Late January Update

Generally, I’ve been pretty busy lately. I wanted to take a minute to document some of the things I’ve been doing and thinking about lately.

My main priority right now is tackling as much client work as I can. I’ve been working with a couple of really great companies; Real Art (Dayton) and Touchstone Group Associates (Cincinnati). I also have a few independent clients that I’m working with also. I have a great mix work including web and motion design.

I recently filed paperwork (again) to from an Ohio LLC for my company, Building 13. I’ve also sent in paperwork to register a few additional spellings – “Bldg13” and “Building Thirteen.”

One of my roommates took a job in Chicago and will be vacating his room. Instead of looking for another roommate, I’ll be taking over his portion of the rent and his room as an office. My office has been in a corner of the dining room. Having an entire room for an office will be a much needed upgrade.

To relax on most week nights I play Call of Duty with friends. Then, later on, I sit in bed with my laptop trying to learn Ruby on Rails. I have big plans.

Thursday evenings are rec. league basketball. We are currently 5-0.

My to-do list:
Update and consolidate my online portfolio
Building 13 business cards (and stationary)
Create an about Building 13 video
Start a podcast (maybe more than one)
Take and publish more pictures

Things I’ve been enjoying:
Bracketface (Taylor, my girlfriend)
5by5 (specifically, Back to Work and Hypercritical)
Greyscale Gorilla
Daring Fireball (as always)
Cold War Kids (new album)
Adele (new album)


Great Expectations

One of the great things about blogging (especially as an unestablished blogger) is that you can write without feeling like it needs to be the quintessential post about a topic. It’s not a book. It’s not written in stone. You can always add to or better define your thoughts about that topic in a future a post.

I need to do a better job at understanding this. Too often I think about something I want to write about but fail to follow through due to my own unreasonable expectations of establishing complete domination of a topic in one short essay.

PS. I hate the terms blog, blogging, blogger, podcast & podcaster. But they are all things I plan on doing more of.

Good call Pops!

My buddy Keith posted a picture of Ken Griffey Jr. on his blog the other day and it got me reminiscing….

I recall so vividly a day back in the summer of 1990. I was 11 years old. I was with my best friend, Jeff, at the local IGA grocery store, Henger’s. We had just parked our bikes outside and walked in through the automatic doors—the kind with the black rubber mats that you had to step on to activate. We were standing in the lobby opening packs of baseball cards that we had just bought. We had either just bought them from Green Diamond or Joe’s Card shop—both frequent stops for Jeff and I on our epic bike rides “up-town.” In one of the packs I opened was a 1990 Topps Ken Griffey Jr All Star Rookie card1. While I was clueless at the time of who he was, Jeff recognized instantly at what I had and quickly offered a trade. I was suspicious and declined the trade.

Later that day when my Dad got home I asked him who Ken Griffey Jr. was. He told me “He is a great ball player. You should keep an eye on him.” While this doesn’t sound that enthusiastic, it really stuck with me.

From that day on, Jr. was my favorite baseball player. I would later collect between 40-50 of his cards—all of which I hope are still intact at my parents house. I would also watch him whenever Seattle games were televised or try to catch him on the radio—including the devastating loss to Cleveland in the 1995 American League Championship Series—as often as I could.

I only recall my dad making a similar comment about one other athlete, Michael Jordan (during the 1985 NBA All Star Slam Dunk Contest).

A related side story: I also recall a few years later being at a baseball card show at Young’s Jersey Dairy. We were talking to a guy who was trying to sell my Dad a pack of 1989 Upper Deck cards. The incentive was a Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Card. My dad bought 1 pack, opened it up and right there on top was Jr.

Props to my Pops.

1Unfortunately for Topps, they never made a 1989 Ken Griffey Rookie Card.

For Zach

My brother and his family came to visit last Sunday after Aaron and Molly’s wedding. Zach wanted to draw so we had a drawing contest. My submission was a fiery robot—which later inspired Zach to draw a robot too. Before he left he gave me his robot drawing to keep.

Then I got an idea. I remembered seeing an article about a guy who transforms kid’s artwork into amazing paintings. The effect is quite impressive. I thought I’d give it a try:

See full size over at Flickr