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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Wonder what the New Year will bring?

I wish everyone a happy, joyous New Year!

Curious what the New Year will have in store for us? For one, based on Numerology it is going to be a very special year that carries the number 11/2. 11 is a master number and so amplifies everything that the number 2 represents. On top of it the last time we had an 11 year was in 1910, that is almost 100 years ago and few of us were around that time.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

2009 Monitor Calendar Strips

I finally printed my own monitor calendar strip for 2009 even though I created them early in October, but just never got around to print one. I originally created the calendars in 2008 and the feedback was so positive that I just had to keep on repeating it. I really like to have the calendar attached to the frame of the monitor, it is very helpful.

While I am on the subject of calendars. I also have the 2009 version of the popular dodecahedron calendar with different backgrounds. It is easy to make if you glue it in the right order.

My CD case calendars were quite popular Christmas presents. I give them to my friends and family in the case the first year and then I can them send refills the next year.
I created my version to be printed on double sided brochure paper (I get mine at Staples), this way there are not too many pages to cram into the case.

All calendar templates are free and you can download them at the following pages:
I can created custom calendars with your own pictures that you can then print out. If you are interested email me.

Monday, December 29, 2008

January 09 Wallpaper with and without Calendar

With December's changeable weather the lake did not stay frozen the whole time and this picture is from one of the warmer days when the ice was braking up. I hope that during the cool days of January it will remind me that it will get warmer again soon.

Wallpaper with Calendar

Wallpaper without Calendar

Monday, December 22, 2008

Happy Hanukkah

It is Hanukkah and I wish everybody happy holidays regardlesss of which holiday you celebrate. Have a wonderful time with your family and friends.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Grilling Crusty Chicken on the Foreman Grill

This summer I bought a Forman grill and have surprised myself at how often I am using it. It is perfect for a 2 person household and my frying pan and oven hardly get any use. I like the fact that the cooking time is half of what it would be on a bbq or in the frying pan.

I often made oven backed chicken as it uses less fat than pan frying, but how do you do that on the grill? Well, one day I had the inspiration. I mixed my breadcrumbs and seasoning and then I added 1-2 tablespoons of oil to the mix and coated the chicken pieces with the mix and it worked. I have tried it with chicken legs with the bone in and just the boneless thigh parts or breasts. The coating seems to stick to the chicken and turns out wonderfully crusty and any excess fat just drips away.

This is how the boneless chicken thighs
looked the last time I made them, yummy!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Using Icons as Pictures

I love fonts and pictures and icons. Recently I noticed that many icons come now as png files and they are really pretty. So, I have started to collect them as well as the regular ico files.

This week I have been using some of those icons as pictures for my posts. They are small but at the same time are perfect to convey the idea of the post. The image to the right is an icon.

I am curious if I am the only one who has started to use icons as pictures or if there are others like me. I would love to hear your answers and am looking forward to reading your comments.

I also use the ico files with my still Windows XP computer to help me find the folders I am looking for faster.
  • Right click on the icon you want to change
  • Select properties -> customize -> change icon
  • Now look through the default folder or browse to the folder where you have your downloaded icons save -> select your icon -> select OK
  • The folder will now display the new icon
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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Millennials - Generation Y Explained

Recently I came across another great article summarizing the Millennial generation also called Generation Y.

A few points to explain Generation Y (read the full article to get the whole picture):
  • craves personal development
  • pursues unconventional paths
  • values company culture
  • is not afraid to ask
  • embraces transparency
  • wants to do what they love

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Validation - Award Winning Short Film


I came across this 16 minutes short film today. Its positive message was so uplifting. The film uses the concept of validating a parking ticket to validating the person who has the ticket. I love to be validated like this.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Free Online Beading Pattern Maker

After the struggle I had to get my firefox icon pattern translated correctly for beads in Photoshop, I can totally appreciate the this free online site called Patterns for You.

The site translates the picture or photo for the 'loom, brick, peyote or right angle stitch'. I haven't tried it yet and so cannot report more about it, but I will definitely give it a try and then report back.

December 31/2008
I just tried to make a pattern and it did not work. Too bad, this would have been a great resource.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

Recently I came across this technique called 'Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and the more I read and learn about it the more I am impressed. I seems to go hand in hand with 'the law of attraction'. I created a page dedicated to EFT on my main website.

What is EFT? Here is a quick summary from Dr. Mercola's website:

EFT is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over five thousand years, but without the invasiveness of needles. Instead, simple tapping with the fingertips is used to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on the head and chest while you think about your specific problem - whether it is a traumatic event, an addiction, pain, etc. -- and voice positive affirmations.

This combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing positive affirmation works to clear the "short-circuit" - the emotional block -- from your body's bioenergy system, thus restoring your mind and body's balance, which is essential for optimal health and the healing of physical disease.

This video is a quick demo of the simplicity and non-invasiveness of the technique





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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Tips for good blog content

I just had been thinking about what to write next about on my blog when I came across this very timely and helpful article on Chris Brogan's blog called: 40 ways to deliver killer blog content

This is the first time in my life when my brevity with the written word and not the spoken word, you can't shut me up at times, is to my advantage. Keeping the blog article short and to the point gives your article a pretty good chance that it will be read as nobody has the time to read a 'book' online in a blog. I remember my first essay I wrote, in an English course I took at the age of 18 in Bournemouth, England, that had the teacher's comment on it: good but brief. First of all, I had to look up what brief meant. I also painfully remember what chore it was after the holidays to write thank you cards. My mother hovering over me and ridiculing me for not being able to express myself in writing. Well, all I can say not everybody is comfortable writing long essays.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Reminising - old TV Shows

I just got reminded me of my favorite episode of Benny Hill: "The fastest milkman in the West". A quick Google search told me that it dates back to December 11/1971 and was 4 weeks at #1 and 17 weeks on chart. Wow, that brings back memories, I was almost 19 that December and my English was my school English, not like today my every day language.



Monday, December 1, 2008

Paper Embroidery Cards

I came across this lovely link at Wide Eyed Wonderfuls with a lovely pattern for a Christmas tree done in paper embroidery. It is simple but the result is quite stunning.

I followed the pattern and made a card and promptly sent it on to Switzerland before taking a picture, I guess I was in a hurry. Then I had the idea of working with the design in Photoshop and created a background for the card from that one tree, print it out and then embroider it. I went through a few version and still don't know which one I like best. First I left the tree to be embroidered unprinted, then I printed it like the rest of the background and finally I reduced the saturation.

Then the embroidery part also went through a few version. First I had no sequins, so I used glass seed beads. Then once I got some sequins I had to give that a try.