Archive for January, 2007

School vs. Job

Posted in Life, School, Work on January 24, 2007 by blakejohnson

This is a somewhat minor and somewhat major issue at the moment: I might have to quit my job in order to stay in my film class at school. We can’t shoot during school hours becuase most of the class have full schedules, so it would have to be on weekends and vacations (when I work) and on weekdays after school (if possible). I may be able to get days off, but it would end up being closer to a month off or so, maybe even two months off, and by then the work would have ended anyways. I’m almost thinking I should quit the job just because it would free up time to work on this film project, which is going to be a huge project. We’ll be making a feature-length piece (maybe, but not a short film, most likely) and it will take up most or all of our time outside of school, except hopefully weekdays. I don’t necessarily mind quitting my job, but I am in debt to my parents a bit (I don’t know if I can pay them off yet, there’s a chance that I can though, which would be good), but then it also cuts out any kind of money I can make for myself. Maybe I’ll need to look for a different job. This is not usually what I would post about on here, but who really knows, this is my blog and it is, after all, “my life recorded,” so I guess it’s fine. Anyway, anybody have any thoughts? Go ahead and respond if you feel the impulse.

Rebel Without A Crew

Posted in Books, Resources, Reviews, School, Video, YouTube on January 19, 2007 by blakejohnson

Here’s a book review of Rebel Without A Crew by Robert Rodriguez. I made this for my writing class this past semester (the one that just ended for me, today actually). Enjoy.

b.personal is now up!

Posted in Blog, Coding, Design, School, Web on January 15, 2007 by blakejohnson

I know I haven’t talked that much about my website, if at all, but I’ve been wanting a personal website for a few years now and have had a few in the past, but I wanted something better, something cooler, but simpler too.  It turns out, a school project was enough of a push to get me to make something like that.  It’s not finished yet, there is still much work to be done, but I can say that this site: and the JDBdesigns site are both undergoing extreme work efforts, and have lots and lots of progress on them to be seen sometime soon.  I don’t know when or if JDBdesigns will be available for public viewing until it is released but my site is welcoming enough for anyone who’s interested.  I used both sites for two school projects for two different web classes.  I don’t have the requirements/guideline sheet for my personal site so I can’t finish it at home, but I have plenty of other work to do, so that’s not a problem.  And I will have last block during school and at-home time during this next week to work on that as well.  For now, it’s back to homework.  Enjoy the site.


Posted in Resources, Reviews, Web on January 13, 2007 by blakejohnson

Well here I (Blake) am with another website about two minutes (or less) after my post on the site Design Meltdown. This site, though, is called Onus and is currently moving to a different server, but their content and design are very attractive and very useful. I found Design Meltdown through here, in one of its many articles. There are also Tutorials, and post categories ranging from computer Applications to Home Decor, JavaScript to Quitting Smoking, and they each have their own RSS feed. I personally wouldn’t subscribe to every single RSS feed, but it is useful to be able to only subscribe to one topic at a time, to filter out what you don’t want to read, but I do think RSS readers can filter out topics or posts themselves. I haven’t had much experience with the matter though, so I wouldn’t be one to ask or talk about it. I really like the design on this site, and with the simple slogan “design lab, productivity tips and photoshop tutorials,” I look forward to its new home. Enjoy the site as long as it’s up, and bookmark the Steel Frog Project website for the future, (that’s their new location-to-be). Enjoy!

Link: … soon to be

Design Meltdown

Posted in Design, Resources, Reviews, Web on January 13, 2007 by blakejohnson

This site is a really cool site about web design. It’s got some really nice links and samples of work and good and bad design, with articles on different topics, including Music and Band websites, Designer Portfolio sites, and more. It’s cool for me to just browse through the site and check out different links and go through mazes of links and resources that way. I haven’t looked too much at this site, but it does definitely look very cool and very resourceful, even if just in terms of reading material on the topic of web design. With main categories ranging from Color Usage, Design Elements & Techniques, Site Types, Problems & Solutions, and Tutorials all having to do with web design principles and the goal of achieving sexy and successful websites, (in the totally un-erotic way), this is a great site for web designers and coders alike to frequent as much as possible, even if only to keep up their reading skills on the topic. Definitely worth checking out. Enjoy!