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iProd

I’ve been working on some tools and processes at work to help with status communication and project management between departments. Yesterday, we were toying around with possible names for the system. Since it’s focus is on productivity, products and, in some aspects, prodding people about dates and deliverables…. well the name was obvious to me. After a couple of google searches and a few minutes in PhotoShop, I had the logo completed, as you can see here.

Clearly, this is all for fun. As much as i’d like to imagine the name would stick, it’ll probably fade away with little or no fanfare. And the logo…. it just ain’t gonna happen. :-)

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Written by gsm

03/30/2006 at 8:51 am

Taking A Bath With Mr Housing Bubble

Well, it’s official, the house in El Dorado Hills has sold. Escrow has closed. The check is in the mail. Thus endeth that chapter. Man it was brief. It’s overwhelming to imagine that we moved 4 times in 9 months. Wasn’t that fun? Uhhh, not so much. And although we took a modest bath on the sale due to having placed it on the market in pretty much the worst time of the year, and not having had even 6 months of appreciation on it, in the end it’s looking like we’ll loose about the same amount of money we’d have spend if we’d rented a really nice home in the Bay Area. So… lesson learned. Time to start stashing away the next down payment.

Written by gsm

03/28/2006 at 9:35 pm

Posted in  Journal 

A Little Nipper and Tuck

Speaking of ‘Nipper’ (see prior post), I thought I’d toss this into the ‘scrapbook’ category as well. For the first few generations of iPods, i’d create [and update] a custom icon for it. The standard one was fine but i wanted something with a little more character. So I searched Google for ‘RCA Victrola’, found plenty of images to choose from, and with a little ‘cut’ and ‘paste’ work in PhotoShop [or in this case a little ‘Nipper’ and ‘Tuck’, if you will] and my iPod icon was complete. (I stopped doing this with the 4th generation iPod and as can read about here, I’m iPodless at this time).

Written by gsm

03/28/2006 at 1:10 pm

Posted in  Scrapbook 

Jamming the OGM

Years ago, when time was plentiful and blood coursed through my veins under a healthy amount of pressure, I made some fun ‘outgoing messages’ for my answering machine. Theses days my home and work OGM’s are about as banal as watching Fred Rogers and Perry Como in a heated debate over Barry Manilow’s career having peaked with ‘Mandy’ or ‘Copacabana’. But there was a time during which I’d put a little creativity and technology to work, and come up with some fun stuff. Recently, my old roommate referenced one we’d made together, and it gave me cause to search out and retrieve a few.

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Written by gsm

03/28/2006 at 9:41 am

Posted in  Scrapbook 

Walken in Spacey Shoes

I stumbled across this today, and remembered laughing my ass off the first time I saw it. Kevin Spacey delivers a perfect dead-pan impression of Christopher Walken.
SNL – Star Wars Auditions » SpikedHumor.com

Written by gsm

03/25/2006 at 9:49 am

Posted in  Humor 

Visions of Light (4 stars)

Motion picture photography, or cinematography, gets its due in this documentary. This film features DP (director of photography) camerawork in movies from the 1930s to the end of the 20th century, including looks at Citizen Kane and The Conformist and clips from more than 100 other films. Thanks to interviews with some celebrated DPs, movie fans learn about the changes in film with each new invention, including sound, color and widescreen.

Geoff’s Comments: I’d seen this once before, many years ago, and just stumbled across it recently at the local library. I wanted to refresh my memory about the art of cinematography. There is so much that goes into the look of a film, and this wonderful documentary explores the history of film and the choices and manners in which a director of photography chooses to convey a mood, time period, location… you will never watch a movie the same way again, and you’ll learn to appreciate so much of what is taken for granted.
[ rent Visions of Light at netflix.com ]

Written by gsm

03/24/2006 at 7:55 pm

Posted in  Video 

Visions of Light (4 stars)

Motion picture photography, or cinematography, gets its due in this documentary. This film features DP (director of photography) camerawork in movies from the 1930s to the end of the 20th century, including looks at Citizen Kane and The Conformist and clips from more than 100 other films. Thanks to interviews with some celebrated DPs, movie fans learn about the changes in film with each new invention, including sound, color and widescreen.

Geoff’s Comments: I’d seen this once before, many years ago, and just stumbled across it recently at the local library. I wanted to refresh my memory about the art of cinematography. There is so much that goes into the look of a film, and this wonderful documentary explores the history of film and the choices and manners in which a director of photography chooses to convey a mood, time period, location… you will never watch a movie the same way again, and you’ll learn to appreciate so much of what is taken for granted.
[ rent Visions of Light at netflix.com ]

Written by gsm

03/24/2006 at 7:55 pm

Posted in  Video