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The Best Worst Case Scenario: Part 4

[stag_icon icon=”chevron-circle-down” url=”” size=”50px” new_window=”no”] I’ve written many times before about some of the dangers and traps associated with the use of credit cards. But an article (with some interesting Facebook comments) that Megan sent me about a new credit card program with super-OMG!-amazing sign-up bonus features got me to...

The Best Worst Case Scenario: Part 3

[stag_icon icon=”chevron-circle-down” url=”” size=”50px” new_window=”no”] I’ve written many times before about some of the dangers and traps associated with the use of credit cards. But an article (with some interesting Facebook comments) that Megan sent me about a new credit card program with super-OMG!-amazing sign-up bonus features got me to...

The Best Worst Case Scenario: Part 2

[stag_icon icon=”chevron-circle-down” url=”” size=”50px” new_window=”no”] I’ve written many times before about some of the dangers and traps associated with the use of credit cards. But an article (with some interesting Facebook comments) that Megan sent me about a new credit card program with super-OMG!-amazing sign-up bonus features got me to...

The Best Worst Case Scenario: Part 1

[stag_icon icon=”chevron-circle-down” url=”” size=”50px” new_window=”no”] I’ve written many times before about some of the dangers and traps associated with the use of credit cards. But an article (with some interesting Facebook comments) that Megan sent me about a new credit card program with super-OMG!-amazing sign-up bonus features got me to...

Against Public Music

In Fallout: New Vegas, you are an unfortunate courier who is shot in the head but has the fortune to survive it. For the remainder of the game you can choose to engage in various quests to find the man responsible. One major problem is that you live in a post-apocalyptic world which is still feeling the effects of a centuries old Atomic war. You not only have to contend with casino bosses who...

If The Church is Rockin’, Don’t Come Knockin’

[stag_icon icon=”chevron-circle-down” url=”” size=”50px” new_window=”no”] If I ever manage to reach my golden years, I have great hopes of being a curmudgeon. A writer whose name I have forgotten mentioned that being a curmudgeon takes a fair amount of practice, and thus I consider this post an investment in my future curmudgeoniness. Being heavily...

How To Use After Effects Shape Layers Without Tearing Out Your Hair

[stag_icon icon=”chevron-circle-down” url=”” size=”50px” new_window=”no”] One of the most versatile tools in After Effects is Shapes, which can supplement or entirely form the totality of your project. They can be endlessly malleable, but are also kind of a pain to work with. But with the proper tools (some free and some paid), you can quickly...

The After Effects Killer Killer

[stag_icon icon=”chevron-circle-down” url=”” size=”50px” new_window=”no”] At the beginning of 2011 I had a motion piece I needed to create, and as I was putting together the concept I realized that I needed a scene where I had a rope falling down from the top of the frame, to then have two opposing hands pulling on it. I was still using Apple’s...

How To Motivate a Creative

If you have a bunch of creatives in the room, getting them to do what you want can be a bit like herding cats, except they (the creatives) may be even more obstinate and willful, if that’s even possible. Fortunately, you probably won’t have to buy kitty litter. Motivating creatives can be tricky, because creatives are often motivated by different things than other positions. But learning what...

Do What You Will

For I know that there dwelleth not in me, that is to say, in my flesh, that which is good. For to will, is present with me; but to accomplish that which is good, I find not. For the good which I will, I do not; but the evil which I will not, that I do. (Romans 7:18-19 DRA) As St. Paul’s all too famailiar-in-experience soliloquy here illustrates, we humans often have great difficulty when it comes...

Don’t Be A Dummy, Idiot!

I have written more than I probably should have on credit cards and debt, given my lack of financial training and acumen. And since I have written about these things and share them on the interwebs, naturally my internet search results and Facebook ads invariably tend toward these types of items with great frequency. And so from time to time I see links pop up showcasing “THE OMG BEST CREDIT...

How To Give Feedback to a Creative

If you are a client, one of the most important things you can do to aid the creative process is to give good feedback. We’ve all heard about how we should provide consecutive criticism, but in my experience very few people actually know how to put this into practice. But consistently giving good and constructive feedback to the creatives you work with is one of the best ways to build trust and...

How To Have A Meeting With A Creative

Having worked in the creative field for many years, I can safely say that the part I hate the most about it is the meetings. I mean, come on, interacting with a client? Who wants that? 😉 Tongue-in-cheek aside, I have always struggled with meetings. And while I doubt that anyone truly loves meetings and eagerly desires to attend them, it is hopefully safe to generalize that creatives probably rank...

How to Use Music With Video

If you create videos on a regular basis, you’ve no doubt discovered the importance of a great soundtrack. Usually more than anything else, the music you use will be what either sells the video on an emotional level or causes it to fall flat. The visuals are- of course- extremely important. But music has a way of connecting with your audience on a deeper level, often in ways that they don’t even...

How To Be Oblivious

We all are oblivious from time to time, either missing what is right in front of our faces or forgetting the obvious that we should already know so well. We like to imagine that we are perceptive, but far too often our own preconceptions blind us to the reality that presents itself in unfamiliar ways. The term oblivious has an interesting etymology, coming from the Latin obliviosus, which itself...

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