This past Monday (first day of Buck season in Pennsylvania) marked the 10th anniversary of Deer Memorial. This public installation caused quite a local stir back in ’04 when it appeared along Route 11 between Bloomsburg and Berwick. I remember driving to my mentor’s house (I was attending grad school at UArts at the time) a day or so after it was installed and seeing the WNEP-16 news car there and thinking, “Holy shit, this is going to be on the news!” Thankfully it was a slow day for local news; it landed as the top story on the 7pm news slot and then on the front page of the local paper. I was a server at a restaurant chain as well and overheard a bunch of people talking about it while I worked that week. Anonymity is awesome. It was so great to see and hear people talking about my work without them even knowing it was my art… or even thinking it was art at all! It was great to bring that urban Street Art mystery and excitement to rural PA. I don’t care if anyone thought it was art or even if they cared about art. The point was that it created a dialogue–between the work and individuals and then between each other. That’s what art should create, a dialogue, whether internal, external, or both. To this day, this piece remains one of my proudest achievements.
As my close friends can attest, I am a big Twin Peaks fan. I was only 10 when Twin Peaks first aired on television in 1990 and I had no real interest in it at the time. It wasn’t until college that I was really re-introduced to it and became hooked immediately. Being a tech person–and also because in 2011 I lost a lot of books and artwork when our basement had flooded–I now buy eBooks whenever I can. Yeah I still miss that tactile feeling of a real hardcopy in my hands–it’s almost nostalgic anymore–but the lack of shelf space it takes up and the fact that it won’t mold and have it’s pages stick together because it can’t get wet is a good enough sales pitch for me.
I own physical copies of The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer (2 actually; gave one to a friend) and The Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale Cooper: My Life, My Tapes, but now really want them in eBook format. The problem is, only Laura Palmer’s diary is available, not the other. Well, this is the perfect opportunity for me to dive into the iBooks Author software to create an iBook. I tested this software when it was first released over a year ago and found it extremely frustrating and pretty much gave up on it. But since the release of version 2, I’ve had a yearning to try it out again to see if it got better with age.
I can honestly say that it was a decent experience creating an iBooks version of Dale Cooper’s autobiography with very few hiccups. Now, I didn’t go in real media or widget heavy, as I really just wanted to recreate the book as it was originally printed. I did however create some new cover art for it.
As one Twin Peaks fan to another, I really hope you find this iBooks version useful (especially since you can only find out of print copies on eBay or some used bookstores). I also exported it as a PDF in case there’s some folks out there who do not own an Apple device. So, enjoy, and I can’t wait for more TP in 2016!
The Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale Cooper: My Life, My Tapes
Not really related to any of my work displayed on my site, but because of my love of Planet of the Apes and technology, I have made my own iOS alert and ringtones (sorry Android and WIndows phone users). And with Pack 1, I even threw in my POTA vs. Avicii mashup I did last year.
Feel free to download the zip file for your pleasure. Just add the .m4r files to your iTunes Library and they will automatically be organized in your Tones (or Ringtones) area of your Library. Once you connect your iOS device, you can then go under the Tones area of your device, check which tones you want to sync and then click Sync. It’s really that simple.
Click the link here to download the zip file: POTATonePack1.zip (24MB)
Pack 1 tones:
- Chimp 1 (sound effect from GarageBand)
- Chimp 2 (sound effect from GarageBand)
- A Madhouse (POTA – 1968)
- A Man Acting Like an Ape (POTA – 1968)
- Beware of the Beast-Man (POTA – 1968)
- Damn Dirty Ape (POTA – 1968)
- Do We Want Some Sugar Old Timer (POTA – 1968)
- Howl (POTA – 1968)
- Human See, Human Do (POTA – 1968)
- Man Has No Understanding (POTA – 1968)
- Shut Up You Freak (POTA – 1968)
- The Hunt [clip] (POTA – 1968)
- The Searchers [clip] (POTA – 1968)
- Return to the Planet of the Apes (Return to the Planet of the Apes animated series – 1975)
- Rule the Planet Remix (POTA – 2001)
- Help Me Dr. Zaius (The Simpsons)
- Dr. Zaius, Dr. Zaius (The Simpsons)
- Finally Made a Monkey Out of Me (The Simpsons)
Now showing until November 21 at The Stairwell Gallery at the Moose Exchange’s The Antler is Cover of a Comic. This show features over 50 artworks by local artists inspired by comic books, graphic novels, and comics characters. Sponsored by our friends at Legendary Comics and Tea Room.
I have a piece in the show titled “MURICA!” that is acrylic on wood. This was a piece created just for this show and the second that I used raw chipboard as one of the main visual elements in it. I really liked how it turned out and maybe they’ll be more to come like this. You can see it in the photo from the reception tonight below.
24 East Main Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Comic Sans has been getting a bad rap in recent years. Everybody’s poo pooing it for some reason. I for one, actually enjoyed it when it was the standard font for the Notes app in iOS 6. Even Helvetica is being driven out of the cool club these days. Well, I believe that there’s a time and place for every font.
Recently, fellow BU MSIT alumna Melissa Milloway (melslearninglab.com and @MelMilloway) posted a link to an infographic on The 10 Commandments of Typography. While I agreed with a lot of the “commandments” listed, it brought me back to thinking that there could be a time and a place and a purpose for every font. I would like to stress that again: “…there could be a time and a place and a purpose for every font.” That doesn’t mean it’s okay for my buddy Phil to use Minstrel, or whatever horrible script font he uses, for his email signature (sorry Phil, I still love ya). My point is, it’s really okay to use bad fonts like Comic Sans in certain situations. For example, I made a spoof image mashing up Game of Thrones and Frozen where the font choices were very deliberate (as they should be).
The Comic Sans font is used in Olaf’s dialogue bubble and is appropriate for the playful, childish character he is. While Lucida Blackletter, used in Ned Stark’s dialogue bubble is a very serious, medieval-type font. They juxtapose each other in order to pull off the comedic nature of the image.
So, depending on the application and your audience, it can be okay to use some not-so trendy fonts, but don’t make this your excuse.
I’ll leave you with a quote from Thou Shall Not Use Comic Sans: 365 Graphic Design Sins and Virtues: A Designer’s Almanac of Dos and Don’ts:
One of the great things about typefaces that become villified due to inappropriate application or overuse is they gain a platform from which they can be used to portray irony, sarcasm, satire, dry wittedness, and so on.
As an obsessive Planet of the Apes and EDM fan, in honor of the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes release, here’s my mashup I created last year. Enjoy.
Here’s the commercial that I filmed and edited for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s summer play “The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fairly Stupid Tales.” The original book was written by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith. It was adapted for the stage by John Glore and directed by Richie Cannaday. Now go see the play starting this Thursday!
Featuring Andrew Hubatsek & the BTE kids
Commercial concept: Richie Cannaday
Voiceover: Michael Fritz
Music: Wagner, arranged and recorded by Tim Horrigan
Audio Technician: Steve Gilliland
Filmed & edited: Lee S. Millard
I decided to make a DIY Dual Shoulder Mount for my DSLR. This all started because: (a) I have no willpower when it comes to resisting the temptation of buying new tech toys, and (b) I have a tech-pusher for a boss and he will convince me I need these things to do my job well. So, in lieu of buying an expensive camera shoulder mount, I decided to build my own.
I initially got the idea and blueprint from @ryan_conolly and Film Riot’s YouTube video found here (I suggest you check out their other great videos on video techniques, tips, and other DIY accessories). This was an excellent starting point for me, but I wanted to take it a bit further.
As I was searching the interwebs for follow focus adapters, I stumbled across Hondo Garage’s aptly-titled Fifty Dollar Follow Focus. For the price, compared to other retail offerings, you couldn’t beat it. So, I ended up ordering one, as well as their Big Rig kit which included aluminum rods and a Twirl-Be-Gone anti-rotation plate and a Barely base plate. I also got an adapter for my Canon 50mm f1.8 lens here. On a side note, my rig arrived missing a few pieces due to mishandling by the USPS. After an email, Wiley at Hondo Garage responded right away and sent the missing parts out the next day. Kudos for the great customer service. Since this post is about the shoulder mount, I’ll do a review of the Fifty Dollar Follow Focus in a later post.
Other touches I put on this baby are a pair of foam bicycle grips on the handles for comfort and a small level, mounted with small magnets, attached to the mounting plate.
Here’s a list of the parts and materials used with prices:
**Note: Prices and links to products may not align as time goes on.
Base parts & materials:
- 3/4″ PVC: piping (x12′), couplers (x2), 90° elbows (x6), tee joints (x6), and caps (x4) — approximately $15.00 (Cheers to my father-in-law for spotting me some extra)
- Metal mounting plates (x3 – I put 3 of these together to compensate for the height of the 1/4″ quick release screw) — $1.80
- 3/4″ Foam pipe insulation (x6′) — $5.86
- Black Rust-Oleum Primer & Paint (for metal & plastic) (x2) — $11.82
- 2.5 lb. weight plates (x2) — $9.96 (I got these free from my brother-in-law, but this was the price I found on Amazon)
- Screws and nuts (x4 6-32×2) — $1.12
- 1/4″ Quick release screws (x1 pack of 2) — $6.99
- PVC purple primer and cement (x1 each) — $8.48 (Again, father-in-law to the rescue)
- Foam handle grips (x2) — $1.73
- Small level (x1 pack of 2) — $2.98
- Magnets for level (x1 pack of 2) — $4.00
- Hondo Garage’s Big Rig — $145.00
- Hondo Garage’s Fifty Dollar Follow Focus — $50.00
- Hondo Garage’s Canon 50mm f1.8 Nifty Fifty Follow Focus Adapter — $18.11