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Working for the man

July 15th, 2011

By working for the man, I mean for myself and for the director of a play who also happens to be my ladyfriend and domestic partnertron.  It’s the worst!

Possible Worlds (the play I’m producing, marketing and stage managing with Arcana Theatre) is two weeks away. The scenes are coming together deliciously, and now it’s time for all that technical stuff to get worked on… sounds, sets, some rather unique props; and posters!

Poster for possible worlds, photo of a beach at sunset and details of the play's performance dates

This poster says more about the play to those that have seen it (the picture of the beach is relevant to the plot). I hope that not only will it be intriguing to newcomers, but when people see it afterwards they have a little twinge moment.  The original design had the title text backwards (bold statement!) but this was quite reasonably overruled.

Handbills, too! (or Ravecards, as the printer called them). We just ask that rather than throwing it out if you’re not interested, give it to someone else, or at the very least try out a new paper airplane design. Read the rest of this entry »

So i’m like… and then she goes… and he’s all…

July 10th, 2011

Doesn’t it make you furious to see the way that language is maligned and mistreated these days? How it’s sullied by misguided masses of commoners who don’t even know what a past participle is?

Not me; nor Stephen Fry, neither. And he’s so proper and British!

What this post is really about, though: Why “like” as a replacement for “says,”  is perfectly valid and possibly preferred for effective communication. Really.

Basically, it’s verbal punctuation.  Read the rest of this entry »

border-radius, judgement, the fringe

July 2nd, 2011

I feel like WordPress’ corners are looking rounder as Google’s just became square. I prefer the latter change, whatever scientists say about the psychological benefits of border-radius.

Thought I’d mention some things going on here; try to keep this place a little more lively!

I didn’t make it past the voting round on the DiabetesMine Design Challenge I mentioned last month. I wasn’t particularly surprised; And I don’t want to sound like a whiny boy, but I felt a little bit like the voting system they implemented encouraged voting more for entries that fell earlier in the alphabet (by requiring every voter to select 3 choices of a list of 20 options with no inline descriptions; I don’t guess most people were watching all the videos/reading all the design docs).

I got a pretty awesome surprise though, after assuming I was out of the running completely, Sanguine ended up being awarded Judges Honorable Mention! It’s a great honour. I hope to continue work on Sanguine at some point and am looking at pursuing some opportunities in that direction, but it’s taking a back burner for the time being as I work on a few other projects.

I got to wear my english/theatre hat last week, reviewing shows for the London Fringe Festival on behalf of theatreinlondon.ca.  I did it pro bono last year, but this time I got a media pass and all that. I saw some rather excellent plays, a few that weren’t as good, but it was a really cool experience, that I’d love to relive next year. I appreciate the opportunity to try and have some valuable opinions about things. At the same time, it’s an uncomfortable feeling tearing something up when you know the creator is going to read it. I’m a strong believer in the value of constructive criticism, though. Encouragement is great, but honest evaluation is greater. If you’re so inclined, you can read my reviews here.

And life goes on.