Check out the winners from InMotion Hosting’s 1st Annual Cook Off!
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Check out the winners from InMotion Hosting’s 1st Annual Cook Off!
Let us know if you want the recipes!
There are a number of color palette generators out there, all with their own perks and special features. These are my top ones to go to because to me they’re the simplest ones to experiment with and I get what I want the quickest.
When I need a good palette quickly, I mainly use Kuler to browse through ones created by others. I choose a few color palettes that stand out to me or fit my needs and then I just change them around a bit until I get what I want. You can also create your own color palette by selecting a color off the color wheel, and then choose from a list of categories to select what type of palette you want, like monochromatic or complementary. And if you want to mess with the colors, you can use the color sliders to adjust them.
I like Color Scheme Designer because I feel like it gives you more flexibility. You can choose a color, it will give you colors that go well with the one you’ve chosen based on how many you want in your palette, and then you can adjust the hue, saturation, lightness, and darkness of all the colors at once or just pick one to adjust that specific one. It will give you more variations of color too within that palette. And plus, it’ll give you an example of how the color palette would appear on a light or dark website.
Color Blender is probably the simplest of the three. You choose one color such as maybe one from your logo and it will give you a six color palette that you can tweak to your liking. You get some flexibility with color sliders, and hue, saturation, and value options. They also have blends you can browse through too. It provides a quick and easy color generating experience.
All these color generators provide great usable palettes and they allow you to customize them in their own way. You can play around with them to see which one allows you to have the amount of freedom that you need.
In honor of Alex G.’s last day with InMotion (of the West Coast Systems Dept.), he got to choose our lunch spot of the day, which was Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ. And a good choice it was!
Even though I’m still on my health food kick, there were some delicious “semi-healthy” options here. But I had to give in and have one of their famous biscuits with apple butter! I’m learning that the key to staying healthy is not completely cutting out the bad stuff, but keeping it to a small portion. In other words, portion control!
For being a chain restaurant, Lucille’s is still pretty high up on the quality BBQ scale. However, like with almost every restaurant, the food’s better freshly cooked and eaten at the restaurant as opposed to delivery. But in general, the food’s still quite tasty. So to no surprise, the West Coast IMH team gave this place a 4.3 star rating, which is one of the highest so far. You can’t go wrong with good ol’ Southern-style BBQ and sides.
There weren’t any low ratings this time around, so basically, we recommend any of the BBQ items, whether the chicken, ribs, tri trip, etc. And the sides are excellent as well, such as the Garlic Mashed Potatoes and the Southern Braised Greens. And of course, the biscuits and apple butter!
So if you’re into BBQ and Southern-style comfort foods, and feel like shopping before or after, check out Lucille’s at the Westfield Culver City Mall!
And thanks again to Alex for your time here!
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The hardest part of starting a new business is figuring out where to begin, let alone the design of your company website. For inspiration, I get my feet wet by going to TheBestDesigns.com. It helps you get familiar with what the current standards of design are and it spurs up ideas that may work for you. Even if you’re not a designer, you can get ideas of what you want and what direction you want your company to go. Not all of the examples are standard business websites. They cover an array of websites, but it’s interesting to see what concepts people come up with when they’re not restricted by basic business type restrictions.
Starting this past Monday, I decided that it was time for a food consumption makeover. For the past few months I’ve indulged in tons of unhealthy food, such as lots of processed foods, red meat, dairy, fried foods, etc. And my body’s finally given me a signal that it’s “No Bueno” for me. With that in mind, I’ve forced myself to eat more fruits and veggies, less red meat and dairy, and basically more “healthy” choices. And just within these past 5 days, I actually feel like I have more energy and feel less “bloated” (because of all the sodium I’ve consumed) than the past few weeks! Now the challenge is keeping this up…
So for today’s Foodie Friday lunch, I wanted to spread the healthy eating with my coworkers and opted for the Pure Energy Cafe located next to the Spectrum Gym across the street. This place offers fresh made salads, sandwiches, soups, and many grilled dishes. They even offer fresh made juices with health boost powders.
This is the second time I’ve had lunch from this place. Now I can say both times have been excellent! The rest of the office had a similar opinion, giving this place a 4 star rating. Eating healthy doesn’t mean sacrificing taste quality!
Today I had the Salmon Over Greens, which was part of their daily specials. It was delicious! The salmon was cooked and seasoned well! I also got a little daring and tried one of their “Healing Organic Juices,” which was the Potassium Drink. This was definitely a daring drink because it consisted of spinach, celery, parsley, and carrots. Needless to say, it tasted like exactly what was in there. I wouldn’t quite recommend this drink unless you’re a health nut…
Other highly recommended dishes from the team included the Grilled Chicken Chipotle Quesadilla, Grilled Chicken Jalapeno Melt, Tuna & Avocado Melt, Garden Veggie Burger, Southwest Turkey Roll Up, All Natural Sirloin Burger, Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad, and Rosemary Turkey Burger. As you can see, a lot of highly recommended items!
The only items that got a below average rating were the Turkey Sandwich and Tomato Basil Soup, just because “they were nothing special.”
However, for the most part, this place is an excellent health food cafe to check out if you’re ever around the Howard Hughes Center!
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It’s Friday, July 20th, and it’s finally looking and feeling like summer in Los Angeles! Just a week ago, the sun seemed to be hiding in fear of the dreaded “Friday the 13th” date. Seemed like the weather and date correlation was a little too coincidental…yikes.
Well today’s definitely more like the southern California summer that I’m familiar with. And in celebration of the good weather out, we chose one of the office’s favorite lunch spots, Mendocino Farms, an excellent gourmet sandwich shop!
It looks like they’ve made a couple adjustments to their menu, which I’m personally happy about, such as making the Spanish Chicken a regular menu item! One of my faves! And yes of course, that’s what I ordered today, but as a wrap, plus bacon, and a side of the Summer Squash Soup, yum!
With the exception of a couple of peoples’ sandwiches that were a little off today, everyone gave their order a 4 star and above. Not surprising since we were basically weekly regulars at Mendocino Farms at the previous office.
Well as I mentioned earlier, there were two orders that were a bit off today. These were the Vegan Shawarma and the Chicken MBT on Rustic White bread. The Vegan Shawarma didn’t fare so well because the vegan tortilla wasn’t able to hold all the fillings well and became soggy and fell apart. Maybe go for a bread option if you ever give this item a try. As for the Chicken MBT on Rustic White bread, the bread seemed to be a bit oily from the sauces and dressings this time around.
On the other hand, two people actually gave their orders 5 stars today. These items were the Sandwich Study of Heat and the Prosciutto and Roasted Chicken, and were quoted to be “Excellent” sandwiches. And they weren’t the first ones to say that from our past experiences.
Well this time around there were actually a couple of new sandwiches, which were on the summer seasonal menu, that also received high ratings, the Shrimp Po’Boy and the Summer Cubano. Definitely give these a try while they’re available! I’ve tried the Shrimp Po’Boy before, and I agree, it’s quite tasty!
Well, since there were a few people out of the office today, the 2 lower rated items kind of skewed the rankings a bit more than usual. Therefore, this week Mendocino Farms received a 3.8 rating. But don’t be quick to judge just from one off day, check out our past review of this place, read up on our suggestions, and then try them out for yourself. You won’t be disappointed!
After intense searching and testing, I have found one mobile app that reigns above all others to compare with Snagit‘s unbeatable screenshot educational sharing tool. The winning contender is… PicSay! For those of you who like to engage co-workers and audiences with the wonderful tools offered by Snagit, I knew I had a hard task on my hands to find anything remotely comparable.
For those of you who are wondering why I’m raving Snagit here is a montage of just a few of the cool tools I love in this browser application:
As yet, Techsmith have not yet released a mobile app version of their Screengrabbing tool Snagit. So in the mean time, I was forced on the hunt to find the best available solution. And for anyone that’s vaguely involved in writing and explaining technical content, especially whilst on-the-go, I’m sure you’ll agree there’s a gap in the market for this software.
A search for picture editing and screen capture brings up hundreds of apps for your iOS or Android Mobile device, but they are all geared towards picture effects not ‘in-picture’ frame and layering effects.
With a little work around you can compile just the technical explain it material you need from a screen capture on your mobile device using PicSay:
It can layer objects, but unfortunately not additional segments of screenshots which I would say is the major portion missing from this app that would otherwise make this a near perfect competitor to Snagit.
There are all the usual tools such as rotate, cursor effects, re-framing or canvas resizing. I Particularly love the export feature which is more versatile than Snagit; being able to share to virtually any other app loaded on your mobile device is pretty ingenious!
Overall if you’re looking for a technical explain-it bit of sharing software for screen capture and graphics from your mobile device, then until Snagit comes up with a version, PicSay is the closest app I’ve found.
It’s Friday, the 13th of July, and it’s gloomy and damp outside. This is quite unusual weather for southern California during this time of the year. The weather strangely seems to be connected with this superstitious date because the last time it was Friday the 13th, the weather was the same! Well, I hope it goes back to normal summer SoCal weather after today.
Well here in the office, to add to the eeriness of this day, we’ve been having a Friday The 13th movie marathon playing on our projector screen! Hmmm, and the guy sitting next to me’s name happens to be “Jason!” …ch…ch…ch…ha…ha…ha…
Hah, okay, on to Foodie Friday…
Today, we opted for another round with Ekkamai Thai. This time around we gave this place 4.2 stars! This is about half a star higher than the last time. I think this time around, everyone had a better idea of what to order from this place.
The majority of the office ordered noodle dishes such as Pad Ekkamai and Pad See-Ew, which were given high ratings. I myself ordered the Pad Ekkamai with combination meat (chicken, beef, pork and shrimp). I personally found all of the types of meat to be a bit under-seasoned, except for the shrimp, which was very tasty! Next time I’ll know to stick with the shrimp option for this dish. But overall, the noodles were excellent and full of flavor.
For the rest of the InMotion Hosters, there were some different items this time around that were also given high ratings, such as the Sesame Chicken Salad, Garlic and Pepper Chicken, and the Shrimp and Crab in Curry Sauce. These were all given 5 stars, so definitely give them a try!
On the other hand, there were a couple dishes that just received average ratings, such as the Chicken Pad Thai dish and the Spicy Mint Noodle with Tofu.
It seams like this time around, most dishes were very well received, which leaves me to the conclusion that Ekkamai Thai definitely has more to offer than just their noodle dishes. So next time, I’ll venture out on their menu a bit more!
Oh, and one last thing I forgot to mention, if you haven’t tried Thai Iced Tea before, definitely try it from this place!