Wednesday, October 14, 2009

***Dreams in Digital***

Happy Hump Day!

Canon Printer/Copier/Scanner

Thank goodness the week is half over.  Does anybody else feel like time is just flying right by?  I was thinking about what I wanted to write today, and I really want to focus on items that are going to help those of us that work from home and will save us money.  In my home office, I have what I think are the top of the line printers, copiers, fax machines, and so forth.  Some of us still need to be able to make money, and I'm thankful I have the flexibility to do it from home and look after my daughter.  I know many of you are in the same position whether you be mothers or fathers.  The items I am including are again FREE.  You will need to probably do some surveys, but it's nothing that will kill you.  I use these things all the time and, as I have said before, this is what helps me survive in our economy.  My absolute favorite item is my Bluetooth Mobile Printer which allows me to print hard copies of documents while I'm out if necessary. 

If I want to incorporate these products into my arts hobby, I absolutely can.  I use one of these printers to develop photos that I have taken, and they turn out wonderfully.  My goal in doing this is just to assist those who are still trying to make something of themselves during these times.  I hope you all find these items helpful.

Anyone who is involved in art/photo knows how much technology is playing a part in the 21st century.  Let me know if you have any other suggestions.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

This Isn't It...

Hey guys,

So yesterday they released the new posthumous single from Michael Jackson, "This is it."  Come to find out that the song was actually written 18 years ago with a Puerto Rican singer who is now threatening to sue unless he gets paid royalties and gets credit, and so on.  I swear Michael's probably turning in his grave right now because of how his "friends and loved ones" are handling all of his business.  So sad!  Only several months after he passed away there's a movie and new albums coming out.  I understand that the world should acknowledge a great artist.  However, this is to the point where financial greed is overshadowing the intentions. 

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If you haven't listened to the song yet, you may want to hold off.  It is kind of disappointing compared to some of the other songs Michael has given us over the years, "Jon Pareles, the chief pop critic of The New York Times, said in a blog it "won't be on anyone's list of best Michael Jackson songs, even if it's a long list" and hoped there was something better in the Michael Jackson vaults of album outtakes."

Another article that included the orginal writer of the song, Paul Anka, claims Jackson "stole" the tapes from his recording studio way back when.  OK people, the man is dead already.  He went through enough torture when he was alive!  I think he got the point already. 

Monday, October 12, 2009

Gaga for Lady Gaga!

Welcome to a new week everyone!  For those of you who had to work, take today off. Haha.  I was luckily able to find a sitter for my little girl and head to downtown Ft. Lauderdale.  My head and liver are still hurting.  Anyhow, over the weekend the Human Rights Campaign dinner took place in Washington D.C.  For those of you who have ever had a chance to speak to me, you know this is an important issue.  I do not put up with ignorance from anyone and feel these issues need to be addressed by someone. 

One of the most noted performances of the evening was Lady Gaga with her rendition of the classic John Lennon song "Imagine."  According to OMG!, "Gaga's version changed John's lyrics to reference Matthew Shepard, the 21-year-old college student whose tragic 1998 murder in Wyoming inspired government legislation against hate crimes which passed earlier this year."  Gaga herself has been surrounded by much controversy with people questioning her sexual orientation. Check out her performance in the video posted here.

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 As you can tell from all of my blogs, I focus on controversy.  The world is boring without it, isn't it? ;-)    The National Equality March was set to take place the next day, to which OMG! added, "Gaga also addressed the crowds in a speech at the march's rally on Sunday, as did 'Sex and the City' star Cynthia Nixon, the cast of Broadway's 'Hair,' and Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. The rally was carried live on C-Span and cable channel Logo went dark in honor of the march."

To me, Lady Gaga is an amazing talent despite her eccentricities which can overshadow her abilities at times.  For anyone wanting to be a singer, take notes and realize that's what it takes.  Leadsinger Karaoke System

Friday, October 9, 2009

~~Make Sure you get my Good Side~~

It's Friday! Who else is excited???  To finish out the week, I decided I should focus on photography since it is still a big part of this blog.  To me, photography is very underappreciated considering how vital it is in our everyday lives.  It makes memories, shows us what's going on in the world, and entertains us in our favorite magazines.  I used to work with photographers and know that it's a whole other world being behind the camera.  At one point, I had my own tabletop photo studio, which is not as expensive. It's actually a lot more liberating than being in the photo. 

For today's star of the day, I did not have to think.  My favorite photographer ever is...

Annie Leibovitz

For those of you who have no clue who that is, let me just show you some of her work that I'm sure you'll recognize instantly.  COOL Lite Portrait Studio Kit

             She does not only photograph celebrities, but this is some of her most famous work.  Controversial? Absolutely.  At least that's what a lot of people thought.  This is art people!

   Other celebrities Ms. Leibovitz has photographed are: Michael Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Gwyneth Paltrow, Iggy Pop, John and Yoko, and the list goes on...She's responsible for many of the "Got Milk" ads that everyone loves so much as well.

The most recent news about her revolves around financial troubles and lawsuits, but you can read about that on other sites.  She's still a wonderful photographer!  Everyone agree?

I hope everyone has a safe, wonderful weekend!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Make me Swoon!

Happy Thursday!  Today, I will be discussing the part of the band that brings in all the money.  For those of you who have ever been to a concert, at some point during the show you will find yourself zeroing in on these people and watching them play in awe.  Well, if it's a good band you will.  I'm talking about the guitar players.  As I said previously, I go after the drummers; but I have witnessed women countless times fawning over the guitarists.  I get it, these guys are talented.  If I ever did pick up a guitar, I'd be a bass player.  One string less to worry about! haha. 

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In terms of guitarists that I think are amazing, I'm torn between two...

Joe Perry of Aerosmith                                                                        



                                                                      Richie Sambora of
                                                                                     Bon Jovi


These guys have been holding guitars for decades, and I think they've proven themselves in the music world.  If I thought anyone younger had as much talent, they would've been up here.  Actually, let me be fair and give Slash of Guns n Roses/ Velvet Revolver a special mention.  :-)  He's paid his dues too!

Who's the guitarist that inspires you?  See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Pay it Forward!

Happy Hump Day!

The week is now half over, and I can't wait for the weekend to get here.  I'm in the process of looking for a new place, which is hell in South Florida.  Shoot me!  Anyhow, I hope yesterday's post was able to help someone out.  I'm hoping to find some more stuff to link you guys to for free.  Anything free is like gold these days.  By a show of hands, how many artists/photographers/ musicians out there have no money to buy your supplies?  Quite a few?  Ok. 

I'm a gift cardaholic and have a few to be able to show you guys where to get them.  I'm planning on using my $1,000 Sam Ash Gift card within the next two weeks to get my new drums online.  Thank you to everyone who made some great suggestions.  I'll be rocking out shortly! Haha. 

So I have chosen an artist of the day.  This came out of nowhere, but I saw his version of art.  If you've never heard of Stelarc, he's an artist that uses his own body as a canvas.  The piece that I found so strange was that he had an "Internet-enabled" ear implanted on his arm.  I don't know.  I just don't know.  The article in the Seattle Times was talking about him and I thought, "why not?"  You never know what strange things people are going to do.  Take a look.

Give me a break man!

Now what does everbody think of this bad boy? I wonder what has to be going through a person's head to be able to do this.  See everyone tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Living like a Starving Artist!

Hey all,

There's something important that needs to be addressed today, so I'm interrupting the star of the day theme I had going.  I don't know if anyone has noticed, but this country is going downhill financially and we're all going with it.  People are not able to find jobs, feed their families, or keep it together emotionally.  I myself am feeling the effects also.  I don't usually self disclose this much, but I have a 16 month old little girl at home.  She's my little angel, and I'd love to give her more in life which isn't possible lately.  Does it hurt? Absolutely!  One of the ways I've been able to spoil her somewhat without spending a lot of money is making some new clothes for her.  Yes, I said MAKING!  Let's not get lazy.  I know a lot of people don't have time, but it's not time consuming.  If you're a parent who's not able to give a lot to their child/children right now, this may be an option. 

Here's an attached link for a clothes making kit and some other items to save you guys some $$$. 
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Sewing Machine Package

Singer 9920 Quantum Sewing Machine

Just a note on these links.  I add them all the time because they work.  These items do have offers that need to be completed, but it's not a lengthy process and you do get the item.  I wouldn't be surviving otherwise.  These items have allowed me to fix up some of my daughter's current clothes, instead of being forced to buy new ones. 

My goal was not to put a damper on the mood of this blog, but this has been a big issue lately.  I hope this advice is able to help someone out there.  For you dads who think sewing is a female thing...get over it.  I don't forecast times getting better any time soon.   I want everybody to let me know some other ways they have been able to make things work in their current state with the economy.  Have a great day everyone!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Little Drummer Boy

Happy Monday everybody!!! I hope everyone's weekend was as restful as mine.  Back to business though.  I had time to think about what I wanted to cover today over the weekend.  When I was a little girl, I was in love with the drums and anyone who could play them.  My father tried to teach me, but that was shortlived.  Looking back, I wish I would've stuck with them.  Everyone loves a female drummer, right? Yeah, I know.  On that note I'd like to use today to talk about great drummers.  They are the back bone of every band regardless of what anyone says.  Girls like to swoon over guitar players (which you'll catch me doing once in a blue moon), but drummers are my pick!  I may get some argument over my pick for best drummer today, but this man has been my pick for over 15 years.  If anyone disagrees, run to the comments section!

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My pick for best drummer...drumroll please....

Steven Adler of Guns n Roses

I know I've just upset someone! :-)  I have several reasons for choosing Mr. Adler, so hear me out for a moment.  Number 1- Even after having a heart attack and two strokes, the man taught himself to play drums again.  That's a real drummer.  Number 2- Listen to Appetite for Destruction and tell me it's not awesome!  I know everyone listens to Welcome to the Jungle every now and then. 

If there are any aspiring drummers out there, learn from this man.  If I had more discipline, I would have stuck with the drums myself.  Remember gentlemen...drummers get the chicks! haha.

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If anyone disagrees about Steven Adler being amazing on the drums, let me know who you think is better!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Yoko's Other Man

I was thinking about which artist has really had an impact today, and it was funny that the first one that came to my mind was also linked with Yoko Ono.  Maybe the lady's bad luck, who knows?  All I know is this man is a huge icon in my favorite genre of art...pop art.  Many questioned his sexuality, religious beliefs, and overall mental health.  I think you know who I'm talking about.

Andy Warhol

Even though he passed away in February of 1987, his work still serves as an example of what the human mind can be capable of...on acid.  No, just kidding!  This man had his hand in every mode of art possible.  Some of his best works include: paintings of various celebrities, films such as Chelsea Girls, and leading The Velvet Underground.  I think the best part about Andy Warhol was that he was not afraid to push buttons and go against the crowd.  Think you've got the talent to be another Warhol...prove it! 

On August 21st, Bramblitt Contemporary Gallery posted an article entitled, "Can I Be an Artist?"  One of the main things they mentioned is that just asking yourself if you can be an artist shows you've got the drive to do it.  Being an artist is not always about just having natural talent.  Otherwise, there would be no art schools in existence.  Some people just feel like something's missing without it.  I'm all about supporting the arts!  So what does Cindy say?  Support your local museums! :-)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Good to be Back!

Hi guys!

As you can see, I haven't been on here since March. Life gets busy sometimes. Anyhow, I had a sudden creative urge to get back on Blogger and turn my page into a haven where artists, musicians, and everyone in between can be noticed. At the same time, you all will also be able to find some great deals on stuff that will help you realize your passions. I have interests in photography, any type of art, and good music. Unfortunately, it's not my time to be famous yet. :-( What you will be seeing from me is a particular artist I find inspiring, and you will also have a chance to mention your own as well. Without further delay, here's my first artist...or in this case, artists.

The Beatles

The Beatles: Rockband with Controller

In case you've been living under a rock lately, the Beatles have been everywhere. Rockband premiered a commercial several weeks ago that features the legendary rockers, and it can still be seen at least 20 times a day. I know there're still a huge amount of Beatlemaniacs out there who are collecting photos and albums like they're going out of style. Who wouldn't? These guys were absolute rock stars to the core! Let it be known also that almost 40 years after breaking up, they are still breaking records. They had a monster release to coincide with their new Rockband game and sold about 2.3 million albums within 5 days. In my opinion, these guys inspired and continue to inspire all the artists that we consider unique today.

According to the late great John Lennon, "Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it."

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Ace of Cakes Hits a Sweet Tooth

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The results are in, and the Food Network's "Ace of Cakes" is an unexpected fan favorite.

Who would have ever guessed that one of the Food Network's most successful franchises would be a docu-soap series that focuses on the day-to-day challenges of running a custom cake shop in Baltimore? Six seasons strong, "Ace of Cakes" pulls in

some of the network's highest numbers and has made a star of baker and food artist Duff Goldman. Not only does the show give life to an intensely creative yet relatively unknown segment of the food industry but also has presented in Goldman the type of light-hearted, supportive and self-effacing boss anyone would want to work for.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Is Rihanna Really Going to Take Him Back?


If Chris Brown can have a career, then clearly anyone can. Record your own music with this free recording software.

Rihanna and Chris Brown returned yesterday to Los Angeles after what some were calling a "reconciliation" weekend at a Miami-area home owned by Sean "Diddy" Combs.

Photos on celebrity news site TMZ appeared to show Brown, 19, and Rihanna, 21, arriving on the West Coast via private jet early yesterday, after a weekend at Combs' Star Island mansion.

The reunion came three weeks after Brown allegedly assaulted the "Disturbia" singer during a pre-Grammy ceremony altercation.

While Rihanna apparently kept a low profile during the Florida getaway, Brown was photographed jet skiing in the waters around the Combs compound.

Some sources told Us magazine that Brown will be arraigned in Los Angeles on Thursday on charges stemming from the duo's Feb. 8 altercation.

Since then, Rihanna has reportedly traveled alone to Los Angeles, Mexico and her native Barbados, while Brown has spent time in Las Vegas and his Virginia hometown.

Rihanna's father this weekend told Us magazine that he supported his daughter's decision -- whether it was to stay with Brown or end the relationship.

"I'm behind her, win or lose," Ronald Fenty told Us. "I will be supportive. If that's the road she wants to choose, I'm behind her. I hope to see her soon. I talked to her after her birthday, and she told me she's OK."

People magazine reports that Brown called Rihanna on her 21st birthday, one week ago. "He called to wish her happy birthday," a source told the magazine.

"They've reached out to each other. It's been mutual."

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Check out this creepy beefcake


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Basic Yellow Cake


  • 3 cups sifted cake flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups milk

Makes: Cake serves 12.


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom of two 8-inch round cake pans and line with waxed paper or parchment paper. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. Cream sugar and butter together until light. Add eggs and vanilla to creamed mixture and beat until thoroughly mixed. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Continue beating one minute. Spread batter evenly in prepared pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool layers in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely. Fill and frost as desired.

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