A Quick Glimpse

CDHarrison.com Redesign

I mentioned last night that changes were coming. I wanted to show off a small glimpse of a design I am working on for a new version of cdharrison.com. It may be a while before it gets implemented, because I still need to work through some technology considerations before I take the plunge and invest in building out this new layout.

I am going to take a new approach with this new design. Traditionally, I have isolated my blog away from my content. This new design sets the blog as its primary focus, because, let’s face it – I’m not really trying to get new business from my site anymore. I haven’t bothered to update the portfolio in God knows how long. You get the drift.

I Will Survive – Cake – Fashion Nugget

Adidas to Buy Reebok

Herzogenaurach / Canton, MA – The Boards of adidas-Salomon AG and Reebok International Ltd. decided that adidas will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Reebok for US$ 59.00 per share in cash. The offer price represents a premium of 34.2 percent over the closing price of Reebok’s stock on August 2, 2005. The transaction value is approximately €3.1 billion (US$ 3.8 billion) including the assumption of net cash of €69 million (US$ 84 million). The transaction is subject to the approval of Reebok’s shareholders as well as to the regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. Both companies believe that the transaction will close in the first half of 2006.

Apple’s Mighty Mouse

Apple just announced a new mouse – The Mighty Mouse (trademark infringement anyone?), and it’s quite cool. What isn’t from Apple? It looks a lot like the current mouse offered by Apple with a catch. It now has a roller ball, and dual zones to emulate having two buttons while still maintaining one. You can also squeeze the sides of the mouse to call up Expose. Cool shtuff.

NHL Unveils New Logo

After spending a year in the boardroom, the National Hockey League decided it needed a little facelift.

As part of a marketing plan to revamp its image with the ratification of the collective bargaining agreement, the NHL unveiled an updated logo on Friday.

The new mark maintains its time-honoured shape of the original shield, but changes its dominant colour from orange to silver. It also “uses upward-reading letters to project a vibrant, optimistic image.”

The colour change, according to the NHL press release, is in homage to the sterling silver of the Stanley Cup.

NHL design director Paul Conway created the new shield. It is part of a comprehensive brand identity initiative launched last year.

Extensis Sells Plug-Ins to Third Party Software Developer

While looking up some serial number information for a friend of mine, I stumbled across some interesting news on the Extensis website: They’ve sold their Plug-In and eXtension apps to another company. I hadn’t heard about it anywhere else…

PORTLAND, Ore. – July 28, 2005 – Celartem, Inc. and its company brands – Extensis and LizardTech – today announce the sale of its popular Photoshop Plug-ins and QuarkXPress XTensions to independent software developer, onOne Software. Products included in this purchase are pxl SmartScale, PhotoFrame, Intellihance Pro, Mask Pro, PhotoTools, and QX-Tools Pro from Extensis and the Genuine Fractals product from LizardTech. Extensis and LizardTech will continue to support these products until July 31, 2005 when onOne Software will take control of all aforementioned titles.
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ICE – In Case of Emergency

Got this via email. Seems like a good idea.

Following the disaster in London . . .

East Anglian Ambulance Service have launched a national “In case of Emergency (ICE)” campaign with the support of Falklands war hero Simon Weston.

The idea is that you store the word “ICE” in your mobile phone address book, and against it enter the number of the person you would want to be contacted “In Case of Emergency”.

In an emergency situation ambulance and hospital staff will then be able to quickly find out who your next of kin are and be able to contact them. It’s so simple that everyone can do it. Please do.

Please will you also email this to everybody in your address book, it won’t take too many ‘forwards’ before everybody will know about this. It really could save your life, or the life of a loved one, or put a loved one’s mind at rest.

For more than one contact name ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 etc.

50 Coolest Websites of 2005

Time Magazine selects the 50 Coolest Websites of 2005 in this online feature. Check out their picks for the best in Arts & Entertainment, Blogs, Lifestyle, Health & Hobbies, News & Information, and Shopping.

(Hat tip: Zeldman)

My personal favorites from the list:

  • Lifehacker – Always unusually useful ideas for hacking your life, to make living easier. Always insightful and informative, Lifehacker’s a great blog from Gawker Media.
  • Orisinal – Awesome original flash games. Highly addictive IMHO.

A Tragic Loss: Dale Earnhardt

I’ve never been a big NASCAR fan. I think, before yesterday, I had only watched maybe two, three hours tops of racing. I’ve even, on occasion, made fun of NASCAR. Having noted this, even I, a non-fan, knew of Earnhardt, and knew of his immense popularity with NASCAR fans. I watched the Daytona 500 yesterday in disbelief as I watched him careen into the wall after getting bumped.

I know most people probably watch NASCAR in the hopes there will be some sort of exciting crash — but this is definitely one of those things that no one could ever have hoped to happen. The world of NASCAR is definitely at a loss with the untimely demise of one their most popular drivers. I’m sorry to see him go. I’m sorry for his family and their tragic loss. I’m sorry for the fans who held Dale so near and dear to their hearts. NASCAR lost a great hero yesterday. He died doing what he loved most, and he will be greatly missed. (Even by non-fans like me.)