Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Naked Eye

A few years back I was working at Mustang Alley in London, we sold clothing, food and most important to this story, magazines. Once the bosses skipped out at the end of the day and the students finished up day classes the store was DEAD. So we read and read and read. I'm pretty sure I knew everything about every celebrity, ever movie and song review and most important to my program I actually knew all the news...
This is where I came across Naked Eye, a Canadian entertainment based magazine. I immediately loved it. It is a quarterly magazine but the best part, only Canadian artisits/actors/famous figures get to appear on the front cover. My only issue with the magazine is that it seriously only 4 issues a year?! I had totally forgot about it this past year, until I saw Malin Akermans face was staring at me from across the grocery store, yes I screamed in excitement.

So, I think you should do you self a favour and read it. If you don't care to buy magazines, thats fine, but at least give it a chance by reading it here online. 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Great Remembrance Day Debate

Today is 11/11/11 best known as Remembrance Day, a day to remember, mourn and give our silent thanks for those brave Canadians who fought for our freedom.

But the day has been over run with debate, should remembrance day be a civic holiday. I have heard debate after debate, but personally I believe Canadians should be at work.

I believe Matt Gurney a writer for the National Post sums it up well:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/guerson/5166856948/"For all Canadians who enjoy the freedoms and safety secured for us by the sacrifice of over 100,000 lives and the suffering of millions more who served and lived, Remembrance Day is a rare opportunity for a united, collective thank you. At most work places and in all schools, at 11 a.m., work pauses and people can reflect. It provides an opportunity for organized displays, the reading of poems, the recounting of veterans’ tales of courage and pain, and most importantly, the solemn education of the youngest Canadians in the facts of war and how much our prosperous and free society has truly cost. For one day a year, for only a few minutes at a time, we take the steps needed to ensure that for at least one more year, the sacrifices made on our behalf will not be forgotten.
Making Nov. 11 a day off would not only make it harder for Canadians to share this time of contemplation and sobriety, but would also fundamentally change the meaning of the day. Even the best-intentioned Canadian, one fully mindful and respectful of the costs of war, would soon have to fight the urge to look forward to Remembrance Day. A day off with the kids, a chance to sleep in or take the dog for a long walk, are things rightly relished, and it would be wrong to deliberately associate Nov. 11 with relaxation and pleasure."

Read more: http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2010/11/11/matt-gurney-remembrance-day-the-wrong-time-for-a-holiday/#ixzz150ISgoyX
Wear your poppy proudly, and when you see a war veteran make sure to tell them how much you appreciate all they have done for us.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Video of the Day

I've decided, well no i know, that one of my favourite things about the internet is the obscure pieces of gold in video form that are out there. While I do not as of this moment have any owned or featuring me I do know of many that features others and other creatures that are worthy of your viewing. So stop by each day for my video of the day.

First up. Something I am not sure if I ever want to see again.

I mean the only question remains. WHY IN A SPEEDO!? seriously, no SERIOUSLY.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Classic Americano

Park Avenue Jesus.

For the label whores of America I guess its true, and for those who live and die for American fashion he is the ultimate. No denying that.

New York Magazine features Michael Kors this month, and I love the article. They point out his perfectionism on Project Runway. One of the main reasons I watch is to hear the catch phrase critques he throws out.

I just wanted to have you all read about a kickass person.

And god im dying for this watch!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Through the Musical Motions

I go through the motions with music. When I say motions I'm betting on that it has to do with my emotions because I never really understand why one week i'm into house and techno and the next I can't get enough of head banging hard rock.
Right now I'm all for a mixture of music - a mixture of emotions?- hell that is never good.

These days I stick to listening to a current rock station out of Toronto while i am at work. And this song below well it has no meaning to me but I really always turn up the radio a bit too loud when it comes on. The best part is this rocking video showcasing that teen anarchy isn't as harmful as the people trying to stop it.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Worlds Away

Ads via Ads of the World 

Advertising in 1950. Times have changed.  While girls, quotes and slang dominate our tricky and clever advertising of the 2000s a quick trip back to the past reveals a much simple form of advertising. Where magnificent, splendid and striking adjectives dominate the copy, lets not even mention the horrifically corny cartoon base.

I find this not shocking but its something. As someone who has attended school for writing for more than 4 years I have always been told to write simply, remove that fancy adjective.

My favourite of the bunch? The skype ad.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Posters and Typogrpahy

Most of this week I have been developing some "movie" posters for the hallways of my work. While I am not a talented graphic artist like the one above, I have enjoyed paroosing the internet to find inspiration. One of my biggest hurdles if my lack of knowledge and creativity with type.

So I came across this little slice of beauty on a top typography website. Lyrics to Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol strategically placed in between the minds of two, I'm just throwing it out there, love birds.Great song, great image, great type. Like it or Love it?