Archive for November, 2011

Honey Badger Don’t Care T-Shirt

Monday, November 28th, 2011


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Honey Badgers T-shirts are outselling all other designs on some of the print-on-demand stores like Zazzle and Cafepress.  Made me curious what the fuss was all about. The answer: a simple You-Tube video with 25 million hits and counting featuring a short nature film about the creature narrated by an incongruous voice with cello music in the background.

I decided to whip up a couple designs of my own featuring the honey badger. I made a posterized honey badger, cut him out, and put him in front of some text with a yellow-orange-red gradient.  Underneath it reads: “Do I Look Like I Care?” I made two versions, one for light shirts and one for dark.

honey badger shirt

 

 

When I showed my daughter, 13, she immediately wanted one.  So did her friend.  We printed the design out on iron-on transfer paper and made some up right away.  I also put my honey badger design up for sale on Zazzle.

I asked for design advice from my son and was surprised that he voted not to have little bits of the letter dropping down.  He said it looked too much like blood and was a bit gory.  And here I thought the blood and guts reference might appeal to a 11-year-old boy.

Here’s the two versions.  Should I have left in the red crumbs?  They are supposed to be crumbs from the big bite out of the text.  But I am not sure that even comes across.  Hmmmm.  Let me know you opinion in the comments section (you gotta scroll down a bit to see it).

honey badger shirt by creativezazz

 

Version 2

 

honey badger shirt with blood crumbs

 

I made a back for my daughter’s shirt.

 

back of honey badger shirt by creativezazz

 
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I made a volleyball version of my Honey Badger design.

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Spa for Women to Re-Open in January

Thursday, November 17th, 2011


Spa for Women to Re-Open Under Former Owner

When the Spa for Women unexpectedly shut its doors last month, hundreds of Inland Valley women were left without a gym. As I posted here, many of us grieved the loss of a low-key, all-female gym that felt like home.

Spa owners shut down the place with no warning to employees or members and with no communication afterwards about whether the gym would re-open and if so, if our memberships–many of which were paid years in advance–would be honored. The Spa did not update its website or give any of us the means to communicate with each other. That’s why I started a Facebook Page, Bummed About the Spa for Women in Upland Closing.

I am happy to let you know that the answers to many questions Spa members have can be found in posts in this FB group. The biggest news is that Gary, the owner of the building and equipment, has announced that he will be re-opening a new and improved Spa in January. The FB page also has lots of offers from local gyms for free trial periods. Some of the Spa instructors have let us know where else they teach as well.

Gary says he cannot afford to honor our existing membership cards at face value as his investors need cash flow, but he is offering discounted rates, depending upon how many years you had left on your card and whether you had pre-paid for other services, such as training etc. He seems sincere about trying to offer members the best deal possible, and he seems committed to re-invigorating the Spa. He is also making an effort to reach out to members to let them know what is going on and to solicit their input. His outreach is a welcome relief after weeks of no information at all about what was going on.

The FB group has lots of information about the Spa’s closing and reopening and about your options. It also offers a way for you to communicate with other members. To join, go to the group  Bummed About the Spa for Women in Upland Closing then ask to join. I think any existing member of the group can also add other friends.

I hope this information is helpful.

 

Related post: Spa for Women in Upland Shuts Doors: Now What?

How to Stop Ads Based on Your Browsing

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011


 

 

Do you think it is super creepy when you computer seems to know what you’ve been up to? Let’s say your 4th grader is doing a book report on, say, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa,  He spends a few hours Googling using keywords relating to the mission.  Next time you use the computer to buy something, you see in the checkout recommendations on books relating to the mission!   How did that happen?  Then you notice about a bazillion ads for wrinkle cream popping up. . . . how did the computer know you are a middle-aged woman?

Turns out it’s cookies: digital tracking beacons fed to your browser by websites you visit. These cookies allow a company you never heard of to keep track of you and market to you.

No, you never signed up giving permission to be tracked.  Who would?  But to get it to stop, you have to opt out.

About a month ago, I figured out how to opt out–it is super simple–and magically, the creepy Big-Brother marketing stopped!  What a relief.

Today’s LA Times article “Ad Companies Have Their Hands, or Cookies, in Your Browser,” gives a great overview on how these cookies work and how to get rid of them.  The article recommended checking back periodically to make sure your opt out is up to date

I went back to the opt-out site today, and sure enough, I found a few more ad networks I needed to opt out of.  A few clicks and I turned off all those nasty behavioral tracking cookies again.

Seems silly we have to opt out rather than opt in.  But it is easy to do.  I recommend it.

Bad enough that all the retail stores now have loyalty cards that track everything we buy, and Facebook keeps track of God-only-knows what about us.  We don’t need Big Browser giving away secrets to marketers as well.

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