Wednesday, December 31, 2003

OH GOD! WHAT HAVE I DONE?

I may very well be the owner of a Black and Silver Talking Dalek in 35 minutes. We won't discuss cost. We also won't discuss the fact that I already own a Grey and Black Talking Dalek.

I think I might seriously have a problem.

Monkeys and Daleks.

Though, what if some unholy union could be forged between the two? A Machiavellian mockery of matrimony in the most magnificent, malevolent and malicious manner?

I'm tired and apparently think that excessive alliteration is amusing.

Saturday, December 27, 2003

Self-portraits fresh from the shower, as discussed with a friend:





(click for full-sized images)

Monday, December 22, 2003

Extermination You Can Wear

Last Tuesday, Hannah, Ian, Santiago and I rocked out with a silkscreen. Who has a new shirt that totally rules in a global domination kind of way? Oh yeah.


Thursday, December 11, 2003

Canuck Invite

In case anyone was interested, here's that other invite. Sadly, I'm not attending this one.


Shag Invite

I did some funny design late last night for a friend's housewarming. It's the second invitation I've created in the past little bit, and both have been a great opportunity to play with aesthetics. She had asked that it be "sleek and modern", so I did a little bit of illustration, based on (in this case, completely copying) the distinctive style of Shag. Anyway, I thought it would be really hilarious if I poked a little bit of fun at the sleek and modern desires of my host. As such, you have a slick, stylish and sexy illustration of slick, stylish and sexy people ON FIRE. It is a housewarming, after all.

And yes, that's my Design Monkey on the side of the building, fighting off a bi-plane. And yes, that's also him on fire on top of the couch.


Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Last week was absolutely insane, involving little to no sleep and excessive amounts of work.

A summary:

Worked at Club Monaco on Monday and Tuesday for 3 hours each time. Worked Thursday and Friday for 8 and 9 hours respectively. Then polished off the weekend working 6 hours on both Saturday and Sunday.

Not enough? How about that full-time day job? Oh, believe me, it suffered on Thursday and Friday, and that wasn't good. Granted, when your manager who does the scheduling at CM is a high-school graduate with no future and no ambition, you're bound to get worked (ha, ha - like that one big baby shmeesus?) once in a while.

Oh but wait, there's even more. How about a little bit of Harold Pinter? Anyone?






Anyone?

That's right. With plenty of dramatic pauses, this monkey spent far a good number of nights last week (after full shifts at CM no less) rehearsing a scene from Pinter's The Dumb Waiter. The scene went up on Saturday morning, and went very well (apparently), despite the fact that a certain sound effect didn't cue on time and I ended up improvising a good 30 extra seconds of dialogue. By the way Ka, I've gleaned a deeper appreciation and understanding of Drama now.

Busy enough yet? Throw in a Jam Party (of the musical variety) and late night winter hot-tubbing on Saturday night with a home time of 4 am, and then a gingerbread house construction experiment on Sunday night. I use the word experiment because it's very possible that in the next couple of days, the house may deteriorate into cookies...

So it's Monday, and I'm a little sleepy, and my apartment is a complete disaster. How are you?

Monday, December 01, 2003

Feeling more than just a little bit panicky about the resume and cover letter which are supposed to be in the inbox of a very important person of a very important company by 8 am Toronto time.

It doesn't help that I just want to go to sleep.

And I start work at Club Monaco tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

India



10 months ago, I was in India. A few days ago, I came across this photo, taken by my brother, and found myself longing desperately to go back. It was a hell of a trip, in both the literal and figurative sense of the expression. Ask me sometime, and I'll tell you about huddling around a candle for warmth, being terribly ill, and falling in love with my culture.

Friday, November 14, 2003

How Lego is Made

POP has put together an absolutely brilliant interactive piece about how Lego bricks are made, and packaged. It's a combination of Flash animation and video, and it's really well done.

Check it out. You won't regret it.

And while you're over on that webspace, you may as well check out their highly, highly addictive game called Openhouse. You have to put couches together, preferrably with matching fabric, around tables to score high points. Sound dumb? It's not. Will it suck a good hour or two of your life? Oh yes.

And you think you watch a lot of movies? Think you're smart? Alright, then give Cinema Sequence a whirl. I'm not going to try and explain it, but it's challenging and very clever.

Fun design stuff soon, not just links. Promise.

Friday, November 07, 2003

Times Square, NY

Woah. The monkey is going to have to get a girlfriend or a hobby, otherwise there might be regular updates to this site.


Tuesday, November 04, 2003

NYC

Good Lord! What's going on with all these updates? Some photos from New York City, including some nice bits from Doors Open.



















I was chatting with a friend tonight and sent her a self-portrait I shot last night at around 2 am. Despite the file name, and this little blurb which I messaged her:

"Dear Chin,

It's been three years. I miss you. Come back to me?

Love,

Chris"

...the photo seemed to lack the impact I had hoped it would have. Needless to say, once I corrected her that Chin is not the name of an Asian girl I know, she got it alright. ;)

Friday, October 31, 2003



Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Vancouver and ATypi 2003














Friday, October 17, 2003

Back in Edmonton.

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Have been living with dial-up for the past couple of weeks. Got back from New York on Monday evening, and have since spent a great deal of money on various design books. Actually looking forward to being home and not travelling for a while. Finally, expect fun stuff once I return.

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Vancouver was, without exaggeration, amazing. The conference was encouraging, intelligent and fantastically interesting all at once. The conference was held for two days at the Westin Bayshore (yes, it's on the shore of the bay, and yes, it's an amazing view), and then moved to the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (ECIAD) on Granville Island. Emily Carr was a fantastic experience in itself. I met a great bunch of very cool students, got a real feel for West Coast design, and enjoyed myself thoroughly. With the exception of one night where far too much Mission Hill red was involved.

Photos soon. Possibly tonight once I get home. Failing that, they'll be up after Toronto and New York.

Thursday, September 25, 2003

Off to Vancouver for what I hope will be an amazing weekend. I get back into Edmonton on Monday night, and by Thursday night, I'm in Toronto. Throw in a quick trip to New York, and you've got an interesting two and a half half weeks coming up...

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

LANG

A couple of weeks ago, I shot with a New York model who was in town briefly.






Thursday, September 04, 2003

*None of the photos are gorey/graphic

Thanks to a small, moulded piece of polycarbonite, I did not die today.

It was a pretty good morning. I woke up relatively easily, had a nice shower, ate breakfast, grabbed some CDs to listen to at work, hopped on my bike and left with a good 10 minutes ahead of schedule.

About a half block away, I decided that, seeing as I was ahead of schedule, I would go back and pack some granola bars. I started braking, turned around and headed back.

Ha. Not really.

Instead, I braked, my wheel hit a patch of sand, my wheel slipped and I fell head first over the handlebars. I hit the ground head first. My head bounced on the pavement, and then the bike came crashing down , the cross bar smacking my head once more, and the handle bar gouging into my abdomen.

I lay on the ground for probably a minute, before a car pulling through the alley passed me and then stopped. The man in the car helped me to my feet, and made sure that I was ok before he left.

I took stock of my situation. My hands looked as though I'd received the stigmata. Both palms were very bloody and torn by the sand and grit. My legs were both bloody (later, I realized that my sprocket had torn up the back of my right leg), and I had a massive bruise on my abdomen.

I limped back to my apartment, tried to clean the cuts, called Hannah** and then went to the medicentre. The staff at the medicentre rushed me in, and I was with a nurse after not even two minutes of waiting.

I'm all cleaned up now, but if I hadn't been wearing my helmet, I'd be a mess. Wear your helmets, kids.

**Fantastic girl. She was almost already in the car, driving to pick me up when she heard I was hurt.

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Hurt

Oh, without a doubt:


Saturday, August 23, 2003

Long ago, Matt's roof was a place of wonder and discovery. A place of secret parties and novel pranks. A place of bricks. With new caretakers, those days are sadly over.



I'll miss you, Matt's roof.

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

A Quality Extermination!

For a while, my desktop looked like this:


Coming this fall! A series of hand silk-screened, limited edition art pieces featuring Daleks with stylistic conventions of the 1950s! You might remember this one.

Monday, August 18, 2003

DJ Kreemy



Acclaimed industrial designer Karim Rashid with his custom DJ table, the DJ Kreemy, available from Pure Design.

Friday, August 15, 2003

Skinny Monkey Update

Storyboards for the first one and a half minutes are complete. Concept sketches as well. Props and costumes acquired. Film crew picked out, locations pending.


Tuesday, August 05, 2003

Fluffy Bunnies!

Work has been trying of late. Today was particularly fun, as evidenced by my new desktop.



* I made a variety of sizes thinking that someone might want to download it. But then I thought, chances are, nobody's going to download it. So I didn't bother to put them online. If you do want it, tell me in the comments.