The “new” guy

cuttin it up

This is Joel.

You may have noticed him modeling some of the new shirts over at the shop. Well maybe not, since I’m always cropping off everyone’s heads.

Anyway, Joel has been with us for like a year now, so he’s technically not the new guy, but he is the newest. He comes in a few days of the week and can jump into darn near any project we’ve got going. That alone makes him valuable, but the real bonus is that he’s a bright and fun guy, with a passionate (and yes, maybe quirky) taste for music; whether he’s picking out an album to play, or talking about his own creations.

The only thing we disagree on is how to say Appalachia.

All in all, we lucked out finding him.

Current music: Thao & The Get Down, Stay Down “Yes, So On And So On”

Categorized as Friends, Work

cold cuts

a tiny slice of the much larger spread

Birthday party / early holiday get-together with Dan’s family today, somewhere up north where harvested fields give way to elaborate churches or grain silos on every horizon.

No one left with a black eye and I don’t think any wills were re-written, so I’m considering it a success.

I had brownies and cake!

Categorized as Family

A trip to the mall

Using Elmo to bribe the boy to look at the camera

After OSU’s win (yay), I went to several box stores and the mall to torture myself trying to find something that only exists in my imagination: sea-foam colored ornaments for our Christmas tree. Because nothing goes better with football than shopping.

I believe a consortium controls the color schemes of holiday decor across most retail outlets. While this might make it easy to mix and match between stores, it doesn’t offer much diversity, or in my case: sea-foam.

I need to look off the beaten path or simply let it go and decorate with scarlet and silver gray.

Oh, the photo? I was carrying the point and shoot. To spice up the scene I tried some of that fancy fake “tilt-shift” effect. It looks more interesting un-cropped and bigger, I think. Not sold on the technique, but it was fun.

Current music: Patsy Cline “Faded Love”


on the tube

Apparently I’m unhappy because I watch TV, but I’m actually MORE unhappy when there is nothing good to watch on TV.

I decided to upgrade my XBOX account in order to get Netflix on demand but that turned out to be the single biggest entertainment let-down of my entire life. True.

But all is not bad. Case in point: The Rivalry on HBO gives an in-depth look at the history of football between Michigan and Ohio State.

Now I am a Buckeye by degree, but I only went to one football game in the entire four years of my education. We lost (thanks John Cooper), and on a sidenote: no one wanted to work those days and I was anti-establishment so I took up the extra hours.

After seeing this show (twice! Even taking a shoddy photo of the screen above), I have grown nostalgic for a spirit I never allowed.

I’ll now be rooting with newfound vigor.

At last my arm is complete again

Leaving the studio at sunset [ + zoom ]

My camera died.

The shutter fires repeatedly whenever a battery is present, on or off. It’s a mess, and I’m a mess without it, it seems.

I’ll try and find a repair joint and save up for a new one, but until then I have Wendy’s mom to thank as she’s letting me borrow hers.

Thank you Janet.

A recital, a Chamber Orchestra concert

I doubt I will ever be able to spell embouchure without a dictionary.

This is the busy season when it comes to music. With multiple performances each week and the tizzy of the quarter ending at school, I’m lucky to see Dan for large chunks of time.

He had his faculty recital last month—a quite enjoyable affair followed by reception.

This year we were able to comfortably entertain colleagues, students, friends and family at the house, which is proving to be a fine setting for such events.

And last week there was a performance by the university’s Chamber Orchestra in which Dan was a featured soloist. I’m sharing two of the movements for your enjoyment. They blend together at 9 minutes in length. New word (for me) bonus: attacca means no pause between movements.

MP3Neruda: Trumpet Concerto In E Flat, (Movement II. and III.) MP3

Categorized as Music


an excuse to use the font Avant Garde

Been wanting to make this shirt for a long, long time.

Tom figured it out with some creative screening and a hit of white underneath to help intensify the colors. (Had we gone with a white shirt, this would have been a lot easier).

Printed up a batch today while the sun kept hidin’ and the temperature dipped—reminding us that the holidays are right around the corner. And soon? The inspiration for this shirt might make the rounds on the ‘tube. Right before Frosty, Rudolph and all those other kick ass specials.

For sale here: SPECIAL, at Wire & Twine.

Categorized as Tshirts


screens stacked in the darkroom

Joel (the “new” guy at the studio) has been getting things in order.

We’re gearing up for the holidays.

No time to type!

Categorized as Work

This would have a been a great image for yesterday’s post

The compression artifacts here kinda make a moiré pattern

Tom was making something in the studio the other week and this print out of a field and blue sky was almost bound for the trash can.

He saved it with additional doodle and brightened my day.

This would have a been a great alternative image to yesterday’s post.