Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Nightstand SIC #1

 Something short and sweet for the first entry. I don't have a before picture, just an after.  I wanted to freshen up the look of my old nightstand when I moved into the little gypsy cottage I'm currently in back in April last year.

 So I touched up the black paint with some new gloss and painted the top (previously green crackle paint) with a pale pink and painted over the dark metal handle in the same pink. After they were dry I went over it with some sealer to keep it nice.

 A tiny bit of effort and it feels like a whole new piece of furniture and it helps to keep the bedroom bright looking. 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

 So just after two years I'm going to be on stage in a play again! Scary/exciting at the same time. Once again it's at the Palace Theatre in London, Ontario. Check out the details below :)

 Directed by Tim Condon

 Inspired by the playwright’s youthful experiences as a staff writer on Sid Caeser’s 1950′s television show, Your Show of Shows, this Neil Simon favourite depicts the harried writing staff as they frantically scramble to top each other with gags while competing for the attention of star madman Max Prince. Filled with classic humour and colourful characters, Laughter on the 23rd Floor is bound to have you …well…laughing. Just a word of caution: This show contains some language that may be offensive to some people. However, as one comedian said, "If you're not offending someone, you're probably not very funny either."

Cast List
Matthew Stewart (Lucas Brickman)
Paul Blower (Milt Fields)
Tim Bourgard (Val Slotsky)
Chris Albert (Brian Doyle)
Michael Wilmot (Max Prince)
Mark Speechley (Kenny Franks)
Rick Smith (Ira Stone)
Jo-Anne Bishop (Carol Wyman)
Megan Williamson (Helen)

“This play is a Valentine to comedy itself.” – Austin Chronicle

January 17: Preview Performance $10 adult, $8 for 18 and under

This performance is also available for holders of the Cultural Access Pass

Regular show dates: January 18, 19, 20 (2pm matinee), 23, 24, 25, 26

Tickets: $22.00 adults, $18 Seniors, $16 Students, $8 children under 18

For tickets, please call The Palace Theatre box office between 10am and 4pm: 519-432-1029. Some shows will have walk-in tickets available an hour or less before showtime.

2013 is SIC


These three words are going to be my motto for 2013 (and perhaps beyond).

 See I have this problem, I'm not the best communicator.

 If you know me personally you can probably see where I'm going with this. I've always had a desire to create things; beautiful things, ugly things, anything to express how I'm feeling, what I see, pay homage to what inspires me. Unfortunately I find sharing what I make or what I do difficult because I do believe that whatever you do, you infuse a little piece of yourself into it, and it's hard to share things with others that is emotionally close to you. It's like you're laying your heart out for criticism. 

 Sometimes though you come to a point where you realize that you need to just put yourself out there. It's not easy, it gets better, though maybe not right away. When I see other peoples work I get inspired, and I want my work to inspire people too. Maybe they'll see it and go "hey I can do it better", and I want to see what they come up with. I believe it will be exciting. 

 So I'm making a declaration to make a post everyday from January 13th until December 31st, 2013 sharing something I've created either past, present or in-progress or sharing something that inspires me. I figured that if I make this promise out loud now I'm accountable to follow through on it. 

 We'll see how well this journey goes, if it lasts a day, 100 days, or all the way to the end. 

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

White Titles Trending...

 It seems like for the past year (maybe year and a half), it has become very trendy to give music videos slick on screen titles in a white font. It's pretty "meh" in most cases, but some I do like. So here is a list of my top 7 in no particular order of preference.

 Please, bear in mind that this is not a commentary about the rest of the video or the music itself. So no matter what my, or your feelings are about say Jay-Z or Justin Bieber, this is only about a trend in white titles. I happen to enjoy these ten the best because of the choice of typography, composition, the fades (transitions), timing and fit with establishing the tone of the song and video.

#1. Youth Without Youth ~ Metric

#2 Hit Me Up ~ Danny Fernandes feat. Josh Ramsey & Belly








#3 Let Me Love You ~ Ne-Yo




 #4 She Can Ride ~ Dru




#5 Boyfriend ~ Justin Bieber





#6 No Church In The Wild ~ Jay-Z feat. Kanye West





#7 Whistle ~ Flo Rida

Friday, November 16, 2012

A little bit of random for your Friday...

Optimist Prime and My Little Pony together = an epic army?
 You be the judge.

Saturday, July 28, 2012


 I stumbled across this absolutely charming vintage T.V. commercial on Internet Archive a couple of years ago. It's for the American cola brand Shasta and features Dr. Frankenstein and his creation (called Igor in the commercial) in their laboratory. The Doctor sends Igor to  "go and get me what I crave". Igor then visits the local grocery store to pick up some Shasta.

 I feel like this commercial is also notable for the inclusion of John Fielder as the store clerk, probably best known as one of Disney's most popular voice actors, playing Piglet of Winnie the Pooh fame for many years. As well as and ending voice over by another popular actor Tom Bosley, aka Mr. Cunningham on Happy Days.

You can watch and/or download the commercial from the Internet Archive here I've also tried to represent it as best as possible using screen captures below to help illustrate the simple yet absolutely effective colour design.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Found a copy of Bravestarr: The Movie for 2 dollars on DVD the other day at the dollar store. I'm totally excited! I vaguely remember the TV series so we'll see how well yet another piece of 80's animation has held up.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Mean Girls...

 Just completed a 3 day 'text war' with a friend using all quotes from the movie Mean Girls. He finished out with 115 texts and I with 116...      

  except mine were all the same quote...

  all 116 times...
  because it's my favorite...                                                                                                                                                  
  ...yeah, it was totally "Boo, you whore" :D