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A demonstration of the principle that Scientist != Geek [20100730|10:04]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Him: I had an encounter with the IT crowd in my department today. I went to ask them for a copy of CorelDRAW so I can make a figure.
Me: Really? Why don’t you use GIMP?
Him: That’s exactly what they said to me. I told them it was beyond me and they looked at me like I’d just done a poo in the room.

There is a long pause, in which I try not to look as though he’s just done a poo in the room.

Him: You agree with them, don’t you.
Me, diplomatically: GIMP isn’t that intuitive, I know, but it can--
Him: Oh, forget it.
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[User Picture]From: colubra
2010-07-30 10:18 (UTC)
I actually find GIMP quite handy. But if he's used to CorelDRAW, he should have a copy of it to work with.

Also, yes, I laughed hard at the above.
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[User Picture]From: bryangb
2010-07-30 10:35 (UTC)
GIMP is handy, yes, but whoever came up with that UI needs shooting!
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[User Picture]From: colubra
2010-07-30 10:56 (UTC)
Weirdly, I used Photoshop for a good long while- and stopped using it. Coming back to graphic manipulation, I found GIMP friendlier than Photoshop.

And yes, I say 'weirdly' because I know anyone using the software involved, regularly over the last decade, would say 'Photoshop is SO MUCH easier'. I blame myself, really.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-31 22:50 (UTC)
Yes, if you're only interested in creating something quickly then it's not worth working through the learning curve of a new programme.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-31 22:47 (UTC)
Good. One day I'll see you smile in person.

(PS I'm smiling now too)
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[User Picture]From: ginasketch
2010-07-30 10:34 (UTC)
bwa!
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[User Picture]From: ginasketch
2010-07-30 11:07 (UTC)
Also, can I have his job?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-31 22:44 (UTC)
Er, probably not. His job requires a PhD in a marvelously obscure subfield of physical chemistry.
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[User Picture]From: ginasketch
2010-08-01 18:28 (UTC)
poop.

I am lacking that on my CV, unsurprisingly.
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From: pbristow
2010-07-30 11:25 (UTC)
Ah yes, Gimp. I tried that once. =:o\

[SIDLES AWKWARDLY AWAY FROM THE SUSPICIOUSLY UPTURNED PHOTOCOPY PAPER BOX THAT IS SITTING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOM, AND... SUBTLY FRAGRANCING...]

[POPS HEAD BACK ROUND DOOR-FRAME] I'm still a geek, though! [VANISHES]
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-31 22:45 (UTC)
It's not beautiful, is it. Tis functional, though, if you can be bothered to wrangle it into doing what you want.
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[User Picture]From: smallfurry
2010-07-30 13:19 (UTC)
I think you should submit that to xkcd.

But I thought bloke did something sciencey as well?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-31 22:43 (UTC)
Oh yes, he does. He's also quite a good programmer. But he doesn't identify as a geek.
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[User Picture]From: becala
2010-07-30 16:37 (UTC)
Tee-hee. I think I got exactly the same oh-no-you-didn't look on my face as I read this.

I don't use gimp at home, however it's mostly because I already *have* a pirated version of photoshop, and all I use it for is the healing brush to correct out zits.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-31 22:42 (UTC)
I'm very bad at concealing my emotions, so I don't think I succeeded very well. (Also, I prefer Photoshop to GIMP but since GIMP is all I have at work, I cope.)
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[User Picture]From: chibaraki
2010-07-30 17:11 (UTC)
Even though I would self-identify as a geek I hate GIMP. I have to admit, though, that I hate it based on using it in the late 90s, and the UI left something to be desired.

Like the ability to be used by a human who was not involved in developing the UI.

I have made sure I had a copy of Photoshop lying around ever since.
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From: pbristow
2010-07-31 05:20 (UTC)
Yep, this. =:o{

Of course, the beauty of GIMP being open source is that we could always write our own alternative UI, more to our liking, and bolt it on. We'd need to design a layout for where to put all those controls, though... We need a decent graphics package, so we can mock up what we're proposing and discuss it. I looked at using GIMP, but I couldn't make sense of the U- [SUDDENLY VANISHES DOWN A RECURSIVE WORMHOLE]
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-31 22:41 (UTC)
The UI is still less than ideal. I use Photoshop out of preference, but since I only have it for the Mac, I make do with GIMP at work on the Windows boxes.
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[User Picture]From: helpful_mammal
2010-07-30 18:27 (UTC)
I'm alarmingly Luddite apparently in that usually if I want to draw things I use my ancient copy of PaintShopPro 8 that runs on my archaic and increasingly failing Windows 98 machine.

I don't need to of course. I could install all sorts of up to date things on the Windows 7 box I'm using right now. But I don't. Because I'm stubborn.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-31 22:40 (UTC)
Letting go of old familiar friends programmes, even when it's painfully obvious they're becoming obsolete, is very difficult.
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[User Picture]From: nationofsheep
2010-07-30 23:38 (UTC)
CorelDraw? ewww!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-31 22:33 (UTC)
If you know how to use a particular programme really well and you're short of time, learning to use a new programme isn't appealing. This is how we end up with science experiments that are still run with Fortran.
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[User Picture]From: jixel
2010-07-31 02:38 (UTC)

GIMP SUCKS

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-31 22:31 (UTC)
It's not my preferred image manipulation program by any means. I use Photoshop for the Mac at home. But GIMP is good enough for quick-and-dirty stuff on the Windows boxes at work.
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[User Picture]From: ginasketch
2010-08-01 18:29 (UTC)
haha
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[User Picture]From: senusert
2010-08-02 10:18 (UTC)
That made me laugh soooooooo much!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-08-03 19:56 (UTC)
:D So did I. (Later.)
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[User Picture]From: wiggyfish
2010-08-02 18:18 (UTC)
Oh, lawsy. I certainly identify as a geek -- I mean, how times have I shamelessly cracked on people in LJ for not understanding various computing topics? -- and I Just. Cannot. Be. Arsed. to learn GIMP. I've loaded and removed it a couple of times now. I'd balk if someone asked for Illustrator, but CorelDRAW isn't even expensive. Surely it's worth something like $150 to avoid seeing an uberspecialized chemist cry.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-08-03 19:58 (UTC)
Yes, one of them took pity and helpfully located a copy for him. The other two spent the rest of his visit arguing between themselves which open-source free drawing software was best.
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