Friday, July 30, 2010

Going Away for a While

I just wanted to let you know that I will be out of town for ten days, beginning on this coming Tuesday. I will be traveling to Wyoming's Wind River Mountain Range, where I will be backpacking, fly fishing, and hiking. I'm taking the trip with a very good friend of mine, and I can't wait for him to teach me how to fly fish. Yes, I've never done it before. Chicago doesn't really have any good places to go fishing; and seeing as I've lived here all my life, I have never experienced a yearning to fly fish. As it is, I barely remember how to cast a line on a "normal" reel.

So off I go in to the great outdoors. This is my first backpacking trip since 2003 (?). Ridiculous, considering that I love doing it. But it's not cheap if you live in Chicago, because you always have to travel pretty far to get anywhere worth going to.

I'll try to post another entry or two before I leave, but if I don't, please forgive me. I have a lot of packing to do, and I still have to bone up on some rudimentary fishing skills - like tying a hook to a line!


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wasting Time on Vlad Studios

For starters, let me say "Wow. I can't believe it has been a month since I last posted." I feel like a real slacker, that's for sure. But as I'm sure you're aware, the itch to blog kinda waxes and wanes, if you catch my lunar drift.

So, for the most part, I haven't been slacking off. But today I have been - just a little. Just a few, short hours ago, I finished a complete OS reinstall on my computer. Why? Because I was having some really screwed up issues with the software I use to record most of my music, and I thought it may have been related to something I did with deleting and adding different users in the OS. Okay, so if all of that doesn't interest you at all, just forget the last 45 seconds and continue reading...

This early evening, I spent close to 45 minutes admiring the work of one Vlad Gerasimov. He's a sweet graphic designer and he has this awesome website where people can download his desktop background graphics and photos. Here it is:

My favorite pictures are always the ones that are clever (as well as sharp-looking) - not just your normal sort of concepts (stars in the sky, underwater scene, etc.). One of my favorites has got to be this one: It's of a personified lightbulb, sitting in wonder of the starlit sky. Just a cool concept, if you ask me.