FOX SPOKANE Link Fixed + New Legal Icons

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It was brought to my attention that my entry originally posted on Friday, Sept 16, 2009 had somehow become corrupted and so clicks on it in the archives were being sent to a duplicated post from another date. It is beyond my comprehension as to how that weirdness occurred beyond someone having decided to play games with my account. Can’t figure the benefit of that to anyone unless it was simply a test to see if they could do it. I’ll pass that on to the experts at WordPress to pursue. In the meantime, I apologize to those of you who were frustrated by attempts to access that post and the icons within it. It is now back up and working just fine. If you’d like to check it out again, now, click here to go to “Fox Spokane (Copper Art Deco Icons)”.

As for tonight’s offering, I’ve noticed that a large percentage of my regular followers are very interested in the various legal icons and clip art I’ve posted over the last several months. My old training in advertising and marketing kicked in and after some research on what other legal clip art and icons are available on the ‘net, realized that the pickin’s are rather slim and for the most part, rather boring. So I thought I’d try to fill that void by experimenting with a few different ideas and styles. Of course, it’d be a huge help to know how such icons or clip art is being used (or would like to be used) and what design criteria is most important to the users of legal clip art. If you have any advice or thoughts on this, that’d be great! (Use the COMMENT link). In the meantime, this is what I’ve come up with so far. Enjoy!

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Nuevo Deco Wrap-Up

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Tonight I’m wrapping up my Nuevo Deco Series by posting the User’s Folders and a couple of special goodies as “extras” which I believe really epitomize the spirit of the Art Deco era’s fascination and obsession with motorized vehicles, speed, and clean, sensual design. And as a big fan of Grand Prix Formula One Racing, these are my personal favorites. With the holiday season zeroing in on us and the prospects of the start of a new year, I’m ready to turn my sights to a new direction and a brand-spanking-new and fresh series of icons. In the meantime, I hope you all have enjoyed Nuevo Deco as much as I enjoyed creating it. Cheers! and, as always, Enjoy!

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Reflecting on Children & Parenting (and Nuevo Deco Global Icons)

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In a few short days it will be my son’s 26th birthday. It is absolutely astounding to me how that is even possible (after all, I’m barely that old myself – or so I feel). It seems only yesterday that his tiny head appeared, followed by his body and my husband’s cry “My God! It’s my Grandfather!” As all parents learn, the years go by all too fast but what a glorious ride it’s been. Certainly never easy nor always fun but nothing on earth has made me feel more important or more fulfilled or more hopeful for the future. Most every parent loves their children but it’s not a secret that parents and their adult children often do not like one another. That seems so sad for all involved and one wonders whether such situations could have been prevented or simply a matter of different temperment and interests. Whatever, I feel truly blessed to not only like who my son has grown up to be and enjoy spending time with him but to know he feels the same way about his Dad and me. How cool is that?

So I was thinking of this and recollecting some of my favorite memories of Rob’s childhood while I wrapped a couple of packages for him tonight (a huge accomplishment for me!) and thought that I’d share a few seminal quotes with y’all tonight on the topic of children and parenting. And to top it off, I’ll close tonight’s post with a double-serving of Neuvo Deco Icons. Enjoy!

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
– James Arthur Baldwin (U.S. Essayist, Playwright and Novelist, 1924-1987)

“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”
– Forest E. Witcraft (U.S. Scholar, Teacher and Scout Leader, 1894-1967)

“If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson, hold yourself up as a warning and not as an example.”
— George Bernard Shaw (Irish literary Critic, Playwright and Essayist. 1925 Nobel Prize for Literature, 1856-1950)

“When I stopped seeing my mother with the eyes of a child, I saw the woman who helped me give birth to myself.”
— Nancy Friday (U.S. psychologist and author)

“If there is anything we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.”
— Carl Gustav Jung (Swiss psychiatrist, Psychologist and Founder of the Analytic Psychology, 1875-1961)

“Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.”
– Socrates (Ancient Greek Philosopher, 470 BC-399 BC)

“Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up because they’re looking for ideas”
– Paula Poundstone (U.S. Comic, b. 1959)

“One thing they never tell you about child raising is that for the rest of your life, at the drop of a hat, you are expected to know your child’s name and how old he or she is.”
— Erma Bombeck (U.S. Humorist, Columnist and Author, 1927-1996)

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Nuevo Deco Devices

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Unique icons for each category of hardware (devices) that are commonly used are a necessary part of a complete set of system icons, and so I’ve created those to go with my Nuevo Deco series and am posting them here tonight. At the same time, I am curious as to how many of you have your Finder preferences set to show all mounted devices on your desktop or instead, keep them hidden from view and only access them either from the top menu or sidebar? Since I rarely need to access the root level of either my internal or various external hard drives, it really serves no useful purpose to have their icons visible on my desktop and actually seems to just create clutter (even if it’s good looking clutter thanks to these icons!). While I don’t like to have my internal hard drive on my desktop, I would like to have any CD’s, DVD’s, thumb drives, and/or .DMG volumes appear on my desktop since I need to interact with them at their mount point and since they don’t appear in the top menubar – but for some reason, Apple has categorized all of these – AS WELL AS all other external hard drives (USB, Firewire) in one single category titled “CDs, DVD’s and iPods”. This means that in order to see a thumb drive or .dmg or CD on my desktop, I’m forced to accept having each individual partition of my external firewire and USB drives visible as well. Pretty annoying. I haven’t found any hacks to get around this so if any of you have a clue whether and how this can be accomplished, PLEASE let me know!

It’s pretty rare for me to have any complaiint at all about any apple produce (hardware or software) as I’ve been a dedicated fan since I got my first Mac when they originally came out in the early 1980’s – but as long as I’m on this subject, I do have another (minor) gripe in the form of a question. Why is it that the Mac OS STILL has accomodations to set identifying icons for floppy disks, zip disks, magnetic optical disks, and even super disks, yet has no unique icon for any type of thumb drive which is far more commonly used these days? To be fair, I’m still running on Tiger (OS 10.4.1.1) and not Leopard or Snow Leopard so perhaps those newer systems do have such accomodations.

It’s been a long day for me today and tomorrow is expected to be another hard one so I’m keeping this short. Good Night All!

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Nuevo Deco Folder Icons

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For those who remember my post from a month or so ago that showed a side-by-side comparison of my original Art Deco Series and the proposed revision, you might wonder what happened to the angled perspective shown for the revised folders. After playing around with it for a while, I settled on a head-on front view for the folders (and most other icons) because it was both cleaner and looks better with the flat, sticker style, especially when a folder gets badged with an application or other icon. As to the accent color on the folder, I decided not to settle on a single version to be used for everywhere because I personally like to use different colors to differentiate what’s in a generic folder from a quick glance. For example, I’ll set all of my family files to blue, financial files to green, “work-in-progress” files to red, etc. Of course, the computer’s operating system will only allow a single choice for the generic default folder but nothing prevents you from either manually reassigning a different one to any folder desired after it’s been created – and if you really are into being efficient, you can create a folder action* to automatically set the icon of your choice anytime a new folder is created in a certain location.

* FOLDER ACTIONS
Check out these sites for how-to’s as well as
some pre-made folder actions.

• add_folder_icons/
• create-a-folder-action-using-automator
• automate-changing-icons-for-apps
• macscripter forum

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Location! Location! Locations!

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Don’t know about you, but the “location” category of icons are the 2nd most frequent ones I see on my desktop as I’m always dragging off url’s from websites, emails and other documents (I only bookmark locations that I expect to return to multiple times and put the ones I intend to check out just once – but later – on my desktop.). As a result, having a good looking location icon is important to me and I tend to swap ‘em out fairly frequently so I don’t get bored. The batch I’m posting today are Part 3 of my Nuevo Deco Series. Hope you like them, and…

Enjoy!

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‘Nuevo Deco’ Toolbar

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Just got off the phone with my friend Jane after, as usual with her, having had a very interesting, thought-provoking conversation. Never know where discussions with her will lead to but know they will never be boring. Janie flits from one topic to another but her segues always seem natural, her enthusiasm infectious, her wide-range of interests and knowledge mind-blowing, and she always leaves me feeling appreciated, wanted, valuable, loved, and even understood. What more can anyone else want from a friend? Only the ability to impart the same and know it has made a positive difference in the life of my friend that lasts longer than the length of our calls or visits. But life just doesn’t work that way and we rarely, if ever, get to know whether we had any affect at all on others, on the world, much less whether we had the affect we intended. I guess that’s why they say “Character is what you do when you think no one is looking”. You’ve just got to do what you believe is right or at least what you honestly and objectively believe is best under the given situation and have faith that it will all add up in the end to being a life both worthy and worthwhile.

Apropos, if you haven’t yet read (or at least seen the movie) of Mitch Albom‘s book “The Five People You Meet in Heaven”, it’s a gem that deserves your time. It is nothing what you might expect, even if you’re already familiar with any of Albom’s other books (“Tuesdays with Morrie”, “For One More Day”, “With a Little Faith”). Through very simple language and ordinary characters, Albom elicits the most profound observations about people, life, and what really matters after all has been said and done. Remarkably, he never resorts to preaching any particular philosophy or religion, never hits you over the head, never gives in to using common metaphors or over-used phrases that could lessen the emotional impact of his story. Enough said.

So now, from the tools of life to the toolbar of your Finder or other application windows. (How’s that for a transition? ;-) ) This afternoon I’m issuing Part 2 of my 10-part ‘Nuevo Deco’ icon series. Enjoy!

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