Having my daughter and her boyfriend home over Hanukkah was an extra special treat. During their visit we hung out, lit candles, ate jelly donuts, shopped, went to our oldest nephew’s draft party, cooked, celebrated a birthday, lit more candles, ate latkes, went to the World Press Photo exhibition at Dizengoff Center, lit candles, ate, shopped, hung out in the sunshine and warm temperatures, ate, and generally did all those things one does during a short trip home.
Thanks to taking three whole days off work (though sadly enough I still checked work mail from home) , I also had a little time for surfing:
- Pensionbook – Funny in a painful sort of way. Both the knitter in me and the 54 year-old in me cringe. (via gotoweb2.0) And in a completely random act of telepathy, Crabby at Time Goes By disses facebook, several times apparently. Worth reading each and every one. (Certainly making me rethink why I’m staying on facebook.)
- NORAD tracks Santa – Using Google Earth (via Google Sightseeing)
- Idea Generator – Almost as good as keeping a notebook and pen on your bedside table (via Web Zen)
- Tim Ferriss: How to Negotiate like an Indian-7 Rules – Probably more relevant for my work than you could possibly imagine.
- PI Users should definitely check out CarolOyl’s new Tutorioyl on Making Custom Frames. Even after using the same version for 4 years now (v8), there’s so much hidden functionality in PhotoImpact still to be discovered. (via PII)
Well, I did say a little time for surfing. There are more links somewhere, but I can’t seem to find where I put them. Off to play with Carol’s new tutorioyl now because tomorrow is the start of a hugely demanding workweek.
Hannukah with the family
Originally uploaded by liron.
Blogging will continue to be light this week. Meantime, Candle Power (originally published in the New York Times, 8 Dec 2007).
With the holidays fast approaching, a lot of websites are busy publishing Holiday Shopping Guides. Some of my favorites so far:
- Time Goes By’s Holiday Gifts for Elders, which I think is full of great gift-giving ideas even if you don’t fall into the “Elder” category. Great suggestions in the comments too.
- Unclutterer’s 2007 Gift Giving Guide, which focuses on gift giving that won’t end up cluttering your or your recipient’s house. (Updated to point to the entire series of Guides)
- Ziva over at Designist Dream has been running a fabulous daily Hanukkah Gift Guide focusing on homegrown (ie Israeli) made items. There’s a daily gift idea for men, 2 for women and one for kids. Even if you don’t live in Israel, check out these products, many if not most available for purchase online.
- Next is a website dear to my heart being a crafter, take the “Buy Handmade Pledge” site with links to some of the major indie crafter sites. Not just for the holidays, support indie crafters all year long.
- This is also the time of year that many people make a special effort to donate to charities. If this especially speaks to you, please consider Kiva.org which has gift certificates available for giving. On the home grown front, please consider donating to Yad Sarah, which provides essential services to Israel’s disabled and elderly at nominal or no cost to the recipient.
- For any of you PhotoImpact users out there, the PhotoImpact International Board has started it’s annual “Gift-a-Day” calendar online.
With the first night of Hanukkah just around the corner (Tuesday, Dec 4) I just wanted to wish everyone who celebrates a Happy Festival of Lights and share some of the PI Objects I’ve made in the past.
All the above are available in the 200712-JenT.ZIP file and can be downloaded from the Box.net widget in my sidebar. Also included in the ZIP file are the SMP for the Star of David Painting Fill and the SMP for the sufganiyah (Jelly Bismark) Preset. If you are having any trouble importing the SMPs or using this Goodie, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
As always, this Goodie is being released under the following Creative Commons License. Questions about this license are always welcome.
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The font used in my greeting is Ben Natan‘s Anna Bold, copyright Ben Natan and available for personal use.
For PI users I’ll be posting two more holiday gifts in the next couple of weeks. Subscribe to my blog feed or my Box.net feed to be notified.