My name is Michael Hanna, although regular readers of fantasticdrivel might know me better as Hank Talbot or the Pigskin Prof. I'm a graphic designer, author, composer, inveterate nerd, and advocate for crazy people everywhere. I haven't posted as much recently as I've been hard at work on my novel, The Humble Grocer.
Welcome to Week 1 in the Saturday Cinema series! We are watching our way through a diverse list of 40 films, selected in a five-round cinema draft. You can view the list, ratings, and latest comments on IMDb: Saturday Cinema Draft 2016.
I was lucky enough to draft first. I chose the 1938 Howard Hawks classic “Bringing Up Baby” starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant.
I find it ironic that, although I use too many semicolons when writing English, I quite often leave them out when writing code. Which is the greater sin? I suppose it depends on which social circles you run in.
The Strunk-and-White crowd would likely be more offended by my overuse of the semicolon. They might also object to the grammar in my “social circles” sentence. As the old saying goes:
Run in is better than run on, unless you are ending a sentence with run in; everyone knows you don’t end a sentence with a preposition.
I like very much that the old saying uses a semicolon. It puts the Strunky/Whitey folks in a tough spot.
As to my other bad habit (omitting semicolons from code), it usually means my code doesn’t work. I spend hours “debugging” (read: swearing at my computer) before I pinpoint the problem.
I actually have a very well-curated Pinterest board devoted to pinup girls. Not surprisingly, the title of the board is pinups. I know, it’s not very creative. But it’s all lowercase so that makes it cool. Currently the board has 331 pins, and I’ve #hashtagged most of them with the artist’s name; sometimes the title and year, as well.
Since my pins come through on the facebook news feed, I occasionally get “likes” or comments about a pin that catches someone’s eye. A couple of folks expressed some surprise at the scandalous pin of Dita Von Teese (at right). I believe the exact words used were something to the effect of “I didn’t see THAT coming.” A sentiment promptly seconded by another friend.
I’ll admit: the photo of Dita with riding crop is a bit risque. In the larger context of my pinups board, however, I think it’s not too far off the beaten path.
Howdy. This is Michael Hanna from Adams Place, writing my first entry here on fantasticdrivel…kind of.
I’m writing to explain the origin of the Adams Place logo: the blue and yellow whorl (shown at right). In addition to being visually attractive, it has a pretty cool backstory. If you find such things interesting: read on! If you simply DON’T find these things interesting, I don’t really have anything to offer you. You will never know the backstory of the Adam’s Place logo—but that probably won’t bother you. That’s what makes this a perfect fit for fantastic drivel: things you didn’t care you didn’t know.
Three quick things before we get started:
(1) I went with the “anatomy of a logo” title in an attempt to raise (what my friend Hank would call) the t-factor of this post. Normally anything on this blog dealing with “anatomy” would be more…bristol-focused. As it turns out, this post is really more about “the creative genesis of a logo.” Unless you misread that as “creative genius,” however, I’m thinking that’s a pretty boring title. So I kept the anatomical title even though it doesn’t really fit the post. Hank would be proud.
(2) I had intended to write this all out in a single post. That simply did not happen. Splitting it in two is best for everyone involved—and it’s more in-character for this blog, since Hank almost never finishes something in a single post. Part 1 is deeper, more insightful, and classier. Don’t worry. I anticipate part 2 will make up for all of that (i.e. part 2 will contain some quintessential fantastic drivel).
(3) I figured I’d better mention that I use the word “crazy” as a synonym for “mental illness” (you probably would have figured it out from context, but I decided a heads-up here might be courteous). I write about it in the introduction to our book, “Crazy: A Creative and Personal Look at Mentall Illness.” Maybe I’ll post that intro here sometime.
Ok, on with the show. Let me tell you the story of how the Adams Place logo came to be.
I guess you could say it all started with American Pie . . .