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Author Archives: Leo Sopicki

Writer, photographer, graphic artist and technologist. I focus my creative efforts on celebrating the American virtues of self-reliance, individual initiative, volunteerism, tolerance and a healthy suspicion of power and authority.

Software Review: Xara Designer Pro X11


Xara Designer Pro X11 is an all-in-one design tool that handles bit maps, vector illustration, photo editing, page layout and website design/publishing. It combines the features found in Xara’s stand-alone products -- Xara Web Designer 11 Premium, Xara Page & Layout Designer 11, and Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 11 – into one package. I installed Designer Pro X11 and compared it to the competition in terms of user experience, features, and cost. Read More »

Five Tips for Maximizing Fun at Tailgates


LeeAnn Weintraub, LA-based registered dietician and nutrition consultant, is such a nice, caring, and considerate lady. In her recent nutrition column, “Tips for mindful eating at tailgates.” she gives thoughtful, well considered advice on how to totally ruin the experience. If you follow her advice, you might as well stay home, eat a salad with non-fat dressing and watch Oprah re-runs. Let’s make a few corrections to her "5 ways to eat right at tailgate parties." Read More »

AdobeMAX: ‘Moulin Rouge!’ Director Baz Luhrmann on Creativity


"The one or two times I've gone off course is when I began to believe that there was only one right way to create art, and there isn't." Read More »

AdobeMAX: Sneaks, and ‘Parks and Recreation’ Star Nick Offerman


Attendees at AdobeMAX love Sneaks. Co-hosted this year by 'Parks and Recreation' star Nick Offerman, Sneaks demonstrates currently in-development technology, which may or may not work its way into products. Read More »

AdobeMAX: Creating Impossible Worlds with Photoshop


My favorite Photoshop instructor of all time, Bert Monroy, took people on a search for impossible worlds at AdobeMAX. Read More »

AdobeMAX: Unleashing Your Creative Weirdo

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A model, a DJ, and sugar skulls highlighted “Unleashing Your Creative Weirdo” at AdobeMAX, and that was just before the break. This workshop was one of a series of classes, speeches, and hands-on practice available at the LA Convention Center, October 5-7. AdobeMAX brings together users of Adobe software, such as Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro, and Acrobat, with the engineers, developers and other people at Adobe Software who make the magic happen. Read More »

AdobeMAX: It’s Raining Apps in Creativity Land and in ‘Deadpool’

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If creativity glowed like nuclear radiation, the Los Angeles Convention Center and the adjacent LA Live could have been seen from Mars last week during AdobeMAX. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Room’ – Mothers, Children, and Abduction with Brie Larson, Joan Allen, and William H. Macy


'Room' will both scare you and make you cry. It is the best movie I’ve seen this year. It is two movies in one. The first movie is a tense thriller about an abducted teenager, locked in a 10 by 10 sound-proof garden shed as a sex slave for seven years. She finally has an idea of how to escape with her five year old child. The second movie is a psychological study of the effects of abduction, rape, and social and sensory deprivation on its direct and indirect victims. Both stories will grab you. Read More »

Interdrone: Fifteen Resources to Get You up in the Air with Your Own Drone


Want to become a drone expert? Here are some resources, provided at Interdrone, to get you started! Read More »

Interdrone: Drone Law – Intended and Unintended Circumstances

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John Abbey, a leader in technology and practices for law enforcement, exposed the crazy quilt of laws that make progress with drone technology difficult if not impossible. Read More »