2015 #AprilFoolsDay – Best of the Web

Did you know???

  • The earliest recorded mention of April Fools’ Day, way back in 1392, is in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales?
  • In 1957, the BBC aired a television show about farmers harvesting freshly grown spaghetti. The network was then bombarded with letters from viewers asking how they could purchase their very own spaghetti plant!
  • BBC struck again in 2008 when they aired an elaborate video documenting the discovery of flying penguins.

These days April Fools pranks are even more elaborate and widespread thanks to our BFF – The Internet. Over the past decade, Google has continued to raise the bar on jokes & pranks (some of their “pranks” have become actual products – ah hem, Gmail’s 1GB+ of storage space!). Each year more companies, such as ThinkGeek, Virgin America, and Netflix, join the fun.

So let’s nix the dilly-dallying, tip over this barrel of monkeys, and see what’s funny enough to send snizzlebiscuits & sweet tea flying out your nose…

Pac Man Fever

Fire up Google Maps either in your browser or Android or iOS and search for Arc de Triomphe… Zoom in a bit. Tap the Pac Man button. Run from Ghosts. Rinse and repeat.  Check out Google’s hints for more locales to munch ghosts, strawberries, and ubiquitous dots.

Play PacMan in Google Maps - April Fools Day 2015

Best. Phone. Ever.

Introducing the Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge!
It’ll slice. It’ll dice. And it’ll come in super handy in a Zombie Apocalypse!
New Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge mobile phone

Smartbox by Gmail’s Inbox

All the portability and anti-spam benefits of email with the tactile feedback of paper mail. This will finally put the USPS out of business! A gal can dream, right?

#ChromeSelfie

Reaction videos are SO frakking yesterday. Today, if you’re one of the super-cool, uniquely trending individual snowflakes out there, you’ll jump on board the Chrome Selfie bandwagon. Just visit a website via Chrome on your mobile, touch menu, then Share A Reaction. Smile real purdy like and show off that hipster hair!

Take a #ChromeSelfie for April Fools Day 2015

Google Panda

Search becomes CUTE, round, fuzzy, and minimalistic black & white. Gotta give a virtual fist bump to Mr. Ozan Mindek – he’s got incredible language skills!

rorriM, rorriM

Go forth and click https://com.google.
I’ll wait.
Might as well tell it to do a Barrel Roll while you’re over there.

Google Fiber Dialup

Bee-naw. Bee-naww. Bee-nawwwww. (That’s my impression of the old n’ lovely dialup modem sounds. Sheesh. You try spelling it.)
Google Fiber is swell and speedy. But take a minute to slow down, dial up, and get your hugs on.

A Selfie Is Only Good As Its Stick…

Handcrafted in real wood by the artisan craftsmen at Motorola.

Reddit Wife Swap

The Android subreddit looks like Apple; and the Apple subreddit looks like Android.
Fangirls/fanboys across the universe have vapor locked.

Apple's subreddit goes Android for April Fools 2015 Android's subreddit goes Apple for April Fools 2015

The Keyless Keyboard

Bonus points since this gadget runs on tree-hugger-approved wind energy!

Spider Squisher Pro Extreme!!!

The new must have Android app. Check out XDA Developers video review:

My high score is 447. I challenge every single person out there to beat THAT. Booyah!

Wishing you many loud laughs, righteous snorts, and goofy giggles,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Style blog

P.S. Jump in your Delorean and check out the best April Fool’s Day pranks of 2013 and 2014!

Creating Lightroom Presets That Layer + Bonus Prep Checklist

Create Lightroom presets than can be layered with other presets
I enjoy creating Adobe Lightroom presets and I love editing my photos in Lightroom. I probably get more of a kick outta it than I should; but hey, it makes me happy. What I don’t enjoy is making a list of all the Settings I want to include in my preset. And I don’t ever do the Check All unless I really have made an adjustment in every single setting.

So to prep for making a preset, I go through my photo in Lightroom and make a note of each setting I want to include in the new preset. Why? Because selecting only what you need creates a preset that’s lighter weight but, and this is the kicker, it also allows you to use more than one preset on a photo! More specifically, it allows you to layer two (or more) presets as long as they don’t change the same settings. Example: One preset adds some Graduated Filters, vignetting, and clarity; while the second preset alters saturation, vibrance, graduated filters, and exposure. As long as the person creating the presets checked only what they needed to, you’d get the benefit of both presets – except the graduated filters! (You’d only get the graduated filters setting of the second/last applied preset since it overwrites the first presets graduated filters. Get it? Got it? Good.)

Now that we’re on the same page on how I prep to create a Lightroom preset, you can see that making that note each time can be a pain. I’m either alt-tabbing back & forth between Lr and TextEdit or I’m jotting it down on scrap paper. Each method gets the job done. But it’s a pain. And I always forget to make my list before I get to the “make a new develop preset” screen. Oy. Cancel. Make list.

Over the weekend, I finally solved my little OCD issue. Here’s a handy-dandy image of the “New Develop Preset” screen. Open it with Skitch (or your fave quickie photo manipulation tool) and put a dot/X/unicorn over each setting as you change them in your photo. When you create the preset, simply check off all those that you marked, and no others.

Your fellow Lightroom groupies will thank you for presets that can be used with other presets!
Checklist to help create presets for Adobe Lightroom

// To Download the Lightroom Preset Checklist
Click the image to open it full-size; then right click and choose Save As to download it to your machine.

Questions? Suggestions? Want to chat? Please leave me a comment below. I love comments almost as much as I love creating presets!

May your days always be filled with proper presets,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

// Licensing
Creative Commons License
“Checklist for Creating Lightroom Presets” by Studio Bionic is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

These Last Minute Quirky #Valentine Cards Save the Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day y’all!
Happy Valentine's Day from Bionic Style! Download your free e-cards!
Still looking for a card to give to your best friend, crush, co-worker, more-than-just-pals pal, lover? Or how about an quirky e-card as a little something extra? I stayed up all night working on this collection of Valentine’s Day cards… I’d be thrilled if y’all put them to good use!

Print, email, text or social share: Love card with large typography and a colorful sunset.

Print, email, text or social share: Show your love with a Star Wars inspired Nerfherder ecard.

Print, email, text or social share: The perfect Valentine's card for gamers & geeks.

Print, email, text or social share: A Valentine's Day message from Spock

Print, email, text or social share this humorous Love ecard featuring Google's Material Design for Android

Print, email, text or social share this Valentine's Day digital card featuring the South's favorite word.

// Dimension & Definition
Each card is sized at 1500×2100 pixels at 300ppi (that’s 5×7 inches). Every card is pixel perfect, high-resolution (HD), xxxhdpi and retina ready. They’ll look snazzy whether you print them (print borderless for best results!) or electronically deliver via text/MMS, email, chat, tweet, facebook, yada yada & so on.

// To Download
Simply click on the digital cards(s) that you like.  Right click and choose “Save As”, then save the .png image to your device.  Download as many as you’d like.  Easy as blueberry pie!

// Join the #ValentinesThatDontSuck Initiative!

“Just say NO to tulle, crappy design, doilies, and suddenly becoming angry if there’s not enough roses in your bouquet or karats in your ring. Simply say YES: smile, mail a note, bake brownies, celebrate “Likes” & “Loves”, and… enjoy Valentine’s Day!”

Those of similar mindset: Welcome to the club!

See what I’m talking about by visiting my Valentines That Don’t Suck board on Pinterest. My goal is to have a curated collection of 50 Valentines for perusal in 2016. When you spot something in your web travels this year, or make something yourself, send me link or a photo please!

My favorites are the geektastic creations, like “I Want To Get In Your Pantones” by Lindsey Reveche at DesignValentine. DV’s tagline is “Talk nerdy to your design crush!”. Awesome, right?
I Want To Get In Your Pantones ecard by Lindsey Reveche

Warm hugs and brownies,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

Legalese: These cards are copyright Bionic Style/Studio Bionic. They’re free for personal use. I’d love for you to share them, print them, or post them wherever you like. A link back to bionic-style.com would be much appreciated. Don’t sell or use them in a commercial work without getting my permission first. Thanks!

Printable Cupcake Wrappers with Candy Hearts

Printable Cupcake Wrappers with candy hearts - for Valentine's Day, Anniversaries, or to show love!
Make your own “Candy Hearts” Cupcake Wrappers with this handy dandy printable!
These wrappers are perfect for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, or just a regular day that’s blessed with the power of cupcakes.

DIY Printable Candy Hearts Cupcake Wrappers at Bionic-Style.com

// Instructions

  1. I created the Candy Heart Cupcake Wrappers in both a PNG image file and an Adobe PDF document. Pick whichever file type you prefer – click the link to open it (note: the links open in a new tab/window).
  2. Save the file to your computing device. “Right click + save as” works for computers. “Long press + save as” for Android & mobile devices.
  3. Print on 8.5×11 inch cardstock. Be sure to enable “borderless” printing.
  4. Cut edges 1, 2 & 3 with regular scissors.
  5. Cut edge 4 with decorative scissors.
  6. Apply adhesive to lightened area of edge 3.
  7. Overlap edges 2 & 3; press together to form a circle.
  8. Drop in a cupcake!

//Time Saving Tip
After glueing your cupcake wrapper edges, use a wood clothespin to keep the edge together while the glue sets. This way you can keep on, keepin’ on!

Make your own cupcake wrappers with Bionic Style's PDF template

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Hugs and cupcakes,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

Hibiscus Wallpapers in Pantone Spring 2015 Colors

Get your screens ready for Spring with a new punch o’ color wallpaper!

Spring often brings to mind warmer weather, festive flowers, visually stimulating colors and F=-kX. (Okay, so maybe Hooke’s law doesn’t pop into everyone’s head when thinking of spring…) I figured now’s the perfect time to combine Bionic’s trademark Hibiscus flower and the Pantone® Spring 2015 Color Forecast into a new wallpaper series!

Hibiscus wallpaper series with Spring 2015 Pantone colors - for desktops, laptops, tablets, phones

// 16 Color Choices
In order to focus on color and bold imagery, I kept the design scheme of the Hibiscus Wallpaper series minimalistic and flat (flat: as in no gradients, no drop shadows, no-nonsense). Each wallpaper’s hibiscus is either a 20% or 33% tint of the original color – producing a simple tonal shift relationship between the colors.

Your color choices include Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year, Marsala, plus 15 Spring/Summer trend colors: Aquamarine, Classic Blue, Custard, Dusk Blue, Glacier Gray, Lavender Herb, Lucite Green, Sandstone, Scuba Blue, Strawberry Ice, Tangerine, Titanium, Treetop, and Woodbine.

// Dimension & Definition
Each wallpaper is sized at 2880×1800 pixels which scales to fit most laptops, desktop computers, tablets and smart phones. For devices of different dimensions, such as the iPhone, your device will auto-crop or fit the wallpaper to your screen.  Every wallpaper is pixel perfect, high-resolution (HD), xxxhdpi and retina ready ~ they’ll look stunning on your Mac OSX, Windows, ChromeOS, Android, Speak & Spell, iOS, or Linux screens!

// To Download
Simply click on the wallpaper color that you like.  Then right click, and choose “Save As”, then save the .png image to your computer.  Download as many as you’d like.  Easy as pecan pie!

Want more awesomeness for your screen? Be sure to check out my other free wallpapers!

Keep life colorful,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Beauty blog

Legalese: My wallpapers are copyright Bionic Style/Studio Bionic. They’re free for personal use. I’d love for you to share them, print them, or post them wherever you like. A link back to bionic-style.com would be much appreciated. Don’t sell or use them in a commercial work without getting my permission first. Thanks!

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