Archive for September, 2005

Off to the Gulf Coast

I’m off to various parts of the Gulf Coast for one week. I work for a non-profit, CityTeam Ministries, which is now doing a lot of Katrina relief work in Lousiana and Mississippi, and even though I work as a web designer, working at a non-profit means you get to wear many hats. One of those hats is the unofficial resident photographer. My purpose in going this week is to photograph the work that CityTeam is doing in shelters at Bay St. Louis, MS, Baton Rouge, LA, and in St. Bernard Parish.

I put up a separate blog for my week-long trip, and hopefully I’ll be able to get internet access from where ever I will be. Check it often, as I’ll try to put up some of the photos that I take.

Pray for me, our team, Chesney and Caleb who are fending for themselves this week, and most of all, the people that we will be working with and ministering to.

Open for Business

Announcing the long-overdue redesign of my portfolio site, Blue Sphere Studios, version 4. Or 3, depending on how you look at it. I wrote a couple of posts back that I kept starting and scrapping designs for this redesign, and you can see some of the earlier designs that I worked on here in the past versions page. It’s a little rough around the edges, and any feedback or suggestions are welcome.

Happy is a Yuppie Word

Yep, I heart Switchfoot's new album, Nothing is Sound

I picked up Switchfoot’s new cd, Nothing is Sound when it came out last week, and I have to say, I’m impressed, though I’m not sure I like it as much as Beautiful Letdown…yet. |inline

August – September Randoms

[UPDATE] Blue Sphere Studios version 4 coming soon.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted and I’ve got a few things on my mind, so this will be another post of randoms, or tidbits, as Dave calls them.

I just spent 5 days in New Mexico visiting old friends and attending a wedding, and a few points stick out:

  1. Taking a 1 and a half year old on a 20+ hour travel time that mainly involves being on a train is NOT a good idea.
  2. The disconnect between an average salary and an average price for a home in the Bay Area is even more apparent than ever before. In New Mexico, we can afford a 4 bedroom 3 bath with ACRES of land for less than what we paid for our manufactured home. These would be million dollar homes here in Santa Cruz County!
  3. San Jose was hotter than Albuquerque, which was a pleasant surprise for us. We were expecting 100 degree desert heat, but it was actually great weather while we were there.
  4. Why aren’t there more Sonics here in the Bay Area!? $1.50 for a good size Strawberry Cream Slush is a dream come true.

Caleb’s growing up. Chesney wrote about it on her blog, but from the more sentimental, mushy parent, I can’t but have mixed feelings. I’m the proudest dad ever, but there’s a part of me that is sad that I’ll never see the cute, baby Caleb again. …oh well, I guess it must be time to have another kid…

Switchfoot’s new album is out! It’s awesome. What’s with the matching haircuts?

Hurricane Katrina has meant some long hours for non-profits. With CityTeam sending teams to help with various aspects of the relief effort, it’s been a mad scramble for marketing to support those teams from raising the funds online to producing the signs and badges needed. I only saw Caleb 1 hour every day I worked last week, and this week’s not much better…

I’ve been meaning to redesign Blue Sphere Studios, but everytime I start working on it, something else pulls me away, and by the time I come back to it, I don’t like the design anymore and want to start over. This has happened 3 times now over the last year, and I’m looking at my 4th design and I feel like I want to start over. I now am coming to realize that this will never get done unless I get fired from CityTeam.

Like the new iTunes Look?

…Well B.M. doesn’t. In order for this post to be as hilarious as it was to me, you ideally should be 1) a Mac user, and 2) be somewhat of a designer who follows Apple’s GUI decisions.