let’s get social oh badges

I haven’t done any site updates in a while. Life has kept me pretty busy. I’ve been learning new things and picking up with old interests that I didn’t know I would ever be picking up. This weekend, I took the time to put in a few little tidbits just to spice it up a bit. That’s one thing I love about building websites. I get to own my work and style it exactly the way I want. If I can’t figure out how to do it using the CSS and HTML that I already know, I look it up and in this way, I can learn while doing. I’ve written extensively on that topic and don’t want to bore you with it, but what matters is that I make little additions to the site that don’t seem like much in the beginning, but always add up synergistically for mass effect.

social media icons

at the bottom of my “about me” page

I’ve been slowly working on a video for my about me page, but work has been grueling. Anyone who has done any sort of editing knows how time-consuming and energy intensive the process is, not to mention filming everything alone is difficult enough. I came up with these social links as an add-on while I bide my time. I’m spread out all over social media and don’t check everything ALL THE TIME, but I do check them every once in a while. Adding these icons and links serve as a resource for people who do want to dig a little deeper and it’ll be mostly hidden for people who are on the site for a purpose and aren’t looking to connect elsewhere.

footer changes

footer changes

I’ve also put the same series of social icons and links down in my footer. It’ll show up on every single 415vince.com page so the option is there should anyone see it and want to explore. Lastly, I LOVE BADGES. I remember when I used to use them all the time in my HTML-only sites to advertise the fact that it was W3C compliant or that I used GIMP and Photoshop in the making of the site. I like to let people know how I went about doing something, because I’m all about the spirit of collaboration and education. As an ode to badges, I’ve embedded these hilarious ones at the bottom, courtesy of For The Badge. Check them out. Those are the changes and that’s all for now folks!

I’m working on a couple of posts. Topics are: sustainability, feminism, and homelessness. Three hot issues and I’ll talk about what I know and hopefully there’ll be things I don’t know that you all can educate me about.

Also coming soon, an update to my ever popular bullet journal post and the latest developments.

the rusty logo popping pink

rust logo


I had a couple of PSD files on my desktop. If only I remembered where I downloaded them from though! Anyway, I decided to do a quick and dirty switcharoo for a rusty logo and boom. I haven’t touched Photoshop in a really long time and need to get back on it pronto. I also haven’t written anything of real value or taken pictures of awesome in a while. Time to get on it!

weekend of eats aesthetics

I had a heck of a weekend this time around. Let’s start with Friday night. I went over to Jack London Square for the Eat Real Festival. It was my second go, after having went a few years before. The last time I went, it was during the day and the sun was blazing. It was super crowded and the lines were way too long for my liking. This time around, we arrived during the later hours of the day, pretty much during golden hour and it was epic. It made for some great pictures of food. I only wish I had taken a few more pictures, but I’m sorry – I was too busy stuffing my face.

We tried a couple of places and even went back on Sunday! Among the places we tried: Hella Vegan Eats, NoNo Burger, Baia Pasta, Bicycle Banh Mi, and Fat Face Popsicles. We were pretty bummed out on Sunday because we didn’t get to try Hodosoy, but we will return!

We also visited a few places: Shangri-La Vegan, Curbside Creamery, and Arbor Cafe. All in all, a beautiful weekend. The last weekend of the summer and I spent it eating great food with beautiful company.

Oh and side note, I’ve also included a few pictures of Ampersand SF! An amazing shop. I’ll definitely be back for something and to just hang out there.

pinhole and temescal snaps

It was a great weekend and I went over to pinhole and Temescal. First, let me say a few things about a planner that I picked up for a few dollars at Muji in San Francisco. My sister really wanted to go to Muji and I followed along. In the end, I wound up buying a nice shirt and also the monthly planner. It was affordable and I think is a great way to have a hard copy of my month. Temescal was fun, like usual. We visited the usual suspects: Curbside Creamery and the cro cafe. Earlier this week I hit up pinhole (which I had been keeping an eye on for a few weeks now). Suffice to say, I’ll be back sooner rather than later. Who can resist the delicious coffee and beautiful decor?!

Camera Bag EDC the weight on my back

camera bag every day carry

I’ve done a couple of EDC posts detailing the things I carry. I’m a big fan of being prepared, although I don’t take it quite as far as “preppers” or survivalists. I do, however, take some ideas from them and adapt it to the urban life, or in my case, the weekend warrior lifestyle. I’ve done EDC posts on my range bag (which I keep in the car), Carry Bag, and personal items. As the Coast Guard says, Semper Paratus. Here’s a list detailing the times my gear has come in useful:

  • Someone came into my workplace asking if we had duct tape. We didn’t. I ended up taking some from the mini-roll I had attached to my keychain.
  • I got a flat tire driving home from San Jose to San Francisco one night. I put on my blinkers and pulled over, but could barely see because it was so dark. Thankfully, my range bag was in the truck and I used the crap out of my flashlight.
  • The titanium spork always comes in handy for when take-out places don’t give me utensils and I’m on the move.
  • My Gerber solves everything. The scissors, screwdriver, and pliers are my most used.
  • I use the camping spork on my keychain for all sorts of minor adjustments when I need a flathead screwdriver or for opening bottles. I’ve only used the spork for eating about 3 times and as a fair warning, if you try to take it into a nightclub, they classify it as a weapon.

Now onto my Camera Bag EDC:

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and another weekend gone adventures

There goes another weekend, but this one was entirely eventful. I had a list from last weekend to work off of, but even though I didn’t manage to get to all of the places I had in mind, I was satisfied that I knocked one place off the list. I took a stroll down Union Street in San Francisco on my way to Wrecking Ball Coffee Roaster’s new cafe. and passed by a flower shop with ridiculously beautiful flowers. If you’ve never experienced Wrecking Ball, you’re missing out, so I urge you to go and go soon. Who knows, maybe you’ll find Nick Cho making your drink – savor that moment.
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projects galore little things

I’m not much of an artist, but I really wanted to make use of several items I received or had laying around. As a huge fan of upcycling, I decided to make it a point to utilize as many items as I could. Old specimen bottles. A $2 wooden picture from from the thrift store. Specimen tins. Small nightstand. $8 Sears typewriter.