Category Archives: Other

Custom Portrait Giveaway

In this poll asking if anyone would be interested in a giveaway if it only involved a custom portrait, four respondents (100%) said yes! So, in a contest that doesn’t involve any cash prize, at least four people might enter – that works for me. That being said, let me welcome you to the second giveaway ever hosted by Amdall

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Subscriber Giveaway Winner

In April, I did a series of posts expressing my appreciation for visitors, readers, and subscribers to Amdall Gallery, and opened up a giveaway as small gesture of thanks. The prize was small (essentially $20 or custom artwork), but there were far more entries than I expected! I was thinking maybe a dozen or so people would stumble across it and roll

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Subscriber Appreciation Giveaway

Welcome to the last portion of a series of posts thanking subscribers, showing my appreciation for folks out there who’ve viewed the site, shared advice, and provided encouragement. In part one, I discussed some favorite art sites and asked readers about the types of giveaways they might be interested in. In part two, I shared some interesting statistics (to me,

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Milestone Statistics, Unnecessarily Detailed Data

Welcome to part two of three in a series of posts thanking readers, and taking a step back to review Amdall Gallery’s status as we approach a subscriber milestone. In the first, I dropped a poll asking what sort of giveaway subscribers might be interested in, and shared a few cool artists I’ve come across through working on this website.

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Totinos Pizza and Chili

I’m a grown adult, rapidly approaching 40 years old. I’ve got children, a mortgage, probably a bunch of other stuff that might suggest a mature individual with grown-up tastes. Well, I think most people who know me might laugh at the “grown-up tastes” portion of that statement. I can find no more definitive evidence of that than my life-long love

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Is it Worth it to Wait? Analysis of Home Prices in Booming Markets

My wife and I have recently been exploring moving from Louisiana back to where we both grew up; Dallas, Texas. It’s home sweet home for us, but we haven’t lived there in quite a few years. Since we left, housing prices have apparently been booming…which is causing us some worry. There was some housing price parity between Alexandria, Louisiana and

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Solar Eclipse

The big news of the day was the solar eclipse that was visible in a line across the U.S. Unfortunately, I was well south of the areas of 100% “totality” (total coverage of the sun by the moon). According to a map published by NASA, I was in the 75% totality band: What that meant from the practical side of

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Matching Men’s Coat and Pants

Alright, I admit that this is probably embarrassing and sad…I have difficulty making good fashionable choices. Especially when we start talking about branching out to different colors, matching clothes, and all that. Honestly, if I could get away with it, I’d just wear khaki shorts and a black t-shirt every day at home, and gray slacks with a light blue

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Diet Coke and Mentos, Round 1

So, the sidewalk egg-frying experiment made me think about some of our previous science experiments after work.  The first one was an attempt at the classic Diet Coke and Mentos explosion.  If you’re not familiar with it, hop on over to YouTube.  It’s a fairly popular Bill Nye the Science Guy-style trick.  Essentially, adding Mentos candy to Diet Coke causes

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Fried Eggs

It’s been so blasted hot in Texas this summer, there have been some news stories asking if it was hot enough to cook various food products on various surfaces outside.  For example, bake cookies on a car hood, or fry an egg on the sidewalk.  Well, some co-workers and I took this challenge to heart, and attempted to fry up

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Go Mavs!

I just wanted to type out an official congratulations to the Dallas Mavericks.  They rocked the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals last night, and I couldn’t be happier about it! This post-season for the Mavs seemed almost scripted like a movie, it was so full of amazing and almost poetic events.  First, some major adversity against the Trailblazers, with

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