Illustrating a magazine article

This is one of those posts about the kind of job you do. I do graphic design and also quite a bit of illustrating – the hand-drawn kind.

One client I have is a trade mag for the hotel industry, for which I illustrate an article a month. I don’t know a whole lot about that industry, but when the editor emails me the article she answers any questions I have. Recently an article concerned the dilemma some hoteliers face when their brand headquarters demands they implement a PIP – that’s a Property Improvement Plan. Some hotel owners go through with the PIP to upgrade their hotel, but others opt to sell the hotel outright or ‘flip’ it to a new flag (hotel brand). Each of these choices has its own issues, expenses and time-consumption. The editor wanted me to illustrate the quandary of choosing between these options.... [Read More]

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The Ratburger Way

I hope this site delivers the goods to various Members. I want you to think of it as three different restaurants. The first one is a ritzy place with tablecloths and superb wait staff. The second is a bistro with families and light fair. The third is a little Ratburger stand in the parking lot.

The ritzy place is “the long serious” posts that people write. Someone has taken the time to write something good and we should respect that. The entrance to that restaurant is by clicking on the category  Long, serious posts.  By clicking on that you get to see all the gourmet Ratburgers. There is a dress code in there. (They haven’t let me in yet so I don’t know for sure.)... [Read More]

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TOTD: Inheritance vs Legacy

Back in the 1960s, as I understand it, anyone could walk into a hardware store and walk out with a gun very easily; which shouldn’t be surprising because guns, after all, are tools.  Some of these hardware stores would sell all manner of military surplus rifles, usually out of the barrel in which they were received.

My dad was a traveling pharma rep in the 60s before he went to med school, and he would stop in just about any hardware store he encountered on his rounds….and many, many times would walk out with a trophy.... [Read More]

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Book Review: Freedom Betrayed

“Freedom Betrayed” by Herbert HooverThis book, begun in the days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, became the primary occupation of former U.S. president Herbert Hoover until his death in 1964. He originally referred to it as the “War Book” and titled subsequent draft manuscripts Lost Statesmanship, The Ordeal of the American People, and Freedom Betrayed, which was adopted for this edition. Over the two decades Hoover worked on the book, he and his staff came to refer to it as the “Magnum Opus”, and it is magnum indeed—more than 950 pages in this massive brick of a hardcover edition.

The work began as an attempt to document how, in Hoover’s view, a series of diplomatic and strategic blunders committed during the Franklin Roosevelt administration had needlessly prompted Hitler’s attack upon the Western democracies, forged a disastrous alliance with Stalin, and deliberately provoked Japan into attacking the U.S. and Britain in the Pacific. This was summarised by Hoover as “12 theses” in a 1946 memorandum to his research assistant (p. 830):... [Read More]

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TOTD December 14, 2017: Japanese Bingo

[Ed. Thoughts of the day don’t have to be long. Short is okay.]

Back on the wall there is a poster with different color circles. Those colors correspond to different color marbles in the octagonal thing in the center of the table. If you get the right color, you win. BTW, no white privilege here since white is the loser color.  You spin that once around and one marble falls out. I had ten tickets so I could spin it 10 times. (10 is a good number for me.) I WON!!! TWO PRIZES!!! I got a Red Marble and a Yellow Marble. I also won some gift certificates.... [Read More]

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RatChat

You may have noticed a new item in the main menu at the top of the page: “Chat”.

This will take you to RatChat, Ratburger’s integrated chat system, implemented using CometChat.  When you click the link, you’ll be taken to a chat page already logged in to the “Ratburger” chat group, which is for general discussion among members of the site.  Other groups may be added for general topics or special events, but with the current paucity of members, it doesn’t make sense to further subdivide the number of people participating in chat.... [Read More]

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Some Prehistory

My thought a few weeks ago was to start an online Conservative community. Why? The reason was I saw a need that was not being met properly. I wanted a simple, stable, and secure site.

I talked to a few friends. One friend, Stu in Tokyo, told me about his woodworking community. I thought I would use that model and use the same forum software package. Before I started I wanted to run the idea by John Walker.... [Read More]

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Steyn on Moore

I agree with much of what Steyn writes concerning the stupid party screwing up a slam dunk election by meddling to keep Mo Brooks out. There’s plenty of blame to go around, but I’m disturbed by the number of “Republicans” celebrating losing. If someone is always happy when their side loses or brags about donating to the other side to ensure a loss, they’re not really on the side they claim to be on.  Beyond that, they have enabled the media to get away with dropping unproven accusations at the last minute to smear a candidate as a pedophile or pervert with zero proof.  I find it naive to think that the Left will treat this as a one time event and won’t repeat this tactic next year. This put the Senate in play in 2018 barring some turn of events like the Mueller investigation imploding due to criminal behavior by its members.

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Ratburger: The Prime Directive

As the site has prospered in the first half-week of its existence and the user community (counting people with multiple log-ins) is about to break into double digits, I’d like to clarify what we’re trying to accomplish here.

The goal is to create a discussion site where intelligent people can have civil conversations on a multitude of topics without the distraction of advertisements, promotions, trolls, or incessant flaky or slow software due to unprofessional configuration control.  To that end, this site is built upon the industry best practice foundation for Web discussion sites: WordPress plus BuddyPress.  WordPress currently runs around 25% of all of the sites on the Web, has demonstrated itself to be scalable to sites several orders of magnitude larger than this one will ever become.  BuddyPress has its limitations, but it extends WordPress (which was intended for managing a blog, possibly with multiple authors, but with central control over content) into a community with multiple member-authors and loose editorial control.... [Read More]

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