Editing pics on the run

John Gushue
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An easy way to edit photos, a Newfoundland expat’s musings from Arkansas, and a digital archive of one of the best magazines ever made. We’re going to hit every single one of those in the next few paragraphs, in our weekly tour of all things digital.



I use Photoshop at work for cropping and handling digital images, but I don’t have a professional photo editor on my Macbook and some of the other devices around the house. My go-to solution is Pixlr, a web-based editor that is as easy as pie to use, and powerful enough to handle any rudimentary image-editing task. Consider this as a bookmark if you’re, say, uploading to Facebook or needing an emergency crop. The downside? As mentioned, it’s web-based, which means you’ll need to have an active connection, which I’ve found limiting when a wi-fi link is nowhere to be found.

Planting Dandelions


Kyran Pittman has published a memoir of the same title, about how she had an arts-rich upbringing in Newfoundland (her father is the late poet Al Pittman) and wound up living in a tidy slice of suburban U.S. The companion blog features Pittman’s look at daily life, and the subtle joys and amusing frustrations that play out. Pittman is a deft hand at blogging; indeed, the humour and insight she displayed in her first blog translated into magazine commissions and, in time, this book itself, which comes out in April. Look also for Pittman’s Twitter feed: she’s worth the follow.


Spy, on Google Books


Launched in 1986, Spy was unlike anything else on the magazine stand: it was smart, laugh-out-loud funny, sarcastic, insanely well designed, and stacked with clever featurettes that no one else was doing. Yet. Quickly enough, though, Spy’s style and features were emulated elsewhere, and plenty of writers (me included) and designers were strongly influenced by its issues. Spy eventually sputtered out, but it’s not been forgotten. Now, the whole lot — including the final weak issues put out by another team — have been digitized and available to read, for free, via Google Books.

Brain Pickings


The slogan for this page involves “eclectic interestingness from culture’s collective brain.” It’s one of the sites I like to check from time to time, for a jolt of the unexpected, a spiked bit of pop-culture refreshment, and news of things I almost always have not yet heard of. Brain Pickings is for people who have one, and who also like to relax.



LOL, as in laugh out loud. Chances are quite good you will have laughed out loud at least once after you’ve scanned what this site has to offer. As with a lot of what passes for humour on the web, be prepared for things that seem designed to get a giggle from a frat brat.



Can’t get enough movie news? Add InMovies to your buffet for news, reviews, trailers and more on upcoming films.

Evil Mad Scientist


Forget the stereotype of the myopic guy with frizzed-out hair and the white jacket; this is science with a far more up-to-date point of view. Case in point? The Eggbot, which does the most creative, eye-popping things to a regular old egg. That’s just the start: come here for enthusiastic encouragement to make things on your own, from materials in the garage to Lego to geektastic hardware.

Daily Grape


Everyone has an opinion on wine, and Gary Vaynerchuk gets paid for his. His site, Daily Grape, makes it possible; you can find free content on syrahs here and cabs there, but you can pony up a little money for the advice in his regular newsletter. Not in the mood to spend? Look for the free app, which might be helpful as you explore the world’s wines.

John Gushue is an online editor with CBC News in St. John’s.

Blog: johngushue.typepad.com

Organizations: CBC News

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Arkansas, U.S.

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