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11:35pm 01/12/2002
  I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off. I immediately ran over and said "Stop! Don't do it!"

"Why shouldn't I?" he said.

I said, "Well, there's so much to live for!"

"Like what?"

"Well ... are you religious or atheist?"


"Me too! Are you Christian or Jewish?"


"Me too! Are you Catholic or Protestant?"


"Me too! Are you Episcopalian or Baptist?"


"Wow! Me too! Are you Baptist Church of God or Baptist Church of the Lord?"

"Baptist Church of God."

"Me too! Are you Original Baptist Church of God, or are you Reformed Baptist Church of God?"

"Reformed Baptist Church of God."

"Me too! Are you Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1879, or Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1915?"

"Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1915!"

To which I said, "Die, heretic scum!" and pushed him off.
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i did it.   
01:44am 21/11/2002
  I just finished writing a 10-page paper for my theatre course. Here's to hoping this is the last academic paper I ever have to write.  
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do something   
08:35pm 19/11/2002
  ACLU Action Alert: Stop the Government Plan to Mine Our Privacy

Has anyone heard of this? It wouldn't surprise me if you haven't, given how secretive the Defense Department has been in promoting it. The Information Awareness Office, an obscure division of the DOD, is planning a system called "Total Information Awareness," a program to collect personal information on every citizen of the States. This information would then be compiled into an enormous searchable database.

This department is headed by John Poindexter, who was involved in the Iran-contra scandal of the 1980s and who famously said, "the buck stops here"--meaning he didn't feel the need to relay information forward to Congress.

The ostensible purpose of this almost-ludicrously invasive plan is that ever-popular catch-all excuse: to combat terrorism on our shores. But what it really boils down to is an excuse for the U.S. government to spy upon its people and collect information. Spying that would be completely legal. This flies in the face of the civil rights we've established for this country. It would develop cameras capable of identifying people, it would be able to read every e-mail, peer into every computer hard drive, listen to every phone conversation.

In George Orwell's 1984, cameras survey every room and microphones listen to every conversation. In the film Minority Report, biometric data is routinely collected and cameras and billboards identify people whether they want to or not. This is just science fiction now, but if the TIS is allowed to develop in the way Poindexter and his supports want, the fiction will cease to be.

The logo for the Information Awareness Office.

I for one refuse to submit to this. I refuse to sacrifice the privacy I honor and cherish. If we lose our privacy, what do we have left?
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02:23pm 14/11/2002
  Photoshop Iraq's high tech voting methods

Someone commented that the guy at front left looks like Mr. Bean. Thoughts?
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can you jimmy a brother?   
04:50pm 11/11/2002
  Well friends, good ol' traveling "minister" Brother Jim Gilles has completed a three-day exclusive engagement here at the University of Louisville. Astute readers may remember that I've encountered this character before during my sophomore year at Murray State. Unfortunately, that event predated my journal so there's no old entry to link to; I can link to his website, though, for what it is. Be warned, it's an eyesore, half of the links are broken, and none of the graphics work. I mentioned this to him today, and he asked me if I was using Netscape. Nope, sorry. Well, he said, it all worked when I last checked it, and are you sure you're not using Netscape? No, you prick, I know how to use a computer, thanks.

Anyway, the hilarious Brother Jim Story does work, though; learn how he was saved at a Van Halen concert!

I'm not sure who this guy really is; he's not a preacher or minister, I'm convinced. But if he's purely for entertainment, then why? And he claims he accepts no money from anyone. Where does he get his money, then?
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i'm game   
02:11pm 10/11/2002
  A Fark discussion led me to Kyodai Mahjongg" two days ago. I've always enjoyed playing Mahjongg since I learned how a couple of years ago, but this is far and away the best version I've ever played. It's still the same game, of course, althought there are a few neat variations which I'm learning at present.

No, what makes this so great is that it's fully in 3D. That's right, XTREME Mahjongg action! Seriously, it uses Direct3D and everythings fully rendered. Plus there are about 20 tilesets, 15 tile arrangements, a nice interface and a really nice sountrack (which I'm listening to right now).

I've always found Mahjongg to be very relaxing, as well as a nice timewaster when I don't feel like doing anything in particular.
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02:43pm 08/11/2002
  We're still relevant. Honest. Stop laughing

Another quicky, but this one came out pretty darn good.
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keeping up with the old faux alma mater   
12:12am 08/11/2002
  Republicans invade Senate and House, by Severo Avila.

My old yearbook friend Severo has truly impressed me with this. I am so glad he got the Viewpoint Editor position and not Adam Mathis, who recently wrote articles about the evils of Halloween (legitimizes witchcraft, which we all know is EVIL) and the "fact" that only moral Christians will enter Heaven. Woah, did he ever get backlash on that one, even at historically conservative Murray State.

Severo, fortunately, is as liberal as they come.
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11:47pm 07/11/2002
  Photoshop this gubernatorial candidate "missing the ball"

I really liked doing this one.
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06:31pm 07/11/2002
  Celebrate Ramadan by photoshopping these pancakes

This is a pretty good one, I think, although it's another quicky. 23 votes as of 6:30 p.m.! Vote for me!
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here's a long survey i stole   
02:47pm 07/11/2002
  This is going to be a bit rough ...

Here we go ...Collapse )

Phew! Never again!
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10:24am 07/11/2002
  Photoshop this scene from Sunday's 7.9 earthquake

Not one of my better ones ... just a quicky.
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a movie which rings hollow   
01:33am 07/11/2002
  I tracked down a copy of Ringu, the 1998 Japanese movie which the current film The Ring is based on; Ringu itself was based on the first of a trilogy of books written by author Suzuki Koji. It was virtually a goddamned franchise in Japan, with like five movies, three TV specials, manga and more. But it started with this little movie, which I quite enjoyed.

The similarities between Ringu and The Ring are obvious; the American version changed very little from the original, with the exception of some relatively minor background details, probably to make the film more palatable to American audiences; I can't slight them for this, though, because to truly understand and appreciate much of Ringu one has to be Japanese. I unfortunately am not, but I still enjoyed the film and comparing it with the version Dreamworks gave us. Ringu is much slower, amost languid in its approach to the climactic moment. Director Nakata Hideo takes his time in presenting information to us, doling his clues out like so many army rations. THe film is also not nearly as concerned with explaining things as The Ring is. NO mention is directly given of what the ring means, or the seven days element. Or why so many of the characters happen to be psychic, a revelation which seemed awfully convenient. A few other surface details kind of bothered me, some of which were better handled in the American version.
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better spirits   
01:21am 07/11/2002
  I'm in pretty good sorts these days. I'm really excited about my latest design project, as well as experimenting with the "visio-typographical poetry" which I discussed a few days back (with pic). I've been writing in a little notebook the last couple of days, collecting thoughts and writing poetry to convert to this new form. The design project I mentioned will be a book of this poetry--and what a book it will be! I don't want to go into details now, but perhaps I shall post a few pics when it's (eventually) finished.

More Photoshop threads on the way. I'm really getting into this thing. I've got three more entries floating in the ether right now, and as always I will alert my ...um ... alert readers when they hit the main page.

And ... I may have met a girl. More on that later as it progresses.
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12:36pm 05/11/2002
  Photoshop these overly elated soccer players  
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02:40pm 03/11/2002
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01:18am 03/11/2002
  At work tonight I felt inexplicably creative, so I started drawing while at the UScan; there was a red Sharpie and a black felt tip pen. I came up with two works--mostly experiments in form and type (I've got type on the brain right now, what with designing Slipshod*, my typeface). Here is the smaller one, the one that fels more finished to me. This could potentially turn into a new form of expression for me, which I may explore more deeply in coming weeks.

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11:10pm 02/11/2002
  Photoshop Bill Cosby and my new TI computer.  
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Photoshop this!   
12:50am 01/11/2002
  I've just entered my first Photoshop competition at Fark! Head to Fark and check the comments list for the Photoshop thread entitled "Forrester." I'm not sure when it will pop up on the main page; I'm TotalFark and I get to see the competitions long before they hit the main page. I've got two entries under the user name "Overneath42."  
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shhh-edule madness, final chapter!   
03:57pm 30/10/2002
  So I've pretty much got my schedule locked for the spring, with one notable exception which I shall mention in due time. But first:

ART 573: Identity Systems::practical study in developing identity structure for various entities.

ART 575: Packaging::practical study in developing assorted packaging and point-of-sale displays.

ART 596: Professional Development::a sort of "professional practices" course focused on developing a portfolio; includes critiques with professional designers.

HUM 339: Studies in World Mythology::comparison and contrast of different mythic systems; emphasis on myth as response to the demands of specific cultural experiences.

COMM 111: Speech Communication::so I can learn to talk really good-like.

And now the kicker. I am currently in ART 381: Intro to Fiber/Mixed Media, but this may soon be changing to ART 526: Digital Printmaking, pending instructor approval. Which shouldn't be a problem since I talked to him today and he seemed to be agreeable with me; send me your name and student number, he said. Cool.

I only have two academic courses, and no writing courses or stupid required 500-level humanities courses. So the spring semester should be a bit easier on me since I'll get to spend more time doing what I really came up here to do in the first place: do good design work. I'm about to begin constructing a book, which should be a fantastic challenge, considering I can drag enough time from the pointless demands of my other classes.
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