Can You Remember Your Passwords?

I’m one of those “bad” people who has trouble remembering my passwords for all of the different websites and groups I belong to. By having only a few passwords, which are easier to remember, I am also compromising the personal data stored on these different sites. I have heard this lecture numerous times from my computer-techie husband…but truthfully, the idea of having to remember dozens of different passwords just stresses me out!

And then I found this book, Upgrade Your Life by Gina Trapani. She presented this great idea where a person chooses a base password and then adds part of the site name to create a unique password.

Let me give you a basic example…

You pick a base password like BEAR5 (maybe bears are your favorite animal and 5 is your favorite number). Then you sign up for a Google account…your unique password for Google would then be BEAR5GOO. Then you sign up for a Yahoo! account and that unique password is BEAR5YAH.

This way, you only have to remember BEAR5…but each different site that requires a password would have a unique password.

With a system like this, you wouldn’t need to write down your passwords, and yet your accounts would be more secure. Just keep in mind, don’t use your most public information for your passwords (name, birthdate, names of your spouse and children, etc.). But there are still plenty of other base passwords that are special to you but aren’t really known to the wider world.

This idea has really intrigued me and I’m going to do it…change all of my passwords. Then I’m going to take down all of the sticky notes containing sensitive information that I have hidden around the house. My hubby will be so proud!

I’ll report back on how it goes…

Converting Pixels to Inches…How to print a great picture

Do you wonder what size an image or picture will print at? And whether it will be crisp enough? Here’s a tip on figuring all of this out…

You take the pixels and divide by the DPI (dots per inch) to get the size in inches. So if you have an image that is 600 pixels by 300 pixels, you divide 600 by 300 to get 2, and you divide 300 by 300 and get 1. This will give an image that is 2 inches by 1 inch.

You may be asking why 300 DPI? If you are posting an image to the web, you can use 72 DPI because clarity is not as important, and it’s much harder for someone to copy your image (because they won’t want 72 DPI). An image printed at 300 DPI is considered to be standard for most print jobs. For professional photos, you would consider printing at an even higher DPI.

Just remember…the higher the DPI, the bigger the file.

So, one more example. You have opened a photo from your digital camera in your imaging processing program. You want to resize it and print it as a 5×7. Multiply 5 inches by 300 DPI to get 1500 pixels. Multiple 7 inches by 300 DPI to get 2100 pixels. You then resize your photo to 1500 by 2100 at 300 DPI in order to print a 5×7 photo.

Candle Making

It’s Monday…which means it’s time to stir the creative juices! It’s the beginning of February and the days are beginning to get longer…Spring is coming! This is the time of year that I love making candles…a welcoming back of the light, if you will. So yesterday I spent the afternoon with a wonderful group of women making candles. Now to be perfectly honest, it’s more like decorating candles than actually making candles, but the meaning still holds true.

We got clear glass pillar candles (known as 7-day or novena candles), tissue paper and water-thinned glue. This is a messy project (yippee!), but the results are magical. Layering the torn pieces of tissue paper with lots of glue, the candle goes from blank canvas into art. And even better, you don’t really know what you have until the candle dries and you light it. That’s when the light shines through the transparent layers and you can really see what you have created. It’s a very alchemical process!

If you want to try this technique yourself, then here are a few tips.
1. Tear the tissue paper into no bigger than 2×2 inch pieces.
2. Use dark colors first.
3. More than 3 layers of paper on any one spot will affect the candle’s ability to shine through.
4. Uses lots of the glue mixture. Paint on a layer of glue, add paper and paint on more glue…the paper should be completely wet!
5. Once you are done, smooth the papers down with a finger. Remove air bubbles and make sure the edges of all the papers have been smoothed down.
6. Add a sprinkle of glitter if you want! I love glitter and will look for any excuse to use it.
7. Let dry overnight.
8. And remember…don’t put paper on the inside of the candle holder.

Here’ one of the candles I made yesterday…