Four Interesting Questions About Halloween

Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.

Who Came Up With The Holiday Halloween?

Halloween has its roots in the ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of Samhain, which was celebrated on the night of October 31. The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, believed that the dead returned to earth on Samhain.

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400 Planets

400 Planets is the name of my Zazzle store. Zazzle is a “print on demand” website that, with the use of cutting edge technology, enables individuals to create their own unique style, in an almost endless variety of products.

Whether you are looking for a special birthday gift for a friend who’s into skateboards, or are planning a wedding and need some invitations, or need some colorful throw pillows for your living room—Zazzle is the place!

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Make Your Own MS Access Switchboard With the Tab Control

Several years ago when I started using MS Access regularly for my personal use, I used the Access built-in switchboard (sort of a main menu or table of contents) to organize my forms, reports and other objects. The Access-generated switchboard was a convenient way to create a special form that used macros to open various objects; it look nice and was easier than creating something from scratch. The Access switchboard worked for a while, but as I added more forms and reports, categories and subcategories, it became clear to me that the built-in switchboard was more trouble than it was worth.

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Social Responsibility In Graphic Design

This design is based on a stencil graffiti, featuring the words Fight Racism! framing a close-up of a young person speaking. The color scheme is red, black, and green.

Recently, I decided to do a design for my 400 Planets store featuring a graffiti image that carried the message “Fight Racism.” I had been delaying this design for a couple of years, not knowing the right way to approach it. I finally decided to add the a red, black, and green gradient to it—the colors of the Black Liberation Flag.

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Christmas Books For Science Fiction And Fantasy Fans

Festive Hanukkah candles featuring wood grain textures and a gold Star of David. The color scheme is various shades of blue, with black, white, yellow, and gold accents.

Harry Potter fans will revel in Jody Revenson’s Harry Potter: The Creature Vault (Titan, $49.99), subtitled “The Creatures and Plants of the Harry Potter Films”. It brings together, through numerous colour illustrations, the artists’ concept designs based on the directive that “anatomy and movement should be based on naturalism”. Detailed profiles of each creature, such as Inferious, Post Owl and Hippogriff, and each creature’s place or role in the specific Harry Potter films, are supplemented by behind-the-scenes information from the Warner Bros archive.

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DIY Worcestershire Sauce for Thanksgiving

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Darkly hued. Tangy. Frequently mispronounced by non-Brits.

Worcestershire Sauce

Darkly hued. Tangy. Frequently mispronounced by non-Brits.

A great addition to soups, stews, scrambled eggs, roast beef… you name it, a dash of the W can add a splash of rich, spicy flavor.

Homemade Worcester Sauce (Recipe From Saveur)

Makes about 2 cups.

2 cups white vinegar
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup tamarind concentrate

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Fourth of July: An American Holiday

From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

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Famous Fathers and Their Famous Offspring

John Aniston is best known for his role as Victor Kiriakis on the NBC daytime drama Days of Our Lives, which he originated in July 1985 and has played continually since then. Aniston is the father of actress Jennifer Aniston.

Brian Williams is best known for his ten years as anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, the evening news program of the NBC television network. His daughter Allison is an actress who stars in HBO’s Girls.

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Graphic Novel Legend

Someone On My “To Read” List Died

I have been busy doing a lot of time-consuming clean-ups and re-designs on my Graphic Novel Publishers blog. Over the weekend I put a lot of work on an entry about Harvey Pekar and Alison Bechdel and finished it Sunday night. Monday, Harvey Pekar died.

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Positioning a Switchboard in MsAccess

I am a longtime Access user. MicroSoft Access database application is part of MicroSoft’s Office Suite. I’m still using Office 97 and Access 2002 because I can’t afford to upgrade. I use my Access all the time for personal and business purposes. I love the ease of use. I can create a customized mini-app in a day, with a nice looking form based on a relational data table, a graphical interface and a one-to-one or a one-to-many subform. I have several MDBs (Microsoft Access Database) files, each organizes a separate category of information.

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Precursor eCash Technologies

Bitcoin is the first cryptocurrency, a form of money that uses cryptography to control its creation and management, rather than relying on central authorities. However, not all of the technologies and concepts that make up Bitcoin are new; the presumed pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto (the creator of Bitcoin) integrated many existing ideas from the cypherpunk community when creating Bitcoin.

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