Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Fresh -- Illustration Friday

Time for another piece o' random creativity. I'm posting it in my blog again, 'cuz I'm still having trouble with my hosting service. Several contacts to my web host and they haven't figured out the problem yet. Gah. They used to be so good with service. Not so much lately. The topic at IllustrationFriday.com this week is "Fresh". I couldn't get the idea of those douche commercials from years ago. So, based upon that, I give you this week's offering.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Ugly Design

Do you ever see a design over and over and over again out in public that makes you cringe? Maybe it's a poorly designed bill board. Or maybe an ugly pair of shoes. The kind that makes you think, "Hell, I'm not even a graphic designer and I know that's UG-uuuu-LEEEE." It's not just that your preference doesn't agree with it, but rather that it's missing any semblance of design instinct. Ever since I've been in Utah, I've seen the image at the left. Over and over and over again. It's the freakin' license plate of choice here. There are a couple of basic styles to pick from when you get a new license plate...one that's primarily orange hued with the Delicate Arch on it and this monstrosity. Who thought that the font combination was "pleasing" or even "lookin' good"? What about the placement of the crappy clip-art skiier? C'mon. There's nothing good to be said about this plate. So, there it is...staring at me every day while I'm at the stop light. Taunting me, "Nanny-nanny-boo-boo. I'm ugly, and so are you." Well, ok, it doesn't really say that but it does tell me that someone in the mid-80s had been smokin' something. Actually a whole committee that agreed upon the design must have been smokin' something. OR, maybe, the "designer" and I use that term loosely, was the 12 year old son of the director of transportation with a brand spankin' new computer plum full of fun fonts. How could they pick just one?! Ugh. Have I whined enough yet?

Illustration Friday - Escape

I've been trying to post this for a couple of days on my server, but I'm having connection difficulties. I am, however, able to Blog and FTP. Woohoo! Anyway, here's my submission. If you've ever worn a corset, you'll understand this better than anyone. While normally the straps don't break, the feeling of getting out of the thing is very much a feeling of "escape".

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Time to Start a Revolution

Somewhere between 60-80% of women wear the wrong bra size. So the statistics say, anyway. Who's fault is this? Is it the woman with the breasts in the wrong holder? I say no! It's due to the fact that there's voo-doo measurements needed to buy the "proper size" bra. Most men probably aren't aware of this, but here's basically how women are to determine their size:
  • With a tape measure, measure under your breasts, around your rib cage.
  • Add 5 (some say 4) inches to this measurement. This voo-doo number is called the "band size".
  • Now measure around the fullest part of your chest, including your breasts.
  • Take this new number and subtract the band size from it. That number will help to determine the "cup" size. If the remainder is 1, you are an "A" cup, 2, you're a "B" cup, 3, you're a "C" cup, etc, etc.

So, whassup with the "add 5 inches"? Wouldn't it just be easier to say, "Hey, my chest measures 27 inches and the measurement around my breasts is 6" bigger, making my bra size a 27A."???

Who do I need to talk to about this? Is there a bra-size-standardization committee I can talk to? By the way, would you sign a petition to encourage the bra industry to make a change? Think about it.

Monday, September 19, 2005

A fun site!

I like touring around the 'net looking for fun, creative sites. I came across this one today. Here's a fun section: "Make the Monster". It's just a fun little Flash program, but well done.

Friday, September 16, 2005

It's Officially Chocolate Season!

Let the munching on mini-size chocolate bars begin! Chocolate season officially starts when the Halloween bags of chocolate bars are in the stores. I started to see them last week. Woooohooo! I don't eat as much of the stuff as I used to, but I still have fond memories. :-) Chocolate Season goes from 'round this time of year, kicked off with the Halloween candy aisle which is quickly followed by the Christmas candy aisle, then the Valentine's candies, and finally, topped off by Easter's Cadbury eggs. By Easter, you've gained the extra 10 pounds of chocolate fat. I'm sure the retailers love Chocolate Season as much as we do. How many of you actually buy the chocolate only to share on the specific holiday? C'mon, ya'll love the fun shapes as much as I do. Oh, and who out there can eat 10 little candy bars without blinking, but think that 2 regular size candy bars is excessive? C'mon, admit it!

"Man breaks record for continuous TV watching"

I thought, wow, I bet the guys been watching tv for seven years straight or something. Nah, only 69 hours 48 minutes. C'mon. That's with breaks to go to the bathroom. The "official rules": Rules for the couch potato honor, as stipulated by Guinness, allow for a 5-minute break every hour and a 15-minute break every 8 hours. The viewer must otherwise be constantly looking at the screen. Only 69 hours? That's nuttin'! I'm betting this one gets beat soon. Heck, I think I broke it several years ago when I was depressed.

Avian Flu

If you need any more reason to have a feeling of impending doom, this is your article. I've been feeling "impending doom" for several weeks. The economy is tanking. The housing market is going bust. The obesity epidemic is...oh, forget that. The city of New Orleans is in a shambles. Etc, etc, etc. Now, the Avian flu. While it's currently not passed from human to human, they expect that at some point it will be. And there will be LOTS of death. LOTS. It's a great horror story to tell this Halloween. It just makes me want to lock myself in the basement and live on canned veggies. I guess if this flu does take hold, that's exactly what we'll be doing. Who would want to bother risking going to work? Well, I'll be able to work, but anyone who works outside of the home? Forgettaboutit. Time to go stockpile some more water and eats! Harmon's caselot sale, here we come! Actually if you can get your hands on some Tamiflu or if you have some lying around from a previous flu outbreak, nows your time to hold on to it. Scary stuff!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Trans Fat

Have I been living in a bubble safe from new health warnings? I must have been. Who knew that "0 Grams of Trans Fat" would be come the new "No carbs" for this year? I was cookin' up some bacon for BLT sandwiches when I saw it on the package -- "0 Grams of Trans Fat". Ok, now I know that bacon isn't the beacon of health that they want me to believe it is with that statement. I'm surprised that they're not putting "0 Grams of Trans Fat, 0 Grams of Carbs *and* our pigs are fed WHOLE GRAIN" just to make me buy it. As mentioned above, I've been living in a bubble and hadn't even heard of "trans fat". Turns out it's actually hydrogenated oils. I've known of their evil for years. Was there some new study that I missed? Dunno. I just get a kick out of the health claims on foods previously thought of as "bad". After seeing the "trans fat" statement on bacon, I started seeing it everywhere at the store. Even good ol' potato chips have it now! Heck, I propose a diet solely of bacon, potato chips (the zero trans fat variety of course) and diet coke. Why not? It's GOOD for you!

Monday, September 12, 2005

Another Friday!

This week's topic -- Depth! Not much more to say other than "check it out!"

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Roots - Illustrated Friday & YouDraw.com

This one didn't take me long at all. I had a pretty clear vision of what I wanted to show. I guess that always helps, eh? So, less than an hour later, voila! Roots! Click here to see the full size version. The item at the left is just a wee detail.

Speaking of drawing, I recieved an email from YouDraw.com. I mentioned them in this blog about 5 years ago, when I first discovered them. They're now producing a poster of a sampling of the submissions. The first poster represents the first 100,000 drawings with 2,000 of the pieces selected. Yours truly has two drawings in the poster. Oh, and my bro has an entry on there, too. Our entries can be seen on this detail page. My two are in the second row from the bottom, position 5 from the left and position 29 from the left. My bro John's picture is in the same row, 15 from the left. His Caesar drawing is much more impressive than my two, but then he's always had much more artistic talent than the rest of us in the family. Very talented guy! The first drawing of mine has a hidden message "FCR" is written on the skirt of the girl. FCR=Fat Chicks Rule. Yay! A little bit of size acceptance sneaking into an art forum. Yay! The second picture mentioned is a portrait of Natasha. Ummm..sort of my intention anyway.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

The biggest pizza pie

This weekend, I my friends Alexandra and Brian were in town from Minnesota. While they were here, I thought we’d serve ‘em up some of SLC’s finest eats. Tucano’s as mentioned below was on the list. Also on the list, “The Pie”. This is the best pizza in SLC. (Or at least the best I’ve tried, anyway. There could be some fine pies out there that I haven’t even tasted.) The Pie recently moved into my suburb. There are only a handful of locations, so being so close is fabulous. Previously we could only rarely munch on their Stromboli with garlic pizza…now we can order it and have it delivered whenever we darn well feel like it. So, with the friends in town, Ivan says to order the largest size stromboli pie. I think he even said the “monster” size. Well, turns out, it IS monster size. It’s almost bigger than Ivan and I together! Six of us piggin’ out and we only got through half of the pie. Now THAT’s a pizza!

Thursday, September 01, 2005

I'm just so...sooo...sad...and ...

…nearly speechless about what has happened and taken place in New Orleans. My arms are strapped behind my back. I cannot help. Sure, I made a donation, but that seems so futile. Money? They don’t need money yet. They need compassion… and lots of boats, helicopters, and fresh water, and privacy…and nourishment…and a whole lot of Fabreeze. I’m half joking about the latter. I’m trying to see the bright spots in the stories about NOLA (and MS and elsewhere), but I don’t see ‘em when I read the articles, see the pictures, or watch the video clips. It’s such a huge clusterf*ck right now filled with anarchy and desperation. Very sad….