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February 21, 2009

More Prayers Needed for Rick Slaven

AzColt's cancer is getting worse

One of the first POTD sites I submitted to and won was Rick Slaven's AzColt.com site. As many of you know, Rick has been battling brain cancer over the past few years and having small victories with many surgeries. But it's appearing the surgeries have not been enough.

His site went idle around January 22, 2009 and doing some research turned up the following posted two days later by former member Mark Westake on Shutterbugs.biz:

Hi mARK,

Im really sick...I have been falling down and I am now like I was before the first brain surgery.....Next Friday I am going back in to surgery again as the tumor is growing....this will not cure it but it will give me some more time....feel free to pass this on my brother....


He had the surgery on January 30 and Mark received this from Rick's wife Marilyn the next day.

We didn't get the results we were looking for. The tumor has spread farther into the brain. The surgeon said he has done all he can. He inserted some radioactive wafers & closed him up. Now we can only hope to buy him some quality time.

That was three weeks ago and I have nothing further.

Sickness and death are all part of this sinful world we live in, but through prayers we can still appeal to the Almighty God, Creator of this universe for His healing on Rick. At the very least, I pray that Rick's remaining time will be full of joy, peace, comfort, and the love of his family and friends.

He has meant a great deal to the POTD community and will hopefully be able to contribute even more.

Keywords: azcolt  rick slaven  
Article posted by: Kevin L. Kitchens on February 21, 2009 00:23 

February 24, 2009

Olympus Unveils the E-620 DSLR

Features new in-camera creative options.

Olympus seems to be blurring the lines between DSLR seriousness and point-and-shoot convenience with the pre-PMA announcement of their new E-620 camera. They've added new in-camera artistic filters including Warhol-esque pop-art, pin-hole emulation, and more.

The E-620 will be available in May 2009. [MORE]

Keywords: olympus  e620  dslr  
Article posted by: Kevin L. Kitchens on February 24, 2009 13:18 

Two New Olympus Flash Brackets

Designed to work with the E-30 and E-3 Live View

Due this summer, Olympus has sent word on two new flash bracket options specifically targeting their E-3 and E-30 cameras. [MORE]

Keywords: olympus  e3  e30  flash  
Article posted by: Kevin L. Kitchens on February 24, 2009 13:24 

Corel Painter 11 Preview

Next version of digital art program due tomorrow.

Corel held an online webinar today to unveil details of their soon to be released Painter 11 software. Painter 11 will ship digitally tomorrow and in "earth friendly" boxes on March 18. The electronic version will cost $30 less for both upgrade and full versions. An academic version is also available for only $99 (provided you qualify). [MORE]

Keywords: corel  painter  digital darkroom  
Article posted by: Kevin L. Kitchens on February 24, 2009 13:41 
Last updated by: on February 24, 2009 13:41

February 25, 2009

Adobe Updates Photoshop CS4

Version 11.0.1 Patch Released

Adobe has released an update to its Photoshop software, available immediately for existing Photoshop CS4 users. The Photoshop 11.0.1 update addresses key issues reported by customers that may impact performance. The update also includes the following enhancements: the ability to correctly recognize 3D textures edited by plug-ins; improved quality of Auto-Blend Layers (Stack Images); and fixes for issues that can be caused by corrupt fonts or when pasting formatted text.

The Photoshop 11.0.1 update is available as a free download for existing Photoshop CS4 customers at http://www.adobe.com/downloads/updates/ or through the Adobe updater via the application itself.

Direct links to the downloads are:
Mac: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4291
Win: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4292

Keywords: photoshop  digital darkroom  
Article posted by: Kevin L. Kitchens on February 25, 2009 09:18 
Last updated by: on February 25, 2009 09:19

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