Wednesday, August 29, 2007

BSC Logo Test

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Thought I'd post this version of a logo for the Burlington Soccer Club that I put together. A couple weeks ago I agreed to serve as the team manager for the U10 Girls Gold team. In some of the materials I've received, I noticed that the graphic for the club was just a large version of the one used on their website. Thus, there was some seriously bad pixelization going on.

I've always enjoyed doing graphics work on the computer. Probably leftover from one of my former hobbies which involved a lot of graphics work. So, I wanted to do a couple things - a)clean up the logo so it could be used in documents and other files at a larger size than what is on the web site and look decent and b)think about making it a little snazzier. With regard to the second, I reviewed a bunch of soccer logos that I found at the LogoServer web site. That is a really cool site in compiling into a single place all the unique logos out there (and not just from soccer).

With that, I had to think about what might be meaningful to the BSC. Since they work so closely with the Elon University Phoenix, I thought about the story of the Phoenix burning itself up in flames and then rising from the ashes. So flames seemed to make sense and they would fit well with the existing maroon and gold colors of the club. I also felt a soccer ball should be part of a logo for a soccer club, so that was added.

BSC Logo Test

BSC Flames Logo
Thought I'd post this version of a logo for the Burlington Soccer Club that I put together. A couple weeks ago I agreed to serve as the team manager for the U10 Girls Gold team. In some of the materials I've received, I noticed that the graphic for the club was just a large version of the one used on their website. Thus, there was some seriously bad pixelization going on.

I've always enjoyed doing graphics work on the computer. Probably leftover from one of my former hobbies which involved a lot of graphics work. So, I wanted to do a couple things - a)clean up the logo so it could be used in documents and other files at a larger size than what is on the web site and look decent and b)think about making it a little snazzier. With regard to the second, I reviewed a bunch of soccer logos that I found at the LogoServer web site. That is a really cool site in compiling into a single place all the unique logos out there (and not just from soccer).

With that, I had to think about what might be meaningful to the BSC. Since they work so closely with the Elon University Phoenix, I thought about the story of the Phoenix burning itself up in flames and then rising from the ashes. So flames seemed to make sense and they would fit well with the existing maroon and gold colors of the club. I also felt a soccer ball should be part of a logo for a soccer club, so that was added.

More Tales from the Windows Pit

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Or perhaps I should say "Windows-less" pit? Yes, it is time once again for me to document some of the more recent issues I have been having with Windows. For those wondering, yes - I am referring to the Microsoft operating system that so many people seem stuck on.

The problems started just a few weeks ago (well, shortly after I got iTunes working - again). Perhaps the best sign of impending doom was my wife's ability to access her e-mail using Outlook, the Microsoft e-mail client (well, one of them). Every time she tried to pull down her e-mail, Outlook would choke on it about halfway through and throw an error. She had to resort to checking her mail via a web interface. We had used that in the past with this problem when there was a "bad" e-mail in the queue. In the past, deleting that e-mail usually restored Outlook to proper functioning. That was not occurring in this case, indicative of some deeper problem. I had started to do some research on it, but had not found a good solution yet.

My son was playing some game and as usual, Windows locked up. Upon trying to restart the computer, we discovered that it was stuck in a repeating loop of booting, but as soon as it reached the "Windows is starting up..." screen, it would reboot. I tried several solutions at that point, like booting into safe mode. Unfortunately, no luck.

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Some Lightning Strikes

A couple weeks ago I managed to catch a few days of vacation down at Sunset Beach. On Friday evening, a storm rolled through just after 11 p.m., giving me the opportunity to try to capture a few shots of lightning bolts. Don't ask me why, but I do enjoy trying to capture a picture of a bolt of lightning. Perhaps it is the challenge involved given the camera I have to use (a Nikon 4600). It is rather slow, but I have learned that if I use the "fireworks" setting I can usually catch at least something. Perhaps one day I'll get that good digital SLR and it will be much easier. Anyway, of all the photography I do (or try to do), I find catching lightning to be the best.










Bolt 1
Bolt 1 - the first one I caught.
Bolt 2
Bolt 2 - looking across the canal.

Bolt 3


Bolt 3 - very close to lightning striking the same place twice imo.
Bolt 4
Bolt 4 - caught this one on the move as the camera started out pointed in another direction.

Some Lightning Strikes

A couple weeks ago I managed to catch a few days of vacation down at Sunset Beach. On Friday evening, a storm rolled through just after 11 p.m., giving me the opportunity to try to capture a few shots of lightning bolts. Don't ask me why, but I do enjoy trying to capture a picture of a bolt of lightning. Perhaps it is the challenge involved given the camera I have to use (a Nikon 4600). It is rather slow, but I have learned that if I use the "fireworks" setting I can usually catch at least something. Perhaps one day I'll get that good digital SLR and it will be much easier. Anyway, of all the photography I do (or try to do), I find catching lightning to be the best.









Bolt 1
Bolt 1 - the first one I caught.
Bolt 2
Bolt 2 - looking across the canal.
Bolt 3
Bolt 3 - very close to lightning striking the same place twice imo.
Bolt 4
Bolt 4 - caught this one on the move as the camera started out pointed in another direction.

Kids with Mr. Wuf

Kids with Coach O'Brien

Son on the sidelines

Bolt 4

A shot caught on the move!

Bolt 3

The best shot of lightning at Sunset Beach?

Bolt 2

Another lightning bolt at Sunset Beach

Bolt 1

Lightning bolt at Sunset Beach

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Kids, Kids, Church and Planes

Wow, it is amazing how backed up my list of things to write about can get. Now I'm challenged with trying to decide whether I should just throw a whole bunch of stuff in a single post or split them up. That's the recommended way to handle e-mail - a single subject per message - that I try to stick to even if I have to send someone 2-3 e-mails in succession. And if I split this up, it would be more entries making the blog look more active. But, I think I'll just stick with one entry. Err, never mind. I did a couple sections and decided I better split it up a little bit.

Generations


A little over a week ago, we took our kids to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and the NC Museum of History in Raleigh. I had been in the lobby of the Museum of History once before. Otherwise, it had been since my childhood and the old facilities when I was last i n either one. The Museum of Natural Sciences was pretty good with lots to see. My kids got to pet an alligator and were amazed by that.

OpenOffice.org News

Just a couple quick tidbits about OpenOffice.org. Those who have been to the main page for the site know that I support OpenOffice.org. In a case of being in the right place at the right time, I was recently interviewed for CFO Magazine regarding the spreadsheet component - Calc - of OpenOffice.org. The article that I was interviewed for (Spreadsheets Are Free) is now available on the CFO Magazine web site. I'll need to write up a quick PR piece for my business web site noting this as well.

Meanwhile, in today's newspaper, Alamance Community College had their information about their fall course schedule. I was amazed to see that they are offering a course on how to use OpenOffice.org 2.0. The fact that ACC is offering a course in OOo tells me that it must be getting some traction.

OpenOffice.org News

Just a couple quick tidbits about OpenOffice.org. Those who have been to the main page for the site know that I support OpenOffice.org. In a case of being in the right place at the right time, I was recently interviewed for CFO Magazine regarding the spreadsheet component - Calc - of OpenOffice.org. The article that I was interviewed for (Spreadsheets Are Free) is now available on the CFO Magazine web site. I'll need to write up a quick PR piece for my business web site noting this as well.

Meanwhile, in today's newspaper, Alamance Community College had their information about their fall course schedule. I was amazed to see that they are offering a course on how to use OpenOffice.org 2.0. The fact that ACC is offering a course in OOo tells me that it must be getting some traction.

Kids, Kids, Church and Planes

Wow, it is amazing how backed up my list of things to write about can get. Now I'm challenged with trying to decide whether I should just throw a whole bunch of stuff in a single post or split them up. That's the recommended way to handle e-mail - a single subject per message - that I try to stick to even if I have to send someone 2-3 e-mails in succession. And if I split this up, it would be more entries making the blog look more active. But, I think I'll just stick with one entry. Err, never mind. I did a couple sections and decided I better split it up a little bit.

Generations


A little over a week ago, we took our kids to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and the NC Museum of History in Raleigh. I had been in the lobby of the Museum of History once before. Otherwise, it had been since my childhood and the old facilities when I was last i n either one. The Museum of Natural Sciences was pretty good with lots to see. My kids got to pet an alligator and were amazed by that.