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Valentine’s schmalentines: a freebie and a giveaway

January 29th, 2009

[CONGRATS to JessRawk of Ottawa for being picked FIRST in the draw; she's chosen a squid tee as her prize. I'm still waiting to hear back from the runners-up... will post results soon.

I have mixed feelings about Valentine’s, mainly because I can’t believe how quick the Christmas lights get replaced with pink heart garlands these days.

FREEBIE

So I got to doodling tonight, and came up with this grumpy fellow…

No chocolates or rosepetals for this dude, no surprise picnic at the planetarium. If you’d like to keep him company (or if you’d like for him to keep yours), feel free to download and use him as your desktop wallpaper*. The actual jpg is 1024 x 768 pixels, so you may need to ’stretch to fit’ your monitor.

GIVEAWAY

It’s been a really terrific couple of weeks in my corner, and this purple grump has me in a giving mood.

THREE prizes up for grabs:

  1. The t-shirt of your choice from my shop (subject to availability).
  2. Any eight greetings cards of your choice from my shop.
  3. For the Ottawans: One pair of tickets to see the Ottawa Senators vs. Vancouver Canucks play on Thursday, February 19th evening. Scotiabank Place, 2nd level end.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here; make sure to include an email address where I can reach you to let you know if you’ve won!

For keeners: extra ballot if, in your comment, you let me know what your favourite item from my shop is.

Nitty gritty

  • Contest is open worldwide
  • I’ll draw three winners at 9:00 a.m. (EST) on February 12th, 2009 — first winner gets dibs on their top pick of the prizes, second winner gets next choice, and third gets the final item.
  • I’ll let the winners know by email, and will also post their names here.
  • Winners will have 24 hours to respond to me; if they haven’t responded by then, I will redraw names.

I think I’ve covered the bases… So have at it!! (And good luck :)

*Just to be all official-like, I should mention that the purple grump downloadable above is for personal use ONLY, on your desktop. I retain all ownership and reproduction rights, yo.

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Ringing in the lunar new year

January 26th, 2009

Growing up, it was second nature in our family to know what zodiac sign everyone else was. Grandpa was a monkey, Cousin Petrina is a tiger, my Mom is a snake (to her lament), Uncle Edmund is a rooster… So obviously I’m not talking about daily horoscope stuff; this is the Asian version of astrology where each year is attributed a different animal, and they repeat every 12 years. And it goes by the lunar calendar, which rolls over about a month later from what we westerners go by. Today, in fact, is the first day of the lunar 2009, and it’s now the Year of the Ox (aka. Bull, Cow).

I’m a rabbit (scoff all you want, but it’s coupled with being a Taurus, which may explains things), as was my Grandmother — so we had a bit of a bond, besides the fact that I was named after her. Recently, I found a bookmark that she’d given me when I was a kiddo, around 7 or 8:

I wonder now when I look at it if she got the pun or not; her English was very limited. More than likely, she probably bought it just because of the picture of the two bunnies. It was a nostalgic find, as you can imagine.

Last night, we had a new year’s eve ‘do at my parents. One of the courses is what my parents call, in English, “Taiwanese fajitas” — a very traditional dish, especially for new year’s. Lots of different fixin’s (a cabbage/snow pea stir fry, bbq-ed pork, fried egg, crushed peanuts, coriander, pickled veggies, hot & sweet sauce)…

…that are all rolled into a spring roll wrap…

and eaten just like that (no deep frying). Here’s my roll, with the rest of my plate: sushi (ok, not very Taiwanese), fried noodles, sticky rice, and chicken

Apparently, all the different fixin’s for the ‘fajita’ are seen as the past year’s sins and lies… so by wrapping them all up and eating them, it’s a way of putting them away and starting anew. Nice idea, if only things were that easy…

This was a tough tough year for a lot of people I care a lot about, so I’m putting a lot of pressure on the ol’ Bull to pull through and make it a better one this time around. Here’s to a happy, healthy year, and we’ll top it all off with a fat fajita at the end!

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How to ruin a perfectly good picture

January 24th, 2009

John has a box of old camera equipment — lenses, film SLRs, gadgets; the box usually sits untouched in the office closet. John does a lot of reading about different photographic techniques and geekery, then tries them out. Today, he did just that. He pulled out the long-ignored box o’ goodies, dusted of his Contax RTS (circa 1975), and coupled it with his much newer digital point-and-shoot to conduct a very serious experiment:

For the photo-heads out there who want to know what he was up to, John just posted about it in his second-ever blog entry.

And for other photos he’s taken (that I haven’t ruined), click here to see his site.

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