- Features: Written by Gene Gable on May 16, 2007
The term "clip art" has become a generic description of any art, illustration, photograph, or other visual material that is sold as copyright- or royalty-free, usually in collections, and almost always without specific attribution to the creating artist. But technically "clip art" is an era-specific term, coined at a time when these illustrations were actually "clipped" or cut out of books for use in paste-up or photographed for print mechanicals.
- Features: Written by Gene Gable on April 6, 2007
Despite the fact that nearly one third of the world will not eat pork for religious reasons, and many (like myself) choose not to for other reasons (like because pigs are so cute), the most-popular dish on Easter tables this year will undoubtedly be ham. Ham and Easter have gone together for a long time -- some say back to Pagan rituals before there was an Easter. Pigs bring good luck, it is said, so to assure a productive spring we slaughter and eat them.
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When I was growing up in Southern California, I knew at a pretty early age what it meant to be an adult.
- Features: Written by Gene Gable on January 12, 2007
At Macworld Expo on January 9, Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone, which combines a phone, widescreen iPod, and Internet device in one slim package (Figure 1).
Figure 1. The new iPhone is 4.5 inches tall, 2.4 inches wide, and 0.46 inches thick.
- Features: Written by Gene Gable on December 22, 2006
Christmas morning brings a variety of emotions and memories, but one memory that seems almost universal is that time when Santa (or the equivalent gift-giving religious/spiritual icon) delivered a shiny new bike. Bicycles are right up there with Bing Crosby records and hand-me-down cookie recipes when it comes to holiday schmaltz and tradition.
- Features: Written by Gene Gable on October 20, 2006
Before Hollywood brats got "Punk'd," and before political opponents hacked each other's Web sites, the art of the practical joke was a bit simpler. You might be offered a stick of gum, only to have your finger snapped, or maybe you would freshen up at a neighbor's house and exit the bathroom in black face, the victim of novelty soap. Or, if you were particularly vulnerable, you could count on something exploding in your face or sparking a sneezing fit.
- Features: Written by Gene Gable on September 4, 2006
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- Features: Written by Gene Gable on June 7, 2006
Aside from my sister and me, the possession my mother has held on to the longest is a massive monaural Packard Bell console record player/radio and the four record albums that have been in it for close to 50 years. This isn't because of a fondness for music, but because this piece of furniture makes a great place to put the mail. I'm guessing you could fit several thousand iPods in the same space, but they can't hold the latest issues of Reader's Digest or National Geographic.