Saturday, October 25, 2008

Hip Hop Video by MC Yogi | Obama '08 - Vote for Hope | it's awesome . . .

Obama '08 - Vote For Hope from MC Yogi on Vimeo.

I have never even heard of MC Yogi and I don't normally like rap music. In fact, I really dislike it. I do however like this wonderful video. It gave me chills. Watch it ~ you will be glad you did.

I don't even know how I found it...I was searching on Google for something entirely different. These things just FIND ME and I am so glad this one did. ENJOY!

Did you recognize Obama's inspiring speech from the 2004 Democratic National Convention? Vote For Hope was written to encourage and inspire the hip hop generation—and everyone—to get involved, and contribute their time, energy, creativity, and other resources to be the change they want to see in the world. "Vote for Hope" was written by M.C. Yogi and produced by Robin Livingston. The "Vote for Hope" video was created at Ursa Minor Arts and Media in San Rafael, CA with chief animator James Curtis, using designs and direction from M.C. Yogi. Video funded and supported by grassroots donations.

MC Yogi rocks! Please consider putting this video on your blog. No need to link to me...just help get the message out!

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If it walks like a duck . . .

I have no idea what this photo is all about. There is a black thing almost floating in mid-air on desktop. Microphone, blackberry, big black crayon; what did McCain drop? Interesting weird body language.

Some of my antiquarian books . . .

Some of my FINE BINDINGS. I love everything about books...the way they look, the way they feel, and the way they smell. I have been an avid collector of Antiquarian Books for ages. I guess there are more books in the world than almost anything else ~ except plastic bags! I am passionate about the environment; I was "green" before it was trendy and way before climate change showed its ugly face. I recycle everything I can and generate only one small bag of real garbage in a week's time. I believe all antique collectors and dealers practice recycling in a very real way. Try it, you'll like it!

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Ron Howard & Andy Griffith endorse Obama with a Video . . .

Ron Howard, Andy Griffith, and Henry Winkler step back in time to show why Obama is such a great candidate. The video is very good and short too (less than 4 minutes). Please watch; it's very enjoyable.
If the black box below doesn't work, click on this link.
See Ron Howard video

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Friday, October 24, 2008

FREE DOWNLOAD | Donald Trump (Vampire) Halloween Mask

He doesn't look that different, does he? Here is your chance to be a billionaire for a day.


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Zero Dollar Bill ~ What's happening? . . .

I can't even watch CNBC today. When is the economy going to stabilize? This is just too stressful for words.

Sarah Palin | Running Mate or Playmate?

Pssssssttttttt. This image has been permanently burned into your brain. It will pop up again the minute you enter the voting booth on November 4th.

It is up to you to keep this from becoming a reality!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Necessary item for dog walks . . .

This cracked me up! Such a clever graphic for a doggie doo bag. Luckily I don't have this problem since Webster is the most fastidious dog on the planet. He always goes in the woods way away from the yard. He walks himself too. I am truly blessed!

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Timely illustrated VOTE QUOTE . . .

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YES WE CAN ~ 13 days and counting . . .

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Baby It's Cold INSIDE . . .

Webster is worried again. He is remembering the summer and the fact that I did not turn on the central air one single time. He is afraid I am going do the same thing with the furnace this winter. How many blankets can you pile on a dog? Brrrrr!

Do you go by the calendar or the thermometer? I try to hold off until November. As I write this I am wearing flannel lined jeans, wool turtle neck, heavy Norwegian cardigan, thick wool socks, and I am seriously considering searching for my fingerless gloves. I just got back from a walk and it is warmer outside. I can't see my breath so I think I am fine. Can't wait until bedtime comes and I can jump under my big fat down comforter.

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FREE DOWNLOAD ~ Origami CD Sleeve ~ Tutorial . . .

Here’s a video showing you how to do a little origami to turn a sheet of paper into a CD sleeve:

I like this craft. I often make custom music CDs to tuck in with Christmas Cards. These would be good to make out of gift wrap, recycled paper, custom printed paper, etc.

Further Step by Step instructions
~ very easy to understand.

Another set of instructions in a pdf document ~ also easy picture reading. You can print a cheat cheat.

NOW here are TWO COOL DOWNLOADS for PRINTED GIFT WRAP...perfect for these cd cases. They both use black ink so you won't have to waste any colored ink.
The designs are very elegant.

I made the two you see above in just one try. They are sooo easy. The one on the left is called SWIRLY. The one on the right is called GRAPHIC. They are both from Martha Stewart. These gift wrap papers are designed to be printed on an 11x17 sheet of paper. Ignore and print on standard 8-1/2 x 11 inkjet paper. Don't print the second page of the pdf. When the printer page comes up choose print page 1 of 1.

When these print on standard paper size you will have a 1/2" margin at the bottom and there will be small white margins on either side. This will all be folded under. You can choose where you want the 1/2" margin. It can either be tucked under and have a completely printed case or you can have it show and use that space to write the CD title on it. The choice is yours. The two I made have the white band showing so I can write the title on the outside. just barely fold the corners under in the last step.

Let me know how you like this tutorial and download. It's so much fun to make something out of nothing, isn't it?

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Bookmark this recipe for Sour Cream Apple Pie . . .

Sunday was my mother's 88th birthday. I made a sour cream apple pie instead of a cake and it was absolutely delicious. I have new respect for food bloggers. I wouldn't last a week if I had to cook something imaginative every day and then photograph it for the web. It's not that easy! And forget photographing the dish while you are preparing it.

Sour Cream Apple Pie
(Alicia Paulson's recipe)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/4 c. plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 t. cinnamon
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/3 c. sour cream
2/3 c. sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 or 5 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced. I used Golden Delicious because that was what I had on hand.
Pie crust ~ you can make your own, or use a pre-made one from the refrigerator section of the market fitted into a deep-dish 9" or 10" pie plate and chilled. I did not have the deep dish crusts...just it ran over in the oven but I knew this was going to happen. I had a pan underneath; the overflow was delicious.
To make the topping ~ in a bowl blend the butter, sugar, cinnamon, and flour until the mixture is combined well. Cover and chill the topping.
To make the filling ~ whisk together the sour cream, sugar, salt, vanilla, eggs, and flour until the mixture is smooth. Add the peeled, cored, and thinly sliced apples and stir the filling and apples together. Spoon the filling into the chilled shell and crumble the topping evenly over it. Bake the pie on a baking sheet in the middle of a pre-heated 350-degree oven, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. (You might need to put a bit of tinfoil on top of the pie during the last 15 minutes to prevent the top from burning.) Transfer it to a rack and let it cool completely.

I have a gas oven and had to cook my pie a little longer. Adjust cooking time according to your oven. I think this would be delicious without the crust. One day I shall make it in deep baking dish.

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