Archive | March 2004

Local CD factory to close

Another national/international downer for J’ville. LINK HERE — Wait. — The governor just announced his effort to try to save the plant. — Uh, good luck with that. I went to google news and typed in Jacksonville, Illinois, and got a ton of results. That doesn’t happen too often. Of course only two or three were not related to the plant closing.

Philadelphia … still

Philadelphia is pretty cool. The Marriott here is nice, great concierge lounge, plus there is a Maggiano’s (one of my favorite Italian restaurants) right on the same block as my hotel!

The worksite is only 2 blocks away so I just walk that in the mornings (I didnt even rent a car this week, taxi was only 20 bucks from the airport, thats cheaper than 1 night of parking downtown!)

What else, oh Redding Market is also less than a block away, it is a famous market that has great fresh food (everything from raw meat to Philly Cheese-steak and even several bakeries)

I’m making the most of it, but am anxious to go home still.

Apply yourself

Job opening someone was trying to get me to apply for:

It’s a lead position, meaning that this person would get to design a variety of great pages — mainly covers — and we have 11 different covers each week that we design. Even though this position is primarily a features design spot, the person would occasionally be designing covers of other things, like special sections.

We have four national award-winning illustrators in the department, giving (in my opinion) us the strongest illustration staff in the country.

And in general, our designers are given a lot of creative freedom. I’m not one to put too many rules in place.

Subtle shift

I rearranged some of the links here on the site and added a rotating script to change the couch logo. The photo couch should appear a third of the time and the original couch drawing the other two-thirds. Same script as the background-rotating script. I added the MORE LINKS page over on the right.

It rained most of Sunday afternoon, but it was 60 degrees or so, so I went to Ultimate anyway. After some calling around, we got six people to show up. Not enough for a game, really, but we threw around the flatball for a little more than an hour. It stopped raining for a while and I was almost completely dried out, but then it started again. After than I had to walk around Toys R Us, Target, Bob Evans and the grocery store with soaking wet socks and shoes. Somehow, I forgot about it most of the time. The sunset (right) on the drive home was nice.

I noticed something about THIS SIGN as I was driving home Saturday. It still says “INCREASE” on it, but the word has been moved down one line. What are they thinking?

I went to have lunch with Josh today, but by the time I got there — late — he’d already gone to get a sandwich, so I hung out while he ate. I was about to leave when I found out he was showing a video about Christo’s “RUNNING FENCE” (1976), so I stayed to watch that.

Bindi has been having some kind of problem with her foot. She’ll limp around, trying not to put her weight on it — then a while later she’ll be fine — then a couple days later she’s doing it again — then not — then again — then not. I asked at the vet and they said small dogs have problems with their knee caps popping out of place and then popping back, so we’re supposed to keep an eye on it. Hmmm.

Speaking of ailments, my neck problem has resurfaced. I had this thing for several months last year where I lost full movement of my neck. I started feeling it Saturday at work. Now I can only turn my head about 60 degrees to the right and I can’t really tilt it to the right either … gah!

Also today, my sister asked me for a list of the top 10 American Artists. I don’t think I’m up to figuring that out quickly, so I just made a list of notable ones. Here’s the list I sent her, though I think I was supposed to keep it to 10: Frank Lloyd Wright, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keefe, Norman Rockwell, Mark Rothko, Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Mary Cassatt, Thomas Eakins, Frederic Remington, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, Ansel Adams, Chuck Close. Any others I should add? Any sculptors? Furniture makers?

Jedi Knight Rider

Shawn, a fellow Star Wars collector in a collecting group I’m in, and his car are featured in Wired Magazine.



Put a lid on it

The concept of “aerosolized fecal matter” won’t leave me alone. I saw one of those newsmagazine shows last week with a story on germs and household cleanliness. Part of that story included this concept — which I’d heard before, mind you — and a nice visual which I liken to those demonstrations of how feminine products work by using the strange blue liquid. The basic idea is that when you flush the toilet, some percentage of fecal matter becomes airborne and can get thrown up to 20 feet from the toilet depending on the toilet and other conditions. The expert’s suggestion: put the lid down when you flush. Anyway, like I said, I have heard of this before, but doesn’t “aerosolized fecal matter” have a nice ring to it? OK, not really … but it’s still stuck in my head. … Yes, I said arisolized fecal matter is stuck in my head. Har har. You people make me sick. Grow up already.



And you thought the real Lincoln had big shoes

Kelly sent me this update story on the gigantic Lincoln statue idea. LINK HERE for the AP story at CNN. If you’ve never heard of this before, this is the deal:

A 305-foot monument of Lincoln — as tall as the Statue of Liberty — has been proposed in this namesake city of about 15,000 people. Supporters think the $40 million statue could ultimately anchor a massive theme park blending historical exhibits with rides, restaurants and other attractions.

Movie fraction

We went over to my friend/co-worker’s apartment last night. He had surgery Monday morning and wasn’t feeling too hot and wasn’t able to move too much. So, Julie made fajitas and we took them over there. We started watching “The Pianist” on an XBox, but the DVD crapped out on us about one-third of the way in. For fun, he’s going to put up a site documenting his surgery once he feels mobile enough. I’ll probably put a link to it. He showed us some of the photos and video he has so far.


This bike is great. LINK HERE Too bad they will be everywhere via Wal-Mart and Toys R Us starting in April 2004. Probably not big enough for me, either. While I’m being picky, I’d have made the front fork longer and the front wheel a little bit smaller.

No spots

I added “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” to the MOVIE LIST. We saw the matinee today. Very good. That Charlie Kaufman is something else. I need to see “Human Nature,” his only movie I haven’t seen yet.

I just read that Christopher Ecclestone will be the new Dr Who. LINK HERE My dad and I used to watch Dr. Who together during the Tom Baker, Peter Davison and Colin Baker years. I haven’t seen it for quite a few years. The show used to be on PBS, but I’m guessing it is on BBC America these days.

I don’t know why, but I find live action versions of anime movies — like CUTIE HONEY — much more odd than live action versions of American animated shows.