Archive for October, 2008

Nashville, TN… Land of Country?

I’m heading to Nashville, TN tomorrow evening and I’ve never been. I’m trying to compile a last-minute list of 5 things I must do while I’m there. A must is good food. I’m looking for a great BBQ joint, which I think is more of Memphis’ deal, but I’m open to seeing what other cities do. Anyone have some tips they want to share?

Nashville, TN

Nashville, TN

Simple Logo Design Fix!! It’s called “Make My Logo Bigger Cream”

Make my logo bigger cream. Say what?

The funniest website I’ve seen in a while talks about logo design and how you can make it bigger with a simple solution: cream. It also talks about white space spray eliminator.

Make my Logo Bigger Cream

Make my Logo Bigger Cream

Deep down… it’s a design firm behind the madness.

Subliminal Messaging in Cascadian Farm Packaging

What an intriguing idea Cascadian Farm had. Thanks to bloggers like Bread & Honey, a secret in their packaging was discovered. If you notice underneath the Cascadian Farm text, you’ll see green grass and hills. Hidden in these hills are two faces!

See for yourself:

Cascadian Farm Jam

Cascadian Farm Jam Label

Two faces buried in the hills

Two faces buried in the hills

Now that the secret’s out, looks like the package redesign won’t include the faces anymore. Sad… I kinda liked it.

Broccoli packaging:

Broccoli Florets

Broccoli Florets

Broccoli florets up close with faces

Broccoli florets up close with faces

Web Design: K E R N I N G

Didn’t realize how much I fail to overlook the kerning of my words. For those of you who don’t know, kerning is letter spacing within a word(s). A great site that made me aware of my web design blunder is: http://www.maxkerning.com/. Note to self: must pay attention to detail.

Max Kerning

Max Kerning

Passive-Aggressive Notes

Passiveagressivenotes.com might just be my new favorite website. It’s a website dedicated to people who get their point across in a rather well, passive-aggressive way. Example:

Passive Aggressive Note

Passive Aggressive Note

Ever leave notes around the house? Share ’em with the World!

Came across this cute website today. It’s called Spousenotes.com, which is a place for spouses to upload notes left by their significant other.

Spouse Notes

SpouseNotes.com

Website redesign

Desperately trying to get myself to design a comp and code my new website. My current one, while it’s better than my first one, it is pretty drab and boring. I think a personal website that showcases who you are should include:

  • Social networking
  • News feed (if you’re going to be religious about updating, otherwise forget it)
  • Short blurb about you
  • Area of expertise
  • Resources/links/blogroll
  • Portfolio (if you’re a designer or in a different field that would require one)

Really Cool Kitchen Gadgets

I stumbled upon this website today while I was at work searching for blog designs. It’s a website dedicated to the latest kitchen gadgets on the market.

Check it out: http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/category/home-gadgets/kitchen/

Steak Toaster

Apple Picking + Pumpkin Carving = Fall

I am so excited about Fall being here. 🙂 I even had an Octoberfest party at my place last weekend to celebrate the cooler season, which I love. It makes me happy when I see the trees filled with vibrant orange and red leaves. I also love it when I have the chance to drink apple cider. It’s one of those seasonal treats that I always look forward to, like eggnog. I also welcome the opportunity to carve pumpkins, which I’ll admit, I haven’t always gotten around to. Who says pumpkin carving is for kids? I don’t know what I’d do if I lived in an area that didn’t have seasons. Knowing how I am, I like change and having four seasons makes life that much better. I would get tired of living in an area that has pretty consistent year-round temperatures.

Also, with this being Fall 2008, it marks the one year anniversary for me and Marcus. Our relationship began last year as Fall was ending and Winter was just starting up. It’s been the best year of my life and the most stable one by far. I have never felt so confident about where the future is headed. Having a stable job, a stable relationship, and a stable income to support a roof over my head are all things I cherrish about my life.

Cooking: Wok Fried Rice

Does anyone know how to make a flavorful fried rice or know of a recipe that I could follow?

Wok Fried Rice

Wok Fried Rice

Here’s what I’m thinking for ingredients:

  • Scallions
  • Garlic
  • Rice (preferably brown)
  • Onions
  • Soy sauce
  • Egg
  • Carrots
  • Snow peas
  • Salt & pepper
  • Oil
  • Protein like shrimp, beef, or chicken
  • Bean sprouts

I’m having trouble figuring out the process and order in which I cook up my ingredients. Suggestions, tips, and recommendations are welcome! 🙂



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