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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Thoughts in a Thoughtless Mind


Chip Kidd was back in KC for the night promoting his new book Bat-Manga. The book is amazing. It's full of Japanese Batman from 1966/67 whether it was toys or comics. Chip and I even talked a little about Gotham Knight for a bit. He is really cool.

-Josh

PS. i spend all night trying to redesign my blog, and it just ended up as mush... i need to put a little time in when i can.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Thunderclap

I thought this was cool. From the thumbnail view, you wouldn't be able to tell it's a Bible huh?

October. I have been working hard at Hallmark. The weather has been beautiful, and there are a surprising amount of things to do outside of work. So, this leaves me, as usual, with very little time to blog. But i haven't forgotten.

As a preview of what i might talk about in the future. I'm going camping this weekend in Oklahoma. Also, my friends are coming up for a long weekend toward the end of the month. October and November are going to be good months for music i think. I have been listening to "Dexter" audiobooks, and reading the Watchmen. I started getting a little more serious when it comes to looking for a girlfriend, and that includes online. Trust me, that will make for interesting blog posts later. Not to mention the fact that his is October, so maybe i should have a scary theme to the rest of the posts this month? And i think thats all.

Keep watching Twitter (even though i haven't been doing that much lately either).

-Josh

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Welcome to My World

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Baited Questions

Good is Dead. But Chip Kidd isn't. Yet. And it's a good thing, because he was dawning his greatness all over Hallmark today. I have met him once before, back at Kutztown, but that hadn't stopped me from getting super excited for his appearance. For those of you unfamiliar with him or his work, he is a flamboyant, super fun (off the wall), extremely talented designer, known mostly for his work on book jackets. Best known in my eyes for the Jurassic Park cover. He is a lover of old japanese animation and Batman and Superman, he has a "band", and has 3 books of his own. Basically, he is a design rockstar demi-god.

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Clovers Pressed in Book Pages

All this week i have been bombarded by speakers in hopes to awe and inspire us. I think they have done a rather good job at it judging by the reaction of myself and others here. Our very own Marita started out the week with her own trend predictions for the year. Tuesday brought Denyse Schmidt, fabric designer and quilt maker (currently). Jane Fulton Suri, the creator of such things as Banks of America's "Keep the Change" Program, and the resurgence of "casual biking (coasting)", among many others. She was my favorite. It felt as if my mind was set free... i haven't really done much of anything with it though. Soon, i'm sure. Issa, I didn't get to see, i heard she was great too... she just seemed like a hippy to me... Today, Chad Pregracke came to our eco-rescue with his stories of cleaning up the Mississippi River. Each presenter has some sort of book based on their works. And each day, we put in our segment of paper with our name on it, hoping to win one of maybe 5 books each day. So, on the last name, of the last day, of trends week, my name was called. Anyone who knows me, knows that i am not a very lucky guy, or at least thats what i believe. I have had to make my own luck all my life. I don't win anything. So you can imagine to what surprise this was. Partial thanks to my friend Tobe for her help. Blah blah blah, i'm rambling... Here's to hope for a good weekend.

"This winter is lasting forever, at least for tonight."
-josh

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Living The Lie



I picked this up on friday during our research trip. It's a beautiful children's story, about a boy who eats books. Marita, our famous trends lady, is pretty awesome. She was able to point out a handful of good places to research and some good ideas on what to look for. I hope i get to spend some time with her later.
After researching, Aaron, Heather, John, Ashley, and I ventured out to "Worlds of Fun" for their "Fright Night." It was really amusing. Yesterday, Halo and then Vacancy. Today, church and then Halo. It was an interesting weekend, good overall though.

out.

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Sunday, August 5, 2007

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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