Ad Astra

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Ad Astra moon scene

My pandemic thickness is destroying all it comes in contact with, and I need pillows—pillows for my head and pillows for my couch.

Shopping for pillows online is disagreeable. Perhaps we need to popularize “sturdy rating” to aid in this process.

Speaking of couch time, watched Ad Astra tonight. Somehow slipped through the cracks in the beforetime. It’s a solid sci-fi flick with a solid visual language. Not sure the story warrants a repeat viewing.

Choice dialog from the movie:

Roy McBride : Can I have a blanket and pillow?
Female Flight Attendant : Certainly, that will be $125


Monday, January 4, 2021

standing on a scale

Started the day off with Larry for a Zoom workout. My first in 6 months?

Larry looked great. I think “retiring” and moving to Florida has done wonders for him. It’s nice to see someone that has been working toward their next chapter get there.

As for me, I’m fine with my the number of my weight, I just know that it has shifted from muscle to fat over these months.

Glad to be back on track, have accountability and a guide to keep my form correct.


Sunday, January 3, 2021

This is all I have to show for the last day of holiday—and it was delicious. Rhubarb and sugar, boiled down to a compote that I put over biscuits. A family favorite that I recreate in random intervals.

After two solid weeks largely avoiding billable hours, I feel both refreshed and have the desire to keep the streak running.

I am now acutely aware that I need to take more time off billable work in 2021.

A new category

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Though categories aren’t visible at the moment, I do try and keep order in addition to the tags at the bottom of each post. I am remiss that I haven’t had a “Favorites” category yet. Today I remedy this.

And I’m starting with the Munch candy bar. It’s so far down the brand totem pole it doesn’t get mentioned on the Mars site. (Also of interest, almost all of the links to sub-brand sites are no longer active or simply shift users to Instagram or Facebook. Peculiar.)

Due to its short list of simple ingredients, the Munch bar is marketed as being healthy and natural: peanuts, sugar, butter, corn syrup, palm oil, salt and soy lecithin. They’re also gluten-free!

Anyway I like them and they’re hard to find.


Friday, January 1, 2021

It’s been cold and gray, so staying inside is a choice.

Tidying up from Christmas, I’ve decided to keep the tree up until I get a vaccine. (Christmas in July!)

But this apple from my nephews and great niece will find a place in the year-round permanent collection.

I should also mention 30% of this photo is fake and I’ve added the rollover to see the unedited version.

A quiet end to the year

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Usually NYE is spent having a nice meal out with friends.

That wouldn’t be on the menu this year.

Instead, leftovers that included sauerkraut because I am from the midwest.

Some bourbon.

Watched the weirdly empty KIA / Planet Fitness New Years Rockin’ Eve for a few minutes.

v. awkward.

Reference Guide of Display Typefaces

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

The day before the end of the year reveals another gift outside my door. (Technically half inside an open garage door while the weather circled between drizzle and rain.)

Hidden in a dusty box and set aside on a trash pile was a 400+ page catalog of type samples from Linographics.

A friend texted a snapshot a while back and I couldn’t reply fast enough, “That’s gold. Let us photograph it!”

And on this day he dropped it off.

This is exactly sort of thing that could put a halt to this photoblog for months. Naturally I want to pore over every page and figure out best how to preserve it.

Steven Coles captured some of the unique pages from this specimen.

There are actually lots on Flickr.

It’s going to take some time, but I will share more of this tome.

Stan Brod for Urban Walls

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Tamara called from right outside the building, “Are you home?”

I was indeed! (Who am I kidding? I’m almost always home THESE DAYS.)

She had some good things to drop off.

We’ve been working on some ideas over the past months. At one point I exclaimed how happy I was to finally find an Urban Walls lithograph on eBay for Allegro.

She popped by and added to my collection.

I don’t know the title of this piece, but it was designed by Stan Brod for Carl Solway’s groundbreaking project that brought murals to Cincinnati.

I feel like I need to build a house now to hang this artwork.

My heartrate rises every time I look at it.

Here’s the moment of delivery, using old protesting boards to protect the art:

There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things

Monday, December 28, 2020

Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese

Above: How it started

Today had at least two momentous occasions.

1. Made tomato soup from scratch using this recipe. But I have two more I’d like to try. This simple take and this version with gorgonzola.

2. Casey highly recommended the (American) Office and since it was leaving Netflix this year it has been many evening’s entertainment.

At first I was reticent—Michael Scott was so… cringe. But I stuck with it and at some point his antics became one ingredient to a larger set.

I’m going to spoil the last line here soon, so if you haven’t seen the finale just look at the tomato soup and scroll by.

The last few seasons are somewhat different as Steve Carell was off making big movies and they filled in his gap with a rotating cast. But the last set of episodes introduces a very different perspective that starts to bring a layer of humanity to the characters.

When Pam rolls out the last line, I got it.

“There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn’t that the point?”

Below: How it ended


The Viper 1

Sunday, December 27, 2020

I couldn’t tell you too much about 1978’s Battlestar Galactica, but the spaceships were really cool. And the long intro ends with some nice type.

Also, I still add toys to my wishlist.