I printed out the jQuery code of the sample gallery template that I want to use for my ePortfolio. It’s definitely more advance than what I am learning. I am thinking maybe I should find another template, but I really like the one I found… Maybe I will borrow an actual book on jQuery and see where it takes me, then decide.
I have also been practicing my calligraphy skill. Good handwriting is a useful skill to have. Being able to make art out of handwriting is even better. So far, I am doing the basic font, Chancery Italic Hand. The pen I am using is Sheaffer Viewpoint, medium 1.5mm nib size. I brought it
on a total impulse after going ga-ga mode on fountain pen discussion with the store owner at Sunset Stationary. It is pretty much an economy student pen. Pretty good for what I am doing. The flow is smooth most of the time. The soft grip is nice, though I must say that I prefer heavier pens. Viewpoint is a pretty cheap pen make of plastic, and it is far too light for my preference. That’s what happen when you buys things impulsively, I guess. Once I move pass the basic Calligraphy font, I think I will invest in a higher end pen, one made of metal – I have always prefer metal even when I was just a high school student doing basic drafting my architecture class. The weight gives a sense of sturdiness to my drafting pencil that I really like… but back to Viewpoint – I don’t use the pen as much as I should, but the ink don’t dry or evaporate into a mysterious black hole. Can’t say the same for my VFM pen, whose ink cartridge empties itself without me even using it once. I just brought a Pilot Parallel for an artist friend though, and after reading the review and seeing the pretty pictures, I want another pen too! But I must not. It is not an expected expense at current time – in the future, yes. Currently? No. I must save for Adobe Create Suite! Every $20 must be carefully spend! Budget must be follow!
Ownership vs Subscription
Speaking of Adobe Creative Suite, I got a bit irritated after researching about the recent trend. I know about Adobe Cloud for a while, but after recent readings, it seems like Adobe is planning to stop selling the program itself and sell subscription instead. Digital subscription is not true ownership. It is one of the reason I am not a big buyer of ebook despite being a bookworm. Digital subscription and digital ebook are link to the manufacturer, and they can cut off that link. Amazon, for example, have taken ebooks from customers before. Fortunately, with ebook, there are ways to severe that connection once you purchase it. I, for one, like to keep a copy of every ebook I purchased. A digital subscription of an entire program by a company like Adobe is a bit hard to do so. Quite frankly, with the numerous cyber attacks – particularly DoS, I wouldn’t want any thing related to the operation of my professional material depended on the network connection and safety. If I am paying hundreds of dollar, I want to own the program for sure. I want it to operate at all time, at all situation, and at my computer without connection to the web. Fortunately, there is still old version of Adobe Creative Suite on online website like eBay and Amazon. Unfortunately, after this, I will probably not update my own Adobe for a long time. Better yet, I may switch to Corel and other alternatives where I can keep a physical DVD copy. After all, I am just buying Adobe now because I am taking classes at community college and wants to take advantage of the student discount. So far, the program I have been using have been Gimp, Inkscape, and Scribus for my portfolio. As a free open-sourced program, they are actually quite good and gets jobs done for people who may have budget problems.