Kathryn McDaniel

By Kat McDaniel, Principal at MEDiAHEAD

At this point, I’m trying to look at the positive side of winter. Adjusting to colder weather is always hard, but when temperatures plunge and winter sets in, admit it – the cold makes you want to harm others.

There’s just something about the overcast skies, biting windchill and ice flakes hitting your face that seems so much more romantic in the movies… because in real life, it’s just plain painful.

Here are ten signs that you may be sick of winter:

  1. Dog in Sweater During WinterIsn’t it funny how your dog always needs to go for a walk on the coldest day of the year? I do like seeing cats and dogs in funny sweaters and booties, even if they don’t enjoy the humiliation.
  2. POTHOLES! We’ve been driving like drunk drivers for months. Unfortunately, even with all my weaving I still blew two tires and had to be towed to the dealership.
  3. You don’t get out from under the covers until the very last minute. When you do, another snow day is called and you’re home with “cabin fever” kids for another day.
  4. You’ve looked into moving somewhere warmer and have been 100% serious about it. I can’t believe I moved from Florida to Missouri – isn’t it supposed to be the other way around? And worst of all, your friend who moved to a warmer climate a few years back is posting pictures where it’s 85 degrees!
  5. You don’t even try to dress up or look nice – what’s the point? I’ve had on black leggings and snow boots for months.
  6. You’ve probably watched the same movies over and over again AND exhausted every series on Netflix and Hulu. Parents have heard the Frozen video so many times they think they’re going insane.
  7. You avoid going out or making plans on extra cold days – it’s called hibernation. The good news is that you can make homemade soup and cuddle up in front of the fire.
  8. You only feel disgust when you wake up to snow in your driveway. Enough with the snow angels, snowballs and sledding.
  9. You dream daily about Spring and a day when you can finally step outside without your face freezing and your body going numb. It’s coming…
  10. Any day that is even slightly warmer than 40 degrees puts you in a great mood. If the weather is even a tad warmer than usual, I’m completely happy. If the sun comes out, I’m ecstatic!

BUT, one day soon we’ll be saying Hello Spring because no Winter lasts forever. Spring is nature’s way of saying let’s party!

By Michele Stilwell, Director of Marketing and Accounting at MEDiAHEAD

MEDiAHEAD Volunteering at Ronald McDonald House of KCWhat an uplifting experience! If you haven’t volunteered at one of the Ronald McDonald Houses here in Kansas City…. you should.

Bernstein House

The MEDiAHEAD team volunteered their time to cook a freezer meal in the Bernstein House. You and your team can do the same. It’s super easy to volunteer, you just go to their website and pick a time and date you can attend, it’s that easy.

Ronald McDonald House of Kansas City provides food and resources for families with sick children. Family’s can stay at one of these homes while their child receives the medial care they need. It takes the stress away from finding a close, comfortable and affordable place to stay. RMHCKC actually has three houses adjacent to Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Did you know they serve all the pediatric hospitals here in the Kansas City area?

Get Involved

If you’re looking for a great way to serve your community or a team-building event, I highly recommend volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House. There are other ways to help through online donations, estate gifts, events and other contributions as well. Just go to their website and check it out.

It will fill your heart with happiness!

By Michele Stilwell, Director of Marketing and Accounting at MEDiAHEAD

3D Printing - Skull

Tribute to Danny Drennan our Pressman for his skills in 3D printing.

So what are the new trends in printing and how will they impact your business? One of the biggest trends that you need to know about is 3D printing.

3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process, an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.

3D printing is the opposite of subtractive manufacturing which is cutting out / hollowing out a piece of metal or plastic with for instance a milling machine. This type of printing enables you to produce complex (functional) shapes using less material than traditional manufacturing methods. (More info)

3D printing has evolved with many applications; most important being used in the medical and manufacturing industries, as well as sociocultural sectors that facilitate 3D printing. The use of 3D printing to produce scale models within architecture and construction has steadily increased in popularity. Studies revealed that 64% of businesses believe that printing will remain important to their daily business even by 2025.

3D Printed Homes?

3D homes are also being constructed using 3D printing on a super large-scale in El Salvador to better the quality for families.  You can read more about it here. (Be sure to watch the video of the concrete being built up a layer at a time to form concrete walls!)

Interesting facts:

● $4,000 for one home
● 12-24 hours to print the home
● Better quality for families

3D PrintingHow can MEDiAHEAD help?

MEDiAHEAD provides 3D printing options for your needs. With our new 3D printer, we can produce super large 300mm x 300mm x 400mm objects. See the skill in the picture to see how big these 3D prints actually turn out to be. Filament choices come in different types and your filament choice might depend on the object that you are trying to build. If you want to learn about the different types of 3D printer filaments on the market, just let us know. We can also work with you on the type of file to provide. Give us a call!

By Kat McDaniel, Principal at MEDiAHEAD

Oreo was born on January 1, 2010 and currently weighs 1,400 lbs.

OreoOreo Special K is a spotted saddle horse that previously was a buggy horse in the Amish country. Most likely, Oreo had a difficult life before coming to Kansas City. The Amish people own horses mainly for practical purposes. And it’s safe to say – Amish view animals differently than your average horse owner.

“They don’t have a sentimental view of animals or nature,” said Steven Nolt, a senior scholar for Anabaptist and Pietist studies and a professor at Elizabethtown College. “They have pets that they love and care about but animals are also part of the world at work. Ideas about animals are not sentimentalized. They are fairly realistic. To work a horse is not being cruel.”

When he arrived, Oreo was fearful of everything, jumping at any noise, constantly looking over his shoulder and wanting to bolt if he was scared. Oreo worked with a “horse whisperer” over the last three months at Forbes Ranch, and he has made great strides.

Oreo is currently living with my friend Denise Farris and her horse Copper. They’ve become great friends already and love to run and play in the pasture together.

Both Oreo and I had a lot to deal with in 2018… and we’re looking forward to healing together in 2019.