Walt Disney World Ice Cream Crawl

first_imgShare This!Leave it to artist Donna Yan’s adorable Dole Whip couple to make us simultaneously want Dole Whip and a Mickey Bar!I don’t know about you, but one of my absolute must-have indulgences at Walt Disney World is ice cream. Add into that my love of coming up with themes or challenges for our Disney trips, and you get a recipe for success. (Specifically, you get a Walt Disney World Ice Cream Crawl!) My husband and I are apt to try a variety of challenges on our trips. We might focus on only getting snacks from places we’ve never been to before. Or we might make all of our table service reservations for restaurants we’ve never visited. Or we’ll do a trip dedicated to resort dining. (I’m just now noticing the theme of food in a lot of our planning…) For our upcoming trek, we decided to crank it up a bit and focus on ice cream.I knew from the very beginning that not only did I want to do an ice cream crawl, but I wanted it to have its very own passport. I was inspired by the Epcot festival passports that detail out what food items you can find where. Seriously, what better way to keep track of all the amazing ice cream options than to have a dedicated ice cream passport?! (You can download your very own passport later in the article.) Let’s back things up a bit and discuss how the ice cream crawl was formed.Simply put, the ice cream crawl was born out of an intense desire for ice cream. (Okay, it was actually as a result of the Whole30 we were in the middle of, but don’t tell anyone else that. It’s not like we were dying for sugar or anything…) First, I needed to decide what locations would be fair game for inclusion in the passport. All four theme parks were obvious, but what about resorts? Water parks? Disney Springs? At the end of the day, I went with locations that we would be reasonably likely to frequent. This included all four theme parks, Disney Springs, and the area around Crescent Lake. It’s so easy to pop out of Epcot and over to the Crescent Lake resorts that including those seemed appropriate. (And we really needed Ample Hills Creamery in there!)Nobody likes ice cream as much as my sister-in-law. Nobody.Next, I had to determine exactly what I was using as my definition of ice cream. Would the traditional popsicles in the Mexico pavilion count? Kakigori in Japan? Slushies? Long story short, the answer to all of those questions is no. Once we crossed the line into fruit/water-based frozen treats, I decided it was not eligible for inclusion in the passport. (Although I REALLY considered that kakigori!)I then had to look up menus for all the restaurants, kiosks, etc. in all of the locations I was including in the passport. As tedious as it sounds, that’s exactly what I did! I pulled up every menu in each of the targeted areas and scrolled through them looking for ice cream. (It’s quite possible I missed something somewhere, but I did my best!) I should point out that I did not include any of the ice cream carts that have prepackaged ice cream treats. (I know, I know – some of those treats are iconic! In the end, I made an executive decision.)Donna Yan’s art really speaks to me! Cuteness + Disney Food = TOTAL AWESOMENESSFinally, it was time to build the actual passport. Luckily, the amazing artist Donna Yan allowed me to use her fantastic Disney food artwork in the passport. (You should check out her adorable Disney food prints on her website, and I highly recommend you follow her on Instagram here.)I wanted to keep things simple on my end, so I created the passport using Microsoft Word and converted the file to a PDF. I have two different versions for you to download based on your needs. The first version of the passport keeps the pages in order. This is the one I recommend if you are going to use the passport electronically. The second version of the passport has changed the page order so you can print it 2-up, double-sided and assemble it into a simple booklet. With this one you’ll need to cut each of the pages out and bind it along the spine. You can staple it, or even hole punch it and use ribbon. Use your imagination when it comes to putting it together! Here are the steps to print version two of passport:In the Print menu, click the “Multiple” button under “Page Sizing and Handling.”Set the “Pages per sheet” to 2 by 1.Set the “Page order” to “horizontal.”Check the “Print on both sides of paper” box and make sure the “Flip on the long edge” radial is selected.Print your passport!Make sure your settings match this example when you print version two of the passport.I expect that we’re going to look something like this by the time we’re done with our crawl.Next I would suggest that you spend some time planning. Really peruse the options and make a game plan for your absolute must-haves. I’m not saying that you need to plan out every creamy treat you’re going to indulge in, but make sure you pick out some key targets. (Believe me, I’ve already got quite a few on my list!)There is one last thing I’d like to draw your attention to in regards to the passport. All of the items marked with an asterisk are adult ice cream treats. They contain alcohol, so if you and your kids sit down to pick items from the crawl passport, make sure they stay away from the marked ones. (This is noted in the passport, but I wanted to make sure an extra warning was thrown out here!)My husband and I will be test driving our passport the week of Labor Day, so follow me on Twitter at @Angela_Wilhelm if you want to see updates on our progress! (And we will definitely be hitting some of those adult ice cream treats!) While the more extreme might consider tackling this crawl over the course of one day, we are opting to use our vacation as a sort of continual crawl. (Mostly so we don’t spend the trip getting sick from ice cream overindulgence!)Would you try to tackle an ice cream crawl in a single day? What would be your must-have treats? Share your thoughts in the comments!last_img read more

Centered Text is Good for Wedding Invitations and Wine Labels, not for the Web

first_imgWhen I read Jared Spool’s tweet last weekend, I smiled and nodded my head. PSA: Center-justified text is only for wine bottle labels and wedding invitations.Practically all copy text is easier to read when it’s left justified. Do your users a favor and avoid center-justified text.Brought to you by the Left Justified Justice League.— Jared Spool (@jmspool) November 19, 2017Why was I smiling? Two days earlier, I had a 30-minute phone call with a new client about their website redesign. We discussed their requirements and had a short conversation on why I recommend left-justified text on their website:It was easier to read, since the beginning of each line of text starts in the same placeIt was faster to read, because the user knew where each line startedCentered text is difficult to read, because it forces the user to work harder to find the beginning of the lineWhy Centered Text Doesn’t Work for HeadingsOne of Spool’s Twitter followers said he didn’t agree, he felt centered headings were helpful for users to separate content from headings. But he was open to learning why centered text was considered bad.Spool replied with three reasons to avoid using centered heading text:1/ Any time you adjust the left margin (or right for RtL languages), you put unnecessary burden on the user comprehend the meaning.If the indentation was consistent, that would be different. But with centered text, the indentation is derived from text length, so it varies.— Jared Spool (@jmspool) November 19, 20172/ That puts burden on the user to try to find it. (It’s particularly bad when the text length of the heading is close to the body width, because then you can’t use position to indicate it’s headingness at all. Multi-line heads are even worse in this case.)— Jared Spool (@jmspool) November 19, 20173/ There are many better ways to indicate a heading is something different than the body text. Mucking about with a variable left margin is not ideal.— Jared Spool (@jmspool) November 19, 2017His follow-up tweets gave me added support for the next time a client requested centered text on their website. Spool also explained in a follow-up tweet that he was referring to languages that read left-to-right. SummaryImprove readability of your content by using left-justified text instead of centered text. It’s easier and faster to read text that doesn’t force the reader to search for the beginning of each line. Do you agree centered text should only be used for wedding invitations and wine labels? Share your thoughts in the comments.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedCanton Goodfellows Website Redesign LaunchedI’m happy to announce the launch of the redesigned website for Canton Goodfellows. A local nonprofit organization, Canton Goodfellows is dedicated to providing gifts and clothing to Canton, Michigan children in need during Christmas time. Their mission is to ensure no child in Canton goes without a Christmas. Why Redesign?…In “Website launch”10 Ways to Improve Accessibility on Websites and Social MediaWhen I chatted about accessibility with other attendees at WordCamp Denver 2018 this weekend, I shared some of my tips and blog posts on how they could improve accessibility on their websites. After one conversation, they thanked me for the recommendations, and asked if I had a summary post that…In “Accessibility”October 5, 2018 Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn why every designer should have a foundation in psychology, find out the tentative schedule for WordPress 5.0, discover how to improve color accessibility on your website/apps, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a…In “Web design & development links”last_img read more

Auburndale girls basketball holds off Stratford in WIAA Division 4 regional semifinal

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterAUBURNDALE — Auburndale shot just 33 percent but made 19 of 23 from the free throw line and took care of Stratford 47-41 in a WIAA Division 4 girls basketball regional semifinal Friday night at Auburndale High School.Paiton Richardson scored 13 points, and Taylor Gotz had 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Apaches (19-4). Gotz was 6 of 6, and Allison Linzmeier went 4-for-4 from the free throw line to lead the way for Auburndale.The Apaches swept all three matchups from Stratford this season.Auburndale led 18-8 after one quarter before Stratford (15-9) chipped away, cutting the Apaches’ lead to 34-31 heading into the fourth quarter.Auburndale moves on to a Division 4 regional final at No. 1 seed Marathon (22-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday. The game will be broadcast on WOSQ-FM 92.3 and wdlbwosq.com.Auburndale handed Marathon its only loss of the season, a 45-33 defeat back on Jan. 6. Marathon beat the Apaches at Marathon in a rematch on Feb. 6, 47-39.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Apaches 47, Tigers 41Stratford 8 11 12 10 – 41Auburndale 18 10 6 13 – 47STRATFORD (41): Statistics not provided. Record: 15-9.AUBURNDALE (47): Allison Linzmeier 1-3 4-4 6, Cheyenne Karl 3-8 2-3 8, Jenna Peplinski 0-2 1-2 1, Sylviann Momont 0-3 0-0 0, Paiton Richardson 5-8 3-3 13, Shannon Yahnke 2-4 3-5 7, Taylor Gotz 3-14 6-6 12. FG: 14-42. FT: 19-23. 3-pointers: 0-1 (Momont 0-1). Rebounds: 21 (Gotz 12). Assists: 9. Record: 19-4.last_img read more

Autonomic Computing: Freeing Up People to Focus no Innovation

first_imgThe term autonomic computing may have come from a 2001 IBM paper that predicted that systems and software would become increasingly complex and the only way to effectively manage them would be to make the systems themselves more flexible and self-managing. The idea is that the software controlling systems could be made smart enough so that it would be able to optimize, configure and heal itself without the need for humans to be involved. Charles Crouchman, CTO at Turbonomic, said that “the idea of an autonomic data center has always made sense to us, but the underlying and fundamental technology enablement for it was not in place until recently… Automation can lessen the burden of that lower-level, repeated work so people can focus on innovation.” Software is getting smart. Software algorithms are promoted to become managers of systems. This kind of self-managing, self-healing software is called autonomic computing. Increasingly software is being created that can automate lower-level time-consuming tasks and decisions that would otherwise need to be done by humans. Dr. Kumar at IBM said that “higher order benefits will include allowing companies to better manage their business through IT systems that are able to adopt and implement directives based on business policy, and are able to make modifications based on changing environments.”last_img read more

London calling: UK regulator creates new IoT spectrum license

first_imgFollow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Related Posts British communications regulator Ofcom has announced plans to create a new spectrum license for Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications.The license will use very high frequency (VHF) bands, including 55-68MHz, 70.5-71.5MHz, and 80.5-81.5MHz, according to Computing.co.uk. These bands are typically used for audio purposes and are usually quite cheap compared to low-frequency bands favored by LTE mobile carriers.See Also: 6 Ways Analytics And The Internet of Things Will Transform BusinessOfcom published a consultation in September last year to figure out if these VHF bands were suitable for IoT and M2M networks, and concluded earlier this month that the bands were suitable.Some of the VHF bands are connected to existing Business Radio license products, which will be discontinued in favor of opening the spectrum to IoT and M2M investment. The use of these bands for IoT will not affect any other networks, Ofcom said.Ofcom also plans to launch a dedicated webpage for anyone looking to use the spectrum for IoT or M2M applications. The webpage will feature information and guides, alongside contact details.Spectrum license a good sign of future UK investmentThe UK government announced in the 2015 budget a USD$14 million grant for an Internet of Things think-tank, alongside investments into automation, drones, and other new technology. It has also removed regulations surrounding these new types of technology, which has made the UK a hotspot for new developer and engineering firms.Getting more spectrum is always a good sign for an emerging industry, especially one like IoT, which requires a decent amount of Internet capacity to make everything work.The growth of IoT and M2M in the next few years will be huge, according to Gartner and IDC that project over 26 billion smart devices in the year 2020. For those smart devices to all communicate together without delay, we’ll need a lot of network space, which the UK government seems happy to give.center_img David Curry Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#M2M#Ofcom#Spectrum#UK#VHF What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Silicon Valley plans another Madison for PM Modi

first_imgIndian-Americans in California have begun preparations for a grand reception similar to last year’s Madison Square Garden event for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who would be the only second Indian premier to visit the state with a trip planned in September to Silicon Valley.Representatives of Indian-American organisations held their first full-fledged preparatory meeting in Sunnyvale, California to accord the grand reception to Modi at Silicon Valley, during the September visit.Modi is to attend the Annual General Assembly meeting of the United Nations in New York in September-end.After that, he is set to visit Silicon Valley and address Indian-Americans, including technology entrepreneurs, there though an official announcement is yet to be made.”We have planned a community reception on the evening of September 27 at the SAP Centre, San Jose where close to 20,000 people are expected to gather to hear him speak,” Khanderao Kand of newly-formed Indo-American Community of West Coast USA told PTI.The meeting was addressed by the Indian Ambassador to the US, Arun K Singh, via a video conference. Among others, it was attended by Consul-General of India in San Francisco, Venkatesh Ashok, and Dr Vijay Chauthaiwale, in-charge foreign relations department of BJP.Chauthaiwale is on a visit to San Francisco Bay Area to oversee the preparations for the reception.”The event is a historic moment for the Indian community in Silicon Valley and the diaspora in general,” he said.The Prime Minister’s visit is considered significant, especially with regard to his ‘Digital India’ initiative that aims to use technology in connecting people and transforming governance in India, said a media note by the organisation.advertisementModi would be the second Indian Prime Minister to visit San Francisco-Bay Area after Jawahar Lal Nehru’s trip in 1949.San Francisco-Bay Area, of which Silicon Valley is a part, is home to about half-a-million-strong Indian-Americans.Last year when Modi visited the US, he was given a grand reception at New York’s historic Madison Square Garden. He addressed nearly 20,000 Indian-Americans there.Like Madison Square Garden in New York, the SAP Centre is a top indoor venue in the US for such events.In 2006, the SAP Centre sold the most tickets to non-sporting events of any venue in the western US, and the fourth highest total in the world, after Madison Square Garden in New York City, the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester in Britain, and Air Canada Centre in Toronto.Last year, pop superstar Miley Cyrus performed at the arena during her Bangerz World Tour.In April this year, pop superstar Ariana Grande performed at the arena during her Honeymoon World Tour for the first time with a sold out crowd of 12,717 people.Organisers expect a packed crowd at the SAP Center, also known as Shark Tank, when Modi addresses Indian-Americans on September 27.last_img read more

Correctional Services Staff to Be Engaged Through Town Halls

first_img State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says he will be increasing engagement with staff of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) through a number of town halls this year.He made the disclosure at the Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre’s ‘Morning of Prayer & Praise’ held on Monday (Jan. 8) at the facility’s South Camp Road location in Kingston.“These town halls will not be about inmates, because a lot of the discussions I’ve had centre around inmates; they (will be) purely about our staff. We want to rap with you. We want to have a discussion with you, so that we can hear directly from our probation officers, our correctional officers, our auxiliary workers and so we can get your recommendations and start implementing,” he noted.He added that “we want to engage you more so you can be a part of the decision- making process. A lot of our discussions we’re having about inmates relate to our officers… (and) we have to build you up… If we are to battle, then we have to build up our soldiers, so that is what we are going to try and spend the first part of 2018 doing.”The State Minister thanked the members of the DCS for their invaluable service and for positively engaging in the rehabilitation of offenders.He encouraged them to be strong and courageous as they carry out their various tasks.Senator Charles Jr. said the 2018 objectives outlined for the DCS are many, but he believes that they are all achievable.“It is going to take hard work for us to achieve our goals, but I am convinced that we have the ability to do it right,” he noted. State Minister in the Ministry of National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says he will be increasing engagement with staff of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) through a number of town halls this year. Story Highlights “These town halls will not be about inmates, because a lot of the discussions I’ve had centre around inmates; they (will be) purely about our staff. We want to rap with you. We want to have a discussion with you, so that we can hear directly from our probation officers, our correctional officers, our auxiliary workers and so we can get your recommendations and start implementing,” he noted. He added that “we want to engage you more so you can be a part of the decision- making process. A lot of our discussions we’re having about inmates relate to our officers… (and) we have to build you up… If we are to battle, then we have to build up our soldiers, so that is what we are going to try and spend the first part of 2018 doing.”last_img read more

Princess Cruises Adds Its Third Royal Princess

first_imgImage Courtesy: FincantieriItalian shipbuilder Fincantieri delivered Majestic Princess, the third Royal Princess class unit constructed for Princess Cruises, a brand of the Carnival Group, at the Monfalcone shipyard on March 30.The Bermuda-flagged Majestic Princess is the first ship specifically designed and built by Fincantieri for the Chinese market.Built on the basis of the successful project of the Royal Princess and Regal Princess sister ships, realized and delivered in the same shipyard in 2013 and 2014, the new 145,000 gross tons unit, which also is the largest ship ever built in Italy, is able to accommodate 4,250 passengers on board in 1,780 cabins and 1,350 crewmembers.As its sister ships, Majestic Princess represents “a new technological benchmark in Europe and worldwide for its innovative layout, outstanding performances and top quality of its state-of-the-art technology,” according to Fincantieri.Princess Cruises earlier said that it plans to deploy the vessel to Europe for the 2017 cruise season before sending it to cruise in the Asian waters.The company added that the vessel was scheduled to set sail from Civitavecchia, Rome, on April 4 for a five-day Maiden Adriatic Sea roundtrip voyage visiting Kotor and Corfu.last_img read more

Pope Francis expels Chilean priest accused of child abuse

first_imgPope Francis meets with the Sicilian Clergy at the Cathedral of Palermo, Italy on 15 September. Photo: ReutersPope Francis on Saturday expelled a Chilean priest under investigation in a case involving the sexual abuse of children, according to a report by local media on Saturday, amid a growing global abuse scandal that has shaken the Roman Catholic Church.The Archdiocese of Santiago said the Pope had decided to defrock the Reverend Cristian Precht, local daily El Mercurio reported.Precht was a former head of the Church’s Vicariate of Solidarity human rights group that in the 1980s had challenged ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet to end the practice of torture in Chile.The well-known Chilean religious leader has since been accused of sexual abuse as part of the investigation into allegations against members of the Marist Brothers religious community.Precht has previously denied the charges.Pope Francis´ announcement comes as Chilean police raid church offices throughout the Andean nation looking for new cases of sexual abuse or evidence that church officials concealed abuse from authorities.The Catholic Church worldwide is reeling from crises involving sexual abuse of minors, deeply damaging confidence in the Church in Chile, but also in the United States, Australia, and Ireland where the scandal has hit hardest, and elsewhere.last_img read more

The arts eye view

first_imgAs June wraps up, here is something for the Delhi art lovers. Panorama-3, curated by Priyanka Banerjee, brings to you a group exhibition that identifies strong new talent and bringing great art to a wide audience. The platform provides artists from around the city to exhibit and showcase their work.Banerjee, an energetic art curator, recognises the efforts of emerging artists by promoting their creative talent. She identifies talented young artists and provides them a platform to showcase their creativity. To continue with the spirit of art-appreciation, she is all set to present her next exhibition that features more than thirty artists – the best and brightest in the city. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With a renewed impetus to excellence, this exhibition aims at sustaining the artistic aspirations of the city by offering a holistic cultural experience. Banerjee believes that just the way a panorama represents an entire worldview of a place, this exhibition is a world view of the thoughts of its many diverse yet like-minded artists. These artworks emote through vivid strokes – some are muted and some vibrant; together they create a surreal experience for art aficionados. Interestingly, it is the theme of spirituality that sets this event apart from others. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMridul Chakraborty, Uma Bardhan, Kashi Nath Bose, Ganesh Panda, Hamlet Shougrakpam, Nilay Sircar, Rajeev Semwal, Meghna Agarwal, Sahil Jain, Saru Sharma, Rohini Jain, Jaya Sharma, Harpal Singh, Lalit Mohan, Shalini Varshney, Amit Kumar, Abid Zaidi,  Sadaf Khan, Seema Kashyap, Shalini Goyal, Roshi Goyal, Aakanksha Bagga, Tarini Ahuja, Tatini Sengupta, Viniitii Vasundhara Aggarwal, Alpana Kataria, Jasmeet Khurana, Shipra Gupta, Darshan Sharma, Ekta Gandhi, Mahender Rai are some of the participants among others. Chakraborty has tried to depict speed in the lives of human beings. Jain’s paintings portray pigeons both symbolically and in abstract forms. Bardhan is fascinated by figurative paintings and observes his subjects for weeks, months and even years before bringing them alive on canvas. Meghna Agarwal uses a variety of mediums to express ideas like power and permanence through her works. Saru Sharma talks about the human desire to attain joy through her works and attempts to highlight the relation between our daily actions and attainment of pleasure through them.While each artist brings the best to the canvas, the real reason we want you to attend this exhibition is that it is one of its kind event that is funded by the artists entirely on their own. All this for the pure love of art.last_img read more