2011: 94 posts.
- Jan 02, 2011Tumblr, continued.
Well, hello, happy new year. It’s time to get back in the swing of things after a long hiatus. Back in March of last year, I wrote a long piece about Chris and I blogging over at nuevaciudad.tumblr.com. Well, We have not stopped. Just assume the good posts are all by Chris and not me….
- ArtLung, 2011
More noodling (since this noodling) with Illustrator.
- Jan 09, 2011Anecdote of the Day
Fragment from Bruce Sterling: I once had a long bus-ride with a reeking, sweaty, jittery madman who had clearly once been a formidably intelligent and very well-read scholar. It seemed pretty clear to me that it had been a long time since anybody had been able to indulge him in a conversation. Although, he couldn’t…
- The Power of Graphic Design: Politics
Sneak Preview of the Cover of The Stranger This Week, Created by Dan Savage and Aaron Huffman The power of graphic design to communicate sometimes rattles me to my core.
- Jan 14, 2011Fancy
For some reason this video–Fancy by Reba McEntire–has stuck with me as a kitsch cheese masterpiece since I first saw it maybe 20 years ago. The song and I think the video too were released in 1990. It is over-the-top melodrama and until I looked it up, I had no idea it was a cover…
- Jan 14, 2011Memorial in Arizona
Speech by President Obama.
- Mile High
Back at Thanksgiving, I got a chance to carry around my Mom’s iPod Touch while travelling. During that time I experimented with Foursquare (which I had some time back) and Gowalla. One of the things I did was mention I was on a plane in a tweet, and I got many twitter replies from random…
- Jan 15, 2011Warren Ellis Notices Massive Sqwertz
Well this is cool: Warren Ellis noticed Brett’s article “How to sell your book or comic for the iPad & iPhone without Apple’s help.” Warren Ellis is pretty awesome. You may remember Massive Sqwertz as the site I did the theme for. I also read and enjoy it. You can follow Massive Sqwertz too: @massivesqwertz.
It’s rather hard to believe that it was only 13 months ago my Mom, Leah and I were going to see the film Precious at a local movie theater. Sometimes it seems utterly impossible that she won’t be going to see the latest Oprah-endorsed film with us. Perhaps we’d go to Roadhouse afterwards. Perhaps she’d…
- The Best Life A Pot Can Have
Joe Bennion has a beautiful post over on his blog: The baking dish. It’s about different ways to work. Here’s the crucial bit: …he and I work differently to get to the same point. His approach involves a series of thumbnail sketches and maquettes, from which one is chosen to be executed full scale. I…
- That Time When My URL Appeared On The TV Show Bones
In August of last year I got an email from a fellow who was watching Bones on Netflix, and, well, here’s what they said: Hi Joe, You don’t know me, and I don’t know you, but I saw something odd in a fraction of a second on a TV show, and it lead me to…
- Jan 20, 2011Comics and the Law
In about 1985, at San Diego Comic-Con, I received a free copy of the weekly Comic Buyer’s Guide (Wikipedia says it’s the longest running English-language periodical reporting on the American comic book industry). I got myself a subscription and I was hooked. It was a tabloid, newsprint at the time. But I loved getting that…
- Jan 20, 2011Miserable sick
I currently have the flu, bigtime. Correspondence is at zero. I’ll try and catch up later today and tomorrow. I regret the lack of communication but hope to catch up soon.
- Interview with Brett Jackson, creator of Massive Sqwertz
Brett Jackson is a designer who’s been working the web since 1997. He left his cushy gig as Art Director for Google in New York to move to Switzerland with his wife. He has recently relocated again to Los Angeles where he freelances Flash and graphic design. In April 2010, Brett began working on a…
- Jan 27, 2011Bruce Sterling on Vernacular Video
Closing Keynote: Vernacular Video by Bruce Sterling on how media morph over time. Chief insight I’ve read before but never heard: to look forward in time, you have to also look twice as far back into the past.
- Askew and Askance, 1992
Since I’ve known how to draw or create, I have made self-portraits in words. I always include down the places I have been, and where I may go next. I also include how I identify myself. (this was made on a Mac and used to be part of the non-professional part of my portfolio, I’m…
- Self Portrait, 1993
Age 23. I was dabbling with Micron Pigma .005 pens, an extremely cheap but fine-line pen I discovered a few years before. The style and attitude of this rendering I will leave the viewer to judge. Color added digitally, 1999.
- First Digital
This is the first digital self portrait I ever did. An acquaintance was getting tattooed and my pal Erin took a picture of me in this biker vest – something I can’t imagine wearing otherwise, by the way. Anyway, I matted that to a postcard of some Italian Basilica (giving me a somewhat strange messianic…
- Emergency Room Wallpaper, 1997
When it was slow in the California Hospital – L.A. ER I would sometimes play in Microsoft Paint. Operating System used: Windows 3.1.
- Ferris in Repose
From 1988, this is a charcoal sketch of my sister’s cat Ferris. Ferris, a girl, was still a kitten at the time. She is shown here lounging on my backpack.
- Girl Illustration Photo (1989)
I only have this photo to show I made this illustration. I used to draw, sketch, and paint headshots of women all the time. It was a real habit for a while after high school. Most of that work was pretty much useless – but this is an image of one illustration I’m kicking myself…
- Self Portraits 86 / 91
The first self-portrait was executed in high school. I didn’t like high school. My appearance is anxious, as I no doubt was. The medium is marker on paper, and I watercolored on top of a photocopy of that marker drawing. It’s the first self portrait I ever made I was really happy with. It’s from…
- Watercolor Spacesuit
I think I did this in about 1989, but I’m not totally sure on that. Pen and ink, with watercolored. I think I must have been thinking about Jean “Moebius” Giraud’s work when I started. I’m reminded again that watercolor is a heartless, well-nigh-impossible medium. Folks who can do it, even as hacks, have my…
- Strange Landscapes
Exclamate in Desolation, Oxymandias Melancholia Revisited Parenthetical Postnuclear Mise En Scène The Holy Visitation of the Floating Asterisk of Concrete Giant Semicolon; Dusty, Arizona, 2106 A.D.
- Watercolor Girl
Ink and watercolor, Summer 1988, based on a pencil sketch of a friend.
- Self-portrait photo, 1988
Black and white self-portrait. I was 18, thus the incredibly self-conscious narcissism.
I’m not sure what I think of these now. They’re interesting graphic designs, and definitely I used what I learned from them when I made my headers. I’m not sure they qualify as art. Untitled, 1997. Untitled. 11 June 2000.
- Receipt Poetry, 1999
Another oldie, an illustration enhanced with Photoshop. It makes me wish I had the original drawing.
- Prom Program, 1987
For my High School Prom, I was asked to do the program. It was quite an honor. What I wanted to do was have a kiss featured. Here’s a sketch of what I presented: I used to consider it censorship, but I suppose that was my first big run-in with design and audience considerations. This…
- Animated GIFs
Hey look! For no reasons! Ancient animated GIFs I made.
- Vertical Capital Letters
After High School, I flailed. Which is to say I took classes at Mesa College without much of a focus. I enjoyed these classes. Drawing, History of Film, Psychology, Design, Architectural Drafting, Philosophy, Marketing, Broadcasting, Broadcast Studio Operations. This was in 1987-1988 — before we moved to Roanoke Virginia and I shifted my focus to…
- The Tan Punk, 1985
High School. Loved to draw. Back of a notebook. Anger is an energy! I remember the marker – it was one of those intensely smelly Japanese markers. It was short and oh-so inky.
- Cigarette Man, 1985
Another back of a notebook, like this one previously. I’m so glad my Mom saved these old papers.
- Brush Pen Doodles, 1988
And here is more notebook detritus from my spotty post-High School academic career. From the evidence this was from my Philosophy class at Mesa College.
- 1980s Punk
Prior punks: tan punk, post-punk, cyberpunk, leather jacket girl punk.
- The Business Cycle
Sometimes I took really, really pretty notes. Here’s “The Business Cycle” from the marketing class I took at Mesa College. It was held in one of the rooms in building B-100. I think I learned a fair amount in that class. For a seventeen year old, I think I did well. I really like the…
- Filtering a Podcast Feed with Yahoo Pipes
I like podcasts quite a bit, and one of my favorites for many many years (at least since 2004) has been IT Conversations. If I loved all their stuff, all I have to do it load up iTunes and subscribe. If I’m old school I can get the RSS feed link and do Advanced ->…
- Professor Pidgeon
Patrick Pidgeon was my Philosophy Professor at San Diego Mesa College in 1987. It was a great class and still ranks among my favorite in-class learning experiences. Pidgeon had a way of dissecting philosophical material, and especially language in a way that was challenging and engaging. It was such a good experience for me that…
- Notebook Cover, 1984
More messy doodles from High School. I like some of the ink work here, as spot illustrations I really like them. I wonder, is anyone reading this?
Made with the Brushes app for Mom’s iPod Touch. It is rather small and awkward to work on, but I’m starting to get a sense of how to use it creatively. Update: I’ve added the Brushes video export to the New City blog: making of. It’s really fun to see the strokes.
- Leah’s Messenger/Laptop Bags
Leahpeah has been making some really, really wonderful items in her etsy store.
- Virginia Landscape
I have a lot of old images on my site that are unseen. Here’s one that I upsized from an older version. I remember making it in the late 1980s and scanned it in the 1990s. I also found pieces of what were old headers–from September 2002. I’ve recreated them from the images as 9/1/2002…
- Visualizing and Emerging Blog Content
As I mentioned, I’ve been doing extensive reclamation of my blog archives in such a way that old headers get displayed. So you can see that in action for the Blog Archives from September 2002. The first row is is a set of buttons: back one year, back one month, archives for the current year,…
- Notebook Cover, 1985
YET. ANOTHER. COVER. From High School. The kid in the uniform is called “The Punk” and I have a few drawings of him. Not particularly interesting in retrospect. The backstory for The Punk was something rather like Kick-Ass. Basically, a teenage kid, trying to be a “realistic” superhero. No powers, some cool gadgets. In some…
- Reagan in a concept car.
President Ronald Reagan (born February 6, 1911) driving the GM Citation IV concept in 1984. via New City, a blog my friend Chris and I co-curate.
- Batman, 2011
New sketch: Batman.
- Strange Landscapes #4. The F-clef misses her contrabassoon.
The F-clef misses her contrabassoon. previously
- Feb 10, 2011Reading on the web
Back in November I talked about using my Mom’s old iPod Touch. In 2009 I got a second generation Kindle as a gift for my birthday (I asked for it) and that got me reading a bit more, but not as much as I thought it was. I’m an avid Podcast listener, and I kept…
- Feb 11, 2011I cried when these people died.
Which is to say, I cried when the following people who I never met in my life died. I’ve been thinking about this for about a week and this is my list: Stanley Kubrick. Andy Warhol. It’s a shorter list than I would have thought. I can’t remember specifically crying when any politicians died. For…
- Feb 11, 2011Headline of the Day: “Microsoft Buys Nokia for $0B”
Read it: Microsoft Buys Nokia for $0B via Daring Fireball
- Sat. Sketch.
This morning I was playing around with Brushes App on an iPod Touch. I just found out that the Brushes Viewer can export existing drawings at higher resolution, or even a stroke-by-stroke video. Play it below or watch it on Vimeo: Sat. Sketch..
- RoboCop Valentine by Dresden Codak
Crossposted to New City.
- Feb 19, 2011TEN YEARS
As of today I have been blogging for 10 years. Here’s my first post. I’ve had a website for 15 years now. In that time a lot has happened. I’ve gotten divorced. I’ve gotten married. I’ve been on the radio, twice. I became a stepfather. I’ve moved several many times. I founded several blogs and…
- Go West Young Man!
Leah and I managed to get all the way across the country in just 4 days. Then we picked up the kids, piecemeal, and turned right around and went to her parents’ house in Southwestern Utah! It’s been a driving extravaganza for us and really a joyful trip all around. This fine morning I find…
- Mar 04, 2011“Push Again!”
view this video on Flickr Grandpa: “I pushed down and nothing happened…” Grandma: “Push again!” This is from March 10, 2009. Futzing with the camera to take a photo of the flowers in the front yard, and a perfect microencapsulation of my grandparents and how they worked on things together. My Grandma had a pretty…
- Bas and Me plus Grief
A nice post by Leah. For quite a while, and maybe even now, all photos of me have the character of Grief in the room.
- Mother Mary Comforts Me
So here’s a photo from the room I’m staying in at Grandma’s house: And here’s a photo, maybe a year or so old, of my Grandmother: On Friday I opened an account for her on Facebook. She used to be an avid emailer. In fact, her email addresses was one of the first I used,…
- I only made this because Claire de Lune is a COFFEEHOUSE with no WiFi.
(And I am not sure whether that is good or bad) (Good coffee though) (Thanks for reading)
- Workplace content filters are useless.
Apparently Bluecoat‘s web content filtering product thinks my portfolio or my older portfolio have nudity on them. That is not true. I have never seen a workplace content filter that was worth the money paid for it. They always seem to make research harder.
- Batmobile by Chris Greazel
Absolutely WONDERFUL Batmobile design by Chris Greazel over on our New City Blog.
- WebSanDiego Mailing List Visualization
So I’m back in San Diego. And part of my identity when I lived here was starting and cultivating the websandiego mailing list. It started on ONElist, and they were bought by eGroups, and eventually Yahoo! where it is now. It all started in March of 1999. We’ve moved from Usenet and Friendster to MySpace,…
- Santa Claus! (in March)
Hey look! Noodling in Brushes.app (when, exactly will I stop noodling in that program? NEVER!!!) has produced a holiday-themed image. Santa Claus! Holidays have been good to me since I was a kid. I loved to make custom greeting cards. Loved it! I got wonderfully positive feedback about them from anyone. I remember meticulously copying…
Yes, that is a terrific photo of you, Leah.
- A Night Out
Last night Leah, Erin (my friend of, uh, 23 years?), and I went out, and after dinner at CrazeeBurger, we landed at LeStats on Park, a coffeehouse that is open 24 hours. It was great to reconnect and hang out, and Leah even got some fabric out of the deal. Yes, I did some drawing….
- Ray at Night and Other Delights
On Saturday night Leah, Alexandra, Tamara Leeper and I went out to Ray at Night, an art walk on Ray Street here in San Diego. I mentioned attending Ray at Night in 2003, but I’m not totally sure what year I first went. They’ve been putting it on for almost 10 years. Before we went…
- Mar 14, 2011Coffee Bean!
The Coffee Bean & Tea has been good to me in the past two weeks. Here’s a coffee bean of thanks, courtesy, AGAIN, Brushes.app.
- Apr 28, 2011Enough with the death, please.
On the day before yesterday, my grandmother, Jean (McCrainor) Crawford died peacefully at home. That makes my Grandma, Mom, and Grandpa all in the last two years. You can read a bit more about my Grandma in Leah’s post Grandma This Morning. You can read about my Mom in a lot of places, especially her…
- Everybody’s going surfing
Water temperature is 62°F (16.7°C). A very nearly perfect break for me. Next: back to life, back to reality. Also: catch a wave and you’re sitting on top of the world. Related: Charlie don’t surf. However: I bodysurf at the beaches and swim at the cove. This ocean, this coast, this birthright of the citizens…
- Medication Board for Grandma
In my Grandma’s last weeks, keeping track of her medications grew more complicated. She was unable to swallow some meds, and at other times refused them. Bedridden, her needs would change. This board was an effort to keep everything straight for all us caregivers. Also: San Diego Hospice was great.
- Jean Crawford Obituary
Jean (McCrainor) Crawford, 90, of San Diego, beloved Mom and Grandma, passed away in her sleep in her Clairemont home on April 26, 2011. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska on September 20, 1920. She was the youngest of three daughters born to William and Emily McCrainor. Her father died when she was 3 and…
- Robin, Batman & Douglas Crockford
Leah made this flowsheet. It was to help keep track of care for my Grandma in her final months. When did she eat? What were her vital signs? What medications did she take or not take? Leah did a really nice job with it. Leah is not a medical professional, but she’s the finest untrained,…
- Moorpark High School Graduation Panorama
Moorpark High School Graduation
- What Has ArtLung Been Doing?
- Visibone Mouse Pad, from 2005.
I referred to it often. And I’ll be referring to it again now. Get one for yourself!
Happy Father’s Day, Dad. You are a fine person, and a dedicated person, and a wonderful father.
- New Header!
The photo was taken with instagram by Brent Nelson at Art in the Streets a few weeks ago. The rest of the header is CSS. I also tweaked the code on the headers page to use delegate() properly.
- “Sorry, reblog is not an acceptable word.”
Yes, I tumblr individually and as a collective.
- Sep 11, 2011I did not post in September 2011
This is just a placeholder.
- My Leah
taken at the Moorpark / Agoura game last night; originally on Instagram
- Oct 02, 2011Let’s get big stuff done.
Innovation Starvation, a short essay by Neal Stephenson (via Bruce Sterling) Still, I worry that our inability to match the achievements of the 1960s space program might be symptomatic of a general failure of our society to get big things done. My parents and grandparents witnessed the creation of the airplane, the automobile, nuclear energy,…
- Oct 09, 2011Steve Jobs
John Lilly: (Steve Jobs) was also a gifted, gifted operator. One of the struggles we were going through when he came back was that Apple was about the leakiest organization in history — it had gotten so bad that people were cavalier about it. In the face of all those leaks, I remember the first…
- Nov 11, 2011I did not post in November 2011
This is just a placeholder.
- Dec 15, 2011Intuitive Interface
Although, the user appears to be disappointed in the results of using this skeumorphic* interface.
- Dec 17, 20112pac’s Pal on the 20x South Bus
being a list of my tweets from last night THIS bus has a fellow claiming 2Pac as a friend and he’s alive. Arguing with fellow saying “Nig is DEAD.” They have opposing choruses too. Q:“Why you with a crazy girl?!” A:“Dude, I’m 36. She’s 21. She’s playing MY game.” This dialogue is GOLD. Mamet on…
- Central California has some real beauty.
Leah and I, as well as the 3 boys drove north to from Moorpark to Burlingame. It’s near the San Francisco Airport. It’s pretty here, but cold. Cold enough for me to look up a quote by Mark Twain. Sadly, the quote is not a true one. Mark Twain never said, “The coldest winter I…
- Did I mention Merry Christmas?
Spent some time with this dog, in addition to all my stepkids and my lovely wife. It was a great time. Coming up next: 2012.
- Dec 26, 2011Thomas P.M. Barnett’s “New Map” Brief in 2002
Via Thomas PM Barnett Thomas Barnett’s thinking has been inspirational to me for years. It’s, what, idealistic realpolitik? I love the word realpolitik.
- Dec 28, 2011Stew & The Negro Problem: Curse
New album releases this month! Warning: Explicit Lyrics
- My Specialty is Roofing
(I did not make this)