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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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Friday, April 11, 2008

Goblin

Last night when i returned home from seeing Smart People, i returned to darkness. When the power is out, there is pretty much nothing to do. I used to like to light some candles and just listen to the rain fall, but it wasn't even raining anymore. BALLS! Anyhow, with no computer, or tv, or video games, you would think i would read, or at least sketch by candle light? NOPE! i just went to bed at 10:15... so, so, sad. Here is the review i couldn't do last night...

Smart People Pretty much everyone who knows me, knows i am in love with Ellen Page. So you would think this movie was a shoe in for a good review from me... Well, as always Ellen played the sassy high school girl. This time as a very straight-laced, stuck up, Junior Republican with no friends and an awful fashion sense. What can i say, she plays her roles very well. In this film she looked emaciated though, which made her less attractive looking. But believe it or not, by how this review started, the move wasn't based around just her. When watching the movie you find yourself among a family "run" by a widower, Lawrence Wetherhold (Dennis Quaid) who can't seem to let go of his wife. No one likes him because he is an a-hole, he is writing a book no publisher will take, and he is losing touch with his son. I mean, down right depressing sh*t. When he loses his ability to drive, his mooching adopted brother Chuck (Thomas Haden Church) moves in to help out. The little clone daughter, Vanessa (Page) who sorta plays mother in her mothers absence, is left to uncle Chuck trying to get her to loosen up (maybe becoming TOO loose due to her sheltered life) when her Dad is out trying to date his doctor/former student played by Sarah Jessica Parker. This is around where it fell off for me. Toward the middle the movie felt depressing and awkward (off-color), and i found myself slightly bored. But, in the end, i chalked this up to the realism. The middle was the only rough part for me and i feel like it resolved itself in the end. The movie was extremely well written, and ran smooth. But i guess you should come to expect that from the writer of Sideways (of course i haven't seen it, so i don't know) Church carried the movie for me from start to finish, and though his character was a total shubb, he was the only really likable person. Even though Ellen's cuteness was a close second. Moral of the story; loosen up? it's more fun to be dumb than be smart? Whatever, it was, it wasn't as good as i was expecting... but not a bad movie by any of my standards.

-Dusel

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Friday, February 29, 2008

Marching Forth

Dear February,

Thanks for being pretty good to me. I know people are angry because you are longer and colder this year than others, but i don't care, i still think you're cool. Please tell your neighbor March to treat me as well as you.

Your friend,
Josh

PS. Please tell January to not be such an asshole next year.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Disappointment

Unfortunately, the month of February had to end with my Blogger account going haywire. Otherwise, things have been pretty good. I had to be different, and set up my account to be running off of my website, and now it has turned around to bite me in the ass. Blogger refuses to upload anything normally, and because of this i can't upload pictures at all. AND seeing how this blog depends almost solely on some sort of imagery, it kinda puts a damper on things. Google representatives have yet to respond to my thread i started in the help section, so i am left waiting. I have been testing the upload stream constantly to see if it has changed and since Monday/Tuesday when it went down... it hasn't. My patience is running low now especially with a long boring weekend ahead of me, i was hoping to blog a bit. My only other option, if this continues for too long, is to move to another blog (probably one without FTP upload). That just seems like such a hassle, so i'm not really interested in doing that... but i will. Ey, so the coffee i drank is wearing off. to bring spirits back up, i leave you with these videos. i hope this post works ok.





-Josh

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Oh MO! Oh YES!


Frank Chimero; The States. The childish and brilliant idea of putting items in the shape of the 50 states... he is a little short right now though. Check out his other work too if you get a chance. He's from Missouri. ooo...

Polaroid's Last Shot
Articles like this one i am linking you to worry me. As a basic summery, Polaroid feels like they are becoming outdated in the "instant camera" market, so they stopped making them. The company that made instant film a "polaroid", is now moving into the digital age. My how times have changed.

The forcast includes a small chance of more snow and ice today. Yey... but i think we are in the clear now.

Living in constant mess,
Josh

Edit: RIP Roy Scheider. (thats the guy from Jaws, if you are lost)

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Monday, February 4, 2008

Metaphor

Night blogging tonight.
These are some cassette tapes i drew. *shrug*

Today was a good day. You know how some times things just kinda fall into place? Today was one of those days. This is silly, but i knew God was smiling at me when i hit every green light on the way to work today. I didn't get in the good garage, but my feelings weren't hurt. Then, just this morning, as i read my e-mail, I was informed that i was going to be on a research team for Valentines Day. Awesome. On the most beautiful day in February, i got to leave work early and drive around. I almost pooped. Anyhow, do you ever just step outside into the sun, look directly at it and just take a breath of fresh air? mmm i love that. It almost reached 70 while i was out today. That's like spring! Inside all day? Awhhh.... too bad... HA. sorry. Moving on. The day off really worked out well because i didn't get to run any errands this weekend, so this was the perfect opportunity to. Driving around with the windows down, singing at the top of my lungs... It was a good day. Maybe i will post my findings later. Paper Source gets an A+ in my book.

I said i was going to post things that have bad design this week... no really good examples today, but in honor of the research day, I'm going to start with AG's Valentines Collection. Vom.

While out, i signed my life away for another year in this apartment. See you in hell kids.

Tonight, ended with coffee.

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Josh's Tired Heart.

So, my sister, "Kayla Collins", was on Girls Next Door last night. Yes, the show about Playboy models. And a lot of people are asking me about it. First off, wow, a lot of people watch that show, and... well, probably shouldn't be admitting to it. Just because it's based around smokin' chics, doesn't make it OK to watch. She was on the episode testing for the actual Playboy Magazine. Though people make me feel ashamed to be proud of my sister... i am. she is bold and she is doing what she always wanted to do, so more power to her.

Also, on Sunday night, Aaron and Heather had their Wedding Shower. It just re-enforces the fact that the wedding is just around the corner. While we were at Jack Stack celebrating, we (and by, we i mean my friend Laura because she is the only person that could possibly recognize this person), spotted Kate Spade and her husband Andy "Jack" Spade. Judging by this picture... it was absolutely her. Apparently, she is from this area originally, so it only makes sense that when she is home visiting with family that she would go to a generic BBQ restaurant. So other than spotting JoJo Simmons in Times Square, and Ryan Cabrara in King of Prussia, this is probably one of the only celebrity sightings i will ever have. Especially in Kansas City. Although, with my up and coming sister, who knows.

Tonight, Josh's Super Chunk Chili... i have to say it was pretty tasty. i forgot to take some pictures, but you will have to take my word for it.

-Josh

PS. i'm still without a 360.

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Are You There?

There are certain things i miss about rural Pa, that just aren't the same out in the city. Stars are one of those things. I was stopped dead in my tracks tonight. I had to back up, lean onto my car, and just gaze into the glory of the sky. I love looking at the stars and wondering who might be simultaneously looking at the the same set. I think i caught a glimpse of a shooting star... so i made a wish. I never really have good luck with wishes, but i figured maybe i was due.

goodnight.

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Touch of Nothing.

the amount of games that i have played this year, that were new to 2007, was too little, so i only put up what i felt was the best game of '07 and the runner up versus a top 5.

Game of the Year
Halo 3
Based upon the fact that Halo has been around for as long as it has, and still manages to deliver a solid playing experience is reason enough for me. But the fact that i am still playing the game months after it's release is amazing. Halo lets me keep in touch with my friends through online matches. There is a ranking system, plenty of achievements to master, and new maps that just came out. Bungie went all out on this one and for me, though other games excelled in other departments, this game still came out on top.

Runner-up
Super Mario Galaxy
Innovative, fairly long, and a lot of fun to play. There isn't a whole lot of re-playability besides the fact that when you beat the game you unlock a hidden character. The fact that Mario has been around with the same characters, music, sound effects, EVERYTHING, since before i was born... is pretty nuts.

Music next time, this one could be tough.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

At Misery's End

Halloween Round Up

October, it's a great month for creativity. Halloween just allows so many opportunities. My pumpkin I carved, the one I painted, my rice crispy sculpture, and of course my Halloween costume.

It's also a month for horror movies get ready, reviews comin' atcha!:
Planet Terror - This is a movie for men! This is not saying women won't enjoy it, but it's got the recipe for manliness. Blood, gore, zombies, sick humor, cool cars and bikes, Bruce Willis, and the imfamous hot chic with a machine gun leg. I personally don't ask for anything more in a movie.
Death Proof - Tarrantino makes a certain type of movie; wordy and shocking. I personally loved it, and when it's not compaired to Planet Terror, it's easily as good.
28 Weeks Later - Not as good as the first, but still a good "zombie" thriller. The cinematography wasn't as good as the first, but still better than most movies.
Black Sheep - This is exactly how you want a cheesy horror movie to be. I mean it's a movie about sheep cloning in New Zealand gone horribly wrong, you aren't shooting for Oscars here. But still, the casting was done pretty well.
The Hamiltons - Shit sandwich! NEXT! (ps. all of the "Horror Fest" movies are a waste of your time and money)
I'm sure i missed some movies that i watched this month, but thats all that i can remember.

Autumn is in full force here in the mid-west, and this morning, I even got my first taste of winter. Many of the trees have taken on their beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow. Unfortunately, fall is fast here. The wind makes short work of the dead leaves and rushes them to the ground.

"It’s only love, it’s not real. You’re gonna die in somebody else’s arms and I have to live with that."

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Thunder is Always Louder in the City

Crap, it's so hard to post anymore. My significant lack of motivation has led me from posting every day to every once-and-a-while. But don't worry trusty readers, this doesn't mean the end of Dusel Blogs!. Infact, you should probably get out while you still can because soon the movie reviews will be back. I have actually been reading other blogs more often now, such as Smosch, Kotaku, of course, the awesome NOTCOT and even sometimes What Would Tyler Durden Do?. For better or worse, i feel like i want to blog more because of them.

Luck for us here in Kansas City, it looks like the freaking Apocalypse outside. And just incase typed sarcasm escapes you, we are not lucky at all. It looks about midnight, just before 3 in the afternoon. Don't forget the tons of rain and flooding.

Good God, i love patterns. Enjoy this tasty treat of patterny goodness:

From Dan Funderburgh. Who also does some beautiful hand done type, and urban-esqu illustration.

Also, Julia Rothman (Aaron blogged it first):


And this guy, who i have no clue who he is anymore. Infact, if you know his name please let me know.
Ray Fenwick


If they aren't enough pattern for you. You can check out Flavor League, where much of Dan Funderburgh patterns, as well as plenty others, like scatch-and-sniff, are sold as wallpaper. Personally though, i think scatch-and-sniff wallpaper is an awful idea.

poof! gone.

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Monday, September 24, 2007

It Takes More Than A Year to Make A Legend

The days are getting shorter, the mornings cooler... the TV better. Fall is here. Officially, yesterday was the first day, but it certainly didn't feel like it. Neither did today for that matter, but it was still dark when i woke up and that was tough.

A year ago, Saturday, I was out here for a year. I hadn't start work yet, but I moved in the last week of September, knowing only two people well enough to call friends. Today, i am not doing to much different from when i first got here; sitting in front of my computer, blogging, with the TV on in the background. Then again a lot has changed. I am trying to make due with what i have been dealt, but sometimes it's tough. Things are starting to get easier. My mind is definitely in a different place than i was 3 months ago. Or even a month.

I got a Hand Job today. Don't worry, it's a book... a type book. And it's pretty much awesome. It's by Michael Perry who i have mentioned before. This is the coolest book i own, hands down. If you want to take a look at it, just ask. Here are some images per Amazon:


Halo 3 comes out tomorrow... today, whatever, 9/25. I admit, I'm gay for Halo. I will get it soon, but probably not until the weekend.

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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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Monday, August 27, 2007

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...

*Edit
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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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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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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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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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Less Than a Mile From Where the Earth Opens Up.

Apparently, i should walk more. Well, everyone could use more walking in there daily lives. This site makes it as apparent as possible. Walk Score makes you feel like a lazy bones, and tells you all the locations "within a mile of home," and gives you a rating on your walking convience. As an excuse for myself, look what i am used to being able to drive to at"home". And now... well there is a lot closer. Of course, Most of the stuff that is really close by is pretty sketchy.

I would definately like to post some personal work up... but when i am home i am not motivated. Besides, tonight, i really need to watch movies.

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Friday, July 20, 2007

A Page From Your Book


*DISCLAIMER* This image is several weeks old, but i wanted to post some pen sketches of mine. Due to my problems with my laptop, i haven't been able to scan them. I did these about a week after Heather and i broke up. In no way does this reflect my feelings at this moment. I am actually in a pretty content place in my life.

I now have 3 printed cards as far as i know. I got samples in the mail today. I will try and post them up later... They are actually a little embarassing.

Today Cecilia and i officially registered our cards to Mo. Cripes. Scary. It was a long, painstaking process that i am not looking forward to doing again anytime soon.

And then, Heather sent me this. Apperently, there is a fine line between being a geek and being mentially challenged.


"You and I are like when fire and the ocean floor collide."

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Monday, July 16, 2007

I Hope Someday You Find Happiness


In my opinion, design news is pretty slow today, and well, this weekend i guess too. Instead, enjoy watching this reporter hurt himself. I personally can not stop watching it.

Lately, i am in a state of transition. I am learning to accept things for the way they are and embrace them. But there are some people and things that make it difficult. Luckily, it's another beautiful day here in Missouri.

This weekend we watched the chilling movie "Candy" starring Heath Ledger. It was a movie based around drug abuse, and it made me feel pretty uncomfortable watching. All-in-all though, it was a pretty good movie. It's a good thing Heather is an indie film junkie or i probably wouldn't have rented it myself.

Sunday, on another beautiful day, i got pretty sunburnt. How come you can never get burnt in a convenient spot? Not that it' s ever convenient, but i felt i could have at least got alittle sun on my stomach and i didn't get anything. All well, next weekend? I also got a new cell. If you are at all interested in it's number, let me know and i will pass it along.

"I'm alone but I'm not lonely, I have kinetic energy."

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Sunday, July 8, 2007

Disassembled

i made it home, and in under 16 hours. I may have been going a little faster than the speed limit. I'll talk more about it later, right now i just want to relax.

I want to apologize to everyone who i didn't get to hang out with while i was home. i actually spent a great deal more time with family than i expected. Unfortunately, there was a long list of people to see, and i only touched the edge of that list. So, i'm really sorry. =(

Relax is a very general term. No sooner do i move everything into my apartment from my car, does something go down right outside. i still don't know what happened but the cops were outside after what sounded like arguing, squealing tires and possibly gunshots.

One thing i will post is i am trying to change my outlook on life which will hopefully give me more confidence among other things.

love, Josh

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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Hello Stars, It's Been Too Long. (Bonus Post)


Kwik-E-Mart + 7 11= Genius Marketing Tactic. If you didn't catch that. 7-11 has transformed some of their stores into Kwik-E-Mart's from the Simpsons to promote the movie coming out July 27th. Let the movie be as good as this idea.

Tonight, the moon and the stars are just gorgeous. You just can't get the same view of the sky in Kansas City as you can in rural Pennsylvania. I have constructed an acoustic play list on my iTunes (which is surprisingly small to me), in which i feel suits the mood of the night. At 59 degrees, it's really the kind of night you should wrap yourself and another in a warm blanket and behold the glory of the sky. But, because i don't really have anyone to enjoy it with, my night will be spent inside at the computer. Somehow, i am starting to feel content with this. Hardening? Maybe. The fact is, that being home just feels so... normal. It's like when I'm home, Kansas City never happened, and i am right back to where i was last summer before i knew i had the job at Hallmark.

I can't believe Monday is already over.

When i get back to Missouri... i think things are going to be different.

I have just run out of gusto to finish this post, so enjoy the below; the first part of my story. I will post on what i did these last couple days later. i hope everything is great in the KC,Mo especially, but also in the other assorted states of my viewers.

Oh. Thank you for more calls to see if i was alive.

This Ruined Puzzle.

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Friday, June 29, 2007

Running From the Sun

I made it. And in 18 hours no less. The directions were Josh proof (a straight line), so other than the 4 hours of rain in the morning, the trip went pretty smooth. Thank you to everyone who wished me luck, who was curious to how my trip was going, and especially to all the people who called (or texted) me while I was on the road. It was great distraction from an already long trip and my ever playing iPod on shuffle.

I will post more on this later, either when i have time on this vacation, or afterward when i wrap it all up. i also have plenty of pictures to share. but, i still haven't seen what any of them look like, so there is a possibility nothing came out.

My body is drained but i can't get myself to sleep. It's 10 minutes til 1 here on Eastern time, but my body is still set an hour behind.

g'night world.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

[Bad] Luck Has Everything To Do With It.

Other than waking up late today, NOW a "suspicious package" his keeping me from my car inspection... just in time too. So i reschedualled for tomorrow.
In all honesty, what idiot would want to blow up Hallmark? Are they trying to take down America's moral starting withe the smallest piece? This way no sympathy cards can be sent out?

Ridiculous.

It's coming down to the line on how long i have to get this inspection and registration. And this isn't helping. Hopefully, on the upside, i still have this Paris Hilton thing to go to instead. If dinner gets ruined tonight because of my "Bad luck day", I may as well just give up.

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Monday, June 25, 2007

The New Heart Shopping.

Jeremy Pettis.
More type. i know. But i love good typography.


bonus
Guerra de la Paz
doing some pretty sweet stuff with action figures, and fabrics. Enjoy.
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After a long weekend of fun-filled excitement and uproarious behaviour from Lauren, her sister Emily, and her best friend Melissa. I learned the secret language of "Op", sudoku, and new ways to have fun. The group is obviously a good one or else i probably wouldn't have kept coming back. With the Plaza Friday evening and Saturday morning, and Legends on Sunday afternoon, the weekend was mostly shopping. I got a couple things, i feel like i need to be more creative with my wardrobe now. We went to Worlds of Fun Saturday night, that was a lot of fun. It was like discovering a part of Missouri I had never seen (even though literally it was, i mean figuratively). It has been quite some time since i have been on a roller coaster, running around the park, just having a good time like a teenager. If you get the chance, go. Come Friday, I feel like i wil get more of this kind of fun, being that i will be going home to be with highschool friends. Until then though, there is a decent amount of work to be done.

love, Josh

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Trees Are So in Right Now

You thought i was giving up huh? Fat chance suckers.

Today was something else. I worked all morning on a card, only to have someone tell me all the things i should do to it. Sadly, I feel like i should take their advice because my cards don't look "classic humor" enough. Blah. Basically, it's everything i learned to hate in college. Drop shadows, gradients, mixing CAPS and lower case in ways you shouldn't. All well.

I left early from work to help Lindsey move. I am pretty beat, but I'm sure she appreciated it. Everyone is getting a house out here. Hers is a really nice place. A place i can see myself in as well. It would be nice to have a roommate though for something like that. It makes me kinda wonder if i want one too. Hm... This is me wondering.

I have every intention of going home now. I'll be back in PA over the 4th. I am psyched. I'm putting together a list of things to do a home. You'll see it... I mean i post pretty much everything happening in my life on this thing.

Any links Josh? I'm afraid not. Well not design links. Lets focus on music, because the interesting design stuff, i feel, is slim this week.
The Starting Line has an amazing cover here. At least i think so. Album out in July. Philly represent!

Manchester Orchestra. Do not be deceived this is not an actual orchestra. Indie-rock ala Brand New and Nada Surf.

Also check out Cartel. OK, so i am a big girl listening to pop-punk still. But it's just so damn catchy. Their new single Lose it... awesome. Thats all i feel like giving up.

Obviously, tree's are so in. and cool type.

Chances are, no updates for a little. I have a fun weekend ahead of me. But i will tell you about it after it's over.

Remember how the PS3 sucks? I do. Wii sold 338,000 consoles last month. ps3... 58,000. ouch.

love, Josh.

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Anniversary of Nothing

Another rainy day in Missouri. I remain heart broken. Today will be especially hard. I had planned to take Heather out to dinner tonight and have a nice romantic evening. Obviously, that won't be the case.

Thats one of my illustrations. this particular character, of myself, i have been drawing the longest out of all of my others. i like how he has gotten progressingly uglier as time progressed. He is a much simpler design but i believe it was for the better. it's too bad i suck as an illustrator.

Mike Perry. Midwest is Best.
I loves me some typography. His illustrations are awesome too. I am getting the impression that most people have viewed this site well before i have... but i am going to post it anyhow, because i think his stuff is just neato. Besides, i haven't really come across anything else worth posting.

If you enjoy looking at what you can't afford to do to your place (i know i am!), then this is the site to visit. Modern interior design in wealthy homes.

At work, none of MY designs were picked in the line-up. "Too alternitive looking" they say. I'm just sick. Today sucks, as usual. Enjoy the sites, i am going to go sulk over what work i have.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Of Epic Propotions

It's raining really hard here in Mo. I mean like REALLY hard.... and me without my ark.

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Monday, May 28, 2007

In Memory of... Part 4

In memory of all those who have fallen in battle, I killed Nazi's today... on Medal of Honor of course. The controls are really shitty, but I am still getting better at the game.


lunch looks better on a nice new plate from urban outfitters. yum. nothing goes better with peach tea then turkey sandwiches... at least thats how my pallet feels.

I left the apartment only once to go to the gym, after that, I just lounged around in my boxers all day. I put up shelves, cleaned up the place, caught up with some people. All in all it was an OK Memorial Day. I miss Heather though.

The things i didn't do were the things i really wanted to; make a comic, design my tattoo, fix my blog.... all well. The LONG weekend is over.

I like porn. that is all.

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Friday, May 25, 2007

In Memory of... Part 1.

Today, I realized that Kansas City isn't much of a hot spot for vacations. Of course, I realized this before, but today the roads were empty, there were no evening plans made, and many of my friends have gone home. I don't really know where everyone goes. Certainly not the beach. Maybe thats why there is no one on the roads, because to go anywhere worth while for Memorial Day you have to fly.

The airport was no busier then normal today. I was there this morning at 6 to start Heather and Riley home. It was a pretty normal trip. Quiet. Typical conversation. McDonald's food. I miss them, but they are probably having a lot better time in Pa.

Someone new moved in today. a college aged girl if i had to guess. I hope she is better then the other neighbors, some of these people are just plan annoying. I also noticed the new neighbor in the dumpster out back, in the form of an enormous raccoon. I will get him on film soon.

I dropped 300 bones on stuff tonight. I got what i needed in groceries for the next couple weeks. But the exciting items include; the Zelda Wii game, and Medal of Honor for the Wii, and the Used CD. The best part involves a short story:
As I was leaving Best Buy i was checking over my receipt because i felt i was getting shorted on my savings when it came to my coupons. Once I analyzed the items, and debated returning to the customer service counter to get more money off, I realized that i had walked out with a $25 Afro Samurai DVD. So needless to say i didn't re-enter the store, and i went on my marry way.

I am trying to think of ways to keep me busy today.

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Monday, April 9, 2007

Holiday in the City

When you are a kid, you think about how cool everything will be when you grow up. Once you hit college, you realize that growing up means moving away and, well, "growing up". You join the work force, and forget all the fun you had as a kid...

One thing holds true... It's Easter Monday, and it's about an hour from the end of the day here. I have kept myself suprisingly busy for most of the day, and even took a shorter lunch then usual, so i figured I deserved to take a little down time to write something in my blog. It's sucks we even had to come in today. What happened to almost a week off of school.

To keep you updated: I haven't updated in a while because my time has been occupied by the new love of my life; Riley. Riley, is Heathers 8 week old Boston Terrier that we are currently trying to house train, feed, etc. I have been spending more time at her place in the last week then I had all together since she moved into the new apartment. Riley is definately worth it. And I feel like it's helping between Heather and I too. More importantly (just joking, or am I), I got a Nintendo Wii the Saturday before Riley got here. The Wii is pretty much everyone expects it to be. FUCKING AWESOME!

As different as life is now, we still find ways to hold on to childhood and have a good time, such as the Wii. Holidays certainly have changed. Instead of the traditional Easter Sunday were my family would go to church and then eat a small dinner midafternoon, eating candy all the while in between. This year, I woke up late, ate McDonald's Breakfast, then Papa Johns for Easter Dinner. All the while, we took care of the dog, and played the Wii. Of course. I did call my parents, but neither one was available to talk. I feel like friends are closer then family... I feel like that has been like that for a while now. Kansas City was just an excuse to make it a legit reason why. The highlight? Heather got me an Easter Basket. I think it was the timing of it that caught me off guard... but i feel like i need to be more appreciative of it to her. I am pretty thankful for my friends here (especially Heather).

All-in-all, i still think it was a good Easter (and good last couple weeks since I had posted). It wasn't very traditional, but maybe this is a new tradition i could get used to.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Tornado Warning

The storms here are pretty wicked. It's cool for the most part. Hail is not so cool. There is plenty more stuff to talk about but I will save it for later because I am beat.

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