seldom updated online journal

October 18, 2008

Farm Day 6

printing shirts in the studio

Saturday was the sixth day out on the farm when friends and family drop by to wander the fields, eat cookies in the shape of ghosts, strum guitars, draw faces on pumpkins, and stop by the studio to print up a shirt.

It was so good I left pleasantly exhausted from the all the fun and sufficiently stuffed from the spread of goodies. This year was potluck. Everybody with last names betwee A-L brought a side dish and K-Z hooked up the desserts. (Yum!)

Current music: something from Talking Heads

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October 17, 2008

Sweet

Mom as earplugs

Concert last night was up and down pretty dang fantastic.
Weather cooperated with the air was perfectly autumn.
Bands sounded bang on with big juicy sets.

Friends and folks galore, many I hadn't seen in months and some I felt supremely lucky to meet for the first time. (Including the little fella pictured above.)

So the evening was all around sweet.
One couldn't ask for more.

Okay, I did want one of the super-fine event shirts designed by Caleb Halter, but I'm too big.
If you're of normal size, it's worth carving out some space in the closet for one.

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October 14, 2008

a curio of cups

Sunshine Café, Yellow Springs

Random thoughts I did not utter, peep or tweet:

Too lazy to plug in memory card, hence the week-old fuzzy mobile phone photo above.
We didn't actually eat at this joint with the coffee cup collection because (insert long story).

As I get older, the desire to keep hitting refresh on a web page during a product launch decreases considerably.

All technological lust I have at the moment is currently reserved for a video camera with manual focus.

Breeders and National in Cincy on Thursday. I'll be there. (Also of interest: Beastie Boys and Sheryl Crow up in Dayton on the 30th)

I either need a beard trim or some way to work my look into a costume.

Current music: XTC "Books Are Burning"

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October 13, 2008

Galaxie

A fine specimen of a Ford in Fort Recovery, OH [ + zoom ]

Busy weekend.
A wedding up in Mercer County.
In-between the ceremony and reception, a quick trip through a car show.
A recital with trombone.
A realization that I still don't have the knack to make omelets with grace.

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October 10, 2008

Halloween, 1982

A scene from my youth

My brother dug up this photo the other day, and man it pulls on the strings of my nostalgic heart.

That's an 11-year-old me over there on the right, as the world's tallest E.T.

My mom's looking on from the backdoor of our old house.

See, I was entirely obsessed with Spielberg's movie after it was released that summer.

I ate Reeses Pieces even though they were an incredibly putrid candy. I knew the day JC Penney would have plush E.T. dolls on sale (and this was before the internet). And I begged my mom to make this costume.

I bet she had to customize that McCall's pattern no. 8311 somethin' fierce to get it to fit me.

It's been a while since I've said it, but mom you've got to know I love you.

For every stitch and every moment.

Thank you for making me feel right at home on this planet.

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October 09, 2008

Obama in Dayton

Speaking to the crowd about the economic situation, jobs, health care and responsibility [ + zoom ]

The streets were covered in fog this morning as I drove downtown, hoping to get a chance to hear Barack Obama speak in person.

I did, and it was awesome.

A good chunk of that awesomeness was the crowd; super positive folks of all sorts, congregating with purpose.

If you've heard Barack's most recent speeches, you're already familiar with the thoughts he shared on that baseball diamond this morning in Dayton.

But I know more than a few undecided voters, and these words don't add up to much without action. It's a concern I've heard more than once.

So in an effort to have a better understanding of his experience and accomplishments as a senator, I've collected this information to share:

Barack has 10 years of senate experience (8 state senate, 2 federal)
He has sponsored 136 bills and 145 amendments since Jan 4, 2005.
He has co-sponsored 659 bills and 278 amendments in the same time period.
Two bills have become law (both examples of bipartisan effort):

Coburn-Obama Bill
Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (aka "Google for Government")
Authored by U.S. Senators Barack Obama (D-IL) and Tom Coburn (R-OK), this successful bill created a Google-like search engine and database to track approximately $1 trillion in federal grants, contracts, earmarks and loans. The site is available online at usaspending.gov.

Lugar-Obama Act
The Proliferation and Threat Reduction Initiative

Authored by U.S. Senators Dick Lugar (R-IN) and Barack Obama (D-IL), this successful bill expands U.S. cooperation to destroy conventional weapons. It also expands the State Department's ability to detect and prohibit weapons and materials of mass destruction.

Other notable items authored, under consideration, or passed:

Introduced the Patriot Employer Act of 2007 to provide tax credit to companies that maintain or increase the number of full-time workers in America; maintain their corporate headquarters in America; pay competitive wages; prepare workers for retirement; provide health insurance; and support employees who serve in the military

Introduced the Stop Fraud Act to increase penalties for mortgage fraud and provide more protections for low-income homebuyers

Introduced and passed legislation to create a centralized, federal database to help reunite families displaced by an emergency

Introduced the “Step Up" Plan that was signed into law; addresses achievement gaps in grade schools and provides for summer learning opportunities for disadvantaged children

Co-sponsored the Healthy Kids Act of 2007 and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 to ensure that more children have affordable health care coverage

Co-introduced comprehensive chemical plant security legislation that would establish a clear set of federal regulations that all plants must follow

Introduced legislation to establish guidelines for tracking, controlling, and accounting for spent fuel at nuclear power plant

Authored legislation to create Teaching Residency Programs to prepare teachers to work in high-need districts

Introduced the Success in the Middle Act, which will provide federal support to improve the education of middle grades in low-performing schools

Sponsored an amendment that became law; provides $40 million for commercialization of a combined flexible fuel vehicle/hybrid car within 5 years

Co-sponsored a measure urging the Department of Health and Human Services to provide clear and reliable information on the Medicare prescription drug benefit and to ensure that Medicare recipients are protected from fraudulent claims by drug plan agents

I'll pose this summary from a moderate philosophy professor to provide some additional context:

(Barack Obama's) bills tend to have the following features: they are good and thoughtful bills that try to solve real problems; they are in general not terribly flashy; and they tend to focus on achieving solutions acceptable to all concerned, not by compromising on principle, but by genuinely trying to craft a solution that everyone can get behind.
- quoted from Obsidian Wings, written in October of 2006
In closing, I do intend to extend the same research on John McCain. It takes some time but worth every while. I'll share my findings before too long.

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October 08, 2008

The Inaugural Rock Band Night

photo by Tom

Tom has been wanting to have a Rock Band (the videogame) shindig out at the studio for a long, long time. We ran out of excuses, the planets aligned and it finally happened last night.

Nicole up there in the robot hat killed us with her expert-level guitar work. She even turned away from the TV and played parts by memory to taunt everyone.

I wish more games made losing to someone with skills this much fun.

The other best part?

Saying over and over, "Just one more and then I'm done."

Sadly, it was a weekday so we had to cut it off early because we're all lame and responsible.

If we get it together more often, I have a feeling someone will eventually break out spandex.

Current music: Red Hot Chili Pepper "Give It Away"

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another perspective

Unicorn, rainbows

So we got together yesterday, shared our work and chatted about our visions of the future. Tom made a fun collage, Wendy was the most organized, and I had the post-it notes.

Time slipped right through our fingers and all of a sudden it was lunch time and we had to break. We'll pick things up again next week.

Unrelated sidenote: I haven't mentioned here, but our cable operator (Time Warner of Dayton) is fighting with the local NBC affiliate and as of last Friday, they pulled the channel out of our line-up until they can renegotiate some deal. This displeases me greatly.

Another view of Tom's work: The Paperwork Devil

Current music: Elbow "Weather To Fly"

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October 06, 2008

Notes to the future

I make the same icons over and over it seems...

As we approach our 2nd anniversary at the studio, it's time to figure out where we've been and were we want to go. Part of this process is to think through our personal vision.

We started this today.

Tom was printing out fun tidbits last I saw, Wendy was plotting out things on a grid, and I grabbed a marker and some post-it notes.

So I threw out everything—personal and professional—then gave a subjective rating as to how well I'm attending to any particular topic. (I'll admit I borrowed the latter idea from Wendy's grid)

Tomorrow? We reconvene and look for overlap and ways to help each other.

Photos ZOOM IN to read the notes

Current music: Deerhunter "Activation"


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October 04, 2008

mums

in the front yard

Mellow Saturday.
Some good use of minutes on the phone.
A trip to Yellow Springs to meet up for dinner.
An acoustic playlist and a book in the evening.

Some hot cider sounds really good right about now.

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October 02, 2008

While the kids were sleeping

breaking out the index cards

Tom keeps having quality control issues with his thrice repaired and replaced laptop, so he went to the computer store and I was left to entertain myself at the quiet studio yesteday.

Crossed a few things off the to-read list while I ate lunch at sloth-like speed and then spent the afternoon carving out business plans with Wendy while her kids were sleeping.

We stared at the calendar, then came up with what is potentially a fine design idea. Now I'm fleshing out the doodle above.

Current music: The Killers "Human"

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September 30, 2008

Our first fire

Please don't bring attention to the faux brass insert

It's supposed to get chilly tonight and we're not turning on the furnace.

Been toting around a bundle of wood through two moves, finally it gets used.

So nice.

In other goings on, we're watching BBC World News instead of the usual suspects this evening.

It's like porridge that's almost just right; refreshing to have limited punditry and reports from other countries around the globe.

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Bang on a Can All Stars

David Cossin and Glenn Kotche percuss (I think that's a word)

Our friend Meredith is always getting tickets to good shows and festivals. We work with her on a handful of different projects that combine our love of music.

She alerted us to a Bang on a Can All Stars performance at Miami University last week and all the guys at the studio met up with her to catch the show. (Mental note: Introduce Joel. He's been coming in part-time to help us out at the shop. Expect to see him on these virtual pages soon.)

Back to the show, it was weird (in the best sense) and excellent.

If you're not familiar with their style, they're tough to peg. I've heard it described as amplified chamber music. The band's comprised of clarinet, cello, keyboard, electric guitar, bass, and drums.

They recreated a piece from Eno's "Music for Airports" with full analog instrumentation along with a handful of other original works commissioned and arranged for the group. The second half of the show brought Glenn Kotche from Wilco on stage to close out the night.

Good stuff.

Current music: Bang on a Can "Believing"

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September 28, 2008

Making a movie about making a world

Shooting the action from above

Today I donned my first wireless microphone... you know the little ones they clip to your shirt for interviews? It was terribly exciting even if I was a bundle of nerves.

Here's how it went down...

In July I got a note from a fella named Steve Juras. He's working with a group of folks on a documentary about Ed Emberley's Make a World book.

Related sidetrack: I've fawned over this children's drawing book before, and also list Ed as a big inspiration in my life.

Steve was curious if I would be available to answer some questions about my experience with Ed's book.

Heck yeah I would.

Fast forward a few months and the day was upon us.

I got an extra large coffee this morning and met the traveling film crew at the studio. They set up the lights and cameras. I fuddled through questions and crossed my fingers that editing can do wonders.

Wendy, the other third of Wire & Twine and fellow Emberley disciple, came out to chit chat in the afternoon. We both got to dust off our skills and do a bit of drawing to boot.

All in all? The experience was fantastic. We got to hear about the process of getting the movie off the ground and stories of other folks who found inspiration in the book. We also learned a little about Ed and he sounds just as awesome as we would imagine him to be.

I think the best part is that a whole new audience is going to be introduced to his lifelong work. There can't be too much good stuff in the world.

To get in touch with the filmmakers, visit their pre-production page or join the Ed Emberley Fan Group on Facebook.

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September 26, 2008

There's no debating it...

Ike the cat

We're keeping him.

Dan took the little fella to the vet and he checked out fine save for a few fleas.

He's got his shots, a sharp looking collar, and a place in our home.

I promise not to make this a cat blog.

Aside: Watched the other debate... I personally felt McCain had few ideas and little tact. With all those years of experience, I'd expect better judgment.

On the other hand, Barack continues to describe values and vision with a strong worldview. I think he's a top notch candidate.

Current music: Thao & The Get Down, Stay Down "Yes, So On And So On"

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poster behind glass with doorway reflected

It's Friday, that's all I got

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September 23, 2008

mustache on a stick

at the Curiosity Shoppe

Spent the last afternoon in the city wandering around the Mission with a mighty fine fella and designer, Geoff. (If you're in the area and like diners, hit up St Francis Fountain & Candy on 24th street)

We walked around because I was told that if I didn't keep walking, the pain in my calves would double. All the planets were in alignment and every time we needed direction or destination, a sign appeared. Could I pick up a Birchville Cat Motel album for Tom? Aqaurius Records was across the street.

Pitch perfect weather, all good fun, and an excellent way to close out the short trip.

I arrived back in Ohio at midnight after squeezing my abnormally tall frame into three airplanes where I had to make the same decision three times: roasted peanuts, biscotti cookies, or peanut butter crackers. I chose the latter.

LINKS OF SHOPPING INTEREST from the trip:
- The Curiosity Shoppe
- The Pirate Shop at 826 Valencia
- Aquarius Records
- Little Otsu
- Bonus link, current music: Sonseed "Jesus is a Friend of Mine"

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September 21, 2008

Where we last left off...

The view from the dog patch, San Francisco

I left Ohio and we still hadn't had power for days. (Ugh)

Didn't like the thought of leaving my fella alone in all that darkness, but there was a job-gig-thing out in California, and it was for a good cause. (More on that another day...)

The work week wrapped up with great success and I found myself on a train to Berkeley to see My Morning Jacket. (Maybe I saw you there.)

Though my dogs were barking, and it was spitting rain, the show was excellent. (Really excellent. Kanye could learn a thing or two from these boys)

Doubly good was receiving a text during the show that power was back on at our place in Ohio. I will note: our neighbors still don't have electricity. (For those counting, that makes a full week.)

I'm closing out the trip helping my friends move. The network is iffy in their new joint and they keep blaming me for destroying their electronics. (It totally was not me.)

As I leave tomorrow I'm reminded that a trip to California is always energizing and never long enough. (And if I lived here, I bet I would have awesome calves.)

Current music: My Morning Jacket "I'm Amazed"

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September 16, 2008

charge

bordering on chaos

Weekend spent with kids.
On the way home, remnants of Ike swirled around the area.
Trees down.
Electric went out.
Haven't had any lights since.

Candles, handy.

Outage did not stop orchestra rehearsal for Dan.
We braved the stoplight-less roads and made our way to downtown Dayton.
The rehearsal space had power.
I charged up what I could.

Things'll continue to be slow around here.

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September 12, 2008

Travel trailer

On the way to work

Hello Friday, I'm glad you're here.

I didn't get everything on my checklist done this week. I'm okay with that.

This weekend? Going to go down to Cincinnati with Dan to hang with his niece and nephew. Looking mighty forward to conversations that will hopefully revolve around videogames, programs on the Disney Channel, Lego, and the battle between which is better: cats or dogs.

Current music: The Album Leaf "Streamside"

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September 11, 2008

7 years ago

This image, from a trip to NYC in 2004

Seven years ago today, my mother was sitting beside me in a tiny pre-op room the size of a closet. It was uncomfortably early.

I was there for a re-staging biopsy. She was there for support.

I lay there worried about the potential scar I was about to get on my neck, and if it was going to affect my ability to serve in a wedding party the following week.

My mom read a book.
I fiddled with a clock radio.
The measured NPR voices took on a new tone.
A plane hit the World Trade Center in New York.
More concern.
Was the Pentagon hit?
Alarm.
The radio trailed off and I was taken to surgery.

...

I came to hours later and my mom was again, right there. She asked me if I needed anything.

"Water."

"You can only have ice chips" she said and leaned over with a styrofoam cup, "How are you?"

I remember saying, "I'm fine, but how's the country?"

Seven years later and sometimes?
Sometimes I feel like I don't know the answer to that question.

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September 09, 2008

Incantor

Reed Ghazala, circuit bending pioneer

Ever since Tom spent some time with the fella above, they've been talking about doing a project together— mixing Reed's knowledge of circuit bending and our work at Wire & Twine.

It all came to a head as Cincinnati hosted the first Circuitastrophe! this past weekend. An event that brought together folks that enjoy the bending of electronics to make music.

In addition to the shows, there was a BE-IN off the grid out near Fort Ancient in southwestern Ohio. Reed explains the origin of the event:

The first Be-In occurred in 1967, in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. At least 20,000 people showed-up. There were no mishaps, no arrests. In fact, the police weren’t even invited. The occasion was to become known as the launching of the counterculture, the Beat generation merging with the Hippies in a wave of social evolution. It was at this gathering that Timothy Leary first announced his now-famous challenge to convention, "Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out."

So we printed up a batch of items and loaded up the car. (sidenote: a first for us was printing on a button up workshirt). Tom developed the design based on the Incantor, a versatile example of circuit-bending using Texas Instrument Speak & Spell or Speak & Math toys.

Everyone at the campground was super-friendly. The weather was darn near perfect, and I wish I would've stayed for the night-time festivities. I did however, manage to take a few photos.

Links:
- Photos from the BE-IN (9/7/08)
- Reed Ghazala's website, Anti-Theory
- The Incantor shirt (at Wire & Twine)
- How bend the Incantor (on Make Magazine)
- Previously, Tom makes the Barbinator 3000 (9/1/07)
- Overview of circuit bending (wiki)

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Westcott House Centennial

a mighty fine example of prairie style architecture.

Dan, at rehearsal up in Springfield Ohio on Friday, texted me to check out the Westcott House website. I'd heard about this Frank Lloyd Wright home and knew it was in Springfield, but not much beyond that.

Turns out it has been freshly restored and a centennial performance would happen on Saturday.

A few calls later, I had my mom in tow the next day and we went up to attend the night of celebration.

Eric Lloyd Wright, grandson of the renowned architect, started the evening off with a talk about the history, inspiration, and process his grandfather employed. Fascinating stuff.

Less is only more where more is no good.
—Frank Lloyd Wright

It was a fantastic evening with the talk, slideshows and movies of the house through the ages (at one point it was broken up into several apartments and then severely dilapidated), all the images scored with music by the symphony.

I plan to go back for the full tour soon.

Links:
The Westcott House (tours, programs)
Prairie School (wiki)
The Mike Wallce Frank Lloyd Wright interview (video)

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September 05, 2008

branches

the cherry tree sheds

The sky was an unusual color this past weekend.
We had company over and Dan noticed it, motioning everyone outside.
Like fiddling with hue sliders in an application, it moved from purple to gray in moments.

The next day it was bright blue.

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September 02, 2008

My first bumpersticker, and playing the card

I'm going to play the cancer card to tell a story.

I should fess up, I detest the idiomatic phrase to play any card, but it seems to crop up a bit these days--usually to obfuscate a matter. My intention is to shed light on one.

Most folks don't know (or forget) that I was diagnosed with Non-hodgkins Lymphoma over 10 years ago. Long past the date I statistically should have expired, I am still here: Taking pictures, wandering around, enjoying the seasons, and sharing the company of kind folk.

Generally I just try to get by, and do good.

It wasn't always cheery.

Many of these years, the bulk of my income would go to health care or medical costs that my inflated premium did not cover. If you've never had a CT-scan, they're not only uncomfortable, they're really expensive. I was trapped by escalating costs and the inability to shop around because I had what they call a 'pre-existing condition.'

There were the slim years where I'd pay my insurance and didn't have enough to pay for electric--eating out of the cupboard because the fridge wasn't working.

Things are better now. I've got health care coverage through my partner--a fella who loves me and I love right back.

But I'm not about to forget the pain of being trapped by a system that simply does not work.

So when Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination, I listened intently to his speech, applauding loudly in the living room when he said,

"As someone who watched my mother argue with insurance companies while she lay in bed dying of cancer, I will make certain those companies stop discriminating against those who are sick and need care the most."
And it wasn't just that part. There were so. many. issues. where I agreed with Barack's values, judgement, and vision.

With my optimism beaten by many months of smears, negative ads and disturbing commentary on and offline, I needed to be reintroduced to these ideals.

"Hold firmly, without wavering, to the hope that we confess."
Indeed.

I'm reminded not to waiver. It is not enough to just get by and try to do good. It is time to to roll up my sleeves and find a way to be of service.

The bumpersticker is not just a statement to someone following me on the road--It is a reminder to myself.

However things turn out this election, I need to hold these notions dear. Together, we can make things happen, no matter what cards we're dealt.

If you haven't seen Obama's acceptance speech, you can view it online (43:00 minutes), or download it through iTunes (video | audio).

Curious about Barack's positions on the economy, healthcare, foreign policy or anything else? Visit his website.

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August 28, 2008

marigolds, bee

buzzing around the yard

I've never been much for marigolds. Maybe it was the fact they often resemble potted plants strewn about the place, and seldom big clumps that look natural.

I don't know for sure, but I do know they bring some nice color to the place as everything else shrivels up and turns brown.

Current music: XTC "Season Cycle"

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August 25, 2008

Here to Make Friends

Mixing colors on the shirt

You might remember a test print way down at the bottom on this page of unjournaled photos from July. We'd just received new process (CYMK) inks to test in the studio and Tom experimented with thinning them down to provide translucency.

See, these inks are pretty much opaque liquid plastic that never dry out until you cure them at 320 degrees or so. You can mix them with additives to make them less opaque or soft to touch. Usually we mix a little of both because the ink right out of the container is hard to pull and feels thick on the shirt.

For this design, we started with a cup of thinning agent and added a teaspoon of color to achieve the effect.

The concept began to take form after watching this video by Rich of FourFour:

From our product description:
"Life is not a reality show; it is not a competition.
Though we may differ, there is always overlap.
At this intersection we find warmth, laughter, and friendship."

The last bit of interest is the font itself. I first saw a query about it on Scott Hansen's weblog. I didn't think it was available until I was clued in by Frank Chimero. It is called Hellenic and it's just lovely.

Oh yeah, the shirt. We printed up a whole bunch of different sizes for kids and adults.

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August 24, 2008

a little Lost

In front of the Arboretum

I can still feel the sunshine from the sweet but hurried walk through Balboa Park. The tables full of handsome folk at breakfast. The exact moment when I got all misty eyed at the wedding. The glass of bubbly that warmed my head.

The trip home and connecting flights ate up a day. I wondered if the seats got smaller or my ass got bigger.

Going through photos like the one above, and piecing together words.

Work, busy productive... good. We printed up a new shirt last week, I'll post about it tomorrow.

Speaking of weekends, I was totally going to get on top of things and play catch-up on the days that keep slipping by (insert broken record). But see, I borrowed the first season of Lost from my friends a while ago, and we finally broke down and started to watch it on Friday.

It is destroying all freetime.

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August 22, 2008

shipper

kids blanks arrived in the mail today

I like the design of the American Apparel shipping envelope.

Now if I could just shut out all their web ads that appear all over the web and make their sizing consistent.

Current music: XTC "Season Cycle"

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August 20, 2008

LES GIRLS

My initial pronunciation, "Less girls"

Got back from San Diego on Monday.

Stayed an extra day because it was so darn lovely.

Haven't had more than three minutes in a row to reflect.

Just thought I'd pop in and say hi.

Above? A picture from our last day in the Golden State.

I need to clean my lens.

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August 14, 2008

everything's so much more fancy when you repeat it

Ass of truck diptych

I figure if I make enough of these snapshots they'll become a set and then it'll seem purposeful and artistic. But on the other hand, I suppose this shot-gun approach lacks intention. It's the difference between manslaughter and murder.

In other news, we're going to San Diego tomorrow, and I'm hoping some buddy passes from my sister do the trick. Flying standby freaks me out a little.

As for the photos above, they don't really relate to California, or packing. I've simply been keeping the camera handy because of the nice weather, and for some reason this cement truck and wide load just seemed right while traffic was stopped today.

Current Olympic sounds: The squeaks, grunts, whistles, and bumps of volleyball

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August 13, 2008

shifting

Heading north on US27

I've felt it a few days this week.

Something that doesn't normally happen until next month.

But the air and the colors, feels like autumn is close.

Current music: The Bird and the Bee "Again & Again"

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August 12, 2008

digital clock

to the second

This clock can be found at Pottery Barn Kids, which sort of baffles me but shouldn't, because these big digital numbers are perfect for a kid. I know I'd be mesmerized by it.

If PBK had it available online, I'd totally add one of those hyperlinks.

In other news, Tuesdays are printing days at the studio. We motored through a big batch of a fresh design, and had a few young guests over to get a quick look at the process of screen-printing.

Now I'm home and we're watching time-delayed live programming from the other side of the world, eating tasty generic ice cream novelties.

Current music: The Wombats "Let's Dance to Joy Division"

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080808

Flowers in my mom's backyard

I got to my mom's house a few minutes too late. Missed connecting with a traveling band of fellas out to tackle the World's Longest Yard Sale. Dagnabbit. Look at some of the neat stuff I missed (I, II, III, IV)

Though that was sad, I got to see my mom and brother, and that is always a good thing.

They're cleaning out the basement, so I had to take all my boxes of stuff back that I stored there a long, long time ago. Gocco printing machine, four Magnavox Odyssey II consoles (some for parts), boxes of photos and correspondence, and a Kermit the Frog puppet.

Maybe I need to have a yard sale.

Current music: Yes "Big Generator"

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August 07, 2008

I is for Insomnia

lens distortion adds tension to this old checkerboard for kids

Maybe it was those fresh baked cookies at midnight, but I'm up and I should be back in bed. (insert shaking fist at 5am)

If it was later or earlier, I'd sneak out to my car and get my camera for a real image from the day (which was somewhat fittingly enough, a snapshot of a digital clock).

This piece above is from that day when we toured around Dayton. Aside: Had a few requests for info on that dream desk, I wonder if it found a good home.

Now that I've filled in a gap in the journal, maybe I can go back to sleep.


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