iGoogle Theme: Simple Black in Helvetica

I almost forgot I submitted a theme of iGoogle for BonstioNet a few months ago, and it was chosen the second (third? I don’t remember) prize in their design cometition.
You can download the theme to use it by first installing “Custom iGoogle Skins” at BonstioNet. After installing it, see “custom skins” in your iGoogle and check out the cool skins it has. Mine’s called “simple black” as you see in the image. Click it if you like it and you’ll see your iGoogle always in that theme.

iGoogle Skin- Simple Black in Helvetica

Unmistakable Shampoo & Conditioner Containers

unmistakable shampoo container

I guess the reason we mix up the shampoo and conditioner containers so often is that they look so much alike and we have to choose one with limited visibility. If they’re in front of you side by side, it’s quite natural you mix them up even if they’re in very different colors.
The best way not to is that you stack them vertically. That way you can touch and know which is which.

unmistakable shampoo & conditioner container

shampoo & conditioner container

unmistakable Shampoo & Conditioner Container

unmistakable Shampoo & Conditioner Container

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Song you mustn’t miss: A Thousand Winds

This is from Kohaku Uta Gassen or an annual music show on the new year’s eve produced by a Japanese public broadcaster. I was so moved by the lyrics and the melody, so I’ll put the video and translation here. (Sorry, it’s not related to the main theme of this blog, but music must stimulate your creativity.)

The song is titled “A Thousand Winds”.

Do not stand at my grave and weep,

I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow;

I am the diamond glints on snow,

I am the sunlight on ripened grain;

I am the gentle autumn’s rain.

When you awake in the morning bush,

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet in circled flight.

I am the soft star that shines at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry.

I am not there; I did not die.

You are what you ___?

I came down with flu-like cold two days ago and have been in bed. Sill have some headache and feel dizzy.During the time in bed in anguish,  I felt so helpless because what I could do was just saying something, not rationalizing it. Just uttering what I wanted, not describing it. And just picturing new ideas, not conceptualizing it. No matter how you hope something will be realized, nobody notices if you don’t do anything about it. Even YOU will forget what you wanted to do in the very near future.

YOU ARE WHAT YOU MAKE HAPPEN.  

2007 will be over in less than 4 hours here in Japan. Thank all of you who visited my blog this year. I’ll make better ideas in 2008 and brush up my design skills. Keep letting me hear what you feel. I hope all of you have a happy new year!