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Chrome Extensions The Chrome Extension Cleanup

The Chrome Extension Cleanup

Posted on Friday, March 18th, 2016 under News | No comments

When I opened up Chrome last week, the latest update seemed to have wreaked havoc on my toolbar extensions, with all of the hidden and disabled items showing up in one long list. Odd indeed, but a perfect opportunity to clean out the cobwebs and pick some new favorites. Here again for your amusement and critique is my yearly Browser Extension Roundup! And yes, you will notice this year that it is only Chrome, as that ...

Denting the Universe

Denting the Universe

Posted on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 under Life News | No comments

It's almost the end of the year, so of course that means it's time for me to start self negotiations as to what is in store for next year and where/who I will end up being after another cycle of 365 days.

Did my morning treadmill run at PF today to silence (as opposed to the enormous amount of reading I have been accomplishing lately while running); I wanted to listen instead. Listen to life; listen ...

2014 Browser Plugin Roundup

2014 Browser Plugin Roundup

Posted on Friday, March 28th, 2014 under News | No comments

It is that time of year again! We've moved past the initial NYE resolutions and the fresh feeling the winter solstice brings and now it is up to us individually to clean things up and push forward with resolve. This of course includes the obligatory OS X re-install (coming soon) as well as removing outdated and unneeded plugins/applications (more on that soon, too).

Here for 2014 is my list of extensions/add-ons for all the popular browsers. ...

Fill up your ears and your Podcasts app

Fill up your ears and your Podcasts app

Posted on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013 under Life News | No comments

While I'm not among those that berate Apple against their use of "skeuomorphic" design (e.g. the boys at The Verge or most of Leo Laporte and his crew) and definitely enjoyed the appealing little reel-to-reel animation in Apple's first attempt at a iOS podcast app, seeing the app hit an actual stride in version 1.2 is very welcome.
As a daily user of the app, with at least a couple of different podcast networks spin thing ...



Posted on Saturday, September 29th, 2012 under Life News | 1 comment

I love the place where God has me right now; just busy enough with school, work and freelance that I have to fight hard to set aside precious time exclusively for Him.

I love that he is using strongly minded men like Rob Bell, Tim Keller and Mitch McKinney to help me grow; not to indoctrinate me, but to teach me to ask questions AND to seek answers; to fully understand who and why I am ...

2012 Browser Plugin Rundown

2012 Browser Plugin Rundown

Posted on Friday, August 10th, 2012 under News | No comments

I recently moved to the newest version of OSX, 10.8 Mountain Lion, so that of course means that I spent some time updating applications, clearing out old plugins and just in general cleaning out. For your benefit and my own archival reference, here is a short list of all the plugins and extensions I had been using in my browsers, grouped by engine. Enjoy.

Vote my Threadless – Sesame Balance

Vote my Threadless – Sesame Balance

Posted on Friday, May 4th, 2012 under Design News | No comments

This is the entry I finished last night for one of Threadless' recent contests, featuring characters from Sesame Street. It started with pencil on paper and after only a few revisions based on feedback from Jodie, I took it straight to vector in Illustrator (using my personalized Brush set).

Feel free to vote it up and check out some of the other really great submissions. You actually have a chance to win a $100 Threadless gift ...

iPhone OS 4.0 Sneak Peak

iPhone OS 4.0 Sneak Peak

Posted on Friday, April 9th, 2010 under News | No comments

I had intended on posting about all of the features I am excited for in the upcoming iPhone OS 4.0 software update (of which there are many), but Apple did a nice job of spoiling that with ...

More reminders of their continued belief that the HTML5 markup language is a direct equivalent to and a capable replacement for Flash, Flex and AIR ... where it definitely is not.
A re-written development agreement that not only restricts ...


Magic Mouse

Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 under Life News | No comments

Since my beloved Mighty Mouse has not been functioning as preferred (specifically, the top and side buttons were not being recognized) I have been eagerly anticipating Apple's Fall product update so that I could look into getting whatever the new iteration of the mouse might be. Today Apple announced the new Magic Mouse and while I am very excited to try one out in person, I was less excited about the fact that it is ...


October Monster

Posted on Sunday, October 4th, 2009 under News Sketches | No comments

A sneak peek of the monster I drew for this month and the upcoming revamping of the Dra Studio website. I was getting really frustrated with both all of my physical inking solutions ... my brush-tip markers were dull and I still can't get a steady flow running from the quills.

So after trying three times, I just gave up and finished this guy off in Illustrator with the nifty new blob brush.


Fixing Web Sharing after the Snow Leopard install

Posted on Friday, August 28th, 2009 under News | 8 comments

I've mentioned this great article before for instructions on enabling the built-in PHP5 functionality of 10.5 Leopard (this article is not so bad either), but with 10.6 Snow Leopard install I did today, I found that I was getting "403 Forbidden" errors when trying to access the localhost, so I thought I would share this quick tip on how to correct the access and resolve the issue. Besides this, I haven't experienced any issues with ...


Urban Hills Preview

Posted on Friday, July 17th, 2009 under News | No comments

Here is a quick desktop grab of some logotype ideas I am working on for Vanessa and Tambra. That is all.


Yeti for the iPhone

Posted on Friday, July 10th, 2009 under Downloads News | No comments

Pretty much anytime Mel and I start talking about anything Yeti, I have to draw it. It's like I have this Himalayan fever and the only cure is letting it out with pencil, pen or Wacom stylus.

For this piece I did my typical pencil drawing, covered over with felt-tip marker and then digitized with the normal "Brush" tool in Illustrator ... but once I got to that point, I wasn't entirely happy with it. So ...


Protecting my books …

Posted on Thursday, July 9th, 2009 under News | No comments

With the recent move and our now smaller place, I decided to take a bunch of my graphic novels, comic books and art/design-related books to the office.
My boss suggested I put a label on them. :)


Couch in progress …

Posted on Monday, July 6th, 2009 under News | No comments

So I am still working on this characters couch piece for the Drä Studio site, but this is how it is coming so far ...
I still haven't decided on the line style for it ... clearly ;)


Shutter Down

Posted on Friday, July 3rd, 2009 under News | No comments

A sneak peek at the icon I made in DFP class the other night. It should be available for purchase on GraphicRiver later on this week.
** Update - It is now available!


Backing up Tweets

Posted on Friday, July 3rd, 2009 under Life News | No comments

The longer Twitter continues without a solid business model, the less trusting I become in the stability of their social system and in the safe-keeping of all those tweets I have spent so much time in writing. In fact, I think a problem that is going to surface very soon (once more people become aware of it) is that Twitter only keeps your last 3,200 tweets ... a seemingly big number, but one that ...


Bleeding Eyes

Posted on Thursday, June 11th, 2009 under News | No comments

... well not really, but close enough. Thanks the non-exporting and defunct joy that is SimpleLog, I have been staring my eyes out at MySQL tables and gui blog entries. I am only 1/4 of the way thru, but no worries ... I will continue to digitally dilate my eyes until you can enjoy the wholeness that is the next release of this blog. Soon ... soon indeed.



Posted on Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 under News | No comments

Thanks to Jason M reminding me yesterday about the joy that is the free MySQL database management app for the Mac, Sequel Pro, you will now find that many of the old posts (especially of the sketch variety) are now correctly displaying images.

Also, for all you RSS and XML fans out there, you may want to check out the following:

iTunes RSS Generator
HTTP Client

Both are coming in really handy for the Project 2 ideas our DFP ...


"... be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might." - Ephesians 6:10 http://www.drastudio.com/babymax


Posted on Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 under News Status | No comments

"... but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” - Joshua 24:15 http://www.drastudio.com/babymax/


Posted on Monday, May 11th, 2009 under News Status | No comments

is spending a wonderful Mother's Day at the Florida Hospital Orlando with his beautiful wife, little baby Max and plenty of friends


Posted on Sunday, May 10th, 2009 under News Status | No comments

"He restores my soul ..." - Psalms 23:1-6 http://www.drastudio.com/babymax


Posted on Saturday, May 9th, 2009 under News Status | No comments

is done looking at CSS selectors & trying to fix Non-Native Art issues in Adobe Illustrator. Time to head to the NICU and see my baby boy :)


Posted on Friday, May 8th, 2009 under News Status | No comments

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for & certain of what we do not see. This is what ...” Hebrews 11 http://www.drastudio.com/babymax/


Posted on Friday, May 8th, 2009 under News Status | No comments


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