Tag Archives: Personal Blather

Ah, memories…

We got a mailer today for an Adobe design conference. It included a little calendar of events to help you plan out your registration, as well as reminders of other things going on at the same time. One of the things it mentioned was that July 1st was “Early Bird Discount” day.

Ah yes… Early Bird Discount Day… I remember that from my youth. Waking up early in the morning to celebrate by sharing Early Bird Discount presents, all wrapped up under the festively decorated Early Bird Discount tree. People in shops and on the street sharing happy Early Bird Discount greetings, singing Early Bird Discount carols. The cards, the cookies, the candies and the traditional Early Bird Discount family dinner…

Of course, nowadays, it’s all too commercialized. Stores put their Early Bird Discount decorations and items on sale months in advance. By the time Early Bird Discount day rolls around, you’ve become oversaturated with all the promotions and sales. It’s nothing like the Early Bird Discount days I remember, so long ago.

Electric Sports Car

So there’s this company – Evisol – that’s taken one of my favorite sports car designs and made an electric version. The Thorr is a Lotus Super 7 concept chassis with a high-performance electric drivetrain. It’ll do 0-60 in around 3 seconds and has a range of around 90 miles at highway speeds or 150 miles in-city before it needs a recharge.

And the name sounds like an angry Viking.

New tongue twister

In part from a forthcoming JSFR:

“Fake Flesh Fish Flakes”

Yet another comic tie-in

Just for fun, I’ve set up a new cafĂ© press shop featuring merchandise from last Friday’s comic.

The Old Job / The New Job

Well, I keep saying I’m going to write something about why I haven’t written much here for a while. The basics are simple: nearly a year ago now, I found out that I was being let go from a job that I’d had for over ten years.

The reasons given were brutally financial in nature. The department I was with had split the design group into web, video and print sections, and the print section wasn’t profitable. There are reasons behind reasons of course: pixels are free, but paper costs money. Also, the print section had the people with the highest seniority (and therefore salaries). None of which changed the end result: those of us doing print work were on our way out.

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An Haiku

Dress shoes in winter
Interviews proceed apace
Slip but don’t fall down

Netflix may be slightly insane

My folks got my Wife and I Netflix for Christmas and we started putting together our list of movies to be delivered. So, naturally, Netflix started putting together a list of recommendations based on our likes, dislikes and past orders.

I think it may be slightly insane…

Don’t make him angry…

You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry…

It’s the comprehensive list of what makes Bill Bixby turn into Lou Ferigno in a green fright wig. Personal favorite: 106. Being fed poisoned sushi


Ok, so I’m sitting here awake (insomnia is a lovely thing) in the computer room and the speakers on the PC just crackled to life and a laid-back southern accented voice said, “Somebody with a good radio give me a mic check…”

If the PC speakers are picking up CB radio, this may explain some of the odd noises at night.

Science and Fashion

Carbon nanotubes are the new black.