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Friday, August 31, 2007

Sunny but Raining.

Another beautiful day here in Missouri. It's about time. According to to dashboard is 10:30, sunny, and 70°. Infact, This entire holiday weekend should be quiet similar... good thing i will probably be wasting my days indoors by myself. haha (it's funny, AND sad!). Hallmark has done greetings a big favor and arranged "Take 5," which is not only a break, but it is 5 hours off of course. A Half day! YES! As soon as i get off the schoolbus, i am going to go play in the yard!

My attitude has changed with the weather; this week is much better than the last. I feel like i have had a lot, like helping two friends move, to keep my mind off of the things that bother me in my life. Some of those things have gotten better anyhow.

... ah... and then it happened. Hallmark took away our half day at around 11:10. Most mangers had made it a point to "forget to send out the e-mail" or "forget to read it" if you were an employee, but our manager called a meeting AND sent out an e-mail with this information. Hallmark has now put and opposite effect on our reward, and even people who didn't come back are still bitter. I'm going to try and not let this ruin my mood.

Today at lunch we started talk to talk about politics. I hate politics. I feel like there is so much weight on them, that people change when you bring them up. So... i can only be friends with people that share my own views? Luckily, the people i ate with are pretty non-judgemental and once the converstion was over things were back to normal, but i still felt the tension in the air when we couldn't agree on topics.

Come on work day... just end. Eff it. i'm leaving...

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Crack, Dry, Fade



Dear Megalodon,

I think you are totally sweet. Do you still exist? I think you do, but people say you don't. What was it like to star in Jaws? Who do you think would win in a fight, you or a band of highly trained ninjas?

Love, Josh




There needs to be bad design in the world for people to know what good design is, as Heather put it so well. This Guy makes people know for sure. It's so bad i want to repeatedly punch myself in the face.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Unfit

This shits tight. From Buddha Apparel; Soundwave, Optius Prime and Megaton T-shirts. They actually have a decent amount of nice shirts, and a stylish looking catalog to view them in. You can also view Optius and Megatron searching through. Because the resolution sucks on that website. I included the images of them too.

I'm off to learn CS3. EEEEeeeee....! Thats me squealing in a fit of joy. I'm excited. It's about time we got that here.

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Monday, August 27, 2007

In 1970 (I Am The Killer)

Quick reviews on this weekends movies:
Superbad - Lately, there has been a rash of entertainment that just pushes you to the uncomfortable edge of comedy. This edge is just what the movie industry needs right now to break a streak of stagnant recycled jokes and puns. Seth Rogen, actor in, and producer of; 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and and Superbad, has now made quite the image for himself. But as the writer of Superbad, i feel he really found his calling. The fast paced conversation type hmor is reminiscent of Larry David (Writer of Seinfeld). The crude language and subject matter also make American Pie look like a PG movie. Judd Apatow had this style down earlier in the summer with Knocked up, and probably did a slightly better job, but all in all, this is the new wave in comedy movies, and I love it. This movie was made with an artistic vision of a 70's movie, made today. Made with a completely original funk score and retro opening credits. Jonah Hill (Seth) and Michael Cera (Evan) really had a great chemistry which gave the movie a certain believability. When Seth, Evan, and Foggle (McLovin'!) find out about a party that could change their total outcome of high school, they go on a mishap filled evening of acquiring booze, sex and status.

Zodiac - When I first heard about the Zodiac Killer long, long ago on the Discovery Channel (or TLC, or something), I was instantly interested in it. He was a killer, who was never caught, that supposedly killed a massive amount of people, in 1970's California. By the time this movie came around, I found out i had forgotten most of the knowledge i had known out the Zodiac and was speaking out of my ass, but i digress. After I heard that my favorite director David Fincher, and actor Jake Gyllenhaal would be taking on the film, i figured it was a "cannot fail". It didn't. It was however a little slow and long at parts. But Gyllenhaal played the part of Robert Graysmith, who researched and wrote a book about the Zodiac, and he played it pretty well. Robert Downey Jr is finding a good place in my heart too. There were some visuals that pointed to the stylings of Fincher, but i felt there could have been more, it could have helps the slow scenes be more interesting. "Based on a true story" doesn't normally say "good movie" to me, but this was definitely up there.

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Shojo

I would like to say i was finished complaining, but we all know that is not true. The weekend was rough, a lot went on that I wish would have never had to happen. But it did. Now, i would like to be anywhere but here. I just want to be no where close to this area at all. Will this pass? Well, i hope so, but for now, if some one gave me the opportunity to move to North Dakota, i would probably take it. Once again though, i am starting over in life and I'm trying to , i just wish it was a environmental change as well. That's all i am going to go into because again, i have to censor myself.

Looking at stock photography of Bulldogs always makes me smile though.

Design also makes me happy. Check this out.
Faceless

Justin Hethcoat is his name. He does a lot of fun photographic/illustration combinations. He also had something to do with this rockin song about logos. Take this Design Gansta. This is a design rocker!

enjoy.

Contrary to all of this depression, I had a great day on Saturday. I bonded with Aaron, John and Heather at the zoo. And Aaron bonded with an orangutan. There is something you have to understand about the Kansas City Zoo. Some cities make zoos to add tourist interest to their city. But smaller cities sometimes can't have big extravigant zoos like the Philadelphia Zoo (as i am most framiliar with), San Diego or Bronx Zoo. However this didn't stop us from having a good time. That morning we had breakfast at Suchotash too, which started the day off right. After coming back to Aaron and Johns i reminisced on some better times by playing some Super Smash Bros. We left for Chilies for dinner, which i haven't been to maybe ever?, and then to see the hysterical movie Superbad. I will probably post a full review later today or tomorrow, but for now i will end your suffering.

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

The Rest of the Story.

i'm sitting here and i can hardly feel my limbs. I feel as if i'm floating in place. Even my head is heavy on my neck. And as much as this sounds like a pleasant experience, i feel like i am the scum of the earth. Like life is just fucking with me. I looked at the clock a moment ago, and it was 11:11 again. I gave up on wishing long ago, because none of it ever comes true.



...I nodded off for a while...

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Last night, while drunk, i wrote some things that i probably shouldn't have. I kept to as little detail as possible with exactly how i felt, but when if comes down to it, i still may have said too much. I didn't sleep well at all last night, worry about what i said, and what might have been going on outside of these four walls. To summarize what has happened in the last few days is actually very simple: I was bummed out because living out here just got harder, so i had a little to much to drink, and i drank my problems away. And if any of you know me, that's really not how i do things. The reality of it is it actually made me feel worse and i became a sniveling girl. There are some things i need to clear up in my head by either working them out on my own or talking to the appropriate people. I don't want to keep waking up mornings with bedfellows that will plague me the rest of the day. I need to use what has happened to me and allow it to make me a better person. It's either do or die this time. Lets hope not literally.

-Josh

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Friday, August 24, 2007

F*ck the Rest of the Story.

Today, started out to be one of those days that you didn't care if you woke up or not in the morning. Everything was telling me to say in bed today. I will explain later. Research =Blue Q. Bob sent me this link. Thanks Bob.

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Title Of The Book

I really enjoy Tegan and Sara. Their new album came out very recently, and it's wonderful. I still enjoy "If It Was You" the most though. It's nice that they are able to keep all of there songs neutral in subject. Meaning, they sing using the word "you" versus using "him" or "her". It makes the songs more relatable.

Aaron put up a new song about zombies on his myspace. Give it a listen. That shits ballin'.

NIcely packaged, portable hard liquor for the alchoholic on the go. POCKET SHOTS!

I feel like such a girl today posting about stuff like "Tegan and Sara" and fashion. But...
If it helps, this girl is super cute, and also super creative. Mari Santos takes huge t-shirts and makes them into something more fashionable. She is now designing for Urban Outfitters, on their Urban Renewal Line.

MAGNETS! magnet ideas!

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Every Evening

If you get the time, please answer the question below, which i posted earlier today.

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As always, my mind has been racing. Not really about anything in particular either. All i can do is think about stuff. I am getting comfortable with my surroundings, but at the same time bored. The last couple days... maybe even weeks, have been a struggle. I have reached a point where i am spending most of my time by myself, and watching a lot of movies, hence the movie reviews all the time. Most of this is not by choice. Some people just don't want to have anything to do with me, some people i want little to do with, and others i feel guilty hanging around with. It's weird to have most of my friends in relationships. With my friends from home i hardly had this problem. Ha. Of course the single people back home still wanted to hang with me. I hate being the third wheel. I feel like somedays it's OK, and others I feel like I am taking away their time to be together. I guess the only solution is to find more single friends, or become better friends with the ones i already have. Gah. I am rambling.

I'm sick of complaining all over my blog. Then stop complaining! Shut up assholes, i know thats what some of you are thinking. But, it's not so much that i blog about it, but rather that i have so much to complain about, and i need some place to vent.

TMNT - My childhood Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has received another overhaul to refurbish the franchise. Years ago I heard that the next Ninja Turtles would be CGI, but there where some really ugly looking roughs, and talks of incorporating it into live action. I felt the stylized, sleek look of the Turtles, April, Casey Jones, and the rest of the supporting characters was definitely the way to go. The story was good and action packed. The only downfall, no Shredder, but i felt as if that may have been for the best. I had a good time watching this.

i'm done.

"Stay, cause i don't think i wanna live here dying all alone."

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Magnetic Personality

Help me out with answering a quick Poll:

What would you enjoy seeing made into a magnet for your fridge (or car)?

Comment below.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Red Warrior

I gave blood today. First time. Before I got my blood taken, a girl that was trying to tell me how easy it was, passed out before my eyes. The nurses swarmed quickly around her to assist. They laid her out on an empty bed and let her come to. Needless to say, it kind of made me hessitate. Obviously, i survived to write another blog. Sorry. I felt really good about myself after i was finished. I will be going back in December.

movie reviews (quick ones, promise):
The Godfather - The iconic logo, the horse head in the bed, car bombs. The classic mobster movie that started it all. I finally understand all of the Family Guy references. It was a little long, but that is my only complaint. I hear the second one is even longer, but in general even better than the first. Pacino and Duvall are frightfully young in this film but, spectacular acting from him all of the players. You really grow to know, and like all of the characters, even if they are morally corrupt.


Pathfinder - Generic action blood-fest. Premise is, a boy who refuses to kill as a child, gets left behind in the Americas (before they were what we know today) where an Native American tribe raised him to be a "pathfinder". But when the Vikings come back in 15 years, he somehow becomes a stone-cold killer? There were some cool scenes especially in the beginning. But as the movie moved on, the "pathfinder" started using his "pathfinding skills?" to kill the Vikings. The costumes, sets and action scenes saved the movie for me... but not by much.

Heat - Great, gritty "cops and robbers" type movie with a star-studded cast. There were some sides stories i could have done without, and the 30 minutes to an hour too long. I figure if you get rid of the side stories, you fix both problems. Even though that gets rid of Natalie Portman's story. Basically, Al Pacino plays a detective who is good at his job, but is being foiled by a truly professional group of thieves led by Robert De Niro (with Val Kilmer).

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters For DVD - I wish it was as good as the earlier seasons, but somehow creators Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis have lost there touch. The movie is basically the show, normally 15 minutes, stretched into 80 minutes. Weird, random, off-beat humor with a little racism, metal music, rapping flies, a robot/ghost from the past/future, Plutonians, 2D aliens (Mooninites), roller-coasters, mad scientists, muscles, monsters, an exercise machine robot, fat old men wearing swear pants, rental properties, a watermelon alien, and of course a talking milkshake cup, box of fries and ball of raw meat. Oddly enough, you sort of learn more about the ATHF, but not really, and truly, does it matter? I still loved it of course.

I think the entire internet is broken. I can't sign into myspace, or post pictures on here. Thats my cue to stop.

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Monday, August 20, 2007

I am Both Sinner and Saint

I cleared my computer the other day of all my songs, and now have my iTunes running directedly from my 250 Gig harddrive. This allows me some room to do actual work on my computer. Look out world, i'm back.

Today i have been thinking a lot about the 7 deadly sins. I fit most of the categories. It makes me a little upset i don't really do much about it. I feel i am suffering from; Lust, Sloth, Envy, Gluttony.

I realize that my posts are getting a little lengthy, so i am going to try and trim down later posts.


Enjoy this fun video, made entirely using dice.

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Doppleganger

Last night, i ended up watching a movie with Aaron Hale (his music). It was a lot of fun, i had a great time. It will be good for me having him out here. He and I get along on an "entertainment level" if nothing else. We both like the same forms of music, movies, TV and alike. And i don't really get to go to a lot of movies in theater anymore. The movie was:

The Invasion-
In 1956 a movie came out under the title "Invasion of the Body Snatchers". The movie was about a doctor/psychologist who realizes that people are being replaced by "pod people", who are emotionless clones walking around like zombies, talking with formal words and monotone voices. It can be said the that movie was a message about the evils of Soviet-Communist movement.
Then in 1978, the movie was redone under the same title. However, it was based in the much larger city of San Francisco, and the main character was, Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland), a health inspector. There were cameos from the first film, and has a young Jeff Goldblum. This film was slightly darker in the fact that you actually see that the original person is destroyed during the making of the Pod Person, and does not have a happy ending where as they never defeat the pod people. If you haven't seen it by now you had that spoiler coming. Still essentially the same movie; both in California, both plant people, both "zombies".
The film, obviously successful, made a THIRD remake (GODDAMN!) in 1993, simply named "Body Snatchers". The films response was poor, and made little impression with the public, more like a cheesy horror flick. This film was a jab a the US Army conformity, being that it was centered in a Military base.
With each film more empowering for woman than the last, the newest film actually has the star as a woman, Nichole Kidman — still a total hottie by the way. As mentioned before, this film was just called "The Invasion," (originally, and probably better off as "the Visiting") probably because it had nothing to do with pod-people. LAME! A strain of symbiotic virus comes down in a shuttle crash, and starts taking over people. Kidman, is a psychologist, working in D.C. (not California. grr...), alongside Daniel Craig (James Bond!), who is her love interest, and a high profile doctor there. This movie was mostly a disappointment story lacking the certain "umf" that you expect from movies today, however I can see how this story-line would have been thrilling in the late 50's. By trying to "update" the film and getting rid of the pod-people, you eliminated the threat of dying as well, making it less scary. The chill factor of people walking around, just showing up around each corner was good. It's a movie experience i haven't gotten since "Halloween," but this didn't last more more than one scene. Also on the good side, the score was beautifully crafted. Otherwise, the take-over was unrealistic (i.e. throwing up in coffee), the characters felt as if they were body snatched before the movie started (at least from a cast with so much talent), and it simply wasn't scary. The biggest pitfall for me though was it's attempt at being current and political like is predecessors, but this movie just complained about how people go to war, and are innately animals, without any point or moral. That without emotion, people are better off because we are at peace. Big Effing deal, that is just stupid.
All together, Rotten Tomatoes trashed the film with a 20%, I feel it's slightly better than that.

"my finger tips are holding to the cracks in our foundation."

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Friday, August 17, 2007

I Found You in the Tall Grass

I'm going to hit you from all sides with a music theme today.

FIrst off, Kanye West is dropping a new ablum soon too, and had his over artwork done by famous Japanese illustrator Takashi Murakami. You have to give credit to Kanye for not only have good taste, but not putting his face on the album cover. Judging by the sound of his single "Stronger" (hit up the link, to watch the video), sampling Daft Punk. I have been told this album is not so good. BUT, I have a little faith now.


The above video is awesome. The song is ok, but the video was made almost completely using a pop-up book. Hot!

Next, Iron and Wine, you musical genius. This song, Boy with a Coin, is spectacular. It's a rather cheery, almost ethnic feel, but with sorta a dark undertone. It's just so well put together. And besides this, Sam Beam is a master of lyrics. I'm not sure why i never really got into his music based upon the fact i love his remake of "Such Great Heights". This new album drops sometime soon i believe, and after hearing this song, i am anxious to see if the rest hold the same greatness. GOD, i can't stop listening to it. Jenna you have every right to be psyched for this album!

I have more about MTV, but i am itching to leave work so i will save it for another time. Enjoy whats there.

movies tonight?

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Free King

For the last five days or so, it has been surpassing 100 degrees here in Missouri. The days seem short, but the weeks seem long. I guess thats how summer moves...

I find it funny how, relatively speaking, things never really stay "good" for me. And I guess the same can be said for my "bad" times. I am the type of person that learns to cope, adjust and deal with what i have been dealt. Same can be said for almost everyone, I suppose. We all get used to our surroundings, and habits, and mindsets, until something comes along that messes with it. Whether it's bad or good, and the severity, determines that amount of time it would take you to adjust. Also, if you are trying to adjust to something that has brought you down, and you are on a slow upward battle to get back to "normal", little glitches in your so called "normal" seem so much bigger. Is my real problem that i have to be "better than normal" to be happy? When you taste happiness do you ever really want to go back to just "OK"? So, when "happiness" becomes your normal, then you reach for the next level of happiness. It's either that or, like me, something changes and you are back to where you began. All of the best things i can think of that happen to me, are soon taken away. If i would look at my life as a graph and my starting point for happiness were 0, you would find that I would pretty well even out back to 0 (most likely a little bit below). I guess thats not too bad, but it would be nice to be above the keel for once.

When you are angry on a cell phone, you can't quiet convey it the same way as when you have a phone with a receiver. You can't quiet flip the phone closed hard, or push the button angrily; sometimes you just wanna slam that shit out of that phone down on the hook. Down fall of technology.

Things I've learned about having a dog (Part Three):
- you never have to worry about picking up any food you have dropped.
- you get a lot of extra exercise.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Cut

More of Hallmark's wasted talent, Matt "Mad" Hawkins, is leaving. Basically he is a paper engineering genius. You can find all of this paper toys here. He will be featured in HOW magazine in 2009 I believe, which will include a print of an exclusive toy. He is also part of a site called Paper Forest Basically, he is obsessed with paper mechanics, and for good reason; he is awesome at it. Matt was actually a Technical Designer on our Humor team. It's a real shame.

I think this is a venue of art that I could really get into. I took engineering in high-school and aced it easy. My teacher said i was too good at the paper model project. If Poppin' Fresh is any indication, I was the only person that made a 3D toy with moving parts (and with only one piece of paper). Also, with my Pop-Up cards I did in college. I feel i'm ready.

I will come back and edit this post and ad some pictures of matts work.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Starts With One (Ends with One)

The Number 23 - Jim Carrey has tried to "branch out as an actor" ever since Man on the Moon — at least i think that was the kicker. Whatever, it was that made him change, he finally did a movie that very un-Ace Ventura. After the first 30 minutes or so were up, the movie gets progressively darker, and less and less funny. He keeps the same general upbeat, quirky appeal that all his characters have, but in this movie, that goes away pretty fast. Walter (Carrey) picks up a book that eventually controls his life. Without going into too much detail, the movie takes some twists and turns which keeps it interesting up until the end. Really, if you watch enough movies you should be able to predict what will happen, so it's not completely original, but at the same time it's a well told story. Jim Carrey narrates the movie and as he reads the book you slip into these stylistic "imagination sequences" which are probably adds up to be the best part of the film. All in all I liked it.

"she had a face that was meant to smile"

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Scorch the Earth


How do you keep selling a product that seemingly has only one direction; storage (namely water storage)? Well, you put shit in it and hope to God someone buys it. Lucky for them, they have a certain look and appeal to them, at least from my thinking. The description label is a nice clean design. The content on the other hand, i feel is boardering useless to have in a bottle. The themes are; Auto, First Aid, Prepairedness (shown above), Heat, Dog, and Kids. First, I don't know if Prepairedness is a word. Second, I don't see the need for a Nalgene in a car kit. Third, the contence could use a little work on some of them. For instance, drink mix for kids was to much of a stretch? Due to imitators, i would care to take a guess that there sales have not really sky-rocketted since it's premiere, so kudos for trying something new with your classic bottles.

I'm not sure, but i thought about starting to seperate each post by topic, which would mean for more posts (in turn the older one would disapear quicker), but less confusion on what the posts are actually about. Rather than a hodge-podge of whatever comes to my mind. What does everyone think?

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Monday, August 13, 2007

You Call This Vacation?

300 - This will be a short review. Awesome! Done. Ok, quick, based on a story written and illustrated by the talented creator of Sin City, Frank Miller. This movie was just as beautiful, but in a different way. The black and white of Sin City was replaced with a sepia-tone color. It was more action this time than intricate story line. And full of action it was. It's based on the story of only 300 Spartans who take on all of Persia. I haven't seen action sequences done in such a unique way since The Matrix. Watch it and find out what i mean.

Disturbia - Get it? It's a play on words! Shia LaBeouf, that kid from Even Stevens? Besides landing his latest role in the new Indiana Jones flick, and the smash Transformers movie, Shia lead the cast of Disturbia. I still don't know how i felt about this movie as a whole. It was advertised as a PG-13 horror movie, but the advertised "killer living next door" i feel is secondary to the love story. Early on you are made to feel bad for Kale (LaBeouf), that life is just throwing one bad circumstance after another. He ends up under house arrest and starts spying on all the neighbors, one a hot girl, one a serial killer. I was happy to see that the movie was more well rounded then originally advertised, but at the same time i felt that it was 2 movies. Biggest surprise of the movie though, Trinity (Carrie-Ann Moss) was his mom. I rated it 3 and 1/2 stars on Blockbuster Online.

Mean Girls? - One of the most surprising movies i have ever seen. Tina Fey is was a constant disappointment as a writer of SNL, yet as the writer of 30 Rock she excels. Mean Girls must have been her first outlet for good writing. It was probably also the last movie Lindsey Lohan still looked hot. Basically an homage to 80's high school movies such as "the Heathers", a nice, nerdy girl joins the popular click, the Plastics, and when her personality changes things back fire. Surpassingly funny.


"And you, I’m missing you I don’t want to, but I will"

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No Love, Just Heat.

Yesterday i swear it was hot enough to watch birds combust and bust into flames. Today, i suspect is not much better.

Things I've learned about having a dog (Part two):
- sometimes they need to go to the bathroom before 5AM.
- they like to watch you in the bathroom. (everything)
- they help you talk to people.

I have been brought back to a site called Computerlove on-and-off since my sophmore year of college. It's a way of connecting creatives internationally through a site that is a combination Deviant Art/AIGA/MySpace. It has now become less "elite" and more community based. Which is a great change, and being the internet junky i am, it was a no brainer to sign up. Here's my profile. I know, thrilling. I suggest, if you are a creative yourself, sign up and join the party. It's free.

If you actually enjoy my rambling movie reviews i have 2 more to post tonight soon. stay tuned.

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Saturday, August 11, 2007

The Fall Guy

Officially, i am house and dog sitting now. So far, so good.

Things I've learned about having a dog (Part one):
- constant love.
- can't eat without them wanting some too.
- it takes twice as long to finish something.
- you have to think about what kind of trouble they can get into before they get into it.

I'm watching Hackers, which was made in 1995. It depicts a grossly inaccurate world of hacking... probably because it was made in 1995. In contrast, hacking should be relatively non-visual, where as these kind of movies show animated mainframes and bullshit computer jargon that just sounds cool. LOL pretty much everything dealing with technology is over-the-top sci-fi craziness. Cheesy as hell. The movie is full of product placement of Quicksilver, Suzuki, and Nokia. The movie is basically a bunch of sub-par actors running rollerblading around to techno and other bad 90's tunes music looking like an corporate vision of ravers and goth kids. However, it is probably one of the best movies of the 90's (when i first saw it) and somehow even today. Visually beautiful, and fun to watch. Also, it features a smokin Angelina Jolie.

Ouch, Linkin Park. Apparently, people where right when they said all the songs sound the same.


"Cause falling is worse than hitting the ground"

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Friday in Hell, Saturday Comes Heaven.

Oh, Friday.
The Fridays have been coming faster lately. The weeks fly by. I'm not exactly sure what i have to look forward to when the weekends get here, but at least it's not work.

Today may as well be part of the weekend based upon the fact that I did pretty much nothing up to this point.

I researched 1-18-08 or whatever they are calling it now. I looks like It's going to called Overnight and it is a brand new monster. Everyone is creating fantistic storys and trying to ruin the plot. It looks like keeping the movie a big secret has actually back fired and made everyone super curious about the story. To the point where people probably wouldn't have gave a shit about a movie entitled "Cheese" filming in Central Park, no matter how awesome it looked.

Sadly enough i am a victim of this odd phenomenon that makes us want to know more. I get less tied up in trying to "make something out of nothing", but i will read everyone elses. Here are a few good examples of sites i have been looking at:
Cloverfield: What We Know So Far - My favorite. Based off of mostly speculation. Run by a cute girl.
Cloverfield Clues - This guy knows what J.J. Abrams ass smells like he does so much research.
http://1-18-08.livejournal.com/ - The most reasonable blogger. Thats why it's not as fun.

It's been a week since i traded in my Pa Licence and became officially pinned to Missouri. I looked a lot different back then. =) I have been concidering drivng home again for Christmas. Heather said she would be interested in "road tripping it" and if her, and possibly more people joyed in on the "fun". It would certainly save on cost. But would it be worth another 17 hours in the car, with possible nasty weather, and would we have enough room for luggage and hopefully lots of gifts on the way back? It's hard to think of winter and Christmas, when it feels like hell on earth outdoors. I look forward to going home again though.

In other news, Riley is getting spay today. Poor girl. I love that dog. I would pretty much do anything for her. I assume everything is going according to plan. Tomorrow, i will be at the airport taking Bob and Lauren, which starts my one week stint with Donte their rottweiler. He and I are good buddies so it should be a good time. Living a week with him will give me a good idea what it will be like to actually have a dog myself... and what it would be like to live on the Kansas side... neat.

Textures. For work, our team (mostly just Tony and I), when they have time, we are compiling textures to add to our work in Photoshop. So i have been dragging a piece of paper on the ground all morning, sanding down images, basically looking like a crazy person. But it's something to do.

I'm not sure what the rest of my agenda is looking like today. Only time will tell.

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Thursday, August 9, 2007

The Sky Touched The Earth.

Travis Bone - I think he is a spectacular screen printing artist. A lot of good posters for a lot of good bands. I love what he is going with type on these. I would love to do a screen printing escapade and find the means to do some myself.

It's been a while since i have posted something design related, and a while since i was able to post at work. so this is nice. well, maybe not for everyone that reads this blog. Our launch just ended, but i feel like i already have a lot on my plate. We'll see if I actually accomplish anything productive.

It was pouring here in Missouri last night. There were warnings of tornados in the northwest, just as i went up to the airport to pick up Heather. Everything worked out though, and she is "home" safe and sound. Nothing has changed.

With each clap of thunder, I think of it's effect on the world... Both the ground and the sky are shaking.



Numquam cede

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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Longing For the Coast Line

Lately, myself and others have been noticing i have been running myself ragged. I have a lot on my mind, but what else is new right? Other than the constant troubles of being single and alike, I have made my life even more difficult by looking for a new place to live.

I just recently renewed my rent on my current apartment for a 6 month term. Now, i am in contact with rental agencies, realtors, credit unions, friends, family... everyone, so that in six months i don't have to be in this apartment. I even updated my resume on Monster.com just in case. ;)

Other than "moving", some things in my life are getting me a little livid. Things that really shouldn't. I am just as guilty of letting online communities control my life as anyone else, but I hate when people act like doesn't mean a big deal but it does. Besides all this, i feel like I have finally found some things to take my mind off my heartbreak. I feel like i just can't be "stress free", so something new to be stressed about helps. It's nice. I am going to censer myself from further information, but i think i am feeling better?

My friend Julie contacted me tonight to do a little bragging. Haha. Today she started her job at Marvel in New York. Yeah, the comic book (movie, multimedia, etc.) company. She knew that if anyone appreciate it I would. I feel as if she had every right to brag. The job sounds stupendous and she has the resume/portfolio to land it now. Lots of congratulations go to her. Even though i am extremely jealous.

I sorta wish i was home right now... i feel like i wouldn't have to worry about any of this. I know i shouldn't live in the past, but i can't help but wonder how different my life would be if Hallmark and I would have never worked out. So much would be different, but would it be better? I like to hope not.

Speaking of home, I am picking up Heather from the airport tomorrow. I look forward to her stories.

Tonight, i took a break from all this and played some Tiger Woods Golf and Zelda. It has actually been quiet a while since i have just sat down and played the Wii. Zelda is a long, in-depth game, that keeps my mind focused on puzzles and mind games. On the other hand Tiger Woods was getting me a little frustrated. EIther way, both of them gave me a good break tonight.

It was definately a good thing that i hadn't bought my iMac yet, for a bunch of reasons. One, is the new iMac. Man, it is sexy as hell. Unfortunately, it still hasn't done anything with the premiere of the new OSX. It's still coming out on an unmarked date in October. iLife '08 on the other hand comes with the the new computers. One thing i think is neat about Apple is all of their "copy" on their website, etc. is very personable and conversational when they are explaining their computers.

I thought this was funny. As you may well know, i am a big fan of anime. But i don't think i could ever be this big a fan.... or could i?

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Sunday, August 5, 2007

Armored Soul.

This post is for Heather because i think it's pretty funny she is haven't nothing but trouble getting on blogger... but i am having no problem at all. She will have lots of really cute pictures to show everyone later though.

Also, Craig's List can be funny too.

The 2004 Census tells me there are 149.1 million females in the US. 54 million of them are unmarried. Lets say that half of that is in my age group, and probably a tenth of that is the kind of girl that i am interested in. And then divide that number by 50 (states). Roughly, that equals... me being single for a long time. Staggering.

Frisky Dingo is pretty much the best show ever.

Warhammer Online is going to be cool.

This is all so random.

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By the River Bed


Lately i haven't had time to post... and on top of that... nothing really interesting. Lately, i have made it my claim to start watching less reruns on TV and start watching something new, maybe a movie, a new TV show, play a video game, but mostly start reading more often. Here are some movies i have watched the last couple days:

Big Nothing - Simon Pegg, of "Shawn of the Dead" Fame, sports a brilliant (and surprising) American accent for this film. Along side him, David Schwimmer, and newcomer (the very cute) Alice Eve. This UK released dark comedy, is based around Charlie (Schwimmer), a man hopelessly determined to land a book deal to support his family. He meets Gus (Pegg) when he is forced to work in a call center, and hilarity ensues. The naive and innocent Charlie gets wrapped up in a blackmail scheme against a naughty priest, with the help of Gus, and Josie (Eve). It's not the best dark comedy i have ever seen, but it is a great movie. There are some hysterical parts, beautifully made indie-esqu animation sequences and camera work. Following up with a story that is not only about finding an "honest" living but about what secrets a person holds.

The Host - Magnolia Pictures is a risk taker of independent, foreign, and documentary films. In the past it has panned out well for them. The Host, i felt was a little disappointing. I was hoping for a Korean made monster epic, and what i got was a cheesy indie film. Based on it's low budget, the most impressive part of the movie was the visual effects. The monster was great, especially in the first scene were you get an upfront look at it. The fact that they show the monster instead of shrouding it in mystery until the end of the film says volumes about the movie. The very beginning of the movie starts with scientists getting rid of "dusty" phermaldahyde into the sewer, which apparently is the main ingredient in creating man-eating beasts. Then the film started to move in loops when they tried to add the fact that there was a virus being spread by "the host" (aka. the monster), which had nothing to do with the real plot of the movie. There was also a weird sense of humor, where i felt that the main character was probably mentally handy-capped. Also, i felt the very ending, though surprising was off-center and left me uneasy. In it's defense, i was also very tired by the time the movie was over, and i had a lot on my mind at that point. Altogether, i still felt it was a good movie, just not to it's potential.

The book i started was "Body for Life." Have i turned into "that guy"? i hope not. But i am curious, and if this book can help me lose the rest of the weight that has been hanging onto me, then it won't be so bad. Even if they guy on the cover totally looks like a douche-bag.

This weekend was draining... and still is... i guess thats because it's not over yet. I have gotten myself into a situation with my living arrangements. GAH. I am not really sure where i will be living after 2 months are up. And even less certain where i will be in 8. I went to a house warming party today and it was a great time, but i did make me think about my own living arrangements. Tomorrow, another party.

I picked up the new "the Starting Line" CD, as well as 300. I don't normally buy a DVD before I buy it. But i have been told that i am pretty much guarantied to love it.

Thats it... there thats a another huge post for everyone to read until i get to post another.

"All I wanted was to fly. How could you sit and watch me die?"

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Saturday, August 4, 2007

Thrash Life.

Ok, Guitar Hero heads, get ready to get your mind fuckin BLOWN!

DragonForce rips dude.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Your Web.

Based upon the fact that everyone i know (... two people, but none-the-less) have been posting about poisonous animals in there posts, i figured i would do some research. Now, the brown recluse spider (which everyone and there mom has seen the pictures of its bite on the internet) is pretty much only resident to one area. Here. The south and midwest. Along with that bad boy, there are 18 other spiders (19 total) that roam Missouri, including the Missouri Tarantula. NEAT! In contrast, Pennsylvania also has 19 breeds of spiders as well. Including... you guessed it; THE BROWN RECLUSE! There are some major differences that you should worry about instead, but i am not going to bring them up in hopes that you all stop worrying. Somedays i just wish a brown recluse would bite me...

in 4 hours i will be up for 24 hours... i'm hoping that won't be the case...


I haven't really been able to put a whole lot of time into doing some hard research, so design posts have been hard to come by. here are somethings that i thought were cool.

the Cool stuff:
Gal Shkedi did a beautiful animation for Staving in the Belly of the Whale by Tom Waits as a GRADUATION PROJECT. Crazy.
Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 has already started advertising. Check out the shit for hilarious pictures and videos featuring the scary/adorable Bunnies.

-Josh

"Disarm your self-destruction."

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