★ Healdsburg

Two weekends ago, Mary and I took a quick day trip to a small town called Healdsburg. It’s a small town about an hour and a half north of San Francisco. We went to Moustache Baked Goods, Bear Republic Brewery (home of Racer 5 IPA) and on our way back we stopped by Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma. Here are a few pictures from that day.



Home of Racer 5 IPA




★ AT&T to allow FaceTime over cellular*

*Only when you move to a mobile shared plan

I understand why AT&T is doing this but I don’t think they understand how this makes their customers feel. Imagine if you paid for Internet service through your ISP but they dictated how you could use your bandwidth. Sucks doesn’t it?

AT&T, I pay you for access to your network. What I do on that network should mean nothing to you. If Verizon, allows FaceTime over cellular on their network with no strings attached, I’ll be there in a heart beat**.

**When my AT&T contract expires.

★ MakeupRegistry

Over the weekend, my girlfriend launched the website for her makeup business. I couldn’t be more proud of her. Makeup is one of her passions and I’m so happy that she’s following it.

I’m also proud to say that I had a helping hand in launching her website. After she locked down her clever and surprisingly available domain name, we had to figure out where we would host and how we would build the site. We wanted to get her site up quickly and while we could use WordPress, we’d have to set it up, come up with a design or choose a theme and then hand code each individual page on the site. While I’m probably capable of doing all this myself, it would probably take longer than we would like. The podcasts I listen to daily bombard me with ads for Squarespace so I decided to look into it. While I’m always one who prides myself in building something, especially a website, on my own, the lure of Squarespace’s clean templates and easy site building was too much to pass up.

We signed up for a two week free trial and I started poking around to see what we could do. Our goal for the site was to be simple and clean. The most complicated page on the site was probably the portofolio and the contact form. Squarespace had templates for both. We slowly put together the majority of the site within the two week trial and cleaned up all the little details over a weekend.

I know a lot of my friends and peers are getting married. If you need a talented makeup artist, I can refer you to a great one.