Journal

Ban All The Political Ads For Forever.

I try not to be very political in this space. This blog isn’t about politics, and my political view point is really no ones business but mine. With that said though, I am going to post something somewhat political.

As we move toward the November elections, the mud slinging, hate mongering, misinformed bullshit of both parties political machines is kicking into full force. The first salvos of political propaganda are hitting the TV and Radio airwaves, and it is only going to get worse before it gets better. My email inbox is being flooded with spam from both Obama and Romney. Today I received 3 text messages from the Romney camp. How they got my cell number is a mystery, but they got it and they pissed me off.

I have a proposal. Something that might make the average American think, and actually have to listen to the candidates, and not the party spin machine. The propaganda factories, and superpacs spinning millions of dollars of TV ads trying to sway your opinion with half facts, and semi truths that paint their candidate in a better light.

The proposal is this.

NO ADS FOR PEOPLE RUNNING FOR POLITICAL OFFICE EVER.

Instead the candidates should be required to conduct one debate a week from June first until October 31st on Public Television and Public Radio. The Questions won’t be submitted to the candidates in advance, and can be emailed, tweeted, or phoned in by any American citizen.

Think about it. The candidates wouldn’t be coached on how to answer the questions. They would have to answer to the best of their ability. They’d be forced to show their true colors, spin less, and cut the bullshit. Perhaps the American public would become more involved, and stop listening to the talking heads and actually form an opinion of their own.

Think of all the money that would be saved. If you get rid of the billions of dollars spent on TV and Radio ads. On Facebook, Twitter, text messages, direct mail, billboards, news paper ads and every other media ad outlet, and applied it to something worthwhile, maybe things would get a little better.

I know it’s just wishful thinking, but damn I wish something like this could happen. I know I’m going to want it by November.

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Journal Bandolier.

I work on a computer every day of the week. I use it to create my design work, and even though I started my career before the Macintosh changed everything; I doubt I could go back to a non computer world. Now with that said, I still draw every single day. Putting pencil or pen to paper is an integral part of the creative experience. It keeps my creative juices flowing, and it keeps my eye fresh. I have a small sketch book in my camera/computer bag that I use frequently to jot down notes, sketch out ideas, and to simply draw in. For some reason one thing that happens is, the pens and pencils I use always end up on the bottom of the bag instead of in their respective pockets. Until now that is. This morning I found a journal binder, pencil holder on Etsy that might take care of the loose pencil problem.

Bandolier [jour.nal ban.do.lier n.] is a strap fitted with small loops for carrying pens, pencils, and other handy tools that can be wrapped around a journal, planner, or other book. Bandolier is handmade using reclaimed rubber and elastic. The strap is 2 inches wide and has 7 loops for pencils, and other writing implements. Because each Bandolier is handmade, you can request custom sizes and loop counts. Bandolier is designed to fit easily around books that run a little over 5 inches wide like the Moleskine 5.52×8.25 inch journal or a journal of a similar size.