Monthly Archives: March 2009

13 Year Old Boy Sleeps with Two Teachers

Teacher-student relations, how close is too close? Just when we thought the string of teacher and student sexual relationships was cooling off we get bombarded with this one.

At bountiful Junior High School in Utah two teachers are being accused of having sex with the same student. The sexual relationships are said to have sprouted from personal conversations to the exchange of sexual text messages and phone sex. Accused teacher #1, Linda Nef, a Utah studies teacher and cheerleading adviser. Accused teacher #2, Valynne Bowers, teaches math.

Both of the teachers have admitted to having sex with the boy for the last year. Both Nef and Bowers were booked into the Davis County Jail. Maybe the two can share a jail cell where they can cat fight over the 13-year-old. Both have said that they were unaware of the others relationship with the boy.

The investigation so far indicates that none of the sexual acts took place on school campus. Instead, the teachers allegedly went to the boy’s home, parking lots or parks. I’m curious to know where this boy’s parents were when his lady-friends were inviting themselves over to his house.

In today’s society our kids learn about sex from an early age and begin having sex at an early age. Given the mindset of a teenage boy in America this teenager would probably be labeled as ‘lucky’ amongst his peers. Chances are he was a willing partner for both women but at what age is he mentally capable to make such a decision? Is the boy a victim or not? Another thing to consider, gender roles, what if the teachers were male and the student was a 13-year-old female.

Now, for a full-grown adult woman to want to have sex with a minor is perverted and disgusting. There may be deeper, more personal issues for both women.

The statistics show that since 2007 there have been at least 10 other Utah teachers or school employees/officials charged with engaging in sexual acts with students.

Lil Kim on Dancing with the Stars

Lil Kim flaunted her ballroom dance moves last night on the two-hour season premiere of Dancing with the Stars. Lil Kim is a former prison inmate, poster child for plastic surgery and naughty lady rapper. She seemed an unlikely casting choice for the show but so was Steve-O. This season of Dancing with the Stars has already been full of injuries, casting replacements and unlikely contestants. Most of the typical Dancing with the Stars viewers aren’t even aware of who these contestants are. It would seem that Dancing is trying to rope more viewers and growing their audience.

This season has also introduced new rules. Introduced this season is a new rule that allows the bottom two couples another chance to dance off against each other to determine who is knocked out of the competition.

Lil Kim was given the debut performance jumping off the season right. She danced with partner Derek Hough and performed the cha cha cha. The performance scored 7-7-7, making it 21 out of 30. In an interview Lil Kim dished about prison and failthfully watching Dancing with the Stars every week.

This season will be one to watch and has already been full of unexpected drama and twists. You can watch Dancing with the Stars Monday on ABC starting at 8/7c.

Airbrushing skin with Photoshop

Photoshop is used by graphic designers and photographers alike. One of the most popular techniques of Photoshop is airbrushing. You can see airbrushing used everyday in magazines as well as in photography and on the Internet for certain advertising campaigns.

Creating perfect porcelain skin on everyday photos is an easy with Photoshop. In this tutorial you will learn how to easily and quickly create that airbrushed photo effect on your portraits.

Keep in mind that there are many different ways to create the airbrushed skin effect in Photoshop this is only one of them.

Before and after results.
before-and-after

The photo we used was a stock photo from stock.xchng. You can download the photo here .
start

Once you have you photo opened in Photoshop select the Healing Brush tool. The healing brush tool is great for masking under eye circles, acne, moles, age spots and scars. I used a size 19 brush with 75% hardness. Alt + click an area close or near to where you want to cover up and then paint over the blemish. I used the healing brush on the models’ mole, cheeks as well as underneath the eye.
heal-brush-example

Next, go to Layer > Duplicate Layer and name the layer Airbrush.
duplicate-layer

Set the Airbrush layer opacity to 50%
50-opacity

Now we’re going to blur the top layer to get that porcelain skin effect. You should zoom in pretty close to the skin so you can see the details. Filter > Blur > Surface Blur. You still want to see the details of the skin such as fine hair and some pores but you want to get a really creamy texture for the skin. The settings used for this photo were Radius: 25 pixels and Threshold: 30 levels.
surface-blur

We don’t want the surface blur effecting anything but the skin in the photo so we’re going to paint only the skin. Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Hide All. With your layer mask selected you’re going to paint over all of the visible areas of skin. I chose to use a smaller size brush with 75% hardness.
layer-mask

The end result should be a portrait of our model with perfect, porcelain skin.
end-result

Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer Playing at SXSW

Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer is an Indie/Pop/Power Pop group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Band members include Rachel Minton, Vince Ratti,
Matt Celeste, Jon Lyons, and Rinaldo Sidky. Releases include Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer (2002), Jalopy Go Far (2003), The Popsicle EP (2004), Unicorns, Demos, B-Sides, and Rainbows (2005), Set the Ray To Jerry, Duet All Night Long, and Schematics.

Check out the SXSW forum to get up to the minute info on SXSW, or click here to see a complete list of bands playing at SXSW 2009 music festival. SXSW takes place in Austin, TX., starting March 13.

Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer Playing at SXSW

Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer is an Indie/Pop/Power Pop group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Band members include Rachel Minton, Vince Ratti,
Matt Celeste, Jon Lyons, and Rinaldo Sidky. Releases include Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer (2002), Jalopy Go Far (2003), The Popsicle EP (2004), Unicorns, Demos, B-Sides, and Rainbows (2005), Set the Ray To Jerry, Duet All Night Long, and Schematics.

Check out the SXSW forum to get up to the minute info on SXSW, or click here to see a complete list of bands playing at SXSW 2009 music festival. SXSW takes place in Austin, TX., starting March 13.

Zola Jesus Playing at SXSW

Zola Jesus is an Experimental/Pop/Post punk artist from Madison, Wisconsin who is otherwise known as Nika Roza Danilova. During live performances, this artist is accompanied by Dead Luke on synths, Lindsay Mikkola on bass, and Max Elliott on floor tom. Releases include Poor Sons (2008), and Soeur Sewer (2009). Record labels include Sacred Bones, Troubleman, and Die Stasi.

Check out the SXSW forum to get up to the minute info on SXSW, or click here to see a complete list of bands playing at SXSW 2009 music festival. SXSW takes place in Austin, TX., starting March 13.

Zoe Playing at SXSW

Zoe is a group from Mexico City, Mexico. Band members include León Larregui (vocals), Sergio Acosta (lead guitar), Jesus Baez (keyboards), Angel Mosqueda (bass guitar), and Rodrigo Guardiola (drums). Releases include Zoe (2002), Rocanlover (2003), Memorex Commander (2006), and Reptilectric (2008). Record labels include Noiselab in addition to Sony Music.

Check out the SXSW forum to get up to the minute info on SXSW, or click here to see a complete list of bands playing at SXSW 2009 music festival. SXSW takes place in Austin, TX., starting March 13.