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Saturday, December 13, 2003

Holiday Crafts

If you are looking for some craft activities to keep the kiddies busy on vacation, Neat New Stuff points to a host of things to do over at Better Homes and Gardens.

Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Crafts...

Tips for making your own giftwrap, ornaments, wreaths, and stockings, and some holiday crafts for kids, too. Follow the navigation bar for ideas for Christmas entertaining, handmade gifts, etc.

[Neat New Stuff]

Friday, December 12, 2003

New Sunflower Items in my CafePress Store

I added a new branch to my CafePress store this evening, featuring my photo of Canyon Sunflowers taken at the Theodore Payne Foundation last June. The mission of the Payne Foundation is "To promote and restore California landscapes, and habitats, propagate and make available California native plants and wildflowers To educate and acquire knowledge about California flora and natural history."

Other photos taken on this trip can be seen in this photo gallery.

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Career-Op: It's ok to leave
by Douglas E. Welch, ComputorEdge Magazine

A high-tech career is not an easy path. It is fraught with pitfalls and a somewhat dubious record for great success. You can find yourself struggling with bad technology, bad people and bad companies. Worse still, you can find yourself struggling with your own thoughts, hopes and dreams. Despite my immersion in high-tech for almost 20 years now, I would be the first one to tell you, it is ok to give up. It is ok to walk away from a high-tech career. It is ok to find something more meaningful, more rewarding and, hopefully, more lucrative.

Digital photography storage units...with music!

The folks over a Gizmodo highlight 2 products that can help you take even more digital photos, while also listening to your favorite tunes. A device like this could come in really handy when you are on a long vacation, like we are about to take. Basically, these device contain memory card readers that can take the pictures off you memory cards and copy them to the hard disk of your music player. A great way to get multiple functions out of one unit.

The iPod: a digital photographer's best friend
MobileWhack points to an article by Derrick Story on MacDevCenter.com about using the iPod (with Belkin's memory card reader attachment) as not just a digital... [Gizmodo]

40GB portable hard drive/card reader/MP3 player
New from Vosonic, a portable 40GB USB 2.0 hard drive with a built-in 6-in-1 card reader (for storing photos when you run out of... [Gizmodo]

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Help feed abandoned animals

Here is another site where you can help by clicking once a day or whenever you have the time.

The Animal Rescue Site

Click on the link to provide .6 bowls of food each day. You do not need to provide any information and will, therefore, receive no spam. They also provide a host of ads that help them in their work.

iMovie training videos

If you have been wondering what you can do with that iMovie program that is included with all Macs, here are some video tutorials to get you started.

Stupendous Software releases six free iMovie tutorials online
Stupendous Software had released six free iMovie tutorials available for viewing online and for download. The tutorials are entitled: Textured Backdrops, Basic Compositing: Masks, Grainy Black & White Look, Intermediate Compositing: Glow Outline, Intermediate Compositing: Blue & Green Screen, and Silent Film Look.

More info and links here. [MacDailyNews]

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

A bit of Winter fun

Flash snowman-builder
Build your own snowman using Chris Guy's snowman-builder.

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Monday, December 08, 2003

TechTVs Top 20 Gifts

You could buy me just about anything on this high-tech gift list, especially #4, the ExiSlim Camera and #11, the Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel SLR. WooHoo!

TechTVs Top 20 Gifts

Win a SLAPPA HardBody CD Case

You can win a free SLAPPA HardBody CD Case from BlogStakes.com (and I can win one , too) by visiting the BlogStakes site.

Sunday, December 07, 2003

Favorite Holiday Videos and Books

Here are links to some of my favorite holiday book and videos. If you have never read the original "A Christmas Carol" by Dickens, I highly recommend it, along with the "one man show" reading by Patrick Stewart. We have seen him perform it live on several occasions and are always thrilled. The return of Opus the Penguin to the comic pages will hopefully result in a re-issue, maybe even on DVD of "A Wish for Wings That Work," a wonderful, if somewhat "bent" Christmas story. Emett Otter's Jugband Christmas is a lovely story from Jim Henson which contains a unique set of character, great music and a wonderful story for the holidays.

Multiple links indicate VHS/DVD/Book where available

A Wish for Wings That Work | Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas | How the Grinch Stole Christmas! | Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer | A Charlie Brown Christmas : The Making of a Tradition | A Charlie Brown Christmas | A Christmas Carol