Archive for February, 2008

Travel tip #24

Posted in Travel, Uncategorized with tags on February 29, 2008 by studioburns

small_img_0418.jpgHave small bills with you for taxi rides. If you have to pay with a large peso, you may get this for change….the counterfeit ink looks extra special after it comes out of your soaking wet wallet! It will make great journal decoration!

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iphone and imac not on speaking terms

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 28, 2008 by studioburns

I just got a shiny new iMac which is just waiting to be cluttered to death… part of the cluttering process is transferring clunky data from all sorts of other places. In this case, I decided I would attempt to transfer my address book info from my iPhone to my iMac wirelessly. I was all excited as this was my first real experiment with bluetooth technology… so I set everything into motion. Voila, my computer sees my phone but for some reason my phone does not see my computer. There were plenty of tutorials on how to get your bluetooth device to connect to your iMac… but I had already completed all the steps… so I called Apple…It turns out.. get this…. it turns out that the iPhone isn’t set up to “talk” to other apple devices. Huh… it’s a snobby little gadget that will only talk to headsets… we might be able to fix this if we all ban together and send them letters (www.apple.com/feedback). What good is it being an Apple junkie if the club is purely aesthetic? 

Way South of the Border

Posted in Travel on February 25, 2008 by studioburns

I’m off tomorrow to Buenos Aires on assignment for Delta Airlines. The land of red meat, red wine and the tango! I’ll be hanging out in wine bars and restaurants shooting the lifestyle for the in flight menu. Thank you Bob Wages and everyone at Wages Design for such a great job! Barring a coup, I’ll be back in a few days with stories to tell.Chau! 

Something from Nothing

Posted in Misc Projects with tags , on February 13, 2008 by Jerry

Now that I have a real office at Portfolio Center I decided that I should have a desk, but not just anything will do. Since I’m involved in the Sustainability initiative at the school and AIGA, I thought it would be fun to make one using only materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Since my studio is next to a cabinet shop, it was easy to accumulate scraps from their discard bin. Walnut, maple, oak, cherry and a few others. I downloaded a photo of an acoustic guitar from the internet and made an enlarged template. Here’s an in progress photo:  g_desk_small_mg_5914.jpgtemplate_mg_5918.jpgg_desk_sanding_mg_5921.jpg 

Airport Extreme Rocks!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 13, 2008 by studioburns

For over a year now I’ve been annoyed by the poor wireless reception I’ve been getting at home. I had tried different locations for the router, replacing various equipment (not cheaply, I might add!) and had just about resigned myself to a life of walking around the house with my Powerbook looking for a signal. This weekend I installed an Apple Airport Extreme and got religion! I can now walk to the far corner of my lot past the pool and relax and surf under the pergola and look like one of those cheesy ads in Wired Magazine. Life imitates commercial art imitating life as seen through the eyes of commerce. Since I discovered last year that I’m allergic to my pool (what would life be without irony?!) I can now hang out by it and look like I’m just between swims.

StudioBurns moves toward LEED certification

Posted in Environment on February 13, 2008 by studioburns

Jerry recently completed his first online course for LEED certification. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction. Since its inception in 1998, LEED has grown to encompass over 14,000 projects in 50 US States and 30 countries covering 1.062 billion square feet (99 km²) of development area.[2] The hallmark of LEED is that it is an open and transparent process where the technical criteria proposed by the LEED committees are publicly reviewed for approval by the more than 10,000 membership organizations that currently constitute the USGBC.

Individuals recognized for their knowledge of the LEED rating system are permitted to use the LEED Accredited Professional (AP) acronym after their name, indicating they have passed the accreditation exam given by the USGBC.

So, baby steps to be sure, but ones that move us forward!