2020 Elections

September 22, 2019

Did you know:

Contributions or gifts to the Republican National Committee are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Contributions or gifts to the Democratic National Committee are not tax deductible.

Know Why? Because the IRS says so:

Though giving money to your candidate of choice is a great way to get involved in civic discourse, political donations are not tax-deductible. According to the IRS: "You can't deduct contributions made to a political candidate, a campaign committee, or a newsletter fund"

The White House
The White House on August 25, 2002.


You can learn more about the 2020 Presidential Cycle by visiting 2020 Presidential Race by OpenSecrets.org. They are a bipartisan organization that tracks the money for national campaigns - such as a Presidential Election.

There's no election in the world more expensive than the Race for the White House. Learn where the candidates are raising their money-the industries, the states, and metro areas-and how they're spending it. You can also find data here for past presidential contests.

Election Polls

The Election Cyle pretty much kicks in high gears now that it's past Labor Day. The best place to find out the latest polls about the 2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination is RealClearPolitics

You can learn whos is doing well, and who's most likely to drop out.

Joe Biden

What I find amazing is that while Joe Biden has a commanding lead in all the presidential polls, but if you look at the OpenSecrets.com stats, you'll see that he is in 5th place in fundraising.

Did You know Pete Buttigieg has raised $10,000,000 more money than Joe Biden.


September 21, 2019

Animated Gifs are all the rage, and there's no better place to create and touch up GIfs than ezgif.com. It's the one stop shop for all your basic GIF editing.

I like to use their optimize feature to better compress GIF files that have been created using different applications.

Website Description

Ezgif.com is simple online GIF maker and toolset for basic animated GIF editing. Here you can create, resize, crop, reverse, optimize, and apply some effects to gifs.

ez G I F

Sample GIF Images

Here's a couple of images that I converted from H.264 to GIF:

M B T A Window
Boston's MBTA Commuter Rail. Using ezgif.com I was able to convert the original 2.9 MB MOV file to the 732 K GIF

School Locker
This Movie was 1.8 MB, but using ezgif.com I was able to get it down to 652k.

OmniGraffle 2020 Calendar

September 20, 2019

OmniGraffle is a popular design tool. You can create flow charts, graphic designs, page layouts, process charts, easy-to-read diagrams, and quick drawings to present your points in a clear and concise manner.

I use the application off and on to illustration flow layouts and to illustrate points. The most popular use has been creating quarterly calendar planning.

2020 Omni Calendar
Sample layout of the 2020 Calendar

2020 Calendar

The year 2020 is right around the corner, it's never too early to start thinking of the new year. So I decided to create a 2020 monthly calendar stencil for Omnigraffle. This is useful when you need to figure out software releases, dance schedules, or birthdays throughout the year.

Simply download the 2020 Calendar GStencil, it's pretty easy add it to your Stencil collection:

  • Double click on the file to decompress it.
  • Double click on the "2020Calendar.gstencil" file.
  • When OmniGraffle opens it will ask if you want to move the file to OmniGraffle Stencils folder. Click on Move and Edit.
  • You can close out of the file.

Now the file is in your personal collection for whatever you want to do with it!

FYI: I did submit this to Stenciltown, when it get's approved I'll add the link here. This will allow you to search and install the calendar within the app!