Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Business Card

Ok, the card is finalized. Big thanks to SOS for his design assistance. He actually did a little mashup action from the comps below and came up with this rendition, which I freakin love, so I'm going with it! And thank you everyone for your input and comments.
Now I just gotta make a web site that goes w/ this card...

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Bed in a Box update

The foam bed didn't work out. It had a strong chemical smell that gave Kath a headache, so we're sending it back. I thought it slept pretty comfy tho...

My Business Card

I know it's been a while since my last post and I heard a nasty rumor that it might be because I got a job (Lydia)... No, I'm still enjoying my temporary retirement. But I have been busy. One of the things I've been occupied with is the development of my professional identity package. You see, a Multimedia Designer can't just send out a resume to get a job - I have to have a kick ass business card, web site, demo reel and porfolio.

So I've got the logo narrowed down, but am still refining the business card. Here's a couple comps for you all...
(comments are welcome)

Thursday, October 18, 2007

It's my Bed in Box

Kath and I bought a new bed last week (memory foam) and it showed up at the house today. It was the strangest thing... I saw the UPS guy pull up, so I opened the garage and ran around the house to help him with the mattress, but when I got out front he was holding a box instead of a mattress. I thought maybe Kathleen ordered something else, or maybe the mattress came with this box of accesories or something, but no. Our mattress was in a box.

So I brought it inside and opened it and it was all wrapped up in a nylon sack, like a big bag of rice. As I started to cut the sack open I was a little nervous that this thing was going to auto-inflate and knock me on my ass or something. I didn't know what to expect cuz there were no directions. So anyways, I opened it up, unfolded it and layed it out on the ground and it slowly started to decompress and morph into the shape of a regular mattress. Then I stood it up on it's side and slid it into the bedroom and onto the bed. It's still a little lumpy and smells like rubber, but I guess that's normal for the first couple of days. I'll report back with a bed update in a couple days...

Wow - it looks like a real bed!

Friday, October 12, 2007

The Tower of Power

I am pretty excited about this new computer I just bought. The last time I bought a computer was in 2003 and it was great back then, but doesn't even meet the minimum system requirements for half the video and motion graphics software that I use now. So anyways, I got the parts a couple days ago and spent yesterday building and loading the O/S and software and, man, this thing is bitchin. I actually benchmarked the two systems and the new one is 4.58 times faster - that's before overclocking.

And almost as important as the speed is the sound. I specifically picked parts that were quiter and a case that is engineered to be silent - and it is. I think Kathleen's laptop is louder that this case. They really didn't miss a trick on this thing. It has hd cages on rails and silcone spacers to mound the drives (of which it will hold 6) and triple layer panels with brushed steel on the outside and adjustable speed fans. I could go on, but will spare you the details. But really, you should look at this animated tour of this case's features.

Not pictured are the 2 DVD drives...

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Fall Cycling

Kathleen's kind, gracious and generous father, John Burke, loaned me this stationary trainer. This thing is freakin sweet. I set it up in the garage, put a 2x4 under the front tire to level it out, put the laptop on the bench in front of me, watched 2 Simpsons episodes and had a great workout. Now I just need a treadmill and an Endless Pool.
The only thing that would be cooler that this trainer is if it were on an alternator or some sort of generator, then I could make my own electricity... like this guy.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Riding Goggles v2.0 & v3.0

The riding goggles that I made earlier in the summer broke due to an over-zealous waitress, so I took the lenses and put them on a $5 pair of yellow safety glasses from the hardware store. They are great for grey days and night riding. Then I ordered some new perscription glasses off the web for only $8 ($12 w/ shipping) and took my broken sunglasses back to REI. They exchanged them no questions asked! That is why REI kicks ass (Return Everything Inc). So I popped the lenses out of the new RX frames, hot glued them onto the sunglasses... and I'm set for all season riding.