Editable Hang Tags

Editable Hang Tags

One of my favorites weekend morning activities is fooling around in Photoshop. From time to time I find myself lured by one or more interesting effects. This time it was grungy, well worn (thought not worn out) hang tags. It actually started when I stumbled across a Photoshop tutorial on how to create a well worn ace of spades playing card. This tutorial is a popular and one can view results of the tutorials students in various locations on the web:

View Tutorial View Kevin Chu’s Result View Lara’s Result View My Result

Where would the fun be if I didn’t provide my .psd. One never knows when something other than “SALE” might come in handy.

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Free Bitcoin

Free Bitcoin

Who doesn’t need spare change from time to time. Starting right now you can mine your own coin with my Photoshop Bitcoin file. There are two designs to choose from, or edit my file and create your own coin design.

Bitcoin History

Bitcoin is an open source peer-to-peer electronic money and payment network introduced in 2009 by pseudonymous developer “Satoshi Nakamoto”. Bitcoin has been called a cryptocurrency because it uses cryptography to secure transactions. Digitally signed payment messages are broadcast to and verified by a decentralized network of computers all over the world. Specialized computers use a proof-of-work system to prevent people from copying and spending the same bitcoin multiple times, a problem for digital currencies known as double-spending. The operators of these computers, known as “miners”, are rewarded with transaction fees and newly minted bitcoins.
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Pinterest Social Button Link

Add to your header above the body tag (though I cheated and put it right into the body here 😛 )

Edit and add to your page where you want your button to appear.

Here is the code I’m actually using. Of course your gonna edit this to fit your project.

Add to your header above the body tag (though I cheated and put it right into the body here :-P )
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script>

Edit and add to your page where you want your button to appear.
<div class="socialIcon-box" style="float: right; height: 64px; width: 64px; display: block; margin: 0 0 0 12px;"><a href="http://pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=https://flashalexander.com/wp-content/uploads/pinterest-icon.png&media=&description=Flash Buddy's Pinterest Demo" class="pin-it-button" count-layout="horizontal"><img src="https://flashalexander.com/wp-content/uploads/pinterest-icon.png" /></a></div>


Budweiser Vehicle Wrap Scam

Budweiser Vehicle Wrap Scam

I don’t think I would have fallen for it, but initially when this email arrived, I wanted to find out what drivers got paid for letting companies wrap their vehicles. Remember back in the day when college towns were run amok with VW bugs covered in attention grabbing logos? Like most scam emails, this one had a spelling error and forged headers.

Return-path: <lipmanrecruit@budweiser.com> – Seriously?!

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Dear Applicant,

Wrap your car with Budweiser Select® Beer Advertisement Wrap and Get Paid… It is Very Easy and Simple with No Application fees required

Here’s how It works – The basic premise of the “paid to drive” concept Budweiser Select® Advertising seeks people — regular citizens, not professional drivers — to go about their normal routine as they usually do, only with a big advert of “Budweiser Select® Beer “plastered on your car/truck.The adverts are typically vinyl decals,also known as “auto wraps,” that almost seem to be painted on the vehicle, and which will cover any portion of your car’s exterior surface.

What does the company get out of this type of ad strategy? Lots of exposure and awareness.The auto wraps tend to be colorful and eye-catching and attract lots of attention. Plus, it’s a form of advertising with a captive audience,meaning people who are stuck in traffic and can’t avoid seeing the wrapped car alongside them.This program will last for 3 months and the minimum period you can participate is 1 month.

You will be compensated with $400 (Four hundered dollars per week),which is essentially a “rental” payment for letting our company use the space and we shall provide Experts that would handle the advert placing on your car.

Interested person should please feel Free to fill out the information below and send it back to us today and we will get back to you with details.

Full Names: Address Line 1: Address Line 2: City: State: Zip Code : Age: Home Phone Number: Cell / Mobile Phone Number

Best Regards,

Paul Lipman

Hiring Manager,

Budweiser Select® Beer

Replay to: lipmanrecruit1@yahoo.com

The scammers who send this message also post the same offer on sites like Craigslist, Oodle, or Gumtree, create well-designed advertisments, and even contact people who submit their resumes online hunting for jobs.

The offer sounds good, especially since you have the option of removing the wrapped sticker after the number of months you select. If you accept the offer, the scammers will then send a check for a large amount of money, according to the length of time you want to be the mobile advertiser.

The instructions for cashing the check indicate that a certain portion of the money is to be kept as your payment and the rest is to be sent via wire transfer to the company who will supposedly wrap your vehicle. After wiring the money, you’ll find out that the original check was a fake and the transaction bounced. Now your bank is after you for thousands of dollars.

Avoiding Email Scams

No major brand would hire just anybody to wrap their cars with advertising. Corporations are very careful about their image and typically have huge marketing departments within. Be very careful when you receive this email, as the message might be presented in a very professional manner. The scammer steals images from websites belonging to reputable companies that do professional car wrapping and make you believe it’s their business. Delete the email, not every online job opportunity that comes your way is real.

 Always do your research and work only for legitimate employers.

Instagram Plugin

Instagram Plugin

Testing the Simply Instagram plugin, currently at 63,530 downloads; the most downloaded Instagram plugin. The Simply Instagram plugin display your Instagram photos in three Endpoints that Instagram offers through shortcode for Post and Page or using Widget.

This plugin requires your Instagram ID and Access Token. Major update on version 1.1 is the on page Instagram Authorization. After activating the plugin, go to Settings -> Simply Instagram then login to your Instagram account and authorize this plugin to access your Instagram data. If you authorize Simply Instagram, it will retrieve your ID and Access Token.

Flash Buddy’s Instagram Gallery

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Good Customer Service

Good Customer Service

At Lowes?! Isn’t it the case that in virtually any store (Ace Hardware excluded) and when you ask an employee for assistance to find a particular item, it is more likely than not you get to observe that employees’ impromptu on the job training session as they drag you along on what amounts to an Easter egg hunt.

Colorado thunderstorms are renowned for the size of hail stones they can spit out, the volume of thunder they can produce and the velocity of wind they can generate. I’ve said many times how Colorado weather is an adventure in meteorology. It was one of those adventurous Colorado thunderstorms that blew down my fence; snapped off five four by four posts in howling concert.

A Lowes home improvement big box store is five minutes from the house – two minutes when you cut through the back of Target, Toys-R-Us and a string of leaser known stores. With the wife riding shotgun and Molly the dog in the spacious back of our ’94 Aerostar, we blasted off for Lowes.

Did you know you can bring you dog inside the store? If that dog is a Mexican Chihuahua he or she will be able to read the signage in their native tongue! Being a white guy, that always annoyed me – so politically correct. I digress. I had not passed three isles of quality Lowes products when a tall English speaking and equally white guy approached me and suggested he could help in finding whatever it was I might be looking for. “No way hoser!” I exclaimed. “I don’t want to follow your around this store and watch you do what I was going to do anyway; search for it”. This well kempt gentleman just smiled (a younger employee would have gotten his feeling hurt) and politely asked me to describe my needs.

Quickcrete Forming Tube“I’ve pulled out my old fence post cement footings, which left a huge hole that I don’t want to use double and triple amounts of cement when it comes time to putting in new fence posts. The preacher, my neighbor, tells me there is some kind of cardboard I can use to put in the hole and contain the cement.”

“Right this way sir, I have just what you need.”

OMG! I’m being escorted directly to a collection of cardboard tubes that are absolutely perfect for the job.

“The QUIKRETE 8-in Concrete Forming Tube is just what you need. If your putting your fence posts two feet deep, which I recommend, you can cut them in half and save money.”

Mission Accomplished

My wife Jan Baby and I spent about six hours spread over two days cutting the tubes into two foot lengths, digging about five holes that were too shallow, adding the tubes, backfilling the dirt, setting in and leveling the posts. Finally, we just added water to the Quickcrete which turned it into cement; VOIAL! New fence posts were up. That was the easy part. My decision to remove the old fence in panel instead of taking it completely apart was a poor one. Jan Baby and I estimate that we spent more time trying to get the panels in that it would have taken to just nail individual boards back into place.