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Winters Cold Wind (A Poem)

If you have followed me here you know that winter is my favorite time of year. So with that in mind, I have written another Winter related poem.

It’s a calm night, with a chill in the air,
I sit by my open window and wait,
for I know Winter, my lover, will soon be there,
she is the only one, my sweet, my mate.

The wind howls with righteous fury,
and the air transforms to frigid ice,
a snowflake, some sleet, Winter please hurry,
a white Christmas would really be nice.

I climb under the covers of quilted snow,
closing my eyes I drift off to sleep,
embraced by my lover you already know,
Winter has come and tears of joy I weep.

Icy tendrils creep around my room,
turning it into a frozen cube of ice,
curled up in my bed, inside the womb,
I dream of snowy days oh so nice.

I sleep so soundly in the sub-freezing air,
the wind blowing without end,
no-one could be happier than this polar bear,
watching the thermometer descend.

Oh Winter, my passionate frozen bride,
I love you with all of my heart,
At spring and summer with malice I deride,
I pray, Winter, you and I will never part.

Incendius, A Tribute

From 2007 to 2010 I played a fire mage in World of Warcraft named Incendius. After the release of Cataclysm in December 2010, fire mages became less and less viable in raid situations, unless you ran high level raid content and had the best gear possible. This continued for the next six years until now. World of Warcraft Legion brings back the fire to mages and the fire spec is now totally viable again. To celebrate this I resurrected my old fire mage, Incendius. To celebrate I created a tribute video to my mage, and I look forward to burnin’ alive in World of Warcraft Legion!

Introducing I R Polar Bear 2.0

Three months, almost 14,000 lines of code, and a ton of images – after which I am proud to announce the launch of my site redesign today. God has blessed me with many talents. I have worked very hard to get to where I am now as Lead Designer of Omnilert. I have spent countless hours doing design work, composing music and writing stories. These creative gifts needed a home, a place where they can be seen and enjoyed. That’s why I created I R Polar Bear. Now it’s even better with a complete site redesign. I hope you’ll drop by and check it out!

kevin.pixelworxfactory.com

NEW WORK: The almost deleted Gloria

In 2011, a year following the death of my father, I began working on a Mass. For those who don’t know what a Mass is, it’s the order of the Catholic Mass set to music (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, etc). This was a daunting task and in 2012 I decided to release the finished first part, the Kyrie as my opus 41. Well I was going through my music folder and cleaning out old, unfinished, compositions I have no intention of finishing and came across this piece from that mass. It was 90% finished so I decided why not wrap it up and get it out of the “To be Deleted” folder and into the “Finished Works” folder. So I am proud to bring you my Gloria, numbered as Op. 41a for Chorus, Organ and String Orchestra in G Major.

LYRICS:

Gloria!
Gloria!
in Excelsis Deo!

Et in terra pax,
hominibus bonae,
bonae voluntatis, voluntatis.

Laudimus te,
Benedicimus te,
Adoramus te,
Glorificamus te.

TRANSLATION:

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will. We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you.

How I keep organized…

As a graphic artist it’s vital to keep as organized as possible. So I thought I would share with you the tools I use to keep my design life organized.

First and foremost, all of the apps I choose to use have both mobile and desktop apps, because using one app for to dos on your phone and a completely different app for to dos on your desktop is just stupid to me. Let’s get started…


 

To Do List : Wunderlist

I cannot tell express how utterly lost I would be without my list of tasks. For this I use an app called Wunderlist. This app, despite being a sell-out to Microsoft, is about the best you can get right now. There are some better solutions down the road, but for now I use this app and try to forget it’s owned by Microsoft now. Wunderlist has a beautiful user interface and great features. It has a silky smooth sync between your iOS/Android devices and your desktop/laptop. You can add notes within tasks, assign the to dos to various categories and if you go Pro then you can share your tasks with others in your workgroup. Right now I give Wunderlist a 5 out 5 stars. I’m sure Microsoft will find some way to destroy this beautiful app, but for now it’s a great tool.

You can check Wunderlist out at their web site: wunderlist.com

 


Project Tracking : MeisterTask

So about six months ago I was using MeisterTask to keep track of my projects, but then kinda fell away from it because I got tired of having to access it via my web browser. Well now, thank goodness, they came out with a Mac app and I have resumed using this awesome tool to keep track of my projects, the various pieces/parts of the projects, what’s planned, what’s in progress and what has been finished. The user interface is rock solid gorgeous and simple. They have an app for iPhone and iPad which are beautifully kept in sync with your web and/or desktop app. They should have Android and Windows apps coming soon (currently in beta). I give this app 5 out of 5 stars. The only thing that kinda bugs me, and believe me it’s a small thing but big enough to bug me, is I can’t add my own beautiful background photos – I’m stuck using what they provide. Other than that it’s awesome. By the way, there is a free version and a Pro version – so if you need more power and such, you can go Pro.

You can check out MeisterTask at their web site: meistertask.com


 

Team Communication : Slack

Okay so you are keeping track of your tasks, keeping track of your projects, but there’s another big big facet of getting work done and that is communicating with your team. For that there is just nothing better than Slack.  As Lead Designer of my company, Omnilert, I rely big time on being able to communicate with my boss, the guy writing the code for our apps and other members of our team. Without this component in my day to day work, I would be on the phone half the time and emailing large images and design work. That’s so 20th century. So thank goodness for Slack. I can send comps, mockups, wireframes, videos of prototypes and most important of all – can have discussions and conversations with my team. I give Slack 5 out of 5 stars for awesomeness.

You can check out Slack at their web site: slack.com


 

Important Dates : Fantastical 2

So I have been a big fan of this app since it first reared it’s hot little head about two years ago. Fantastical is an awesome calendar app which integrates with Wunderlist for putting tasks on the calendar, allows you to use real wording when making appointments. So instead of going through all the steps of putting in a date and time and name of the event, you just type naturally: “Meeting with Steve next Tuesday at 9:30am”. The app graduated into a full fledged Mac app last year and it just owns with a rock solid user interface and experience. The iPhone and iPad apps are also top notch awesome! I give Fantastical…can you guess? That’s right, 5 out of 5 stars! Because I don’t use apps that aren’t 5 star awesomeness.

You can check out Fantastical at their web site: flexibits.com


 

So there you go, now you know the tools I use EVERY DAY to get my job done and make sure I am on top of what I need to do. A huge thanks to these app developers for busting their buns to make incredible software that is, to quote the immortal Steve Jobs, “insanely great.”

-IRPB

New Name, Same Awesomeness

So for the past several years my blog has gone by the name of “This so called life” and as we are in a new year and I have lofty new ideas popping into my cranium, I decided to rename this blog to “I R Polar Bear” – which ties into my new web site with the same name. The content isn’t going to change – just the name!

With that said, please feel free to drop by and visit my new web site which is basically all about me and the talents God has blessed me with. You can get there by clicking this link.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go roll around in the two feet of snow we got from Snowmageddon 2016.

PS. Oh yeah, and I changed the design of the blog to match the new web site design.  🙂

 

You can blame me…

Everyone who knows me, knows that I’m a polar bear. They know how much I love snow. Well for the past three years or so we haven’t had any snow to speak of and every winter I would pray repeatedly for a significant snowfall, as in a foot or more.

Well God answered my prayers this year, as we are now preparing for the onslaught of what could be one of the most historic blizzards of all time: Winter Storm Jonas. Here, where I live, we’re looking at getting up to 30-inches of snow. People will be affected all the way as far south as North Carolina all the way up to Boston. So if you’re wondering how in the world this monster storm spawned, it’s all my fault. I used every ounce of my winter magic power to bring it about. I think I might have overdone it a bit.

So yes, if you hate snow and you’re going to be hit by this thing I have created, you can blame me. I think next time, I might use a little less magic.

But I’ll tell you one thing…it’s going to be GLORIOUS!