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    Festival of Trees

    The Festival of Trees will be held at Atria Senior Living of Stamford today, December 8, 2011 from 6 pm to 9 pm. Every year at this time, Atria hosts the Festival which raises money for senior services.

    My business networking group entered a tree for auction decorated with gift cards from all the members. answerYES donated a gift card good at Stamford Toys, one of our clients for whom we designed the logo featured on the card. Our tree was designed by the talented florist Gary Zinsmeyer of Gary Z of Stamford with help from Laurie Meek of LNM Organizing Solutions (both stellar members of our group).

    So come out and play among the Trees (maybe put in a bid or two). Hope to see your there!

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    Code Monkey

    I know this is an old song (circa 2006) by Jonathan Coulton but I was reminded how much I liked it recently after stumbling upon reruns of Code Monkeys on G4.  This video was stitched together from pieces of Black Heaven, a Japanese Anime TV series from 1999 (interesting idea but not much on story… like most Anime).

    Happy Thanksgiving 2011

    Considering turkey was not likely on the menu for the first Thanksgiving feast between Plymouth settlers and Wampanoag natives, Americans will consume roughly one-third of all turkeys raised in 2011 on this day and Christmas, that’s about 68 million gobblers (according to the National Turkey Federation).

    Given the next day is Black Friday, you’re gonna need that Tryptophan-induced rest.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Cool Tool of the Month: Adobe Kuler

    I’ve been using this Cool Tool since it was release a few years back and like many of the products that come out of Adobe, it just gets better with age. Adobe Kuler is a free web-based application for creating and sharing color themes. It is incredibly powerful tool for Web designers but quite frankly it is pretty useful tool for anyone who works with color themes for anything (such as packaging or interior design).

    Adobe applies the same color-theory algorithms found in its Creative Suite so you can easily generate color themes from scratch (using the color wheel), from an uploaded photo (or pulled in from Flickr), or started with one of 500 million themes donated by the Kuler community. Once created, your color theme can be imported into Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Fireworks, or Flash. I could go on but this video from Adobe TV does a fine job summing up the features.

    Recently, Adobe rolled out Kuler for Android v3.1 or higher (no iOS version as of yet but Adobe is working on it and you can be notified here when it is released).

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    This was the “greeting” I received upon visiting Lord & Taylor’s website just a little before 11am this morning. Maybe I’m being a tad critical here but major retailers should never be down. Especially during the holiday shopping season.

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