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An idea for a secure locking system for safes/doors/mobile devices

I haven’t heard of this done before, so I figured I’d share it with the world.  I’m not really interested in going through the patent process, and would much rather see the world be secure than make money.  It isn’t exactly a “brilliant” idea, anyway. Take a look at your cell phone; if you’re like […]

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The pervasive nature of mobile technology, and those who trust it.

It is fairly common now for someone who have a cell phone, even in rural areas.  Internet access is standard, as well; people either buy their own, use the free wifi at Starbucks/McDonalds/Insert-Sit-Down-Establishment-Here, or leech off their neighbors.  People live vicariously on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. What few realize is just how far you can […]

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Why Bearded Dragons Make Great Pets

The above cutey is Knob.  She’s also known as Knobbins, Knobetta, and on occasion, “poop bucket”.  She is among the best things that have ever happened to me, and I am proud to say I am definitely one of those “pet parents” when it comes to my baby, Knob. She was a gift from my […]

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The reasons why I support Child's Play

‘Tis the season for me to annoy you about Child’s Play Charity, so I’d like to delve into a few reasons why I support this charity the way I do. The first one many people already know; I used to be a sickly kid myself, and spent plenty of time in hospitals getting poked and […]

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Busking for Charity!

This weekend (11 AM to 2 PM, Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting) I’ll be busking in downtown Hannibal, Missouri for the Child’s Play Charity.  Every tip you toss in will be used to purchase gifts for kids who are sick and suffering.  This charity has a special place in my heart, because I was at […]

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Case Study: Commissioned T-shirt design

Recently I was contacted by a friend at my college Alma Mater, Hannibal LaGrange College, about designing a t-shirt for the theatrical ministry group “New Edition”. I had done some work for them previously (flyer design for a children’s show for the theater department), but this would be my first paid gig. Understanding that a […]

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A tutorial for quick, striking B&W digital photos

When I first pursued photography, it was on the 35mm film medium.  We shot black & white, typically ISO 400 in my Photography I class.  Good times were had, and the output was pleasing (even though it was a real PITA developing everything by hand myself in the darkroom - poor eyesight is NOT conducive […]

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Confessions of a Newspaper Graphic Designer Pt 3: When to give in

Sometimes, you’ve got to say “good enough”, and move on. Actually, you’ll be saying that a lot - especially with the current economic state - given the nature of the newspaper design industry. You’ll be heavily pressed for time, and resources are limited. Odds are, you are going with one of the lower-budget stock art […]

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Confessions of a Newspaper Graphic Designer Pt. Deux - "The Lingo"

If you want to become one of the elite - a design monkey for a newspaper (hah, yes, that’s funny) - then you need to not only walk the walk, but talk the talk. This should give you an introduction to some of the terminology used in the newspaper world, as well as a few […]

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Confessions of a Newspaper Graphic Designer

The world of graphic design in the newspaper industry is much like the idea of surgery in the movie (and subsequent television series) M.A.S.H.; your job is to get it done quickly and effectively. Finesse and perfection is a luxury that typically can’t be afforded. I’ve been working in the newspaper industry for 2 years […]

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