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Thursday, October 26th

Pumpkin Carvin'

Jon
10.26.06 @ 03:45 PM CST
listening to: Don and Mike
feeling: Eh. Tired.

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Jocie and I had a friend over last night to carve pumpkins...and give Mabel a workout. Jocie's friend Brandy came over and brought Herman, her 7 Month old Great Dane puppy. Man. He's HUGE. He's a horse! Mabel tried SO hard to take him down, but just couldn't do it. It was funny. I wish I had video of it to show you. Anyway. We carved pumkins too. Mine is above. Jocie's is below. Click on them to see them all big!

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Tuesday, October 24th

I told you so...

Jon
10.24.06 @ 03:48 PM CST
listening to: Don & Mike
feeling: Good.

Firstly: The NBC Arthouse interview went well. It's amazing how much easier it is to have an interview when you aren't worried about how to do the interview.

ANYWAY. On to I TOLD YOU SO...

...Apple bumped up the Speed, RAM, and HardDrive capacities of the MacBook Pro. Nicole, didn't I tell you this would happen?

BTW - How are you enjoying your new machine?

I am SO done with J.J. Abrams

Jon
10.24.06 @ 10:56 AM CST
listening to: Loveline...
feeling: Fine. Nervous.

First, I am nervous. I have an interview/meeting at NBC Arthouse this afternoon. Yikes.

Secondly, I am TOTALLY done with JJ Abrams.
See, most of you who read this don't know who he is, because you don't pay all that much attention to things...but he was the executive producer/writer of Alias. Alias was one of my favorite shows of all time. Because of that, JJ Abrams has always had a little extra cred' in my book.

He also directed the newish Mission Impossible movie (which I didn't see, because I am not seeing any Tom Cruise movies nowadays). He's the executive producer of Lost, which I cannot get into, no matter how hard I try. Well, he's now the executive producer of What About Brian, this HORRIBLE mid-season piece of crap from last year that somehow managed to duck the axe and get a new season. Our TiVo recorded an episode, and we tried to watch it. Man. Horrible. Stupid. Inisipid, self-serving, poorly scripted, transparent, awful crap.

So, that's it. I am done with you, JJ Abrams. Alias sucked for the last two seasons. Lost is absolutley retarded. What About Brian is everything bad about TV. So, I am not even going to TRY to watch the new show "6 Degrees." Not even once. Jerk.

Maybe it's because I am getting older and more experienced and am less concerned with the appeal of fame and "getting things made" than I am with being true to yourself, your audience, and your art; but it's become painfully clear to me lately that TV and Music and Movies are not about what I used to think they were about. They are about Exploitation. Advertisers/The Network/The Studio/The Label exploit artists, who exploit their art and their audience. Then they get mad at us (the audience) when we try to take back our time and money, which they have stolen from us.

TiVo is not stealing, bitch. It's simply not letting you sell my time without paying me. Don't blame TiVo or the Internet, or YouTube or anything else because your model broke down. You were selling something you don't own. You can't blame us for taking our optic nerve somewhere else. But...that's a whole other argument.

BTW – The two actresses are Rosanna Arquette and Amanda Detmer. I knew I knew them while I was watching it, but truthfully, the most interesting thing about the show was trying to remember the names of those two actresses. I KNEW IT!

Thursday, October 19th

The Cotton Anniversary

Jon
10.19.06 @ 05:24 PM CST

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The second anniversary is the Cotton Anniversary. We made T-Shirts. Yay. Jocie will tell you all about it.

Friday, October 13th

I hate Papyrus. HATE.

Jon
10.13.06 @ 12:07 PM CST
listening to: Loveline, Still
feeling: Fine. Although I hate Papyrus.

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I know I shouldn't care, and it's bitter and small of me, but I hate the font Papyrus. If I come across someone in my day-to-day that says they like it, or a product that uses it in advertising or on its packaging, I automatically hate them/it immediately. I didn't go see the movie Serenity (the movie based on Joss Whedon's Firefly, which I would have almost certainly enjoyed) because it used Papyrus for the title font in the promos and on posters.

Does this font-bigotry make me a bad person, or a bad designer? Both? Does it even matter? Am I entitled to my opinion? Better yet, am I right? Does it indeed make you a lazy, bad, stupid designer if you automatically reach for the "comes with Windows" default "creative" font? Is it the refuge of MS Publisher using, non-education having, thinks you're creative because you like to make scrapbooks, "marketing consultants" around the world?

Anyway. I had a client specifically request it on a business card because they used it in their "logo." Bummer. If I can go an entire year without some jackass asking for it maybe I'll uninstall it. I was suprised to find that I have it installed, and indeed, activated on my machine right now. I think it's left over from that magazine. Lots of those fuckwits used it in their homemade ads.

I roll, bitches!

Jon
10.13.06 @ 10:21 AM CST
listening to: Loveline
feeling: Tired and Achy

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Look at that! I rolled a 212 SCRATCH, bitches! I took all 10 of my points. The guy I bowled against bowled a 265, which for a guy with a 9 handycap is the game of his life, and I STILL beat him because I rolled 82 points over my average, 33 points over my personal best game, for a MASSIVE 285. Nigh undefeatable!

If you look at the recap scores carefully, you'll see that I BEAT ED. Yep. Beat Ed scratch. BooYah! (Just kiddin', Ed.) He didn't have a bad game either. 201 is a very respectable score.

Anyway. The bar has been set. Let's see how badly it screws up my average/handicap. Hopefully I have enough mediocre games under my belt so that is doesn't totally screw me up next time I bowl.

Wednesday, October 11th

The big Milwaukee/Chicago entry!

Jon
10.11.06 @ 07:51 PM CST
listening to: CSI, on in the background
feeling: Good. Still tired and Allergic, but good none the less.

This weekend we went to visit Jocelyn's friends Melissa and Holly and their significant others, Joe and Nate, in their new far off hometowns of Milwaukee and Chicago, respectively.

First, off to Milwaukee!


We hung out with Melissa and her husband Joe while in Milwaukee. It was cool. I could totally live there. We went to a couples baby shower with Joe & Melissa while we were in town. We met some of Joe's friends and family. They were cool. I assume that they still are. ;-)



While we were there we went to see the newish pavillion at the Milwaukee Art Museum. They were setting up for a $100 per head wine tasting when we got there, so we didn't stay. It was designed by Calatrava. There's also a bridge in town that is being built by his firm as well. It's oddly proportioned and white. Beyond that, they have very little in common. Overall cool. A little silly, but still cool.

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We also went down to the beach on Lake Michigan. Man. It's SO big! It's like the ocean. This picture of Joe is at one of the many public beaches on the shore. The city did a really nice job of keeping the rich peeps from buying up all the nice real estate and making it inaccessible to the public. Really cool.

Anyway. After the baby shower we slept little and then hoped on the $8 bus to Chicago to go see Holly & Nate.

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We went down to Navy Pier and road the Ferris Wheel, and ate some Fries, and saw some boats, and then we went back to Holly's apartment to eat a little...
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Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza! Mmmmm. Pizza.

And Jocie got a haircut, and we watched a movie, and then I got a haircut from Holly's sister Lacy, and then we all went to sleep, so that Nate could get up and go to work in the morning.

The next day we were woken by Devo, Holly's Black Lab.

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And then we went to the city on an unusually long and drawn out search for...Hot Dogs!

Well, I seem to have misplaced my other photos, so I'll finish this entry tomorrow!

Monday, October 9th

Halfway

Nicole
10.09.06 @ 08:22 PM CST

So this week is midterms, which might explain why I haven't spoken all semester. I have been trying to keep my head above water. Anyway, I have been working hard and trying to get everything done to the best of my abilities. I hope that all is well and I can't wait until Thanksgiving. wink

Monday, October 2nd

Big Birthday Blog Entry!

Jon
10.02.06 @ 11:14 AM CST
listening to: Loveline...
feeling: Fine. Tired. Sore. Happy.

First of all, let's just start by saying that I had a good birthday. Great birthday in fact. Thank you all. Jocelyn went to play paintball with Keith and I on Saturday. Here, I used my new fancy camera to record photographic evidence:

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Isn't that cool?!?! My wife kicks ass. We went to a new field in Lewisville, and we had a hell of a time. It's indoor, on Turf, and set up as an XBall field. (Which is a special format/league of professional paintball.) I played so hard that this morning, two days later, I hurt more than I did the day before. I ran so hard I almost puked. I dove head first into bunkers, I ran through the feild shooting people to close out the game. I played like a guy 10 years younger and 150 lbs lighter. I pulled it off too. Although, I am paying for it now.

Then, yesterday, Jocelyn and I went to the mall and went shoe shopping. I got new running shoes. I also got a nice new corduroy sportcoat. I also got fancy orange running socks. I am sure everyone thought I was insane as I was running around the store to test the shoes...but I only by shoes every year or so, so they need to fit perfect. I ain't takin' no chances!

Then Jocie and I went to the grocery store and picked up raw materials for: Make Your Own Pizza Party!

I made ChiliDog Pizza™. (I don't really have a trademark, but you better not steel it! Bitches!)
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Look at it! It's beautiful! And Tasty! I ate it with Cole Slaw!

DSC00448 (383k image)We also got an oven-roasted chicken, tomatoes, corn, cilantro, prosciutto, roasted red peppers, fresh mozzerella, fontina cheese, extra sharp cheddar, etc, and let people make their own pizzas. They all came out really nice!

Then we all sat outside and ate our pizzas and drank special birthday wine. (Well, special for me. One was a very nice 2000 Cab, although I cannot remember the vintner. The other was an equally nice Sangiovese. VERY nice. And, oddly enough, perfect for accompanying Make Your Own Pizza.)

After we all ate too much pizza (and for me, a litte cole slaw too), we all went inside and lit the pyrotechnics called my birthday cake, as pictured below:

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We ate cake. Then, Nancy and Ed and Keith all went home and Jocelyn and I cleaned up a little, then crashed on the couch and watched reruns of Scrubs. Altogether, not a bad birthday. :-)

Right Mabel?
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Yeah, I know. I'm tired this morning too. :-)

weekends

Bernie
10.02.06 @ 08:37 AM CST

Don and I had a very nice weekend. We went on a bus trip on Saturday to the Eastern shore, specifically Oxford, Easton and St. Michael's. I can't bvelieve I've lived in MD all my life and have never visted these towns. They are charming. We plan to go back to Easton since we just drove around it.
Another destination for the future is St. Mary's.
Sunday we played a very fast round of golf in the late afternoon. The grounds were still soggy from Friday's rain, but it was nice to have so few people there.

Jon, hope you had a nice birthday.