Saturday, January 31, 2009

Bad news....

Bad news is funny. Not hilarious by any means, but more so ridiculous...especially when it hits you at 3:30am. What's even worse is when you feel that you can do nothing about it. I know I'm being very vague right now, but it's for a reason. I just want to end with saying this: having peace, not in a hippy kind of way, but in a spiritual, internal way, needs to constantly be searched for; It's too easy to lose control and do somethin crazy.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Cut&Paste 2D Design Contest: Test Round

Today I participated in Cut&Paste's 2D Design Contest Test Round. We were given 15 minutes to design, and 2 nights ago they gave us a theme to design for: Bliss. You can read the rest of the rules here, but it is pretty nerve-wrecking...people looking over your shoulder, a guy continuously saying "ten minutes left guys"...."5 minutes left guys", etc. But it was a cool event. I think I did well, but we'll see if I made it to the actually tournament...The main tournament is gonna be a lot bigger than what you see below (this was in the back of a clothing store).

Cut&Paste Digital Design Tournament 2007 from Cut&Paste on Vimeo.
(This is a video that I saw a couple of weeks ago that explains more of what this contest entails)

On the way back home, I saw this kid in the 42nd street subway station....Crazy:

Friday, January 23, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Bounce Back

In church two weeks ago there was a guest speaker by the name of John Carter. During his sermon he spoke about people's ability to bounce back is key to their peace and their growth. Bounce back, meaning how quickly you can recover.

A couple of years ago, in the Sunday before Super Bowl Sunday, Terrell Owens broke his ankle...he played in Super Bowl Sunday. I'm sure he got things injected into his ankle, but that doesn't discount T.O's training and workout regimen. He trains all the time...and he's able to recover very quickly because of how conditioned he is.

Consistent reading of the bible and praying should be how we train. Reading and praying prepares us for the unforeseen things ahead. It also allows us to understand that if we ask for forgiveness of our sins, we will be forgiven. And that allows us to walk without that heavy burden of guilt, pain, and hurt on our shoulders. It's time to bounce back, and keep it moving.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Nintendo 64 Remix

This kid is ridiculous on his own, but in the remix he's even crazier.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Whopper Jr.

This is old, but still good...I don't think old whoppers are good, but these commercials are at least.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

MK12/Quantom of Solace Title

MK12 did a hell of a job on these titles. You have to see the movies so you can see the graphics that they designed for the different interfaces throughout the movie...Bravo to MK12, if you don't know who they are, check them out.

Sunday, January 11, 2009


!!! I once heard, "If you need to use an explaination mark, you must not have chosen the right combination of words". Forget what I heard (for now). I start my new job tomorrow and I don't know what else to say.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Recession Reschmession

I think the New York Yankees may be recession-proof. Within the last 2 months, they've made 3 of the biggest blockbuster acquires, possibly, in MLB history. (If you don't watch baseball, trust me, the following 3 people are big-time players) They signed pitcher A.J. Burnett to a 5-year, $82.5 million dollar contract, pitcher CC Sabathia to a 8-year, $161 million dollar contract, and today they signed first baseman Mark Teixeira to a 7-year, $180 million dollar contract...Oh and by the way, they also have Derek Jeter's 10-year, $189-million dollar contract that was signed in 2001, and in 2004 the Yankees picked up the duties of paying Alex Rodriguez's 10-year, $252 million dollar contract that he signed back in 2001 with the Texas Rangers. But even with their bottom-less pockets, they still haven't won a championship since 2000. (If Detroit was better, this would have been a good time to throw in "Go Tigers!"'ll happen soon)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

January 5th

January 5th seemed like the real beginning of this new year. Monday already is a hated day, but I think it is even more so when students realize their break is over and must return back to school, the few of us that are employed must return back to work, and those who aren't employed realize they can't sleep until 2pm anymore because more optimistic job applications and emails need to be filled and sent out.

Yesterday I returned back to New York after spending 2 and a half weeks in Detroit, and already I feel different. People are speaking faster, driving faster, and being more rude. I'm not in control of the vehicle that aid my transportation anymore. Instead, I've been demoted to, both, back seats with tv screens to entertain me until I get to my destination, and hard-plastic blue seats and voices that say "stand clear of the closing doors". However, it's not as if I never experienced fast speaking, rude people, or the auto-tuned voices on a train, New York is just like I left it. I saw the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button yesterday, and Brad, I mean Benjamin had this to say about home: The funny thing about home is, furniture is still in the same place, things still smell the same and look the same, and then you realize it isn't home that changed, it's me that changed.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Nike Pro Poster

In the latest issue of Eastbay Magazine, this poster was inserted...and as you can see, it's now hanging on my wall. No, I'm not 12 years old, but when I was 12, 13, 14, and 15, 16, 17 and 18, I taped nice posters (usually sports posters) on my bedroom wall. However, when I was younger I didn't understand the aspects of composition, and balance, and all of those other properties of design. And this poster really caught my eye in that way, and reaffirmed a piece of advice my girlfriend gave me a while ago. I think I'm pretty good with designing, but when it comes to designing ads, I have this preconception of what an ad should look. So the advice that my girlfriend gave me was to design an ad as if it was a poster; you're still going to be using an image, logo, and headline, but just organize it in a way more like a poster...and it won't feel so "addy". It's funny that this poster is advertising a Nike compression shirt, but when you look at it, it doesn't seem like.


I saw this poster in the subway weeks ago, and I've liked it every since. Yesterday I saw the movie and it definitely did the poster justice, or vice-versa (depending on how you look at it). Check it out if you get a chance.