Monday, June 25, 2007

Statues I Question

Doing research for that Stockholm Olympics logo made me even confuseder than when I started. Why did they use this image? What is that man doing to the horse? I thought that it would be some kind of statue or monument in Stockholm, but my hours of searching for it have been fruitless. But I DID find a bunch of other statues that I hope I'm misinterpreting...

Remember when Elaine found that mannequin of her in the store window? I felt a similar feeling when I saw this statue. It is an exact replica of my friend Christopher when he rides a turtle naked.

This one is a tribute to Diarrhea. Here is a princess riding a wave of her own fecal matter.

This one is called "Sculptor's First Try" and was a real bargain for the city of Reykjavik, Iceland. It depicts 2 fisherman that were looking for the best fishing spot, but suddenly realized that their work would improve if they stopped wearing boxing gloves.

"Dolphin Rodeo" shows what happens when you take dolphins lightly, and decide to mount them unbridled.

This one is outside of a library. Why is the mom so against libraries, that she has to yank her kid so violently out of one? IIs this a monument to book-haters?

Monday, June 18, 2007

There's an old saying in the ad game...

This week, the topic of the logo design podcast was Why The 2012 London Olympics Logo Sucked. After listening to the latest podcast, not only did I notice a lot of chapter mistakes (which aren't my fault) but a really negative, derisive tone (which is totally my fault). I sound really "high and mighty". But this logo just got me really agitated. Why does such a talented designer, Wolff Olins, think he can just ignore basic design principles like legibility? Why bright pink? Why do I hate the 80's so much?

Jon Stewart pays tribute to it here. I thought he had exactly the right tone. I remember really liking Nutsy the Olympic Mascot.

Tanks For You Preference

What is it with Provo and mexican restaurants? I know it's being taken over by Mexico, but you would think they would want to eat something different now that they're in the states. Or maybe each latino family that moves there is thinking "I will start a mexican restaurant that's authentic, and the BYU students will beat a path to my door".

I went to Beto's once in SLC because I had a gun to my head, if I recall correctly (I may have just been extremely hungry). Their food and smell was as good as this sign. It is hanging on a Beto's in Provo.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

"Television! Teacher, mother, secret lover"

Now that the cable has been downgraded from "mounds of turds with the occasional nugget of goodness" to "All Turds, All the Time" there's no longer a way to Oliver down on the couch at any time of the day and put on a show. His two favorites Teletubbies and Thomas are only on once a day, instead of anytime on OnDemand. It's going to suck for the next month until I break down and upgrade the cable again.

I remember when I was a small one I watched Picture Pages. I dont think my mom ever got me the actual book to follow along with, despite the warning tone in the theme song...

Picture Pages, Picture Pages,
Time to get your Picture Pages,
Time to get your crayons and your pencils..."

"You can play with Picture Pages,
FIll your day with Picture Pages,
'Till Bill Cosby does another Picture Page with you!"

But I liked to watch it anyway. it was like Bill was standing there doing my homework for me in an entertaining way.

I also like Romper Room. They had a lot of fun toys I wished I had. One toy I was scared of was the ICanSee Mirror, which freaked me out. I didnt want the lady to see me. It was my job to be watching HER.

The best shows were one that interesting secondary characters that enriched the enjoyment of the show. One example of a show that did NOT do this was Capt Kangaroo. Holy Crap, I hated him. Hated his moose, hated Mr. Greenjeans, and hated his coat. He was condescending and boring. And I really tried to like him, because my friends did.

Then after the introduction of Slim Goodbody, I went and kicked my friends asses and got new friends with better taste. I was not going to stand for that.

I did like The World of Commander McBragg, though. I see a lot of his influence in my life to this day. God bless that mustachioed adventurer.

As i got a little older, I remember watching 2 shows very faithfully every morning. I mean FAITHFULLY. The ritual was to get up, urinate, eat a sandwich, make some Nestle Quik to drink while I watched Rocky and Bullwinkle

which was enhanced by the creative concoctions of Fractured Fairy Tales. Man, I love those. I am going out TODAY to get the book of Fractured Fairy Tales. My kids NEED that influence of combined cynicism and creativity in their lives.

Right after that, Underdog came on, which ruled. I saw a trailer for the new live-action movie they're doing for Underdog, which will probably suck (there's that cynicism again). I'll see it, though, because I feel I owe it to him. He was there for me, and he taught me so much.

So, thanks, TV. A great man named Homer once said, "When will I learn? The answer to life's problems aren't at the bottom of a bottle, they're on TV! "