Making a Modern Business Card

Business cards are still relevant todayBill Lee Photographer Business card tests, in the age of electronic address-books. Decades ago, it was a hassle to print up your own business cards. Today, you can print them at home or bring them to a myriad of printers. I wrote about what to include on a business card in my blog, focused on photography, and the business of photography, so I’ll simply reference it from here.

Frayed Helix

I’m not conventional. But I like tradition.

I push the limits; within limits.

Happiness can incite complacency.

Comfort can incite complacency.

Complacency can be comfortable.

It is easy to take happiness and comfort for granted.

Until it’s gone.

What is the next thing to push me out of my comfort range? What is the thing that will challenge me?

There is a big, wide world out there. Too many things to do and see in a lifetime. And yet, I haven’t moved fast enough to fill my life.

Or maybe I’ve moved too fast to allow my life to become filled.

I like to be on the move, but it is good to know where home is.

Some discovery needs to be done alone.  I have done that. Even more can be done with someone; that, I’ve yet to do.

Life is a constant challenge of balance. Finding the knife-edge of balance is one challenge, the other is maintaining it.

Maybe, balancing life is easiest when you have a partner to hold on to.

If you have a partner balancing you, it is too easy not to notice that you are not standing upright by yourself.

Until that support is missing.

Such are the challenges life outside the edge of convention.

Live life.

And appreciate it and those in it.

Tips for TripIt to Manage Your Travel Details with No-effort!

TripIt — Organize your TravelTripIt is an almost magical web service (with mobile apps available) that keeps your travel itinerary organized for you, automatically. If you travel, even a moderate amount, TripIt takes the load off your mind, secure in knowing that you have all the information you need while you travel. Here are some tips for using TripIt to consolidate all your important travel information with zero-effort!

TripIt basically does two things:

  1. Accepts travel confirmation emails and
  2. Build a detailed itinerary calendar

That is, you forward the travel confirmation emails from airlines, hotels, rental cars, etc. and TripIt builds an itinerary and maintains a personal calendar that contain all the relevant travel information from those emails.

This can be done without paying for TripIt. It has other features and TripIt Pro has even more features that maybe useful for frequent super-travelers.

No-Maintenance Usage Tips

To make TripIt into a no-maintenance tool, you should do the following: Continue reading Tips for TripIt to Manage Your Travel Details with No-effort!

Be a Little More Dashing in Your Text Communiqués

Again, I am off on a tangent. This is actually a tangent of a tangent (so I am way off course!).  If you care about typefaces and the look of your text communications on your computers and smart-phones, as I do, then you probably feel constrained by the limited typewriter character set in your electronic communication. Finding the exact character to look and act like you want can distinguish and beautify your communiqués. It turns out that things have evolved a bit since the typewriter days and, though keyboards doesn’t show this, there are a bunch of other standard characters that are available; double-quotes (“ and ” vs. "), single-quotes (‘ and ’ vs. '), ellipsis (… vs. ... —which saves also save you two characters in limited-length messages such as tweets and text-messages), and the topic of today’s post, dashes: hyphens (-), en-dashes (–), and em-dashes (—). I simply want to be able to enter these characters to make my messages look better, without a lot of tedium.

As tangents go, this led to more tangents; but here, I will try to distill these meanderings to something digestible and useful. So, first, a little about dashes then some howtos to enter the one you want on computers, tablets, and smart-phones you’re using

Dash, Dashes, and More Dashes

It turns out that dash/hyphen, en-, and em-dashes not only look different, they have different meanings. Reading through the Wikipedia’s “Dashes” entry reminds me of one of my peeves: when composing a document’s formatting, apply semantic formatting independent of how you want it to look (and address the look of the elements separately)—do not format content based on how you want it to look. (But I digress again…). Continue reading Be a Little More Dashing in Your Text Communiqués

Where to Blog? Consolidate!

In this blogging age (well, I might be a late bloomer) I have long anguished over where to keep my journal of the random thoughts that I have spread across several blogs. There are two conflicting issues that has driven my anguish:

  1. If anyone is following me on any of my blogs, then I do not want bore them with too much off-topic content.
  2. It is a pain to remember where to post what.

But, it turns out that I don’t blog consistently on any one topic—I’m kind of A.D.D. that way—and I don’t think anyone but my mom is reading this, anyway. I blog as an outlet to practice writing (your redlines happily accepted); with the practical side-effect of using the cloud to back up my memories. So, I have decided to consolidate. My future ramblings involving my sphere of interests will all happen here (except the startup/entrepreneurship and programming topics that I post on Cache Crew blog). Since I am using WordPress (blogging software), I can organize my interests by category and use tags to index postings. We will see how well this allows me keep the content organized, easy to follow, and simple to find. I plan to move the content from all my other personal blogs here as well, so I can find them all in one place. Continue reading Where to Blog? Consolidate!

“Unhack” Your Facebook Account

If you are lounging around at a café, Facebooking using their public wifi, note that a hacker with the right software can grab your login information and do you the favor of Facebooking for you, without your help. Realistically, his kind of hack is not very prolific, but it is easy to block, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Since Facebook makes this simple setting unduly difficult, the following is a quick step-by-step (as of July 4, 2011).

  1. Go to the “Account” drop-down menu in the upper right of your Facebook page.
    Facebook Account Continue reading “Unhack” Your Facebook Account

Gmail “Anonymizer”: Using Gmail without others knowing about it

Free email is always popular. With Gmail having been out for a while and all those nifty Google services which require a Gmail ID as a prerequisite, Gmail is more popular than ever. Couple with that its great Spam filtering and it’s no wonder why so many people use it. Even if you have your own domain or other email mailbox, the Spam protection, alone, might be a reason to switch to Gmail. Other reasons: almost unlimited mailbox size, fast searching of all your email, a single place to organize all your email, a single view to your mail organization from any email client (via IMAP), and versatile mail management via labels.

So, if you are going to use Gmail, here’s some advice on how to use it right. Continue reading Gmail “Anonymizer”: Using Gmail without others knowing about it

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