Friday, December 24, 2010

I don't typically tire of the holiday season, but this year has been one of the busiest and most hectic with Creative Communications courses finishing for the first semester.

I'm very excited for my work placement coming up & the inevitable onslaught of presents and cheer, but I feel like we should all take a moment to simple do nothing during this holiday weekend.

Let a moment of zen be your Christmas present unto yourself, mi amigos.

Keep calm & be merry.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

"RAWR" Means "The Best To You & Yours During This Glorious Season"

I eat gingerbread men like that as well...

If I had sent out a Christmas card, it would have looked something like this.
So enjoy this one on me.

[ art from the talented d-mac]

Thursday, December 16, 2010

It's Time. Christmas Time.

This is how Christmas advertising should work.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Science has never been so face-punchingly awesome.

I am so excited for The Five Fists of Science. It may have to be an early Christmas present unto myself.

It's Matt Fraction's new graphic novel where Nikola Tesla & Mark Twain collided with Edison and Morgan, an evil science cabal merging the Black Arts and the Industrial Age. Turn of the century New York City sets the stage for a titanic battle over the very fate of the mankind.

I adore unique graphic novels almost as much as I adore Nikola Tesla & reinterpretations of 1800's technology (see the explanation for the wonderful world of steampunk). It's slated to be out in May of 2011.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

RIP John Lennon :: 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980

I believe that all those years later, he never really forgot about The Beatles.


30 years ago today the world lost a great visionary & pillar of what music would become.

It's hard to consider the possibilities of what famous celebrities would have contributed after their deaths. I often think that self-destructive people in the spot light like Kurt Cobain or James Dean would have imploded, John Lennon was a creative soul who I think valued life muchly.

The reason for his death will always be unclear, but his impact on the world will be remembered.

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will live as one

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Improvising At The Parthenon

We finished off our Thursday comedy class with some improv (which, for the record, evolved into the raunchiest version of the freeze game I've ever seen) and I thought I'd illustrate some American humour mixed with some dry wit from the darling Stephen Fry in a clip from the British version of Who's Line Is It Anyway?.

We Are Not Alone

According to NASA, a bacteria organism has been found in California's Lake Mono that changes the way we define "life".

The bacteria is arsenic based, rather than carbon. All life on Earth is made of six components: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulfur. Every being, from the smallest amoeba to the largest whale, share the same life stream. Our DNA blocks are all the same.

But not this one.

According to

If we can find exotic life like this on Earth, arsenic-based chemistry, then the larger universe probably contains life forms that are way more exotic than we're even imagining right now," Jarvis said.

So, this changes the definition of "life" when searching for life forms in space.

"There are more tools in the tool box to understand how life might emerge on places other than Earth," Jarvis said.

And there are more places to go look for it. Astronomers Wednesday tripled their estimate of the number of red dwarf stars in the universe.

"It's even more unlikely that we are unique and alone. It's more likely that the universe is teeming with life, and the only reason that we're not talking with each other all the time is simply the sheer distances between us," Jarvis said.

All of this opens up opportunities for fascinating new research.

Absolutely fascinating.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

My Name is Phil Davidson & I Will Not Apologize for My Tone

“Some people call it fanaticism. I call it being a believer”

I don't even understand how Phil Davidson has vocal chords left.

In case the loudest councilman in the village of Minerva, Ohio has flown under your radar...

[ click for actual Phil Davidson video ]

Never has the quest to become the treasurer of Stark County been more exciting.