Quandary

Mar. 28th, 2013 10:37 am
Well, here's an ethical quandary I didn't need. :p

The short version: I did some subcontracting work for a pretty big-deal Agency. Agency was super-happy with my work, and is likely to send me more (yay!), and their Client was also happy.

Fast-forward to yesterday, when I receive an inquiry e-mail from Client. Client apparently got my info, and they're looking for someone to do a similar job to what I did for them through Agency, for another site of theirs.

On the one hand, hooray, work! On the other hand, I feel kind of funny about the situation. I feel like taking this work could read as a douche-y maneuver, and I wouldn't want to take the work Client is offering if it would sully my new relationship with Agency. Primary reason being that, I am not a douchebag, and I want to do right by all parties involved. I actually really enjoyed working with Agency. They are cool and reasonable people, they do top-notch work, and they have their shit together.

And you know? even a douchebag would recognize that it doesn't make financial sense to take a one-time job from Client if it would mean losing multiple jobs from Agency.

So, tell me, lazyweb: am I right to feel funny about this? Or am I worrying over nothing?
Yes, apparently, "derby" is going to be a verb today. Ahem.

Eugene friends: if I signed up to play some derby in the EUG on Feb 11th/12th, would you come watch? It'd be at one of the open scrimmages at this tournament, and it'd most likely be co-ed. But hey, if you've been curious to see me play derby, this would be your only opportunity to do so for at least the next few months.

For what it's worth, I'd want to play regardless, but the fees kind of sting. Knowing that someone might enjoy watching me play would be a motivator, but otherwise, I'd be fine sticking to spectating and visiting with people down there. :)

RELATED: J and I will be in Eugene on the 11th, until around mid-day on the 12th. I'm available for hangouts, so holler if you want to meet up. :)
As you might've detected in my last post, I was rather iffy on the logo/watermark thing I used for the photos I posted. It was cute, but I didn't quite love it. ([livejournal.com profile] archmage, you hit the nail on the head as to why, heh) I did like the type manipulation I did on the "creative", but the rest didn't feel very Me-ish. I *can* do detailed illustration, but strong, clean design is much more my signature.

So, I wound up spending several hours yesterday futzing with a new logo, and then made further tweaks earlier today. Now, I have two options:



Judgmental thumbs? Leanings one way or the other? The "SG" will be used by itself as a mark, in some instances, in case that impacts your decision. Detailed feedback is nice, but even "I like this one better for no good reason," is helpful, heh.

(FWIW, I like the look of the left option better because it feels more like a cohesive unit, but the one on the right more obviously implies the arrow/direction concept)
Hey dudes. So the holidays are looming, and it occurs to me that I ought to, you know, make some actual PLANS for it. ;p

On that note, I recall hearing about friends getting together for an "Orphans' Dinner" in recent years past, so I wanted to toss the notion out there and gauge interest. Is anyone up for something like this here in PDX? Potluck style, or planned in advance with folks helping cook if they like?

I'd also be willing to host such a thing, if there's interest. It might even motivate me to get a non-ghetto dining room table and chairs, like I've been wanting to. ;)

Thoughts? Suggestions? Hit me up.
I've mentioned this before, but possible alternate plans may have come up for me on the same day, SO, I'd like to poll the audience and see who will actually come to the Derby Bout this coming Saturday:

Wheels of Justice vs. Windy City Rollers
Saturday, October 16, 2010, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
General admission $14.00, Rockstar guaranteed seating $20.00

Doors open at 5pm, skating starts at 6pm.


If you're not feeling 100% about going, then don't worry about it. I'm just looking for firm Yes-es, for planning purposes and whatnot. And yes, [livejournal.com profile] marykae , I know you'll be there. ;)
So, that whole thing about dragging myself to wushu last night? Didn't happen. I picked up some stir-fry at New Seasons, came home, watched Castle, and got partway through the latest episode of Dexter before passing out just before 10pm. Sleep is AMAZING.

Last weekend was fairly exhausting, largely because my body decided to be a rat-bastard and short me on sleep, and recovering from that was not the easiest thing.

FRIDAY: Went to wushu, went to Ground Kontrol, drank too much wine and watched a hilarious documentary, came home and passed out for 4 whole hours. I could've slept for another 2 or 3 hours, but my stupid body wouldn't let me. :p

SATURDAY: Veronica Mars at [livejournal.com profile] marykae 's, a derby practice that didn't suck, some portrait processing, and then I went over to [livejournal.com profile] veiravx and [livejournal.com profile] phasmaphobic's for a big-ass LAN/XBox party. I assumed I would be awful at everything on this day, due to not sleeping, but I actually had a good derby practice, got worky things done, and also managed to play Halo Reach and not die every 2 seconds! It was fairly amazing, and I had a great time overall! (I was still astoundingly awful at RE5, though. Derp.)

SUNDAY: Went to brunch and also gave [livejournal.com profile] kaptian the art prints he'd ordered forever ago. The wait time at Tin Shed was completely absurd. Then, I went to IKEA to buy a new couch, foolishly forgetting that it wouldn't fit in my car. And then, I went to Eugene to put out some interpersonal fires, and did so successfully.

And finally, Poll: is it crass to say, "I just want to be friends," via e-mail? Because, while I, personally, would not be bothered by such a thing, it seems that others potentially are.

And, I'm spent.

Geek Poll

Oct. 1st, 2010 04:42 pm
I realize that I'm surveying an audience that skews very tech-savvy and geeky, but, I simply must pose this question:

In a recent conversation with a person in my age group, the topic of Halloween came up, and I stated that I would like to dress up as, "a fire flower from Super Mario Brothers," and I was met with a quizzical look.

This individual had no idea what I was talking about. I had to explain how coin boxes work. The phrases, "there are these metal boxes, and he hits them with his head," and, "after he gets the mushroom that turns him into Super Mario, instead of Tiny Wimpy Dies-Instantly Mario..." actually passed through my lips.

Now, I do realize that a lot of people are not gamers. Even I, myself, am far from being a hardcore gamer. But, I'm fairly flabbergasted that anyone who is even tangentially aware of popular culture would not have at least a basic understanding of how a Mario game works!

Question: Is this as unbelievable as I think it is? Y/N
Question: Where is your favorite place for Indian food in PDX? I have been challenged to come up with a good Indian restaurant by Saturday, and I've only been to one place in town, thus far. I *could* probably find it again if I wanted to, but I don't even remember the name of it, so I figure there has to be something around that'd make more of a positive impression.

In other news, I went to the Scissor Sisters show after wushu last night, and it. Was. AWESOME. They sounded great, they knew how to perform and had a great flair for the dramatic, AND they got the whole crowd dancing like crazy by the end of it. Portland shows seem to have a way of being very sedate, so I was prepared to be all disappointed if this completely danceable set didn't get their booties shakin'. But, much to my surprise and pleasure, PDX stepped up. So, so fun.

I also went to a Run and Yoga class yesterday morning, at this place near 43rd and Hawthorne, and I *loved* it. I've been spotty with keeping up on running, and I've been meaning to get back into doing yoga at least semi-regularly, so this kills two birds with one stone! And, ~45 minutes of stretching and restoring after a solid stretch of running is basically the best idea ever.

My shoulders and upper-back are still wicked sore, though. I think spending all of PAX weekend with various bags over my shoulder didn't do me any favors. :/ But, I'm starting to feel better mentally, at least.

And finally, this day of the meme is lame, but here it is:

Day Nine: Two smileys that describe your life right now.

1. XD
2. :o

Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart.
Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.
Day Five: Six things you wish you’d never done.
Day Six: Five people who mean a lot (in no order whatsoever).
Day Seven: Four turn-offs.
Day Eight: Three turn-ons.
Day Nine: Two smileys that describe your life right now.

Day Ten: One confession.
How did this happen? I'm available all day tomorrow, until the evening. And! I ACTUALLY HAVE A COMPLETELY FREE DAY ON SUNDAY. This fact is completely deserving of all-caps, because it hasn't happened in months. No, really. I checked.

Since derby practice is cancelled tomorrow, but I still want to skate, I have a crazy idea: strap on my outdoor wheels, and do the Where's Waldo event. Or something without skates. I don't know what other folks are up to tomorrow, so I'm open to suggestions.

So, yes, if anyone's up for some low-key hangout time this weekend, let me know. :)

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As for the aforementioned karaoke contest, I have learned, once again, that being more talented and less popular does not make you a winner. ;p It was decided by audience vote, which should have been my first clue that being awesome wasn't likely to carry me through.

I won't venture so far as to say I was the absolute best, because there *were* one or two people I wouldn't have minded losing to. But, I did kick a whole lot of ass, and the person who DID take home the prize was so mediocre that I'd forgotten she'd even participated in the contest, until they announced her as the winner. Still, I had a good time, and I owe a debt of gratitude to the friends of mine who came out to see me so late on a Thursday night. :)

Also, I recently got a killer deal on a fancypants Kitchen Aid knife set, and it came in the mail yesterday. I'm absurdly happy about the fact that I finally, finally have my own santoku knife. All I did was prep some veggies for my giant dinner salad last night, and I'm already in love. I need an excuse to cook on a grander scale, and SOON.

Speaking of, if anyone wants my old knife set, they're welcome to have it. Nothing fancy, just serrated knives on a block, but they're pretty decent.

And, I'm off like a dirty shirt.
But seriously, folks. There's a Derby Bout on Saturday night, and I'm considering attending. Would anyone be interested in joining me?

Here's the info. It's a double-header!
I already created an event on FB, but it's being odd at the moment with allowing me to send out invites. And hey, cross-posting is never a bad thing.

SO! This Thursday is the FINAL ROUND of the Karaoke Contest at The Pit Stop! There's $250 on the line, and they've already had a few rounds over the past few weeks, which I unfortunately had to miss, due to working constantly.

But, one of the finalists had to drop out. And the person replacing said finalist? Why, none other than Yours Truly, otherwise known as The Drunken Master!

I'll be bringing my usual brand of karaoke bad-assery, in an attempt to capture the grand prize, and I've been instructed to bring my friends for support in the final vote. If you haven't seen me do karaoke before, I'm not going to lie: it can occasionally be pretty darned epic.

I know we're all busy people, so no pressure, of course, but if you can make it, I'd love to see you and have your support. :)

Also, question: I must pick a song, and it must be completely awesome. So, if you *have* been to karaoke with me before, what do you think is my best tune?
I've been wanting a nice protective case for my futurephone for a while, but haven't fallen in love with any of them. I want something attractive (of course), but also distinct, so I can easily differentiate my phone from others. And, I also wanted a case that doesn't add a lot of bulk, which a lot of them seem to.

BUT! I have just learned that I can create my own GelaSkin, and this looks like just the sort of product I'd be looking for.

The million dollar question is: what photo should I use on the thing? I can't even begin to decide, so! Here's my Flickr feed. What do you think?

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In other news, I am totally slammed with work. I did manage to enjoy an evening out last night, but today is kicking my ass pretty hard, and for this entire week, everyone seems intent on lobbing last-minute changes and requests directly at my head.

I'm probably going to spend my post-wushu Friday evening doing wedding proofing, instead of anything even remotely relaxing, which, feh. Tomorrow is derby, more proofing, and karaoke. Sunday, at least, should be a relaxing bit of outdoorsy time, but jeeeez. I'd really like to not have all these things piled onto me all at once.

Well, onward and upward, I guess. Things are good, but sometimes it's easy to forget that, when I'm working my ass off like this.
batskeets: (ken)
It recently came to my attention that Scissor Sisters is coming to town! They're playing the Roseland on 9/14. I think this will require my presence.

I know [livejournal.com profile] _dilate_ is interested in going... would anyone else care to join us?

If I had time to say more, I would... but I don't. The weekend is nigh!
There's been talk of having a few gatherings of various kinds at my place in the near future, and one of the suggestions was a movie night. But, a simple movie night isn't enough, so, after having this conversation with multiple people, multiple times, I propose to you:

"Why Haven't You Seen This Movie" Night!
WHAT: Kick back with some snacks, and watch those Important Films that everyone "should" see, but you haven't yet, for whatever reason.
WHERE: My Big Yellow House
WHEN: Fill this out and tell me when is good!
WHO: You, of course.

I'm pretty sure [livejournal.com profile] daemonwise will hang me if Casablanca doesn't make the list, but other than that, suggestions for films are welcome and encouraged! E-mail threads and/or Google Waves may ensue, once I get enough WhenIsGood responses.

This will kick off as a one-day marathon-type viewing, but could spin off into a semi-regular evening, where we just set aside a couple hours to watch one film from the list.
Okay, so it's more of a Ten Dollar Question. BUT! For my Friday Night, post-wushu activities, should I:

A) Clean up the camping gear that's been strewn all over my room since Monday evening, and have some blessed, long-overdue Introvert Time?

OR

B) Put off both of these things until tomorrow, and go 80s dancing with some Good Company?

Let me just say: the fact that I'm even faced with this choice? Is AWESOME. It feels extremely weird to have all this free time, all of a sudden. I almost don't know what to do with myself this weekend! But hey, you know me. I'm sure I'll find *something*. ;)

BTW, in case anyone missed the memo:
Saturday 6:30pm: Ground Kontrol
Saturday 9:30pm: Station Zero, Charming Birds & Invivo @ Twilight Cafe

I am going to both of these. If you would like to join for one or both, please do! Text me tomorrow if you need an update.
I haven't been to Ground Kontrol in quite some time. This needs to change.

Would anyone have interest in going, say, Friday or Saturday? Let me know!

Iron Man 2

May. 13th, 2010 01:14 pm
So I haven't yet seen Iron Man 2, and I have no post-wushu plans for Friday night.

Anyone game?
Hey dudes. It occurs to me that, in preparation for the Hood Canal trip, I should stop procrastinating and actually buy my own tent. But, since I only really need a single-occupancy tent, I'd also like to kill two birds with one stone by getting a tent that I could use for backpacking at a later date.

SO: can you recommend an inexpensive, compact-and-lightweight tent that would work well in a backpacking context? Or maybe a location in Portland where I could acquire one?

Gracias!
batskeets: (spoon)
SO! Because I partied myself out on Saturday, my Actual Birthday (tomorrow night) will be much more relaxed-and-groovy. I'm thinking that I'd like to grab dinner somewhere, after I get done at wushu. I'd like it to potentially be something new-to-me, but it doesn't necessarily have to be... but anyway, yes, I'm seeking recommendations!

I'm looking for a place that:
1) is on the East Side, preferably close-in
2) will be quiet enough on a Tuesday night to have a proper conversation
3) has good food (duh) and relaxed-and-groovy atmosphere
4) doesn't try to rush you out of the place and doesn't mind if you hang out for a while
5) is open relatively late, seeing as I wouldn't be heading over there until around 8pm.
EXTRA CREDIT: gives you something for free on your birthday

Party shenanigans recap to follow soon. In the meantime, my stomach thanks you in advance!
Well, yesterday didn't go quite the way I'd hoped, but it was still pretty excellent. I biked along the river for a bit and snapped a few photos, and then pedaled all over town until I started to get hungry. I was biking up Burnside and remembered that [livejournal.com profile] veiravx lived close to where I was, so I bugged her about meeting up somewhere.

Several hours, one dinner, one snack, and two beers later, we'd had ourselves a pretty awesome chat. Ah, good times.

This week isn't looking too bad, and that's good, because HOLY CRAP PARTY ON SATURDAY. It feels like there's a lot I probably need to get done between now and then, but I don't know how likely it is, so prioritizing is going to be a big deal. I figure that as long as I have my costume, the house is clean and decorated, and people are fed and happy, I'll be happy.

BTW, I know several of you have offered to come early and help set up, and you are AWESOME. I'm really, really grateful for that. I'll probably be spending most of the day cleaning, tidying, setting up photobooth, and getting things in order, so I figure anytime after ~3:00pm on Saturday, I'll probably be home and working on things, so just drop in whenever's convenient.

Also, I do have one final request for help: Would anyone be willing to bring over some version of Rock Band? I'm not sure if I'll be able to acquire it before the party, and I'd really love to have that going in one room. I would be eternally grateful!

Okay, I have much work to do, so I'm off.

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