Without my stories

I’m not sure why I am so attached to this watch. Sure, my dad gave it to me – but I usually prefer gold to silver. This suits me more and more every year. Those earrings have a story, too. I bought them on Bleecker Street, off 7th, in the Village, NYC. Do I usually do that much bling? No. But every year, come the festive season, these come out of my little storage boxes, and into the light.

Live the little things, guys. I love my bits and bobs, and I see myself as a collector of beautiful items that bring me joy and carry stories with them. If I were born in another time, in another place, I’d have a store/café – with one of kind items like these, and illustrated books. Oh, the stories. Who would I be without my stories? And who would you be, dear reader, without yours?

Earrings – made in Mexico, brand unknown; Watch – US Submarine

Tuesday Typists : Five

Five-01

 


These poems are part of Tuesday Typists : Maya Stein does 10-line poems every Tuesday.Tuesday Typists is a wonderful secret writing group which Maya prompts with interesting words. This was my response to “five”.
 
I met Maya and was introduced to her work at Squam Art Workshops, 
New HampshireUSA – Fall 2012.
 

Poem : Halfway

poem - halfway - white bg-01

Halfway

Is it alright to be a halfway geek?
I mean, I love Batman and Spiderman and…
well. I also listen to really old music and…
dream of owning pencils with leads of all hardnesses
and softnesses.
Perhaps we should all stop being so
Halfway hard on ourselves,
halfway empty, halfway full.
Perhaps we should ask
The sky?
– Ashvina Naidu
These poems are part of Tuesday Typists : Maya Stein does 10-line poems every Tuesday. Tuesday Typists is a wonderful secret writing group which Maya prompts with interesting words. This was my response to “halfway”. I met Maya and was introduced to her work at Squam Art Workshops, New Hampshire, USA – Fall 2012. 

Ned Stark + Lingua

(via ShineMySneaks)

Dubbed videos make me either cringe or laugh wildly. Bless Lord Eddard.
Sean Bean was legen-Boromir-dary in the Fellowship, but with his charming Northern speak and bloomin’ honour, he Starked his way further into my good graces. Well, yes, I’ve watched all three seasons and no, I’m not spoiling it for you today unlike the ENTIRE INTERNET who has been chucking the Red Wedding at us for days (before I managed to watch it, mind you).

Speaking of dubbing, here’s an infographic (via Visual.ly) that’s insightful. I wonder if they took into account that Mandarin is not built like other languages and each word combines with others to form…contextual meaning? (I’m not so sure how to explain this but I know it’s not built the same way as European languages.)

The Speed of LanguageVisually, I find the colour palette a little droll – the layout is a little messy, the kerning/font choices similarly messy. (Not all infographics are created equal) But the content got me thinking. Click on the image to go to the source.

Let me wander off on a wee self-absorbed tangent. I speak a dialect or two of Malay (a Polynesian language). A wee bit of Tamil and Malayalam (from the Indian subcontinent). A spattering of Hokkien and Cantonese, bits of Mandarin (Chinese dialects), and I can manage very, very simple Spanish, French – enough to inform you that I barely understand you, order things in a restaurant, greet you, and apologise. Don’t think I can ask for directions, though.

I wonder if I have any friends that speak a surprising language not native to them. Like Esperanto. Or Basque!

xx
ash

Schtupid Client Comments Make Schnazzy Poschters

3

Here are my favourites from Bored Panda’s post.
Sigh. Any graphic designer can relate to the lack of sensibility in comments. But on a more empathetic note, I can understand non-design thinkers having trouble with communicating what they want. I suggest they use these as a STUDY. As a precursor to hiring a creative agency or a designer. Someone should turn this into an instructive BOOKLET. (Read: future Glowdown project?)

2

“Frustrated by stupid client criticism, Irish graphic designers Mark Shanley and Paddy Treacy decided to turn their “favorite worst feedback” into posters. The guys worked together on so-called “Sharp Suits” series with a team of other ad creatives, designers, animators, directors, illustrators and more, who must’ve all appreciated a chance to let out some of their exasperation in a creative way.” – via Bored Panda


1

I’m quite in love with the dog. He reminds me of the Tramp from um…Lady and the Tramp. Not so much visually – just the almost sarcastic, jaunty tone.

Thanks to darling Kath on FB who alerted me to this.
See the entire series here.

Happy Thursday, dolls.