Sunday, February 17, 2008

R.E.M. are B.A.C.K.

It's hard to believe that on April 1st, they will release their 14th studio album; and from what I've heard, this thing is gonna rock!

Of course, I may be a little biased as they are my favorite band and I haven't been nearly as offended by their last few albums as most folks. As a designer, I'd like to add that their quad-year updates to their website are always something great to look forward to. Michael Stipe has always been a part of the design & production of their album art, t-shirts, and fan club packaging, and they always have fun with type. Check out the latest news and album art for "Accelerate", R.E.M.'s new album at, and click in the top right corner to listen to the first new track called "Supernatural, Superserious."

Friday, February 8, 2008

Monkey Business.

Last week, Ian was in the hospital.

Most of you may not know that Ian has a dairy allergy. This means no pizza, no cheese, no ice cream, not certain types of bread, no butter, and of course, not milk. Well, this has put quite a damper on his meals and brought quite the challenge to our grocery shopping. Well, for the past few months he has not gained much weight, has been throwing up once or twice every other week and just not wanting to eat (except breakfast). So we set up an appointment to find out what was up with his digestive system.

He had an Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, (I know, the nurse was impressed I pronounced it correctly too) where a tube with a light & camera were sent down his esophagus and just into his small intestine in search of trouble. They did a biopsy and took some pictures. Additionally, they inserted a ph test tube through his nose and down his throat that was connected to a monitor for him to carry around for 24 hours. Oh, how wonderful.

What you don't see in this picture, are the white foam arm wraps, dubbed "No No's", that were velcro'd around his elbows keeping him from bending his arms and pulling the tube out of his throat. It took a little while to get used to, but he figured out how to play and have fun around the house with them on. He didn't like them on when it was time to eat. Like most hospital procedures, he wasn't able to eat for 12 hours before, and was starving by the time we got home. So we took them off to let him eat and made sure he didn't pull the tube out. As you can see, he was very thankful.

We pulled out one of his old Monkey backpacks and tore the back pouch open a little wider to hold the monitor. It was an easy fit and a more relaxing unit to carry around than a black plastic choke-machine.

Big thanks to Lyndsey for volunteering to take the tape off his face and pull the tube out of his nose. There was just no way I could do it without Ian ending up back at the hospital.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Super Marketing.

Besides talking about the 17-14 upset by the New York Giants, I'll be asking people if they've seen the new FOX show based on James Cameron's TERMINATOR films, "The Sarah Conner Chronciles." The most clever bit of marketing throughout the Super Bowl was FOX's CG animation of the Terminator robot against that ridiculous football transformer. It was hilarious, a brilliant idea, and well played during the programming interstitials.

And how about those updated clips of Will Ferrel's "Semi-Pro" and "Iron Man!" I was hoping for some preview of the new Indiana Jones film, but I guess everyone else would have been talking about it before it happened.

Congrats, Giants.