Quotes, Part Three

I’ve always been a quote-collector. Scribblin’ ’em down in my notebook or CTRL+Cin’ ’em, and inevitably doing nothing with them except dumping them into the ol’ WordPress draft folder. I collected a bunch into a blog post in 2011, and another one in 2012, and it appears that I’ve backlogged another murder of quotes. So here they are. Read them. Continue reading

Boston Marathon Bombing: Tragedy Merch

After a terrible event like the Boston Marathon bombing, certain things are sure to occur:
1. People want to help by purchasing or selling things. We, as Americans, generally like to express ourselves through consumerism.
2. People want to display their grief/solidarity/regional pride.
3. People will generate merchandise at an incredible rate in order to fill the demand, quality be damned.
Now, some of the items below might have their proceeds donated to charity (like One Fund, for instance), which I think is awesome. I’m not delving into the motivation behind these items (though I figure some are more noble than others). I just want to look at ’em for a sec. The internet and print-on-demand allows for entire product lines to be created with just a few clicks. I think occasionally, we should pause and take a look at what’s being pumped out. Continue reading

Let’s Talk About Art.com and Allposters.com

art_logoRecently it was brought to my attention that my artwork, along with art from a large number of other poster makers, was being sold without artist authorization on a couple of home decor/’art’ websites. Art.com/Allposters.com had the brilliant money-making notion to buy the books Gigposters Vol 1 and 2, cut out the pages, and offer them as framed “art prints.” This has not engendered good feelings from the poster artist community affected. Discussing the copyright/intellectual property legalities of this situation is beyond my purview, so I’m not going to get into that. What I’d like to do here is discuss the poor business decisions and murky ethical practices of this endeavor. Continue reading

Do I Look Like Steve Albini?

“You look like Steve Albini.” This has been casually mentioned to me a few times over the years (every time, I believe, occurred while I was working at a music store). I’ve been aware of the man’s career for quite awhile, but never really followed his music or went seeking him out or anything. Well, I finally decided to do a little research on the matter. My findings were… well, somewhat disturbing. Continue reading