Monster Monsoons, Amazing Sunsets, Beautiful Flowers and Facebook’s Dumb Rule

September 4, 2014

Late summer in Arizona is referred to as the monsoon season as we get some crazy storms. Here in the desert, it doesn’t rain much. But when it does rain, it all comes at once. These storms lead to some amazing photos, but also some horrific flooding.

If you would like to see of the embedded photos in this post, you’ll need to read it on our Web site. Unfortunately the embedded photos don’t display in e-mail.

We’ll start out by looking at the clouds that preceded one of our monsoon storms in early August.

The big storm hit on August 19 when we got 3 inches of rain in a very short span. That may not sound like a lot to some of you, but the ground is so hard that there is no place for the water to go. A golf course hole less than half a mile from our office had a river running through it and the green became an island green! Plus, it knocked out the power in our office for a couple of hours during one of our CorelDRAW Unleashed Training Sessions.

On the plus side, we got an absolutely amazing sunset after the storm passed.

Many of you have probable heard the saying that April showers bring May flowers. It doesn’t sound as good if we substitute August and September, but it was certainly true for the flowers on a barrel cactus outside of our office.

Last fall I wrote that Facebook Advertising Rules and Common Sense Not Always in Alignment. Unfortunately they still rely on an automated tool to flag “photos” in violation of their policy. We wrote a review of Xara Designer Pro 10 recently and posted a screenshot on our Facebook page (shown below). Once again it was flagged for having too much text. I guess they expect us to post a photo of a cat or a baby with a software review. In the meantime, I’m just shaking my head…

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