Get Neue-Melamine in One Swell Foop

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This evening’s post is a quickie just to let you know that I’ve put together all of the images I created for my “Neue-Melamine” series into one gigantic zipped-up package for your convenience in downloading. It includes all that were posted here individually along with a few extras. The only categories it does NOT include are “devices”. If any of you are interested in having a set of those as well, or desire an image in the Neue-Melamine style for some other function or application not already posted, let me know via a comment to this post.

Enjoy!

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Simply right-click (or control-click) on the link below to save a zipped file to your desktop that contains the complete “Neue-Melamine” series. Each image in the package is a 512px X 512px image in .png format and the entire zipped download is 6.63mb. Usage of these images is strictly per terms of my Creative Commons 3.0, Non-Commercial-Attribution-No Derivatives license applies (see sidebar for details)

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Draw of the Kentucky Derby

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As always on the first Saturday in May, it’s “Kentucky Derby Day” here in the ‘States. Don’t know whether it’s of any significance to anyone outside of the U.S. It’s a funny thing about this race as it seems to capture the interest and attention of many of us who pay zero attention to horse racing except for this (and then possibly the other two races which make up the so-called “Triple Crown” – but such interest lasts only if the same horse wins the first two). And you don’t even have to be a gambler to enjoy the hoopla (although I’m told it helps). I think this phenomenon is a real credit to the folks at Churchill Downs and in the State of Kentucky who have done a masterful job over the years of promoting this event to the point where it has crossed the line from “sport” to “legend”. It’s like the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix race (but US style) where one doesn’t need to know a fig about the cars, drivers, track, science of racing, or the teams to be drawn into the glamour and excitement.

I’ve never seen the race in person but have seen the track. It’s set into the hills of Kentucky which, to my taste, is one of the top five most beautiful of our 50 states.

Took a pause to watch the race. It is a mucky muddy mess out there but the horses ran bravely and magnificently. Congratulations to jockey, Calvin Borrell horse “Super Saver” (why are horse’s names so “thing” like? Guess that’s the difference between animals “owned” and used to make money vs. pets.) In my very amateur opinion, I really think that this jockey has done so well is in large part due to his complete lack of arrogance and ability to “listen” to his horse (rather than dictate to the horse). While I was favoring the filly, “Devil May Care”, it’s always inspiring to see another one of the underdog’s win.

The Kentucky Derby race lasts only 2 minutes – so I think I should keep this post suitably short to match. Onto tonight’s freebies! On the menu tonight are “Nuevo Melamine” clipping and location images. Enjoy!

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Countdown To Justice

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The count down to justice continues… In the Fourth District Circuit Court of Appeals in south Florida, the judges publish their rulings only once a week, on Wednesday mornings. It has now been 5 weeks since the three member “Merit” panel met and made it’s decision on my case, but I will not know what that decision was until they publish their written decision. And so, it is yet another Tuesday night that I will go to sleep wondering whether the morning will bring news that the legal monkey is finally off my back. Try as I might not to dwell on the negative, the continued burden of this case weighs heavily in my mind and heart. It is a sad situation that never had to be, yet at the same time, it was inevitable. Math was never my strong suit, and perhaps that is at least one reason why I had not been able to see the simple equation that set this nightmare into motion:

PARTY “A” = PARTY “B” =
+ bitterness + trusting, forgiving nature
+ sense of entitlement + believes no one is “entitled” to anything that they haven’t earned or at the expense of other’s rights
+ law degree, member of Florida Bar: 20 years experience dealing with Florida legal system, connections in clerk’s office, knows system’s weaknesses and how to use them. + no legal education nor relevant experience.
+ forced into early retirement from civil service job + self-made entrepreneur with long history of intellectually satisfying and financially rewarding business.
+ opportunity to obtain assets, status, power and revenge through appointment as fiduciary. + believes revenge is foolish & morally wrong
+ believes fiduciary duty, rules of attorney ethics, and “inconvenient” laws apply only to others. + strong sense of ethics, personal responsibility and that one’s good name & honor must be earned & is only “possession” of true value.
+ lacks willingness to recognize own wrongs or the unfair, harmful effect of those wrongs on others. + Self-Esteem not tied to superficial facades and holds no interest in having power over others’ lives.
+ lives in south Florida, where case is being heard, in relatively good physical health (able to walk, drive, travel, lead a “normal” active life. + lives in Ohio (1500 miles away) and can’t travel due to being confined to bed for last 7 years.
+ lack of ability to feel true empathy. + in a particularly vulnerable position where person “A” had sole possession and control over critical medical information that could be used either to help or hinder “B’s” chance of survival.

Now give judicial oversight of PERSON “A” and determination of what to do when “A” breaches fiduciary duty and willfully engages in a number of serious incidents of misconduct that caused serious harm to PERSON “B” (and “B’s” family) in the hands of the trial court which has for years held position as one of the top five “Judicial Hellholes” in America, and in particular put this case in the hands of one judge who has been fodder for late night talk show hosts as the “Weeping” Judge and for the last two years since he resigned as a judge, has been battling a law suit against him for his own (alleged) breaches of fiduciary duty and fraud in regards to an 82 year old neighbor, and our second judge who was subsequently forced to step down as “Chief Judge” due to political pressure over a number of (alleged) legal and ethical violations (yet still presides over this case at the trial level), and where more than a dozen other judges and prosecutors have been either forced to resign after being found guilty of various legal and ethical misconduct or in an effort to avoid facing trial for such charges or whom are still currently under active investigation for either ethical or even criminal misconduct.

Yet, despite all this, I still believe in our system of justice and I believe that Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeals in particular takes their job and their duty to the honest citizens who rely on them to ensure that they’re legal rights are protected, that the “bad guys” are held accountable, and that “justice” is done as well as humanly possible. I pray that THIS time, my faith is well placed.

On a much more positive and fun note, I give you tonight’s freebies: Part 3 of my multi-part series, “Neue Melamine”. Enjoy!

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FELT BETTER? (Felt System Icons)

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I’ve actually been having a little fun with this latest icon set. With the framed kelly green felt wallpaper on my desktop, I created a bunch of empty folders and set their icons to a bunch of the felt images from this new series and just played with them creating pictures and stories around them. Just like being in Kindergarten again! I’m thinking of maybe doing a kids book with these. Better yet, maybe some of you guys out there that have young children can let them loose with these and then send in your screenshots and stories that the kids make up and I’ll put them together in a download-able/printable book format for everyone to share and enjoy! Whaddya think?

Tonight I’m posting some basic system icons for those of you that want to have a more practical use for this series. Coming up over the next several days will be everything you need for your system, applications and user folders. I’ll close off the series in a week or so with characters and toys and animals so the young ‘uns (and those young at heart or just plain immature like me) can create their own villages and tales.

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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