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Dear Lazypol

November 6, 2007

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in November 2007.

Since I know you’re voting today, here are some tricksy links to a few local papers and organizations endorsements:

For following national and elsewhere election results, check out EV 2008.

The Edge of the Fog

November 5, 2007

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in November 2007.

Parkour is Fucking Awesome

November 5, 2007

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in November 2007.

As seen in the most recent Bond outing, District 13, and elsewhere. This is somewhere on my list of things to learn next to wingsuit flying and deep-water soloing.

Via Laughing Squid, via Kottke.


Opening

November 5, 2007

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in November 2007.

This morning I was pleased to find that Mike got to Bodega Head before I did.

House (Live)

November 3, 2007

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in November 2007.

Duke Nukem Forever!

November 3, 2007

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in November 2007.

Except just kidding. If it ever did come out, it should look like this:









BlackSite: Area 51 Trailer









Also, Cute

November 3, 2007

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in November 2007.

The Nothing is Coming

November 2, 2007

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in November 2007.

From my office/kitchen window this morning.

The Beginning of the End of My Design Career

November 2, 2007

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in November 2007.

When I was a little kid, I wanted to be an architect or a filmmaker. I drew lots of pictures, mostly pen & ink of monsters and cathedrals. I built clocks and violins and artificial limbs with Legos. It was a typical (I suppose) childhood for a kid who liked to draw. I drew a few yearbook covers for school, and illustrations for other bits.

In 1992, I started playing around with Freehand and Photoshop. I later moved onto Illustrator, and very quickly my use of traditional media dwindled. I fell in love with Helvetica, post-modernism, Emigre and The Designers Republic. I tried and utterly failed to make it as a freelance designer in New York, and oscillated back to software engineering.

iAtlas Logo
iAtlas Trade Show Booth

At a startup in Virginia in 1998, I was the closest thing they had to a designer, so design I did. The logo, the letterhead, marketing materials, even a trade show booth. It was a non-subtle nod to AIGA and Apple. Garamond Condensed, Bondi Blue and symbols evoking the original Interplay logo were the order of the day. We made tons of one-off products for various clients, skinning our site. Our business model revolved around integrating business data (sourced from InfoUSA) with WHOIS data (sourced from somewhere shady).

We were acquired by AltaVista in 1999, and with that the need for a designer evaporated and I moved to doing coding & software architecture full time. Until I occillated back to game design, that is…

Sadly,

November 2, 2007

Originally posted to ydnar.vox.com in November 2007.

...closed. Orchard, lower east side bar where I learned to mix in front of an audience on Sunday nights is closed. May you forever remain in my memory, smoke laden and perpetually 4 am.

I met many fine folks here like my friend Aro the barback with SIN tattooed on his throat, and learning beats from Josh, the original Yak Pak designer (whose owners held a share of the bar) and DJ Spooky, who had a weekly there in its early days.