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Moving a mountain

Aug. 1st, 2014 | 01:17 am

Things I have finished:
1. A desktop version of my web site
2. A mobile optimised version of my web site
3. A tablet optimised version of my web site
4. PDF of my portfolio

Things I still need to do:
1. Update my professional photograph (groan)
2. Proofread my resumé (I can never do this enough.. I always seem to find something)
3. Update linkedIn profile
4. Update Xing profile

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Rasputin in the hallway

Jul. 31st, 2014 | 03:24 pm

Nice photo of Rasputin in my hallway, taken by my friend Steffi who is a photographer here in Berlin. It was taken with a digital camera but looks wonderfully analogue. I love the colours.

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I am at home this week. I was supposed to work, but the project got dropped, so I've been at home, working on polishing my resume and gearing up to start looking for some new sources of income.

I also woke up with a sore throat, feeling like crap. So I guess it's good I didn't have to be in an office this week.

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Vegan deserts and bionic rabbits

Jul. 26th, 2014 | 02:46 pm

Going to dinner with friends and then an art performance party/opening/thing tonight. I was asked to bring a vegan desert for dinner. Hmm.. trying to imagine what that might be. I'm sure I'll think of something. If all else fails I can bring strawberries and dark chocolate, right? We could melt the chocolate and dip the strawberries in.

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This one looks like a futuristic bionic rabbit to me. With glowing orange eyes.
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Creative cross-training

Jul. 25th, 2014 | 02:46 pm

I'm feeling more inspired lately, more energetic. I've been working on my portfolio web site, painting and sketching. Creative cross-training.

I'd like to get a new camera to replace the Lumix I bought back in 2006. It was a great camera when I got it, but technology has gotten a lot better since then, and the images it produces all have a lot of noise. I've been looking longingly at the Canon EOS 70D, thinking it might be the one for me. But at 1,100€ it's quite a chunk of change, and seeing as my current work gig is winding down, it might not be wise to buy it now. Although the counter-argument to that is that it would be a work tool for me and tax-deductible. I'll have to meditate on it. Really, it's not a question of if I will buy it, but when.

The painting I've been working on lately has been coming along nicely. I'm looking forward to making some more progress on it this weekend.

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Paper experiments

Jul. 24th, 2014 | 12:45 pm

The debris on my studio floor.

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The owls are not what they seem

Jul. 13th, 2014 | 02:55 pm

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Deer

Jul. 13th, 2014 | 12:17 pm

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I made this one four feet wide, high quality, and print-ready. Thinking maybe I could output it as a print? Maybe. I'm really just trying to expand my graphic abilities and flex my creative muscles. Plus I'm having a ton of fun.
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Amplituhedron

Jul. 13th, 2014 | 01:46 am

I finally got around to doing my bookkeeping, so that's a load off my back. Didn't do much today, which was exactly as planned, and it was awesome. I've needed a day like this for a loooong time. Tomorrow Germany plays in the world cup finals! Should make for a noisy night here :)

Another computer sketch this evening. I'm really happy with this one.

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Polygonal pigeon

Jul. 10th, 2014 | 10:41 pm

I was supposed to do my book keeping this evening, but I made this instead.
Pigeons of the future will all look like this.

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Making a note of this

Jul. 10th, 2014 | 09:34 am

Just learned about a documentary that looks like it might be good, "The United States of Hoodoo"

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Generative art

Jul. 9th, 2014 | 11:36 pm

Playing around with some generative art software tonight, making some abstract compositions, seeing what I can do with these tools. Some pretty cool things, apparently.

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Boatman

Jul. 9th, 2014 | 04:22 pm

This scene is so cool and mysterious I may need to include it in a painting at some point.

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Bullets

Jul. 1st, 2014 | 11:58 am

• One of my paintings was featured in Artconnectberlin's staff picks a while back. Pretty sweet.
• I've been working my ass off on a new website for my design portfolio, and I'm super proud of how it's turning out. It's almost completely finished, but I'm still working on getting the last portfolio slot up and running. I'm going to create a mobile version once the desktop version is finished, too.
• I put Twitter on my iPhone but still not sure what to do with it. I was sucked in to Instagram and Facebook pretty easily, but the allure of Twitter remains a mystery.

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the Tie

Jun. 23rd, 2014 | 07:14 pm

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70's car sales men and ass mountains

Jun. 23rd, 2014 | 05:39 pm

The phogographer/filmmaker is coming over to my studio to film my pigeon this evening on a glitter background. I'm hoping we can coax him into stepping onto said background and standing there long enough to actually be filmed. Should be interesting.

I am wearing a men's tie with a pinstriped button down shirt today. I look like a cross between Hermione Granger and a used car salesman circa 1976.

I got a new iPhone about a month ago and since then I've found myself being pulled more and more into the mobile online world. Suddenly I find myself posting pictures on Instagram, updating my status on Facebook, and using a myriad of apps that I didn't know I had a need for but now see that I do. I feel like I have super powers.

I use Google's translator app all the time. I sit in front of the TV watching German TV shows and when I hear words I don't know I speak them into my phone and it tells me what they mean. It kind of blows my mind.

Speaking of German TV, there's a TV commercial I especially like, 'Am Arsch der Welt'. I am fascinated by the ass mountain. You could never get away with that in American advertising.



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Bullets

Jun. 12th, 2014 | 03:49 pm

• I worked on the Footmen painting some more. It's still super work-in-progress, but I'm happy with how it's going. I totally should be a fashion designer.

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• Operation 'Speak German at Work' has been going well. There are still so many people here I work with that don't know German, so I'm only at about 50% German throughout my day, but whatever. I speak German with the Germans and so far so good.

• I'm going out to the countryside this weekend to spend some time with a couple good friends and am looking forward to it very much.

• Last Friday I was at a party and the night was going really well until it was discovered that a friend that everyone seemed to have in common had been found dead. There was instant mass sadness. I've never witnessed so many people receive such terrible news all at once. The guy in question had been hit by a train, struck down dead before 30.

• I am happy to be alive.
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The Footmen

Jun. 3rd, 2014 | 11:29 am

I've been working on a new painting. Here's a detail of some of the work I did last night – pink breeches and a Dutch inspired shoe (the figure is levitating):

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My studio in two panoramic views

May. 27th, 2014 | 10:55 pm

Got a new iPhone on Friday, so I've been playing around with it, testing out the camera and video features. My old iPhone was over 4 years old, so this thing is a giant leap forward for me, technology-wise. I feel like I am living in The Future.

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Back to life

May. 12th, 2014 | 02:40 pm

I've been working on an intense work project and had to work long days through the weekend and days running up to it. Today things are calming down because the design phase is ending and the production phase is beginning. Thank God. My entire body feels messed up as a result of sitting hunched over a laptop for long stretches with no exercise and very little sleep. Food choices have been limited to what can be ordered by phone or internet and delivered to the office, so my diet has consisted of a steady stream of various types of grease.

The big presentation is on Wednesday, so a co-worker and I are planning a luxurious spa adventure for that evening. Can't wait. I also can not wait to eat a big colorful salad and sleep for 20 hours straight.

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Meine Eltern

May. 8th, 2014 | 10:28 am

My parents are set to arrive here in a few weeks and I'm really excited. I got in touch with my mother's distant cousin Günter to let him know, and he offered to arrange for us all to take a boat trip through the city. Yay! My parents don't speak any German, and Günter doesn't speak any English, so I will take on the duty of Translator, which should be interesting.

I'm looking forward to showing my parents around the city, though. This is the first time they have come to visit me in the 3.5 years that I have lived abroad. They are the kind of people that don't like to deal with things they aren't familiar with and tend to stay close to home, and I can tell they are vaguely aprehensive about coming here.

Hopefully they will cultivate a better understanding of Berlin while they are here so they will want to come back and visit more often. This isn't the old, divided Berlin of the '80s any longer, which I'm sure they are imagining.

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