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Here’s some stuff to lead us into the weekend:

  • This first thing had virtually nothing to do with Photoshop (but plenty to do with photography), and it is so funny that I just have to turn you onto it. Rate Your Music.com released their picks for the “Worst 100 Album Covers Ever” and it is just a riot—not just the awful covers themselves (which are stunningly bad), but their hilarious comments about them as well (which are totally R-rated by the way, so if you go there, don’t say I didn’t warn you). There are names on the list you’d expect, like Donny Osmond, and Menudo, but some will really surprise you. Trust me; this will start off your Friday right! (here’s the link). Thanks to my longtime buddy Jim Workman who sent the list my way.
  • There’s a fascinating article in the current issue of Scientific American from Dr. Hany Farid, called “Digital Forensics: How Experts Uncover Doctored Images” and it’s really worth a look. I spent an afternoon with Dr. Farid a couple of years ago, as he showed me some of the techniques and technology he, and his colleagues at Dartmouth, are developing and it was really just amazing. Here’s the link.
  • I’m excited to announce that Barnes & Noble Bookstores have put together a special promotion rack, in all their stores, featuring some of my technology books, with a special 30% off deal on them until the end of June (the rack is shown above; photo by Glenn Bisignani). By the way, The Vista Book on the bottom shelf isn’t by me. That one is actually written by my buddy Matt Kloskowski, and Kelby Training Director Kleber Stephenson, but somehow those rats weaseled their way into my metal rack when I wasn’t looking. Anyway, if you get a chance, stop by and pick up oh, say four or five copies.
  • If you want to go into the weekend with a little inspiration; how about something different: some photo journalism. Each week MSNBC.com runs “The Week in Pictures”, and it’s a small collection of fascinating, heartbreaking, funny, hopeful, tragic, and awe inspiring photos from around the world. Sometimes there’s some heavy stuff there, but you’ll also find some that’ll make you smile, and you’ll always see some really great photo-journalistic photos in their short gallery. Here’s the link.

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  • OK, I couldn’t leave you with all that heavy-stuff, so how about a really dramatic photo of a really cool car (The mini you see above). It’s from UK-based automotive photographer Tim Wallace (I’ve talked about Tim’s work before here on the blog), and Tim’s got some really fantastic images, so if you’ve got a sec, check out his site (Ambient Life) by clicking here.
  • One last thing: I had hoped to compile your comments on ideas for the next versions of Photoshop and Lightroom into a survey/poll that we would post, but unfortunately we won’t be able to get it up until next week. Thanks so much for your patience on that.

Well my friends, that brings to an end another exciting episode of “Friday Stuff.” Tune in on Monday to see what a new week brings. Have an absolutely Kick-Butt weekend, take lots of photos (and do your best to get it right in the camera) and we’ll see you here next week. Ciao!