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Wednesday, January 31st

I have kooky ideas...

Jon
01.31.07 @ 01:36 PM CST
listening to: Fine.
feeling: Loveline.

Okay, here's today'd kooky idea...which I am documenting in case it ever comes to market, so I can sue the pants off someone.

They should integrate smoke detectors into ceiling fans. BOOYAH!

I am standing in this new home with this really nice dark wood ceiling and there is this ugly-as-hell beige plastic smoke detector right in the middle between two lights. Ruined the whole damn room. There you go.

Friday, January 26th

This week's new Mac User Tip...

Jon
01.26.07 @ 04:42 PM CST
listening to: Don & Mike
feeling: Fine. I love Macs.

Okay. We all know that although they are great, there is definitely a transition that has to occur when one starts using a Mac, and it can be frustrating and daunting for a little while.

Well, since so many of my loved ones are switching recently, I thought I'd start offering tips on the blog for all of you, since I am so, like, plugged in to baddass thing on the Mac.

This week's tip is: NeoOffice.org


NeoOffice is an Aqua-based (aqua is the interface layer of OS X that makes it all shiny and pretty) implementation of OpenOffice.org. OpenOffice.org is an open source office suite developed for X11 (a window system that runs on the Unix core that is running UNDER the shiny part of Mac OS X), which runs on Unix and Linux and stuff. ANYWAY. This version is built just for Macs and although it ain't as pretty as MS Office, it DOES work, and it DOESN'T crash as much...at least in my experience. AND. IT'S. FREE.

Boyah!

So, if you haven't gotten MS Office yet, or if you have an older version, such as Jocie and I, or if you get tired of Office crashing unexplainedly (as mine tends to do once in a while, until I stop everything I'm doing and fix it somehow), then go download and install it.

New Mac User Mini-Tip: Your new Macs came with a really fun, and by fun I mean useful, piece of software called OmniOutliner. It's a great tool for organizing your thoughts, writing, brainstorming, and making HUGE amounts of info manageable. I am going to start using it to make grocery lists, organize websites, manage lists, built outlines of documents I'm designing, etc... You should totally check it out. Especially since it came with a free license as part of your Apple Installed Software Bundle.

Going Cross-eyed

Nicole
01.26.07 @ 02:02 PM CST

So I'm not certain if that is how you spell cross-eyed but that is not the point. The point is that I have been spending the last few days working on a competition and now I have moved from computer work to hand rendering and I've got to say that too much time on either will drive your eyes crazy. Anyway, when the project is done I will snap a shot of it and post both mine and kevs so you peeps can see what we are up to in our last semester of college!!!!!! LOL

Friday, January 19th

Paintball on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Jon
01.19.07 @ 04:12 PM CST
listening to: Don and Mike

So, Jimmy Kimmel live last night featured a paintball segment, filmed at Hollywood Sports Park, and briefly featuring Ollie Lang (the 100,000 dollar man).

Go Watch it:
Jimmy Kimmel Paintball Part 1
Jimmy Kimmel Paintball Part 2

The only part that bugs me is that there is a shot in the end where someone gets shot from really close up. I'm sure they staged it...but it still kind of sucks to shoot and old dude in the face from 10 feet.

Thursday, January 18th

Work for a Paying Client...

Jon
01.18.07 @ 02:15 PM CST

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Just because it seems like I've been posting about my own projects or pro-bono projects and stuff like that a lot lately. I thought I'd put up some paying work too.

wink

Another new logo from Me!

Jon
01.18.07 @ 01:57 PM CST
feeling: Fine. I like it when I am smart.

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So, Jon Walker is starting a cleaning business, and he asked me to help him out with a logo because, apparently, the part of his brain that taught me how to be a designer is taking a long time to thaw out. Being as he's asking me to help him out on a pro-bono basis, I thought "Well, I'd better now spend too much time on this."

So, how's this look? Not bad for a quick idea. Right?

Snow

Nicole
01.18.07 @ 01:44 PM CST

It's snowing !!!!!! LOL Now back to work...angry, grr

NB- Classes started yesterday and seeing as the first one was canceled, the second one will have no homework and the Stewardson is going to be a walk through the park for the next 9 days. I think things are off to a good start.

Wednesday, January 17th

KeepOpen.com Logo...

Jon
01.17.07 @ 04:52 PM CST
listening to: Don & Mike
feeling: Sleepy.

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So, I have been working on the logo for KeepOpen.com, as many of you know already. I posted about it right before christmas. These two are the last finalists for the logo.


Really, I think we've decided on one of them. One of them really works better...but I can't let the other go out of an intellectual attachment to the simplicity of the idea.


Anyone wanna guess which one wins and which one loses?


Tuesday, January 16th

The "Other" iPhone...

Jon
01.16.07 @ 03:36 PM CST

Okay. So, I people are no doubt talking about the whole Cisco/Linksys v Apple/iPhone lawsuit thing. If not, here's the deal. Cisco is suing Apple over the use of the term iPhone, which it claims to own a trademark on.

Here's the POS that Cisco (well really Linksys, one of their subsidiaries) has pushed to market to fuck with Cupertino. Linksys iPhone

As you can see, it's crap. Everyone's going to sue everyone else. Bunch of Jerks.

In response to Mom's Query...

Jon
01.16.07 @ 09:32 AM CST

...here's how it works.

2250 per day is my target. That comes from my weight, height, my activity level, my target weight, and how long I want to take to lose it.

You use height/weight and activity level to calculate calories used per day. Then you figure out the defecit that you need to run in order to lose the weight you want in the time you want.

I'm tellin you, GO TO THE SITE. It's FREE. Get an ACCCOUNT. It's GREAT! It's www.Calorie-Count.com.

It's really clued me in to what the hell I am eating each day and why it makes me fat.

It also has a recipe analyzer, so stuff I make at home can be accurately analyzed, and the amount of it that I eat can be accurate too.

I discover new features every day. You shoud check it out.

Thursday, January 11th

Logging Food...

Jon
01.11.07 @ 10:19 AM CST
listening to: Loveline, as per usual
feeling: Fine. Tired.

foodLog (14k image)

So, as I've mentioned to a few people lately, I have been trying to log my food lately. It's the first step in me figuring out how much I eat every day, how many calories that is, and WHY THE HELL I AM SO FAT.

Anyway.

The idea is that by documenting everything, I'll be able to see where I fall down and maybe make some better decisions. The image above is a screenshot from the site that I am using to log all this stuff. It's a really helpful site. I like it a lot. It helped me figure out how many calories I use in a day, how many I take in, and how many I can take in if I want to lose the weight that I want to lose in the time I want to lose it.

Anyway. I decided to show you all a screenshot from my day yesterday. It wasn't too bad a day. I know I missed some things like cough drops, coffee, and a couple of sugar cookies...But I ate some food that I liked, I didn't make myself sick, and I almost met my target for the day.

I think I need to augment the amount of Hummus in my lunch salad. wink

Tuesday, January 9th

Preliminary Testing for ReBall Catcher...

Jon
01.09.07 @ 08:11 PM CST

So, in order to figure out how well a fabric based catcher would deflect the force of a reball, I had to do a little testing. I took video of it because, well, I am a dork. Duh.



Also - I used this as a handy excuse to figure out the whole Google video thing. Guess what, it's pretty easy...although they still won't let me put up the damn dolphin video. Maybe I'll just figure out the whole Flash video thing myself and say "fuck it" to Google Video.

Why Apple's Stock is at $92.57 today...(That's up 8.30% today.)

Jon
01.09.07 @ 04:04 PM CST
feeling: Stressed...


ReBall™ Catcher

Jon
01.09.07 @ 09:53 AM CST
listening to: Loveline
feeling: Fine. Frazzled. Tired. Whatever.

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So, in order to use the fancy (and very expensive) ReBalls™ that people got me for Christmas (thank you both very much) without losing them (because they are very very expensive), Keith and I decided to build a pretty sizeable ReBall™ Catcher. What you are looking at is the prototype...which has already seen pretty major revision. It's 6.5' tall and 5' wide, and it works about as well as I could expect.

I brought it home from the Croney's yesterday and reassembled it in our house so I could do some fine-tuning to the design. It's really fun to do things like pull the fabric around and see how it affects the balls as they bounce around in there, and how they collect in the bottom.

Once it's done I'll post video of me shooting the crap out of it in the backyard and you'll be able to see it in all its glory. wink

Monday, January 8th

"Real" "Art"

Jon
01.08.07 @ 10:57 AM CST
listening to: Loveline
feeling: Fine...tired of phlegm

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So, for my birthday, back in October, Jocelyn got me out first "real" piece of "art" and we framed it last night. I say "real" piece of "art" because although it is a real original, limited edition lithograph, numbered and signed by the artist, it is a poster design for a coffee shop, which depending on your view of art and design, may or may not be "art" per se.

But here it is, in all its glory. Our first original piece of art. Signed and numbered by Michael Schwab himself.

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Wednesday, January 3rd

Vista™ Schmista

Jon
01.03.07 @ 01:52 PM CST
listening to: None
feeling: Fine. I had a nice lunch.

davidPogue (14k image)Since we are fast becoming a family of Mac users, I thought I'd share this funny news item with all of you, which, before now, would have only been funny to me: David Pogue's New York Times Vlog review of Windows® Vista™.

Mr. Jobs had already pointed out some of these similarities at his last press event, but I thought I'd share anyway.

Now, Nicole, Dad, Jocie and I will go and enjoy some well deserved Mac snobbery. wink

missing you

Nicole
01.03.07 @ 11:39 AM CST

This is one of those times of the year that I miss everyone. I realize that I just got to see mom and dad and even greg over the break but I just have come to find that I miss everybody and while the blog does allow for some interfamily communication it just isn't the same. So I miss you (all of you- even Mabel).