Folding things together

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

After Kroger acquired Home Chef, I kind of fell out of favor with their meal kit approach. (Previously, I was enamored.) Better design and branding, but the fun and interesting recipes turned more into meatloaf and noodles.

I get Plated meal kits now, and super dig ’em. That’s not what this post is about really.

Plated included this fun little promo (above) along with a few sheets of origami paper in the August box. I sent this snapshot to some folks I used to work with at IDIO Technology Studios—our web design company in the late 90’s/early 00’s.

We had made a similar promotion for Halloween, sending out custom paper with CD-ROMs (!) that contained an interactive tutorial of the same origami project—often called a paper balloon. Our electronic version was a step by step guide you could click through with sounds and animation. We gave ourselves the challenge of making an interface with no words.

Here are a few screenshots:

I found the original (Macromedia Director) files and tried to revive the whole shebang, but alas, there have been way too many platform and software leaps to bring it back to life.

Which is a bit frustrating, that something you made simply doesn’t exist anymore.

Mental note: Document things thoroughly.

Other mental note: Many Technologies becomes obsolete.


Imperial from afar

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Imperial Theater Cincinnati

Previously up close.

Celebrating a tooth

Monday, August 19, 2019

In honor of my great nephew’s first tooth, we had a family dinner*. To celebrate the occasion, my brother and great niece organized a baby food tasting contest before the proper meal. Identify the unknown flavor!

It all tasted like bananas or sweet potatoes to me. I think Matt may have won.

Regardless, the garden was all sorts of lush and colorful. The meal was great and there was lots of good feels.

* Pretty sure this was just a tangent, we just wanted to spend time together, but it was a momentous milestone. :-)

Secret Hitler

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Took advantage of pool weather this afternoon and then closed out the evening playing a few games.

We started with Werewolf. I don’t remember exactly which version/brand we played. It’s a fairly simple “social deduction game” I’ll never be good at it since it relies on deception, but it’s a hoot anyway.

Next up? Secret Hitler, which has a similar premise but adds complexity. It’s a beautifully designed game, but as Andrew pointed out, they used some typefaces that weren’t proper to the time period. !!!

I preferred the Werewolf gameeven though I could only win by luck.

It’s about the journey!


Saturday, August 17, 2019

We lost. 1 – 4.

An approaching storm and a drive thru

Two unrelated photos.

A proper introduction

Laura and Jenn’s family grew by one. And to commemorate the naming of their daughter they brought together family and friends. It was a moving moment for two folks that have hearts so big, it’s a joy to behold.

Old Farts

Friday, August 16, 2019

Eric and his friends make a ride up to Yellow Springs and back every year. They call it the Centennial ride and to commemorate this year he wanted a t-shirt. The big title says Alter Kockers (that’s what they call their team.)

It roughly means “Old Farts” in yiddish.