April 6th, 2006

Chiana & Gabe

Oy with the poodles!

Well, once again I managed to not do my homework until the night before it was due. And so, once again, I was up waaaaaay to late. But at least I really like the 3 candy wrapper designs I came up with. Now we cross our fingers that the teacher likes them too. I have no idea if I'm getting a B in the class or an A. I've been doing about high C to low B work, but the teacher likes me. Also, on one of the last assignments, I got 4 out of 5 points for my creative brief. The thing is, I didn't do one! It's not like I did a half assed job or something... I just flat out didn't do it. I did the rest of the assignment... but 80% credit on something I didn't even do? Things like that are the only reason I think I might still pull off an A.

Still working down in Shakopee tomorrow & Friday. I like it. It's a nice relaxing change of scenery and I like the work they have me doing compared to the crap I'd gotten at corporate the last few months. But... I couldn't switch down there permanently even if there was an opening because it frickin' doubles my driving distance!

Friday I'm off work at 1:00 and if the weather stays as fantabulous as it has been I'm gonna bop on over to the ZOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Seeing as how I'm already down on that side of the river.

Oh, and I do have pics of the day taken for today & yesterday. I just need to do that whole upload thing.

school tonight

Remember my last post, where I talked about doing my homework last minute?
In my layout class we are renaming and repackaging the Pearson's Nut Goodie bar to try to appeal to our own demographic.

The three names were decided in class after we filled the whole whiteboard with suggestions. The suggestions were then narrowed down to about 15 or so and we all voted for which 3 we liked.
The three different names for this redesign are:
Choc Treatment
Moose Droppings (Gee, I wonder who submitted that suggestion...)
Mr. Nibble

The assignment due tonight was a computer rendered design for each of the three names, and the designs were based on feedback from the thumbnails we had last week in class. I started mine last night at about 9 pm when I got home from school. I was very happy with my results (which I would post if I wasn't feeling too lazy to deal with converting them to jpg & uploading.)

Tonight in class we put up our three labels and the class voted on which of the three concepts was most successful. Now before next week we need to take that one and basically tweak it. Play with colors, placement of text, etc.

There were some that just weren't that good. There were some that were pretty good but had some issues that needed to be fixed. I don't want to sound like I'm bragging, but dammit, mine were some of the best ones there.

The one they picked for me to go with was Moose Droppings.

The teacher didn't really offer a lot in the way of suggestions on what to change. Just simple detail stuff like "make sure you watch where the folds are because this might be overlapping the fold here." And "I think there's enough room for you to bring this text up just a little higher."

We were done with class a little earlier than usual and we could either go home or use the computer lab to start working on our stuff. I was one of the last people heading out of the room and I said, "Even though we're done early I don't want to deal with this tonight." and he said that there wasn't really much I had to do. Then he made a comment about how some of the other people hadn't put much time into it and so they would have more to do this week. I was smart and refrained from telling him that I hadn't even started mine 24 hours before... And then we talked about important things like the Minnesota Zoo for a while before I headed home.

So, yay me!
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And since I'm in a music posty mood...

Got an email today with Sunspot's upcoming shows:

It's been way too long since we've hit the windiest of cities, but we'll be back in Chicago THIS FRIDAY, April 7th for our biggest show in the area yet. We'll be at The Abbey Pub and performing promptly at 10pm. Other bands include The Tallest, The Lesser Scene, and Sunday Morning Chameleon. If you'd like to come, let us know right away because advance tickets are only $5 and it's $7 at the door. That's two bucks in savings that can be used for partying!

Also, a reminder that we'll be back in the Cincy area on Saturday night at the ever awesome Chicks Rockfest. It's at The Southgate House in Newport and, ironically, we'll be in the Ballroom on Saturday night at 11:30pm. There are so many great bands performing all weekend long, we cannot wait to blow the roof off with YOU ALL this Saturday!

Mike Huberty, Ben Jaeger, and Wendy Lynn Staats
http://www.loseroftheyear.com [ Blog, Podcast, etc. ]
(206) 350-BAND

4.07.2006 at Abbey Pub in Chicago, IL
4.08.2006 at Southgate House in Newport, KY
4.15.2006 at Scott Street Pub in Wausau, WI
4.21.2006 at ELB in Rockford, IL
4.22.2006 at The Body Gallery in Ludington, MI
5.05.2006 at The Stone's Throw in Eau Claire, WI
5.06.2006 at The Red Sea in Minneapolis, MN
5.19.2006 at Viele's Planet in Springfield, IL
5.20.2006 at Three-1-Three in Belleville, IL

Keep up to date on all our future shows here:

You can download 6 of their songs here

I was planning on going to the May show at The Red Sea until I realized that it is the same date as my friend Dawn's wedding. *sigh*