Archive for November, 2007

Jones Soda

Bathing Albie For all you Jones Soda-loving Davids out there, you might be interested to know I submitted a few photos to be voted on and chosen for one of their labels. They pick them a few times a year, so I don’t know when they’ll be announcing winners next, but that’s OK. Go give a rating to each photo I submitted!

Viewing Manhattan

Bathing Albie



Dear Amber and Holli,

On behalf of the Commencement Committee, it is my pleasure to invite you to speak on behalf of the fall graduating class of 2007 at the Dakota State University Commencement ceremony on December 16. This honor is traditionally granted to graduates with a high level of leadership and service to the campus. You have both been chosen based on your academic and leadership performance as a Dakota State student.

If you are willing to accept this invitation, I will send you several examples of remarks prepared by graduates in previous years. I suggest you coordinate the organization of your speech so you are not duplicating comments. It would be helpful to receive a copy of the remarks by December 10 in order to include them in the Commencement script. The file can be sent electronically to me at *censored!*. A copy of your resume or brief list of your DSU activities and accomplishments would also be helpful in preparing the script.

Please contact me via email or by phone at *censored!* to let me know whether or not you are willing to speak or if you have any questions. Congratulations on your accomplishments at DSU and best wishes as you graduate!

In hopes of being way more awesome than Bryce’s commencement speech, any ideas?

Tag; you’re it

I was tagged by Miles.

1. Do you promote your blog?

It’s in my signature of my DSU email account, and on my facebook. Otherwise, most publicity is from other sites that link to it or just by word of mouth.

2. How often do you check hits?

Never. I’m fairly aware of who reads my blog. People tend to comment at least once and if they don’t, they usually tell me they read it but never comment.

3. Do you stick to one topic?

No. I cover design, my life, and sometimes make things up. (See Dear Andrew Wilson and No Sarcasm Here…)

4. Who knows that you have a blog?

Everyone who reads it plus a few.

5. How many blogs do you read?

Bloglines tells me I have 56 feeds. I read all the blogs, plus some camp friends, plus some DSU faculty, plus a DSU friend who went to law school. I also am subscribed to some humor blogs and news feeds and design feeds.

6. Are you a fast reader?

Not typically, no.

7. Do you customize your blog or do anything technical?

No. I did for a class once, on Blogger, but I’m pretty pleased with this particular theme.

8. Do you blog anonymously?

Not on this blog, but have posted anonymously on a couple other blogs currently in and currently out of existence.

9. To what extent do you censor yourself?

I don’t think I’ve ever had anything “R” rated, nor thought about posting anything that would be “R” rated. If I censor anything, it’s usually to protect other people or companies. If I’m expressing distaste for something or someone, I try to keep that particular thing or person anonymous. Thought it might not always been entirely anonymous. I mostly do that so that the post wouldn’t show up in a Google search of the person or thing.

10. The best thing about blogging?

Being able to keep in touch with other people (I dislike phone talking) on my life and a way of venting and explaining things that normally I would just think about. It gives me a chance to be “out there” and sometimes employers want someone who is willing to be public.

I tag ( bloggers): Deb (not linked by probable request), Bryan, Mandy (not linked by probable request; now linked with approval), Debra, Jackie


AdvertisementLast Thursday, I had an interview for a Graphic Artist position in Sioux Falls. Out of forty applicants, they were interviewing about eight. So I felt pretty good about being in the top 20% or so of the applicants, some of which were likely in the field for several years. On Friday I got a call that I was in their top two and I needed to create an advertisement by 8am Monday. This is what I created.

I was really excited. This seemed to be a perfect fit for me…working with families and designing. I really wanted the job and I thought I had nailed the ad. I waited as long as I could, and finally decided to call this morning because I hadn’t heard anything. The HR guy said they just made a decision and the position has been filled. *sigh*

Even though I know I should feel good being in the top two of forty, being told no is still rejection. I might have nailed the ad but just wasn’t the better of the two applicants. I’m starting to wonder if our possibility of going to grad school is keeping me from getting a job in Sioux Falls between now and then. No one wants to hire someone for just 8 months. But if we end up not being able to go, I’ve lost a couple of opportunities that could have been really great.


November Wallpapers

This month, the themes are Fall and Thanksgiving, but less of Thanksgiving. Feel free to download any to your computer to use as your background! Find them at this page.