Thursday, May 21, 2009

My Conversation with Ray

Chat InformationPlease hold as we route your chat to an Adobe Representative.
Chat InformationWelcome to Adobe.com! My name is Ray. May I assist you with your selection today?
Ray: Hello, how can I help you?
Visitor: Hi Ray, I have CS4, find I need 3D rendering now, is there an upgrade path to PS extended?
Ray: Hi. Good Morning. I'll be glad to help you with that information.
Ray: Are you referring to upgrade from Photoshop CS4 to Photoshop CS4 Extended?
Visitor: I have CS4 standard. I am confused by all the upgrade paths. In it is Photoshop CS4 standard. Now I need Extended. What should I do?
Ray: Let me check that for you.
Visitor: Thanks
Ray: Thank you for staying online.
Visitor: I have plenty of time
Ray: I have checked and see that you can upgrade to CS4 Design Premium.
Ray: Creative Suite 4 Design Premium includes: InDesign CS4, Photoshop CS4 Extended, Illustrator CS4, Flash CS4 Professional, Dreamweaver CS4, Fireworks CS4 and Acrobat 9 Pro.
Ray: This suite has Photoshop CS4 Extended in it.
Visitor: Is that my only option? I see that if I had CS3 I could up to PS 4 Extended. How much does this cost?
Ray: Do you have Photoshop CS3?
Visitor: No, I have CS4
Ray: You can upgrade from Photoshop CS, CS2 or CS3 to Photoshop CS4 for US $199.
Ray: You can upgrade from Photoshop CS, CS2 or CS3 to Photoshop CS4 Extended for US $349.
Ray: You can upgrade from Photoshop CS3 Extended to Photoshop CS4 Extended for US $349.
Visitor: I already have CS4, and want to upgrade to CS4 Extended. I need 3D now, business is really slow
Ray: I'm sorry, there is no upgrade path from Photoshop CS4 to Photoshop CS4 Extended.
Ray: You will have to go for the full version of Photoshop CS4 Extended.
Visitor: ...But there is from CS3 - illogical, don't you think?
Ray: Well, this the upgrade path that is defined by Adobe.
Visitor: It makes no sense. If I had an old version, I can, but not the new one
Ray: I understand that, however you can upgrade from Photoshop CS, CS2 or CS3 to Photoshop CS4 for US $199.
Visitor: I already have CS4, and I think perhaps you do not understand what I am asking, as I have said that three times now. Are you sure I cannot up from Photoshop CS4 to Photoshop CS4 extended, but I CAN from Photoshop CS3? It's on your website. I think something is wrong.
Ray: I understand your issue. You can upgrade from Photoshop CS3 to Photoshp CS4 Extended for $349.
Ray: Would you like to place the order for it now?
Visitor: Ha ha surely you are joking. I have Photoshop CS4, no CS3, so I am stuck, right?
Ray: Well, I'm sorry there is no upgrade path from Photoshop CS4 to Photoshop CS4 Extended, however another option would be to upgrade to CS4 Design Premium for $1,399.
Ray: You can also go for the full version of Photoshop CS4 Extended which is priced at $999.
Visitor: Good god Ray, we are running in circles. Thanks for your time, but what you are saying seems to make no sense at all to me. I would have to get a downgrade to CS3 to upgrade to CS4 Extended. I doubt that is correct. Why would you penalize recent customers like that? Once again, thanks for your time! http://microphonium.blogspot.com

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Ordered Array of Elastic Elements

Here in the macro scale, an analog to the nanoscale: Loosely coupled resonant elements in an ordered array, each with a polarization and orentiation, capable of supporting phonon propagation.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Last Bikini Logo

I'm certain that I only painted a small portion of the many mics that were built by Des, who assembled and tested every production Crowley and Tripp Ribbon Microphone made.

Here's a shot of my ready, steady hand and a pointy brush trying to stay within the lines. Each Soundstage Image, Studio Vocalist, Proscenium, and el Diablo microphone was individually hand-painted by one of us. The Mercenary Edition el Diablo with the red and yellow inpainting was the most labor-intensive, taking about two hours total to complete the job.

The bikini logo was developed by Shane Estock and refined by Philip Lampe, then incorporated via laser etch or by cliosonne emblem on every mic we made. Chris Regan often did artwork layouts and proofs, Hugh Tripp got the proofs to the engraver and supervised the work, and Desiree would often fix the mistakes that the laser engraver would make, if possible. I painted a few and developed the idea of having a round negative space adjacent to the generally triangular, usually red logo. Rare green logos were hand painted to designate a few of the Roswellite versions of the stainless steel models such as SSI, PRC or SV, and I think I have one more unpainted body, which perhaps might get a blue bikini, or some other color for the Summer, which is fast approaching.