Enter the SME Awards today!

SME Awards Minifigs

In case you didn’t know we’re the headline sponsor for the SMEAwards.ie . I fixed up this image yesterday. If you’re in the know well Blacknight .. a “dragon” with a heart? a business man and what the hell a unicorn for good measure :) It makes sense right? :)

I also worked on the advert in the Sunday Business Post last weekend which came out rather nicely even if I do say so myself. It’s always a relief when things print out ok and especially when there are last minute changes.

SBP Awards Advert in the Sunday Business Post

If you’re running a business in Ireland you might like to enter. It’s free to enter and potentially a great PR event for you and networking event and who knows where it goes. You might even win!

Enter before Valentines day over on www.smeawards.ie

I grew up with home cooked meals…

I’m not sure if it was just me but a lot of my friends growing up had stay at home moms. It was a different time. My mom who had had a government job wasn’t allowed to continue to work once she got married as she’d have been taking the job away from someone else who’d have needed it ( This law changed a year or two later but mine stayed a stay at home mom with the arrival of my brother and sister and I arrived a few years later ). One thing we rarely had was processed food, though as we got older a few things were added to the cupboards / freezer.

This weekend saw us cooking food from scratch as we usually do and I took out my camera which I’ve not done in a while. While if left to my own devices I’d happily throw on a frozen pizza or probably grab some form of ready meal it’s not something I ever find myself willing to do for my daughter. It’ll hopefully be mostly home cooked meals for her growing up so long as we’ve got the time. Truth be told you can put together many meals in a very short time frame. The fact that they generally end up doubling as lunch the next day is a major added bonus.

Marketing Spin on your Lunch

Maybe I’m working in marketing a bit too much … I’m putting spin on what I’m having for lunch!

Lunch is a surprise today … I’m so excited

Translation?

The translation of this however is we’re defrosting something from the back of the freezer that isn’t labeled. In truth we don’t actually label any of the containers in there.

End result … it was a nice blended pepper / tomato / courgette / onion tomato sauce a bit heavy on the pepper maybe but happily eaten.

A Nice Burger in Nantes – Le Bistroquet

Le Bistroquet Nantes

After heading to the clinque the other day for our last scan before the birth of number two we made a quick stop at Le Bistroquet afterwards and what can I say WOW lovely burger. They seem to have a decent selection of wines as well.

The “Lendemain” burger below is home made beef burger with a healthy chunk of Raclette cheese a big slice of thick bacon with an onion confit. All in all … WOW. Accompanied by lovely sauteed potatoes it’s well worth a stop.

Le Lendemain Burger

Negative things about it. Don’t get the BBQ sauce that’s with it, ask for the pepper sauce instead. Unless of course you’re into what I’d guess is processed BBQ sauce? (Hey if that’s the only negative thing about it all I think we’re doing pretty good)

Lovely staff, pretty quick service, decent wine menu they also do a Formule Midi …  Entree / Plat / Dessert or any combination of that if that’s your kinda thing. It didn’t appeal on the day so we went with the burger.

All in all would go again :)

So if you’re looking for a nice burger in Nantes you’ve found the right place.

It’s located at 87 Rue du Maréchal Joffre in Nantes.

You can find out more on their website: www.bistroquet.fr

 

Camera lenses are like wine

“Camera lenses are like wine: when you get to the good stuff, a subtle improvement costs you a lot more, and some people can taste the difference. Others are happy with a cheaper bottle that tastes just fine”

I quite like this quote I came across on http://www.wired.com/2014/06/hi-lo-dslr-lenses/?mbid=social_fb as to whether you should buy the expensive lenses.

My lenses so far include the nifty fifty which is a great little cheap lens. Another rather cheap zoom 18-200mm from Tamron … the base 18 – 55mm lens that came with the camera and a 70-300mm sigma.

I initially wasn’t too happy with the Tamron lens but once I’ve given it a bit of time it’s a great little lens on a budget.

Storyboarding

Concept To Execution

I’d love to say I came up with this lego picture before I did the actual invites for our Data Centre launch.

I simply didn’t.

I am currently working on a video however which is kinda cool and actually requires some story boarding and careful thought rather than my usual dive right into an image. Especially as rendering time is probably going to be insane on it.

Are there any useful story board utilities out there? (for the mac or online)