Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Video Project from The Roanoke Times.

So I got to work on a new project at work. The Roanoke Times is looking to hire someone for a specialized position, Digital Product Manager. Traditional means of advertising weren't working.
The type of person they are looking for would be a little harder to target.

I worked with a group at work where we brainstormed and came up with a viral video to try to grab the attention of people that may be interested and have the right skill set for this job. I worked mostly on the editing of the video. Take a look at what we did and let me know your thoughts on it.

Watch it here!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Proper cell phone etiquette

Ok, I've got to talk about cell phones for a minute. Why does everyone act like an idiot when they have their cellphone up to their face? Here are a few examples from the past few weeks.

1. The "Talk way to loud" person. 
Believe it or not, as technology gets better, it reduces the need to speak loudly into your mobile device. Surprising right? So we are in a restaurant and someone clear across the room answers their phone. I first noticed how loud and obnoxious her ringtone was. Come to find out, it matched the user quite well. I could hear her entire conversation, not to mention she is at a table with four other people. Why do people feel the need to speak 5 levels higher than their normal voice? It isn't going to help the person on the other end hear you any better. The funniest part, she didn't even know the name of the restaurant she was in!

2. The "Answer my phone in the theater" person. 
So this incredibly rude person had already annoyed me by talking through the first 30 minutes of this movie. Then her phone rings, I think my jaw it the nasty sticky popcorn covered floor when I heard her answer it. She tells the person she is in a movie. So surely she is going to tell this person she has to go, as to not bother the other 100 people in the theater. NOPE, she continues to have a conversation. My blood was boiling and right before I said something, the guy in front of me yells, "GET OFF THE PHONE!". 
She gasps back and quickly gets off the phone, then replies to the man "You didn't have to be so F#(@ing rude about it!" 
I lost it. I turn to her and say, "You have been talking the whole movie!" 
She says, "I have not." 
The only thing I could say next was bull#(*%! 
So then she says "Well go get a manager then." 
I calmly said, "No, then I would miss MORE of the movie." Well that finally shut her up.

3. The "I'm on the phone so I don't look like I'm alone all the time" person. 
I see so many people at the mall, or grocery store, alone, chatting on the phone. Can people not do any simple chores without blabbing to someone else about what a great deal on canned corn they just found? If the person on the other end cared so much, maybe they should be there with you. I even so a woman so busy on the phone she stopped in the middle of the parking lot saying, "I don't even know where I parked…"
Gee, maybe if you weren't on the phone while driving and parking when you got there, you might remember where you parked.

Well I'm sure that is enough rambling for now. Please share some of your most annoying cell phone faux pas. You may inspire me to continue this thread!

Monday, October 31, 2011

New Portfolio Website!

So I've been busy with baby stuff and updating my website. Check it out!  

Now that I'm done, I'm ready to design a new one. Whenever time permits.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Bad Design Elements

Graphic design programs like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign have become readily available to the masses. Now anyone with the software thinks they are a graphic designer. The ad below has some of the my favorite bad design elements. A large gradient background, magically floating items, and just boring. But there is one more thing I didn't mention, do you see it?

Most people didn't really see the biggest thing with this ad. Most graphically inclined people saw it right away. HIS FREAKIN' HEAD IS MISSING! I understand the most likely what you to focus on the product and not the model, but this isn't a department store manikin, it is a real person. This could have been solved a little more creatively. Here is what I would have done.

I faded the edge a little. Still not a great solution.

I put the products into boxes. I think this works best.
It just looks ridiculous, an all around bad ad in my opinion. Anyone else agree or am I just being picky? Because it seriously looks like the Bride from Kill Bill swooped in and clipped his head off.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Staind Self-Titled Album Review

I think I just stepped into a time machine. Back to 1999 when I first heard Mudshovel and proceeded to buy Staind's album Dysfunction. This is their best outing since then. Not that some of the stuff they have been putting out hasn't been good, but honestly most of it was too soft, or radio friendly for me. I'll never forget the first time I heard Staind on the local hit station K92. It blew me away.

Anyway, lets talk about something good, the new self titled album is awesome! It is heavy, but still has melody. The guitars are tuned super low and the distortion is good and crunchy. The bass his heavy and fat. Aaron Lewis brings back the screaming, did he even do that on the last record? Not that I listen to hard rock for screaming, but Aaron has a great singing voice and a great growl that fits perfectly with the heavier parts of songs.

I'll warn you now, there is a song named Wannabe "featuring" Snoop Dogg, I know, sounds like it doesn't belong. It is actually a really good fast track It follows a slow "Alice in Chains"-ie song, and picks up the flow of the album. I think Snoop has like 2 lines, it actually fits well in the overall flow.

It contains 9 heavy songs and a ballad at the end, much like Dysfunction from 1999. I can't really pick any top tracks, they are all so good. But I will say The Bottom is one of the heaviest, you may have already heard this one, it was featured on the Transformers 3 soundtrack.

Bottom line, buy it.

5 Stars.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Spicy Burger Review

I haven't been to Red Robin much, I have a hard time paying 8 to 9 bucks for a burger, but they taste great! I got the Burnin' Love Burger, it has fried jalapenos, tangy salsa and spicy pepper jack cheese on a cayenne-seasoned burger. I know that sounds like spicy overkill, but it was a great balance of flavor and heat. I don't feel that I had many jalapenos on mine, but I'm sure that varies. I'm glad they wrap these burgers in that paper, because it is kind of a mess, but most things this good are. It isn't low on the calories or fat either, so if you are dieting, plan to blow your points/calories on this one. It is worth saving for all week. If you enjoy spice, get this burger. I give it a 3 out of 5 on a heat scale. 

Calories: 930; Fat: 60g; Carbs: 54g; Protein: 45g

Heat Level


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Preparing the baby's room!

Spent the past two days painting. The pink was a bit neon at first. After the first coat I was washing the brush off in the sink, and everything looked kind of green, like when you have been outside without sunglasses. It took three coats to even out, it looks great. So I thought it would be funny to share this video of me putting the crib together. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Insidious Review

Scary as hell! And only rated PG-13!!!! This movie is freaky deaky. The basic concept is there is a boy in a coma and there are a multitude of spirits trying to inhabit his body. I went in to the movie with low expectations, so maybe that is what made it so good for me. What really did it was the scene in the trailer pictured above, i saw that creepy darth maul looking dude and said I have to see this movie. 

Like most horror movies, I hated the people at first. I thought they were kind of dumb. I mean when stuff starts to get lost into the attic, and you know no one else moved it, it is time to freak out! It wasn't until halfway through I started to feel for these characters. Also I thought it was going to be one of those movies that uses cheap loud screechy music tones and flashes of "ghosts" to scare, but I was surprised when it started to get deeper and more frightening. The ghosts or "entities" if you will, in this movie feel like one of those old ghost stories you hear passed down at camp fires. In one scene you actually see the spirits reenacting the moment that made them ghosts in the first place. Fits with my theory of spirits being stuck in a bit of a loop surround their traumatic event. 

This movie was so scary my wife April was half way through and didn't want to see the rest. For a while now The Grudge has been my favorite PG-13 horror flick, but I think Insidious just took the cake. A must see for anyone who likes scary movies.

5 out of 5 stars.

Red Hot Chili Peppers - I'm with you Reveiw

I have been waiting a long time for this new Red Hot Chili Peppers album. I absolutely loved Stadium Arcadium. RHCP has always had what I would call a "beachy" or "summery" sound, and Stadium Arcadium didn't disappoint. You would think with it being a 2 disc set, that there would be a lot of fluff, or filler songs, but there wasn't it had a great flow. The new album I'm here with you is a little different. It is slower, or more mellow. There are a few upbeat songs, but not enough more my liking. I believe this has a lot to do with John Frusciante the guitar player leaving the band. He had been with them since Californication in 1999, and was the original guitar player for the frist few albums. I feel like they had the perfect synergy going and that is what made Stadium Arcadium so good. So maybe in a few years if the new guy sticks around they will get it back, but so far not so good. Honestly i can only give this about 2.5 stars out of 5. The songs just aren't that memorable, and the don't have what I call "character". I feel like they were playing it a little safe due to having a new guitar player. Let them go on tour for a while and maybe next time we will get something a little better.

Top songs: Factory of Faith, the radio single The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie, and the closing song Dance, Dance Dance.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Angelina Ruins Movies...

So this is a long standing feud with some friends about this. I can't stand Angelina Jolie. I've never found her even remotely attractive. A few years ago the movie WANTED came out. It only looked mildly interesting to me anyway, but once I found out she was in it I was done. She just ruins movies for me. I also saw part of The Tourist, I don't know if I just hated the movie, or her, but I never finished it. Johnny Depp is a great actor and even he couldn't keep me interested in that movie. I feel like the The Tourist was an excuse to have Angelina dress up in fancy clothes in different parts of the world and sit there all glamorous and pouty faced.

I know a huge population of people, men and women, probably disagree with me; but seriously stop paying her all that money to act as the same generic action chick. Give that money to someone like Mila Kunis!

Wigs on babies?

Ok, so to explain... Someone left a parenting magazine on the table near my desk. Me and some co-workers were flipping through and saw this ridiculous ad! I have never in my life seen
a baby with a head of hair like that, not to mention how it is cut or styled. I know advertising is all about lying to people and all, but really? Here is the full ad as seen in the September 2011 issue of Parenting magazine.

 Am I wrong? Are there babies out there with crazy hair? Or is it a baby toupee?

The video is mirrored to avoid being blocked by Youtube.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Everleigh Hope Hudson

Just in case you haven't heard yet. We are having a girl! Her name will be Everleigh Hope Hudson. Now that we know we are having a girl it is time to start preparing for her arrival. It's time for us to start painting and setting up cribs and moving furniture, and by us I mean me. April will be napping as Everleigh kicks around in there. Check back soon for pics of the baby room.