As Far As I Can Tell

Colors’ Photos

It is imperative that you check out Photo Studio, the new online issue of Colors Magazine. It’s a peak into nine photo studios throughout the world, from Chicago to Lebanon, low art to high.

The website is based on a horizontal scrolling navigation, which rarely works to optimal effect but seems appropriate here. It contains subtle colors and lovely illustrations from Tomson Jennings (Cheddelton). Angela Lidderdale (New York) did the design, as she has with some other Colors issues. Creative direction on the site was added by Andey Cameron (London) and it was built by Enrique Grullon (Los Angeles).

I mention all that info not just as link filler for this entry, but to point how successful Colors is with their strive for internationalism. Each issues not only attempts to showcase how one idea or theme plays out throughout the world, but employs a world wide staff to make it happen. It’s also nice that such disparate people can pull together to create a single thing.

John's Tattoo John Wagner loves Pacman



john wagner is fucking rad. rock on.

Posted by: mark on October 30, 2003 12:59 PM

I saw that issue of colors. My first reaction was that it was a bit condescending towards other cultures. Now that would be the complete opposite of everything Colors has ever done. Maybe I am judging too quickly and too harshly. I would like to know what their process of choosing studios was. I want to know, editorially, how images were chosen. It almost seems that this team of designers/illustrators/creatives went for the kitchiness of photo studios and then decided to write a positive and somewhat pretentious intro citing things like the history of portraiture, and finishing up with a line like, “An elemental human need, given due respect for a reasonable price.” If the point is silliness, kitchiness, or investigation of “low art” well then tell me thats what its about. I thought the design and intro by Mr. George was a bit highbrow for the images that were chosen. In a positive response to this issue of Colors, the design is very well done and the topic of investigation is interesting. Colors does a wonderful job of linking cultural likenesses in a global sense, they do this continually, and for this reason I should have a subscription. But, seriously can we have Tibor back?

Posted by: ivo on October 30, 2003 2:39 PM

thanks for nice coments about illustrations, angela is also smiling. tibor cant come back as he is dead, sorry

Posted by: tomson on November 3, 2003 9:47 AM

I realize Tibor cannot come back. It was insensitive of me to make a comment like that. I apologize. I assure you I meant no disrespect. I think Mr. Kalman and Colors magazine have made an extremely important impact in history and within the design profession. I feel awful that my comment may have been taken wrongly.

Posted by: ivo on November 3, 2003 12:04 PM

did john wagner get pacman tatoos?

Posted by: miguel on November 5, 2003 11:47 AM

Some ramblings of minor importance

I’m at work. I’m waiting to hear back from a client if some banner ads I did are approved or need changes; either way, it has to be done tonight. I’m tired and hungry, but I’m still here. At least I found out that they still have juice in the fridge. I had been looking in the wrong fridge all this time. Just when I start to complain I remember that there’s all the free juice, coffee, and ice cream I could want.

Last night I discovered the that Mac I bought on eBay isn’t exactly what it was advertised as. The auction says it has an AGP graphic card in it, implying that it has an AGP bus. This was important to me since it meant that it was the Sawtooth model and not the Yikes! model. I was fooled into thinking it was an AGP slot even after looking at it since it’s a different size than the others. It’s a special 66Mhz PCI slot meant for video cards…but that’s not an AGP slot. This means that Quartz Extreme doesn’t work on my Mac. This also means I got ripped off.

I’m emailing the guy to see if I can get a refund, return, or something. Who knows how responsive he’ll be. It was over 2 months ago that the auction ended.

I’ve just deleted a paragraph of text. It won’t appear on my weblog because I won’t treat this site like a personal diary. Unfortunately that means most of what’s written here is superficial bullshit. Just so you know what to expect.



what’s wrong wih personal diaries? i love your personal stuff on here-you’ve got talent, boy. it’s not like it is beneath you to write personal things.

Posted by: jim on October 27, 2003 8:29 PM

i wonder constantly if my “personal” webjournal isn’t a little much at times… but, that’s what mine is for, i guess. …at least i haven’t attracted any would be stalkers/providers of unwanted support like my wife has. also, i’m pretty glad that those i verbally bitchslap from time to time haven’t either read it, or can show restraint in the real world. simon, i think your weblog has just the right amount of personal touch… i wouldn’t let some guy posting an assanine remark in the general forum on the MA site keep you from posting here… if that’s what brought about the aforementioned paragraph deletion from your weblog.

Posted by: e_prime on October 28, 2003 12:56 PM

oh! also, sorry to hear about your mac problem. i, on the other hand, am planning on building a pc within the next couple months… and there’s a powermac that i might be able to snag from bronson. allison is not going to be happy.

Posted by: e_prime on October 28, 2003 12:57 PM

Look at you; you’ve gone computer crazy. Jim and Eric, maybe I was unclear. It’s not that something is keeping me from posting more personal items on my weblog, it’s that I can’t bring myself to and don’t really want to. I was just feeling particularly shitty and bitter when I wrote this post.

Posted by: simon on October 28, 2003 6:03 PM

obviously, you’ve never read my weblog… i have to be in a shitty bitter mood to make a post. yes, that’s right, a shitty bitter mood. *laughs*

Posted by: eric on October 28, 2003 7:06 PM

Happy Birthday

I just woke up in Chicago, air mattress slightly deflated, morning light streaming into Ivo’s living room, and a somewhat under the weather birthday girl still waking up. Today is Meredith’s first as an officially aged adult citizen, and all the new rights that tag along with that. I’m glad we’re in the city this weekend, though the plan for later is more heavily slanted towards dancing and drinking than I’d like. Either way we’ll have fun.

Last night we ate at Bite after getting into town, going upstairs afterwards to visit with Matt and Chris. The walk there took us by a handful of houses that I wished I lived in. Squatty old story-and-a-half homes with ornate window flourishes, squashed between the taller three story standards. My favorite has a large round window in the front that make it seem like the steering port of a house shaped submarine.

Were heading off to Leo’s for breakfast. I’m most looking forward to the birthday dinner at Alice and Friends. Veggie duck! — I’ve been waiting for months.



Thanks for spending my birthday with me Simon. It’s going to be fun, it would be even more fun if you choose to dance. I love birthday fun, especially when it includes veggie duck.

Posted by: meredith on October 18, 2003 1:47 PM

There is nothing better than Alice and Friends. Especially on a birthday. Best wishes to you Meredith (which is strange that I’m leaving this comment for her on your site but I figure…)

Posted by: Naz on October 18, 2003 4:10 PM

veggie… duck? yeah… so, how’d meredith like the gift that i had some miniscule part in? e.

Posted by: e_p on October 18, 2003 5:38 PM

I loved them! I’m trying to resist the urge to wear them all at the same time on a single shirt. Also, thanks to you and Allison for the fashion magazines. We should hang out soon.

Posted by: meredith on October 20, 2003 11:52 AM

mos def. this weekend is shot. maybe next week?

Posted by: Eric on October 20, 2003 9:07 PM

It’s Cider Season

Meredith’s sister Jen is in town from California and got married in her parent’s front yard this last weekend. The ceremony was fall-o-rific and the Lonesome Moonlight Trio were there playing old-time bluegrass all day long. Lots of Adams and Smarts were there from Illinois and a giant game of bachi ball was played.

Jen and Scott getting married under a tree

Meredith stretching

The Lonesome Moonlight Trio playing bluegrass in the yard

My Mac is now up and running, along with my KVM switch which lets me swap over to it with a double-press of the Scroll Lock key. It’s probably the first useful thing I’ve ever done with that key. The switch doesn’t support the extra two buttons on the sides of my mouse, so I’m running a separate mouse for the Mac. I’m able to use the same keyboard though, and thanks to Double Command I’ve re-mapped the Ctrl and Alt keys to work like I expect them to. I haven’t played with the Mac that much, but it’s up on my network and I’m able to share files with my Windows machine. I’ve spent most of my time in the terminal window seeing what UNIX utilities are built it. So far I’m impressed.



Unrelated Diptychs

Jake/Dan Jake/Dan

Meredith/Simon Meredith/Simon

Birdie/Birdie Birdie/Birdie



these are very good. i especially like the first one. were you guys out by portage northern? you should stopped in and seen me, i live so close… mark

Posted by: mark on October 6, 2003 11:54 AM

Yeah, that was a couple of weeks ago, though the photo of Jake was just just yesterday. If we had rode around more we probably would have stopped by, but were rushing in the cold.

Posted by: simon on October 6, 2003 7:23 PM

omg, did dan fall again! is he ok? and who has the cast on his leg?

Posted by: miguel on October 9, 2003 12:56 PM

No, he was re-enacting the event. The cast is on this kid I don’t really know. He’s pretty young, has a moped license, and goes with us on the weekly rides.

Posted by: simon on October 9, 2003 6:01 PM

As far as who can tell?

Chicago, IL

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