Monday, January 30, 2006

Webinars and Seminars

I'm stuck in a "webinar" right now. It's one of those presentation type webinars where the first half hour is an advertisement for the company that's hosting. If I were queen of the world, advertising at the beginning of seminars/webinars would be illegal. Luckily it *is* a webinar and I'm able to go off and browse around when the presenters are repetitive, boring and or wearing too much the used-car-salesman cologne.

Friday, January 27, 2006

And I thought it was just two cents!


My blog is worth $2,822.70.
How much is your blog worth?

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Ugly Fat Clothes

I really do like Ulla Popken...usually. I buy more of my basic wardrobe from Ulla than anywhere. Most of her stuff is natural fibers and clean lines and I like that. Every once in a while, however, something like this comes along. A monstrosity of great proportions, and I'm not just talking about the size range! I can't even begin to tell you how much this article of clothing makes me want to puke. Maybe it's the print...or maybe it's the random strings of sequins...or maybe it's the length... I really don't know where to begin. It's just wrong in so many ways. I just want to scream, "Don't you dream of buying it," to the poor woman on the other end of the internet who thinks that it's a cool-hip-fashion-forward option for her fat self. I'm pleading with you....DON'T DO IT!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

NetFlix

I've been a member of Netflix for a little over a month. I lllllove it! Not only is it economical, especially in the winter months when we're more likely to be plopped infront of the TV, but it is also fast and fun! When I drop a movie in the mail, I get an email the very next day saying, "Received 'Wedding Crashers'. Later the same day, I get an email saying, "For Wednesday: Amelie" or whatever movie is next on my queue list. It's pretty slick! The distribution centers for Netflix are all over the country, so my returned DVD isn't traveling to New York and then back again which would take days and days turnaround. Quite the brilliant set up. I wish I had purchased stock in the company early on, really.

The fun is with the "friends" set up as well as the browsing and rating movies you've already seen. The friends area allows me to see what my friends are watching and to pick up ideas about what to add to my queue. They also have silly surveys in the friends area like, "Alexandra and Roger Ebert disagree on the following movies. Which movie did Roger love and Alexandra hate." Way fun!

Anyway, I can't recommend the service highly enough. Check it out if you haven't already. If you're already using the service and want to compare notes in the friends section, drop me a line at cat(remove this) AT (remove this)catay.com.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Worth a second...or third... replay

I set this up five years ago to honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. I get chills every time I hear the snippet used in this piece. Still as valid today as it was in 1968. While we're a smidge closer to equality now, there's a looooong road stil left to travel. Racism still exists in our country and what makes it even more disturbing to me is that it's hidden. You never *really* know where it is anymore until you witness it. Maybe it's in a side comment about how, "You know how *they* are." Or you get a smile when you're getting service at the oil change place, and the man behind you doesn't get nary a curved lip. Nothing is overt. It's there, but ya have to be acutely aware to see it. Yeah, well, don't get me started on the whole "hidden hatred" that is so pervasive in our society. Today is meant to celebrate and reflect upon the positive changes from the dream...

Friday, January 13, 2006

Darn it...I missed the UPS guy...

I've got a new toy arriving! A laptop! Wooohooo! Soon, I will be able to work and play on the go!

I suck...

Just sharing a little bit of my kitchen adventures...or misadventures as the case may be. I received a vacuum sealer for Christmas, the kind that you use to suck the air out of bags in order to preserve foods (or other items) from spoilage or pests. The other day, I went through the cupboard and sucked and sealed until I had most of my left over dry goods (left over chocolate chips, nuts, beans, grains, etc) compacted and preserved. The little bugs that crawl through the kitchen lookin' for goodies are going to hate me! Then I went to the fridge and sealed the dried and frozen fruit as well as cheeses. Who knew this useful little device would be fun, too? I had some left over coconut that went from a huge bag of fluff, down to a solid baseball size mass. I don't know whether or not the coconut will stick together and retain the ball shape. The day I cut the rip cord and release the coconut from its air-free home I will know. Come to think of it, I test vacuumed some grated cheese. Methinks that may actually retain the solid shape. Oops. Yeah, so fun!

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Illustration Friday - "Sea"

A first for me. I actually drew it on paper and then digitally enhanced it. I'm sure I don't know the easy way of doing that. It took quite a while to figure out how to convert the thing to accept fills, etc in Fireworks. Live'n'learn. See the full version here.
My last post was a bit "boring"...a wristband? C'mon...you could have these instead. Silly and fashion forward geeks unite! The sushi USB drive is soooo funny. Who knew? Oh, or how about these, for the softer side in you.

New Techie Gadget

Me likey this: a flash memory wristband!

It's oh so fashionable for the geek in me.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Maybe it's just me...

...but when I get the Pottery Barn catalog in the mail, I'm as excited as a teenage boy finding a Playboy magazine. Well, ummm...you *know* what I mean. It's all of the sweet lookin' displays that I know are "out of my league". (Again, just like the teenage boy with the swimsuit models?) We make decent coin, but I can't justify spending $2K on a chair that I can't even test drive. I love the classic styles, clean lines and muted tones. Luckily, there are accessories I can buy and pretend I'm buying the whole suite! Also, because of the relative simplicity of the designs, some things can be replicated on the cheap...thanks to my new found talents learned on HGTV. OH, and once in a while I find steals on Ebay. For our guest room, I purchased a linen duvet cover for less than 1/6 the going retail price. Sure, it was from two seasons ago, but you know, classic designs rarely go out of style. So, yeah, anyway, back to dreaming about my secret love...Pottery Barn.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

A feature to my site...

Sometimes, you just need to know your fortune. Use carefully and be wise. (I designed this for a different site, but it's too fun to keep locked up!)