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Rick Springfield recording

14 Mar

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Grace Kelly and Typography

18 Jul

This is a project I did with the instruction to create a design in which only type is used.

This is my creation… GRACE KELLY, most beautiful even in words.

Typography Design of Grace Kelly

Donna Martin Graduates! Donna Martin Graduates!

15 Jul

It was eviction night on Big Brother 13 tonight.  It was a great show last night including shinning moments such as; contestant Adam answering Julie Chen’s Question on his Favorite TV show of All time Beverly Hills 90210 (which is also my favorite show of all time), the eviction of Keith who was totally not expecting it, and the playing and winning of the HOH competition by Jordon.  I’ll tell you, I am bias and I think that Jeff and Jordon are the most real people in reality TV.

Reality TV, I have been watching it since its birth, which for me was the opening words from the MTV series The Real World which featured a number of people, picked to live in a house, and have their lives taped, and see what happens when things get real.   The reality was questioned then by many, and I question the reality of all reality shows with every show I see.

The products or “reality stars” that come out of these programs end up showing their true colors, and a good majority of them seem to only want fame, and place its value over the prizes offered to the “winner” of each show.  The people who have their 15 minutes of fame on these programs usually fade away from the huge popularity of the finale day and you don’t hear from them again until you see a familiar face on TMZ, or Inside Edition.  Of course the concept of all-stars seasons have made the ability to resurrect the TV persona that was developed in the first appearance on any show, and that has helped perpetuate some of the more “real” people who just happen into a shot at reality TV stardom.

Speaking of which, Big Brother 13 week, 2 Head of household contest was played last night on Live TV and Won!  Here is a bit of a graphic I made with a screen capture from the live feed broadcasts.  I think Jeff & Jordon are a fine example of two real people who found themselves involved in Big Brother 11, and have stayed true to themselves.  I admire that in a world where people feel they must conform to the plastic world that reality TV has helped to proliferate.

Jeff and Jordon The Sweethearts of Big Brother 11, The Amazing Race, and Big Brother 13!

More Thoughts on Big Brother 13

13 Jul

Been watching Big Brother 13 live feeds this season, and so far I’m not too impressed with the casting.  All but a couple of  the cast members are wannabe actors/actresses/famous persons, and it shows.  This factor makes for some very unlikable characters in the house, however I think that might be a draw for viewership for CBS.

I long for the days of Big Brother 1, back when Chicken George and Brittney and all the other house guests, had to earn money for food, and take care of the house.  They actually had to negotiate and decide as a group what was necessary and what was decided was luxury and not important enough to spend precious budget on.  They had to “live” with no contact with the outside world except for Big Brother himself.  Learning to tolerate others habits, and behaviors, deciding who would be evicted each week by each individuals social behaviors.

Undoubtedly the most fun for the viewers of the AOL free live feeds (back then it was free with a paid AOL account) were the banner planes that were carrying messages to the secluded house guests about the backstabbing and nasty actions of un-liked house guests.  These messages were fan funded through donation and would be written to get as much information to favorites about the game.  These were so much fun to write, watch and send!  It made the viewer feel  like they were part of the action.  I think Big Brother needs to capture that feeling back somehow.  The differences really make the show something special, not just a money-maker or fame production tank.

Cassie missed out on Head of Household weekly photos because she took an hour and a half (really!?) putting on makeup. You missed the boat Cassie!

I do think it takes a certain kind of ego to put yourself out there like the house guests on Big Brother do.  But they want the Hollywood dream of the 2011’s.  Get on a show, get famous, get publicity…..next stop……The Walk of Fame….. or is that shame?

So readers, tune in Wednesday July 14th on CBS to watch the few real people on Big Brother 13.  While it’s not as good as it used to be, it’s still my favorite program of the summer, and its bound to get more exciting and drama filled as each long day passes.

GO TEAM JEFF AND JORDON!!!

4th of July Memories

5 Jul

I think my favorite memory of the 4th of July has got to be the fireworks.  I remember the loud ones from when I was little.  The ones where I could have cared less about the explosions, but more about which boy my friends and I would run into at the show.  The ones spent with relatives, camp, and even France when I was 16 and involved in an exchange program.  But the ones I remember most are the ones that my brother and my father would set off in the yard, in an alley and sometimes even our driveway.  The one requirement was somewhere we would not get caught.

I'm in it for the Bang!

One specific memory was back in the early 80’s and I was about 14 or so, my Dad and Brother had obtained some class “c” illegal fireworks which I was informed were with “report” which is a technical and very sophisticated way of saying they go BANG!  Well one in particular was shaped like a tank, with a smart little teeny-weeny firecracker sticking out of the top of the tank acting like the powerful weapon it was portraying.

My brother and father used both of their heads to figure out to point it in a satisfactorily safe direction and light the unimpressive cannon.  The little wick began to crackle and then they also observed and held a commentary about how the tiny little weapon begin to sizzle louder and louder and started to throw some pretty impressive sparks.  The little tank that could, then as if it had a brain and knew just where to aim, did an abrupt about-face and zeroed in its aim at both of their heads.

The same two brilliant firecracker experts simultaneously turned and began to run smack into each other, again and again trying to figure out how to get out the line of fire…The tank began to fire…

BAM! BANG! BOOM!!  FIRE FIRE FIRE!!! INCOMING!!! They shouted……..boys and their toys.  Maybe someday I’ll tell the tale of the  “Battle of the South”.

 

Surf City Here I Come!

3 Jul

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What’s more American than surf city USA otherwise known as Huntington beach.

Happy fourth of July America!!!