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Nails

Holo Nail Polish by Color Club

June 20, 2016
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Colors from left to right: Eternal beauty,  Miss Bliss, Cosmic fate, Kismet, Over the Moon, Beyond

So I work with my hands pretty much everyday and for the most part I just keep my nails painted clear to avoid walking around with tacky chipped polish. I rarely paint them anymore but when I saw the color “Miss Bliss” (pink holo) by Color Club I just had to have it. The nail polish is what’s called a “holographic” polish, basically the glitters reflect multiple colors when hit with light. It looks like a metallic pink when you’re in indoor lighting but the moment you step outside it looks like your fingers have been painted with unicorn shit and who doesn’t like unicorns? Also it makes me want to go outside just so I can stare at my own hands and these days I need more reasons to get out and get me some Vitamin D.

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The Blue Pear Burger
Food Recipe

The Blue Pear Burger Recipe

January 7, 2016
The Blue Pear Burger recipe ingredients

The first time I had a burger with pears and blue cheese I was at the Elephant Bar in Emeryville Ca. and instantly fell in love with it. I knew it would be something that I wanted to eat again but didn’t necessarily want to go out of my way to get, especially if I could make it at home. So I scoured the internet for a recipes of burgers cooked with pears and finally found one I could tweak to my liking. The blue pear burger recipe features caramelized pears,  balsamic red onions, arugula leaves, and is topped with blue cheese and crispy maple walnut bacon. The flavors go so well together and it is very close to the original Elephant Bar burger with the exception that I added bacon and different herbs and spices to the patty. I named it the blue pear burger obviously not bcause the pears are actually blue but they are topped with blue cheese. Any who, here goes the recipe. Enjoy.

INGREDIENTS

Burger & Burger Seasoning:
2 Beef Patties
2 tsp paprika
1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp brown sugar (dark or light)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper

Balsamic Onions:

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp maple syrup

½ red onion sliced thinly

2 tbsp red wine (optional)

Bacon Topping:
A small handful of walnuts
4 pieces of Smoked Bacon
3 tbsp of Maple Syrup

Caramelized Pears:
1 pear (sliced)
1 tbsp of butter
1/2 tbsp of White sugar
1/2 tbsp of Brown sugar

Other Toppings:
2 Brioche Buns (cut in halves & toasted)
Handful of Argula Leaves
2 Slice of Blue Cheese

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Technology

Protecting Your Work Online

January 3, 2016
Protecting your work online:

The toughest thing about being an artist and sharing your work online is where it may end up being shared without your consent. In a world where everything is a screen shot or a right click and save away, how do your protect your work from being stolen and used without your consent? How do you even begin to keep track of where it may end up? There’s honestly not a 100% full proof way to prevent your work from being taken or used without your knowledge.  You can try to watermark your work but a lot of times it can be removed with things like Photoshop you can try disclaimer messages but those often go ignored. I would recommend trying any prevention methods you can think of but some of the best things you can do are done after it has been taken and this is why monitoring your art work is very important. Here I will show you how you can  monitor your artwork and file what is called a DMCA Complaint (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) when you find your work being used without your consent.

Please keep in mind I am not a lawyer so take this advice at your own risk. I will tell you my experience and how I personally went about protecting my work and getting it removed but that does not mean every situation you may face will have the same outcomes as mine.

What is a DMCA?:

A DMCA basically protects you as a content creator online whether you create art in the form of pictures, text, audio, or even video. You do not need to have a legally registered copyright to file a DMCA complaint but please only file it if there is a legitimate reason to. It is important that the work originated from you because you can get into legal trouble for filing false claims. Here I am going to show you the steps you need to take in order to properly file a claim and get your content removed from where it is being hosted.

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