Archive for August, 2011

[web_design] Presumably He Has A Significant Greeking Constituency*

Posted in or_politik, web design, Web Design FAIL, Web Matters on August 31, 2011 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2680.Jim Greenfield, hopeful Oregon 1st Congressional District Republican candidate to succeed David Wu, still, at this date, has significant lorem ipsum (or, placeholder text) issues with his significantly-uninspired website,

I’ve detailed his problems here. They still exist as enumerated thereon. I suppose it’s possible that the candidate’s site is a prank. If it isn’t, I’m asking myself – as a voter, now, and this speaks to branding as I’ve said before – does he really care all that much?

If you want a look at a site about someone who actually cares about getting elected, check out Brad Avakian’s. Not a ton of song’n’dance, no fireworks, just effective layout and sensible design and communication. And no placeholder text.

Just sayin’.

* “Greeking” is also designer-speak for random placeholder text, as in the old saw it’s all Greek to me, and awkwardly-written designer-political jokes.


[teh_funnay] And Syntax Will Tumble For Ya, Too

Posted in teh_funnay, writing on August 31, 2011 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2679.Who knew grammar was so wanton:

Well, actually, based on most of the speaking and writing I’ve latterly seen, we could be wanton a bit more of it.
And, of course, I absolutely love the type-on-thick-paper look. Makes love to the eyes. So to speak.
(via Google+ User Jhoanna Canlas at this link hyar)

[teh_funnay] Internet Communication – You’re Doing It Wrong

Posted in teh_funnay, zeitgeist on August 28, 2011 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2678.Just figures, just when we’re all having fun with it, some killjoy comes along:

This pair of websites was created in response to the deterioration of interesting words and catchphrases. They are not intended to solve a problem, but to participate in the natural development of the English language. We intend for you to link them in AIM conversations, IRC channels, message boards, Twitter, and any another forms of textual communication, whenever someone abuses a word.

Those websites are and They take a lot on themselves. Myself, I’m torn. Some good points are made (you mean people are actually getting themselves tattoed with the Weighted Companion Cube?), but those who even indirectly attempt to influence the evolution of communication seem devoted to a Sisyphean task with about as much chance of success.

Well, I wish them luck anyway. For the win, of course.

[teh_funnay] Exit Renumbering – You’re Doing It Wrong

Posted in Sign Errors, teh_funnay on August 28, 2011 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2677.From the tumblr account of Amy Vernon:

I guess it decided to get its maiden name back.

[sf] Reexamine Harlequin, Said The Ticktockman

Posted in art criticism, Harlan Ellison, SF on August 28, 2011 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2676.One of the most famous short stories out there, and one of the most reprinted, is Harlan Ellison’s “Repent Harlequin, Said The Ticktockman”, a short story first published in Galaxy Science Fiction in 1965. A satirical rock-and-roll meditation on regimentation and control and conformity, it seems to use nonlinear story structure to make a statement that tight control is … bad? Good? Simply is? Plants a seed of chaos? Depends on your point of view.

The conventional wisdom seems to hold that this is a sort of screed against the stifling of society by excessive control, and it’s valid to look at it that way, however, this essay which reinterprets it in the terms of the concepts of equality, unity, and the way it subverts its own message to make a deeper point about individuality

Just read it. I’ll read this again and approach the story again with fresh eyes, which is a liberation.

[pdx] Happy First Year, Dave And Heather

Posted in milestones, pdx, PDX Bloggers, unicorns on August 28, 2011 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2675.Many cool couples have wedding anniversaries in August. My wife and I are one.

Dave (DaveKnowsPortland) and Heather (Mile73) are another. This member of an insufferably-happily-married couple wishes that pair have many more. 

[art] To Cross The Gap, One Must Build One’s Own Bridge

Posted in art, how to draw, Inspiration on August 26, 2011 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
This is part of the advice I don’t usually follow. It makes so damn much sense though, of course.

Pete Michaud shares a clip of Ira Glass talking to television creatives about how they need to stick to it and provides a bit of insight. A pulled quote that stood out to me is this:

Everybody goes through that. For you to go through it—if you’re going through it right now, if you’re just getting out of that phase, or if you’re just starting off and you’re entering into that phase—you’ve got to know that’s totally normal. The most important possible thing you could do is do a lot of work. Do a huge volume of work. Put yourself on a deadline, so that every week or every month you know you’re going to finish one story. Whatever it’s going to be…

All of us who aspire to the title of artist know this intuitively. Some of us follow it better than others. The logic that just working makes such fundamental sense, though. The logic is sound. You know your tools by using them. You know your capabilities by using them, too; you evolve your capabilities by practice.

As the old joke goes, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, Practice, Practice!” There’s a truth there.

I can draw. I am afraid of messing up. I, like many aspiring artists, won’t be happy if I can’t come out with what I want to have on the first go. It’s a tough obstacle to get round.