Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Er… Blog

So, ya, I haven't made a post since before Thanksgiving, but I don't have to explain myself to you people… not like there are bunch of “you people” out there to have to explain to…

Anyway, about a week ago, an old Lineage buddy of mine got a hold of me (through this blog, no less) and it kind of made me miss that game a great deal, specifically the guild (BloodPledge) system in that game. Unfortunately, I am pretty bad with playing more than one MMORPG at a time, so FFXI is the only game for me right now. Sure would be nice to have him join FFXI, hehe. At any rate, I will try to keep up with him and not lose touch like I did the last time.

In other news, my wife is in Chicago… blah… and I have to wait until Wednesday evening (tomorrow night) to see her again. I have missed her a lot these past few days and am grateful she is coming home soon. She will have quite the surprise when she gets home (*wink*wink*). We will also go in for our next OB/GYN appointment on Friday! I am pretty excited about that. I am not sure, but I think we get to hear the heartbeat this time. HOLY CRAP!

Elsewhere — yet another Salad Fingers. This one goes rather scary at the end, not that the others weren’t disturbing, mind you. Mr. Firth frightens me. Really. There is something wrong with him. I can't wait until #6.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is upon us and so the Holidays begin.

Iconfactory.com seems to be up to something, but God only knows what.
The fine folks at Typographica have just clued me into education that I drool about but will never have.
Cameron Moll has instantiated another Screen Grab Confab (I love those) and in so doing, it looks like Tori Amos’ website is to get a face lift. (There might be someone else you recognize as well -.^)

I am going to be prepping and then smoking the turkey this evening (another 24+ hour marathon of holiday madness for me). This weekend, I am going to spend as much time as possible with Melissa. She deserves the attention.

Have a good turkey day!

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

When Good Shows Go Bad

I don't watch a lot of TV. At least, I try not to. Now, I feel I have more reason not to watch television — aside from the fact that the majority of TV is just mindless fodder anyway.

One show that my wife just loves is "Gilmore Girls", on the WB and we try to catch it every week. It is a pretty witty and stimulating show and the girls have their fair share of drama and what-not. Well, on the episode last night it was made clear that they (whether “they” being the writers, producers or actors themselves) are not in support of the President. How do I know? Well, they promoted MoveOn.org by way of Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore) saying to her mother, “Yes. Move on. Moveon.org” (which was a response to her mother getting back into the dating scene).

Shame on you, "Gilmore Girls". Keep your political agendas, regardless of whom they represent, out of your show. It just has no place there. Whether for or against the President, I don’t want to hear it, specifically if it is done in a sneaky and "out-the-side-of-the-mouth" fashion.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Planning On A Plan

I need to get back on the DSNLG bandwagon and churn out some stuff. I think I need to do the same for SPeCks as well — I've almost forgotten what they look like. I am also planning on making another desktop wallpaper for the “Where’s My Pickle” series. Now, the chances of all that actually happening? Who knows…

Hitchhiker’s Guide is coming to the big screen. I should read the book. It’s supposed to be funny. I should read a lot of things…

Regardless of the message — “What Barry Says” is an excellent example of motion graphics. The type (Tasse) is unexpected but highly effective for a constructivist-inspired piece. Negative space is used with such finesse that it almost becomes pleasantly dominant. I have always been a fan of propaganda posters, purely from an artistic point of view. This short-film is no different.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Feeling Creative

I read a good story, yesterday, by Pfuzzy (another Blogger). It’s not bad.

Well, it got me a bit inspired to make a page for some of the stories that I have actually jotted down in the past. While not the first one actually written, I have posted one to that page. Jakob Koli.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

I Don’t Do Windows

IE for Windows is a joke. What a nightmare of a program. As a designer, and Mac-addict, I am proud to only sport two programs on my machine that bare the mark of the beast. Those being Windows Media Player (far too many sites employ this web-video format) and IE for Mac (to test websites with, ironic that an outdated, no-longer-supported web browser is more compliant than the latest and “greatest” available for Windows users). Even Forbes agrees IE is a waste of code.

I pray that one day websites will make use of the following text on their homepages:
Best viewed with any browser other than Internet Explorer.

Until then — might I suggest downloading the final 1.0 build of Firefox. Do spread the love folks.

Friday, November 05, 2004

Incredible Talk Radio

Who would have ever thought that NPR could be so addictive? Certainly not I, and yet… for the last week I listen to it through-out the day. I am sure the novelty of it will wear off by the middle of next week, to which I will return to listening to my usual library of music. I am considering playing with thoughts of NPR logo designs. I like NPR’s current one, but it seems it could use an updated look, but perhaps that is part of the theme for NPR. Exercise is exercise.

Today is the release of “The Incredibles”. I would really like to see this today, otherwise, I will try to see it this weekend. I have really liked all the Pixar films and feel this one will deliver like so many others.

Cup Stacking is awesome. So is pen spinning.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

A Little Trick

Take out a coin. Quarter, dime, nickel, whatever. Now flip the coin three (3) times. Make note of what comes up — Heads or Tails. Which one came up more?

You can use this trick to determine a decision because one will come up more times than the other. Kind of a majority rules thing. Sure, it's random, but the principle is still there. The majority rules.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Spooky Scene

Halloween is just too damn much fun. On the 29th, my office had an Employee Social where we could dress up and I wore the same get-up I had last year. However, this year, I was sporting new “pants”. A Hakama style pant made exclusively for someone with an extra 2.5 feet of leg. I won “Scariest Costume” and I deserved it. MWAHAHAHA! I have no idea who the guy beside me is. Poor soul looks absolutely terrified, though, doesn’t he?

Sunday, unfortunately, my costume’s left stilt suffered a crippling injury. The whole back-end came apart forcing me to abandon my high perch and carry the costume back. I did get around the neighborhood pretty good and was on the last bit anyway, so it wasn't a total loss. I love the haunting and just out-and-out freakishness of the costume, but I might go with another costume next year. Of course, it will have
to be equally (if not more so) as frightening as the last two years ^^.

Monday. Ahhhh, Monday. You know what happened on Monday? I saw the most wonderful and fantastic thing in my life. There are very little things that will bring me to tears, or any man for that matter, but when you see your 7-8 week old baby’s heart beat in the womb, there is nothing more awe inspiring and frightening at the same time. What a miracle. Thank God for video! There are no words to describe what I saw. A picture truly is worth a thousand words.

And of course — it is Tuesday. November 2nd. Well… I voted and am damn proud of that fact. It's a privilege everyone should practice. When you slide that completed ballot in the box, you are allowed to complain. And that is what it is all about really — the right to bitch about something. It's the American way! If you don't vote, shut up. Period.