Archive for December, 2005

Favorite Albums of 2005

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

This isn’t really in any order, except almost reverse alphabetical. Samples of most of these bands can be found at either Amazon or For extra snobby reviews, please see Pitchfork. Tender Forever – The Soft and The Hardcore (K) For fans of: Mirah, Stereo Total, The Blow Sleater-Kinney – The Woods (Sub Pop) Album […]

The In-Laws Left An Animal Carcass On My Counter

Tuesday, December 27th, 2005

In all the holiday chaos the dog somehow managed to scarf down a hershey’s kiss. I know this because I had to cut a large blob of poop out of her butt fur; attached was a small flag which read “Almonds.” I will be glad when everything is back to normal, and I stop finding […]

Someone Please Kill Me

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005

I have bird flu. I am going to die a horrible, painful, excruciating death unless merciful Nyquil knocks me out first. Perhaps bird flu is a stretch, and by horrible, painful, excruciating death, I may mean watching Law & Order reruns from my couch all day. Either way, I will not be attending the work […]

Weekly Observations

Friday, December 16th, 2005

Real Christmas trees drip sap. To my dog, Rowan, I’m sorry I told everyone you peed on the tree. You have to admit, you’ve got a poor track record. You cannot open a beer bottle with your filing cabinet, no matter how hard you try. Working with an office full of people who like to […]

8 Tips From A Last Minute Christmas Shopper

Wednesday, December 14th, 2005

With 11 days until Christmas, I have bought exactly zero presents. I’m not a bad person, I just don’t like hurling myself into the hordes of mall santas, double-wide strollers, and Sbarro devouring teenagers. Before my illustrious career as web design rockstar (edit: corporate drone) I lived in the dark-ages: I worked retail for 7 […]

Album of the Year: Sleater-Kinney – The Woods

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

2002 found Sleater-Kinney in a difficult position. Would they be able to live up to the hype of being Rolling Stone’s “Most Important Band in Rock and Roll”, and more importantly, after scads of arena shows, would they stay true to their roots in doing so? Pearl Jam tours are a long way from sharing […]

The White Witch Could Kick Voldemort’s Ass

Monday, December 12th, 2005

Even Captain Obvious, the mouth breathing, popcorn chomping 11 year old seated beside me couldn’t ruin Narnia, exclaiming such jems as “They’re young again!” and “She’s really bad!” I wasn’t expecting much, so I was pleasantly surprised by believable computer generated characters, no Jar Jars here. I was also pleased by the casting of mostly […]

Yahoo Buys

Friday, December 9th, 2005

Great, another thing for them to muck up.


Thursday, December 8th, 2005

Happy Chrismashanukwanzakah? That’s Virgin Mobile’s new holiday campaign. Ehh, catchy. If you call 1-888-ELF-POOP you can choose the appropriate (or inappropriate) holiday mascot to help you pick out a phone. I wonder which phone Hindu Santa would choose for me?

Being Designed Doesn’t Make It Well Designed

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

I’m seeing an increasing number of blogs out there that focus on “design,” when what they really mean is industrial design, or in most cases knick knack design. Just because something received consideration from a designer, or appears slightly modern/retro/shabby chic doesn’t mean it’s been done well. Take for example the following images that appeared […]

Macromedia R.I.P.

Tuesday, December 6th, 2005

With Adobe dumping the Macromedia brand altogether soon, I’m left wondering the future of two of my favorite Macromedia products; Fireworks, and Dreamweaver. Adobe’s already explained they have immediate plans to merge the Flash Player and Adobe Reader (see Designorati for my more complete article about the acquisition) but haven’t formally announced plans to discontinue […]

Good Design:

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

There’s not a whole lot I can say about this site that isn’t obvious. They’ve got one of the best favicons I’ve seen, great use of white space, contact information prominently displayed, and everything you need readily accessible above the fold. The color is handled carefully, as are the subtle reflective effects that on another […]

Review: The Concretes – The Concretes

Thursday, December 1st, 2005

A Target commercial, of all things, compelled me to revisit this album more than a year after its debut as the first proper Concretes LP. Slow down the beats in the catchy commercial and you have the first track of the album. Yeah you know the song, “Say Something New”, it’s supposed to make you […]