Posts Tagged ‘graphic art


The Ampersand

The overlooked, and unfortunately under appreciated ampersand is probably the most unique character in the written English language. I find it fascinating especially when you see various typefaces interpretation of it.


Choose a color

These gentle monsters are available in a vast assortment of color choices. Pick your favorite!


Mike V. doesn’t quit

We lived in Minneapolis for a summer a few years back. It was so much fun living downtown and being able to walk everywhere and explore the city. While on one of our Saturday excursions, we headed north up Hennepin Ave toward to the Mississippi River and Nicollet Island. We stumbled upon a Zumiez skateboarding demo with riders from the Element team signing photos and skating with the local kids. Of course I wanted to stop and take some photos and see if we could meet anyone. It was in a large parking area across from the library (same large parking area where I got to see a free Howie Day concert). Mike Vallely (Mike V), a rider for Element was on the mini ramp trying a big frontside grab. I kept snapping photos hoping to finally get it when he landed it. These are a few of his attempts and finally…success.



Al’s vocabulary

You see I used to work with Al. He was an engineer and he knew everything – basically he was an authority on any given subject and was convinced that the government was out to get everyone and he knew exactly how they were doing it. Oh, and did I mention that he has an MBA, because if I didn’t mention it, I’m sure he would have made sure you left knowing he had it. There were a number of phrases or sayings he would always say, like beginning questions with, “Silly question…”. Or he liked the “Needless to say…” one a lot. One of my favorites was one he didn’t use a lot, but more than any other person I’ve ever know; and I could always see it coming. Sometimes I would say it before he could or say it along with him. The cliche was “All over you like a cheap suit.”

Along with these were some particular vocabulary usages. I created this little image of the ones I could remember. Now some of these might not seem all the weird, but in everyday, casual conversation with Al, it seemed like a little much. I’ll show some examples of how they might have been used:

airplanes=aircraft “That is one fine-tuned aircraft”

computer program=software “SolidWorks is a much more intuitive software than Pro/Engineer”

car=vehicle “My 1999 Dodge Ram has been a very reliable vehicle”

watch=timepiece “Rolex makes a great timepiece”

coins/bills/money=currency “They don’t have enough currency in circulation”

gun=firearms “I plan on purchasing a personal firearm soon”

drink=beverage “I’m going to the vending machines, can I get you a beverage”