Monday, February 23, 2009

Bad PR

I have to do something I disagree with today for work.

I have to write, design and send off an "advertisement" (def. n. 1. A public notice 2. Anything intended to promote a sale) to the state newspapers telling people affected by the Victorian bushfires to call us for help with their (insert name of disease relevant to where I work) needs. In itself, this is nice of us. However, we are explicitly doing this as a "PR exercise" and as such so much inside me rises up and wants to say HELL NO! that I feel sick and like I'm going to vomit.

I would like my boss to call my friend's Dad who has lost his house and everything in it and say thanks. "Thanks for having something horrific happen to you, and many people you know and love, so we could capitalise on the situation to make it look like we care and increase public positive opinion of us." Also I would like my boss to say "thanks D for doing this for me so I don't have to have this filthy usury on my conscience"

I feel dirty.

Sorry Victoria, I'm not going to say 'it's my job' cause it's not usually and I hope won't be for much longer...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Yesterday my sister-in-law G and brother J had a baby! Mini O was born at 6.20pm LA time, and 1.30ish OZ time. So, I became and aunt - for the second time. He is cute! I already have a video of him hiccupping and yawning and looking around. He doesn't have eyelashes that I have been able to see.

See? Apparently this is like the only time he has stuck his thumb in his mouth so far, which I guess makes sense as babies are usually all wrapped up for most of the time. BABY!!! I am so looking forward to meeting you in real life and giving you lots of cuddles and presents!

Friday, February 06, 2009

websites are funny

So, at the moment I am making images for 'our' online shop - launching in March. This would be exciting except that we will be selling insulin strips and diabetes cookbooks and a MILLION other things (slight exaggeration) that will be useful for people with diabetes in Victoria.
There is a thumb (100x100) and the 'large' image (270x210) and so I am resizing 300 images into two versions of each (300 x 2 = 600) and am grateful for Photoshop's keyboard shortcuts saving me from major RSI - however nothing has a shortcut to saving my brain from meltdown except surfing the net while waiting for Ps to open the numerous images I drop into it in one go.
As a result I have found a website with a splash page that looks like this:

This is Tim Brown's website - he's a videographer who is quirky and funny (I assume). Tim - I enjoyed your site which kept me sane while I have been re-sizing images over and over and over and over and over.. etc.