This post is dedicated to my good comrade and classmate, Mr. Josh Foust. I’ve known Josh for over a year now and I’ve quickly become a fan of his illustration abilities. I respect anyone who can translate what they experience visually onto paper, and Mr. Foust does this seemingly without great effort. His personal style of illustration is mostly macabe, and he sometimes does this in a humorous way. I believe he incorporates dream instances he had as a child into his artwork, which is also affected by his taste in music, which can be very dark by what he has let me listen to. Josh Foust is a name you will hear in the future, because in my opinion, he is just that talented. Check out his blog at Hallof nothings at worpress.com.
Happy Halloween!!! Well,it’s that time of year again when we as a nation look forward to getting the crap scared out of us. As the rapper lil Wayne often asks,”What’s a goon to a goblin?” Well Mr. Weezy,tonight is the night that we may find the answer to your question.As a parent,Halloween is one of those holidays that you are allowed to share in all the fun with the kids. Im looking forward to seeing all the costumes and decorations of tonite’s festivities.One of the appeals of halloween is the time of year we celebrate it.Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.So be wary of goons and goblins tonight,they will be on the prowl for you.
I recently had the pleasure of attending a lecture given by a professional in the field of graphic design and advertising, Mr. Ian Anderson. With over 20 years of experience in design and branding, Mr. Anderson bestowed upon the class a wealth of knowledge about the ins and outs about the business of advertising and design. The part of his presentation that intrigued me the most was his speech on trends. He informed us that 60’s style design is whats hot today. I was surprised to hear this, because I am a fan of 1960’s style print and color design, and I couldn’t have been more pleased to hear this. The 60’s was a time of great change in the United States and the world as a whole. From manned spaceflight to the moon, the assasination of a beloved president and another of a civil rights champion, to Woodstock and the war in Vietnam, print and pictures in books, magazines, and posters served as a great representation of this tumultuous decade. Much of the art and typography was LSD-psychedelia inspired by the hippie free love movement. The graphic artist whose works are a great representation of the 60’s are Saul Bass, Milton Glaser and Mr. Paul Rand, these men did an excellent job of capturing and representing the personality of a very important decade in history.
Today more so than ever, trends in popular culture are everchanging. The job of the advertiser is to catch the public’s attention and turn that attention into possible sales. Right now alot of companies are having advertising success by demonstrating a sense about either their business or the product that they are showcasing. Companies that sell everything from life insurance to beef jerky, are finding success in humorous commercial ads that grab the attention of almost all the demographics that happen to view these advertisements. Some of my favorite examples of this trend are the Orkin pest ads, the Allstate “State of Chaos” commercial, the Jack Links “Messin With Sasquatch” campaign and the Allstate Mayhem commercials. Im not sure if it is due to my age or sex, but I find that any company that is willing to laugh at itself or it’s products, is a company that I don’t mind purchasing from.
I, am a self admitted sports fanatic. As a result of countless fall weekends spent at stadiums or around the television, I am very familiar with the logos and designs of all my favorite teams,and their arch rivals. The silver and blue of the Dallas Cowboys, and their world famous star logo, to the silver and black of the Oakland Raiders. Sports fashion is a tremendously big deal to players,alumni, and fans alike. Uniforms of teams do not change often, but as times change, so do their colors and insignia. I am amazed at times that the University of Oregon football team has at least ten different uniform combinations, while Penn. State has only a home, and an away ensemble. As a former athlete, I know how important it is for players to look good on gameday, for themselves and the throngs of fans.This fall has seem the introduction of new color schemes and interchangeable uniform combinations for some college football teams. Some have been embraced, and some have been met with skepticism. There is the gray of Oklahoma State,which is traditionally orange, the dark blue uni’s of the UNC Tarheels, to the grey and red of the Georgia Bulldogs. From the throwbacks of Major League Baseball, The National Basketball Association, The National Hockey League, and the National Football League, uniform change is becoming the trend in the sports world.
What a weekend! Gone are the days of player/owner squabbles, back to tailgate parties and Monday Night Football hangovers on Tuesday mornings. Football is back with a vengeance, whether it is high school football played under the Friday night lights, the pagentry of college football played on beautiful, sunny Saturdays,or the mad dash home after church on Sundays to catch the kickoff of the days National Football League’s nationally televised game schedule. As a sports fanatic, the Nfl lockout gave the summer a gloom and doom outlook for what was to come in the fall. The possibility that there would be no professional football in the United States for a year seemed to be imminent. High school and college football are great in their own rights, but compared to the bright lights of the National Football League, they are just mere appetizers, something to get the mouth watering for Sunday afternoons. In my lifetime, I’ve endured four player lockouts in the major American world of sports. There was the baseball lockout of 1983, the strike shortened National Basketball League season of 1999,and the season of the replacements in professional football in 1989. None of the previous strikes and lockouts depressed this sports fan more than the most recent work stoppage that had been imposed by the NFL owners. I was ecstatic when it was announced that an agreement had been reached between the NFL team owners and the National Football Leagues Player Association. I could not imagine living in America and not having a Superbowl game to watch with family and friends on a special Sunday in February,and I’m glad that I don’t have to.
Unlike a great number of absentee fathers out there, I care deeply about the day to day mental, physical, and spiritual health of my children. As far as fathers go, I do understand that this amount of care puts me in the minority. The child support system as a whole is great, going after dead beat dads and trying to ensure that the children are cared for financially by the father as well as the mother. The system breaks down when its the mother and not the father who is absent. I’ve never heard the term “deadbeat mom”‘. I figure its because there aren’t as many cases to go by as there are with men. But the system needs guidelines that protect the needs of the children better and not seemingly show bias when the custodial parent happens to be a male. I’ve seen reports about men being thousands of dollars behind in their child support payments, and I’ve also seen cases where women have tried to sell, abused, neglected and in some cases killed their children. At the end of the day its still about the welfare of the children, no matter what the sex is of the custodial parent. I think that a man trying to do the job of a nurturing mother should not be overlooked or pushed aside, they need all the help a woman is given when it is her that is the sole caregiver and not the father. As a man and a father, who will advocate for me?
With the abuse of children seemingly rising, how did a jury aquit a proven liar of the murder of her then 3 year old child? Lying and partying while her daughters corpse lay rotting in a dump. If there is justice,Casey Anthony will one day experience the same hell that she imposed upon her innocent little girl.
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