Blocking out time

Wendy helps me formulate a workable schedule

The afternoon was spent in a state of the studio meeting, carving out short term goals with a few darts thrown in the virtual distance for good measure.

As the work whistle blew, I was given a schedule for the next week with a handle on how to approach the juggling of hours.

I’m excited to give this whole planning thing a whirl.

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I didn’t take many photos yesterday, but this one emerged from a set I’m using for interface elements.

The holiday weekend ended and I stepped back onto the fast train that is work. Good news is that I feel motivated and energized.

Bad news is that I still haven’t sorted through vacation photos.

All in good time.

Current music: The Long Winters “Carparts”

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a little fall cleaning

I am not this organized [ + zoom to read the labels ]

It’s not present in this photo, but that blurry span in-between seasons is here.

A day that starts off dreadful and muggy ends up cool with loops of crickets lifted on the breeze through open windows.

The colors are changing too, like someone is fiddling with the hue and saturation of the light and landscape, ever so slightly.

It’s also a time when other things are shifting—like schedules and whatnot. Maybe it’s a quarterly thing, but the need to get a rough plan for the next few months seems prudent right about now.

So I walk into the studio yesterday, and Wendy is there. The gal who’s college class schedule I lifted because I equate scheduling with numbers, numbers are math, math is hard, so I avoid it.

Anyway, because it’s also that part of the year when school starts up, there’s no babysitter during the day—so I barely get to see her.

We chit chat sitting at our desks and without any preconception, we start tidying. In no time we are eliminating piles and breaking out the broom. I prepare packages for things I’d meant to send out to friends months ago. Like items are boxed or put into appropriate drawers. Shelves are able to be dusted.

It wasn’t a super-thorough spring cleaning, but we can now see the floor. And we didn’t make any actual plans or figure out the schedule, but we’re more ready.

Current music: Larsen “Rebirth” from the album MUSM

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transparency

Tom’s handiwork

There are so many “films” laying around the studio that haven’t been filed away proper. This particular one, from a print job for a CD jacket/invite, always catches my eye.

Lots of activity in the studio today. As I wrestle to get perspective and step outside of my comfort zone with pixels, there’s the sounds of woodworking below. Tom’s making shelves because you can never have too many of those.

Current music: The Field “From Here We Go Sublime”

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ink, part 2

Fret not, they don’t dry out when exposed to air

The short work week will get shorter as I head south for a wedding tomorrow.

On the work front, we’ve had some issues with the inkjet printer that makes transparencies for films. That solved, now the thermometer on the dryer is pitching fits.

(insert image of boat that springs another leak as a previous one is stopped)

The good thing is that we’ve got a new pair of hands and eyes for the summer – and that has been fantastic as we gear up for some stuff in the works.

I was going to wrap this up with some random links, but I don’t have my editorial cap handy. There’s lots of recent surfing recorded here iff’n you’re bored.

Previously: Ink (November 2005)

Current music: Growing “Fancy Period”

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pattern control

buttons! knobs!

This week has been jam packed.

Wednesday, a mini-marathon of a meeting – getting to know the development team behind a new project. The image above is part of a tour of the facilities and bears some relevance to the order of the day as expectations and outcomes are considered.

There’s no way to control such patterns, but experience provides a darn good foundation.

I once read a mildly funny bit about using computer commands in real life—maybe it was for Word or Photoshop. My Google powers only bring up some fark-like banter that wasn’t what I was looking for. Then I remembered that ctrl+z shirt on Threadless that is sorta related, I guess.

Current music: Beastie Boys “Now Get Busy”

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Momergency

Something that is not a t-shirt (or a dozen roses)

I had the luck to “beta-test” the latest Wire & Twine creation this past weekend. It’s called the Momergency Kit and it contains a whole bunch of stuff I never have on hand, a booklet with ideas on how to use said stuff, and a bag to keep it all tidy.

Now, I’m not a mom, but there’s no exaggeration when reporting that I dipped into this tote no less than four times over my few days in Austin.

  • The flashlight helped explore the dark under a picnic table for a missing pacifier.
  • A safety pin attached a flower to a lapel.
  • I used a ziplock to make a safe haven for a lens with a lost lens backing.
  • I flossed with some of the thread.

Oh yeah, I passed a photographer on the street that first night out and paid for a mugshot from this character. If I didn’t have that Sharpie I’d never have gotten his email address.

So I tip my hat to Wendy for making something that’s already been worth it’s light weight and small footprint. I suppose if I’m going to tout, it would seem prudent to remind folks that a certain holiday approaches, and if you don’t want to send a box of chocolates…

The Momergency Kit is a fine choice.

Oh, and after reading that entry on wikipedia about Mother’s Day, who knew it “was copied from England by a social activist with a call to unite women against war.” The proclamation is worth reading.

Current music: Voxtrot “Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives”

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ducks

in a row (sorry, couldn’t resist)

Woke up about the time a rooster would, trying to look proper for a meeting this morning.

Been a long time since I had to give a bit of background about what I’ve done professionally, discussing experience and process. Though I was flighty, muttered, and waved my hands too much, it was cathartic.

I don’t often consider the path I’m on, but I’m feeling really good that I’m heading in the right direction, and lucky to be sharing the journey with good people on every front.

Which reminds me, I think dinner club is this weekend. It’s May. Wow.

Current music: Sonic Youth “Pattern Recognition”

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new gal at the office

Honestly, every time I round the corner, she startles me

Thanks ma (who works at an antique store) for finding this specimen for the studio.

Current music: Little River Band “Lady”

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Neigh Moo Oink Cluck

Yay

Though not the first print from the screen printing set-up, today was the most successful. So many variables: applying screen block, registration, viscosity of ink, and getting the curing temperature to 320° without any scorching.

By mid-morning we were throwing whatever we could on the press to see what took.

Seemed to work just fine on everything from cotton to plywood.

Now to figure out what to do with it all.

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