Archive for March, 2005

[us_politics] Simon LeBon, Circa 1985, Addresses A Joint Session Of Congress

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31, 2005 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

Hi Guys! By the way, are you aware you’re being illegal?
It’s making your savior behavior look evil.
‘Scuse my timing, but, hey, how’d’j’you fit in
with this flim flam and judy?[1]

Screw Nostradamus and the Bible Code. You want prophecy, look to Duran Duran and Arcadia.

[1] lyrics from “Election Day”, by Arcadia, from the album So Red The Rose (1985)

[net_life] It’s Sam Klein’s World, You Just Live There

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31, 2005 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

I’m very fond of my given name. Being a type geek helps. To people who love type, type holds more than mere letterforms they have interesting or uniniteresting looks and form words with nice or not nice shapes. I’ve always been partial to names in which the forename (first name) is longer than the byname (lastname) and the middle name. My name, “Samuel John Klein”, works on that level most certainly.

The name Samuel, whilst having Biblical proportions, has a nice majuscule S up at the front, ends with a strong minuscule l at the back, and the low area between are all nice, orderly x-height type, mostly vowels. I’ve always liked vowels just a little better than consonants, with a few exceptions. And the byname Klein, with it’s strong-backed starting letter and the x-height minuscule n at the end, has a profile something like a wedge. Together just the first and last name work very well, visually, and when you add the middle name John, you get a pivotal center for the other two wordforms to work on.

I really can’t say it otherwise: my name rocks. I’m happy and proud to have it.

The name itself comes from a man long dead. I am the second Samuel John Klein, my father’s father was the first. Mom adored Grandpa Klein, always said he was a happy fellow and he loved her as his daughter-in-law. Regrettably, in the mid 1960s before I was too very old, Grandpa Klein died, in his 80’s, I understand, happy Silverton-area dairy farmer. I’ve only ever seen a picture of him, with a little hat on and dressed up with an Oregon Centennial pin on his lapel. His son and myself are both chips off the old block, and the older I get, the more I will resemble them, although I do think they would have looked askance at the long hair.

Anywho. I told you all that, to tell you this.

This will sound somewhat deranged, but I like looking at my name so much I’m compelled to get it into print. I load up the articles I’ve written at Quark VS InDesign just to see my name at the top. It’s on those websurfs that I cast my Googlegillnet far and wide to gather other Sam Klein’s that are out there.

Occasionally I find some interesting results.

This Link will take you to a Wikipedia profile page for someone calling themselves Sj, and who says thier name is Samuel Klein. Though he doesn’t say what the “J” stands for, he does say that he goes by “SJ”, which is coincidental, because that’s what Mom called me when I was a neat thing.

I must abashedly say that the rest of the Wikipedia profile page makes little or no sense to me. But he does take the time to say who he is not, and one thing at the end of that string really caught my eye: “Winnipeg-based dectective Sam Klein”.

Sa’ wha”?

So, I followed this link to the Thrilling Detective site, which is apparently a detective fan’s ominbus on the web. Seems our fictional Sam Klein is a street tough who lived in the rough North End of Winnipeg in the first and second decade of the 20th century, and becomes a detective as most interesting characters in these stories do…accidentally.

The Canadian author Allan Levine has written two Sam Klein novels, The Blood Libel(1997) and Sins Of The Suffragette(2000). I’m going to check them out, even though I’m not a fan of historical detective fiction, I am, as has been overly documented already, a fan of Sam Kleins.

Up to now my Googlegillnet sweeps have turned up a Dr Samuel Klein, a specialist in obesity (I ought to talk with him as I do need to lose a few pounds) and a handful of other Samuel Kleins as well as a Samuel J. Klein or two. But so far, Google has coughed up only one Samuel John Klein, and that is YT. So, to paraphase Fafnir, I am the whole worlds only source for Samuel John Klein.

Being Samuel John Klein is sometimes great and sometimes shabby, and rarely is it ever ideal. But if you look at it the right way, it’s always interesting.

[pcc_life] Tales from the Breach:No Rest for The Weary

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31, 2005 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

So, I’ve spent the entire night (the last two-three hours of it anyway) going through my CD-Rs of my saved work and hauling bits and pieces out of storage to put together a selection of what I consider my bestest work to take into the first session of Portfolio Prep tomorrow.

See, this is why I think designers and design students are some of the best people in the world. One menches, “hey, you’re in the Portfolio class too, aren’t you?”

You see, due to exterior pressures I’ve taken three years to go through the program. Me and just a few other stragglers from the class who entered in 2002 are finishing up now. But we designers seem to know our own.

“Why, yes,” I said.

“Well, you do know that you have to bring your stuff in, don’t you.”

“I didn’t know that”, I replied.

“Yes,” she said, “Precious told us we should get together what we feel is our best stuff to start our portfolios with.”

And then it came back to me. If I were on the normal track, the progression would be from Professional Studio Practices, where we ginned up our first personal promo, straight into Portfolio Prep, and that’s just what Precious Bugarin, the appropriately-named instructor (the “Precious” part, silly…I don’t know that a “Bugarin” is supposed to look like, per se) told us as we left that course that we should gather up that sort of thing.

I tucked it into the back of my mind at the time. Once I recalled that (thanks to the prompting), I found I had a very good idea of what constitutes my “best” stuff, so the selection was fairly easy. What surprised me was that I had so much of it. Logos, a couple of newsletters, a magazine concept, a few illos.

Actually, I’ve come quite a way in three years. And the Columbia Overlook, a real-world app, should go quite a ways, I think. I even have an InDesign project from last year. that I liked. So, right now, I have this bulging folder in my Dock called “Portfolio” that I’m going to cull when I get up.

And if it wasn’t for that fellow GD student who started a year after I did, I’d not of come in with anything. I tell you, my friends, my people, we designers, we are a tribe. Quote me on that.

[us_politics] Simon LeBon, Circa 1985, Addresses A Joint Session Of Congress

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31, 2005 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

Hi Guys! By the way, are you aware you’re being illegal?
It’s making your savior behavior look evil.
‘Scuse my timing, but, hey, how’d’j’you fit in
with this flim flam and judy?[1]

Screw Nostradamus and the Bible Code. You want prophecy, look to Duran Duran and Arcadia.

[1] lyrics from “Election Day”, by Arcadia, from the album So Red The Rose (1985)

[us_politics] Simon LeBon, Circa 1985, Addresses A Joint Session Of Congress

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31, 2005 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

Hi Guys! By the way, are you aware you’re being illegal?
It’s making your savior behavior look evil.
‘Scuse my timing, but, hey, how’d’j’you fit in
with this flim flam and judy?[1]

Screw Nostradamus and the Bible Code. You want prophecy, look to Duran Duran and Arcadia.

[1] lyrics from “Election Day”, by Arcadia, from the album So Red The Rose (1985)

[net_life] It’s Sam Klein’s World, You Just Live There

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31, 2005 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

I’m very fond of my given name. Being a type geek helps. To people who love type, type holds more than mere letterforms they have interesting or uniniteresting looks and form words with nice or not nice shapes. I’ve always been partial to names in which the forename (first name) is longer than the byname (lastname) and the middle name. My name, “Samuel John Klein”, works on that level most certainly.

The name Samuel, whilst having Biblical proportions, has a nice majuscule S up at the front, ends with a strong minuscule l at the back, and the low area between are all nice, orderly x-height type, mostly vowels. I’ve always liked vowels just a little better than consonants, with a few exceptions. And the byname Klein, with it’s strong-backed starting letter and the x-height minuscule n at the end, has a profile something like a wedge. Together just the first and last name work very well, visually, and when you add the middle name John, you get a pivotal center for the other two wordforms to work on.

I really can’t say it otherwise: my name rocks. I’m happy and proud to have it.

The name itself comes from a man long dead. I am the second Samuel John Klein, my father’s father was the first. Mom adored Grandpa Klein, always said he was a happy fellow and he loved her as his daughter-in-law. Regrettably, in the mid 1960s before I was too very old, Grandpa Klein died, in his 80’s, I understand, happy Silverton-area dairy farmer. I’ve only ever seen a picture of him, with a little hat on and dressed up with an Oregon Centennial pin on his lapel. His son and myself are both chips off the old block, and the older I get, the more I will resemble them, although I do think they would have looked askance at the long hair.

Anywho. I told you all that, to tell you this.

This will sound somewhat deranged, but I like looking at my name so much I’m compelled to get it into print. I load up the articles I’ve written at Quark VS InDesign just to see my name at the top. It’s on those websurfs that I cast my Googlegillnet far and wide to gather other Sam Klein’s that are out there.

Occasionally I find some interesting results.

This Link will take you to a Wikipedia profile page for someone calling themselves Sj, and who says thier name is Samuel Klein. Though he doesn’t say what the “J” stands for, he does say that he goes by “SJ”, which is coincidental, because that’s what Mom called me when I was a neat thing.

I must abashedly say that the rest of the Wikipedia profile page makes little or no sense to me. But he does take the time to say who he is not, and one thing at the end of that string really caught my eye: “Winnipeg-based dectective Sam Klein”.

Sa’ wha”?

So, I followed this link to the Thrilling Detective site, which is apparently a detective fan’s ominbus on the web. Seems our fictional Sam Klein is a street tough who lived in the rough North End of Winnipeg in the first and second decade of the 20th century, and becomes a detective as most interesting characters in these stories do…accidentally.

The Canadian author Allan Levine has written two Sam Klein novels, The Blood Libel(1997) and Sins Of The Suffragette(2000). I’m going to check them out, even though I’m not a fan of historical detective fiction, I am, as has been overly documented already, a fan of Sam Kleins.

Up to now my Googlegillnet sweeps have turned up a Dr Samuel Klein, a specialist in obesity (I ought to talk with him as I do need to lose a few pounds) and a handful of other Samuel Kleins as well as a Samuel J. Klein or two. But so far, Google has coughed up only one Samuel John Klein, and that is YT. So, to paraphase Fafnir, I am the whole worlds only source for Samuel John Klein.

Being Samuel John Klein is sometimes great and sometimes shabby, and rarely is it ever ideal. But if you look at it the right way, it’s always interesting.

[pcc_life] Tales from the Breach:No Rest for The Weary

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31, 2005 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

So, I’ve spent the entire night (the last two-three hours of it anyway) going through my CD-Rs of my saved work and hauling bits and pieces out of storage to put together a selection of what I consider my bestest work to take into the first session of Portfolio Prep tomorrow.

See, this is why I think designers and design students are some of the best people in the world. One menches, “hey, you’re in the Portfolio class too, aren’t you?”

You see, due to exterior pressures I’ve taken three years to go through the program. Me and just a few other stragglers from the class who entered in 2002 are finishing up now. But we designers seem to know our own.

“Why, yes,” I said.

“Well, you do know that you have to bring your stuff in, don’t you.”

“I didn’t know that”, I replied.

“Yes,” she said, “Precious told us we should get together what we feel is our best stuff to start our portfolios with.”

And then it came back to me. If I were on the normal track, the progression would be from Professional Studio Practices, where we ginned up our first personal promo, straight into Portfolio Prep, and that’s just what Precious Bugarin, the appropriately-named instructor (the “Precious” part, silly…I don’t know that a “Bugarin” is supposed to look like, per se) told us as we left that course that we should gather up that sort of thing.

I tucked it into the back of my mind at the time. Once I recalled that (thanks to the prompting), I found I had a very good idea of what constitutes my “best” stuff, so the selection was fairly easy. What surprised me was that I had so much of it. Logos, a couple of newsletters, a magazine concept, a few illos.

Actually, I’ve come quite a way in three years. And the Columbia Overlook, a real-world app, should go quite a ways, I think. I even have an InDesign project from last year. that I liked. So, right now, I have this bulging folder in my Dock called “Portfolio” that I’m going to cull when I get up.

And if it wasn’t for that fellow GD student who started a year after I did, I’d not of come in with anything. I tell you, my friends, my people, we designers, we are a tribe. Quote me on that.