Love Is In The Air

wedding day - ringsIt’s spring and as young love’s thoughts turn to marriage and the associated wedding event (did I really just type that?!) and inevitably they come to the realization that some sort of invitation might be required. I won’t attempt to make a case in this post for letterpress invitations (it’s kind of obvious anyway) but I want to draw your attention to the Wedding Set Price Sheet that I placed on our ‘Press Room’ page earlier this week.

And if you’re design-inclined and feel capable of producing your own designs – I’ve added Letterpress File Prep Guidelines sheet as well.

Please share these (or this post) with anyone you know who has entered the ‘marriage pipeline’.

And while we’re on the subject of marriage – The Meaning of Marriage (Timothy Keller) is an outstanding and insightful treatment of the subject.

SuperDrive

dynomyteRATING

dyn-o-myte RATING

I take it all back, the Apple superdrive is an awesome device and I’m glad we’ve got it. Like my experience with most/all Apple appliances – it works perfectly. And because it’s used less than frequently – I can now see the rationale for making it an ‘auxilliary’ device (not part of the mini casework).  In fact – I’m gonna give it a ‘DYN-O-MYTE’ rating.

mac mini (version 2013)

The old Dell Inspiron DT, purchased in spring of 2008 (for $399) and trapped in the fog of (admittedly non-updated Service Packs) Windows Vista OS – has been showing signs of wear/tear. It’s time to let it go to a better place – especially as it’s absorbed more than its share of my cursing about Vista and Microsoft in general.

mac mini ($599)

mac mini

So, we took another small bite out of the Apple and bought a Mac Mini (i5 processor, 500 GByte drive) and connected it to our existing Samsung HD monitor. It’s a pretty nice solution. But first there was the initial challenge of finding (Apple Store in Tacoma) the DVI to HDMI converter, which at $29 was a superior alternative to the Radio Shack hack assembly costing $69.

Next problem to solve is how to get my Creative Suite 6 (for Illustrator layout work for the letterpress) onto this little device as the mini is no longer configured with a built-in optical drive and won’t acknowledge my non-Apple LG drive. I don’t really have a convenient opportunity for utilizing the wireless ‘Remote Disc’ utility to read a shared optical drive. Looking therefore like we must buy the USB Superdrive from Apple which stings a little for obvious reason.

Still, it’s rather amazing to me that with this solution you bring a full Mac experience (including a nice 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel i5 processor, 4 GByte RAM and a more than adequate 500 GB drive) to your work space for $599. Not to misrepresent the costs- there’s also, though optional, the $69 bluetooth keyboard and $150 for Apple Care.photo