Everybody Cheats

Try as you might the fact is inevitable–one day you will cheat. Perhaps it will be out of habit, maybe under the influence of some person or event, but a decision will need to be made, and you will cheat. Some of you will feel immediate guilt & anguish. Others will try to rationalize their decision as if they were owed something. A few will freely admit their mistake, take their penance knowing they will simply cheat again. Then there is you. You don’t want to cheat. You don’t even think of cheating. You despise those who do cheat. You are a hypocrite.

When you text back & forth with your buddies while at the movies, you’re cheating everyone else from a good show.

When you berate your kids in public, you’re cheating their trust in you.

When you give in to an addict repeatedly because they’re family, you’re cheating their chance for recovery.

When you lie about your involvement with steroids, you’re cheating your fans.

When you drive recklessly in residential areas, you’re cheating your son’s safety.

When you sit there moping thinking, “Why me?” you’re only cheating yourself.

I freely admit I have my moments where I’m paralyzed by the sensory overload of my immediate circumstances. The “easy” decision usually presents itself as the one with the least amount of difficulty or risk, coupled with a desire to avoid embarrassment.

“What if I fail?”

“What will people think of me (if I fail)?”

Sometimes we just allow situations to sort themselves out by not making any decisions. We didn’t actively participate, how could that possibly be cheating? There’s a time for navel-gazing, but it’s simple to sow the seeds of our own self-doubt.

Many years ago, a good friend of mine stated very clearly, “Why don’t you just suck it up, and stop whining?”

My sister Lesli takes a simpler approach. She lives by the concept that she can live her life exactly the way she wants. Self-centered you might say, but then she is a Virgo after all. (Alright, quit with the giggling, can I help it if I dated an astrologist many MANY years ago?) I envy her brash decision making because she’s bold, and has taken adventures I’ve only thought about.

And that’s when I realize cheating is a choice, and choosing gives you control.

You can make a choice to work late hours or spend time with your family. You can make a choice to submit your resume for that job. You can choose to ask out that pretty girl or handsome guy. You can choose a Mac or PC. You can make a choice to stand around and accept your circumstance, or do something about.

Just don’t cheat yourself by thinking you don’t have any choices.

Heard Around the Interwebs

A few quick hits for Wednesday:

Ritz Camera the world’s largest camera retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday. Ritz operates some of its stores under the name Wolf Camera, and its creditors include Nikon & Canon. According to a post in DPreview, “Court papers suggest that Ritz Cameras owes over $40 million to its two largest creditors: Nikon’s US subsidiary Nikon Inc. and Canon USA, with a further $8.4 million owed to Fujifilm USA, a subsidiary of which owns around a third of the company. To put the $26.6 million owed to Nikon Inc. into perspective, it would represent somewhere in the region of 20% of Nikon Inc’s expected annual operating income.”

Discovered some great macro photography this morning via Twitter. Paul Burwell snaps snowflakes up close. Really close.

Scott Kelby’s guest  blogger today is Syl Arena.

Photoshop CS4 Update AND Plugin. Found via Rufus Deuchler’s blog, get the latest PS update, and for the Mac faithful download the plugin for disabling track pad gestures that rotate your canvas unexpectedly.

Until tomorrow…

DFW Events – Week of February 22nd

Here’s what’s going on this week around the DFW metroplex:

Sandy Puc Tots 2 Teens – Today at 4pm. The Tots 2 Teens Seminar Tour covers all aspects of creating, executing, and marketing a successful program that covers children 18 months to young teens.

North Texas Photo Club – Thursday, Feb 26th the NTPC meeting will be about White Balance & Metering.

Texas Glamour Club – Darryl Briggs is running a photography workshop this Friday evening, Feb 27th.

DFW WordPress Meetup – Saturday, Feb 28th at 4pm. There will be a presentation on WordPress 2.7, Q&A, and technical discussion.

Wild West Shoot Out! – Sunday March 1st, in AUSTIN, TX. Darryl Briggs heads south with the crew to shoot on location at the Enchanted Springs Ranch.

The Award for Worst Adobe Keyboard Shortcut

Hola dear readers! How are you today?

Maybe it’s the classes I’m teaching today (Dreamweaver then Lightroom), but I’ve got keyboard shortcuts on the brain. Here are some quick observations:

1. Why are the Preferences in Dreamweaver activated by CMD+U (CTRL+U) and not CMD+K (CTRL+K)? Was Dreamweaver Uninvited to the preferences party by InDesign, Photoshop & Illustrator? It’s not like CMD+K is used for anything in Dreamweaver right now.

2. Speaking of preferences, you don’t even get a keyboard shortcut in Flash, and CMD+K (CTRL+K) opens the Align panel? Oh… I get it. *channels South Park* “I want to align stuff… mmmm K.”

3. I thought “N” as a shortcut for the Survey View in Lightroom was bad until I saw CMD+B (CTRL+B) for the Review Mode (casually referred to as the Carousel View) in Adobe Bridge. Here’s how I remember those two diddys:

“Do you like taking surveys?”

No. Nobody likes taking surveys.”

That’s how I remember N for Survey View.

“It’s Best to review your images Before adding to your design.”

That’s how I remember CMD+B for Review Mode in Bridge.

What shortcuts do you find particular annoying or hard to remember?

DFW Events – Week of February 15th

It’s Wednesday, which means we’re halfway to Friday, which means the weekend might as well be here. If you’re in Dallas then you may want to attend some of the following events scheduled this weekend:

Dallas Digital Photography Club – Saturday, Feb 21st the club will be at the Ft Worth Zoo for an early morning photo safari. Tickets are going fast so register right away if interested.

DFWAUG – In case you miss the photo safari, also on Saturday, Feb 21st, my good friend J. Schuh will be delivering an over-the-top-you-gotta-see-it-to-believe presentation on After Effects. Not only is J. a skilled animator, expert After Effects dude AND charismatic speaker, his very presence will single-handedly crush you if you’re not paying attention.

Texas Glamour Club – Darryl Briggs is running another series of photography workshops this weekend beginning Friday evening, Feb 20th. The featured model is none other than hometown favorite Sheena Lee.

If you know of any community events happening around the DFW metroplex, feel free to message me so I can add them to my weekly announcements.