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Ganesha, the Hindu God recreated by using hair, clay, and a mannequin head

Recently my sister began attending cosmetology school in Scottsdale, Arizona. One of their most recent projects was to choose a person or figure to create using a bald mannequin head, and supplies they were able to find. She had a few days to think about what she was going to create, and gather her tools and items needed to fabricate her figure.

Over the last decade or so, she has developed a keen interest in eastern psychology and spirituality. I can relate with her; for a few semesters in college, I studied eastern psychology, with an emphasis in Buddhism. There’s a wonderful peace and balance within it.

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December 14, 2012

Millions of children went to school this morning, lunch pails packed, shoes tied, and some with umbrellas over their heads. Skipping down the sidewalk full of cheer and glee, not a one of them fearful of a crazed lunatic entering their school, strapped with four different firearms, and a bullet-proof vest. Today, a 20-year-old man entered a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school and opened fire. In his wake, he left 26 innocent humans murdered in cold-blood, 20 of which were children no older than 10-years-old. Our thoughts, our hearts, and our prayers go out to all of the victims today.


December 13, 2012

Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who received the prank phone call from an Australian radio station about a week ago, was found by her work colleagues hanging from a scarf on a wardrobe door in her hospital living quarters. ||| Xiaojie Li is going to have one heck-of-a lawsuit on her hands directed toward the city of Nashua, N.H. Ms. Li was reportedly tased after finding a work around to avoid the city’s strict policy limiting customers to purchasing only two iPhones. ||| Yesterday Google’s CEO claimed that the war between Google and Apple is over, and that Google had already won. Well, if the iPhone’s Maps apps are any indication, he’s right. Google released it’s own maps app on iOS AND is letting developers use its SDK within iOS. ||| Dropbox appears to be hinting at a wonderfully sounding future for the company. Today Audiogalaxy (the popular music syncing service) posted to their blog that they had been acquired by the file sharing service. ||| Is NFC the next big thing in tech? Probably not, but that’s not stopping London busses from accepting payments via the immature technology.


December 12, 2012

Hello world! Those were the words uttered from the very first tweet posted on Twitter by the Pope himself. Is it ironic the tweet came on the day that is “divinely linked” to 12/21/2012 as the day we’re to find out how we’ll meet our demise? ||| Google CEO Larry Page claims the beef between Apple and Google is over, and Google won. ||| Flickr rolled out a (from what I hear) much needed update to its iOS app this morning. Now even more people won’t know what they’re missing. ||| I’m looking forward to the day I get to drop Netflix, and it appears to be right around the corner. Redbox notifided us all today that they’ve partnered with Verizon and will be releasing a streaming service in the near future.


December 11, 2012

Two Boston College professors recently wrote a paper on how statutes in the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) technically makes checking your Facebook and Twitter at work illegal. ||| Alex Seroplan, one of Bungie’s original Halo creators is hard at work on Morning Star, a new game for iOS. What do you bet this title is going to be a must have. ||| Apple TV is finally on adding in Bluetooth compatibility. Word around town is that Tim Cook is planning on allowing Bluetooth connectivity for mice and keyboards.


Frank Gore seen sporting a dead Miami Dolphin on his sweatshirt

Before entering Sunday’s contest, the Fins were 5-7, and had pretty much solidified their chances of not making the playoffs. They’ve struggled all season long, and anyone with half a brain has seen it. On the other hand, the Niners were 8-3-1 and barring a signficant turn of events will cruise into the playoffs with no problem. Their defense is league leading in some categories, and their offense is having their best season since Steve Young and Jerry Rice played in “The Stick.” It goes without saying Vegas had San Francisco as one of the two largest spreads leading into the game. Being a Dolphin fan, I wasn’t too excited to head into Candlestick Park to watch the trouncing that my beloved Dolphins were likely going to endure.

I was however somewhat jazzed up because the 49ers have always been a fun team to watch, and since entering the league in 2005, Frank Gore has been one of my favorite running backs (and perhaps all around players) to watch. And now that I’ve relocated to San Francisco, I’ve become an even bigger fan of the beast.

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December 10, 2012

Millions of fans in the United States and its neighboring country to the south mourn singer and reality star Jenni Rivera, as she was tragically killed in a plane crash. ||| Officials report that Nelson Mandela, the 94-year-old former South African leader is doing very, very well after being admitted to the hospital last Saturday to undergo tests “consistent with his age.” ||| Barcelona’s Lionel Messi may be the best soccer player ever. Yesterday, Lionel Messi broke a four-decade record for the most goals scored in a calendar year. ||| 30,000+ signatures have been collected on a petition at Change.org urging California’s University system to forego using their newly designed logo.


December 7, 2012

The Hollywood sign hasn’t always been all glam and glitz. Logodesignlove digs deep and teaches us that the reason it still stands in the hills can be attributed to Hef, the man himself. ||| Jerry Sandusky has his fight back. Sources told ESPN today that Jerry’s lawyer is seeking a “less harsh” prison setting for the convicted molester. Right… I’m sure many of those kids he sodomized requested less harsh settings too.


Our good friend Rob gets antiqued pretty badly.

Everyone has that friend that when drinking passes out first. And everybody has the friend who (when they pass out) passes out really hard. For me and my buddies, those friends are one person. Rob. That’s right, he does both. And he does both well.

One night, Andrew got the idea to antique Rob. I wish I could say that it was my idea, but it wasn’t. This is the result of antiquing Rob. Bless his heart.

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December 6, 2012

It’s official; I’ve lost all faith in modern music, and even more in the organizations we put in place to “rank” music. Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe has been nominated for Song of the Year. ||| Do you have a really great idea for an apparatus to pick brocolli out of your teeth? Here are 8 alternatives to the popular crowdfunding website, Kickstarter. ||| In an interview to explain how he’s bringing iMac production over to America, Apple CEO Tim Cook drops a little knowledge on why mobile software head Scott Forstall was let go.


Where is the email client with forward and back buttons for quicker navigation

Right now I’m using Sparrow and am convinced that it’s the best native client out there for OSX. Sparrow is extremely fast, intuitive, and best of all, it incorporates a number of Gmail’s shortcuts making it easy to use right out of the box. Speaking of right out of the box, Sparrow set the precedent for easy account setup within email clients.

But this post isn’t about what email client is best, it’s about what all email clients in my experience are missing. Forward and back buttons so that I can quickly get back to messages I was just viewing. Has this been done before? I haven’t seen it on the market, and I’ve tried and used several (if not every) email client out there for Mac. Has an application I quit using implemented it in recent versions?

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December 5, 2012

Dave Brubeck, legendary jazz pianist and composer died at 91 today, one day before his 92nd birthday. ||| If you’re like my friend Blake, you have a lanyard attached to your cellphone in case you misplace it, or more likely, leave it in a bar. Worry no longer; StickNFind has developed a tiny sticker that syncs to an app on your smartphone that lets you locate lost items. ||| Apple’s streaming music service, iRadio (rumored to launch in early 2013) is not being warmly received by major record labels. Apple has yet to sign a major record label to the product.


The new Myspace – holy futuristic social network Batman

After watching the promotional video on their homepage, I quickly developed an immense amount of anticipation for the the new Myspace. Well, wait no further, I received my invite a couple days ago. Anxious to see what exactly they’ve done, I hightailed it to the couch, grabbed the laptop, and clicked on the “confirm invite” link in my email.

What I was greeted with was an absolutely beautiful user-interface, complete with clean lines, well-chosen typefaces, and a very unique horizontal scrolling timeline. Interestingly enough, I had a initially wanted to implement horizontal scrolling for Gifft.Me, a side project I’m designing. However, I was quickly talked out of it by the engineers building it after a brief explanation that Internet Explorer didn’t have an elegant way of allowing this functionality to be easy to use. But, I digress.

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December 4, 2012

After receiving a $100 pair of boots from a NYPD officer, Jeffrey Hillman once again roams New York’s Upper West Side shoeless, and cold. ||| Mashable releases the 10 biggest stories of 2012, even though we’re still nearly one month away from 2012 being over. Poor December. ||| Why the hell not? BGR is predicting Apple will release a MacBook air with iOS. Boy, that would be genius. ||| YES. It’s finally here. The electronic business card. RE/MAX is reportedly the first large company to use Apple’s Passbook app to exchange contact details.