Technology and I have not been getting along over the past few months. Unfortunately, as a blogger I'm forced to rely on it to a large extent. So it just makes it that much more irritating when it fails.
Just last month I was forced to buy a new MacBook Pro when my old one died. Now, my second computer, the PC, has gone the same route. This is important because, ironically, I use it and Paint Shop Pro 7 to create all of the graphics for Icethetics and, more importantly, the IceHL project.
Effective immediately, the IceHL project must be postponed. I cannot create graphics for the polls nor add the embroidered effect to the logos that have already won their polls. It sucks, I know.
As I try valiantly, yet hopefully not in vain, to rescue the files from that machine, we'll be without any IceHL updates for a little while. The worst case scenario is that we're down for the rest of the week. I expect to have a back-up plan in place that I can implement by the weekend so we can be up and running again by Monday. But no promises.
In the meantime, I'll be looking into running Windows on the Mac. But it looks like that will have to wait at least until October 22 (when Windows 7 is released). Any advice would be appreciated.
Please continue to vote on the current polls. There will not be any extensions for them. Polls remain open for seven days each.
I've got some good news for IceHL fans at this late hour. I seem to have resolved most of the aforementioned computer issues that were stopping me from bringing you guys the final four IceHL logo polls as well as the remaining winning designs.
I'll get started on building all the necessary graphics so that we can move forward right away. I mentioned earlier on Twitter that the first would be posted Monday but I may wait a day in consideration of the long holiday weekend. I don't want people to miss out on voting because they didn't know. That also allows us to tie things up in a nice bow by posting the final poll on Friday.
So that's where we stand. Here's a revised schedule for finishing up this part of the IceHL project:
- 9/8 - Chicago Hitmen poll, Calgary Cavalry logo unveiled
- 9/9 - Edmonton Kodiaks poll, Baltimore Blue Crabs logo unveiled
- 9/10 - St. Louis Archers poll, Houston Hellcats logo unveiled
- 9/11 - Portland Pioneers poll, Atlanta Arsenal logo unveiled
- 9/12 - Seattle Aviators logo unveiled
The remaining four winning logos will then be unveiled the following week. At that point I will outline how the jersey submission process will work and begin accepting entries.
By the way, thanks to commenter IslesHockey21 for the suggestion about CrossOver. That software is perfect for what I need and will serve as a great backup should another issue likes this ever arise. You have my undying gratitude.