A Little Bit About Copyright Infringement…..

Artists and designers fight a never-ending battle to stop copyright infringement – thieves love to steal other people’s hard work and slap it on counterfeit products to make a fast buck. Many but not all of these thieves are in China – the description plainly says ships from China and even including the shipping costs …

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Political Gear For Sale

Political by Vanilla Primrose As some of my readers know, I design graphics for sale on several print on demand sites. In light of this being an election year, I’ve made a few political items. Thanks for looking and please browse around other items in my store, too. To view more items in collection than …

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Downloaders, Hijacked Browsers, Redirect Virus Nasties

Awhile back I downloaded a freeware program from a (once) reputable website I’d used for years. I trusted them, because I was so familiar with the site and they were very well-known. I downloaded a simple “freeware” program, didn’t think much about that unlike before you now needed their “downloader.” When I went to install …

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Inglehoffer Original Stone Ground Mustard – A Review

I never though a lot about mustard, being more of a ketchup fan – until I tried Inglehoffer’s Original Stone Ground Mustard. This stuff is GREAT. It’s a spicy mustard, but not too hot and the flavor is excellent. Instead of finely ground mustard seeds like some brown or spicy mustards have, Inglehoffer’s has whole …

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Original Graphics and Photos In My New Zazzle Store

I really enjoy photography and making graphics. I decided to open a Zazzle store instead of leaving all the different things I create stashed away in folders on my computer. I’d love to have my readers visit my store and pass the word around. Here is one of my latest creations. Click the photo or …

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Lexington County Eyes New Penny Sales Tax Referendum For 2014

It only took a week. I expected it to happen but not that fast.** Richland County voters passed a one cent sales tax increase and now Lexington County wants one as well. (thestate.com/2012/11/13/2517542/town-leaders-receptive-to-new.html#.UKJcNWdVW9I) According to the article, effort is being made to make sure there is something “in it” for every area of the county …

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Homemade Face Scrub

There are plenty of face scrubs commercially available, but Ifind many of them either too expensive or not too my liking – for example, some have scrubbing particles that feel like boulders, others don’t have enough particles to feel useful. There’s also the fact I’m a little wary of products containing ingredients I can’t even …

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The SC $300 Sales Tax Cap on Some Expensive Items -Who Benefits Most?

Taxes of any kind can raise the ire of many people. Let’s take a look at the sales tax you pay on vehicles in South Carolina – there is a $300 cap. That’s right, whether you buy a $6000 used vehicle or a new luxury one costing $75,000 you’ll pay the same sales tax – …

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Metallic Green Bee

I’d hoped to catch a photo of some bumblebees but instead came across this beautiful metallic green bee, about the size of a honeybee or slightly larger. I don’t know for sure what species it is, but possibly Agapostermom Sericeus.  I’ve seen similar creatures, but I don’t recall ever seeing one quite this large.