Benjamin Gump: Part Deux

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I couldn’t have put it any better myself.

– JD


My Strange Love For Magazines.
January 25, 2009, 2:40 pm
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I knew I was interested in graphic design from a very early age. A clear sign of this was the fact that magazines always fascinated me. I know it’s exactly what they teach you not to do as a child, but I judged everything by its cover. The color and layout of these magazines are what grabbed my attention the most. And the ones that looked the best were the ones I asked my mom to buy. My favorite as a child was MAD magazine. Undoubtedly, I was more interested in their structure than their “articles”.

When I was in high school, I was the subscriber of three different periodicals, each chosen carefully according to my interests. SPIN (music), GQ (lifestyle), and SLAM (basketball) magazines were mailed to my house on a regular basis. By the way, if you ever want to know a lot about a person, check their magazine subscriptions. Anywho, as soon as I left home for college, those magazines mysteriously stopped coming. Maybe it wasn’t such a mystery — my mom always did consider them a waste of money.

It was kind of weird. Even if I knew I wouldn’t get a chance to read them, I still wanted to have them around. They were always the perfect source of inspiration and the best way to kill time. I’ve always convinced myself that working with magazines in some form, whether it be in publishing, writing, photography, etc. would be an awesome gig. And I still believe that, but it’s not exactly something I’ve set my sights on.

I guess what I’m trying to say is I miss those magazines. And I want them back.

– JD

Traffic School.
January 21, 2009, 10:16 am
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I should be glad that I was able to take traffic school online instead of spending 8 painful hours in a crowded classroom on a Saturday. I should be. But all I can think about was how incredibly boring it was. I’m sure if you asked someone who took both, they would say classes on the internet are better. But I wouldn’t know — I never got a traffic ticket up until a couple months ago.¬† And I don’t plan on getting another one in the near future. I feel like they could’ve told me “don’t speed anymore” and I would’ve gotten the message. But instead, they make me read every single rule and regulation of the road. The speeding limit is 65, by the way. That’s all I needed to know.

But maybe this is all done by design. I mean, it would be smart to make traffic school as tiresome as possible, because that way, drivers would learn to obey the law. Still, it sucks. My favorite part of it all is how they place random sentences into the text to make sure you’re actually reading. “Phil Collins is my favorite recording artist” was a good one. It’s true though. Phil Collins is a great man.

Lost, aka the greatest television show to ever grace the small screen finally returns tonight. 8 months is a long wait.

– JD

Turning Point.
January 20, 2009, 9:51 am
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7:30 AM: Alarm goes off.

8: 05 AM: I realize what it is I’m waking up this early for.

8:36 AM: “Hail to the Chief” played for George W. Bush for the last time.

8:39 AM: Vice-President-elect Joe Biden introduced to the masses.

8:43 AM: President-elect  Barack H. Obama makes his first appearance.

8:50 AM: Opening Prayer.

8:54 AM: Aretha Franklin breaks out “My Country Tis Of Thee”.

8:57 AM: Wow. Look at the size of that bible.

8:59 AM: Vice-President-elect Biden.

9:00 AM: Barack Obama is officially President (even if the world doesn’t realize it).

9:06 AM: President Obama takes the stage.

And the rest, as they say, is history. Memorable, historic, monumental. Call it what you want. I’m just glad to be a part of it.

– JD

January 16, 2009, 2:46 pm
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Even Spider-Man knows what’s up. For some reason, I can’t imagine our last President on a cover of a popular comic book. Oh shoot, I guess he was. I don’t think it sold very well.

– JD



He may not be the prettiest dude you’ve seen, but he can act. I finally got the chance to watch The Wrestler, the story of Randy “The Ram” Robinson. Although a lot has been said about the performance of Sean Penn in Milk, there’s absolutely no denying the great work done by Mickey Rourke here. It’s a tough year for the Best Actor category, that’s for sure. Movies, in general, have had great year. It’s disappointing to see this film not getting the credit it truly deserves with not enough nominations to go around. Both Darren Aronofsky and Marisa Tomei deserve recognition, but unfortunately, probably won’t get it this year.

The Wrestler ranks right up there with, or might even surpass (depending on who you ask), Slumdog Millionaire. It was flawless. It’s a shame movies with the higher budget and instant recognition will get more attention. With all due respect to Benjamin Button, that film simply shouldn’t be mentioned with the likes of Frost/Nixon, Revolutionary Road, etc. In my eyes, it’s not at that level. But every year, without fail, there always has to be a film that gets snubbed. This year, it’s The Wrestler.

– JD

January 14, 2009, 10:01 am
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– JD