Matt Groening’s Artwork for Apple

I posted this to my Facebook, but thought it warranted the rare post over here.

This has been floating around the web (at least the Mac-centric side of the web), I thought I’d share it, too, since I have a personal connection to this.

VintageZen – Matt Groening’s Artwork for Apple

The personal connection I have?  I used to own that Akbar and Jeff poster:

Networking in Hell by Matt Groening

Networking in Hell by Matt Groening

I sold it (probably about four years ago) to someone who used to work for Apple in their networking/communications group during that time.  He told me he had been looking for it for years.  Apparently there are a few “in” jokes in the poster.

The buyer now has a top position with one of Apple’s biggest competitors (for privacy reasons, I won’t say who it is).  I like to think he has this poster hanging in his office there, but for some reason I kind of doubt it.


South Pond at Lincoln Park Zoo

The other day I arrived early to pick up Carrie from work and had some time to kill.  I decided to go for a walk and check out the newly rehabbed South Pond at Lincoln Park Zoo (the Pond is not actually part of the zoo, it’s part of the park, but LPZ is responsible for it now that the rehab is done).

If you’re unaware, the pond just went through a major rehabilitation project to turn it into a more natural habitat.  You can read a little more about the project here: Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo.

At any rate, they did a magnificent job.  Walking around the pond, the feeling is of being far away from the city, except you have the magnificent skyline as the backdrop.  It’s a wonderful experience.  Some of the indigenous plant-life that was added has not fully grown out yet, but when it does it will add to the allusion of being a million miles from nowhere.

If you’re in the city, or coming for a visit, it is definitely worth checking out.

I took some photos while I was there.  You can head over to my Flickr page to check them out: South Pond at Lincoln Park Zoo.

South Pond at Lincoln Park Zoo

Interview With Bill Watterson

A very rare interview with the creator of “Calvin and Hobbes”:

Interview with Bill Watterson

I particularly like this quote, about people grieving about the ending of the strip:

It’s always better to leave the party early. If I had rolled along with the strip’s popularity and repeated myself for another five, 10 or 20 years, the people now “grieving” for “Calvin and Hobbes” would be wishing me dead and cursing newspapers for running tedious, ancient strips like mine instead of acquiring fresher, livelier talent. And I’d be agreeing with them.

I couldn’t agree more.  I pains me that upcoming, talented cartoonists can’t get any traction because print newspapers continue to fill their funny pages with worthless dreck like “Cathy”, “Marmaduke”, and “Beetle Bailey”, and other increasingly irrelevant cartoons that should have quit a long, long time ago.

Now, excuse me while I break out my copy of The Complete Calvin and Hobbes and get nostalgic for a little while.

Moving – Part 4

Well, I got the Call it Karma and Posters pages up to date. I don’t have as much flexibility here as I did with a hosted site running ExpressionEngine, but it gets the job done.

The only thing left now is to forward the domain so it points here.  I may wait until tomorrow, to give some of the people connected to the RSS feed a change to update their links.

Slaughterhouse Five

Once again, I’m obliged to pass along something I saw over at Daringfireball.  If you’ve ever read Slaughterhouse Five, you need to stop what you’re doing and go read the letter that Kurt Vonnegut wrote home after being held POW in Dresden:

Letters of Note – Slaughterhouse Five

In fact, even if you haven’t read Slaughterhouse Five, go read the letter.  Then go read Slaughterhouse Five.