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Monday, January 31, 2005

its weird being in a place that isn't the same as you're used to it being. the candy store my aunt and uncle used to own, the one where i spent most of my younger years? well, it's changed hands a couple of times since they left. a bought some candy a few days ago. it was surreal.

on a simliar note, i realized that about 85% of the candy i eat is pink. this may or may not be due to my love of watermelon flavor (which suprasses my love for actual watermelon, ironically). even the jellybeans are pink, although they try their best to hide it. they're green on the outside, but bite one in half. go ahead, try it right now, i'll wait.

you done yet? no? okay, i'll wait a little longer.

see? pink. there's some sort of innuendo to be made here, but i dont feel like putting forth the effort.

also, considering i'm contributing to this too, it wouldn't really be a lonebeatnik, now would it? you think about that.

9:04 PM

Sunday, January 30, 2005

just a reminder for any Oni-philes like me out there:

Andi Watson's Little Star debuts February 2nd
the second printing of Bryan Lee O'Malley's Lost At Sea hits stores February 9th, for anyone who missed it the first time
Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim vol.2 - Scott Pilgrim vs the World comes out February 23rd
Hopeless Savages B-Sides All-Flashback Special finds its way to better comic shops March 16th
Corey Lewis's Sharknife drops March 30th

1:54 AM
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Saturday, January 29, 2005

the second annual Pepsi iTunes giveaway starts monday. i have all intentions of reaping its benefits just as soon as some store around here starts selling the bottles with the yellow caps, which so far, none do.
here are the albums/songs i need to download when i get enough caps:
TV On The Radio -Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes- Could Be Love, Staring At The Sun a cappella -New Health Rock- Modern Romance
The Go! Team -Thunder Lighting Strike- Ladyflash, Feelgood By Numbers, Junior Kickstart, Air Raid GTR, Bottle Rocket, Friendship Update, Everyones a VIP To Someone
The Go Find -Miami- Summer Quest, City Dreamer, What I Want, Sky Window, Bleeding Heart, Modern Times, The Party, Blisters On My Thumb
Decemberists -Billy Liar- Everything I Try To Do Nothing Seems To Turns Out Right

and i'm sure a lot more when i get into it.
i wish i had ten caps right now to submit monday morning. they're doing an iPod mini sweepstakes with this, too, where they give away a silver iPod mini every hour for every day of the promotion, and if your cap isn't chosen one day, it stays in the running for later on, so its best to just submit as many as you can as early as you can and they'll stay in it until the end or until you win one.
i can't afford an ipod, but a free one would be GREATLY appreciated. having this external harddrive is great for my schoolwork, but i can't bring it back and forth to class. i tried it last year and ended up breaking it. an iPod mini would be perfect for storing classwork between the lab and my room. oh yeah, and a couple days worth of music.

i've been really busy today sitting here in front of the computer. going back and forth between organizing Art Fest applications (i'm more than halfway through the ones Liz sent me so far, so i should be done with them tommorrow...until i realize i've done something horribly wrong and need to fix it all), designing a website for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese for Web Design class, and these experimental type studies for Graphic Design class. and oh yeah, i've got liberal arts classes to study for, but i guess i'll do that at work tommorrow.

8:43 PM
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this is why it pays to visit every once in a while:

that's just great.

3:52 PM
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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

in case you didn't know or forgot, Mirrormask is the new movie written by Neil Gaiman, directed by Dave McKean, with a whole mess of special effects from the Jim Henson company.
the current trailer hypes it as the new film from the creators of Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, but Lisa Henson said in Neil's journal that a revised trailer (with more of the finalized visual effects) should correctly tout is as the new film from the creators of "Sandman," "Mr. Punch," and "the Wolves in the Walls."

MIRRORMASK at the Saraota Film Festival:

Monday, January 31st, Regal Hollywood 10, 5:45pm
Tuesday, February 1st, Regal Hollywood 10, 3:00pm

damn, i happen to have class during both of those showings.
and Neil said in his journal that he and Dave would be there and happy to say hi to fans and even sign comics.
for the forgetful blog readers, i briefly met Neil back in June, just before the Harvey Awards

4:12 PM
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Sunday, January 23, 2005

brian's been working on this model of a spaceship he designed. pretty cool so far:

fishing wire inside to illuminate some of the windows. cool.

the school library (where i work) is replacing the digital cameras we've had for the past three years with newer, better ones. i'm perfectly fine with that, but then i find out that all the old ones are going to the computer animation department.
tell me, why does the computer animation department need 30 digital still cameras? why do they need any still cameras? i could understand video cameras...but still? fine artists and illustrators could use those cameras to take pictures of their work. photographers could use them to actually do their work. interior designers, illustrators, and graphic designers could use them to take pictures for reference materials. what can computer animators do? take pictures of their maquettes, maybe. does that really need all of those cameras? why not just five? and why was the entire CIC building (which they spent all of my freshman year building and all of last eyar figuring out what to do with) given to computer animators as additional lab space? are these students just that afraid of social interaction that they can't possibly share lab space with anybody else or go to the library to rent digital cameras just like the rest of the student body? what makes them so special that they get their own private building and their own stock of digital still cameras equal to the sum of digital still cameras available to the rest of the entire student body?

that just bugs me.

2:44 PM
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"If you leave the safety of being indoors, you may be putting your life at risk," the National Weather Service said.

in case you didn't know, there's a blizzard in new york (actually, the entire northeast).
and in case you didn't know, i'm not there freezing my ass off, but the rest of my family is, so i'm a bit concerned for them. when last i was home, the pipes for hot water in the kitchen had frozen, and last i heard from my mom, nothing had changed, save the new two feet of snow, and everyone's gloomy attitudes.
they should play more tetris or something...

last night was also host of the first of two sold out Colin Meloy (of the Decemberists) shows at Fez. sadly, all of the buzz and hipster excitement of the gig was not enough to clear the roads and warm the city enough for many ticketholders to make it to the show.
according to Brooklyn Vegan, though, "anyone who was brave enough to show up to the sold out show without a ticket, got in without a problem." so good for them.
i've already (illegally) downloaded his tour-only ep of him covering Morrissey b-sides. its pretty.

word is that Fez is going to be closing soon, but not before Stella get in two more shows. rumor also says that Fez will be recreated into something new and exciting, so not to fret.

1:39 PM
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Sunday, January 16, 2005

2005 albums i look forward to thus far:

Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning - January 25th
Bright Eyes - Digital Ash in a Digital Urn - January 25th
LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem - February 15th
M.I.A. - Arular - February 22nd
Decemberists - Picaresque - March 22nd
Bloc Party - Silent Alarm - March 22nd
Out Hud - Let Us Never Speak Of It Again - March 22nd
Beck - Guero - March 29th
The Bravery - The Bravery - March 29th
Ben Folds - Songs For Silverman - April 26th
Of Montreal - The Sunlandic Twins - April 2005
Mindless Self Indulgence - tba 3rd album - April 2005
Warn Defever - Control Panel - Early 2005
Weezer - tba 5th album - Spring 2005
Sleater-Kinney - The Woods - May 24th
Various Artists - TMBG Tribute Album - May or June 2005
Gorillaz - tba 2nd album- Spring/Summer 2005
Les Savy Fav - Rabbit Trancing - Summer/Fall 2005
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - tba 2nd album- Fall 2005
The Strokes - tba 3rd album - sometime 2005, i'm guessing fall

8:29 PM
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i need to find 3 well-designed web sites and 3 poorly-designed web sites for my web design class. i'm having a surprisingly hard time.

World/Inferno Friendship Society (shows page)
Derek Kirk Kim
Craig Thompson

The Chicago Kingsnakes
Stair King Motorized Hand Truck
The Ringling School of Art & Design

2:48 PM
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i scanned a whole mess of pages from my winter break sketchbook and put them up on the illustration page of my website including the new sketchjournal pages i've been doing.
one a day, so far, since i got back to school, documenting something from that day, a primary thought or event in my eyes, hastily sketched with a micron.
here's yesterday's:

2:02 PM
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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

i know there's alot of fuss, both positive and negative, about the new Mac mini and the new iPod Shuffle, but i honestly think both are tremendously cool and excellent ideas. i am again looking forward to my fantasy future where i get a great graphic design job, pay off all my student loans, get a sweet apartment in manhattan, and get to furnish it however i want and get these small, beautiful, and totally powerful and useful toys and tools.
i'm almost enticed to sell my quicksilver g4 and replace it with the 80gig mac mini...except not really. giving it a few years, like i do everything else.
seeing and liking the new iPod shuffle, though, has reinspired me to go for that free iPod i started getting referals for back in august. i still need a few more referals (almost all of the ones i got flaked out). if you have a credit card, don't mind a little more spam, and wanna help out, sign up under me.

i'll probably give up on this again, but i'll post any progress on it here.

1:18 PM
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Monday, January 10, 2005

just a little something i threw together last night to get me back into graphic design mode, or something...

10:07 AM
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