Sunday, August 30, 2009

Font Problems with Safari after installing Snow Leopard

I thought I would make a quick post in case anyone else who happens upon my blog is having this issue:

I installed Snow Leopard last night and, ever since, my fonts in Safari have been incredibly whacky. I fixed the problem by, first, using fontbook's "resolve duplicates" function. That helped a little, but there were still some funny fonts so I manually went to my arial font (my default font) and looked at the preview in fontbook. Sure enough, there was a duplicate in that set and one of them was definitely NOT arial. I deleted it and everything is back to normal. So, if you are having a similar problem, check duplicates in your default fonts because that may be where your problem lies!


So, I follow Dean Ween aka Mickey Melchiondo aka Mussels Marinara  of Ween on youtube (his username is djankle) and he recently posted a video of their concert in Oregon. It definitely stirred up my Ween addiction. I've seen Ween live five times and every time was amazing.....even the ones where lame and smelly hippie people had their nasty armpits too close to my face. I really want Ween to come back to Madison (it would be so easy for me to get to the Orpheum any night!), but I don't think they ever will again because some EEEDIOTS threw crap on the stage and made Glenn bleed. I hate people sometimes.

Photo taken by me at The Roy in Minneapolis last year.
Completely off subject, but last night on a whim I went to the Apple Store and purchased Snow Leopard. I had been thinking about it and wasn't going to drop the $29, but then I saw a lot of good things said about it on Twitter. I installed it and, I must say, my computer seems to run faster. Also, preview is a lot nicer. I haven't gotten to play around with the new Quicktime very much (was never a big user of it in the past), but I opened it and it looks like it has a lot of new features. I haven't checked my computer, but I read that Snow leopard takes up less room than Leopard did. If that is true, I like that a lot. Overall, though, it doesn't *look* much different, but I guess that is what you get for $29.

Ren & Stimpy video just because that show is AWESOME~

Friday, August 28, 2009

Mackenzie Center

Today, Ian and I visited The Mackenzie Center, which is an environmental center which has a lot of trails and is home to a lot of wild, local animals who have been injured and are recovering at this facility. I took a few pictures with my phone, so please forgive the not-so-great quality (forgot my real camera). And I wasn't able to get a good picture of some of the coolest animals-the wolf and the coyotes! They were moving too fast.

A skunk.
A wild deer on the same side of the fence as us.
A porcupine eating some stinky broccoli.
A very strange badger.
An angry-looking bald eagle.
A mountain lion-the scariest cat I've ever seen!
Very cute fox.
A squirrel nibbling on a nut in a tree.
Mean-looking owl.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The other insane cat

They are mental!!!

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Insane Cat

Spirit is super hyper when I go to bed.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Purse #2

Another purse I made last week.

Purse #1

A purse I made last week.

Buttons-Round 1

These are some of the buttons I had made. They will be available at my etsy shop, which I am planning on opening by October 1st. Link to follow in future post!

Ponyo Loves Sosuke!

I saw Ponyo last week....and loved it! It was so cute. I highly recommend it for children and young at heart alike!!

I don't know if I have mentioned this before, but my top two movies of the year are

And Moon

P.S. My week off of work last week was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, August 1, 2009


I spent nearly the entire day today researching pinback button makers. Oh my gosh, I didn't realize how overwhelming this was going to be. I can either go the route of a plastic hand-press for less money (but still a little pricey) and risk things such as having buttons not turn out because of major room for error in the process of making the buttons and/or the machine itself breaking because of not-so-durable materials used in its construction. Or I can go the route of a much more expensive manual press that would allow me to make really nice buttons in large quantities. Now, I am pretty certain I could make money doing this. How much money, though, I am not sure. I am pretty confident that I could make nicely designed and pleasing buttons. I am also a bit of a nerd about popular and geeky things that seem to be appealing to people. I also know that buttons are quite popular and have been for quite awhile. My ability to sell, though, may be lacking. So, what I have decided to do is to design several great buttons, have them made at someplace like Cafepress and test the market. I will open up a shop somewhere online (most likely ebay or etsy) and try this out. If successful, I will then assess how much money I am willing to dish out for a pinback button making machine.