Friday, November 21, 2008

For those other font nerds out there....

If fonts were people....Civil Unrest at the Font Conference

This video is pretty cute. I especially like how they interpreted Wingdings.

But seriously, Comic Sans saves the day??? I don't think so. In my mind, Comic Sans would look like Molly Shannon in Kath & Kim.

Impact would be a good superhero.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Good message - bad, bad delivery

Honestly, I was online for work, looking up the most popular baby boy name from 2002, so I could give an anonymous child a fake name in a feature story...

When I stumbled onto this very creepy and strange PR attempt.

As a PR person, as a former federal worker, as a taxpayer, I just think...good message, bad, bad delivery. No, that's saying it nicely. In truth, "What were they thinking?"

BTW - The most popular boy name in 2002 is Jacob.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Get busy living

One of my favorite movie quotes is from The Shawshank Redemption:
"Get busy living, or get busy dying."

Today I'm feeling especially inspired to heed that quote - eh, the living part. At work lately, I've been writing some profiles for our alumni magazine, and after recounting such rich, diverse, adventurous lives, mine feels so stinkin' plain.

I know my life hasn't always been plain - heck, I'm the girl who married a guy she met online - but lately it's felt that way. I'm stuck in a rut. A very boring rut.

Let me share with you these people I've written about:
  • A lady named Sue* who, after graduating at our college, taught at Temple, was a consultant for the Netherlands Ministry of Social Affairs, started a program at an American school in Germany, worked in Dubai, lectured in Italy, and volunteers for cancer patients after she survived cancer herself 13 years ago.

  • A guy named Greg* who, after graduating, served in the military, served in Iraq, now teaches here, still is in the reserves, just served in Georgia this summer, and works at the medical examiner's office pro-bono, where he's helped with three murder cases.

  • A lady named Janice* who was a secretary, went to college in 40s, got her journalism degree, was editor of the town newspaper, was in an Israeli dance troupe, started work here, and now that she's retiring, she's planning to compile her 32 years of journals into a Christian meditations book.
And of course, some of you reading this do pretty amazing things; i.e. moving to a new country every 2 years, eternal students, taking up ballet 7 months after giving birth, etc. You know who you are. =)

So, I am inspired. Need to take a class, maybe hang some art in our house, volunteer, serve at church, etc. Of course it makes soooo much sense to take on a new project right before the holidays, but I should make my move while the inspiration is fresh.

Hmmm...what to do......

*Names have been changed. Don't think our alums would want to be on some quirky girl's blog.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Vote! Vote! Vote!

Regardless who you choose for president (and remember there are races to decide aside from president) please VOTE!

Here's a few reasons why voting is important to me.

Because less than 100 years ago, it would have been illegal for me to vote because I am a woman.

Because when I was 18, I got to vote, but my dad didn't at that age.

Because my mother-in-law left her native country, left her husband and child, and lived alone in Chicago for four years so she could become a nurse and pay for the rest of her family to move here. If she was willing to sacrifice four years to become a citizen here - shouldn't I, shouldn't we all, give a little of our time to exercise a right that she so bravely sought?

I am so thankful that I was born at this place and time. I have the right to vote for president of the United States of America. Millions of people in this world - including Mustang's own family - would or already have given anything for that priviledge.

Please vote.