Google Talk goes down, chaos ensues

UPDATE: As of 10:25 CST the Google Talk Service has been restored across the board.

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Google Talk goes down worldwide, yowch.

“Where does the narwhal bacon?” I query my wife via IM and after minutes pass without response, she suddenly appears to go offline.   I was left befuddled.  “Why has she not responded?  Her answer is vital to how I will approach the remainder of my day.” As a million thoughts rush though my mind on what could be happening on her physical side of our chat,  it dawns on me.  She’s not the one with issues, I’m not the one with issues.  Google Talk has gone down!

Okay, so maybe using “chaos” in the title is tad hyperbolic, but Google Talk (GTalk) came offline worldwide this morning. While many users are back online, Google is still trying to figure out what exactly the problem is. GTalk is still far and away my favorite chat client. But what good is the app if you can’t chat with anyone?

If you want to stay update on when service will be restored check out the Google Apps Status for Google Talk.

We’re aware of a problem with Google Talk affecting a majority of users. The affected users are able to access Google Talk, but are seeing error messages and/or other unexpected behavior. We will provide an update by 7/26/12 6:50 AM detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change.

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How to make children’s art embroidery

Child's drawing as an embroidery pattern

Making children’s art embroidery patterns is not as difficult as you might think; the largest hurdle will likely be the initial investment in the machine and software.  It took me a little while to get the tweaking down, but once I did, I was off and running.

To be perfectly honest, I really didn’t think too much about embroidery at all until my wife got a sewing/embroidery machine that had a USB port on it.  Admittedly, any time I see a USB outlet on any non-standard computing device I have a little nerdgasm.  Once I saw the outlet, I knew it was time to figure out how to hack it.  The result looks a little something like this:

Children's Drawing as an Embroidery Pattern

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Elliot’s Elmo Birthday Invitations

Elliot's Elmo Birthday Invitation

Elmo birthday invitations were a no brainier decision for Elliot’s first birthday. Hearing and seeing “Elmo’s song” is one of the only things that will stop the little guy mid scream in the middle of a meltdown.  Michele found some samples that she liked online and linked them to me.  What you see below is sort of a cross-blending of several different Elmo birthday invitations and a few extra design elements that I added.

Elliot's Elmo Invitation to 1st Birthday

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How to build an outdoor PVC Toy Box

It’s summer time!  That, of course, means more time outdoors and more toys strewn about the backyard.  This summer, I’m trying to take back my yard from wandering toys by making something that my son might actually use to keep his toys in place when he’s done with them. I was convinced I could make something that was not too complicated and relatively inexpensive using  a little PVC and shock cord.  I opted for a 3′ x 5′ PVC cube that would be lined on the sides with slightly taught cabling.  This is the look at the PVC toy box final result:

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