The Sketchbook Project 2012

May 17, 2011 / Personal / 0 Comments

I just received my sketchbook for The Sketchbook Project 2012 today!

Last year, 28,839 artists from 94 countries signed up to participate in The Sketchbook Project 2011 but just under 10,000 sketchbooks were returned completed to Art House.  I was one of the 18,000+ people who didn’t return the sketchbook and I’m determined to finish it this time for the 2012 tour.

When you purchase a sketchbook, you have to select a theme.  The theme I chose is “This is a Sketchbook”.

Last year, many artists complained about the quality of the sketchbook paper and Art House listened!  Art House collaborated with Scout Books to create better-quality, custom-designed sketchbooks for 2011.

This year’s official Sketchbook Project book is made from high quality 100% recycled paper milled in the Pacific Northwest, printed with vegetable-based inks and produced with renewable energy. We’ve also improved the weight and texture of the paper, enhanced the strength of the cover and selected wire saddle stitching so that each book is easier to rebind if necessary. We’re proud to say that these are the best books we’ve ever been able to offer for the Sketchbook Project – thanks to feedback from hundreds of members of the Art House community.

-Art House

I haven’t been drawing or painting much since graduating from college years ago.  It will be fun just doodling random stuff in my sketchbook.  Oh, and what’s more exciting is that The Sketchbook Project is going global in 2012!  They will be exhibiting thousands of artists’ sketchbooks in the United States, England, Australia, and Canada.

If interested, you have until October 31, 2011 to sign up for the 2012 tour!

Bye Bye, GoDaddy

May 5, 2011 / Blogging/ Web / 0 Comments

GoDaddy has been my domain name registrar and web hosting service provider since September 2010.  I had been happy with GoDaddy until I first read about the disturbing video posted by its CEO, Bob Parsons, from David Airey’s blog.  I didn’t get to watch the original video but I believe this is the closest to what it was about.

Was Bob Parsons really just trying to help the villagers in Zimbabwe by killing the “problem elephant”?  I could be wrong but…to me, he just sounded like a man who shot and brutally killed an elephant possibly for his personal enjoyment.  He was obviously wrong when he said, “killing the elephant was justified because there are too many of them in Zimbabwe”.

Whatever his actual intentions were, I know this for a fact—Bob Parsons didn’t have to kill the “problem elephant” and he could have found a different way of helping the villagers.  After all, he is a millionaire—or billionaire—who can afford to feed everyone in the village for days, weeks, probably even for months if he really wanted to!

Elephants are the most traumatized animals in Zimbabwe. They are being shot even in supposedly safe areas. Elephants travel in family units, and when one of their loved ones are shot and killed, the rest of the family remembers and they are traumatized and they will attack. They are very intelligent animals with phenomenal memories. When they see humans now, they remember.

-Johnny Rodrigues in Zimbabwe

On April 9, 2011, I transferred my domain name to NameCheap.  NameCheap offered a nice discount to people who transferred their domain from GoDaddy.  They announced that they would donate $1 for every transfer to Save The Elephants.  After five full days of the promotion, they had already raised over $20,000 and even donated another $10,000 as a big thank-you to all of their supporters and new customers.  You can read more about this on their blog.

My website is now hosted by ICDSoft now.  Thanks to David Airey, I received 25% off (no longer available) of what was already a great deal.


Time for Vacation

April 10, 2011 / Personal / 0 Comments

Photo from stock.xchng.

I wanted to sleep in today but my eyes opened around 8a.m. and I couldn’t fall back asleep.  I think I’m just too excited about my vacation.  This is my very first time having a week-long vacation since I started working at the age of 16 or 17.

I’ve been always working since I had my very first part-time job—I never took breaks between jobs.  All employees at the company I work for got to enjoy a week off when the company closed for a week after Christmas but I don’t count that as a vacation.

I found a nice hotel room in San Diego, CA at a great price from HauteLook.  The hotel is right next to a beach and very close to two of my favorite places—Sea World and San Diego Zoo.

I will really miss my dog, Dax, while enjoying a relaxing vacation in San Diego.  I’m sure Dax will have a lot of fun playing with his friends at PetSmart PetsHotel.

How to Restore a Deleted FeedBurner Feed URL

March 21, 2011 / Tutorials / 34 Comments

Update May 18, 2011: Antonea Nabors from VelvetAnt recently posted on her blog about what you need to do (link no longer available) if “you deleted your Google account and lost access to FeedBurner”.

Soon after I created my very first self-hosted blog, I was playing with Google FeedBurner feed setting and accidentally deleted my feed URL.  Luckily, I found a way to restore it after hours of trial and error.  It’s actually very simple and easy to restore a deleted feed URL.  Here’s what you need to do….

Note: This method works if you deleted your feed only.  If you deleted your Google account along with your feed, then this method wouldn’t work for you.

1. Go to FeedBurner and log in.  Once you log in and see the main page like shown in the screenshot above, type your website/blog address.  I typed my old blog address——as an example.  Click “Next”.

2. You will probably get an error message like this.  Delete the “Feed URL” that’s shown in the error message.  In the Feed URL box, type your website address and add /?feed=rss2 at the end of your website address.

3. Since I’m using as an example, I would type  Then click “Next”.

4. Now you should see a “welcome” message like this and your feed URL should be all restored!  If typing /?feed=rss2 after your website address didn’t work, try typing /?feed=rss instead.

Unfortunately, if you had subscribers, I’m not sure if your subscribers would be restored as well.  When I accidentally deleted mine, I had just created my blog and didn’t have subscribers.

If you were able to get your subscribers back when you restored your feed URL, please let me know by leaving a comment here.  I would love to know how this method works for blogs with subscribers!