner. To quote a Texas Monthly story from 2000 about him:

Here’s the true sound of the South and Central Texas dance hall. Adolph Hofner, born in 1916 in the predominantly Czech community of Moulton and based mainly in San Antonio since the thirties, recorded Western swing and its variants for several national labels starting in 1938. But he was best known in the Hill Country and the Valley as a tireless performer who knew exactly what the people wanted come Saturday night.

The notes provided with the music on YouTube say he claimed to be the first to record the Cotton-Eyed Joe. 😉

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