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Clock Icon Designs

So, I’m designing a clock themed icon for an app i’m building and went on an inspiration binge looking to see what other creative designers had come up with, what’s out there, and what isn’t.  Some were so good I wanted to share them with all of you so here are a few inspirational clock icon designs.

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Unturned Steam Achievement Re-Design

Alright, so most of you may have noticed my extremely negative review of the game Unturned…and I stick by it to be honest. But, after having given it some thought, I realized that I could be one of those people that give out a negative review, which I did, or… add a constructive element to it, in an attempt to help the developer to better his game. For those who are not familiar with the game, Unturned is an 8bit inspired game where “you become a survivor in the zombie infested ruins of society, and team up with your friends to remain among the living.” - source  

 

 

Right, all fine and dandy, but one element I can help improve, would have to be the god awful achievement icon pack. Here are what the achievement icons currently looks like (only sharing a couple, as if i were to put all of them here, the internet would explode, due to how awful they are):

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So, they’re 8bit inspired you might say, and that’s what 8bit looks like….wrong. That’s what horrendously designed 8bit icons look like. Those icons are the  equivalent of a 3 year old finger painting on the bathroom wall with his own shit, compared to what proper designed 8bit icons coming out of the design industry should look like. Graphic, perhaps, necessary? Probably not. But, that’s my point, why not give a crap about something as easy to pull off as achievement icons?  Oh what’s that? Because it’s in alpha? That’s not an excuse, it takes TEN FREAKIN MINUTES to redesign each icon properly.

And I’ll give an example -_-

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Or even…

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And if their Hero icon wasn’t confusing and lame enough, one could still be vague with an icon but at least make it look good and somewhat representative of what the achievement is:

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My point being, more effort an be put forth to not make elements on Unturned look so god damn awful, as if it were a last thought, as if no care was put in making parts of the game.

 

ps. I have redesigned all the icons, if anyone is interested, hit me up.

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Steam Giveaway Gift #1: PP-Bizon | Sand Dashed

 UPDATE: the giveaway idea is still active but now has a home, visit the Arimanius Gift Steam Group for more info. 

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PP-Bizon | Sand Dashed

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Consumer Grade SMG

Exterior: Field-Tested

The Bizon SMG is low-damage, but offers a uniquely designed high-capacity drum magazine that reloads quickly. It has been spray-painted using short pieces of tape as stencils.

The Italy Collection

 

 

To be eligible to receive the steam gift.

  • All you have to do is follow me on twitter and tweet me your steam username.
  • Add me on steam for when I need to gift you.
  • And comment here with why you want the gift of the day, simple.

 

That’s really it, easy as that. That’s the Steam Giveaway Gift of the day!

There might be a steam group in the future for this, there might not be, but yeah, stay tuned for updates.

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Daily Steam Giveaway

I’ll keep this short and sweet, I plan on giving away small steam gifts every now and again, sure it says daily but honestly I know I’m too lazy to make a daily update, but there will be a gift giveaway every few days, possibly daily if I remain active.

 

To be eligible to receive the steam gift.

  • All you have to do is follow me on twitter and tweet me your steam username.
  • Add me on steam for when I need to gift you.
  • And comment on the giveaway posts i’ll be publishing soon with why you want the gift of the day which will be published and featured at the top of the site usually till a winner is picked (randomly again).

 

That’s really it, easy as that. There might be a steam group in the future for this, there might not be, but yeah.

 

The first steam giveaway/gift will be posted later, I’ll use a random picket to select something out of a list i make, could be a game, a csgo gun, a emoticon, a worthless tf2 gun, who knows.

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Urbanears Plattan Headphone Review [INDIGO]

Two years ago, I was gifted a set of UrbanEars in white, they have always been super stylish and comfortable, and so when I had the opportunity of ordering another paid, I did. I went for the Indigo colour, which was out of stock in stores but stocked up online (yay) and 5 days later, it arrived. Now, as some may no, due to my history in the radio industry, I developed a mild type of snobbery when it came to headsets and how I listen to music, but something about the Urbanears makes me accept the minor fallbacks in performance, possibly because it makes up for it all in style.

 

Unboxing photos, followed by the review:

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The Pros

  • Style, style… style! These headphones are positively among the most stylish set you can get your hands on. They’re a refreshing mix of classic ingenuity moulded into a modern compact set out of material thats even sexy to touch.
  • Comfort, and before you read reviews of people saying they’re small and uncomfortable, I’m going to ask, wtf kinda dumbo sized ears do they have? These headphones are perfectly sized, comfortable to wear and dont slip back over your head when placed, nor are they too tight.
  • They come ready with a ZoundPlug jack, so people can plug their headphones right into your Urbanears to share what you’re listening to!
  • Even has Mic compatibility, I mean, come on!
  • Not to mention the epic colour selection!
  • And how compact and portable they are, folding to be no bigger than a fist sized ball of goodness.
  • Tangle free chord.
  • Amazing overall sound.
  • Price, it’s affordable and at under $60 you can’t go wrong with them. You could probably find sub $40 versions in some common color types on amazon too!

 

The Cons

  • Lacks in heavy bass, that’s all I can really fault them on. The bass boost could be slightly more optimized but if you’re using any mp3/4 player or ipod worth its money, you can boost the bass via the player itself and it makes up for it. Even without the bass boost, it’s still amazing sounding.

 

The Conclusive Rating 9/10

They are headphones you get to make a statement, that you understand music, that you’re not a hipster out to buy dre beats because everyone has them, that you know what quality music sounds like, and that you are not afriad to share your favourite colour with the world.

 

Bigup to my homie Adam for his help with the featured image.

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Handmade DIY Embroidered Custom Cap

Alright so I went and bought myself a couple dozen 100% cotton QMax caps (each sells plain for $1.25) in different colors ranging from black, off black, grey, white, red, orange, you name it. They’re light, a great fit, bu plain…that’s where being creative plays a part in customizing your cap.

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I was going to customize the brim of the cap but I’m not into custom tweaked brims really, they look dope and I might do a tutorial on those in the future but for now I just wanted to slap my Arimanius logo onto something to see how it looks. You usually have several options, you can iron patches on, or use a heatpress if you have one, but an iron works just as well, or you can use an embroidery machine, which lets face it, not everyone has handy.

 

So how do I do mine? The easy way. I use polyester material to cut out the patch shapes I want then sew them together and use a single fine sewing line to get the patch on the cap. Polyester material can be bought from almost anywhere and  the reason I use that instead of a full on embroidered patch is it actually looks as if it’s embroidered, but isnt. Plus it doesn’t ruin the inside of your cap at all, win/win. So I put some red polyester on top of a cotton backdrop to create my logos shape, and i’m done, ready to stitch the patch together and onto the cap.

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After exaggerating the stitch around the patch, I used a razor blade to wear out the edges of my patch/star to make it look like it was a stitched on patch, give it that extra bit of flare/style.  Its also something I do so I don’t have to ireon press the edges on or anything. Now to make all 20 of them and stash them for when I wanna send them out. Caps, done.

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Gaming On Steam

People wonder where I game these days, it’s either on LSRP, or messing with something via Steam ( http://steamcommunity.com/id/the_red_man/ )  or..yeah, hopping on PLA to chill out with friends.

On Steam, I’m mostly found playing TeamFortress 2, Robocraft, CounterStrike G.O, or one of the other half dozen or so games I have installed.

 

 

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How To Clean A Swampy Swimming Pool

I was tempted to answer that with a simple sarcastic “Hire a professional”, but most of my buddies and fam reading this, and other folk, probably have a ‘hands on approach’ to things like I do…so, how do we go from a gross swampy, dirty, unhygienic health risk to a crystal blue refreshing sparkling clean swimming pool?

Answer: Hard work.

First it’s important to test the water, you get the pool algae meter testing kit from any pool store and you just test whatever water/residue is in there for the dangerous fungi/algae, 9.9 times out of 10 it’ll turn out to be fine, but you need to be sure. In the instance it returns + for classA algae etc, contact a professional to come give it a chemical wash. Otherwise follow the seamlessly simple yet tiring steps below:

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Hose it down, a few times, and then let the pool’s pump drain as much as possible out, they’ll usually leave 1/4 to a 1/3 of a meter of water as the pressure stops there, that’s fine.

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Be sure to remove the deck drains around the pool, you’ll be surprised at how dirty it can be, also be sure to scrub the plastic grills out really well. Over summer/winter, the chlorine and summer temperatures wreck havoc on those grills and leave nasty grainy residue that ends up chipping away and mixing with the excess pool filter, which in turn causes your pool to murk up faster.

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Scrub everything from top to bottom with pool disinfectant and your choice of KID FRIENDLY non chemical anti algae/bacterial scrub. Scrub the lights if you have any and test them for exposed panellings, and scrub in between the tiles too, as well as the steps or ladder if you have one. You’ll need to drain the pool a couple times, even if you think it’s sparkly clean, do it over again twice or three times to be 100% sure.

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I personally use a small pool pump I got for $90 to finish off the job and pump out the remaining 1/4 – 1/3 meter of ‘eventually’ clean/soapy water. I do this before the first 1/4 fill test. Fill you pool 1/4 of the way then turn on your pools outer pump and drain it, to clean the pumps pipes etc, and once done, fill it up one final time.

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That’s pretty much it, if you get loose tiles stick them back into place with tile glue and wait 24hours before filling it up with water, be sure to scrub it clean beforehand.

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To maintain the sparkly blue, specially during the hot summer days, use anti-bacterial kid friendly chems daily (make note of the amount to be used based on the size of your pool), add the necessary amount of chlorine, and 3 times a week, add anti-algae powder to the sides of the pool to keep it crystal clear. (usually wait 1-1.5hours before swimming after adding all that stuff).

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Done, enjoy.

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ARIMANIUS

Every site has a title, a brand, a logo, something to make it recognizable, mines the name really, Arimanius, a satanic/demon/evil god of sorts, look it up. It’s a pretty cool keyword, and while I’m not some mysterious evil being, I like to think it brings out the edgier side of me.

Anyway, enough of that, just felt like cooking up a simple logo for the site, nothing flashy, using my favorite shape and colors etc, a way to brand Arminaius, add the logo as a favicon people can recognize in their bookmarks and so forth. Here’s the simple process of me creating this logo.

 

Something simple, easy to brand, easy to print onto clothes or whatever in the future (if at all) and a great shape to work with for personal business cards and such. I digg it.

 

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