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May 30, 2008

He-Man and the Masters of the Univers

I collected He-Man figures and look what happened to me

So I had this t-shirt concept (above) that's been brewing for a long while. (You might have seen He-Man make an appearance in this photo of my desk.)

It's a humorous take on the font Univers (which makes up the background grid with its family of font weights).

The design seemed too limited in appeal so it never came to be, but I still have a deep love for it.

Turns out this pun has legs in other manifestations. Case in point: Swiss Legacy 'blog brought Mr September Industry's Cinematography game to view. Essentially a mashup of fonts and titles of things. Fun stuff.

Maybe I should still keep the dream alive and make the tee.

Current music: Beastie Boys "Just a Test"

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Governours Square

I'm surprised they didn't spell it "Centre," and who needs apostrophes?

I thought this signage for an office center around the block might be of some inspiration to that design firm that created the London 2012 Olympic logo and new Wacom identity.

It's got a definite vibe to it that makes me want to put on some JAMS and a Generra HyperColor tee and have an Orange Julius while watching all the cool kids play Dragon's Lair at the mall waiting to get my body wave at Regis hair salon.

In other news, the weather has been really nice lately.

Current music: Daryl Hall and John Oates "Out of Touch"

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May 28, 2008

my mother's day

looking up from below

I stayed up too late last night happily jamming on a project, not considering that I'd crash hard and nap, perhaps too much, after work today.

Groggy at 11pm, I realized today is my mom's birthday. Barely.

A quick call found her in bed, but still awake (so she says).

Love that lady.

Current music: Sigur Rós "Gobbledigook"

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Dancing in Yellow Springs

arms and legs

Dan I and visited a colleague and his wife up in Yellow Springs this weekend. They're right around the three month marker as new parents.

Their son puts his whole hand in his mouth and drools a little. He's also in the 97th percentile of tallness for his age so there is talk for a potential career in the NBA.

Somehow his parents manage to shop for groceries and combine these ingredients into a meal. It's quite amazing really. This menu was a simple salad (lemon, garlic and olive oil dressing), arborio rice with mushrooms, local bison steaks on the grill, and a homemade lemon tart. I can still taste each course.

We went for a walk around Antioch College which is now officially closed. This would be entirely sad if it wasn't for the local kids using the outdoor theater to plug in their amps and play music on a Saturday afternoon.

There was dancing.

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May 26, 2008

Finally

Summer begins

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May 23, 2008

Gabrielle graduates

Among the mortarboards

Drove down to see my niece graduate from high school.

The whole ceremony was too long, but I think that is normal for these things.

Everyone's ass was sore from the bleachers.

Still managed to enjoy the event, and proud of my niece.

PhotosA few more photos from the evening

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$600.00 OBO

cheap ride

They're doing some work on Interstate 75 so I'm finding new ways to get to the studio. This will take me down some rural roads, and instead of making photos of the full-on-spring / almost-summer, I snap this van.

Seems to be a pattern with me. I should consider asking a professional what this might mean.

vanvanvanvan
03.06.0610.13.0706.17.0607.17.06

Current music: Islands "I Feel Evil Creeping In"

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May 22, 2008

Vote WOXY

On the press right now

I think I've mentioned that we print on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the studio. This gives us time to recover from the physicality of the process and spend the other three days of the week doing design, marketing and support.

Today's job: an election-year inspired design for a limited edition WOXY shirt by Tom . It's one of those pre-order deals and the last day to guarantee one is tomorrow. ( Details here )

Okay, enough typing, I need to get back on the press.

Current music: Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff

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May 21, 2008

purple flowers

Maybe when I have a garden, I will be able to identify flowers such as these

You know how when you get back from vacation there's a pile of stuff that needs attention?

Yeah.

That.

Until I can write more, here are some purple flowers.

Current music: Beastie Boys "Remote Control"

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May 19, 2008

And then we flew home

Somewhere between Nevada and Missouri

The big Vegas trip ended with a tasty breakfast (egg whites, basil, tomatoes, shaved Parmesan, toast), one last whiff of the Venetian signature scent (urinal puck) and a leisurely cab ride to the airport. Our driver was happy to receive a few of the Coca-Colas we had been chilling in our room. Better down his gullet than in the trash-bins by security.

I had a window seat on both legs of the return, stealing views between chapters of Armistead Maupin's "Michael Tolliver Lives." And though it apparently wasn't a Tales of the City book, any story that goes near Barbary Lane is a welcome stroll and dandy vacation read.

I read the last pages with watery eyes and closed the book in time to snap the photo above.

Seeing these snow-capped mountains provided a small sense of okay-ness with the world (at large, not the fictitious one I'd just left).

Sometimes when everything seems so crammed together and haywire, such grandeur and expanse puts it all back in place.

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May 18, 2008

The King and I

at Madame Tussauds

Trip almost over, the long process of sorting through photos begins.

I didn't get a sunburn or blisters on the feet, so I feel like this vacation was a success.

Current soundtrack: Airport terminal banter

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May 17, 2008

Still in Vegas

Flamingo

For our last full day we bandied funds together to get 24 hours of Internet in the room. (This does not mean we'll be spending oodles of time online, but at least everyone can reply to urgent emails.)

Ticket pushers have been trying to get us to see Toni Braxton's "Revealed" at the Flamingo. What's "Revealed"? An intimate look at the heart and soul of Toni Braxton, her music, her life and her loves.

We decided to see the sexy Cirque show called "Zumanity" at the due-for-a-major-remodel New York, New York. The show was fun, even though it was breast-centric. Nice costumes, live music, acrobatics and some comedic bits. No wiener.

My personal goal today? Besides some pool time; a buffet.

Total gambling loss thus far: $12.00

Current music: The Breeders "Istanbul"

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May 16, 2008

I think they keep Vegas stories in Vegas...

...partly by charging way too much for Internet connections.

In brief, all is well out here in Nevada.

Pictures and words next time I can get online proper. Til then, things'll continue to be quiet around the ol' journal.

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May 14, 2008

coinstar

dippin into the piggy bank

words

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May 13, 2008

Two of a kind

Caption [ + zoom way out ]

This, another shot from the trip this past weekend.

I can't figure out if this is shoe sign price list is saying something politically or not.

Today is so jam packed, I shouldn't be writing this.

Current music: Spiritualized "Yeah Yeah"

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May 12, 2008

two things I held today

lollipop, dandelion

Whirlwind tour to St. Louis for the concert was dandy. I'm still recovering. A few extra winks should set things right.

No rest for the weary, I went to get my haircut today because I'm going to Vegas on Wednesday for vacation.

I got a lollipop because I didn't squirm too much in the chair.

Current music: Dandi Wind "Balloon Factory"

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May 09, 2008

Listening: May 08

Above? Lyrics from Vampire Weekend's "Walcott." So cheeky.

I finally set aside In Rainbows because a healthy music diet should have a steady flow of new dishes.

Also, it was time to update the sidebar of my home page with recent favorites (a last.fm list isn't enough as I don't use iTunes that much).

I figured an archive of these selections might be nice to capture in an entry. So here goes:

Madonna "Hard Candy" — A guilty pleasure. Madonna's latest strays away from fame angst and religion mumbling (largely), moving directly on to the dance floor. I thought Justin Timberlake's last album was one of the best of the year, so his presence here is quite welcome (no matter how calculated.) At times songs feel like old-Prince, old-Madonna, 70's disco (is that cowbell?) and something else. An appearance by Kanye just adds to the sweet ride.
FAVORITE TRACKS: HEARTBEAT, MILES AWAY, BEAT GOES ON, DANCE 2NIGHT, VOICES


Vampire Weekend — Some albums take a while to really sink into the brain. This is not one of those albums. The hooks sink in immediately. It's poppy, bright and brings some different instrumentation to the traditional indie-rock mix. I have no idea what these vampire kids are talking about in their lyrics (and I'm still not sure how they feel about the bears in Provincetown), but they usually rhyme and that's enough for me.
FAVORITE TRACKS: CAPE COD KWASSA KWASSA, OXFORD COMMA, I STAND CORRECTED

Bon Iver "For Emma, Forever Ago" — To balance out all the sunny stuff, I like to have a little mellow available. When the view out the window is overcast, this is currently what I'm playing. Mind you, it works on a sunny days to boot—adding a bit of urgency the day's soundtrack.
FAVORITE TRACKS: RE: STACKS, FLUME, SKINNY LOVE, LUMP SUM

The Breeders "Mountain Battles" — You're thinking, oh Chris, you've been brainwashed by listening to this album over and over (while editing the release party video). You may be right, but it still occupies a slot in my CD player and I give it a spin, often. Every single track has a decided vibe, with little details that creep out of the corners and tease playfully. It's always genuine, and a little weird in the good way.
FAVORITE TRACKS: NIGHT OF JOY, WE'RE GONNA RISE, GERMAN STUDIES, ISTANBUL, WALK IT OFF, REGALAME ESTA NOCHE, NO WAY, MOUNTAIN BATTLES

Related: I'm looking forward to heading back to St. Louis this weekend, to catch The Breeders on tour.

Also enjoying these albums: Goldfrapp "Seventh Tree", The Black Keys "Attack & Release", Coconut Records "Nighttiming" - next on the list, delve into Portishead's "3".

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May 08, 2008

A night of tv and a lot of ramble

Tom has this tool in the studio. It fascinates me. [ + zoom ]

None of these links open in a new window.

It's softly raining outside and I'm flipping through the channels, semi brain-dead from a productive day.

(this entry, written at 3:30am)

I see what's on the DVR, fast forwarding to get to Dooce on the Today Show only to knit my brows by the presence of Kathy Lee. The former Regis sidekick says things that displease me and I mentally replace all her words with "Cody needs a pony" to release tension.

The story continues "A night of tv and a lot of ramble"

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And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon that is dreaming

At McDonalds in the outdoor eating area, this bird awaits scraps

Back in middle school we had to recite poems in front of the class. Not only that, we were required to dress up in some fashion, inspired by the work.

I try not to think about this very offten—if ever, but when I sat down to patch the day together with a photo, I kept seeing a raven instead of a crow.

Raven, being the title of Edgar Allen Poe's narrative poem was the one my friend Jenn selected back in those formative years. I remember she wore all black and looked like a beatnik.

As for myself? I crafted a canoe to wear about the waist, attached by suspenders. I bet there are pictures of this get-up somewhere, but I refuse to find them. Middle school was a particularly rough period for my physical being.

I memorized Sarah Bolton's Paddle Your Own Canoe.

An excerpt:

Nobly dare the wildest storm,
Stem the hardest gale;
Brave of heart and strong of arm,
You will never fail.
When the world is cold and dark,
Keep an aim in view,
And toward the beacon mark
Paddle your own canoe.

You might think it overly simplistic, but I think it bested the assignment's required number of stanzas. I probably chose it so I could walk around school with a miniature cardboard paddle though...


Current music: Bon Iver "Re: Stacks"

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May 07, 2008

property line

This, a view down the street from the studio today

Sometimes I wish politics were this clear cut.

Other times I turn off the TV, radio, avoid newspapers and certain websites.

Wait a minute, politics are this clear cut.
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Current music: The Rave-Ups "Positively Lost Me"

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May 06, 2008

The Original Glow Machine

Apologies for the large file size above

I went bowling a while back.

My most recent memory of the game is on the Wii, and going through those virtual motions gave my shoulder some ache. In real life, the sensation is much, much worse.

As for score, a 5 year old beat me - and we had the bumpers in the gutters.

I'd still do it again for the cheap beer and classic typography. The whole joint was a time capsule and I wish I had my "big" camera to capture some of the awesomeness.

PhotosI did however, have a point-and-shoot at my disposal

Current music: Matmos "Polychords"

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May 05, 2008

Another day, another NIN album

Sometimes it's best to leave things on the shelf, as a memory.

"It isn't necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia."
— Frank Zappa

(and no, there is not a connection between the title of this post and the image)

Current music: The Kills "Cheap and Cheerful"

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The house hunt, an update

Decor that is not ours

Last off we were trying to get out of contract from a house that had more issues that we bargained for. Things settled last week and we (thankfully) received the earnest money back.

So now we're back to our normal Sunday routine of tours and open houses.

Today, some potential. We'll see how it goes.

For the first time, it wasn't raining and overcast. Maybe this is a sign.

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May 02, 2008

Some folks take a walk in the woods for inspiration

I walk down the seasonal aisle.

Actually, as the weather slowly turns, going outside will win over all the shelves of bug spray, coolers, koozies, and whiffle ball sets.

Current music: Sonic Youth "Providence"

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April 30, 2008

Taking the kids to Target

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I passed by this family earlier today while driving to lunch. They were crossing a four lane road and traffic was completely stopped to allow their passage.

A combination of timing and bad angles prevented a snapshot at the time, but the image burned into memory. Though concerned for their safety, the small event was ultimately filed under "things to smile about."

And this evening as I left a parking lot, I saw them again.

No excuses this time. I stopped the car and made with the camera.

Current music: Annie Lennox "Many Rivers to Cross"

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hello pretty

And though it looks like spring, the forecast says my choice in shorts is a poor one.

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April 28, 2008

Into the Wild, and a quick trip west

Too many photos to sort, here's a well kept Pinto in the parking lot of Cracker Barrel somewhere off I-70

Last Thursday night I rented Into the Wild - a flick directed by Sean Penn adapted from a based-on-a-true-story book by Jon Krakauer.

Whoa.

I really liked it.

I wrote down a few quotes from this soul-searching roadtrip of a movie (most from Hal Holbrook's character):

"The core of man's spirit comes from new experiences."

"When you forgive, you love."

"I think good gets better."

Though it clocks in bit over two hours, I wasn't quite ready for the film to end.

--

Inspired—not to trek into the wilderness of Alaska, but to hit the road—I decided to visit my friends across the Mississippi. Dan had a booked weekend of performances, so it timed out well.

I packed a lot of good times (and good food) into less than 48 hours, and the being on the road felt great.

I'm looking forward to more travels this summer, but for now, it's time to hunker and get some work done.

Current music: Hot Chip "Ready for the Floor"


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April 26, 2008

Then Jim / Now Jim

They re-did the bathroom ( L:2006, R:2008 )

[ Photos+ zoom ]

Inspired by Young Me / Now Me

Current music: Depeche Mode "I Just Can't Enough"


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April 24, 2008

Wherein I post nudity in my journal

John Curin Bea Arthur Naked 1991 [ +zoom ]

Thanks to a friend with a delightfully warped sense of humor, a tiny picture of Maude in the altogether now adorns my desk.

As David Rimanelli writes in a critical essay about the painting, "Naked, Arthur nevertheless remains composed and dignified, her smile and slightly peaked eyebrows conveying a sense of irony, even amusement."

This small reproduction pleases and informs me when I need perspective.

Current music: The Replacements "Androgynous"

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April 23, 2008

Home button

An extra thrown in a package from record label Hometapes

I make light of my studiomate's obsession with vinyl, but when something like Brad Laner's "Neighbor Singing" shows up at the door with an album cover complete with Josh Keyes creations, I am smitten.

A couple photos here and here.

In other news, Tom filed away all the CDs and records in the office proper, and this makes me ecstatic.

Compounded with a successful tackling of an overflowing closet this weekend, I think the tide of spring is washing over me.

Current music: The Icicles "La Ti Da"

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April 22, 2008

50 ways

and lots of icons

Every time Wendy and I find something that helps the environment and is easy to do, we've been adding it to a list. This has been going on for a good part of the year in hopes to have something made to commemorate today, Earth Day.

In the meantime, it became clear that what we've been doing all along at the studio was celebrating the things we love. Whether it is Tom's enthusiasm for music, Wendy's passion for education, my obsession with say, videogames, hairstyles, or pop culture in general—it is all parts of who we are.

Loving on the planet is a thing we share in common, so this project was extra fun.

Now some folks might not believe its necessary to change any behaviors when it comes to conservation and environmental concerns—and to them, we cannot preach—they've got their motivations.

But we'll keep at it, thank you kindly, and keep sharing:

50 Ways to Help the Planet

If you're in the Cincinnati area, you can get this shirt (and more of our goods) at Park+Vine downtown, or MiCA in O'Bryonville.

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April 21, 2008

Yo

Danny, Donnie, Joe, Jon, Jordan (or something like that)

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April 19, 2008

18

My mom and niece

My niece had a birthday this week.

She's now old enough to vote and a host of other things I can't recall at this hour.

Anyway there was a little get-together last night and dag it was good to see my sis, nephews and their other halves. And of course it was good to see the birthday gal.

Cincinnati chili spaghetti for dinner and a marble cake.

Good times.

Bonus, driving by my childhood home and getting a good look before all the leaves fill in. [ photo ]

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April 16, 2008

extension, sort of

this is busy week, not much to report

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April 15, 2008

No Matter How Small: A movie, a little politics, and crafts

A Seussian clover

I went and caught Horton Hears a Who a few weeks ago, and boy did I like it.

I walked out thinking, dag, that was quietly heavy in a good way. Todd Walters finds better words over at The Millions where he wrote Horton Hears a Who! as Political Theater.

"Horton also stands accused, like Socrates before him, of corrupting society's youth with his alternative vision of the natural world."

I'm one who looked at it more this way: "...for most viewers, Horton Hears a Who! will be nothing more than a colorful story about two imaginary worlds with a simple take-home lesson: Respect the rights of others regardless of their physical stature or societal position."

(Which, as someone who pays taxes and doesn't get equal treatment from the government, I have to champion the message.)

But this post isn't just about a great animated movie, or how I pine for equal rights. This is about a little something I made for a 5 year old girl who went and saw the movie with her dad this weekend.

How to make a clover for your very own Whoville.

Easy stuff to find at a fabric or craft store

Materials:

- A small piece from a bright pink feather boa (one boa can make about 20 clover)
- An artificial flower (stripped of everything but the stem and a few leaves)
- and some stem wrap tape.

Cut the boa into a 3 inch strip, double it over the stem, and wrap about a half inch of the base with the green tape.

Now this isn't the most sturdy of toys, but when you hand it over, remark how careful one must be with such a potential world. It seems to work just fine.

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