Wednesday, December 16, 2009

School and Such

So I'm a student again. That's probably the reason for not writing a blog post since late August.

So what will a BFA do for me? First of all, it'll give me some self respect and the respect of others having actually earned some higher education. Secondly, I think it'll improve me as a person. So far what I've learned in school as been invaluable. Studying the classical era, understanding some of the greatest philosophies in history.

"Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional"

One of the great quotes by Buddha that can really help you through many of the tough times. Having a greater understanding of some of the greatest thinkers in history has made me a much happier person.

Who knows? I may end up actually going for a MFA or PhD in visual arts as well. Mostly just to gain a better understanding of what makes us as humans tick and what makes our society go round.

-Rob

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sleep, Whiskey, and Tears

Slept all day today. Probably not the best thing to do when I have so many things to do, but I guess we all need days like that once in awhile. Now it's 4 am and I'm writing a blog post. Maybe I can just get some work done now.

So I checked out the Blackie Jackett Jr. (Finger Eleven side project of James Black and Rick Jackett) show at The Bovine in Toronto tonight. It was a great show. Cool thing too was because it was such a small venue and a fairly small crowd, I actually got to meet James and Rick as they were just chilling and mingling with everyone. It was their CD launch party for Whiskey and Tears and I guess it was as much of a party for them as it was for the audience. A couple of my favorite tracks include their title song Whiskey and Tears which definitely has the catchiest chorus. A song that I could definitely see as being a great drinking anthem. Another song that stands out is Dorothy. Particularly the harmonies with Sandra Dee (sp?) who I learned on Edge 102.1 they picked up during a karaoke night at a bar. Not a bad find for a night at the bar. Her harmonies definitely advance something that could come across as typical folk country to full out bluegrass blues. Overall a great night to see some live music.



I seem to be really into a lot of my favorite alternative artists and their side projects which tend to be very folksie or country. Is this a natural progression as to where these artists want to explore? Whatever it is, I'm definitely into it and thoroughly enjoy these side projects. Helps balance out some of the harshness of the alternative music.

Now I think I may tackle on some coding for a couple of my outstanding projects. Perhaps it'll help take some of the edge off to get through programming I've been putting off longer than I've had to.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Trying to keep up to date is hard

After a tumultuous 2 months, I have finally decided to revise my blog again.

It's hard to maintain these things when you have so much going on but I figured I'd try to put more effort into maintaining my blog. I have also decided that it would be too boring for me to constantly post about work related stuff and realized that things out of my personal life would also be good to post.

This being said however, I noticed that the things I have to post are not adequate for the masses and my new focus on life should be on things that interest me specifically and are more worthwhile to share.

One of these such things would be music.

Music of the moment that's awesome:
  • Pearl Jam - Specifically "The Fixer" (Can't wait until the album actually comes out)
  • Blackie Jackett Jr. - James and Rick from Finger Eleven doing Blue Grass
  • Dustin Kensrue - From Thrice, very folksie and mellow
  • Rocky Votolato - Mellow and melancholy for when you're in those types of moods
These things make life a little more tolerable.

I have almost completed several larger projects in work as well
Other related projects that I've helped out on that are worth noting:Coming soon to my repetoire of websites:
Also coming soon - York University!

Feels weird that it's so close now. I'm finally going to get a degree. Fortunately this time its in something I actually really enjoy doing and love every aspect about, Visual Arts. I am definitely going to make sure I put on some Bob Marley during my Stone Carving classes. That alone is peace for my soul.

Also, here's a random picture of me just to make this post more interesting.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Workie

So I've decided to try to expand my work and get some new clients in for 9th Day Media.

This requires me however to create a website for myself. A task that for a web developer seems like it would be extremely easy. I have yet to have a website to promote myself or my services. I've made many many other websites for clients to promote their business, I've just never really had the time (read: make the time) to make my own website. I think it's finally about time to just bite the bullet and get one started.

I always tell clients upfront that a website is something that should never remain static and will always change. This is to prevent too much up front changes before the site goes live. I've noticed there's about a month grace period from the initial launch of the website, before it ends up looking like the website the client's looking for. Without launching the website first before final tweaks and addons are completed, clients usually end up dragging the project on and on until the intial design becomes no longer relevant.

This mentality comes from leftover feelings of the print medium. A website that never changes or never has features added on is rarely used aside from a contact point for people interested in the services. For some clients, this is all they're looking for. For others, the website means more to their business and is crucial in bringing in new leads and sales. Without customers checking back in on your website, these leads start to dry up and repeat business slows down in favour of competitors that seem fresher and newer.

I need to get over this particular issue myself with my own website and just get it done and up on the net. Then I can start showcasing my services and even have a little fun with the design and features of the website.

As a side note, I've decided to start two project websites of my own:

  • A dating site
  • A fitness video site
It seems that these two things have theoretically been done to death on the internet, but I've never seen an easy to use dating site that doesn't include a tonne of crap and I haven't seen a proper fitness website out there that doesn't make me cringe from it's lack of design and functionality.

At the very least, they'll be two projects I can use as a portfolio pieces to get more work and maybe get creative with design and code since they'll both be completely done and decided on by me.

Wish me luck in all my endeavours ;)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

First blog post

Figured a blog service might offer me some additional features that my own blog wouldn't so here I am now on Blogger. Seeing as it's owned by google and I use every single other service google offers, I might as well use their blog service too!

Currently I'm house sitting at my buddy's place, Amir. He's in Pakistan right now delivering aid to the displaced refugees from Afghanistan. He is literally quite the humanitarian. Working for a charity called GlobalMedic he's traveled the world's disaster zones documenting the relief efforts of the charity.

He has a cat, a rabbit, and two turtles so when he leaves he needs someone to take care of them. That's where I step in. I feed them all, give them all a little attention, and essentially live at his place. Fortunately it's a very chilled out place to be and I spend my time chilling on the couch like so.

Starting to get droopy eyed now. I think I'll hit the hay in a couple. After I eat some food of course. What to eat though? Munch on some cereal? Eat a banana? Or how bout those chicken drum sticks I was thinking of using for lunch... hmmm... decisions decisions decisions

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