Sawedoff Scattergun

I think the Dave’s in Ohio City must’ve had its High Life license revoked because the cool­er was scoured bare of that shit.

I almost nev­er vis­it BFD any­more because the con­ver­sa­tion reminds me of Fea­gler and Friends. It has been that way for months now.

The most dif­fi­cult part of work­ing in web and graph­ic design so far seems to be a com­mu­ni­ca­tion prob­lem that cre­ates a ten­sion between design and usabil­i­ty. The dif­fi­cul­ty seems to lie in the fact that most clients have a very gen­er­al­ized idea of what they want in a site and this is almost always a design-ori­ent­ed idea. Yet they usu­al­ly lack the vocab­u­lary to express their idea in a way that a design team can under­stand. From my end it some­times feels like a client thinks they are the design­er and we just do the work, espe­cial­ly when we keep get­ting sent back to the draw­ing board due to inef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion and the ulti­mate design is both poor and unus­able. In the end this doesn’t just hurt the client-cre­ative rela­tion­ship, but also affects those the client wish­es to com­mu­ni­cate to. I’m sure this is a com­mon occur­rence in many pro­fes­sions, when a layper­son calls shots that make no sense to the tech­ni­cal imple­menter. Dri­ves me bonkers when it results in a com­plete­ly unus­able web­site though. Actu­al­ly, I’ve no prob­lem mak­ing a crap­tac­u­lar piece of work if I’m sure that the client actu­al­ly under­stands that there are oth­er ways of doing it that would be bet­ter in both design and usabil­i­ty. After all, they’re the one pay­ing for it.

My Paste mag­a­zine sub­scrip­tion is whacked out. I got March’s issue before February’s and after I con­tact­ed them [a great cus­tomer ser­vice response by the way] I’ve received two Feb­ru­ary issues. They just switched from bimonth­ly to month­ly so I bet that is what hap­pened.

Now that the Acad­e­my Awards are over AMC is going to go back to show­ing High Plains Drifter 24/7 again. I wish I had TCM or IFC instead. UPDATE: HOLY SHIT HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER IS ON AMC RIGHT NOW.

My freez­er is full of Thin Mint Girl Scout Cook­ies and pork shoul­ders.

I’ve put on 5 pounds in the last 2 days. Water weight I’m sure.

I’m going to go to the VTR tomor­row for a cou­ple of Bour­bon Daisies and some sushi. I’ll be there around 5pm.

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  • I’m sure this is a com­mon occur­rence in many pro­fes­sions, when a layper­son calls shots that make no sense to the tech­ni­cal imple­menter.

    DING DING DING DING wel­come to my world. Although it could be more gen­er­al­ly writ­ten as, the layper­son has no idea what it takes to actu­al­ly DO the work, and there­fore has unre­al­is­tic expec­ta­tions.

  • Hey I like High Plains Drifter, but enough is enough. Toss in some The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly or Hang ‘em High or some­thing. It gets a lit­tle old after awhile.

    Have you been fol­low­ing ND Hock­ey Adam? Ranked #1 right now and just fin­ished as reg­u­lar sea­son CCHA champs. Their first play­off game is on my Birth­day and I think I’ll be going. It’ll be my first game and I hope to not jinx them.

  • With ya on the BFD. Peo­ple real­ly need to get over them­selves and real­ize that just because you dis­agree, it doesn’t nec­es­sar­i­ly make you an ass­hat. Or what­ev­er. 🙂

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