Archives for March 2010
I don't think I've ever met anyone who doesn't LOVE Zooey Deschanel (my friend was on set with her for the filming of a PSA a couple months back and said she was just so beautiful in person... way better than in the movies). And we all know she can sing thanks to her little christmas caroling in Elf, but Susan had me get her latest album that just came out yesterday. It's a pretty good listen. It has a very vintage sound to it (I would guess like 40s or 50s). It lacks a little in sound quality (that's kind of a throw back to older recordings), but the lyrics and tunes are fantastic.
If the video above doesn't have you rushing over to iTunes to buy the album then we can't be friends anymore. Ok just joking.
I don't know what it is but I love headphones and these are the latest I have my eyes on. Maybe it has to do with the fact that at work sometimes headphones are the only way to gain a little solitude working from my 5 foot cubicle. And it's not like I don't have fantastic headphones already that I LOVE, but the thought of this pair makes me weak in the knees (I mean sheep leather ear cups), and it's not like I've bought oodles of headphones in my life. Maybe 2 or 3 pairs in 10 years.
From the reviews the P5's sound as good as they look. I know they're such a luxury item, but they are now on my list wish along with a whole lot of other gadgety.
Unfortunately we aren't buying this beauty (I wish). The other day after my haircut I thought I'd drive down Jefferson Ave. (a street in Ogden that has some incredibly hugh old homes and in the past few years undergone some major rehabilitation), and couldn't believe my eyes. There have been numerous houses on this street over the years that I've entertained the idea of buying with the cost ranging from $225,000 for a dump to $698,000 for the house that's actually just to the south of this one (it's fully restored and anywhere else in the US would be double to triple that).
Last night I took Susan and the kids on a drive by after dinner to see it (Susan made me take the above photos). But there are major reasons I wouldn't want to live on Jefferson and thus why this house is not going to be ours. One, it's in a ghetto, and I mean ghetto. Prostitution, drugs, crime, is all within walking distance (granted we only live 10 or less blocks away right now from this house). Jefferson Ave itself is really beautiful and there are now only 2-3 house on the street that look as bad as this one; everything else is restored to it's former beauty. I'm sure as time passes other parts of the neighborhood will improve, but how do you get over the fact that right now it's scary and you fear for you family's safety? Dang it. I've always wanted to live in a victorian beast. This house probably has more rooms and space than we have need or would ever have need for. I was joking with Susan that we could all have our own bedrooms plus our own offices. I really do wish I was braver. I'll probably never get a chance to buy a victorian restoration project for the price of dirt again.
Over the past couple of weeks I've added a few new files to activeden (the stock flash website I sell a my flash bits on). The most notable is a full website/ image gallery called Sideways. The name comes from the way you scroll sideways to view the gallery (mouse wheel supported).
There's a ton more activeden files that I'm pursuing between early hours and late nights (both HTML and Flash). In fact in a weeks time you'll be able to own a wordpress blog just like this one if you'd like I just need to polish up a few final touches and bugs.
All I do seems to be work though. I mean there's a few ours with the kids and a few with Susan at night, but the bulk of my time is spent designing and coding these days. I'm just considering this the season of hard work though. On a recent project runway Lauren Hutton said (I paraphrase), "that she wasn't the best because of her raw talent, but because she worked four times harder than any one else." And I'm certainly not the most hard working—there are plenty people out there that work longer hours and hard jobs than me. But when people ask me what I do for fun or if I did anything over the weekend or the night before the first thing into my mind is I worked on this file or that project. Unlike my friends' response: "I went skiing on Saturday, or snowshoeing with my kids..."
I'll get there. Right now I'm just trying to secure an out or a security blanket if I need to find new work or want to go freelance full-time again.