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Posted on October 21, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Stuff I’m Selling

I’ve got a number of items set up on Craigslist that I really need to unload soon because I’m trying to get my old condo cleared out and ready to rent. I’ve decided to list the items extra cheap—far below what the items are worth—because I’m more interested in getting them gone than making much […]

Posted on October 18, 2010 at 7:13 pm

How to convert Stroke masks to transparency in Adobe Illustrator

Make no mistake that I am not fond of my office’s current logo. However, I’m setting that fact aside for the purposes of this post. And permit me to warn you, the reader, that the content of this post is aimed at those with a reasonable working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator. This isn’t quite beginner […]

Posted on September 20, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Fade to/from black on iMovie for iPhone

I’ve been asked once or twice how I pulled off a fade to or from black in the little videos I’ve edited with the iMovie for iPhone app since the app lacks the native capacity to do so. Until such time that Apple sees fit to add this functionality, the workaround is simple: just keep […]

Posted on September 14, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Gift card tomfoolery

I have a theory and wonder if anyone knows anything about this. I’m sensing that gift card vendors are doing an end-run around the rules, and unfortunately what I think they’re doing is probably entirely legal. In case you didn’t know, the State of Florida invoked legislation that requires no expiration on gift cards, and […]

Posted on September 14, 2010 at 11:35 pm


You’ve heard the phrase, “buy one, get one free.” Or maybe you’ve heard the shorter version, “buy one, get one,” or just BOGO. The full version makes sense, but the short version? If I buy one, I certainly hope I’d get one! After all, that’s why I’m buying one. If someone is giving me an […]

Posted on August 20, 2010 at 10:44 am

Understanding Ingredients

While at Subway for lunch yesterday, I noticed that there was a new flavor of Sun Chips: Monterey Jack and Sundried Tomato. I can’t help but to find this newcomer to be a bag full of fail. For starters, of all the past packages of Sun Chips, the color of this bag is the least […]

Posted on July 21, 2010 at 4:06 pm


an article by Lori Glase One of our intimate times together while dating provoked me to ask Lee one evening, “Can you imagine being monotonous—after all, this is ME we’re talking about?” What I meant to ask was: Can you imagine being in a monogamous relationship? I wanted to be sure he could see himself […]

Posted on July 14, 2010 at 11:10 am

Et tu, Blog?

This blog thing is quite the intriguing beast. I look at the prolificacy of posts on my two prior blogs (D.T.P. by Lee and Second Initial) and, in some ways, kind of miss doing that. Yet I know I am not likely to have the spare time for that sort of thing, at least not […]

Posted on July 13, 2010 at 8:02 pm

The Agency

I’m sitting in a McDonald’s Playplace watching Meagan and Adrienne on their little adventures, and was informed that the Playplace is The Agency. The purpose of The Agency is to guard against fighting, and anyone who climbs up the slide instead of sliding down is a criminal who must be apprehended. LOL

Posted on May 18, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Lens repair saga

Earlier this year, the Nikon D90 owned by my office took a tumble off a shelf and traversed nearly three feet of air before greeting the floor. The only significant casualty appears to have been the lens which now exhibits what I would describe as a back focus issue. Before the fall, the lens behaved […]

Posted on April 27, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Two years

Originally I was going to let it slip quietly by, and I’m certainly not going to make this notation every year—perhaps every five. But this past Sunday marked two years of the existence of this site, Of course it’s been my favorite of all the sites I’ve operated. Not just in terms of design, […]

Posted on April 20, 2010 at 10:56 am

AppZapper seems devious to me

Sometimes, you really just need to bite the bullet and admit the truth. Unfortunately, AppZapper isn’t going to do that. For many years, my practice has been to create a unique e-mail alias for every company with which I e-mail regularly or need an address for a registration. Presently, there are nearly 150 address aliases […]

Posted on March 23, 2010 at 10:29 am

Hey Subway—wanna make more money?

Dear Subway restaurants: you sell a product that is 99.999999% profit. You take a few pennies worth of herb leaves and sugar, dump them into several gallons of hot water, and sell this elixir by the cup for a buck and a half a pop. And yet employees say they’re only allowed to make one […]

Posted on January 26, 2010 at 10:33 am

Seven-year blogging anniversary

Today marks seven years since I posted my very first blog entry on Even though I used and phased out both that blog and, and I don’t frequently post here, the fact I still maintain a blog engine here at still validated the anniversary. And given how mobile I am these days […]