Trumpet Fanfare playlist by semperpraesidio on Spotify

Trumpet fanfare for reprise of spoken words

Whenever you say something awesome over instant message, share this Spotify playlist with the recipient of your incredible words: Trumpet Fanfares. HEY WHY STOP THERE? CAN THE APPLE WATCH HAVE A DEDICATED PLAY A SPECIFIC SONG BUTTON? When you say something incredible, you just hit that button, and boom. TRUMPET FANFARE LIVE IN PERSON. And …

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Discovering podcasts from 14 years ago

Podcasting is a huge business these days, weighing in at $11.07 billion market value in 2020. Expected to grow to $60.50 billion in 2027. WOW! Long before podcasting became huge, back in 2006, I helped to start the Chicago Podcast Meetup group. The great Leigh Hanlon, one of coworker friends at Tribune Media Services, shared …

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BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!!! HEY, EXCLAMATION POINTS KINDA LOOK LIKE UPSIDE-DOWN CANDLES ON A CAKE.

Exclamation points are upside-down birthday candles

To get your point across, do you ever type in 72-point red type in your email? Try it sometime, it’s fun for both sides. The recipient will (hopefully) love getting such unusually large text. You, as the sender, typing out such massive letters might even notice some new aspects about typography. Say you are emailing …

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"Mah Nà Mah Nà in my Spotify Discover Weekly

Origin of “Mah Nà Mah Nà”

When you hear the phrase, “Mah Nà Mah Nà”, do you think about the Muppets? That’s what I thought when this song by Piero Umiliani came up on my Spotify Discover Weekly. I thought this was another cover of the Muppets goofy song. But that album cover for Piero Umiliani’s “Mah Nà Mah Nà”—it does …

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Canadian Stamp News used one of my photos for an article about the Christmas Philatelic Club

Do you love stamps? And do you love Christmas? Then you might enjoy how the Canadian Stamp News nabbed one of my photos for an article about the Christmas Philatelic Club. Normally, I’m not a huge fan when websites just grab my images and use them without asking. But since I love both stamps and …

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Airport parking garage transformed into drive-through art gallery

An airport parking garage in Cologne, Germany is transformed into a drive-through art gallery. 300 artworks are on display on luggage carts, which gives just the right viewing height for people in cars to see the artwork while slowly driving by. With less flights (and I assume less parking in the airport), they have the …

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Free graphic design magazine 6x/year

Want a free graphic design magazine mailed to you six times a year? Here is a funny story about how my free subscription was accidentally mailed to someone else for five years. Graphic Design USA has been the trends magazine for and about the professional graphic design and creative community for over 50 years. You …

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Antarctica looks like a lotus flower

Seeing these two posts next to each other on my blog draws a connection between the shape of Antarctica and the shape of a lotus flower. If these two images look rather similar, what would a reverse image search for the lotus flower turn up? One map in particular matches up pretty nicely from historytoday.com …

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Growing in mud

The Hindu name Pankaj has a wonderful meaning. The word is a compound of paṅka ‘mud‘ and the suffix -ja ‘born from, growing in‘. The associated symbolism is of the lotus that is born in mud and blossoms after arising from mud. from wikipedia What a wonderful notion: growing in the mud. We think of …

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Bing says vintage apple crate labels are guerilla art

Bing has a very interesting interpretation for what “guerilla art” is. Do an image search on Bing for “guerilla art” and you’ll get a listing dominated by vintage labels. Most of these results come from a blog post, “20 vintage apple crate labels from the Pacific North West“. These vintage apple crate labels are quite …

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Minecraft-style custom wrapping paper

Minecraft and Star Wars custom wrapping paper

Every year for my niece’s and nephew’s birthday, I make custom wrapping paper. This year I did a Star Wars theme and a Minecraft theme. When making custom wrapping paper, it’s often nice to work in the recipient’s name to make it feel more custom. The Minecrafter font and Star Jedi on dafont.com are handy.