Wednesday, July 25, 2007

You've all felt it before.

Be honest. You want that sucker to burn some mornings, lunch breaks, afternoons, and face it, evenings as well.

Yes, I did draw this in MS Paint during my third hour (of four) on the phone with HP tech support.

And for those of you that care, the latest Windows XP driver for the designjet 5500ps blows so hard. The dialogue is awful.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Top 10 Things to do in the Moscow Boonies on the Weekend

10 - Get new Spoon tracks from your buddy via The Internets.
9 - Play with the doggie.
8 - Eat spicey wings and baked potatoes.
7 - Listen to Baby81
6 - Read back editions of Time's 100 Most Influential People.
5 - Send messages on Myspace and Facebook to your friends about every minute detail about the ways you're passing each and every half hour.
4 - Sit in the sunshine and work on your tan.
3 - Write club hits.
2 - Watch TCM to nearly religious proportions.
1 - Stream every episode of The Office (American) until you've seen them all.

So if you're still bored, well... then, I can't help you.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Responsibility of the Artist

"Artists have responsibility for the images they paint of the culture and for understanding what their intent may stimulate in interpretation and imitation. However, art is always subject to imitation by misinterpreters of its intent, and it is then that the artist's prior sense of responsibility is a somewhat forlorn and ineffectual thing, for which the artist is no longer accountable. Poisonous art is not so much a function of counterproductive messages as it is a creation of the inauthentic messenger."

Sean Penn stated this in an extremely articulate, if short, article on Clint Eastwood for Time's 2005 Most Influential (Entertainers & Artists category). He discusses Eastwood's portrayal of the law, and those who enforce it, throughout his career and the irony of the amount of controversy over the topics of euthanasia and religion in his 2005 film Million Dollar Baby.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Some Trekkie Nostalgia...

For the Windows users out there.

(I'm so not a Trekkie though. Honest.)

Thursday, May 31, 2007

capitol hill and the abc graphics dept.

Well, I've been in the DC area since early Tuesday morning, and I gotta say, I'm having a great time. I've even gotten some work done these last few days and applied for a job. Hopefully something will come of all of it, but at the very least I have some great photos, better memories, and plenty of delicious food to have made my stay well worth it.

Today at lunch my Aunt Bev informed me that her dear friend's son-in-law was a graphic designer at ABC's office here in DC and that he'd been there for 25 years. Well, it turns out that a few phone calls were made and by 7pm tonight, I was signing in at the security desk at ABC's office on DeSales street in downtown Washington.

Steve met us downstairs and showed us (my aunt decided this was something she wanted to see as well) to the graphic department and Steve and I had a nice chat about the software they used (AfterEffects is his favorite program of all time) and the way in which they go about meeting the extremely tight deadlines. It was a really cool visit and a great experience and opportunity.

I'm continually amazed at the avenues available in the graphic/design world. Sometimes it makes me feel I truly did choose the right career path. Maybe. Then I see the kind of work the competition is turning out and I get a little stage fright.

Anyway, Steve is a really cool guy, I don't know what they're paying him, but they should give him a raise. So next time you're flipping through the channels, cruise on by ABC and check out Nightline at 11:30pm, all of the video/animation/visual aid type stuff that comes up onscreen, apart from live action film is done by Steve and his department, as well as the segment lead ins, like You Are What You Eat.

Photos soon... promise.

Oh and take a look at the new layout...


Sunday, April 29, 2007

live music in Moscow, ID

If you're in the Moscow/Pullman area for Cinco de Mayo and find yourself at a loss for what to do, go check out my friends the Magic Mirrors at the Nuart in downtown Moscow. It's cheap, it's good and it's local.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

book: Hidden Track

"Hidden Track shows how contemporary visual culture is breaking out of the second dimension and printed form and entering into three-dimensional space, where it can be experienced. The book demonstrates how rooms are being occupied creatively and how items are being transformed. It presents the diverse exhibition possibilities that currently exist – a spectrum ranging from live painting to installations and 3D objects.

At the same time the book illustrates how urban and street art have recently moved even further out of the subculture and are now being featured more often in galleries and museums worldwide. It analyses how these public art forms are being perceived in an international art context and investigates the fundamentally different forms of presentation that this new context demands.

Through abundant images and incisive text Hidden Track also introduces the artists and exhibition spaces that are taking current visual culture out of the underground to the level of high culture."