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Boost Your Image: Bass Buds 2012 Collection In-Ear Headset with Mic at $30 Off 0

Posted on November 26, 2012 by Blog Design Journal
Bass Buds 2012 Collection in-ear headset with Swarovski crystal

Bass Buds 2012 Collection in-ear headset with Swarovski crystal

Let’s face it. Part of your image as a hip, avant garde blog designer depends on having a cool smartphone and up-to-the-minute accessories. It does.

So how about an in-ear headphone with microphone that looks like jewelry and is driven by Crystaltronics sound technology? I thought so. And what if that trendy headset looks like equally trendy jewelry? Perfect.

Bass Buds 2012 Collection earbuds are premium in-ear headsets that fit all smart phones, laptops, tablets, MP3 players and more. And they take earbud luxury to a new level.

Not only is the sound great with Crystaltronics technology. They also have built in control and a tiny, unobtrusive microphone.

But there are 20 color combinations to choose from. The buds themselves are set with clear Swarovski crystals. I guess they represent the crystal clear sound.

Mine are white with cords that look like sterling silver snake chain. Really, truly gorgeous! Of course there are about a dozen more colors I want….

Bass Buds 2012 Collection earbuds in red

Bass Buds 2012 Collection earbuds in red

Every Bass Buds 2012 Collection set comes with three different kinds of ear pieces: matching memory foam, white silicone, and black rubbery stuff—and each of those sets comes in three sizes. So you can mix and match for the perfect fit. They are all soft and comfortable.

Bass Buds Packaging

Bass Buds Packaging

So your buds can fit exactly the way you want them to. And there’s a velvet drawstring bag to carry and store them all in.

Beware, though, there is also a tiny, glamorous catalog showing all the different colors. You will probably find yourself lusting after a whole bunch of the colors. I know I did.

So at this time of year it would be remiss of me not to point out what great gifts these make. And they come in a very cool gift box like the jewelry they sort of are. All the colors are beautiful and stylish, so you can’t go wrong. Whoever gets them will love you!

Save $30 on each pair you buy from now till December 25 with this discount code: BB59800 at http://www.BassBuds.net/ 

You’re welcome!

Keep Blogging!! 0

Posted on October 28, 2012 by GuestBlogger
Many people wonder what the secret behind writing successful blogs is. A successful blogger has a sense of magicians mystery around him. At first look, it seems as simple as writing good content but soon you realize that although words are the building blocks of a blog, they are not the whole dish.
If you analyze carefully, you will realize that there is no fixed style or pattern of writing a blog. There are popular bloggers with all talk & no fun and equally successful bloggers who work on the I dont give a damn attitude.
Some blogs run the entire length of page, while others can pass as footnotes. Its all individualistic style, and this is what makes blogging mysterious and exciting.To master the art of blog writing you must first understand whats a blog really is.
Blogging is different from articles, way different. An article is topic based while a blog is thought based. When you sit down to write an article you have a message that you want to put across. There is a preconceived layout that you have in mind that forms the structure of your writing.

Thats not the case with blogs. Blogs flow like feelings. Yes you have a thing you aim to blog about but its more of a direction, how & what are spontaneous. Read the rest of this entry →

I Love New York for Design Inspiration! 0

Posted on October 14, 2012 by Blog Design Journal

I love New York! Don’t you?

For artists and designers especially, New York is a treasure trove of museums, art galleries, and colorful scenes. Even the trendy restaurants in SoHo are full of design ideas. They are always ahead of the national trends.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is always inspiring. And the museum shop offers all kinds of inspiration and gifts to take home.

Cooper’s Union probably is probably my favorite design museum, though. Besides the featured exhibits, they have a wonderful fashion history collection.

From the Cloisters, in its beautiful parklike setting on Riverside Drive, to the Guggenheim, where the architecture itself is a work of art, New York never fails to entertain artists and designers. From one visit, you can bring back enough fresh ideas to last for a year.

To me Central Park is magical. I’m not sure why. It is a lovely park, with some nice sculptures here and there, but I think part of its charm is the contrast with the tall buildings that surround it.

Broadway shows are fun, but I also love the little shops on and around Broadway, like the Ballet Shop and a host of others. I even like the little grocery stores, maybe 10 feet wide, where you ask for what you want, and the proprietors dash around behind the counter, gathering your order.

For a writer, lunch or tea at the Algonquin Hotel is obligatory. You can easily imagine Dorothy Parker and her friends chatting, laughing and inspiring each other over coffee or cocktails.

We like to fly into JFK. It’s close to Manhattan, and you can stay in nearby hotels JFK airport for a lot less and use the money you save to buy all those must-have items at the museum stores. And for business travel it is so much more convenient to stay near the airport.

The last time I was in New York, I came out of the Met museum to find a colorful parade, celebrating some local holiday, passing by Central Park. People from all over the country had travelled to NYC to be in it, and I had never even heard of it.

See what I mean, New York is almost magical. It is always full of delightful surprises.

Girly Games for Girls? Yes, They Can Be Valuable. 0

Posted on October 04, 2012 by Blog Design Journal

I have to admit that lots of the games for little boys would not be appealing to most little girls. But I was really skeptical about online offers like Nail Games and Hello Kitty Games. So I decided to take a look anyway.

The truth is that in these days, we must get girls to play computer games so that they are comfortable enough with computers to compete in the modern world of work. Any kind of game that makes girls like computers is a good thing.

Of course, that is a generalization. Some girls do like boys’ games (though why should they have to?) and some girls simply love computers. For some girls, though, boys’ games are a turnoff that can make them reject computers until they get older, and that can be a mistake that can cost them dearly in later life.

So I tried out some free online games for girls, And I was pleasantly surprised.

It is not that I think there is a lot of real long-term value in choosing makeup and hair coloring for Avril Lavigne—though I have to admit it was sort of entertaining. It could also be a good lesson in how simply changing a few colors can change a person’s whole persona.

But what makes many of the games good for girls is the amount of creativity they encourage. Getting lured in by nail polish games (better to play on line than to breathe—and maybe spill—the real stuff), allows for free, safe fun that encourages creativity in choice of colors and patterns.

Playing coloring games, for example, can lead to a desire to do graphics. And that is a good thing.

There is nothing really profound about these games. They are not about math, science, history, or programming, for example. But there are quite a few games about time management, and that is a truly useful skill. Simply learning to make choices and deal with the results in running a pretend business is a good preparation for life.

From makeover games and Hello Kitty Rescue, girls may go on to graffiti games, for example, which are very close to logo design. Here is where creativity really takes hold, and any screen capture program can allow you to save the logos you create and use them in signs, stationery, and other programs as graphics.

I found this group, the graffiti games, the most appealing of all. Even adults can enjoy playing with these. (I bookmarked it to go back myself, in fact.)

It could be fun to get girls to compete with their friends for favorite graffiti name treatments and other graffiti art. Of all the games on the site, the graffiti games were the least girly. Boys would surely enjoy them, too.

Having seen what happens when girls are not encouraged to use computers for fun at a young age, even when they have computers available, I’m all in favor of getting girls to play any kind of games on line. Creative and time management games, though, seem the most valuable.

How about you? What have you observed about girls and their use of computers?  Is there a little girl that you could introduce to free online games for girls? If so, it might change her life. Please leave a comment and share your insights.

This post was brought to you by Dressica, free online games for girls.

Keep Your Eyes on Emerging Optical Technology 0

Posted on July 12, 2012 by Blog Design Journal

If you spend many hours a day in front of a high-resolution monitor, as I do, you know how important good vision is. If your eyes are tired, if you can’t see well, work becomes drudgery.

So if you wear glasses, you need them to be well fitted and made from an up-to-date prescription. You also want antiglare coatings and all that good stuff—anything to make it easier to see better.

Nowadays we are lucky in that technology makes great glasses easy to get, and Zenni Optical makes it convenient to buy stylish, high-tech glasses inexpensively on line.

Zenni has a fun infographic about the newest optical technology and the history of glasses that you will enjoy, I think. (I know I did.) Take a look at this Emerging Technology Info Graphic. When you get there, click on the graphic itself to see the full-size version so you can read it.

The graphic looks like this, but you will want to see the full-size version by clicking on the link above. You can read about Google’s Augmented Reality Glasses, Augmented Reality Contact Lenses, and Robotic Glasses (that may seriously help the blind to see. Plus the history of glasses, starting in 1000 AD.

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I wonder if there will ever be robotic glasses to help with blog design…. OK, I guess not.

Most of us, of course, are not in the market for robotic glasses or augmented reality (Google or otherwise). We just want some stylish glasses that look good and help us see really well. Luckily for us, there’s Zenni Optical.

What Does Your Office Style Say About Your Work? 0

Posted on June 25, 2012 by Blog Design Journal
Top view of hammered-copper bathroom sink 921

Top view of hammered-copper bathroom sink 921

When it comes to style, clients may not understand what makes one blog design better than another.All they know is what they like—and sometimes not even that.

But often the same client knows a lot about how to dress or about stylish office design. Even if they give no conscious thought to the correlation between your taste in office furnishings and your web design skills, you should.

Here is an example of something smart, practical and tasteful that could catch a client’s eye or simply speak for you and your taste and design skills on a strong but understated way. If you have a home office, or you have remodeled an office for your firm, including a private restroom for your own and clients’ use, what does it look like?

Side-top view of hammered copper sink 921.

Sometimes people skimp on the wrong things, and bathroom decor can be one of them. Something as simple as this copper bathroom sink could be the feature that speaks to clients (and potential clients) of your style, taste and originality in a very clever way.

The 921 oval single bowl topmount sink is made from 99% pure-mined copper. It is made in a single piece to provide a very strong and durable copper sink.

Copper is naturally antibacterial and stain resistant, great for small offices or busy households, because it is made of low-maintenance materials. The hammered finish stays looking great by hiding small scratches that occur with wear over time.

Bottom view of copper bathroom sink 921.

The sink’s overall dimensions are 17’ x 14” x 5 ¾” with the drain in the center. It requires an 18” minimum cabinet. Hand-crafted copper details add warmth and richness, and it harmonizes with almost any decor.

This is the kind of memorable, clever design feature that gives new and potential clients confidence in your taste and originality.And that can pay for itself many times over for years to come.

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Better Health for Better Blog Design 0

Posted on May 13, 2012 by Blog Design Journal

To do your best design work, you need to feel good. Pain interferes with inspiration and execution, too.

Medical research shows that inflammation (muscle, joint and body, respiratory, arterial, digestive tract, and/or widespread body cell inflammation) is at the root of much of the pain that people experience. day to day. And now there is something you can do about it. By reducing inflammation, you can reduce pain and improve your health, and that allows you to concentrate on designing blogs instead of coping with pain.

Scientists have rediscovered something that Indigenous people in the American Southwest have known for centuries: the health benefits of nopal cactus fruit. It seems that the fruit of the nopal cactus, or prickly pear, contains rare, potent antioxidants called betalains that have now been scientifically proven to reduce inflammation and help the body heal itself. Reducing inflammation reduces pain so you can function better.

A 12-year-old company called Trivita uses the fruit of the nopal cactus (Opuntia Ficus Indica), to make a wellness drink called Nopalea (No-pah lay’uh). Said to be quite tasty, the wellness drink helps the body neutralize inner toxins, reduce inflammation, and reach optimal health.

Over 3 million 32-ounce bottles of Nopalea have been sold, but you can try it for free (paying just $9.95 for shipping) by calling 1-800-203-7063.
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