Monday, May 31, 2010

Whoops


sorry about that last post – it was supposed to go on the other blog.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 7:29 pm  

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Beth and I via Pete


http://peterhalupka.blogspot.com/2010/05/savannah-ga-2009.html

Pete Halupka is the only person I know that calls Elizabeth “Liz”.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 3:51 am  

Thursday, May 27, 2010

My First Ever Book Review


So I posted my first comic trade review over at my other site. It’s for Showcase Presents: Bat Lash.

I’d really love some feedback! (please comment there so I can keep it mainly in one place).

Most of my writing is academic, totally colloquial, or more philosophical. I’m not really sure if I’m good at judging a product or advising consumers, which is what I feel a review is for… so let me know!

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 3:29 am  

Monday, May 24, 2010

Nike World Cup Ad Is Actually A Pretty Good Short


actually a really great little video (I’ll save the culture commentary for now, since I want to remark about the production of videos like this instead). This is how advertisement should be done. One thing I love about the internet is that it’s giving way to “long” (for advertisement) form quality advertisement versus short (tiny) form HIGH RECOGNIZABILITTYY BUY NOW FLASH THE LOGO AS BIG AS POSSIBLE IN 10 SECONDS advertisement designed to get the most from tiny tv slots.

The advertisement itself can be the entertainment, which you used to have to wait for the superbowl for – it’s not quite like product placement in existing entertainment, since the entire plot line of a small piece can be written FOR this advertisement. It’s less jarring, and if someone tells you in advance “watch this little Nike ad” you don’t feel like you were tricked or anything. You know it’s made to promote Nike, but you can judge it on its own merits in time set aside to watch it, instead of it interrupting whatever you were ACTUALLY trying to do or see.

Dig?

(obviously the internet is responsible for some pretty horrible things, like talking floating flash pop overs or THIS EVIL WP AUTO POST CRAP, but I think you understand what I’m saying here, right?)

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 6:34 pm  

Monday, May 24, 2010

Entertaining Essay on Internets Over at Vadim


I know I haven’t been doing much long form here lately (mostly because I’ve been putting so much screen time into my other internet projects) so to tide you over here’s a really entertaining essay.

Vadim: The Blog – Gawker/HRO/Tumblr

It’s about internet writing styles, basically. But that sounds boring.

I guess it’s a little dramatic/ranty too.

Oh man, am I doing it now? These sentences have been a little terse – might be that gawker house style he’s talking about.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 4:47 am  

Thursday, May 13, 2010

From Savannah


CCB – Savannah Anthem from master blaster on Vimeo.

This is pretty much accurate. Well shot, kids.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 2:44 am  

Saturday, May 8, 2010

An Explanation of Obsession (or, Why I Love The DC Universe)


The following is an email I just sent out to some of my friends, art world acquaintances, and my grandma:

Hey friends,

So some of you may have noticed that I haven’t been putting out the same volume of photography and other “fine” art recently, at least not in the same way I was over the past few years.

This is because I’ve been staying up nights putting time into another obsession:

Archiving data and creating a huge database of trade paperback reprints of comic books.

Not a surprise to some of you, probably, who are aware of my programming background and childhood obsessions, but I’m sure some are asking “Why comic books?”

Well. Now.

Let me tell you.

Let me tell you in this nice little essay/impassioned rant titled (in a straightforward manner) ‘Why I Love The DC Universe’.

Here’s a hint: it’s because I consider it to be the greatest shared creative exploit in the history of mankind.

It’s possible that I’m wrong. Let me know if so – but go ahead and read the essay for my reasons first.

The pyramids are pretty cool, but I don’t think most of the builders had much input in their design.

Oh, and feel free to check out the rest of that new site while you are at it. It’s under serious construction, but I think I’ve figured out some novel ways of using wordpress as a database management system.

Go ahead and share the links with friends (or any of my relatives I missed, grandma. I’ll see you soon, I hope!)

By share, I mean slather it around willy nilly. There are a whole bunch of share links to the right of the content, from facebook to stumbleupon.

I think I’m ready to show the site to the world and I’m kinda a little proud.

Even though I consider it far from done, it’s still the largest database of its kind (especially run by one person), and as far as I know, the only site devoted to its purpose. (which is to make it easier to read collected comics! No longer will you have to wonder where is a good place to start [an extremely common forum thread question]).

Feedback is always appreciated (you can leave a comment right on the post! I just got the threaded comments working!)

Hope you’re all well.

Keep me up to date on your insane projects too!

Love,
Ian

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 8:43 pm