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Earth Hour in 10 Minutes!

Posted on Saturday, March 29th, 2008 at 7:50 pm

Hey guys! It's Earth Hour in 10 minutes, and I'm psyched! I hope at least some of you try as best as you can to shut off things that you don't need on. Rock on, guys! Everything will be going off in my house, except the fridge - I can't really unplug that one for several reasons. Have fun in the dark, guys!

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Posted In: General Stuff, In the News

Stuck At Home, Sick

Posted on Thursday, March 27th, 2008 at 10:59 pm

So yea, everyone's been getting sick lately, and now I guess it's my turn. I got sick a couple of days ago and I was coughing, sneezing, had a runny nose, headache, and all the other good stuff. I was already sick about 2 weeks ago, and now it has returned to get the best of me.

Being sick has also thrown off my mood to want to write more blog entries, and every time I'd try to write something, I either can't think of what to write, or my writing would sound all weird, like it probably is now.I hope to get better very soon and post some more things. I've been putting together a list of things to write about, and planning some more Photoshop tutorials that I think many of you will find interesting.

I'll beat this cold in no time, and I'll be in full-blown blog action very soon!

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Posted In: General Stuff

Toilet Paper Mysteries

Posted on Saturday, March 22nd, 2008 at 2:20 pm

Toilet Paper RollHave you ever wondered why so many different types of toilet paper exist? Well, I definitely have, and it bothers me, to an extent. There are soft ones that are quite comfortable to use, and there are really thin and rough ones that can rip a new hole on your behind!

We have Charmin, Cottonelle, Quilted Northern, Scott, and a whole bunch of others probably not worth mentioning. I just don't understand who is fine with having really thin toilet paper where you have to use twice the amount anyway for it not to fall apart in your hands.

If you've noticed, public restrooms use EXTRA THIN toilet paper that are also a lot narrower than what we usually use. Imagine the discomfort and anxiety this causes to those who have trouble with such toilet paper. There have been some health related issues that I've heard about such as the lint from the toilet paper not being healthy for some reason.

Personally, I prefer to "be kind to my behind," so Cottonelle gets my vote - though Charmin and Quilted Northern are good too. I imagine that for all those that are lazy (1000 sheets!) and are concerned with the lint, prefer the Scott brand. I guess there can't ever be that "one" brand that's just right for everyone. What do you guys prefer, and why?

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MacBook Pro is Here!

Posted on Saturday, March 22nd, 2008 at 2:01 am

Yep! The MacBook Pro that I purchased less than a week ago has arrived, and I'm super excited! I haven't opened the box yet as I've been very busy with things, but it will be getting a whole lot of attention from me, very soon! I've been waiting for my very own notebook computer of mine, and now the dream has come true.

I look forward to many excellent times with this machine, and I am ready to face the challenges that are set before me. Being able to do everything on the go for the first time will probably be a bit strange at first, but I look forward to many new creative doorways opening up. Let's see how my adaptation to the portable world effects me in the time come.

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Posted In: General Stuff, Technology

Early Morning Rush and Keeping Order

Posted on Wednesday, March 19th, 2008 at 2:25 am

Alarm Clock - Time to wake up!Don't you hate it when you wake up in the morning and nothing is working out for you? Things not in place, no hair jell, books to pack, lack of new cloths to wear, etc. These are the things that most people usually go through on a tough morning. Today wasn't a good day for me at all.

To start off, I didn't even sleep properly. I would sporadically wake up every hour for about 6 hours with different dreams each time. I usually remember my dreams but I was so disoriented when I woke up, nothing stuck in my head! That sucks because I like to recall my dreams throughout the day and try to figure them out and such.

This morning I had Photography class and absolutely nothing was packed and ready. I had to print out an assignment with a bunch of photos, get my class notebook ready, and prepare my camera and tripod. So yes, I went to class without my notebook. For another class of mine, I ended up not really being prepared because I was supposed to have something completed that I thought wasn't due until a later date. More after the jump...

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Posted In: General Stuff, Productivity

Exercising & Eating Right = Staying Healthy

Posted on Monday, March 17th, 2008 at 7:28 am

A set of dumbells that can be used for many physical acitiviesSo you're probably thinking this is just another "eat right and work out" blog post, but it's different because this is my version of it all. I believe that the significance of staying healthy in life cannot be expressed enough! It's important to always have new sources of motivation, and other people's perspectives on such matter.

Exercising is beneficial in so many ways but people still fail to take action no matter how aware you make them. Even to this day, the importance of nutrition and exercise is not emphasized enough in our school systems (at least here in the US). Children don't get the proper exposure to things like how much fun it could be to participate in healthy activities.

Sooner or later, I believe that the obesity epidemic of America is gonna get so bad, the types of actions would have to be taken that absolutely no one will like. Yes, there are many complications in people's lives, but there's still not enough effort being put towards bettering children's lives through activities and education. More after the jump...

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Posted In: General Stuff, Productivity

Puchased a MacBook Pro!

Posted on Monday, March 17th, 2008 at 1:22 am

MacBook Pro 15″Well, after a few months of thinking about purchasing a MacBook Pro, I've made the move and bought it! I current run on an iMac 24" (the last model before the Aluminum ones) with a 500GB HD and 2GB of RAM, which is a phenomenal machine!

The MacBook Pro that I ordered has a 15.4" display, 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo chip and 2GB of RAM. It originally came with a 250GB 5400RPM drive but I "upgraded" to the 200GB 7200RPM drive. I spoke to a lot of people about the speed increase causing warmer temperatures and shorter battery life, but I don't think it'll be too much of an issue.

With this machine, I'll be able to go mobile for the first time in my computing history! Now I can finally leave my room to work on things like designs, blogging, homework, and all creative things! I hear that the wait is the worst part about getting a new Mac, and honestly, I'm super excited!

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Posted In: General Stuff, Technology’s Great Customer Service

Posted on Sunday, March 16th, 2008 at 4:10 am

Amazon.comI recently ordered a Garmin navigation system and apparently something was wrong, so we had Amazon send us a new one. This was achieved all online in less than 10 minutes, without making a single phone call. I got an email response early in less than a day saying that they will be sending out a new unit as soon as possible with One-Day Shipping.

So then it was time for me to print the shipping label so the defective unit could be sent back, but that link was expired for some reason. In their email, they have this thing that asks if all of your questions were resolved. If you click no, it takes you to a page where you can either have Amazon call you, or you can contact them via email. More after the jump...

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Photoshop Tutorial: Reflective Metallic Text

Posted on Wednesday, March 12th, 2008 at 5:59 pm

Here is a tutorial on how to create fancy looking text on a nice base and a background. One can use this technique for things like advertisements or layouts, or to just simply grow their Photoshop skills!

If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments in general, don't hesitate to post in the comments.

View the tutorial after the jump!

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Posted In: Design & Code, Tips & Tutorials

Book Review: Humble Masterpieces, Everyday Marvels of Design

Posted on Monday, March 10th, 2008 at 7:24 am

Humble Masterpieces: Everday Marvels of DesignI went to the MoMa (Museum of Modern Art) for the first time a couple of days ago, and it was great! I spent most of my time on the 3rd floor where all the photography and architecture & design areas were. Naturally, I was impressed, so when it was time to leave, I spent a few more minutes in the design store where I chose to purchase this book over the others.

Everything from the Post-it note to the Condom is covered in this book. With short historical descriptions of how each product came about, you learn about the fact that almost everything we use on a daily basis today was invented within the last century. If you're ever in the need of starting a conversation, you'll get plenty of ideas from this book. Everybody loves interesting facts - why else did the Snapple Facts under the caps become such a success?

Featuring 100 different items, this book is definitely something every designer and non-designer should own for the reason that you learn to appreciate it all in a whole new way. Come on, who wouldn't want to know that the amount of wire used to make Slinkys since 1943 could wrap around the earth 126 times (and growing)? More after the jump...

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Posted In: Design & Code, General Stuff, Reviews, Technology