Monday, February 15, 2010

think you're having a bad day?

from the champaign urbana design organization:

Stephen Glasgow's wife Dawn passed away on Feb 9 of metastatic melanoma cancer, three weeks after giving birth to their second child, Andrew Gene. She was diagnosed the day before Andrew's birth.

Stephen is a self-employed graphic designer. He needs as much support as our community can provide. OJC Tech have put together a site to let you offer financial and emotional support to the family. They've established a PayPal account that will deposit your donation directly into the Glasgow's checking account: Anything you can offer the family would be greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

can do when you don't know what to do...

so, what to do? what to do? it's a tough time to work in higher ed. it's extra tough when your husband is retiring and semi-disgruntled and you've got a new boss and your designing arm is shot to hell. uncertainty mixed with an upset stomach and the occasional nervous tic is the extended forecast here. that's simply not acceptable. people live through truly bad stuff not just this stuff. famine, earthquakes, hurricanes, that's the bad shit...this is just...shit. shit, i can deal with. what's good in there? well, i know a lot of good people doing good work. my job is to tell people about them. i guess that that is where my passions lie. i can use my skills to communicate what they do in order to attempt to let people know that higher ed is not all waste and liberal conspiracy. it's people working hard to create thinking individuals...the kind of individuals who can get us out of this shit we're in. now, that is some shit to be passionate about.

Can Do :: Maira Kalman (the woman I would most like to meet)
Everything is invented.
Language. Childhood. Careers.
Relationships. Religion.
Philosophy. The future.
They are not there for the plucking.
They don't exist in some
natural state.
They must be invented by people.
And that, of course, is a great thing.
Don't mope in your room.
Go invent something.
That is the American Message.
Electricity. Flight. The telephone.
Television. Computers. Walking on
the moon. It never stops.

Monday, February 8, 2010

new week=new header...

enough whining about how the blog looks already, right? okay. done with that. i popped in a new header that i'm finding a bit less objectionable. i guess i'd sort of forgotten that one of the really fun parts of doing this is changing things whenever you want. the immediacy is very satisfying. clearly this explains why i began to prefer web design to print those many years ago. seems i do little of either one these days though. let's see what we can do about that.

The details are not the details. They make the design.
:: Charles Eames

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

i hate the way this blog looks...

seriously. i have got to redesign this thing. it is really gnawing at my soul. my very soul. the angst of it all...arrggghhh!