Saturday, May 30, 2009

Talent Is Not Enough - An Incredible Book!

Some of you know by now that I'm a graphic designer. I love it. It combines (or has the potential to combine) almost all of my hobbies into one vocation - photography, art, computers, telecommuting :) and more!

Currently I'm in the process of developing my own design business (complete with website and promotional materials), so I would appreciate your prayers as I seek to learn everything I need to know about freelancing, managing a business, and relating to clients.

Though the task is daunting, I've discovered several resources which have been enormously helpful. Talent Is Not Enough: Business Secrets for Designers by Shel Perkins, is one of those. It covers a variety of topics such as:
  • How to get on the right career path
  • The best way to determine pricing
  • How to avoid common legal pitfalls
  • How to structure projects for success
  • The secrets of efficient teams
  • How to sustain your business long-term
Perkins book is easily accessible, very comprehensive, and tremendously insightful. He identifies the numerous disciplines that a successful designer must excel in, and points out the chief foibles and mistakes which can so easily lead to financial ruin and legal issues.

This has been such a helpful book for me, and I can't recommend it highly enough. Visit the official website for more details (and bonus chapters!) or purchase the book here.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

In Defense of Male Cooks

The grill - this is where it all begins.

Pepper steak

Teriyaki shish-kabobs

Beef shish-kabobs

Italian herb chicken

BBQ wings

Flaming wings

Chipotle chicken

More wings

The proper response to a good meal.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Upper Hand

I'm pleased to inform my Coca-Cola and Pepsi-loving friends that Dr. Pepper rules. It was established in 1885, Coca-Cola in 1886, and Pepsi in 1903 (can you believe soda is that old?), therefore it possesses "firstborn" status in the world of fizzy liquids.

It's the best. Period. :)

It Is Getting Very Serious Now

Chuck Baldwin just published an update on some alarming new legislation which seeks to deny 2nd Amendment rights to those who are on the "potential terrorist" list - including those who supported Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, Bob Barr, and those who oppose things like abortion on demand, gun control, the Income Tax and countless other people, projects and initiatives.

It Is Getting Very Serious Now, by Chuck Baldwin, May 12, 2009