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Creative is in the name

Working from home/cafe can start to get to one after a while, but at least the interwebs provide some sort of distraction.

I noticed, while going through a regular gamut of sites today, that the word “creative” is a predominant theme. Well, I am looking at thing related to art and design, but golly it seems to be a bit overused in the ol’ URLs. Don’t worry, you won’t see me promoting CreativeSquirrel.com anytime soon…ok, so I just looked and it’s taken anyway.

First stop we go to Creative Hotlist to see if there are ever any new additions in Atlanta employment opportunities (rarely) and skim over New York positions to read and dream about positions (gotten some interviews off this, but no bites). While I’m browsing for gigs and hitting the C button, I check out Coroflot (even worse for ATL) and Craigslist (usually rotten egg opportunities for ATL, good for NY freelance) as well. And I’ve just found Creative Circle, which looks good for NY, but doesn’t cater to ATL. Creative Heads has one post for Atlanta, but it’s a motion gig, so that’s cool. And then there’s the Creative Group recruiting folks, but moving on…

Gig hunting takes me also to Motionographer, which then reminds me to look up some After Effects tricks….which leads me off to CreativeCow. A nice place for feedback and tutorials, and free. I still use Lynda.com, but it’s a good place to turn for random inspiration and I can put their tutorials on an ipod and watch em when I’m stuck in line at the post office (ew).

What to do this weekend? I stopped reading Creative Loafing in college, but I go back to the website every so often…got some inspiration, got some broken links, and even got a place I wanna check out tonight. Independent opinionated Atlanta newspaper, I’m still happy you are here through the ages.

It seems there’s much more “creative”ly named stuff out there, but that’s all on my mind for now. Ok, one more, which requires hitting the A button instead: AtlCreatives.com . I haven’t gone here much, but I probably should. I see their stickers around town, and anything with a sticker tells me I should be going there.

This guy just looks creative.

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Poor Havana

I was sad to hear today of a fire that gutted Havana Restaurant (Buford Highway near North Druid Hills), one of the few great places for Cuban food north of Miami.  I’ve been going there about 10 years now, as it was often a mandatory escape from the horrible cafeteria food at Oglethorpe.  Yes, my first Cuban coffee experience was here, and I remember buzzing for the next two days afterward.  Many guanabana shakes were enjoyed here, though I often took them to go as the place truly was a hole in the wall.  I remember when the owner’s husband died, and now this…well, there’s a site started to encourage her to reopen…so if you were a fan, drop a line and let her know!  And who knows, maybe she’ll get a nicer place…and if not, that’s ok, it kinda added to the ambiance.


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Spring is chirping

Birds have been chirping 24/7 here, which establishes Spring is officially here and soon to be on its way out.  I never liked spring very much, but now I think it’s actually a nice time, as the weather has been cooler than I remember.  I think it just gets a bad rap because summer follows right behind it…and I’m no fan of the uber-humid and scorching Atlanta summers.

But I don’t mean that the birds are chirping 24/7 as in everyday – no, I mean every hour.  Well, I mostly notice it in the middle of the night while working on an endless supply of projects.  As my design mind stars cranking at late hours and I sometimes relapse with insomnia, this means between 1-4.  Sometimes it really annoys me, as if they’re telling me the night has already ended, and if I want to get any sleep, I’d better stop working and get to bed.  You already wasted how much time?  You’re only that far along?  Other times they’re not so bad – it seems a little less isolating to know someone else is awake, at least until the 5:30 rounds of garbage trucks start up.

So, here’s to enjoying spring before it melts away into the hellish months known as summer.  As for the noisy birdies in the middle of the night, I hope you guys are getting your work done too.

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Billboards I hate


I took a picture of this one a while ago, but it reappears occasionally on Roswell Road.

Copywriters and designers alike, I think there is much to hate here. Does “Vein” really have to be in caps and quotes? We get it, vain and vein. The song might not be popular anymore with anyone other than my mom (yet it always gets stuck in my head when I see this), and thus a misunderstood pun, but we get it. And yes, I see a map overlaid on those veiny legs. Oh, and what else is there, the word Peachtree Street!  Wow, it’s been localized too!  Two zingers in one ad, how ’bout that?

Well, sorry to take it out on the possibly local designer that did this, but it’s always placed at a traffic light that I always get red, so I’ve had much time to dwell on this….perhaps too much.

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It’s about time.  News has it that the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is getting a new home, designed by KKE Architects.  If you’ve ever been to its stage in the Woodruff Arts Center, it feels more like a closet-turned conference room with a really high ceiling.  Maybe I don’t appreciate its simplicity, but I’ve always felt it’s an apathetic shrug, saying “hey, we’re Atlanta.  at least we got a place to stick a symphony.  now please consider us cultured.”

I hused to frequent the symphony during my undergrad days, but lately there hasn’t been a draw.  I guess after living in St. Petersburg, I got in the habit of stopping by the symphony after class and paying a couple bucks to sit in on any of the great performances.  It was kinda a social gathering place, you’d always see people you know, and just sitting in those historical theaters was well worth it.  Well, now I have Starbucks and an mp3 player.

Perhaps leaving behind the sterile environment that the ASO has been in for decades (aside from performance at Chastian) will help it become more than just a destination for school field trips and a place for the elderly to fall asleep (look around if you go, it’s quite comical to see).  It’s definitely a plus to the north Fulton suburbs – a concert venue in a park that embraces its surroundings – much better than a 1960’s closet.  Hopefully there’s wont be a SuperWalmart sprouting up across the street.

Anyway, check out the design details here, including its “translucent fabric, fan-shaped roof suspended over a steel-framed structural system,” at the Dexigner Design Portal.

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Stuck in beef stew/ Gogol Bordello


What the hell is wrong with me? Has apathy taken over? a disinterest in things outside books and design webpages? Just an assumption that nothing outragously fun is in my price range?!

When I was in college, I made a promise to myself that no matter how crazy things got or what money was like (much better then than now, actually), I would go to at least one “real” (involving a little more dinero) show/theatrical event/concert per month (I know, Jessica, if you’re reading this you’re probably cringing at this number). To redeem myself from complete hermit-ville, this did not include parties, club outings (that’s so 1998!), improv shows and artsy exhibits. I also tried to spend a night in a homeless shelter (volunteering, ahem) once a semester, but that’s another story.

ARGH! So last night Gogol Bordello were in town. I’d talked to Pig over a month ago about the show. When our loan trouble began, I dropped any reminders about things happening, and so I did with this. I assumed the tickets would be too expensive and I’d be too busy, someting else something else. In fact, when I went past the Roxy yesterday, there was like a faint little voice in the back of my head, said weakly “Hey, Gogol Bordello, right here in your back yard. Hey, isn’t that cool. You really wanted to go see them. let’s go home now to do laundry.”

So, I went home. I didn’t do any laundry. I erased from my mind that 2 minutes of walking was a show that I really really wanted to see. I wouldn’t even have to park anywhere! But, I kept hoping that the tickets were too expensive, or it sold out really fast.

Of course, today as we wandered by the Roxy, like an idiot I mentioned it

Belka: hey, Gogal Bordello was here last night. it was probably an awesome show

Pig: Right here? the Roxy? Why didn’t you tell me it was last night, we could have gone!

Belka: I’m sure the tickets were to much for the both of us. I have to buy some books for school anyway.

Pig: Did you check? Maybe they weren’t expensive. For all we know, it could have been a free show. At least for Russians.

Belka: Grrrr. <dismal cloud ascends over head>

So, of course tonight I’m trying to see if they will ever be back, or maybe be in NY when I go up in December. Of course, I was curious to look for tickets prices because I just love pouring salt on an open wound…no info on last night’s show…but for upcoming shows there seemed to be a range of $15-26 around the US. $15!!??! At the Roxy?! That would have been like $30 for the two of us, that’s almost what you spend at the movies (sorry, Pig’s gotta have his oversalted popcorn)! I would gladly have given up a trip or two to the ol’ kino for that. Hell, I have Blockbuster and a microwave. But I don’t have a concert hall pumped full of gypsy punk!

Anyway, I gotta kick this overcooked pot of beef strew I’m in and stop assuming everything is against me.

But the book I bought today was pretty expensive…

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