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Before we get started, how about a big round of applause for Laura Heald, assistant to Bill Frakes and my awesome Guest Blogger yesterday. I totally dug her post (and so did a lot of other folks), and I particularly like her writing style. Very engaging! Thanks Laura (you’ve got an amazing job, and a 2nd career as a writer, too!)!!! Now, onto the news:

Share your favorite iPhone App: Maybe snag a $50 iTunes Gift Card
My buddy Terry White is running a very cool, simple, fun contest over at his new site, “BestAppSite.com” and all you do is share what you favorite iPhone App is, and you’re registered to win a $50 iTunes Gift Card. Easy enough (here’s the link).

Giving RC the Love (and tales of his midnight tweak)
My buddy RC Concepcion was listening when you guys pointed out the Arrow/Direction problem in new Portfolio design (link) and son-of-a-gun if he didn’t go in there and tweak the code so now it moves in the direction you guys felt it should. I also just wanted to thank RC Concepcion, and give him some love, not only for his helpful Q&A Tuesday about the new portfolio design, but for helping so many commentators with their questions as well. It’s an RC love fest (but a well-deserved one). Thanks RC and I agree with everybody else—you rock! (and I can’t wait for your class either!).

Dallas, Texas here I come!
I have nearly 400 photographers already signed up for my “Photoshop for Digital Photographers” workshop there on Friday, January 29th, so don’t miss out on all the learning and fun. Here’s the link—-come and hang out with me for the day—I promise to make it worth your while.

Oklahoma City, here comes Corey Barker!
Photoshop super genius guy Corey Barker is taking our “Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks” tour to Oklahoma City on Wednesday, January 27th (it’s just a few weeks away). If you’re out that way, and into Photoshop, you gotta check this day you—he will blow you mind (and you’ll learn so much your head will hurt). NAPP members go just $79, everybody else is $99. Here’s the link.

The Amazing Photography of Mark Zibert
Mark first caught my eye with his incredible series of ads he did for Adidas, and then Brad Moore sent me his link again this week, and I checked out his stuff once more, and just wow. What a combination of photography and Photoshop skills. Go check out his work if you have a quick sec (His Adidas stuff is there too). Totally cool stuff (here’s the link).

The First Blog Review of my Photo Recipes Live DVD/Book Combo is out
Although my new Photo Recipes Live: Behind the Scenes DVD/Book combo just came out last week, the blog “World Through a Camera Lens” has posted the first in-depth review. Here’s the link.

NOTE: I just got word that Amazon.com now has the Photo Recipes combo back in stock, ready for immediate shipping. Here’s the link.

Thanks it for today everybody!
I’m staying home today and working on a new book (if I go into the office, I’ll just sucked into an endless vortex of meetings), so while it’s unlikely that I’ll have a kick butt day, I sure hope you do! :)