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taken for granted

Must … update … blog.

After about five or six hours coding this layout, from 12 pm (an hour after I woke up) on, I have to say I don’t like this layout as much as I’d hoped. I couldn’t do it the way I’d wanted (background images on top and bottom), so there’s lots of extra space around the boxes. murrr.

Now the colors are looking funny to me, not as nice and soft and pretty as they first were. I also just realized that I forgot to check the colors on my desktop (colors on my laptop look waaaay different from any desktop), so I don’t know how funky they really are.

But meh. No more ugly pink color and tiny box area to scroll through.

Group presentation yesterday in art was all right. Eddie Izzard was nicely received. (His Engelbert Humperdinck bit was used to illustrate idea selection.)

The earlier part of the day was spent uninstalling and reinstalling my printer, in an attempt to get back my ability to print InDesign documents with the Composite CMYK setting. I don’t know why it takes so long to install a printer. Rather, I don’t know why it takes so long for the installer to realize that there’s just no way the website is going to be found to self-register the product, so just move on in the process already! But whatever. It didn’t work. Still can only print in Composite Grey or Composite RGB. I have no freakin’ clue why.

The HP website (I have a Deskjet 4160) has a support page about printer settings not available in InDesign, but for Macs. (Funny, I never thought of hooking Macs up to regular printers. All the ones I’ve dealt with as of late were hooked up to fancy printers with RIPs, if any.) I don’t even want to fashion that “help” to my own situation, because they suggest overriding InDesign print settings and going through the HP print settings dialogue. Ouch! No way!

The Adobe website has a topic in the InDesign support forum for Macs, but that was about an Epson printer, and a somewhat fancy one, not my dinky $60 one. The response there is that a lot of inkjet printers print with RGB or something, which I find truly odd, so might as well go with the Composite RGB. Or buy a really fancy RIP that’ll convert to CMYK for you. Right.

A couple weeks ago when trying to find a solution through Google I saw this page, an entry in a blog with a similar situation but also involving Illustrator. I can’t seem to find it now though. Someone commented saying he’s had that problem, and that he always just … does something involving the printer. I can’t remember. Removes the printer from the settings, I don’t know. Which is why I went through that whole mess this morning. But it didn’t work.

I think, I’m not sure, that this problem occurred after I changed color settings or color profiles or something in InDesign. I don’t know how or what to change the settings back to. I did synchronize color settings in Adobe Bridge though. I don’t know what that did really, but hey I got a little note about it so I did it hoping it would fix my problem. It didn’t. So I am stuck saving files as PDFs and printing through there.

(I don’t know why I don’t want to print RGB. It’s stuck in my mind that if it’s for print, I should stay away from RGB. Apparently the CMYK color gamut is smaller than the RGB gamut. I experienced that when I didn’t realize the picture for my movie poster was in RGB. Augh. But tha’s neither here nor there. What I want to say is that if I’ve designed something in CMYK [technically; I set up colors in the program using CMYK, but I am looking at the colors in RGB on the monitor], I feel that it would be just plain weird to print with Composite RGB to a printer that uses cyan, magenta, yellow, and black.)

Hmm … just read more topics at the Adobe InDesign support forum, and it was explicitly spelled out that only postscript printers accept CMYK. So what was I doing before? O_o

Another note: the funky colors are probably a result of me tilting my screen more than I had earlier this morning or last night. XD;; Wow, I really need sleep.

10:04pm The dawning light! (After looking up “inkjet printer cmyk rgb.”) Inkjet printers expect RGB since that’s what the general public would work in, and has a driver in the printer to convert to CMYK. But that brings up the question … how was I able to print CMYK?

’til we find our place

Bah, I’m tired of spring quarter already. Bring on summer vacation!

And I still get no enjoyment out of writing here. Funny.

Um. I got a full schedule. It’s actually 14 units. Woo. Haven’t done that since I had chem and pre-calc, but that was a semester system…

So far I have one art project although I haven’t had lab yet so technically I don’t have to work on it! >b Also a project for 218. Then I have to switch from one lab to another in 203. Fun stuff. But maybe I’ll get my computer way in the back this time. XD;

Uh. I went to bed at 9 last night. Woke up around 12ish, again around 1 or so, again around 4, and again a little while after that, then woke up at 6:30 because my radio volume was too low. Well at least it actually went off this time. Monday I forgot to turn it on. I forget what happened Tuesday. Maybe I still didn’t have it turned on.

Now I’m tired, and my side/back hurts because I guess I slept funny, but I can’t sleep because my mind won’t slow down, even though I didn’t have any caffeine this morning. !! I thought, hey I could stay up for a couple hours, then come back and nap for a little, and I didn’t want caffeine to ruin that, but I can’t sleep. o_o

I’m gettin’ into my groove here!

Monday and Tuesday I read Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher, and I thought it was funny how the parts where the two characters were talking to their therapists (whatever) sounded similar to what I write in here. XP Or more similar to what I wrote in my Diaryland account.

Anyway. Um. Spent $85 on books. Might end up buying The Non-Designer’s Guide to Design by Robin Williams, but it’s not required so I don’t know. I’ll have to look at it. I got $5 last year for my marketing book. Er. Relationship selling book. If I don’t need my color theory book I’ll sell that back. Luckily I didn’t sell back the Printer’s Publishing Guide (?) from 202 ’cause it’s the required text in 203.

I have something like $3 in my Campus Express account. I have charged on my card so far: gas $26 (but I think Mum paid me for that, so meh), books $85, and I’ll need to charge $50 for Campus Express so I can eat. Um. But I’m trying to bring sandwiches from home. The problem with that is they don’t fill me up, I’m hungry half an hour or an hour later. I should bring something else to eat. But all I’ve got is junk food, like chips. I could bring fruit, but I hate warm fruit (left in the car), or squished fruit (left in my bag), same for veggies, and I especially hate eating apples in public, I don’t know why. Oh well.

I meant to rewrite notes from 202 but first I wanted to set up my speakers for music and realized I left the power supply at home (same with the battery-backup power strip for the desktop x.x) so after that I went meh and got sidetracked. But I should get back to that.

(…I wrote this in my journal originally, so excuse the ramblyness.)

antsy today

I feel so antsy. o_o

Woke up at 9 this morning; ate breakfast (mochi with little fishies); washed dishes; took out the trash; vacuumed the living room, my room, the bathroom, and what C swept up from the kitchen; packed up most of my stuff (computer still being used); scanned random stuff I thought would make nice Photoshop brushes; and paid cable/internet bill. o.o Busy!

Now I don’t know what to do. I’ve got three hours left til I leave for my last final. I looked over the study guide last night, feel I know the stuff well enough to answer the questions. Just need to study the equations (ppi/dpi/lpi stuff).

And theeeen … I drive for three hours back to L.A.! Yay! I think I appreciate the drive more if I don’t have to drive back in less than 48 hours. And I’ve got good music to listen to. I think C is tired of it though, I keep listening to it in the car. XD Maria Mena (two latest albums), the Submarines, Evanescence (The Open Door), Muse (Absolution), Mirrormask soundtrack.

I think I should eat lunch. That would be a good idea. Then maybe I’ll watch a movie. Maybe.