Dick on October 8th, 2010
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I'm full of creative energy.

Sometimes I get so busy with new technology and work that I forget about my own online presence and creative needs. This makes me sad.

So, I’ve knocked the dust off of some things that I love.

To freshen things up, I’m launching a new portfolio and changes on this blog that include social media integration along with navigation improvements using my new favorite JavaScript goodness, the jQuery UI.

A list of my favorite social media sites can be found at the right of this page and also on my portfolio. If you’ve seen me on the internet before, press refresh and be refreshed.

I’ll be blogging a lot more in the future, probably about nerdy web dev stuff and music of course. Feel free to buzz me up, “like” or “tweet” anything on this blog to place it on your own places on the internets.

If you don’t have it, you’ll need the Adobe Flash Player to see my portfolio.

Thanks for stopping by.

Dick on October 8th, 2010

Well, I think it’ll be mine anyway.

If you’re an indie audiophile, you’re probably familiar with B&S.

I frequently celebrate their entire catalogue.

Belle and Sebastian frequently write about love, discontent, and victims of circumstance, most of which I relate to quite heavily.

I’m sure the album will come in a mulit-dimensional choice list of formats, but with there famed production skill, will always sound best on vinyl. I can’t wait to hear this new collection of stories set to lush, orchestral, europop opuses. I especially like the part of the film where they’re being criticized for an all too soon use of social media. That and of course hearing Mr. Murdoch roll on about anything.

Also, in all of the marketing mastery to rock snobs, the band is holding a contest where they will write a song for you and release it on a 7″.

Superfans, enjoy.

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The following blog was written out of frustration as no documentation can be quickly found on the internet about the following .pdf printing error experienced when using InDesign CS4 to ouput older ID CS version files. Maybe this information will help others in getting results from ID CS4/Acrobat Pro. Adobe does provide some good documentation on the troubleshooting of printing pdfs from InDesign and in printing .pdfs in general

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Dick on August 14th, 2009

Franklin Terrace, former home of VCU's Art Foundation Program

It always rained on studio days at Franklin Terrace.

All of my friends hated you. You gave them Cs and tore up their drawings. I didn’t know what to think when I got better. You liked one type of woman who was always the model. The others were silent or crying.

Outside, you smoked. You once told me how you’d worked for Calvin in NYC like it wasn’t a big thing. I saw later why it wasn’t for you.

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Dick on August 12th, 2009

Andy Warhol once said that in the future everyone would be so busy that we’d all have to take amphetamines to keep up with the times. As factory fans know, Andy was already doing so.

I guess he was half right, because it seems like today there are so many people getting pick me-ups from Starbucks or some other venue.

Pure delicious energy

Pure delicious energy

I have recently joined the ranks of said drinkers. I don’t regularly drink much caffeine, so the last few weeks have been quite a change for me. I’ve been trying to learn some intense stuff and getting up very early to do it. My drug/drink of choice is the Iced Caffè Mocha with Soy Milk, still taking the whipped cream. I still consider myself vegan I guess, but I’ve been slipping a bit lately.

Being quite the newb, I didn’t even know what to ask for or how at SB. I found the vernacular, abbreviations, and culture a bit intimidating, though I’ve found the staff at River Road II (reprezent!) to be very nice and accommodating. This could also be because I’ve been rather chatty and pepped up. Who knows, maybe I’ll make it to “customer of the week” and get my signature beverage everyday for a week?

    Notes from a new connoisseur

  • A Caffè Mocha from Barnes & Noble (satelite SB) does not taste as good as my standalone location.
  • Staff at SB have to listen to the newly released albums you see at the “impulse” section over and over.
  • Tall means small and they rhyme.
  • If you take your SB receipt to any SB location after 2, you can get any iced treat for 2$ (cheap – through 9/09 I think). This is called a “treat receipt”.

In other news, David Flanagan, author of this acclaimed masterwork actually returned an email from me today. Rad.

Doin’ mad work!


Dick on July 20th, 2009

Damn, it’s hot in New York during July! Missy and I went to see the sights and Paul McCartney last weekend.
It was a good trip. We missed our little bean and are glad to be back with her now.
Below are some highlights, including the concert.

We have a new private joke now when we make meals. “See this meal, you’d pay $XXX for this in New York.” This is because it was crazy expensive to eat there.

We didn’t see anyone famous, but we saw a lot of each other, and that was great.

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Paul appeared at the Ed Sullivan theater during the week as well. The Beatles first rocked Ed Sullivan on their first visit to America in 1964.

There were really great visuals at the show along with pyrotechnics! I really like “sing the changes”.

Another version of “sing the changes” at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

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Dick on July 14th, 2009

I wanted to share notice of the Ovation channel’s annual American Revolutionaries series. I think this is the final week, but it’s worth catching if you can. Blues, Jazz, Rock and everything else intertwine, telling the stories of American music and how it really got to be what it is today.

Son House ~ I never knew that he had influence on Robert Johnson.

Son House ~ ex. I never knew that he had influence on Robert Johnson.

I am very impressed with the programming, and have learned a few things that I didn’t know before on subjects which I thought I had down.

I’ve got so much going on I’ll probably end up renting most of them on Netflix and watch them on my own time. The blues docs are done exceptionally well, especially since most of them seem older.

This film is relevant and also has a great soundtrack. Maybe I’ll watch it again soon.

I’m fixin’ to get all of my smithsonian folkways albums and guitar out soon.

BTW, Ovation has a great online community that I often get emails from but haven’t had time to look at. You can chat it up and share with the greatest of art/rock snobs.

Enjoy it if you can.

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Dick on June 19th, 2009
Beck Hansen

Beck Hansen

The artist Beck is always inspiring to me. His recent project is called “Record Club”, in which he and other artists will cover great albums with no rehearsal. I’m really diggin’ this content, especially since the first choice is one of my favorite albums complete with Warhol ties. Check out the video for “Sunday Morning” from the album, “The Velvet Underground and Nico”, at Beck’s Website.

A long time ago, Beck did the robot for me outside of the Arthur Ashe center with a Bill’s Barbecue bag in his hand.

Not to brag, but it was so rad.

I can’t say for sure, but I think Mr. Reed could be proud of this project.

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Dick on June 14th, 2009

The Walrus in NYC!

The Walrus in NYC!

Well, they’re not that old. In celebration of my Beatlehead wife’s completion of another tough schoolyear, we’re going to see Paul McCartney together.
She loves Paul and has turned me into a much bigger Beatle fan over the years. We’ll be traveling to New York City which I’m stoked about. I usually end up there on business, so to be free will be great.
The show is one of the inaugural events for the new Mets venue, Citi Field. The Beatles also performed this same service when they christened Shea in 1965.

My favorite recording artist is Bob Dylan. The week after Paul performs, he will be continuing the “baseball” tours he did back a couple of years ago. He’ll be in Norfolk and so will I. :)

The show will serve as what I think is a grand climax in recent Dylan obsessions. From “I’m not there” (my favorite movie ever) to listening to as much as I’ve never heard on LaLa, I can’t wait for his appearance. Dylan is my quintessential American artist hero person, along with Warhol of course. :)

In other news, I’m working hard to be an expert at PHP. WP 2.8 is smooth as silk, and I still haven’t figured out a way to stop time to do all that I want.

Still Inspired!

I guess you could just call it “greatest music ever month”.

The video below is one that I play over and over. Masked and anonymous is such a great film too. I love the monologue in the beginning. The eternal mystic. Enjoy.

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Dick on June 5th, 2009

but who isn’t?

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