Monday, March 31, 2008

Goudy Old Style

Let me get this out there: this is probably the sloppiest drawing of a font so far. And, that's a blind contour moose.

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, March 30, 2008

I Need 500 Miles to Drive

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Because this CD, His & Hers Volume 1, is perfect driving music. Bored with the music I own and getting bored with the music on Pandora.com, I decided it was time to start shopping for music. I had been diggin' The Soft Lightes song "1983" that was playing on Pandora. It's a good song. How could it not be? I was born that year. So, looking for cheap music via Amazon's Marketplace I found the CD "1983" is on for 30 cents. That's right, folks, 30 cents. With shipping and handling, it came out to $3 and some change.

It was 30 cents well spent.

If you can't read the track list, here it is:

1. Daft Punk--Something About Us
2. The Dandy Warhols--The Last High
3. Stereophonics--Dakota
4. Ian Brown--Corpses In Their Mouths
5. The Soft Lightes--1983
6. Oasis--Stop Crying Your Heart Out
7. Shout Out Louds--But Then Again No
8. Goldfrapp--Ooh La La
9. Nina Simone--Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair
10. Ryan Adams--Wonderwall
11. Ringside--Tired of Being Sorry
12. The Sounds--Rock 'n Roll
13. The Postal Service--Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)
14. The Tigers--Sleepy Time
15. Heartless Bastards--Piano Song
16. Luna--Bonnie & Clyde
17. Embrace-Ashes

You may be asking yourself, "What is it about this mix that makes it perfect road trip music?" Well, dear readers, I'm here to tell you that this mix provides not only upbeat tunes, but slow, more contemplative tunes. That is the key to road trip music: every long distance driver needs upbeat tunes to keep them awake, alert, and singing along. Every long distance driver needs slow, contemplative tunes to nourish the self reflection that road trips are all about.

As of this posting, there are two copies of this CD selling for 28 cents each on Amazon's Marketplace. Do yourself a favor and buy it. (Then get in your car and go.)

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

PS. I've got some very exciting news coming in the next couple of days. Stay tuned.
Sundays I Write Letters

RE: ENVIRO
Dear KBezzie,
You are correct.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
I am glad that you can discern the differences between this font and the last.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Birdie,
You are correct in thinking that this is a favorite font. It used to be my Outlook default font. But, I don’t think it was a favorite because of the name. It is now my favorite because of the name.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: WEEK #12
Dear KBezzie,
Don’t get me wrong: I like rain, too. It’s just that some times are more appropriate for it to rain than others.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear KBezzie,
Me, too. Me, too.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
That is exactly what I’m telling you. Do you have a problem?

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Week #12

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Monday, March 24, 2008

Enviro

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Sundays I Write Letters

RE: DOMESTIC WEEKENDS
Dear NikBudnik,
Not only will I make a quiche for your visit, I’ll even bake a cake.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
Yes, I was sick. I am feeling better, but I still have the table and chairs, which are now causing confusion as to where I should sit.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear U-Gene,
Don’t say roots! Geez, that’s why I didn’t want to get furniture in the first place. At least the set was cheap so I can liquidate it quick with little financial loss.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear NikBudnik,
Gene has a keen eye. The chairs and table are all pub height. Although, I think the box technically called it “gathering height.” Whatever that means.

I appreciate and am grateful for your endorsement on a variety of issues.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Daddy,
The cookies were gross. I tossed the majority of them. True story.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear KBezzie,
You know, there was actually minimal swearing. Of course, I was pretty pissed off when I tried to dispose of the box that I left in my car for a week. It ends up that people like throwing away whole mattresses in the apartment complex dumpster.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mili,
Congrats on the new blog. You better update regularly, because if you don’t, how will I ever know what really happens in Miami?

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: COOPER BLACK
Dear KBezzie,
I agree wholeheartedly.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
I think you need to start drawing various fonts because you obviously can’t detect the subtle differences. How dare you!

Ah, I kid bekause I kare!

The spots you see on the umbrella are not raindrops. My umbrella has a polka dot pattern.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: WEEK #11
Dear KBezzie,
$1.00, $1.25, what’s the difference? Money saved is money saved. Seriously, though, I’m saving more than $1.25. I’m saving the time it takes to wait around for the clothes to dry. And, if the dryer is in use, I don’t have to wait for it to free up. Not drying my clothes just may be one of the best things I ever decided to do.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
I bet that little electric heater in your bedroom provides more comfort than machine dried clothes do.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik
PS. I hope you didn’t break anything falling into that pit.


Dear NikBudnik,
My freakin’ quarters are jawesome.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear NikBudnik,
Clam Chowda sounds tasty right about now.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: I WANT ONE
Dear KBezzie,
I found out about the David Sedaris book purely through Amazon.com and their “recommendation” system. The others I found through the guy’s blog.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
I feel your Amazon.com pain. Sometimes they recommend good things (the Sedaris book), but most of the time I get recommendations because I bought one type of book once for a class. And, those damn emails piss me off, but not as much as the Dell ones. I’ve tried to unsubscribe from Dell’s emails like three times now. Bastards.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: AULT PARK THROUGH A SPY CAMERA
Dear Mom,
I wouldn’t exactly call this “hiking,” more like “good walking.” My hair is getting long. I have a hair appointment for April 12th. I know, I know, that’s a long time from now, but I guess the haircuts are good and the price cheap, so you have to book appointments in advance.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear KBezzie,
Yes, drink warm water. At least room temperature. See, when you’re chilly on the outside, not-ice-cold water feels good on the inside.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Ault Park Through a Spy Camera

First, a little lesson: never check the weather forecast, because all it really does is forecast a day of boredom. Who wants to go out when it's just supposed to get colder, start to rain, etc.? Weather forecasts just ruin plans. In addition, never check your bank account balance for the same reasons.

I decided to ignore the weather forecast and walk to Ault Park today. I donned my fancy hiking pants because I knew things could possibly get serious. By my guesstimation, the park is 3 miles-ish from where I live, so I took my drawstring sack packed with a water bottle (my new Sigg bottle), a granola bar (like I said, this walk had the potential to get serious), and a sketchbook because I had hopes of it warming up just enough to pause at the park and draw (and because my brain still thinks we're in Atlanta where it probably has been sketching-warm for several months now). Unfortunately, the cold weather prevented me from wearing my newly acquired Columbia Titanium shirt/jacket that affords SPF 30 protection. Instead I wore my unbranded purple fleece jacket. And I headed out.

Now, for some spy camera action!

Here's a church I saw along the way. There was a giant bird on the roof. Unfortunately, it flew away before I was able to snap a picture. Either that or you can't see the bird because of the quality of the photo.

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This is where the sidewalk ends.

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I was happy to discover some "nature" trails. The wilderness factor here is a bit below that of Frog Pond. (For those of you who don't know, Frog Pond is between my old elementary school and a borough campground in my hometown. Because of its close location to civilization, you never feel like you're deep in the middle of the wilderness whilst wandering the trails.)

See, there are houses visible from different parts of the trails.

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And, obviously, this is a very popular place to get drunk, high, etc. and do some good ol' fashioned graffiti art.

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The trails are pretty well groomed. There are blazes.

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But, sometimes grooming intentions go punished by the wrath of nature. Observez-vous:

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If you can't make it out, a tree has fallen and demolished a pretty new foot bridge. See, that's what you get for messin' with Mother-capital-'N'-Nature, suckers.

I don't know what this is, but it's a good expression of the Spy Camera Spirit.

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Oh, I know, you've come this far and you're worried about the self portrait you've come to expect from my adventures. Worry no more:

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I took another self portrait from a point that overlooks a strange body of water, but it made me look like I might actually have some color to my complexion. This one tells no lies: I am pasty.

And, I did get a picture of the body of water sans moi.

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All in all, it was a good walk. It definitely lightened my mood. It was worth the 2 hours I was out. Two hours seems like a long time to be walking, but throughout those 2 hours I saw the same guy running 4 times. I can't even begin to imagine running for 2 hours. And, I learned never to take chilled water on a cold-weather walk. Cold water in the cold is not refreshing.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Friday, March 21, 2008

I Want One

Of each. Today I'm off from work. How do I choose to spend my day besides getting up and walking during sunrise and listening to morning birds and doing my weekly shopping? I choose to share a few things on my wish list.

First up:

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Danny Gregory's Everyday Matters. I do believe I discovered Danny Gregory through Dan Price. I've read bits and pieces of Danny's story on his blog and it's intriguing. I'm positive this book is fantastic.

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Danny Gregory's An Illustrated Life. This book offers peeps into artists' sketchbooks. Danny has been featuring the interviewees on his blog. And, by clicking on the links, I've discovered some people and their blogs who have quickly won a spot on my list of top favs. How could you hate this?

Finally,

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It appears David Sedaris has a new book coming out. Need I say more?

Two of the three books aren't out yet. Waiting is soooo hard.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Week #11

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Monday, March 17, 2008

Cooper Black

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Domestic Weekends

Last weekend I was snowed in. You would think that I'm used to this and that I'd know what to do, but I didn't. Back in Alaska I was always in school during the winters, so weather never had an influence on how I spent my weekend--I always did homework. In this new lifestyle that affords free weekends, I had to figure out what to do with myself. I participated in domestic activities. I cooked a quiche. This is my second quiche and it came out so much better than the first. Oh mama, this one is delicious. I added a green bell pepper to this quiche and it's that much better, but now I'm thinking I need to add some mushrooms next time.

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Look at that plate. I bought it for a buck at a thrift store. It pretty much begs to have quiche eaten off of it. I have a cup that matches it.

And, since I couldn't make it to the store for some chocolate, I made some flourless peanut butter cookies. Aren't they gorgeous? They taste crappy. They disintegrate once you pick them up and eating them is like downing a spoonfull of peanut butter.

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Now, this weekend the weather has been fine. Sure, it's been rainy, but nothing to prevent driving. I still participated in a domestic activity: buying furniture.

I shopped around and ended up buying a 3-piece tableset from Target. I'm not very particular about my furniture (obviously if I've gone 2 months without anything real), so picking the table wasn't difficult: it was on sale.

The kind Target gentlemen helped me get the box of parts to the register and into my car. At my apartment, I took a page from The Book of Mom and opened the box inside my car and carried it into my apartment piece by piece. I was oh-so-happy that nowhere in the instructions did it say that two people were needed at any point to put the table and chairs together. Who I once thought was a neighbor I could possibly count on for such tasks has ended up to be a neighbor I NEVER want to call on for help.

Here's a series of photos documenting the construction. You'll note that at one point I got hot in my sweatshirt and took it off. (If you scroll really fast it'll look like the table and chairs put themselves together.)

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When I first got my job in Cincinnati, I told my Mom that I was excited about finally settling down and that I was going to stay off of the roads for awhile and have domestic adventures. Who was I kidding? Now, two months into settled life and one table later, I'm ready to get out. I'm pretty sure my yearning for domestic adventures was due to the fact that my living situation in Beaverton was awful and I was a wee bit road weary.

Next weekend is a three day weekend. And, I've got to get out. I'm thinking a day trip of some sort--go see something I've never seen before. So, stay tuned.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik
Sundays I Write Letters

RE: BOOK REVIEW
Dear Emily,
First, welcome to my blog and thank you for your comment. Second, my deepest sympathies about your birthday being one and the same of the annoying kid from Muppet Treasure Island. In middle school, there was this new kid and he was kind of funky. I was horrified to learn that we shared the same birthday. But, look at me now. I know you, too, can overcome this.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear KBezzie,
Um, I was an English major—I escaped from a lot of “classics” based on professors’ false belief that we had already read them.

I think I would much rather listen to Andrew sing the Muppet Treasure Island songs than the actors.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
Having the last song that played on the car radio stuck in your head isn’t a bad thing. Unless, of course it’s a Flo Rida song.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Birdie,
Thank you for comment-singing for us all.

I am unsure of the episode of The Simpsons you speak of.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: BERNARD MT CONDENSED
Dear KBezzie,
I will consider Book Antiqua a request.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
Thank you. I try hard with both my cactus and letters.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Birdie,
No, these are not traced. They are simply drawn. That’s why they don’t look anything like the letters and have a feel of my handwriting.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: WEEK #10
Dear Mom,
Despite the fact that I’ve paid of two debts, I feel like I’m only entering the Bill Tunnel. The debts I have paid off were minor compared to my student loans. Rest assured, when the student loans are finally paid off, there will be partying like it’s 1999.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Week #10

I've been having a great financial time lately. Remember that little road trip I took to the Pacific Northwest? Well, I finally paid off the credit card that funded the fun. And, I've paid back the Musical Mom Fund. Now, I just have to tackle the Mount Everest of debts: my student loans. They go into repayment this month.

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Monday, March 10, 2008

Bernard MT Condensed

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Book Review: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Alright, this is not a book I would normally pick up, but I wanted to get into the pirate mindset.

Because I've seen Muppet Treasure Island, I had that annoying kid singing in my head the entire time I was reading. (Although I'm fond of the Muppets and their movies, I didn't like that one.) And, maybe because I've seen that movie, I wasn't wowed by any of the plot twists.

There wasn't much action, either. Little Jim Hawkins still makes it home safely despite being a traitor. And, they don't even kill Long John Silver! Come on!

If you're extremely bored, read it. If not, skip it.

Enjoy!
T. Budnik
Sundays I Write Letters

(And, I would have sent physical letters, but I don’t have any stamps and I refuse to buy them from the grocery store because I know I’ll end up with 20 boring flags.)

Dear Winter,
I’ll cut to the chase: I think we’ve had a bit of a misunderstanding. I left Atlanta in search of a job and a climate where you would come visit me. (We all are well aware that you have a thing against the South and while I hold a fondness for that region, I completely understand.) Well, here I am employed in Ohio! Exactly what I was looking for. Except, I wasn’t ever ready for you. The job came a little too late and so I couldn’t prepare for the cold, ice, and inches and inches of snow.

Oh, I’m fully aware that I have to be able to take the bad with the good, but so far, there hasn’t been any good. Where was the white Christmas? And, don’t tell me those measly flakes that melted on the concrete in Beaverton were “real.” I never had the funds to buy my outdoorsy winter jacket. I was unaware that the snow in Ohio accumulates to the need of winter boots. This fact was thrust upon me so quickly that I didn’t have time to acquire fashionable boots. The best I can do is layer a fleece jacket and a windbreaker, wear my new tennis shoes, and rely on the charity of my sister for mittens. Do you think it would kill you to give a chick a break? You know I wasn’t ready, so why couldn’t you just lighten up on the snow? Or! Or, here’s a novel idea: snow a million inches EARLIER in the season! It’s freakin’ March, Winter. It’s a little too much, too late.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik
PS. Deep in my heart, I still love you.



RE: ARIAL
Dear KBezzie,
I will address both of your comments in this letter. Upon reading your first comment, I had no clue what you were talking about. I thought it was a joke and was hesitant to ask for clarification because we all know that a joke is funnier when someone doesn’t get it.

As far as the title goes, my format does not have a special title field. Don’t ask me why, but I’ve tried to get one. And, please don’t blame this formatting issue on your inability to read. Ah, I kid bekause I kare.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
I like my birdfeeder, too. But, it seems it just may be more of a squirrel feeder. I’ve seen some squirrels doing some crazy acrobatics to get down on those seeds. You know what? I don’t care if the squirrels eat from it. I like squirrels.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: WEEK #09
Dear KBezzie,
I think it actually might be a mouse. Every couple of days I find little turd-like things either in my kitchen sink or on the counter. I only find one at a time. And, my food seems to be fine. I don’t know what this thing is doing. Perhaps you can give me guidance. I know you hold the title of Mouse Slayer.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
I’d rather have circles after me than chupacabras. True story.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Week #09

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Monday, March 03, 2008

Arial

Now, if I was a typography instructor, I would make my students do this: copy multiple fonts. Then, when they turned them in, I'd actually correct them: the curve is wrong here. Look! Look at this subtle angle. Then, I'd make them redraw the incorrect letters. Finally, at the end of the semester, quarter, whatever, I'd make the assignment worth nothing.

Yes, that's what I would do if I were a typography instructor, because the heavenly being knows that typography assignments are nothing but tedium. (Okay, okay, in my lifetime, I've only taken one typography course. What can I say? It wasn't a hard decision to stay on the writing side--where I arrange letters and words using a completely different method.)

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Sundays I Writer Letters

RE: ABERCROMBIE COUNTRY
Dear NiknotfreakingthistimeBudnik,
Thank you. Consider that ass tapped.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
Not all pretty boys are gay. And not all gay people are pretty. But, remember, a square is a rectangle, but a rectangle is not a square.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Birdie,
I never sleep with ignorance or apathy.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: TIMES NEW ROMAN
Dear KBezzie,
I have no idea what the official title is. But, I do like “lettering.” I think there are type secrets I will never know about. So, I let the type snobs have their typography and eat it, too.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Mom,
Thank you for admitting and embracing the fact that when you were in the military typewriters were used. It’s so refreshing to hear an older-than-me person date themselves without prefacing it with, “This is going to date me, but…”

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: WEEK #08
Dear Mom,
No one that I know of was hurt by the snow, real or drawn.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik


Dear Olga,
Thank you for reading my blog! Thank you for the compliment! I shall now be reading your blog!

Sincerely,
T. Budnik



RE: PORTLAND SKETCHES
Dear KBezzie,
I adore the fact that Portland people have such a striking style. Whether I want to participate in that style or not is another issue.

Sincerely,
T. Budnik

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Portland Sketches
Here's another page done in the Starbucks in Downtown Portland.

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Enjoy!
T. Budnik