Newsjack

In a uncharacteristic display of being early to the game, I got a sketch on the first episode of Series 6 of Newsjack last night. My bit’s a sketch about the diary of recent home prisoner Abu Qutada, and you can listen again/see my name in the credits here.

Who says you can’t write on your phone on a train?

iCartoon 3

The final and my favourite of the cartoons: Mervin King and the economy

iCartoon 2

The second of my iCartoon submissions; this on ‘Fox & Friend

iCartoons

So a few weeks ago, I drew some topical cartoons for a competition in the i; they didn’t get very far so shall be posting them here.

First is on the recent Clarke and May argument.

 

The Royal Wedding Extravaganza

Is Sony’s admin password the Konami Code?

After this massive data breach of  the Playstation Network, Sony are really going to have to offer gamers something special to get them back on side:

hmm… maybe that won’t cut it…


(And seriously why has it taken Sony 6 days to mention people’s data might have been stolen? Did the hackers take the only copy of their customers contact info?)

Selection from Saturation.

Someone asked on Reddit if there was a way to make a selection based on saturation values inside Photoshop. I didn’t know of one, but the idea sounded interesting so I had a bit of a play.

Several trial and error events later and I’ve found a method that seems to work pretty well. You can use the ‘Difference’ blending mode on a desaturated copy of the layer to find the least saturated pixels, which can be used as a alpha channel. To save me explaining all the steps right now here’s a handy action to play with;

Saturate Select

The action should run through its steps and leave you with a new selection of the highest saturated pixels in the image. It’ll also save this selection as a new channel called “Saturation”. You can select the lowest saturated pixels by inverting the selection (or channel) and sorta tweak the ‘range’ by using levels on the saturation channel before selecting.

I’ll admit I haven’t yet found all that many uses for this selection; although if you open a photograph, select the most (or least) saturated colours then bring up the Hue/Sat control, you can make a more evenly saturated picture which can look pretty cool. Boosting the saturation of only the lowest saturated pixels means you can raise them a lot higher before it starts to produce artifacts.

Have fun, and if you find any more uses please leave a note in the comments.

Nokia & Microsoft

Nokia and Microsoft have apparently formed a mobile alliance to try to take on Apple and Google.

I have no idea what the Nokia WM7 phones will be like, but I want to get one solely to set this as my ring tone:

newnokiaringtone

Nothing to see here…


One could say Mubarak’s in de’ nile….

Silvio Bennysconi

Haven’t been good at writing here again…

Still here’s a picture of ‘Silvio Bennysconi’ to keep you going:

Obviously he's saluting the Italian Anthem; 'Yakety sax'