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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Green works for print

Working on the print ad to roll out a collaboration between three construction/building groups: comprehensive Chinese Drywall remediation and executive service. The landing page for collecting potential client contact information and sharing an FAQ will be my project for the coming weeks. We've got "" ... score.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

How to Put Facebook on a Cell Phone |

How to Put Facebook on a Cell Phone |

I am writing on "social media" topics, my passion. There should be more of these to come.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie & HTML

Photo credit: Creative Commons: Flicker Wonderyort

My grandmother grew rhubarb in her garden in Wisconsin. It read cold, crisp, Fall-moving-quickly-into-winter. Harvest before the hard frost.

We never experienced "rhubarb," except when we were visiting Grandma Irene. She made strawberry-rhubarb preserves - heavenly, sweet and tart and certainly not fancy, out of well-worn Mason jars, on toast for a freezing Wisconsin morning - and strawberry-rhubarb pie. Her pie was perfect. Not a work of art like Baker's Square; but real pie, made with shortening and garden grown produce, kind of flat and not so gorgeous, certainly not a "photo op." But it was real. And I remember it was wonderful and exotic, a Wisconsin country-kind of exotic. Flavors that growing up in Europe didn't even began to prepare me for.

So here, as promised to my colleagues at PC Professor, is a starting point for Strawberry-Rhubarb pie.

All of these sound excellent. I've never (or rarely) made the same pie twice. I'm more like Lewis & Clark in the kitchen, always seeking new territories. Here's what I look for in strawberry-rhubarb pie:

cinnamon (great in the crust)
sugar sprinkled top
more rhubarb than strawberry
a thickening agent - due to the "watery" issue ... tapioca is wonderful ...

so let's go ... I have to select the one I'm making next, too ...

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Recipe
Lattice-topped Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie
Deep-Dish Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie
Southern Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Let me know how it goes! And if I find REAL rhubarb in the Publix close to me, I'll let you know!

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More to come above, put THIS one I am going to try next ... the trick is getting the filling to thicken properly, because rhubarb breaks down, just like celery, and has a very high water content. That's why frozen is just not quite right.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

DIY Chatroom

Article written for eHow through Demand Studios ... appears on DIY Chatroom:

How to Level a Particle Board Subfloor

Google "anne rose ehow" and there are pages of hits. Cool. I'm a writer.

10 Questions for Choosing a Dog |

10 Questions for Choosing a Dog |

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

My office

Very pleasant: view from the 19th floor, precious collectibles and a butler.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Construction Process of a House |

Construction Process of a House |

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This is one I'm really pleased with - David helped me write the article, with his ease on the topic and great skills at explaining succinctly. I used Building Solutions as a reference, was published on eHow, and have a great backlink to the Building Solutions Web site.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Working wordpress

I'm working on a blog for my sister to promote her artwork, and learning a new application. The blogs that I've done are on Blogspot. For Sherrie, I'm working on Wordpress. It's not very image friendly, perhaps the emphasis on "word" should have tipped me off ... I want to embed some slideshow applications from Photobucket, and am not having much luck.

I've got more to do, but this is a start. The home page has an elegant look that I'm liking so far. Nice URL too, Sherrie Rose, painter.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Clickable Twitter background

It's been a minute or two since I had a "my cool thing of the day" ... and this is it today: an application to make a Twitter background clickable.

Madison herself now links to her blog from her Twitter page.

Highly useful for embedding urls and email addresses.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Writing away

I have been diligently gaining chops writing for Demand Studios. Here's the thing, it's not a lot of money, but it's real money. The deposits go into my paypal account right on time. The first week, I earned $5, the second, $80. This week I should break $200. My stories are submitted, edited and published.

And now I am on the Web! Is this cool or what? Check out all my little articles, by "Anne Rose eHow Contributing Writer":

Causes of Dog Heartworm
Treatments for Cut on Dog's Paw
Do Anti-bark Collars Work?
Grapefruit Seed Extract for Dogs
Gallbladder Stones in Dogs

and the FIRST article I wrote (one day to be famous):

What Do Flea Eggs Look Like?

That one will go down in family history, as it was the sad end of a serious conversation and empassioned argument on our state of financial distress.

There are more to come. I am getting more proficient, writing more efficiently and being productive. It's not the great American novel, but it's work.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Not too constantly in contact

Las Olas Fine Arts
Quarterly e-news, designed on Constant Contact and distributed to opt-in 3400 subscribers

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Freelance Jobs | Demand Studios

This is intriguing. I am now registered as a "writer" with Demand Studios. Another rock turned over. Another mine worth mining.

Freelance Jobs | Demand Studios

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Not implementing

ha! this is my update:

Biznik. well, okay. I think that LinkedIn is richer, and for my clients, the connections will drill down deeper. Biznik seems to be loaded with marketing consultants and other such freelance types.

Fast Pitch Networking. I don't really see the value. There certainly is a glut of sites that request that you load up all your data, your photos, your links, your life. I signed up for a free webinar on how to maximize benefit from F. We'll see. Maybe a lightbulb will go off. And then again, maybe not.

Plaxo. Another one that I was already signed up for, and that I forgot about. (see Bebo, below) I signed back up. It will put some of my execs on overload. I don't think that the duplication of the "rolodex" function is that important. We are getting excellent results with LinkedIn. And the "guys" get it. LinkedIn is intuitive and the graphics are appealing.

Merchant Circle. Okay. Connected with a lingerie shop, a florist and a plethora of realtors. Great.

Q Alias. Nope. This one puts me on burnout. And I already am managing the internet presence for those that I am managing the internet presence for, so why do I need an internet presence manager?

Done for the day.

Making an hCard

photo of David
David Quintin Galassi
Building Solutions and Inspection Services, Inc.

511 SE 5th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33301 United States

This hCard created with the hCard creator.


F (Fast Pitch Networking)
Merchant Circle
Q Alias

well, maybe not IMPLEMENTING it all, but experimenting. I will make decisions on what is appropriate for whom. It's only worthwhile if it will be used with consistency, so always important not to overwhelm those with feet that are barely wet.

The button below is my little widget of the day ... not new, just basic.

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Monday, August 17, 2009


I started this entry in Wikipedia for Dominic Besner, one of the artists represented by Las Olas Fine Arts. He is one of the artists with the most substantial biography and notable body of work. He is a young artist, going important places in the art world.

The entry has evolved, with others adding to it, most in the form of bulleted lists of expositions, etc., that I have no control over. It is cool to watch this evolution, and exciting that one of my entries has "stuck."

Social media is cool

I'm not much of a You-Tuber, mostly because I feel like it will suck me in and be a major churn of time. Lots of cute videos, lots of beguiling snippets.

I will set myself a mission to find a couple client- or work-related videos and incorporate them into content rich posts this week. But they must serve my needs, not the other way around.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

In love with a widget

I am in love with a widget. Actually, with multiple widgets. Or just the thought of a "widget."

I can be a fickle lover. But today I know that I am fondly obsessed with the little apture widget. I am putting it everywhere I can.

Be still my heart. Whoops, I mean this heart.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


This one I like. I am thrown for a loop a bit with the concept of "aggregator" because I write so many things, use so many email addresses and wear a multitude of virtual hats.

Bebo didn't do much for me, but this IS cool. I listened to the ReadWrite interview this morning. Simple to set up and it was fairly tolerant of my multiple schizophrenic identities. The feeds that I have set between some of the Web sites become redundant on FriendFeed, but it's not terrible. I've got my three blogs, Madison's twitter, Miami dog care Examiner, my Flickr account and Facebook dumping here. I just might add some more.

I love the photo feeds. I've put this one on my tool bar. I'll keep an eye on it.

If you are on FriendFeed, find me at www.friendfeed/rosavie.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Lesson for the day

Today I built a sweet little website for Peter, who is selling buy-install hurricane shutters. He has a deal with a company that manufactures shutters; his customers get good prices and detail-oriented attention and service. Peter purchased his url and hosting through Costco and then got embroiled in their "design" service ... $375 to select a canned template and get canned content. I figured I could save him some money and at least do some a bit more personal.

Project, at least phase 1, is completed.

Sam and I went to see Julie and Julia today. Great movie, as it had all the ingredients I could possibly wish for:

  • Paris
  • French
  • Food
  • Cooking
  • French Food
  • Writing
  • Blogging
  • Love stories
  • Humor
  • and more ...
Worth the price of parking and admission, and a couple hours away from the "office."

I have discovered a cool little application, so this is my self-directed educational endeavor of the day.

Hello, Apture.


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Photo inspiration

How do I figure out what to write? Some days, it just isn't happening, although I know that it is important to constantly post fresh and interesting content in order to keep my readers returning.

Inspiration can come from anywhere. I have Google news alerts set, of course, and a community of bloggers - especially the Dogs with Blogs group for my column - that I read and from which I cull ideas.

I've been meaning to write a short little piece on "salty dogs." My friend, Becky, went on a sailing trip north along the coast. Her great photos have been a good jumping off point for a number of fun posts.

123 Taadaaa!

I am having fun trolling for people, inspired by having found a driver's license at the dog park this morning. The owner of the license is not on FaceBook, or MySpace, and doesn't come up in a google search, as far as I can determine.

No luck on the driver's license, so I'll follow the advice of a friend's friend the cop: just drop it in the mailbox.

And not an overwhelming result when I google myself. My little eight-letter name is very common. I could be anyone and do anything I guess, depending upon the day: porn author, distinguished professor, family planning advisor, landscape painter.

I found an interesting site that aggregates people search results, It's great one-stop shopping, and turns in pretty good results. I tried it on using friend's names. It does a good job of pulling from the social network sites, grabs linkedin profiles well and even turns up photos. All the links are clickable, so it's easy to navigate.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Arty copy was arty fun writing

This was fun to write, striving for high brow esoteric, but accessible content that actually makes sense:

Las Olas Fine Arts
has held a prominent place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as one of the primary venues for contemporary art over the last fourteen years.
Our contemporary direction features original works by over 45 award winning international artists.

The focus of the gallery is on integrity of artistic statement and originality of vision, with intense pride in building long-term relationships with artists throughout their creative exploration and technical development.

The philosophy of Las Olas Fine Arts is punctuated by a sense of collaboration and discovery: with collectors, painters, designers, sculptors and art lovers. The gallery continually strives to present established collections alongside new and emerging talent. We draw from this unique dynamic and bring an individual and refreshing perspective to the South Florida art scene.

Please enjoy browsing our comprehensive online collection. You may contact the gallery for assistance in navigating the artist portfolios, or for additional information and quotes. The knowledgeable professionals at Las Olas Fine Arts provide full service consultation, on-location previews, digital presentations, delivery and installation.

I actually sold three of the glass and stone sculptures by Thomas Scoon too, like those in the image on the Web site. They are cool: contemporary but primitive. And expensive.

Some thoughts on Bebo

Well here is what is up with the previous post.

I write from home, and, just like I did in high school and then in college, I write best with some background hum. Just a little buzz. Animal Planet's Meercat Manor is my current preference. Nice neutral color palette, not too much action, kindly narration. No comments please.

The other morning, I had The View on and listened half-attentively to a community development exec from AOL talk about "lifestreaming," social media in general and Bebo in particular. (I looked for a link on The View's Web site, but can't find one to insert here. Apologies.)

Anyway, I decided that my self-inflicted assignment of the day would be to get into the Bebo community, troll around, get immersed and form an opinion.

First of all, Bebo is an AOL community. I was prompted to log in with my aol screenname and password. Then Bebo wants to immediately grab everyone from my AOL address book and start sending out invitations. Push my social engagements. I hate that. SKIP. (AOL ... my brian is screaming bias with respect to the little TV chat that got me here in the first place.)

And this is the weird thing. I am already on Bebo. I set up a profile over a year ago, uploaded photos, inserted links to my blog, created the little creek that was to grow and feed my "lifestream."

And then I forgot about it.

So what does that say? I was uninspired. Rubbed just a little wrong way. The concept that one Website will open and insist upon my passwords to present my emails from multiple providers (AOL, gmail, yahoo) ... grab up all my friends ... urge me to post something thought provoking and chide me for being "camera shy ..."

Well. I will manage my own life, streaming or trickling or roiling like the rapids.

Lifestreaming and Bebo

I'm going exploring. Don't know anything about Bebo, but lifestreaming sounds like a cool concept. Is this the new next thing?

Mini-media campaign for construction group

This is an interesting project. A group of construction professionals, each with their own consulting business, are joining forces under the umbrella of Construction Advisory Group. They need to project a unified presence, promote their expertise and compounded experience in the field, leverage connections and communicate with each other.

Alex Smith, one of the principals, has set up a Web site, so they already have a start at an online presence.

I created a blog, using the same color template as the Web site and the white line graphic from their Web site as the header image. I have written a few initial posts and added content to the sidebar. The blog links to blogs created by other members of the consortium. They are committed to commenting between their posts. The roster of partner names links to each of their profiles on LinkedIn. An RSS feed of the group's Twitter posts is included.

The color theme is carried through to Construction Advisory Group's Twitter account. A customized background using the white line graphic, as well as a photo from the Web site, was designed. I think that Twitter works best with a hip, hot, splashy sensibility, so the primary color was switched to yellow, which picks up a primary shade from the photo. I have set up Google news alerts for CAG using keywords, and am tweeting for the group. The Twitter page includes a link to the CAG Web site and the blog.

On LinkedIn, all the principals have set up profiles, and are members of a Group for CAG. The LinkedIn profiles link to the Web site and the blog.

The beauty is in "closing the loop." Each vehicle is used to greatest advantage, and all are interconnected.

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