Wednesday, July 8, 2009


For the first time in awhile I feel like I need to sit down and write out some thoughts, it's very strange!

So the plan is to move to Vancouver in a little over a year, which is both very scary, yet extremely exciting. As weird as it is, it has kind of given me a proverbial kick in the butt by speeding up some latent thoughts that I've had at the back of my mind over the past few months, mainly that I'm getting kind of bored with my job as it is and I need to work towards doing something I enjoy better.

Now, the next step would be much easier if I had any concrete ideas of the sort of job I want to end up in. I'm definitely drawn towards the creative end of things because despite my background in business (ha!) I'm clearly more rooted in the arts in my day to day life outside of work. The main issue of course is that, at least in my own opinion, I'm not a terribly 'artistic' person. I'm not a musician, I can't draw terribly well, I can't paint, and I don't think I could ever write a script or screenplay. This of course limits my options, which (I think) is a blessing in disguise. To start I think I need to work on getting familiar with graphic design again. I say again because many a moon ago (circa 2000ish?) I did use programs like Adobe Photoshop pretty regularly in conjunction with some web design/HTML stuff that I played around with in high school. Today at lunch I walked to the Millennium Library and took out a couple books with some general design principles, pretty obvious stuff for the most part, but more than anything I think I just need to get exposed to that 'world' a bit more again.

Taking some courses through RRC or somewhere else may happen in the future, but they're expensive and honestly I probably wouldn't learn a whole lot more than what I can figure out on my own with a little bit of guidance. What I really need to find is a good book that goes through a lot of the Photoshop features as well as a book so I can get back into using Illustrator. Any suggestions are definitely welcome.

I guess the ultimate question though is, where does this lead me? The answer is that I really don't know, it's just a step towards an imaginary job that I enjoy. With a one year limit before moving to Vancouver, I'd really like to get some more random skills under my belt to improve the chances of lucking into an awesome job when we get there.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Cassette tape manipulation

Posted everywhere, still pretty amazing though

Learning to change

Why put so much sexual innuendo into a sandwich commercial?

Monday, March 23, 2009

Will he ever grow up

Somehow in the span of a month I leave my debit card in an atm and also my new credit card (old one expired) gets lost in the mail and they have to send a new one.  After going through all the steps of reporting a lost debit card and getting a new one today, I learn that apparently it takes 24 hours for the card to be activated nowadays.  What the hell? I don't remember it ever being this way in the past.  So essentially I'm back to the stone age fund-wise for the next half a day, I definitely had to put off getting groceries because I don't have enough cash on me.  Dumb.

'Twas a good weekend for movies at least.  Rewatched the SNL Will Ferrel dvd because honestly, the amount of quotable lines in that is astronomical.  We will definitely be referencing it way too much in the near future.  

Also, saw Rip: A Remix Manifesto and it was definitely everything I was hoping it to be.  He presented everything very intelligently while getting all of these ideas and information across in an easy to understand and entertaining way.  I was getting a bit bummed at how Girl Talk-centric the movie was, but then he spent an entire section of the movie talking about Negativland, which definitely bumped the movie into new heights of nerd-dom in my books haha.  The whole movie I was hoping for some mention of Biz Markie and the history of legality and sampling that has been played out in the past but it was to no avail, though honestly the movie was already quite long and I'm not sure he could have done it justice in a short period of time.  

We also went to see I Love You, Man which was also pleasantly surprising because while I was expecting to laugh, I wasn't expecting to do it as much as I actually did.  This just furthers my own love of Paul Rudd and while I still think that Jason Segal was the worst actor to come out of Freaks & Geeks, he was good in this movie as well.  The topic of the movie is interesting in itself, because honestly I do see myself at least in part.  Forming lasting friendships with other guys when you're in adulthood is very hard I admit, I am still a guy where all of my best friends in fact have vaginas.

I've been in the midst of a small-ish bout of spring cleaning here as of late, selling a bunch of stuff around my apartment in order to pay off my debt because frankly I'm sick of paying all this money every month when I could be putting it to better use.  Hopefully soon.

While I'm not super into this particular song, I think the idea for the video and the way it was shot is pretty much genius.  Also, I can think of at least a few girls in the city who look way too much like her now.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Tonight, for the first time in approximately 2 years, I successfully put in and wore my contact lenses without any pain or discomfort.

You cannot understand how happy this makes me, and how much more I'm looking forward to summer now.  Glasses in summer? Hell I say, hell.