American Flag in distress, with flames, bullet holes and blood splatter.
American Flag in distress, with flames, bullet holes and blood splatter.

Want to hear something surreal? My father once returned from a trip overseas, and I learned something that raised my eyebrow. American entertainment — films and television shows, receive adult ratings almost exclusively for the amount of sexual content. In France and much of Europe, entertainment receives adult ratings for the amount of VIOLENCE.

Where is the Zeb Basterd going with this one? This is expanded from a comment on a friend’s facebook post, that turned into a rant –

“There are about 300 million people in this country, and over 400 million guns. Not counting the undocumented ones. So…

Marion S. Trikosko, photographer. Signs carried by marchers, during the March on Washington, 1963, US News & World Report.
Marion S. Trikosko, photographer. Signs carried by marchers, during the March on Washington, 1963, US News & World Report.
Signs carried by marchers, during the March on Washington, 1963, Marion S. Trikosko, photographer. US News & World Report

I have always been Other, but I was not always aware of it. I grew up in Brooklyn of the 60’s in Coney Island, one of the most integrated neighborhoods in America. I have French, Native American, Black, German, some Anglo-Saxon, and a little smidge of Jewish. But the short version is that my mother was darker than me, and my father was lighter. They married each other in Chicago, in the 50s… which goes some way to explain why they moved to New York. They were a better fit, and there was work that suited them. Father drove a…

It’s been an interesting night and morning. For surreal, NEWSMAX was the first media organization to call the race for John Ossoff. Wait. What?

Now I don’t want to go off on a rant here, but…

So It looks like Team Blue may have prevailed in Georgia. But with narrow margins — we’re going to see recounts, lawsuits, noise and months of bullpukcey to shovel through. It doesn’t matter what GA election law says, the President has written the playbook on discrediting elections they don’t like.

I actually resent that the Trump Noise Machine is stealing the attention from Stacy…

A Zen Tale as retold by Kurt Griffith

Samurai Fight Art Print by Mariusz Szmerdt, Fine Art America

This is a tale of Old Japan, when the Shogun and great Lords, the Daimyō, ruled over the Land with with loyal retainers, the Samurai. The Samurai were fearsome and dedicated warriors, who chose a life of the sword with renowned discipline, and followed the principles of Zen and the Hagakure: Book of the Samurai, the Warrior’s Code. But not all of these warriors were created equal. Under their yakutas and behind their swords, were still, at the end of the day, human beings.

In this tale, in the countryside near Edo…

Don’t get over-excited about impeachment. It’s historical. It’s also a sideshow at this point.

Doesn’t matter. Process, Evidence, Testimony, Law, Constitutional Process, Media punditry, legal opinions by learned scholars and lawyers, chest beating by both parties, your and my opinions… Not a bit of it matters. The political divisions are too baked in now. The House appears, as of this writing, most likely to vote to impeach. The Senate is almost certain to acquit. End of story, go about your day.

It’ll be up to voters in 2020 to decide what sort of government they have in 2021. Assuming we…

Yes, just who the frak ARE you, stock photo people? I’ve got nuthin’…

I am not in a patient mood today for fools and shysters.

As a Web designer. I am usually pleased when people see my sites, even the modest ones that are typically just there to establish a web presence for a client. But that means that from time to time, I do get one of those emails…

But I was able to suppress my annoyance and compose a reasonably polite and professional response.

Identifying data has been redacted to protect the guilty guilty guilty….
_______

Hello [redacted name],

I am the Web Designer and maintainer for [redacted domain name].

I…

Spaceghost Wiki, The Space Safari

On my facebook news Feed, I came across a post with a “Jem & the Holgrams” meme in the comments. (Don’t look for it on my timeline). And it reminded me of a repulsive habit of Hollywood and their inbred suits. There were a raft of fun, silly, lightweight, animated and kids shows from the 60s through the 80s that were the utter JOY of American Kids’ Saturday mornings for decades, and in later decades, guilty adult pleasures on the Cartoon Network, Nick, and TVLand.

Then some genius marketeer in Hollywood will get it into their heads to reboot, or…

Working on the FRS Web Site in Adobe DreamWeaver

Stuck at the Staring Gate

One of the daunting things about getting your company or organization, or even just your own web site online is just the sheer size of the task. Gathering content. What will the site look like? How is the site organized? What about Responsive Design? Search Engine Optimization? E-Commerce? Unless you’re doing this professionally, it can all seem like a mountain to climb.

If you are working with a Web Designer or Developer, you can make your job a lot easier by understanding a basic outline of what the tasks are and who’s responsible for what.

In general, for most web…

OnePress - developed by FameThemes. Perfectly lovely, but…

I got this particular wasp up my pant leg reviewing my morning emails. Among the pile was a recurring newsletter I subscribe to — eWebDesign ,with products and coding resources of interest to Graphic and Web Designers and Developers. In today’s batch was “A Free Single-Page WordPress Theme.” If you’ve spent any time on the web lately, these have been all the freakin’ rage, especially for startups, announcements and entrepreneur sites.

A quick look gleaned me this gushing hose of marketing copy. Yes, I know, marketing copy. Imagine that.

“If you’re a fan of the scrolling single-page parallax style themes…

Yes, there are people do believe this exists….

I am a self-employed Graphic and Web Designer. They used to call that “freelance,” but the reality is that I am running a small business. And much of what I do involves matching what I do, and what I am actually good at to my client’s and especially prospects needs. As a solo creative/consultant, my market generally is dominated by small businesses, small organizations and other individual entrepreneurs are wanting to look better than what they can toss off themselves in MS Word, Vistaprint, and GoDaddy Website Tonight…

I spotted this one on a Reddit thread and it made me…

Kurt Griffith

Graphic & Web Designer, Science and SF enthusiast. Owner/Creative Director at Fantastic Realities Studio.

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