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Hi everybody. I'm here at Photoshop World in Orlando, Florida, and today is Pre-con day, so the pre-conference workshops kick off this afternoon; all the instructors have arrived; the show floor is taking shape, and the keynote stage is almost done, and well----there's just a lot of excitement in the air (especially when I hobble down the hallways at the hotel and other instructors see me on crutches, and break into laughter). Don't forget to catch Jennifer Bontempi's live blog reports, (we just call her "J-Bon") which starts today (here's the link), and if you see me scootin' down the halls, make sure you say hi, and make, at the very least, the obligatory "break a leg," joke. It just never gets old. ;-)Wish you all could be here! See ya tomorrow. :)

I know we've all heard about stuff like this before, but reading an article in yesterday's Tampa Tribune really brought it home again. On Thursday, Tampa Police arrested three baggage handlers for Continental Airlines and charged them with selling digital cameras, iPods, Cell Phones, and laptops they allegedly stole from passenger's checked baggage at Tampa International Airport. But it was what they said they were getting for the stolen goods that really freaked me out. For a digital camera, they got $50. Fifty bucks for your 5D! Fifty bucks for your D3. Fifty bucks for your D300, or 30D, or Mark III and your lenses. I know I shouldn't be, but I was still stunned. Now, I know many of you read FlyingWithFish.com, and you know better, but for everybody else, I hope this is reminder that when you fly your camera gear needs…

This would have a made a great April Fools joke, if only it weren't true, but check out what's available for sale, brand new in a box from Adobe on their online store; That's right---PageMaker 7.0. I'm not joking---here's the link, go and see for yourself (it's $499 for the full version, but you can get the upgrade starting at $79, depending, of course, on which version of PageMaker you're currently using). Now, seeing this brings up a number of questions, the first being, "Why is it there?" There can only be one logical explanation---people still buy it. Think about it---if nobody bought it, Adobe certainly wouldn't be stocking it, they'd remove the product from the store, and that would be the end of it. But it's there, and I even added it to my shopping cart just to see if it's for real,…

Yup, it's true. I'm on crutches, with a knee-high boot/splint on my leg. I sprained my foot, and fractured a small bone in there as well, while walking on my treadmill last week, so I'm hobbling around on crutches for the next few weeks, and yes---I'll be doing the Photoshop World keynote on crutches. I'm not sweatin' it though----it's like my father always used to say about things like this, "If this is the worst thing that ever happens to you, you'll have a great life." :) So, if you see me hobbling around, or cruising in a sleek pimped out scooter, make sure you give me one of those, "Break a Leg" lines. ;-)

Jennifer Bontempi will be doing live posts during the whole Photoshop World Conference & Expo, giving you a behind-the-scenes, live from the show look for everybody who couldn't make it to Orlando this year. She's kicks off her posts tomorrow (here's the link) starting with the pre-conference sessions, through the keynote Wednesday morning, to the sessions, Expo floor—you name it. Also, Rod Harlan over at DVconfidential.com will also be doing a live video blog from the show as well, so check that out right here. If you're doing any reports from the show, make sure you let me know so I can let other folks know. See you tomorrow! :-)