A Recent Visit To Kilkenny & Arts Week…

I had the pleasure recently of being in the mediaeval city of Kilkenny, Ireland during it’s famous Arts Week when I came across more than a few characters. I have been lucky to of had the opportunity to travel in my life but as far and wide as I have flown Kilkenny still holds a special place for me. It’s like I always say when people ask what Ireland is like, “when the sun shines, there’s no other place on earth like it”.

Artist Daniel Lenihan with his painting 'Capital Heads'

Artist Daniel Lenihan with his painting 'Capital Heads'

Meet Daniel Lenihan. Daniel, an artist had a novel way of selling his house. Instead of putting his house on the market he decided to give his house away to whom ever bought his painting. His tactic bought him quite a lot of free publicity even getting him a mention in one of the national daily newspapers. You have to admire his spirit.

Kilkenny Lads

Kilkenny Lads

I came across this lads while walking around the city and they asked if I’d take their photo so I happily obliged.

In no particular: Dean Malone, Eoghan O’Connor, Ople Burke, Nathan Culleton, Jamie Cahal and Robbie Hayes. Hope I got names some what right boys.

If you’re ever traveling around Ireland and wondering where you should visit, Kilkenny is definitely a stop to make. With it’s rich history and hopping nightlife, I challenge anyone not to find something to their liking.

Fix Your Mighty Mouse Scroll Ball

I’m a huge Mighty Mouse fan, have a couple of them in fact. But every now and then the scrolling ball acts up and doesn’t roll as freely as it should. If this happens to you here’s a fix for it.

Bring your Mighty Mouse Scroll ball back to life

How To Remove DRM From Your Music

Apple are now offering us the option of re-buying our music in order of taking the DRM (copy protection) off the music we’ve already purchased.

Wow, thanks for that Apple, I really appreciate the opportunity of buying my music twice.

Well you don’t have to. There’s an easier and cheaper way of doing it.

Visit LearnMacsOnline.com for the full details.

Logo Design Inspiration

Looking for Devine Design Inspiration?  This site offers is in spades.

www.logogala.com

New Mac Users – Confused About Font Book?

A little confused about how and where to add new fonts to your Mac? LearnMacsOnline.com has several new articles on the subject as well as where to get some really cool fonts to add to your collection.

How To Load Fonts On A Mac

Where To Get Good Quality Fonts – Free & Paid

Creattica Daily – have posted  a list of free typefaces for download

Jasper Wong joins forces with Rebel Scholar

JasperWong_collection

Graphic artist Jasper Wong, best known for his cartoon icons and graphic interpretations of Mr T. has joined forces with iPhone case maker Rebel Scholar. The cases are by no means your everyday run of the mill cases. First of all made by the company known to the make the $100 iPhone cases (yes, I said $100).

They are laser etched in an interesting transparent design of his characters and are available in 5 colors, El Lucha Gold, Unicorn Pirate Silver, Chairman Wow Blue, Pitiful Fool Pink (Jaspers favorite color) and Toasty Bandit Bruiser, and offer UV coating as an option. Oh, and did I mention that they are quite eye catching. The gold one has especially caught mine.

In The Pursuit of iPhone Beauty

I have a problem, in pursuit of the perfect case I have become an iPhone case junkie.

I now have in my procession a shinny new iPhone 3GS. After dropping a not so subtle in your face hint to my husband that that’s what I wanted for my birthday (he usually needs help in that department) the darling that he is, said “if you want one why wait? Lets get you one now” and I didn’t need to be told twice.

But wonderful as my husband is, he’s also not stupid. One, he knows I probably wouldn’t of been able to hold out until my birthday and would of gone out and got one anyway as my birthday is two months away, and Two, he’s now off the hook as he suggested we get my gift early and had I gone out and bought it myself he’d still have the dilemma come B day.

But back to my shiny new toy. I love it sleekness and hate having to sully it with a big bulky case but alas it’s a necessity. Which lead me down the road to my iPhone case addition. It all started with my first iPhone 2G and case number one which was a clear and see through style which my husband bought me and I thought would be perfect. But it was big and bulky, especially as I like to put my phone in my pocket. Then I found what I thought was going to be the case of all cases, it was so thin and mirrored the back of my phone and it just clicked on. Of course it offered no protection if I were to drop the phone but it looked so good I overlooked the point. I much prefer the naked iPhone look and feel.But to my dismay I discovered my case of all cases was scratching the sides of my phone. From there I go to silicone and the list goes on.

OK, Can you see where I’m going with this? Protection versus aesthetics, and guess which one is winning?

You see I’m not content to put one case on my phone and  just leave it like that, nor am I content to cover up those beautiful lines that makes the iPhone the iPhone. If Steve Jobs wanted us to carry square boxes there wouldn’t be an iPhone.

Design and beauty are almost as important to me as the inner workings.

So now new phone, and the search begins all over again. My search however has not totally been in vain. I have found the perfect screen protector. The Power Support Anti-Glare Film from the Apple Store is the best I have come across. Hate finger marks on your screen then this is the one for you.

The one product I haven’t tried is invisibleSHIELD by ZAGG. I’ve watched the demo video on their site and wondered could it really be that good. If there’s anyone out there that’s tried it leave a comment and let me know how it’s worked for you. If it’s as good as they say it would meet all my needs, beauty and protection rolled into one.

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