Mad Props: Custom Twitter Background Edition

Vinted on April 9, 2010 binned in twitter, wine 2.0

Many moons ago, a very nice young lady by the name of Alana Riley, who had friended me up on twitter, contacted me to see if I was interested in a customized twitter background for my twitter landing page.  You know, so I can keep up the appearance of professionalism and all that.

Was I interested?  Well… Duh.

I was amazed at the finished product that Alana produced for me, which you can see below (click to embiggen), for those of you who are tweetdeck fanatics and never visit anyone’s twitter pages directly.

I’ve been thinking about giving Alana’s biz a plug on here for a few months, and never really got around to it because I suck and should be destroyed, and probably should mow Alana’s lawn and then pay her $2 when I’m done.  Anyway, better late than never!

Here’s how Alana describes her new biz:

“I create custom websites and logos for individuals / small companies, offer graphic design & logo services, as well as social media services (from setting up an account for someone to running an account should the individual want to outsource that).”

You can check out her wares at www.sixtwentymedia.com which should be going live soon, or email Alana if you’re interested in a kick-ass twitter background.

And yeah, I know this has nothing to do with wine but you’ll get over it because you’re cool like that.

Cheers!

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My New Year’s Resolutions (What’s Coming Up on 1WD)

Vinted on April 8, 2010 binned in about 1winedude blog

Yeah.  I know.  I’m late.  Whatever – I’ve got a two-year-old daughter.  At least I’m actually getting around to it, right?

I’ve got a simple resolution for 2010, actually, when it comes to 1WineDude.com, anyway:

Make 1WineDude.com “more betterer!”

The devil’s squarely in the details, of course, but the bottom line is that wine blogs, like wine brands, have increased in both quality and quantity, and there have never been more wine blogs pumping out higher-quality content than there are right now. Hell, just look at the list of nominees for the Wine Blog Awards.  Which means not only do I have to run to stand still, I need to continuously figure out how to add more and more value for you on these virtual pages.

Either that, or continue to dupe you into thinking that I know what I’m talking about (it ain’t easy!).

I’m grateful for each and every reader of this blog, and I realize that many of the same people who are pumping out great wine content are regular readers here; some are up-and-coming new voices, and are some long-standing and well-respected traditional (and non-traditional) talents in the wine world.  1WineDude.com is, more and more, becoming a place where “Intermediate” and “Expert” wine personalities can mingle and exchange ideas.

I sincerely hope that never changes.

So, in 2010, I’m trying to give you more to talk about, and more interesting things to talk about…

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Sting Like a “B” (Bastianich’s Ass-Kicking Friuli Goodness)

Vinted on April 7, 2010 binned in Italian Wine, wine review

Usually I prefer to know when wine samples are coming to my door.  For the most part this has to do with the vagaries of logistics (will someone be around to sign for the package?), but just as importantly I prefer to know that the wine has some potential value for 1WineDude.com readers (you folks like that hard-to-find, more interesting juice).

Also, I need to find room in my basement, which is overrun with Styrofoam packing material that needs to be driven down to DE for recycling.  Either that, or I’m gonna build a huge Styrofoam wall, and then bust out of it and scare the living shit out of my dog…

Anyway, it’s a really, really nice surprise when an unsolicited sample actually rocks the Kasbah and does have potential value for the 1WD crowd; when that random bottle that just shows up and causes my dog to absolutely freak out beyond all reason at the approach of the UPS truck (if you ever want to know what it’s like to dislocate your shoulder, just walk my dog around my neighborhood during UPS delivery time) is all worth it.

Which is why I recently did a double-head fake after tasting the 2006 Bastianich Tocai Plus – a rare moment when the odd random sample provided true blogging serendipity. I dare say it was even worth all of the mad barking, as this wine offers a nice helping of Friulian ass-kickery…

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