Archive for May, 2005

[design] Announcing My Online Portfolio

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

Sure, I’ve opined from time to time on design, and rambled occaisionally about my schooling experience. But I finally got off the mark and posted some of my best work for anyone who wants to see it, potential employers, or just anyone who likes designers:

http://www.rdrop.com/users/eagle/portfolio.html

The posters and documents are PDF downloads, and the illustrations are JPGs.

Best viewed with a computer.

[design] Announcing My Online Portfolio

Posted in Uncategorized on May 30, 2005 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

Sure, I’ve opined from time to time on design, and rambled occaisionally about my schooling experience. But I finally got off the mark and posted some of my best work for anyone who wants to see it, potential employers, or just anyone who likes designers:

http://www.rdrop.com/users/eagle/portfolio.html

The posters and documents are PDF downloads, and the illustrations are JPGs.

Best viewed with a computer.

[design] Announcing My Online Portfolio

Posted in Uncategorized on May 30, 2005 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

Sure, I’ve opined from time to time on design, and rambled occaisionally about my schooling experience. But I finally got off the mark and posted some of my best work for anyone who wants to see it, potential employers, or just anyone who likes designers:

http://www.rdrop.com/users/eagle/portfolio.html

The posters and documents are PDF downloads, and the illustrations are JPGs.

Best viewed with a computer.

[pcc_life] Tales from the Breach:Bringing This Thing In For A Landing

Posted in Uncategorized on May 30, 2005 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

It’s just been a crush around here, is what it is.

From the moment I get up to the moment, usually too long from then, that I finally close my eyes for (usually not enough) sleep, I’m doing something because I have to. I really shouldn’t be taking the time to do this, but my inner voice cries out a little bit.

I’m set to graduate, after three years of part-full-time and part-part-time schooling, from the Graphic Design program at PCC Sylvania. If things go accoding to program, my final cum-GPA should be somewhere between 3.74 and 3.80. I haven’t had enough of a chance to actually scout for work; the job I must maintain to keep The Wife[tm] in diabetes-control medications has remained a requirement, not, regretfully, an option.

My sadder moments come when I think about how much better my work could of been if I’d have been given the chance to go on real part time at the Job Whose Name Must Not Be Spoken; I was always, always, always, having to thread the needle. Hell, I could have been in that better job now.

The one thing that really makes me mad is when people leave obstacles in my path, when those people could have done something to remove that obstacle, making life better for me and (by natural extension) them, but the do nothing. Instead of forging ahead to where I should be going I’m constantly divising coping strategeries by myself, when I should have had help.

That is a personal statement. It addresses the obvious and the not-so-obvious and some issues too personal to actually come out and discuss.

But, for better or worse, and despite all odds, I’m graduating. My personal re-invention is ongoing, and I haven’t been totally bereft of new opportunity; Pariah still welcomes my postings at QuarkVSIndesign.com, and the technical editing of his book is proceeding and most of the way there (you know how they say when the student is ready, the master appears? Draw your own conclusion here. I know I’m telegraphing mine). I expect the paycheck on that one to finance more memory for the Mac and an upgrade to Adobe Creative Suite 2…but if some nice soul has a good thought for me, it is still on my Amazon Wish List.

Between now and 10 June, I have to:

  • Come up with a wine label…this last project probably due this Wednesday
  • Take a final quiz in the “Preparing Files for Print” class. Open book. Not sweating this one.
  • Getting ready for the AIGA Student Portfolio show

And, the Men’s Wearhouse has seen our custom. Got actual grown-up clothes, at actual grown-up prices.

Out for now.

[pcc_life] Tales from the Breach:Bringing This Thing In For A Landing

Posted in Uncategorized on May 29, 2005 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

It’s just been a crush around here, is what it is.

From the moment I get up to the moment, usually too long from then, that I finally close my eyes for (usually not enough) sleep, I’m doing something because I have to. I really shouldn’t be taking the time to do this, but my inner voice cries out a little bit.

I’m set to graduate, after three years of part-full-time and part-part-time schooling, from the Graphic Design program at PCC Sylvania. If things go accoding to program, my final cum-GPA should be somewhere between 3.74 and 3.80. I haven’t had enough of a chance to actually scout for work; the job I must maintain to keep The Wife[tm] in diabetes-control medications has remained a requirement, not, regretfully, an option.

My sadder moments come when I think about how much better my work could of been if I’d have been given the chance to go on real part time at the Job Whose Name Must Not Be Spoken; I was always, always, always, having to thread the needle. Hell, I could have been in that better job now.

The one thing that really makes me mad is when people leave obstacles in my path, when those people could have done something to remove that obstacle, making life better for me and (by natural extension) them, but the do nothing. Instead of forging ahead to where I should be going I’m constantly divising coping strategeries by myself, when I should have had help.

That is a personal statement. It addresses the obvious and the not-so-obvious and some issues too personal to actually come out and discuss.

But, for better or worse, and despite all odds, I’m graduating. My personal re-invention is ongoing, and I haven’t been totally bereft of new opportunity; Pariah still welcomes my postings at QuarkVSIndesign.com, and the technical editing of his book is proceeding and most of the way there (you know how they say when the student is ready, the master appears? Draw your own conclusion here. I know I’m telegraphing mine). I expect the paycheck on that one to finance more memory for the Mac and an upgrade to Adobe Creative Suite 2…but if some nice soul has a good thought for me, it is still on my Amazon Wish List.

Between now and 10 June, I have to:

  • Come up with a wine label…this last project probably due this Wednesday
  • Take a final quiz in the “Preparing Files for Print” class. Open book. Not sweating this one.
  • Getting ready for the AIGA Student Portfolio show

And, the Men’s Wearhouse has seen our custom. Got actual grown-up clothes, at actual grown-up prices.

Out for now.

[pcc_life] Tales from the Breach:Bringing This Thing In For A Landing

Posted in Uncategorized on May 29, 2005 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

It’s just been a crush around here, is what it is.

From the moment I get up to the moment, usually too long from then, that I finally close my eyes for (usually not enough) sleep, I’m doing something because I have to. I really shouldn’t be taking the time to do this, but my inner voice cries out a little bit.

I’m set to graduate, after three years of part-full-time and part-part-time schooling, from the Graphic Design program at PCC Sylvania. If things go accoding to program, my final cum-GPA should be somewhere between 3.74 and 3.80. I haven’t had enough of a chance to actually scout for work; the job I must maintain to keep The Wife[tm] in diabetes-control medications has remained a requirement, not, regretfully, an option.

My sadder moments come when I think about how much better my work could of been if I’d have been given the chance to go on real part time at the Job Whose Name Must Not Be Spoken; I was always, always, always, having to thread the needle. Hell, I could have been in that better job now.

The one thing that really makes me mad is when people leave obstacles in my path, when those people could have done something to remove that obstacle, making life better for me and (by natural extension) them, but the do nothing. Instead of forging ahead to where I should be going I’m constantly divising coping strategeries by myself, when I should have had help.

That is a personal statement. It addresses the obvious and the not-so-obvious and some issues too personal to actually come out and discuss.

But, for better or worse, and despite all odds, I’m graduating. My personal re-invention is ongoing, and I haven’t been totally bereft of new opportunity; Pariah still welcomes my postings at QuarkVSIndesign.com, and the technical editing of his book is proceeding and most of the way there (you know how they say when the student is ready, the master appears? Draw your own conclusion here. I know I’m telegraphing mine). I expect the paycheck on that one to finance more memory for the Mac and an upgrade to Adobe Creative Suite 2…but if some nice soul has a good thought for me, it is still on my Amazon Wish List.

Between now and 10 June, I have to:

  • Come up with a wine label…this last project probably due this Wednesday
  • Take a final quiz in the “Preparing Files for Print” class. Open book. Not sweating this one.
  • Getting ready for the AIGA Student Portfolio show

And, the Men’s Wearhouse has seen our custom. Got actual grown-up clothes, at actual grown-up prices.

Out for now.

[us_politics] Your Papers, Please

Posted in Uncategorized on May 6, 2005 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

Strangely absent from the news today is the passage of a certain bill in Congress, HR 1268, Roll Call 161 of the 1st session of the 109th Congress. The title of this is “An act making Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2005, and for other purposes.”

There is an amendment that will establish the first National ID Card system. Not in concept, but in fact.

Bluemnauer voted against it. All our other reps voted for it, because, hey, who wants to be seen as being against Tsunami Relief. My congressman is the only one with courage.

Shortly after 9/11, the White House stated was in no way interested in a National ID system, deeming it a dead issue. But now it looks as though the President will sign this. So to speak, he was against it, until he was for it. When John Kerry did this, it was a flip-flop. Of course, putting hanging unpopular amendments on good looking bills is okay now, I guess, as long as a Republican president is doing it.

If you’re curious as to why you should be worried, read this ACLU press release, even if you don’t think National ID is a bad idea or even if you disargree with the ACLU (who, by the way, was just cool to have along if you were Jerry Falwell protesting religious discrimination).