Thursday, September 15, 2011

Inspired by Poetry

Every now and then a campaign comes along and really makes you think or fall in love with it, and right now it's the Levi's Freedom campaign for me. Not because of the art direction or cinematography, but because of the copy they chose to use.

I love that they have taken classic poetry and made it even more poetic. For example:

The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski

your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
know them.
take them.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you.

They did Emerson in the first one. Now I'm tempted to go find all the poems which have been quoted...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bucket List

There has been a LONG space in time between this post and my last one, so I figured I should change that.

That past few months I have been hearing a lot of people talk about their bucket list, 30 things to do before they're 30, or 25 before 25, etc., and I have decided I want to start my own and put a little twist on it. I have come to the conclusion you can pretty much do anything in the United States, but why not go do it somewhere else? Why not explore the world and have an adventure at the same time? My goal is to do at least one of the below every year until they are done...and I'm sure I will think of more along the way, in which case this list will grow. If you have any suggestions, feel free to comment. If you want to come along, let me know!

* Run a marathon in Paris, France (this will be happening next spring)
* Go skydiving in Australia
* Kayaking in New Zealand
* Climb a volcano on a tropical island
* Surf under a sunset in Fiji
* Camp in the mountains of Chile
* Go on a safari in Africa
* Climb Kilimanjaro
* Ride a camel and go sand boarding in Dubai
* Drink hot chocolate and walk down the beach on a foggy Ireland evening
* See the Aurora Borealis
* Stay at an ice hotel in Quebec and go dog sledding
* Sleep in a grass hut in Thailand (and of course ride the elephants)
* Sail aimlessly in the Pacific
* Have a picnic in a field in Scotland
* Raft down the Nile River

Again, if you have some ideas that would be a great fit for this...let me know!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Typography Controversy

Whether you have an eye for design or not, a bad typography can have a tremendous effect on how you view a product or business. We used to always joke around about how there are three fonts that should not be used: Comic Sans, Papyrus, and Hobo Std. These fonts have been overused and used in the worst ways possible, making even a grown man cry (I've seen it happen).

So I found this video that goes into the history of the Comic Sans font a little bit...kind of my inspiration for this brief, but long overdue entry. Have to say it is interesting, and both sides of the argument for and against the use of the font is brought up, but still, for the sake of our creative eye and our sanity, please refrain from using it as a substitute for Times New Roman.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Going Old School

So the other night my roommates and I started talking about how the 90s was probably the greatest era for music, which of course led to us compiling a massive playlist (it's in the works) and blasting some of the most amazing songs we could recall. I mean who doesn't like some Sublime, Will Smith, Brandy, Jewel, and Bon Jovi? My dear roommate Carolyn even entertained us with some footage from her freshman high school days dancing to these songs. We've all been there and done that, and yes, we had a blast.

The playlist we have going so far is below. If there are any other classics we've missed PLEASE let me know as it would be incredibly sad to not appreciate music at its finest.

Will Smith -- Gettin' Jiggy Wit It / Miami / Summertime
NSYNC -- Tearin' Up My Heart
Backstreet Boys -- I Want It That Way, Quit Playing Games With My Heart
Britney Spears -- Baby One More Time
Brandy & Monica -- That Boy Is Mine
Third Eye Blind -- Semi-Charmed Life
Mya -- Case of the Ex
Christina Agulera -- Genie in a Bottle
Semisonic -- Closing Time
Deep Blue Something -- Breakfast at Tiffany's
The Remembrandts -- I'll Be There For You
Smash Mouth -- All Star
Ricky Martin -- Livin' La Vida Loca
Chumbawumba -- I Get Knocked Down
Sublime -- Wrong Way
LIT -- My Own Worst Enemy
Nirvana -- Smells Like Teen Spirit
Green Day -- Basket Case / Good Riddance
Goo Goo Dolls -- Iris / Slide
Matchbox Twenty -- 3 A.M.
Jewel -- Who Will Save Your Soul
Offspring -- Pretty Fly For A White Guy
LFO -- Summertime
2Pac -- California Love
Sugar Ray -- Fly / Every Morning
Blink 182 -- All the Small Things
Whitney Houston -- I Will Always Love You
Hanson -- Mm Bop
TLC -- No Scrubs / Waterfalls
Spice Girls -- Spice Up Your Life
Eminem -- My Name Is
Aqua -- Barby Girl
Natalie Imbruligia -- Torn
Barenaked Ladies -- One Week
Beastie Boys -- We Like To Party
Sir Mix-a-Lot -- Baby Got Back
Ben Folds -- Brick
Madonna -- Vogue / Ray of Light
M.C. Hammer -- Can't Touch This
Vanilla Ice -- Ice, Ice Baby
Digital Underground -- Humpty Dance
Dr. Dre -- Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang
The Proclaimers -- 500 Miles
Sheryl Crow -- All I Wanna Do
Beck -- Loser
Seal -- A Kiss From A Rose
Blackstreet -- No Diggity
Oasis -- Wonderwall
Quad City DJ's -- C'mon 'N Ride It (The Train)
Sarah McLachlan -- Adia / Building A Mystery
Santana ft. Rob Thomas -- Smooth
Cher -- Believe
Lauryn Hill -- Doo Wop (That Thing)
Savage Garden -- Truly, Madly, Deeply / Cherry Cola
U2 -- One
R.E.M. -- Losing My Religion
House of Pain -- Jump Around
Naughty By Nature -- O.P.P.
Jay-Z -- Can I Get A...
Weezer -- Buddy Holly
The Notorious B.I.G. -- Mo Money, Mo Problems
Marcy Playground -- Sex and Candy
Montell Jordan -- This Is How We Do It
Destiny's Child -- Say My Name / Bootylicious

Friday, January 8, 2010

New Beginnings...Again

So I once again have moved into another fourth one in the 8 months I have lived in the city...and am finally putting the effort into making my space feel like home (or at least my part of the room/apt). I love interior design, fashion, colors, photography, vintage, frills, etc., etc., and am trying to find some ways to incorporate these into my own little haven. You want your place to feel homey and comfortable, but look great and what not. And knowing me I have a million different ideas of how I want to do things but am not quite sure which direction I want to go in. With that, I am posting some of my ideas (give feedback if you feel like it) because it is easier for me to decide things once they are written down in some way.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Winter in New York

The first snowfall in New York has officially fallen and I believe it's time to start blogging again as many interesting things have happened in the past six months. As excited as I am for the holiday season and the beautiful Christmas lights and outdoor ice rinks, I'm not too excited for the freezing cold weather. Luckily it hasn't been bad at all...not yet at least.

So, I'm going to keep this entry short and sweet and pinky promise to be better at updating my posts.

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Power of Pizza

A summer in New York City opens up the door to a many wonderful things, including events, shows, exhibits, etc. that are free of charge. But most New Yorkers out here have one thing in common that they wish was free more often than not, and that is food. Well, a friend of mine and I had the privilege of experiencing this, largely thanks to our new friends at Grimaldi's.

We were walking along Saturday night after dancing, crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, and chillaxin a little bit before heading back to Manhattan. Starving, like most people at 12:30 at night, I jokingly suggest we stop into Grimaldi's, whose doors were open even though they were closed, and see if they had any left over pizza we could buy from them. Lori walks in and straight up asks them. Next thing I knew they had invited us in since they had finished cleaning, and told us to help ourselves to some of the pizza they were eating. While getting ready to leave they gave us a whole pie they just warmed up for us in the oven. We tried to pay but they wouldn't let us. Told us to enjoy it. An entire pie. Free! That NEVER happens! Then out of nowhere Lori starts speaking to these guys in Spanish! Who knew?

The looks and comments we got on our little trip back to our apartments made the night even that much better. See, after midnight, pretty much the only thing open in the city besides clubs and a few restaurants are bars. I can't even count how many guys stopped whatever they were doing to ask where we got the pizza, what we were carrying, and so on. There was a guy and a girl on the corner and the girl was into the makeout sesh, but he apparently was not. He looked bored and I caught him eying the goods we were carrying a couple of times. Another guy was talking to a girl, stopped mid sentence just to ask where we got the pizza and how far away. Another group of men walked by us turned around to ask and when we told them it was a place in Brooklyn you would have thought they're favorite football team lost they were so upset.

There was also the lady who spilled her drink everywhere on the subway and I happened to have a massive wad of napkins for the pizza. I think that's the only time I have ever heard the phrase "Napkin God" used. Gotta love the odds, especially since who ever has a handfull of napkins on the subway?