Sunday, August 29, 2010

The new WACOM logo offends me. It genuinely offends me. It is, hands down, the most atrocious logo I have ever seen, and it irritates me that it's being used by a company who sells drawing tablets to DESIGNERS. Tablets that are for drawing so you don't have to use things like powerpoint or ms paint to make your logos!

I know the 2012 Olympics logo was bad, but it is a beautiful work of art compared to the WACOM logo. Somebody needs to put a stop to Wolff Olins work (their website is atrocious too, by the way,) and put an end to this destructive design behavior before it gets out of control! I don't want a future filled with logos plastered everywhere, which were designed with pathetic software in under five minutes! With no thought towards balance, colors, structure, or appeal!

Now, not all of their work is bad. The New York City logo is just whatever. Nothing special but not unappealing. I mean they do some ugly things with it, but the design itself is just fine.

And the idea of the AOL logo intrigues me, to have an invisible name on a white space background, only to be made visible when something passes behind it. Much of the things that pass behind make no sense and can be ugly or stupid, but the idea is interesting.

Unilever looks good.

But WACOM? Really guys??

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Psalm 46

 1 God is our refuge and strength,
       an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
       and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
 3 though its waters roar and foam
       and the mountains quake with their surging.
 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
       the holy place where the Most High dwells.
 5 God is within her, she will not fall;
       God will help her at break of day.
 6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
       he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
 7 The LORD Almighty is with us;
       the God of Jacob is our fortress.
 8 Come and see the works of the LORD,
       the desolations he has brought on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;
       he breaks the bow and shatters the spear,
       he burns the shields with fire.
 10 "Be still, and know that I am God;
       I will be exalted among the nations,
       I will be exalted in the earth." 11 The LORD Almighty is with us;
       the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

It seems people think of the phrase, "I would die for you," as the ultimate expression of love. I tend to think, however, that, "I will love and serve you selflessly in life," is a far more impacting statement. In the vast uncertainty of death, there is a chance that it will be quick and easy. In the certainty of life, however, the prospect of loving selflessly for what might be years is without question one of the most difficult things a person can do!

This leads me to believe that a husband who truly loves his wife and sticks with her through all of life's difficulties, regardless of how much he gets (or doesn't get) in return, is far more deserving of praise and admiration than a 'hero' who would hurl himself into an oncoming train to save a damsel in distress or take a bullet for a beautiful young lady.

"Love is such a mighty long word."
"Love is easier made than kept."
~The Chariot

Monday, August 16, 2010

"The Messenger"

Mark me with Fear and Trembling
Send someone else instead
I know my world is ending
I can't repay my debt

Can I carry such a heavy burden?
Can I move when I am paralyzed?
I see a fire behind a heavy curtain
I lean in closer and I close my eyes

Kiss the coals; breathe in smoke
And I say, "Here I am, send me."
Lifts my soul, free and so unafraid
"Here I am, send me, send me."
Free and so unafraid
"Here I am, send me."

Mark me with fire and send me
Among the living dead
They cannot comprehend me;
I watch the sickness spread

How can they hear me when their hearts are hardened?
How can they see me when they close their eyes?
So they can tell that I'm an easy target
A wooden saw is quite a way to die

Kiss the coals; breathe in smoke
And I say, "Here I am, send me."
Lifts my soul, free and so unafraid
"Here I am, send me, send me."
Free and so unafraid
"Here I am, send me."

"Here I am, send me."

Monday, August 09, 2010

Stumbled upon my log from my four days of living out of a car in Ferndale, WA.
Also see the photos I took on the trip here.

Day 01: Thursday
  • Woke up in car. Raining outside. Not too cold in here though.
  • Read Bible. Now making plans for what's next.
  • Brushed teeth at McDonald's bathroom. ( o_O ) Got McDouble and water for breakfast. "I'm lovin' it." Haha..
  • Went around using camera. Not but four to six pictures later is said low batter. Confused! I charged it before we left! I don't understand.
  • Found a coffee shop and plugged in phone and camera. Bought hot chocolate so I wouldn't feel bad about using their electricity. Now feel bad about spending my money. 16oz. Hot chocolate: $2.75. Dang. Don't wanna do that again. Now waiting for stuff to charge.
  • Wish I had brought a book to read. Right now I suck at drawing. That happens sometimes.
  • At  the animal park waiting for camera to charge again. Frustrating but oh well. Very happy to have a camera at all. Got some awesome shots of the turkeys! Think I'll trek back to the tartus (Rav 4) soon.
  • Pretending I'm Dr. Who. Complete with umbrella. Need sonic screwdriver though.
  • These smoked chedder / Monterey Jack Cheezit Duoz are intense!
  • I tried to take a short cut back. Had to go through brush that was taller than me. Half-way through I hit a stream too wide to step over or jump across . Didn't want to go around. Rolled up pants and waded through. ICE. COLD. Knee deep! Didn't realize...
  • Made it through. Hiked across an enormous field. Then realized my "short cut" ran parellel to the solid dry road I'd walked earlier and it wasn't far from me. ...oops...
  • Tired walking back. Shoulders not used to hours of backpacking. Legs sore.
  • Stopped at the dollar store for beef jerky and junk food. The jerky says, "Congratulations! In your hands you hold the world's finest Beef Jerky!" I laughed because it came from the dollar store.
  • I'm tired of rain.
  • Charged stuff at McD's then took some night pictures.
  • Bought a few groceries to last the weekend and now I might read and sleep soon.
Day 02: Friday
  • Woke up to strange dreams and noisy garbage trucks. Still kind of dark out.
  • Brushed teeth and charged camera and phone at Wood Coffee shop again while reading comic book.
  • Spent time with the Lord in Rav 4. Sun is out now. Might sleep more and then see if the buffalo are still at that house Gerie showed me last year. If so, it's photo time again.
  • It's night now and I'm probably going to sleep in this Best Western parking lot in Bellingham. I did take the buffalo pictures, then went to B-Ham's Best Buy and bought a new camera battery. It works fine now.
  • Took some pictures around the Whatcom Campus and then had lunch with Gerie and the two girls she's babysitting.
  • Then I got lost and then I went to fairhaven, taking more pictures.
  • Now I'm at Bellingham and just got back from a walk downtown. Downhill too. ugh, I'm sore. Sore-ba-dore. I think I'll sleep now.
  • Got too scared. Too many amtrack cops patrolling the place. Back at Haggen in Ferndale.
  • Actually Ferndale scares me too but not as much as Bellingham. It wouldn't be so bad in my car, but I'm in  Gerie's car with no insurance so I'm trying not to encounter cops at all.
  • Plus I like the wilderness around Ferndale. Cities have too many people. I like to be in seclusion. I think people scare me more than wild animals. Honestly. Sleep time.
Day 03: Saturday
  •  Charged phone and stuff at McD's. Was able to showe at YMCA. Felt kinda weird.
  • Parked at Haggen and began adventures. Ended up walking back along road leading to animal park.
  • Took pictures in forest and stuff. Also took detour to Fragerance Gardens.
  • Glad I did 'cause they had this awesome ridiculously long walkway of wooden planks zigzagging through these really tall bushes and water flooding right up to the edge of the wooden planks. It was like straight out of Myst. And my dreams. And my childlike imagination, heh.
  • I couldn't walk the whole thing 'cause it was flooded at some points. It was probably my most favoritest thing I saw all weekend.
  • It's been raining all day. I think I'd be dead without Gerie's umbrella, heh.
  • Speaking of death, some wet mudy parts of the wooden walkway were slippery as ice and since there were no rails, one slip up would be trouble. So I had to be careful.
  • By the time I left the Frag Garden (if only it was really called that.) my legs were exhausted. I'd done a lot of walking.
  • I debated taking the road home or heading to the animal park and then the alleged "boat launch" in hopes that there would be another road home from there. ('cause I thought I saw a sign stating that there was?)
  • Asked myself if I was a "Planet Earth" photographer willing to risk it all for an awesome photo opportunity.....or a LITTLE BABY!??
  • Decided I was a planet Earth photographer and went to the animal park. Could barely walk by the time I got there. So exhausted. Legs dying.
  • Sat in the wooden tower to rest. Ate dollar store trail mix. Kwality.
  • Stretched out after my search for the "Boat Launch." Thought I found it! But it was a trail to a sandy beach.
  • Found a swamp boat!
  • Walked shoreline hoping I'd find the boat launch. Shoreline ended. Had to cut a trail through thick forest and prickle bushes to get back to animal park road.
  • Wondered if I'd make it or get eaten alive by forest.
  • Made it.
  • Found new trail and hoped it'd lead me to this mysterious "boat launch" which probably didn't exist.
  • Walked forever.
  • Rain and wind had picked up. Pantlegs were soaked. So tired....
  • Suddenly realized I was on the other side of Thursday's "shortcut!" Realized my "shortcut" through the 7 foot tall weeds and knee deep ice cold stream was right between two solid perfectly good roads, both leading to the same place!
  • I'm dumb.
  • Decided the shortcut was worth the adventure anyway.
  • FINALLY got back to town! Tromped back to the car exhausted, sore, and soaked.
  • Just drank a caesar salad. Had no fork and didn't want to go get one so I just poured it into my mouth from the bag, haha.
  • I'd felt sick from too many pringles and cheez-its, and salad was the only of which the thought didn't make me queasy.
  • Supposed to meet Ger at 8:30am tomorrow so I'm going to try and sleep early tonight. For now, it's back to reading I guess.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

"The Color Of My Eyes"

Take back that photograph it breaks my heart
And I will wait by the telephone
While the silence pressures my eardrum
I found a black and white with a person smiling sad at me
Now I know can't get back that photograph once it's been seen

Promise you won't let me fall asleep never to wake up
Til my breath is gone don't let the color of my eyes fade
Promise you will find a way through the night while the angels cry
You color your heart blood red love does not fade away

Can't give back that photograph once it's been signed
And I can't stop thinking about your voice
Now it's keeping me up at night
I found myself on a black and white staring back at me
Now I know, can't get back that photograph
It just needs color

Promise you won't let me fall asleep never to wake up
Til my breath is gone don't let the color of my eyes fade
Promise you will find a way through the night while the angels cry
You color your heart blood red love does not fade away

Blood-drop on that black and white
Is the only thing that can colorize these non-colored eyes

Promise you won't let me fall asleep never to wake up
Til my breath is gone don't let the color of my eyes fade
Promise you will find a way through the night while the angels cry
You color your heart blood red love does not fade