Alex Noriega sketch-blog: “But I don’t know why” process

This guy’s work is so great. I love the colors and ink drawings. Check out this post where he photographs his process.

An illustration by Alex Noriega

iCarta

I’m not even sure I know what to say about this. It’s labled as a “Stereo Dock for iPod with Bath Tissue Holder.”

A photograph of the iCarta

St. Pauli Girl

A complete gallery of every St. Pauli Girl poster. Is it just me or does 1997 look like she’s been ‘enhanced’?

Dunkin’ Donuts Cafe?

Sounds like Dunkin’ Donuts is going big now. They now have plans to stretch across the country by 2020. I just wish it was going to be faster. I’m going on a two week road trip with my sister this summer. We’ve already made plans to bring our own coffee and a large thermos for each of us. There seems to be no shortage of brown water they call ‘coffee’ in the Midwest and south.

As a New Englander, I forget that there are places in the country where ice coffee doesn’t flow like water. Although I can’t argue that Dunkin’ Donuts coffee is actually very good, it’s at least consistent. And I swear, if you drink it often enough, sooner or later nothing else tastes quite right.

Back to the point of the actual post. As of late, Dunkin’ Donuts seems to be having an identity problem. I’d like someone who knows the CEO to let him know that Dunkin’ is not, and never will be, Starbucks. This is a good thing. Starbucks is an entirely different kind of environment. You go in, get fancy drinks, listen to the corporate sponsored music, sit and work wirelessly. This is all fine and dandy, but not Dunkin’ Donuts. At Dunkin’ Donuts, you go in get your coffee and get out. You’re usually driving somewhere (or taking a bathroom break). It’s not a place you want to linger long. It should be quick and easy. I like this about Dunkin’ Donuts. Starbucks has always felt too pretentious for me. Really I’m splitting hairs here (it’s not like Dunkin’ Donuts is any better or more ‘independent’ than Starbucks).

The picture in this article in the Boston Globe reminded me of the identity crisis. I wish they would just stop trying to be like Starbucks.

Mac OS X: Creating a login hook

Why here? Because I can never find this aricle when I need it. From Apple’s KB article:

[Things to keep in mind] with a login hook:

  • The script specified as a login hook must be executable.
  • The login hook will be run as root.
  • In the login hook script, the variable $1 returns the short name of the user who is logging in.
  • Other login actions wait until the hook has completely executed.

How to set up a login hook:

Mac OS X 10.3, 10.4, or later

  1. Open Terminal (Applications/Utilities).
  2. In the Terminal window, type: sudo defaults write com.apple.loginwindow LoginHook /path/to/script (where /path/to/script is the full path to the script that you want to execute when a user logs in—it doesn’t have to be in the user’s Home directory). This modifies the /var/root/Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow file.
  3. Type your password at the prompt, then press Return.


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