Archive for October, 2012

[liff_in_OR] Cascadian Blessings, The Counting Thereof

Posted in liff in Cascadia, liff in OR, liff in the PNW, Superstorm Sandy on October 30, 2012 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2885.In New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania they’re being inundated by water; fortunately, us in the Puget-Willamette Trough and environs about the Salish Sea are being inundated more by news about Sandy than we are by any actual rainfall, though there is a great deal of that.

Truly I’m blessed to have won Oregon in the birth lottery.

And I will be, until the next Cascadia Subduction Zone quake.

And so it goes.


[art] Well, That’s One Way To Succeed In Graphic Design

Posted in Graphic Design Humor, liff, liff in PDX on October 29, 2012 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2884.I haven’t been terribly successful at graphic design. But this guy found a way. Not something I’d do, in as much as it involved all that breaking of the law and stuff.

Sounds like material for a great book though

Gregory M. Zimmerman, 36, was a key figure in a jet-setting band of suspected identity thieves. He produced high-quality identification for a group of “creepers,” who burglarized commercial office buildings in many U.S. cities, stealing checks, credit cards and personal information to defraud banks, say federal prosecutors. 

Graphic designers. More dangerous than you know.

Man, I can just picture them strip-club confabs right now. Goodfellas with a bird on it.

[pdx_media] The Ohmanless Oregonian

Posted in editorial cartoonists, Jack Ohman, LIff In A Post-Copy-Editor World, liff in PDX, pdx artists, pdx legends, The Death of Print, The Oregonian on October 29, 2012 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2883.This shouldn’t have happened on Bob Ross’s 70th birthday, man. Just isn’t fair. One of the best things at The Oregonian isn’t there anymore, starting today.

Jack Ohman … a personal hero of mine, and one of the reasons that The Big O’s editorial page was still a must-visit for us, is no longer there. This, from the pape, today:

The Oregonian’s prize-winning editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman has decided to leave the paper. Ohman, who had worked at the paper for nearly 30 years, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize this year.

The message, with the warm byline of simply The Oregonian, was only about four mere paragraphs. So much for an award-winning cartoonist who was nominated for the Pulitzer last year, and with the OR-7 For President campaign, was at the top of a very cool form. Seems a bit wan and un-sincere. Jack, who says (and we believe him) that he will remain an avid reader of the paper, is gracious and well spoken in his announcement.

Also, the article notes that he ‘has written and illustrated several books’.  But you’re on your own, bunkie. Well, maybe The O can’t be bothered to so much as check Wikipedia, but I can:

  • Back to the ’80s (1986)
  • Drawing Conclusions (1987)
  • Fear of Fly Fishing (1988)
  • Fishing Bass-ackwards (1991)
  • Why Johnny Can’t Putt (1993)
  • Media Mania (1995)
  • Do I Have To Draw You A Picture? (1997)
  • Get the Net! (1998)
  • An Inconvenient Trout (2008)
  • Angler Management (2009)
  • Illustrator, Blowing Smoke: The Wild and Whimsical World of Cigars (1997), Brian McConnachie, author

I particularly recommend Back to the 80’s, which I still find incredibly humorous, having survived them and all.

Word is he’s going to be releasing something about his future plans on Wednesday. Bated breath here at Haus ZehnKatzen.

[art] Bob Ross’s 70th Birthday Gift …

Posted in Bob Ross, Google on October 29, 2012 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2882.… is the sweetest Google doodle I’ve ever seen. Seriously.

 I mean, I saw the little squirrel on his shoulder and I kind of want to cry now.

[teh_funnay] Joss Whedon’s Magnum Opus

Posted in Election 2012, Joss Whedon, teh_funnay on October 28, 2012 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2881.Yes, it’s better than Buffy, and better than Firefly. Just shut up. It is. Don’t argue!

Parkour to you!

[net_liff] Wikipedia Awesome Sauce, Salish Sea Edition

Posted in Advance Cascadia Fair, liff in Cascadia, Wikipedia on October 28, 2012 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2880.The Salish Sea is the recently-adopted name for the inland waterway network in Northwestern Washington and Southwestern British Columbia – the northern half of the Cascadian heartland – made of of that merry messup of the Strait of Georgia and the Puget Sound as connected to the Pacific by the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Still there is obviously some debate as to the makeup of that feature. No worries, man! Wikipedia (and associated Wikipedians, whoever they may be) to the rescue:

This screencap is accurate as of the time of this post, honest!

Well. That’s settled then.

And so it goes.

[diary] Two Sites All About Diary Essentials

Posted in art tools, Dear Diary, diarizing, diary, ink, pens on October 27, 2012 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis
2879.Those essentials being, of course, pens and notebooks, two things which I absolutely adore.

Two sites I’m abashed to say that I’ve only now stumbled on:

  1. Pen Addict: This is a very spare, cleanly designed site, very few photos, but links, links, and more links. Follow any one for interesting things about pens, pens, pens … so … many … pens. I’ve only begun to explore.
  2. Notebook Stories: “In search of the perfect page” is its tagline, and there are profiles of notebook addicts, some personal stories … again, I’ve only started exploring, but it looks promising.

The design of Pen Addict showed me something I might have forgotten myself; a good, efficient design, with just what is needed, no more, no less, can get across as much as a cute little blog festooned with baubles.

Food for thought, there.