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I’m back in Delaware for a couple if weeks until it is T-Minus pack and move back to Cali.
The days are going by faster than I can grab and it seems like when you want to treasure moments with those you love the most, they slip faster than you can imprint in your mind.
It comforts me to know I will be back shortly for visits, birthdays and Holidays that will quickly arrive.
On the flip side of the coin, my new adventure, new path, chapter is eagerly awaiting for me with crisp, fresh, clean pages as I readily dip my pen in ink to begin my calligraphy.
From the East to the West I’ll be heading back to where it all began and where I used to call

“Home”

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Lost in Translation

Posted: February 24, 2012 in Apple, Life, updates
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It’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been traveling and have relocated twice since Tampa, Fl. I am back in Cali and loving being back home. I’ve been enjoying the beautiful sunset over looking the Long Beach waters and waking up to sunshine.

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Last time I was moving from Tampa to Delaware, now I’m making the BIG move back out West. I’m excited and ready for a new adventure. It’s been something I’ve been wanting to do for many years but was waiting for the right time, and the time has finally come.

I’ve been taking a break from design and volunteering. Somewhat of a hiatus but when I finalize my move I’ll be ready to jump back on the saddle with a vengeance.

So, stay tuned, I have much to share and write about. Not only have I taken the leap further into the Apple World with my first iPhone purchase but also in my personal life and have new ideas I’m excited to evolve.

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Nerd Love Tshirt

Nerd Love

new designs “Nerd LOVE”  – Small Sacrifices Greater Rewards

Be the first to rock these tees! More to come.

Lately I’ve been doing more web work than graphics. It’s a different pace and gives the other side of my brain a halftime break while I input the HTML. I’ve come across Wibiya.com which is a very resourceful FREE social media toolbar that will help increase your internet traffic to your blog or website.

Wibiya.com

Social Media Toolbar

Wibiya.com provides a nice resource of website applications that are easy and user friendly to add to your toolbar. Its allows the visitor to LIKE your site and automatically shares it in their newsfeed as well as subscribe via RSS or FOLLOW, just to name a few popular Social Networks.

Wibiya allows you to customize your toolbar in size, appearance and applications. The wizard is very easy and depending on how customized you want your toolbar, it could be done with a Source Code in less than 5 mins. Now, that’s fast!

example of wibiya toolbar

example of wibiya toolbar

Once you create your account, you can monitor your traffic from your dashboard with details of location, key searches and application hits.

I think the Wibiya Toolbar is an excellent tool for people who are looking for an easy but more intermediate way to control their web traffic.

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Google Voice

Google Voice

A friend of mine really had me thinking some time ago about Google Voice. I remember hearing the rumors and seeing the clips of Google Voice from my Gmail inbox, but didn’t really pay note to it since I was happy with my voicemail I already had. And then it happened. My content little answering application from the free Android apps decided to ‘charge’ a fee for the service. Ugh! Not only that, it started to have ‘glitches’ and like a friend who moved away, it began to forget about me. It started not to notify me of voicemails or cut off in the middle of the callers attempt to leave a message. I have to admit, I became disappointed in my little app I had grown so fond of.

During a visit to my friends house, the subject of ‘voicemail’ came up again. My friend’s sister needed a new number to avoid a somewhat obsessive/mental ex but 1) there’s a fee to pay for the phone number change 2) still needed the current number for expecting incoming calls. Solution, Google Voice. It was perfect and also my cue as well to chime in on the opportunity to also create my account.
It was easy. Not too complicated and easy to follow steps. One thing I love about Google – It’s simple and understandable 🙂
So whats the big deal?
1) Google Voice is a FREE voicemail client
2) It’ll text you as well as send an email of voicemail notification
3) You can create a number of your choice (if available) which is awesome for someone like me since I freelance
4) You can keep the lowest phone plan and utilize Google Voice to make your calls, which again….are FREE
and 5) You can personalize your voicemail(s) for certain calls.

Check out the vids, –

I liked this one too

Need I say more?
I’ve been using Google Voice ever since. Not only have I been able to save on my minutes, have a professional number AND filter my phone calls, the best part is I don’t miss my voicemails anymore…now if I can just get a new phone, lol 🙂
Who said there’s nothing in life that’s for FREE….Love, Peace and Hairgrease 😉
dz

"My New/Used Ride"

Introducing ...."(haven't thought of a name yet)"

Today I’m introduced into the “bike community” 🙂 Yaaay!

I’ve been on a hunt for a used bike, although I’d love a new one but with the budget I had to spend, it had to be used. I’ve never been much of a bicyclist other than a child and I have to say. This has been a very good learning experience. My purpose to initially decide to buy a bike was to save money. Times are hard, as for many, and a couple of hundred dollars is what I’ll be saving utilizing my bike instead of my car. Plus, its good for the environment.

I bought, let’s just call him “Trekki” for now, at a pawn shop. Value Pawn that’s located on Gandy Blvd in Tampa. It was surprisingly an excellent experience. I’ve never really gone to pawn shops other than when I was looking for an amp for my guitar and heard I could find them reasonable there, but after watching that PawnShop show on t.v., I was a little apprehensive. I was greeted immediately and saw the bikes available. This little bad girl was all by her lonesome (next to a Cannondale I’d LOVE to have). Robert, my sales guy who later to me know was the manager, approached me. He smiled brightly and had a nice tone (good salesman I say and why he’s MANAGER *wink*wink). I looked it over then explained I was shopping and was going to look over some other bikes, which I did and wasn’t as impressed as I was with this one.

I returned a couple hours later, ready to test drive “Trekki”. After giving my DL, I took him outside and pedaled around the parking lot. The positives; Gears shifted smoothly, although had some difficulty in some gears, but overall was nice. Brakes stopped on a dime, VERY nice. Tires (mismatched, rear is a replacement) are in decent condition and I seemed to sit comfortably on it feeling in control of the bike. Quick release wheels. No rust.  SOLD. Now the negs; The SRAM gears need some tuning and grip replaced, handlebars need new grips, new crankshaft (although it rides good for now, just noticed some teeth bent which isn’t good for the chain), new cable, new chain, more comfortable seat and better pedals. It’s like a car needing its 100,000 mile tune-up.  Some little extra perks it has which to me saves  me money from having to buy; the rear rack, mini air pump, bottle holder (although standard on this model) and a mirror.

So how much did this badboy cost me – $80 buck-er-roos. It was marked 120 but like the outside side says..”Let’s make a deal” and Robert did after I showed him some of the work that this bike needed. I got the extended plan which if in 6 months I’m not happy I can take it back. Wow I thought. How awesomemer can it get. 🙂

So I take “Trekki” home and eagerly grab my lock chain I bought 2 months again for this moment, grabbed a bottle of water, my glasses, mouth piece (I like my teeth, lol) and bag. I was out like lighting. My first stop. The Westshore Mall 3 miles from my place.

Westshore Plaza Mall, Tampa FL

My first stop

There’s a couple of things I never really paid attention to as I will now….Bike Racks to park my bike! Where the heck are the bike racks I rode around to find. Finally I asked a little ol security guy and he escorted me to them. Nice fellow. Well after a stroll and some rest at the mall, not to mention to buy my  HALO Reach. 🙂

After some nice chill time, I decided to head back. A couple of other things I am now aware of being of this new “community”.

  1. People REALLY don’t pay attention to you nor realize the stop line is 20ft BACK
  2. People like to yell out of their cars like crazies at you with mumble jumble that you REALLY can’t hear nor understand
  3. Comfy seat is a MUST on a bike
  4. Gloves are not a bad idea to prevent blisters and provide better grip
  5. AND Definitely need handlebar adjusted to a comfortable position. I’m sure as I continue on this new voyage I’ll find other “new lessons”

I have to say. I LOVED to wind blowing in my hair. Being able to notice all the little things you can’t appreciate while being in a car, like the smile of flowers or sewage (blah), pretty houses and landscape, little squirrels and lizards on your path, the sun giving you some love, being healthy and not having to wait in traffic (only at redlights unless it’s safe to cross) 😉

And there you have it. Thanks.

Much Love, Peace & Hair Grease – dz

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Hi Everyone – Just an update what I.M. Designs & Ink Martyr Graphics has done and what to come.


1) I.M. Designs (aka. me) 😉 has finished its comprehensive marketing/collateral material for
Micanopy Doc Hollywood Days ’09. My office won from the Silent Auction (which I LOVED) a nice Japanese set of pictures/paper weight/jewelry box and tea pourer. It was a fun project and can not wait for next year as the path has now been paved.

2) Holiday Inn, Lake City FL, asked I.M. Designs to created an 8.5×5 color mailer emphasizing it is the ONLY FULL SERVICE Inn. These mailer were completed and distributed in the North Central Florida

3) Networks, Los Angeles CA, a Caterer to the Stars requested a flyer to be created for Father’s Day and Graduation (in progress)

4) I.M. Designs is in the final phase of its FIRST E-Commerce website for Dakota Mercantile Gracious Living. It is currently customizing the blog page as well as completing a Flash intro. Merchandise will be displayed for online purchase in June 2009. (in progress) www.dakotamercantile.com/dakota (beta)

5) I.M. Designs will be creating a brochure for AlphaVictor. June 2009
Thank you again for all your continued support. Adios!





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