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This site was created in the Web Design and Production II class at Antelope Valley College. Because this site was originally a team project, It has been slightly modified to highlight individual design elements for portfolio purposes.

For the first half of the semester, I was assigned to be team leader. As team leader, I oversaw the site page design and made sure that the site was consistent throughout every page. I wrote out the about page , which includes a short mission statement for the site to help set a direction for the team. I assigned team members certain pages of the site to build and provided additional tools to help create and organize site content. I wrote step-by-step instructions on how to use the new tools effectively and efficiently. I also worked one-on-one with team members to work through any problems or concerns about using the new tools.

Most of my work was in the back end adding functions, modifying php and css files, and setting up page structure for upcoming assignments. Some of the graphics I designed included the "fx" logo, free wifi graphic, orange header background, and blue background found on the bottom half of the seasonal specials page. Some of the sliders I put together can be found on the top of the home page and the top of the seasonal specials page. In the last half of the semester, I had planned to take the site (and my team members) to the next level with new design concepts and a more efficient workflow. However, a new team leader was assigned and the site took a different direction.

Throughout the semester, our team was not without its ups and downs. There were certainly design conflicts and conflict among individual team members, which is expected when a team first starts out. However, in the end, we had come a long way in working together as a team. Although some of the content on this site does not reflect my design style, I trust you can see it as a team effort. It is a site created by individuals who are still growing in knowledge of web design.

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Perk up: Coffee may help blood vessels work better

Perk up: Coffee may help blood vessels work better

A new study suggests caffeinated coffee may help small blood vessels work better.

Coffee may do more than wake you up. It may help your small blood vessels work better, a new study suggests.

But that doesn’t mean you should guzzle gallons of java.

Previous research has shown that moderate coffee consumption may have some beneficial effects on cardiovascular health. However, the precise mechanism for this benefit is unknown, says Masato Tsutsui, one of the authors of the new research and a cardiologist and professor in the pharmacology department at the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan.

Tsutsui and colleagues in Japan worked with 27 healthy adults, ages 22 to 30, who did not regularly drink coffee. On one day, each participant drank one 5-ounce cup of either regular caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee. Then researchers measured reactive hyperemia in the participants’ left index fingers. This is a measure of vascular function that takes into consideration how well small blood vessels function. Two days later, the researchers repeated the procedure with the other type of coffee.

Findings presented Wednesday at an American Heart Association meeting in Dallas:

• Those who drank a cup of caffeinated coffee had a 30% increase in vascular function in the index … Read More »


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Cook up your next meal in a coffee pot

Cook up your next meal in a coffee pot

Cooking while on the road is difficult, but now you don’t have to look any further than your hotel coffee pot to make your next decent meal.

And we’re just not talking steamed veggies. Think short ribs and grilled cheese sandwiches, too.

In lieu of your stove top, you can steam, poach and grill food using the coffee maker’s basket, pot and burner. Who knew!

While students may wind up opting for the food hall, apparently some soldiers found this technique useful.

NPR’s The Salt spoke to Jody Anderson, a coffee pot cook with a nephew in Afghanistan who complained about bad food.  “But the soldiers were allowed only to have coffee makers in their rooms,” Anderson told NPR. She experimented with a few ideas and eventually shipped her collection of recipes overseas, which included mac ‘n’ cheese, short ribs and chicken soup.

NPR decided to attempt a poached salmon recipe from the book. While they admitted that the fish looked “a little scary” while cooking, the end result was surprisingly delicious. And fast. The whole meal was ready in just 20 minutes.

This is just the latest in a string of unusual cooking techniques that have been floating around. A colleague reminded me of his success … Read More »


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Study Reveals the Best Time to Drink Coffee

Study Reveals the Best Time to Drink Coffee

Coffee is a lifesaver! While it helps students pull all-nighters, it makes professionals fresh and active for work. However, we can’t experience the benefits of coffee throughout the day.

In a new study by Steven Miller, a neuroscientist from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Maryland has found that the maximum effect of caffeine can be felt if consumed between 9.30am and 11.30am.

Miller said that the best time to drink a cup of strong coffee is when levels of the hormone, cortisol, are low in the body. Cortisol controls the body clock and promotes alertness, The Telegraph reports.

When people drink coffee between 8am and 9am, their cortisol levels are usually high. They become tolerant towards caffeine and the effects are hardly helpful. The cortisol levels also peak at lunchtime and between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.

The body’s levels of the hormone are usually high just after a person wakes up but start to drop about an hour later. Miller said that during these hours, people get the most benefit from caffeine.

Cortisol, which is produced in high levels in times of stress, helps convert energy into the sugar glucose to be used by the body’s cells.

“If we are drinking caffeine at a time … Read More »


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Free Coffee for Veterans

Free Coffee for Veterans

A local woman is showing veterans her appreciation for their service in a special way.

Teresa Arnold, owner of Bucket’s Bar says that after brainstorming different ways to help veterans in our area , she decided to provide them with free coffee seven days a week. She hopes this will give the veterans a safe place to share their thoughts.

“I hope it makes them feel appreciated I know that they probably meet places and talk and I don’t know that they get free coffee or free anything so we want to do that for them,” said Arnold.

Starting Tuesday veterans can visit the bar on Sharon Avenue anytime between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to receive their bottomless cup of coffee. Vietnam veteran, John Davis will serve the free coffee to his fellow brothers. Davis says that he is glad to see someone stepping up to recognize the nation’s protectors.

“I think people are trying harder to help the veterans, but you know its been a struggle I know they didn’t help the Vietnam veterans at all but I think it’s coming back. I think people are starting to realize freedom don’t come free, ” said Davis.

Arnold says eventually she would like to … Read More »


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