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Hometown, the same town blues Same old walls closing in Well what a life a mess can be I'm sitting here thinking of you Won't you give a few thoughts to me Whenever I hear the opening lyrics of "Graveyard Shift" by Uncle Tupelo I get giddy. Isn't that dumb? There's too much time spent…

I have to design this butt ugly newsletter for a non-paying client (religious). I redesigned the thing so it looked decent and the original designer (some tightly wound Edina woman) got pissed and it has to be changed back. If she thinks 11 point type on 13 point leading with a horizontal scale of 80%…

Phillip Starck is Target's new it-boy—Michael Graves' heir-apparent. I like Graves' work, but it was more whimsical. Nothing all that evolutionary/revolutionary. Starck, in my humble opinion, does a much better job of creating pieces that blend form and function. On a semi-related note, my dad returned from Alaska last week (he landed on a glacier…

So there's this billboard for a bank that I see when I'm coming home from my mom's house that says, and I quote: Unbought, uncompromised, unpretentious. Or something like that. Now forgive me, but isn't that the height of pretension? Main Entry: pre·ten·tious Pronunciation: pri-'ten(t)-sh&s Function: adjective Date: 1837 1 : characterized by pretension :…