New Addition to the Lukaszewicz Family Tree

My son Robert and his wife Jackie increased his branch of the Lukaszewicz Family Tree by one on Friday, August 22, 2014. Gavin Robert Lukaszewicz entered the world at 10:22AM, presenting at 7 lb. 5 oz. and 22 inches long. Both mother and baby are doing well. Gavin makes me a grandfather for the fourth time and he’s also the first grandson. Welcome Gavin Robert Lukaszewicz.

Gavin Robert 6 lb 5 oz
Gavin Robert – 6 lb 5 oz

Saturday Morning at Starbucks

Grande - Bold and Black
Grande – Bold and Black

Starbucks is one of my go-to places to read my on-line newspapers and just relax with my favorite brand of coffee. I used to visit a store about four and a half miles from where I live, however, Starbucks opened a new store just over a mile away. This new store is much more convenient and there is a lot less traffic to contend with getting to the new Starbucks as well.

Since I’m always making photographs, making one of my morning coffee is not unusual. What’s different about this one is the post-processing treatment; cartoon style, a style that I always like to play with. I have several apps that manipulate photos in this way. Comic Life 1, 2, and 3, Halftone, and Adobe Photoshop Elements allows a lesser variation of this as well.

I recently downloaded an IOS app named ToonsCamera. What Toons-2makes this app different from other cartoon type photo-processing apps is that this one applies the changes live, on-the-fly. As you shoot your video and as make your still shot. Pretty neat, huh? Of course you can massage any photo that you have in your IOS devices photo library.

Not bad for a $1.99 app. I was actually able to grab it while it was for FREE on iTunes for a few days. That freebie is now $1.99.  Still a very worthwhile purchase. I can see this blossoming into a more upgraded app as the developers get more positive feedback from users.

The developer is Code Organa, L.L.C. and the app requires IOS 6.0 or later, and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod. The app is optimized for iPhone 5, and works very well on my iPhone 4S.

Comcast… Finally a good report

A few days ago, I came home in the afternoon and my Internet and cable television were both down on my Comcast (xfinity) service. This never happens in the afternoon. Usually, I will experience an outage late at night, and always in the last five minutes of Boardwalk Empire, The Bridge, or some other late night show; like clockwork. They must have an automatic reset of the network at the same time every night; hey Comcast, how about 3:00AM instead? But, I digress.

Xfinity (Comcast) Account App
Xfinity (Comcast) Account App

Trying to call Comcast at that hour or any hour for an outage is always an effort in futility. However, I remembered that Comcast updated it’s apps recently so I decided to bring up the Xfinity My Account App on my iPhone.

After launching the app and signing in, I was pleasantly surprised. There it was, right on the screen, Multiple Outages. I didn’t have to drill down through many pages of data and questions, it was all right there on the opening page.

The best part was I did not have to spend any time on the phone with the Comcast “trouble-shooter” reading from their script … Comcast – unplug the cable modem.  Me – will this make everyone else’s cable  on the block come back? No thanks, no patience anymore. For the price I’m paying for service, you should have a truck parked in front of the house just in case I have an outage.

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