Thursday, December 18, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
Friday, December 05, 2008
Monday, December 01, 2008
Completely useless.. but impressive.
"What you're looking at it is a 17,000 push-pin mosaic mural, a product of three revisions and a total of two and a half semesters of work. The final revision took a whopping two months of work by the CIS Student Association at the University of the Fraser Valley, and it's currently sitting in the Student Computing Center over there."
WOOPS!! Welp.. on the very day that I posted a few rules about drinking, Elaine and I have already broken it! well.. kinda.. and we did find ourselves in a situation that we did not predict: FREE DRINKS. Okay, so here was the scenario.. we attended Elaine's company Christmas part down at the Waterfront Hotel. We knew that there wasn't going to be an open bar – instead they gave us 2 free drink tickets – so we weren't worried about going over our limit. So we each got 2 gin and tonics and that was fine... but during dinner, they made an announcement that they would be providing 4 free bottles of wine per table! We only had six people at our table and the others weren't drinking sso much. Okay... so heck.. we were there.. dressed up... with a bunch of free drink in front of us.. what else are we supposed to do?!! haha. There's another reason too.. Elaine hates her job and works very hard at it.. so she always sees these types of scenarios as opportunities to drink what she deserves! Someone made a speech about appreciating all the spouses and partners out there for dealing with their stressed out CHC employees.. its been a rough year.. so all the more reason to drink up! so what does this all mean?
4. When you have a personal vendetta over a company and they are the ones paying for the booze, drink away. Just make sure you have a safe ride home.
Friday, November 28, 2008
A little more than a month ago, Elaine and I agreed that we were consistently drinking to an excess, so we made a pact to try to cut down on the alcohol. Our primary goals for this pact are for better health, saving money and of course safer streets. So here were the rules that we discussed:
1. Absolutely NO DRINKING and DRIVING: this rule should go without saying, but I have to admit, I've been careless in the past.. having a few at a nearby friend's place and thinking it would be okay to drive home. I'm going to be more responsible with this one from now on. I can't say I can commit to the zero tolerance rule, cuz sometimes I enjoy a glass of wine with my steak, but that's about where it has to stop. One drink with a meal I think is okay.
2. Don't buy drinks at a club or lounge: well... mostly because they're EXPENSIVE. So this rule requires some planning, if I'm heading downtown for some good times, I'm going to pre-drink first! Now, this rule has a clause though and it is based on special occasions like a birthday or a graduation or whatever. It's only right that you can buy yourself and your buddy a drink when there's a good reason to celebrate! I believe we agreed that on these occasions, three drink each person rule will be enforced.
3. Three drink limit: when at home or at a friend's place (basically when the alcohol is from the BC Liquor Store) we'll stick to a three drink maximum. Three beers, three glasses of wine, three shots, three martini's, etc. etc. .. these of course are ORs and not ANDs.
I think these rules might be updated along the way.. I'm sure we're going to run into scenarios where these rules won't apply and we'll wonder what to do. Anyway, I think it's a good start and these current rules do provide some sort of guideline.
For now, we're going to try to make it til the end of this year with these rules, but with the holiday season and its impending celebrations and parties, this task that we've set for ourselves is going to prove quite challenging... cuz well.. I think we both just love to PARTY!
Good luck to the both of us!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Life is good right now. It really is. There's not much that I can complain about. Yet... I've realized that there's still something wrong with me that I haven't been able to fix. Not being able to find a remedy is frustrating cuz these days I feel like I can fix anything. Got a problem with health? Go see the doctor. Having relationship issues? Lets talk it out and then hug it out. Short on the funds? We can get the books straightened out. There's a solution for everything. Right? Well, the thing that I am struggling with seems to have no quick solutions.
What I'm talking about is a creative block that I've been stuck with since leaving Emily Carr in 2002. Something happened to me during this time. I mean I definitely failed in various projects in the later years at school and have felt shameful of some presentations. I understand this and I've gotten over it. The trauma of all that happening can only last so long. I also believe that one learns more by failing. So I get it... I'm not going to be bothered by past failures and I shouldn't be afraid of any new failures.. f*ck it just bring it on.... yet I'm still left with the problem of a blank canvas.
I wouldn't say I've done absolutely NOTHING creative in the past 6 years... in reality I've done many different things.. some of which I'm proud to say that I did. Though it never came as easy as it used to.. and it doesn't feel like its completely me. I know what it is... I haven't found the creative vessel that I can pour all my guts into yet. I know I have the skills, but I'm on auto-pilot, a robot. A reluctant robot.
I've been given many interesting projects in my "career" as a graphic designer. A bunch that my brain had latched onto.. thinking how great would it be if I got this video game done, or this graphic tee, or how bout this restaurant branding. It all seemed so exciting and I felt that I had the skills to do all of it, but something wasn't clicking. When I was faced with the work, my heart said NO. And it was always a big enough NO that I actually feel heartbroken. I would complete some projects and wouldn't with others... hating the process every time. Just turn off all my feelings and hope that the auto-pilot could complete the job.
I just don't get it. My brain just won't function without my heart's permission.
Something happened. I don't know what.
A part of me died or was left behind...
but I must press on. I'm not good at doing anything else.
I draw to work. I work to live.
I think I need to lock myself in the “LAB” for a good long while. I need to be Dr. Frankenstien and find the god in me. Not to be sacrilegious or anything. What I mean is I have to force myself to learn how to be creative again. Or to be a creator. A producer. My career depends on it.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Designed by SUCK UK, The Villain Chair is made out of genuine leather, chrome, steel and aluminum. If you like to scheme up plans for world domination, this chair is for you. But not only will you have to be evil, you'll have to be rich as well.. the chair costs $7200.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I had this dream early this morning. It really shook me up, but not in a way that a nightmare would. It had nothing to do with feeling a sense of fear, instead it wast about fear itself. I can't say I remember all that much, but the impression it left is quite clear.
So it starts off with me dying. I don't know how.. I just lay there dead. I then become aware that my life has ended and that I'm now a ghost. A lost soul. My body gets taken away by medics.. and during this process family and friends start to appear. As my body travels, as a ghost I follow along and I'm somehow able to communicate to anybody that I want. I have these conversations with them, but not with the actual individual more like their souls leave their body in order to speak with me. This part is jumbled, but I do remember having a conversation with someone that I can't recognize. He tells me that I died early and that I didn't finish my journey. That I did not fulfill my dreams. He proceeds to break my life down in a simple manner and points out exact moments where I had opportunities to progress, but failed to do so. I had the choice every time to be successful and turned the other way instead. "Why?" he asks.. I have no answer. "Because you were afraid. Look, you were even too afraid to ask a simple question, or here, when you wanted this to happen, but were too afraid to give your opinion. Where does all this nonsensical fear come from?" I look at all those situations as a dead person and it all seemed so ridiculous. Such simple things that I was unable to conquer. I mean, most of it was just talking. It's not like I had to climb any mountains or fight any fires. Just talk.
While talking to this faceless person, I lose track of where my body went. I'm not sure what to do, but I know that I must look for it. The dream spins me into places I've been to before in other dreams. –For example, I always have reoccurring nightmares of "impossible" bridges. Bridges that are incredibly high and have no railing on the sides, bridges that end and you just fall off of them, bridges that you have to drive upside down on in order to get to the other side. It could seem like an awesome rollercoaster ride, but whenever I have these nightmares, I get scared sh*tless.– I get taken to all these scary places and situations and realize that they are challenges. One of them was again a bridge with intense fog. It's super high and narrow and I know that my body is on the other side of it. I run across it without flinching. I feel different. I'm not afraid. This fearlessness, why didn't I have the ability when I was alive? Being dead, I have nothing to lose.
I cross the bridge and face several other challenges. I still can't find my body, but I know I'm getting somewhere. I start to feel incredibly sad that I died. I think of all the people I love and all the things I love doing. I feel desperation. I start screaming. Praying. PLEASE PLEASE!!! I need one more chance! Please give me one more chance to..
There it is.. I see it in the corner of my eye.
I wake up.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
I’ve seen this in Time magazine a couple years back and it immediately caught my attention. What an amazing innovation. Looks like after years of tweaking and perfecting the design, Japan is ready to mass produce a robot that assists humans with lifting heavy bags of rice.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
As a Canadian, I'm supposed to vote next week, but I really dont have a clue of whats going on in Canadian politics! I tried taking this quiz to help me choose a party I can get down with, but I felt that it was quite vague and was left confused with some of the choices I had on the quiz. Now, having said all this, its pretty clear to me that I would vote for Obama and the Democratic party that is if I were an American.
Monday, October 06, 2008
Friday, October 03, 2008
There was free coffee and donuts this morning at the office. Had my first coffee in a long a$$ time... and holy moly I've been mega wired. It's still runnin through my body actually, but I just had a big lunch... it wont be long before the itis kicks in. I gotta say though.. after drinking the coffee.. I've been speedin through my work like it was a race.... which is a big deal for a guy who has the attention span of a goldfish. Is coffee the cure? F*ck Ritalin.. give me expresso.
Update: its now an hour since lunch and dang.. I'm STILL buzzin. Not bad not bad.. cure for my A.D.D. aand my ITIS. I gotta say though.. dont really enjoy going to the washroom so often.. and it makes my pee daang stanky. My breaff kinda stinks too.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Ranks in my top 3 concerts I've ever been to. Actually.. its like a 3-way tie between Kanye West Touch The Sky Tour, Breakestra/Dilated Peoples/Jurassic 5, and Alicia. She was AMAZING. The sound was crisp and clear, lighting was dramatic, the way she played with the crowd was entertaining, she transitioned from one great song to the next like she was telling a story, the Orpheum was a perfect venue... and of course she looked so beautiful.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I've been helping Elaine select a bicycle for the past couple of weeks. She only just learned how to ride a bike so it's very exciting and I want her first bike to be a special one. I have to say I've gotten a bit obsessed about bikes since the start of this shopping experience. Researching online, visiting as many bike shops as we can, test riding all the different bikes... it has all been quite pleasurable... the side-effect... it makes me want one too!!! and in a bad way. Well, there's no way I can afford a new bike right now, but I can always dream (don't worry D, I'm going to buy your bike to tie me over).
This Trek District has caught my eye. I eventually want to end up with a clean and simple city/urban bike... with looks as good as a fixie, but without the compromise of NO BRAKES. I just can't get over how unpractical it is to ride in hilly Vancouver without brakes. The Trek District is a one speed with a belt drive, which I also find to be a great feature. It makes it a quieter ride and it's greaseless. The brake cables are hidden, the wheels are powder coated orange which goes great with the vintage grey frame. MSRP is about $900 USD and it is due to release in November 08. I gotta try this bike out.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
By designer Yoonsang Kim... these are the most thoughtful in-ear headphones I've ever seen. Love how you can hook them together when not in use... and also how it fits in the ear... and to top it all off the Yoonsang made them look like Ps.. for Phillips. Dang thoughtful mf.
Friday, August 15, 2008
This dood is wacky... but he definitely puts out some NICE products.
Quoted from Hypebeast:
One of the most famous and talented designer of our times, Philippe Starck, will be coming out with a new TV show on BBC Two called “Philippe Starck’s School of Design.” The show strives to find the next design all-star among a pool of 10 aspiring designers with a vision for the next “must have” products of the 21st Century. The 10 lucky people will get to work alongside Starck and his team in Paris for a period of several months, and the ultimate winner will join his team for an extended 6 months. No formal design training necessary, so if you think you got the necessary talent, this will be the chance of a lifetime.
You can check out more deets about the show here.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
This is the slideshow i did last year. It was well received and i'm quite happy with it. Its split into 2 parts, and for some reason the timing of the audio and video gets a bit screwed up after i posted onto youtube.... but whatever.. you get the idea.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
June has been busy... well.. relatively speaking anyway. I've got tons of personal projects, contract work and favours lined up.. gotta get organized like a REAL business. I don't wanna be a business man... i wanna be a BUSINESS mannn!! Anyway.. here are some things that happened or caught my interest this June:
It finally arrived.. the GLOW IN THE DARK tour.
What a joy it was... however, I did have a few complaints. I did consider myself lucky to get floor seats, BUT daaang there are some obnoxious people down there! Also, the SOUND... way too much distortion. I know for a fact that the sound could be better at GM Place. All in all, show was tight.. the stage of course was beautiful to look at.. Lupe ripped it... Kanye man, when you came into town for Late Registration.. you're delivery was impeccable.. i think that show was just a bit better than this one.. sorry!
Next up was DRIVEN TO PERFORM... an import car show at BC Place. I was definitely there to support my friend Derrick (who won second place for the BEST HONDA category) but gotta say.. the huge draw was Kabba Modern! Sorry D!
Kabba put on a good show. They had really great stage presence. Wish i could dance like that. Yuri is seen here eating a delicious Bale Vietnamese sandmich.
Got a chance to peep Planet B-Boy. So glad it came to town... truly inspiring documentary. The commitment of these dancers is so impressive and moving. They've got such confidence, character and gumption.
From these events, along with the passing of Luc Bourdon and Yves Saint Laurent... things really hit home with me. These events have jump started my senses. Kanye just doesn't give a f*ck.. he is of course the true epitome of believing in oneself and making dreams become reality.. Derrick's been puttin his all into his passion ever since i've known him... Kaba and those Bboys have such conviction.... Luc and Yves died doing what they love.
Its been a constant theme in my life... "get busy livin, or get busy dying" (shawshank).
Friday, May 30, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
I definitely like this one better than the original.. tho some of the scenes are awkward.. like when she's making breakfast and sh*t like that.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Clothes made outta old clothes. This looks like its done really well. I guess the one-of-one super original cache makes it that much more appealing, but at the same time, you gotta be ultra small and thin.. and well a girl to fit these clothes. Chick seems to be selling at reasonable prices too. I totally dig the designs. Looks like most of it is sold out now. Check it out here.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Friday, May 09, 2008
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Some friends and I rolled down to Emily Carr UNIVERSITY to check out this year's undergrad show just this past weekend. Gotta say, there were definitely some inspiring projects, but overall I was a bit unimpressed. I never saw so many projects that were repeat projects... same sh*t every year type ish. Kids be always trying to hard.. trying to save the world.. or at least hug a tree. I'm tired of that sh*t, why can't a grad project be FUN? anyway.. i guess that separates the people who stand out and the ones that don't. Thanks for taking a few flix Nel!
One of the better projects displayed at this year's Emily Carr grad show was Spaceless, created by ID student Sandy Lam. "Spaceless is a furniture system that can maximize living space and improve the overall building environment by allowing more functionality on the balcony."