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Brian McDonald
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There have been a lot of things going on for me lately, but I figured I'd give an update for my friends that haven't heard from me. I'm gearing up for a move in May which is going to be very exciting and will yield quite a few personal building projects. Also, I have joined the team at +RydeSafe to provide my services to help deliver all kinds of reflective goods to my fellow cyclists. I'll be doing a lot of stuff with them, especially building a presence here on G+, so there are a lot of exciting things coming down the pipeline that I'm pumped to share.
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Having some successful attempts with +Mistral Hay I want to take things to the next level!
People don’t often make dough from scratch. This should change that.
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Add this to the massive pile of why hockey players are the best. +Canadiens de Montréal defenseman PK Subban fired a puck out of the rink that hit a father and son, so he reached out to them directly to apologize and brought them to another game to meet up with the family. Boo ya!
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About time +Mistral Hay
 
Finally got my dance reel together:
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Had fun with +Mistral Hay  at my first #googlecityexperts  event last night. I gave her full reign to tell the face painter what to put on my face, yet she showed mercy. Thanks +Meg Smith & +Traci Cappiello, you guys are the best! 
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I think I'm going to wear the nose full time +Ken Nagrod 
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It has been a while since I did this, but it should be fun!
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My entire family....
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I was able to have a question answered by Misty Copeland, which was nice to hear her perspective on. Check it out!
 
The beautiful Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theatre ballerina, talks to the DanceOn Network's star Youth America Grand Prix finalists Sage Humphries and Lex Ishimoto  in New York City. Join the chat! Join the dance movement! 
This Hangout On Air is hosted by DanceOn. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
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Looks like the u-haul people got fancy with this van...They used curly ambrosia maple in the support frame.
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I may have been, but I'm safe now :p
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Kitty's break from the internet has concluded!
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too much!
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Kids get all the fun stuff in playgrounds, while adults are expected to find joy in running around or using those boring fitness stations. Thankfully, the colder weather lead to an empty playground where a couple of young adults were able to enjoy a playground without being creepy around kids.

Just remember to secure your cell phones, because they may fall out of your pockets when you're upside down!
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Blame +Mistral Hay for that!
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Designer, Photographer, Artisan
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Photography, Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, FL Studio, Hockey, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, Cycling, Woodworking, Fern fanning, Grape feeding
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  • RydeSafe
    Brand Manager, 2014 - present
  • Brian McDonald
    Visual Designer, 2003 - present
    Design, Photo, and Craft
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Birthday
January 18
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I am a designer, creator, crafter, teacher, and cleaner of various things
Introduction

I am an enthusiastic self-teacher, and I'm into new technologies, video games, bad movies, the animal kingdom, and plenty of 80's/90's nostalgia. I'm not a fan of laundry, design trends, fanboyism, and people who bid on eBay auctions before the final 30 seconds of the listing.

I've enjoyed art since I was very young. I started with illustration, painting, and photography, and computers were my gateway to graphic design. With experience, my primary focus turned to graphic design while also becoming an avenue to incorporate my photographic work. Film photography gave way to digital camera systems, and I took the leap to transition into and fully embrace a digital workflow.

My interest in music also started at a young age. My first instrument was a Roland keyboard, and I progressed to play guitar around the 3rd grade. I picked up bass guitar, and started to play the drums to cap off my musical arsenal. More recently, I've gotten into creating music on my computer, which lets me combine all of my musical skills.

As for hockey, it all started when I was five years old. I practically lived at the ice rink growing up. I played both travel and high school hockey, but took a short break before re-focusing my views on the game. I started to coach with emphasis on individual technique and skills training. Coaching turned into my own business, and that exposure also allowed me to branch into other facets of hockey, including equipment design and research.

My most recent development has been my passion for woodworking, which started three years ago. I assisted my father with some of his projects, and then began designing my own ideas and learned how to fabricate them. Through experiencing the start-to-finish aspects of production, I have come to love designing outside of the digital realm.

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Bayonne, New Jersey
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Sebastian, Florida - Vero Beach, Florida - Princeton, New Jersey - Yardley, Pennsylvania - New York, New York - Jersey City, New Jersey
On a nice cool day I walked over to Terrace Bagels, having heard beforehand from numerous sources that spoke very highly of their bagels. The location is in a very nice area and there were plenty of people lining up to get the goods that Terrace Bagels offers. However, the large amount of people didn't pose much of an issue as the line that took up the entirety of the first half of the storefront moved very quickly. When I saw the line I thought it would take a while, but in no time my order was taken, and I was able to pay for my food. Whenever I go to a new bagel place I opt for an everything bagel with cream cheese untoasted. Since I was particularly hungry, I elected to get two of them, even though I was almost tempted to try one of their extremely green bagels for St. Patricks day. They were so green that I wasn't sure I wanted to ingest that much food coloring so I just stuck with the two everythings. All in all, the bagels lived up to the hype. Nice texture and crisp on the outside with a soft center; how I feel a bagel should be. There could have been a bit more "everything" on it, but there was a good amount of flavor in it. Had I not already got an extra bagel, I most definitely would have got up and went back around for another one. I would have given them 5 stars, but the high volume of people leads to a not so quiet atmosphere. The amount of people that go in can be a bit overwhelming for some, but I think overall the experience is good. Plus I like their man/bagel or bagelman logo! If I'm in the area I will definitely go back and get more.
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I have stopped here on numerous occasions to try out all the various flavors they have to offer, and I think the best thing about 16 Handles is that they have been the best at walking that fine line of having a clean establishment while not looking so sterile that you feel like you are in a hospital (like other froyo places). Some flavors are good, some are strange, but all in all it is a good experience and isn't too expensive or time consuming. Just try not to litter the surrounding neighborhood with paper bowls and plastic spoons!
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Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
This is the perfect place to chill out with a special someone, try some whiskey, get out of hand, and when it comes time for an apology for your actions you have flowers available to make it that much sweeter! All in all I've dealt with very accomodating staff, a sociable but not too rowdy group of customers, and an atmosphere that still holds true to a neighborhood bar.
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reviewed a month ago
I stopped in with my girlfriend and we elected to take advantage of their nice specials to eat a feast of various tacos and beer. The place is cozy and intimate yet you don't feel like someone is watching over your shoulder as you eat. Staff was friendly and the quality of the food was very good. If I'm hungry walking down west 4th, I'd probably be very likely to stop in for some food!
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I've stopped here quite a few times to grab some food in a pinch, and it is certainly nice to have healthy food options at prices that won't leave you feeling like you have to sell your soul to afford it. Their prices are always competitive if not better than what you would usually see.
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reviewed a month ago
I stopped in to spread the love as I am around the area and usually end up at other delis, and was met with very friendly service, a clean place, and a nice selection of food. I got my requested goods in a timely fashion, which never hurts. Their avocado sandwiches are very good (I elected for the grilled lemon chicken), and I would definitely go there for food if I was in the mood for "fast" food.
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With march weather bringing in spring after so many cold months, my one regret is that I didn't go skating here more often. The facility is nice and unlike central park/bryant park, you can actually skate around without feeling like you are just walking in a circle packed into a rink with tons of people. The ice quality was very good too. I'm interested to see what they will offer in the warmer months and will try to get there to experience it again. The entry process was smooth, the locker system was easy to navigate, and the design of the rink that lets you go from a hockey sized rink into a more oval shaped fully outdoor rink is a nice design in my eyes.
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