Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Cough into a villan.

Chocolate Covered Bean
I took this picture almost three years ago, but I just noticed what I wrote in my sketch book that day. "Cough into a villan?" Or villain as it were. What the hell was I writing?

Friday, January 30, 2009

Brain Crack is Hard to Fight.

"But somebody who does something bad three times still has three times the experience of that other person who's still dreaming of all the applause."

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Oh yeah, Now I remember.

While I was in the trenches making ads, I forgot why moving to San Diego was so appealing in the first place.

100 Push Ups. Day 2.

Yep. That pretty much sums it up.

The workout for Day 2 seemed easier on paper, but it was tough. Here's the workout.

I started in column 2 and my sets went 14, 19, 14, 8 and 11. I didn't quite get 12 on the last set, but I was close.

Bailey watching push ups and being majestic.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

100 Push Ups. Day 1.

With my performance in the unofficial office push up contest (an arm-numbing 31), I placed out of the first two weeks and went straight to week three. Perfect, I thought, I haven't even done anything and I'm already kicking ass. Then came the actual push ups.

I started out in column three. Popped my shirt off and started in on 14 push ups. Set one was no problem. Set two, okay. Set three, not so much. I switched to column one and then did sets four and five. I maxed out at 8 push ups.

This is going to be painful.

Stronger Arms. Stronger Headlines.

I saw this on Lifehacker.

Given my poor performance in the unofficial office push up contest, I couldn't ignore it. It's a six week training program that gets spaghetti noodle armed guys like me doing 100 push ups. So it's on. It's on more than anything has been on in the history of things being on. Hey, I live in San Diego now. I can't be walking around all weak armed and stuff.

More to come.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Being Great.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman on acting:

“When I saw ‘All My Sons,’ I was changed — permanently changed — by that experience. It was like a miracle to me. But that deep kind of love comes at a price: for me, acting is torturous, and it’s torturous because you know it’s a beautiful thing. I was young once, and I said, That’s beautiful and I want that. Wanting it is easy, but trying to be great — well, that’s absolutely torturous.”

Thursday, August 21, 2008

David Simon on Audiences.

I read this article yesterday over at theBelievermag.com (it should be noted, I'm a big Dave Eggers and McSweeney's). It's an interview of David Simon (creator of the Wire) by Nick Hornby. What struck me most was what he said about audience.

Well, here’s a secret that I learned with Homicide and have held to: if you write something that is so credible that the insider will stay with you, then the outsider will follow as well. Homicide, The Corner, The Wire, Generation Kill—these are travelogues of a kind, allowing Average Reader/Viewer to go where he otherwise would not. He loves being immersed in a new, confusing, and possibly dangerous world that he will never see. He likes not knowing every bit of vernacular or idiom. He likes being trusted to acquire information on his terms, to make connections, to take the journey with only his intelligence to guide him.

I like to believe the same is true about advertising. I think Crispin proved it with Mini. Arnold certainly did with Volkwagen. The Honda work from W+K London is consistantly captivates while being so true to their brand. The world would be more interesting – more entertaining anyway – if more agencies and clients felt the same way David Simon does.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tinkering - Dismantling A Coffee Maker

Inspired by this and this, I decided to dismantle a used, broken coffee maker. Don't make fun of me, but do check out those links.