Archive for the odds and ends Category

Three Web App Redesigns & Three Favorite Sites

Posted in odds and ends with tags , , on April 2, 2014 by Tim R Wilson

The app I would most like to redesign is Trimet. Since I don’t have a car here in Portland I use this thing a lot and there are times it frustrates the heck out of me. Some flexibility on finding the most desired method of travel would be nice especially on the front page. The page and site in general is quite boring as well.

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Next up and running neck and neck with Trimet is Portland States Gmail account.  My God what a mess! After two years I am used to this thing but it is highly inconvenient and insanely boring. There certainly has to be a more user friendly and elegant solution to enhance the users experience of reading and composing their mail.

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The third site I wouldn’t mind having a go at is Amazon. It just looks cluttered to me and can really use a makeover with balance and be a whole lot more fun to use.

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Now to my three favorite sites for being a Graphic Design major at PSU. My first one is Pinterest which was something I avoided for the longest time as I mistakenly thought it was a site for old ladies to share recipes. Now I go on the site nearly daily as there are a wealth of design ideas which I find quite inspiring and challenging!

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My next choice, DeviantArt, is a site I’ve been on for many years mainly for my photography and poetry. There are many extremely talented artists who post on this site and I find a lot of inspiration here for my own work.

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My third choice is one relatively new to me, Behance. I have found some great ideas on here for various projects in other classes.

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I am looking forward to learning a whole lot of new things in my ART 299 class at PSU!






Perfect Parts

Posted in odds and ends, quote(s), thoughts with tags , , , , , on November 11, 2011 by Tim R Wilson

A really cool quote I found along the way, which in retrospect is so very true …

“Life’s not perfect, but there are some perfect parts in it.”

                                                                                    ~ Author Unknown strikes again


Thank God for those!



The Waterfall That Sings

Posted in odds and ends, Photography, scripture with tags , , , , on September 10, 2011 by Tim R Wilson








A “secret place” I happened across. Here is Henline Falls, located in the Santiam Foothills by the Cascade Mountains in Oregon. The streams of these falls run a different volumes and together they sound like an ethereal chorus! I found the trail to these falls quite by accident, and alas alone, but next time I have to bring someone special with me yo enjoy the beauty and sounds of this wonderful area!

Psalm 42:7 NASB “Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls; All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.”

Stained Glass You

Posted in odds and ends, Philosophy, quote(s) with tags , , , , , , on August 19, 2011 by Tim R Wilson


“‘People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun’s out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within.’ – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross”

A Beautiful Summer Day

Posted in odds and ends, Photography with tags , , , , on August 8, 2011 by Tim R Wilson

I’ve been busy with schoolwork the past few weeks, but I did get out for a short drive in the mountains around town the other day. Going down a favorite four wheel drive road, I turned left down a small road I’ve never taken before and came to this spot. Yes, it turned into a beautiful summer day for sure!

Carly’s Violin

Posted in odds and ends, story with tags , , , , , , on July 1, 2011 by Tim R Wilson

Another short story I did for lasts years fiction class ….

Carly’s Violin

The wise, ancient, musky scented wood felt velvety against her pale cheek. How it glistens and gleams. Hollows like windows into the soul. Who owned that violin? Whose hands slid, who admired the body like you? Like strings, it can respond to a single touch, playing out the notes you desire to hear. The violin can scream and whisper in crescendos, and for your great amusement, it sings high, low, every note in between.

She ran her thin fingers over the grooves and indentations, as if she was following a map to her destiny. In many ways she felt as though it was … Her muse and her meaning. Each string was plucked once with careful precision, checking for clear, clean tone, which called out to her very soul. It was perfect. The girl inhaled, pausing in that essential moment before the fragile strings of the bow make contact with the instrument below. The two were like temperamental lovers, and she brought them together to make magic, and the sweet music was born.

The world was lost in the moment. Half notes, whole notes, quarter, eighth, sixteenth notes. Unlocking hearts she plays, her fingers shifted around the neck, shimmering and shaking. Her eyes were closed, and to anyone who looked upon her, she appeared as a angel. As the music trembled into silence, she was surprised to see a young man standing so close. With a reluctant smile, he held out his hand.

In a moment the violin was in his hands. The girl stood behind the boy, pressing his soft, powerful fingers against the hard strings, molding his opposite hand around the wood bow. Momentarily the staccato, col legno, vibrato, crescendo were mastered with magical hands. She breathed with him, moving together to create that special moment. The music burned between them, and special it was. They had not experienced anything like it.

The boy surrendered the violin back to the girl, his face elated even as tears formed in his eyes. Quietly he reached into the depths his pocket, and dropped a few coins into the ragged fedora on the sidewalk.

“Please, play on.”

And so the girl did …

Cow and Pig

Posted in humor, odds and ends with tags , on March 27, 2011 by Tim R Wilson

A probably not so PC a joke, but I’ll put it out there anyways …

On a trip together, a Hindu, a rabbi and a lawyer stop at a farmhouse and ask to stay the night. There’s space for two, but one will have to sleep in the barn. 

“I’ll go,” the Hindu volunteers. A few minutes later, the lawyer and the rabbi hear a knock.

“There’s a cow in the barn,” the Hindu says. “A cow is sacred, and I cannot sleep with a sacred beast.”

“No problem, I can do it,” the rabbi says, grabbing his pillow. But minutes later, the rabbi knocks.

“There’s a pig in the barn. It’s an unclean animal- my belief forbids me to be near such a creature,”

With a tired sigh, the lawyer heads out. Almost immediately, there’s a third knock at the door.

… It’s the cow and the pig.