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Five Questions Friday: Slobber Dog

Q: Your first question is from Kerryn: Would you drive a vehicle that has been completely wrapped in basket imagery?
Eric: No. Remember the car we saw on the highway on our way home from Houston and it was completely wrapped in imagery selling a sleeping eye mask? Anytime someone sees a completely wrapped ordinary vehicle, they want to check out the loser driving it! That’s what I do.

Q: I love the new closet you built in the foyer. Especially since most of it was recycled materials.How do you think it turned out?
Eric: I think it came out alright. It is much more convenient and functional to have the water heater enclosed and a coat rack above it.

Q: Whose dog is messier—My dog Chance or your dog Jackson?
Eric: Now you need everyone to know. Okay. My dog Jackson is a complete slobber dog who drools and is a very messy eater. I have to admit, I’ve never seen Chance do any of that. He’s a very tidy dog.

Q: How could you possibly believe that Anchorman, Ron Burgundy is, in your exact words, “a great movie that has stood the test of time”?
Eric: Ok, “great” might be too strong of a word for that movie. How about “a pretty funny movie that will stand the test of time?”
I don’t understand your taste level when it comes to comedies.

Q: What annoyed you this week?
Eric: Trying to print out a label for a package from the U.S. Post Office website. Yesterday when I selected the State it would not work! So I had to drive to the post office to get the package out. Their site is always hit or miss. One day it works and the next day it doesn’t. It’s always a gamble. 

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You think you had a bad day?

I couldn’t resist posting this pic.

Mr. Basketmaker’s new rescue dog had his little “alteration” surgery and wouldn’t leave it alone so he had to wear the dreaded lampshade collar. And if that wasn’t enough torture, Chance got to stick his nose in and really rub it in. However, the lampshade did not last long — he figured out how to get that thing off rather quickly.

lampshade_dog_collar

This image creepily reminds me of the torture scene written by George Orwell in his book 1984. You know, the one with the cage over their heads? If you read the book, you know what I’m talking about. If you didn’t read the book then trust me, you don’t want to know.

I read that book in high school and I still remember the words he wrote and can picture it in my head to this day. I really wish I selected Animal Farm to read instead, way back then, but I heard that was a bizarre book as well.

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You want what in the shape of a stomach?

So most of you know I am a freelance designer and have been for many years now. Sure, it can be exciting at times and I get some fun projects to work on like creating a new label for a line of rum, designing a cookbook for an up and coming author or banging out a sweet presentation for Jillian Michaels.

And then, I get jobs like this, which are still interesting in their own way, I might add.

QR code stomach copy

 

What is it? Well, a very good client of mine needed some artwork for a client of his, with the instruction of creating a QR code that links to a video BUT it has to be in the shape of a stomach! Yup, a stomach.

Creating the entire shape was actually very easy. In Illustrator, after generating a QR code from my client’s web link, I did this:

how_to_make_QR_code_in_a_shape

So that’s one of the several things I did today in my little office at the back of McSoHo. So you see my job isn’t all glamorous! LOL.

If you are interested in seeing a medical video about a stomach procedure, simply scan the code with your phone — but only if you have a strong stomach (honestly, no pun intended)!

 

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