Archive for March, 2011

How to be a Modern Gentleman by Tom Ford

March 31st, 2011

I stumbled across this interview with Tom Fordfashion powerhouse, film mogul and old school romantic—that made me smile. Who doesn’t want to be a bit more gentleman like these days. My favorite was number 5.

1. You should put on the best version of yourself when you go out in the world because that is a show of respect to the other people around you.

2. A gentleman today has to work. People who do not work are so boring and are usually bored. You have to be passionate, you have to be engaged and you have to be contributing to the world.

3. Manners are very important and actually knowing when things are appropriate. I always open doors for women, I carry their coat, I make sure that they’re walking on the inside of the street. Stand up when people arrive at and leave the dinner table.

4. Don’t be pretentious or racist or sexist or judge people by their background.

5. A man should never wear shorts in the city. Flip-flops and shorts in the city are never appropriate. Shorts should only be worn on the tennis court or on the beach.

Chilly Moab

March 31st, 2011






Last week Susan and I headed down to the South East corner of Utah for some hiking and fun in the sun. Unfortunately Arches and Canyonlands are the same elevation as home, and even though we were a little further south it was cold (which I wasn’t planning on). But the chilly weather didn’t stop us from getting out (I should say stop Susan from dragging me around). We did a lot of hikes and saw as much as we could cram into the few days we were there.

The one thing I regret was not packing a few warmer clothes. I was thinking the temp would be a lot warmer and ended up having to wear jeans, dress shirts and sweaters to keep warm. I felt a bit out of place on the trails when I’d come across those hippy granola hikers sporting head to toe patagonia gear. Ha. Good times.

After Effects

March 24th, 2011

Over the past couple of weeks at work I’ve had to spend some serious time with Adobe After Effects, and more and more I’m starting to like the program. The one thing I don’t like is how much time it takes to render video (even with a serious fast machine it can take hours to render super hi-res files). If you’ve seen any ofAndrew Kramer’s stuff (he works on all of JJ Abrams movies—think Star Trek or the new movie Super 8) you’ll want to learn After Effects too.

The video below is from the Adobe CS5 launch. I remember when I watched it I thought it was super cool when the space ship comes flying in.

Yup. My file got pirated.

March 23rd, 2011

As many of you know I am an aspiring author on the Envato marketplaces. If you’re unfamiliar with Envato you really should check it out. In short I produce high quality websites and components that if done for a client would cost hundreds/ thousands of dollars, but instead sell for a couple bucks on the marketplace (I mostly produce for Activeden aka Flashden).

Earlier this month I saw a hugh spike in my files’ traffic, and that usually translates into higher sales, but sales actually went down. I couldn’t figure it out; until today that is.

It seems that my top selling file has been leaked to the darker/ shader side of the intertubes. Yup that’s right. You can get one of the best bits of flash code I’ve produced with a simple click. So put on your best eye patch and pirate away.

You can preview the file here, and it’s still available for purchase here.

And if the price tag of $15 is really going to break the bank and you just can’t stop your swash-buckling-self you can venture to the darker side of the web and get my file here. (As a heads up be careful where you click and what you click. Sites like the one hosting the illegal download of my file are often traps for “banner ad hell” with misleading banners and promises of faster downloads with a monthly fee. Please don’t sign up for anything I think it’s got to be a crock. I think the link you’re looking for is the “slow download”).

I don’t know how long the illegal download will be available (I’ve emailed the sites asking them to remove the file) so get it while the gettings good.

Design Army

March 23rd, 2011




I’ve totally been obsessing over this Washington, DC, based design studio Design Army for a couple of years now. They consistently “wow” me with their photo shoots and art direction. Everything they do is really quite something to look at. Love it.

Adobe just did a little promotion with them too. Here’s a link to that video which is worth taking a look to see more of their behind the scenes.