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Largest One-of-a-Kind Ranch in North America Gains Strong International Interest While Yet to “Officially” Hit Marketplace

Vernon, Texas (PRWEB) October 07, 2014

It’s a Texas-sized story that Hollywood could never write, yet this story is destined for the history books. The iconic Waggoner Ranch will be sold.

The seller’s brokers, who will likely “officially” go to the open market in the next 30 to 45 days, report an early surge of interest from potential buyers and brokers worldwide seeking to register interest in the ranch.

“The initial momentum of interest in the Waggoner Ranch has even surpassed my expectations,” said Robbie Briggs, President and CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. “So of course, the response is only a reflection of the magnitude the Waggoner property truly represents.”

“The news of our assignment was picked up by the Associated Press and went viral,” said Bernard Uechtritz of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty in Dallas, one of the two exclusive agents representing the sale of the W.T. Waggoner Ranch. “The resulting interest and inquiries from a broad spectrum of qualified buyers has been extremely strong, even overwhelming, as we have tried to focus on the tasks of preparing the property, data, and documentation to actually get on the market.”

Founded in 1849, the legendary W.T. Waggoner Ranch was approved to be liquidated August 6, 2014, by Texas 46th District Court Judge Dan Mike Bird.

This iconic property consists of 510,000 contiguous acres encompassing an historic empire of vast, rich oil fields, open ranges, fertile farming and endless miles of grazing land, along with herds of thousands of cattle as well as enormous lakes, hundreds of foundation-bred, award-winning American quarter horses — all spread across six counties of west Texas prairie and sweeping rangeland. For the first time in its expansive history, the W.T. Waggoner Ranch will be offered to the open market for sale internationally.

The receiver for the W.T. Waggoner Estate, Michael Baskerville, approved the shareholder plan presented to the court. Key to this plan was the appointment of Uechtritz of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty and co-broker Sam Middleton of Chas. S. Middleton & Son in Lubbock, Texas as the exclusive agents representing the sale of the ranch and estate assets, offering the ranch to state, national and international interest.

“Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to provide the strategic marketing, and regional, national and international reach to take the W.T. Waggoner Estate across Texas and to the four corners of the world,” said Briggs.

The W.T. Waggoner Ranch is the largest ranch in the United States whose operations exist ‘under one fence.’ There is no other property available on the market anywhere that rivals the Waggoner Ranch’s prestige, its family’s place in history, or its infrastructure. Most likely, an opportunity like this will never be seen again in our lifetime.

Given the most recent interest in the property, Baskerville has set a guideline price for the Waggoner Ranch at $ 725 million. “The market will soon tell us if we are $ 3 million too high or $ 300 million too low,” said Uechtritz. “Right now, the level of response is telling us that this will not be a drawn-out process.”

The listing announcement by Baskerville was supported by a consensus of the shareholders, heirs and families of the estate.

Since this property has never before been sold, no title report or even a complete survey existed for the Waggoner Ranch until this year in anticipation of the sale.

One of the primary assets of the ranch are the mineral rights. Currently, 1,200 wells produce an approximate monthly gross of 41,000 barrels a month for the entire estate. The sale of the Waggoner Ranch will include approximately 42% of these rights, along with a multitude of other assets. Incredibly, some 400,000 acres of the ranch remains unexplored and undeveloped with regard to oil exploration.

“To a buyer,” said Middleton, “there are potentially significant tax benefits in addition to land appreciation and development. Given the opportunities for further oil exploration, green energy, prime farming and grazing land, existing cattle and horse operations, and with an already established infrastructure that includes dams and thousands of miles of fencing and roads, the buyer will potentially get an incredible tax write-off through accelerated depreciation of the vast assets included with the land.”

The Waggoner Ranch is also home to a wide variety of wildlife. “This ranch has not been commercially hunted in 165 years of its ownership. There are outstanding Boone and Crockett quality bucks on the ranch that have never heard a rifle shot,” said Middleton.

What stands as perhaps the most critical component of this sale for the brokers is finding the perfect buyer for the Waggoner Ranch. “This is literally a once in a lifetime opportunity to own such a Texas treasure. The Waggoner Ranch has such significant value, but it’s more than just a large piece of property. The ranch serves so many purposes: multiple integrated businesses, the community, the people… it’s a part of not only Texas history, but an integral part of the history of the cowboy and the American West,” said Uechtritz. “The perfect buyer, we believe, and the family believes, is someone who understands the big picture of the Waggoner Ranch, and that its preservation is critical to its continued prosperity, legacy and value to society. For either an individual or a corporate entity, the acquisition of the ranch offers profitability, diversity and development with the added opportunity to be a civic giant who will benefit from immeasurable culture and community alliance by preserving an icon.”

“I am very pleased with the selection of Bernie Uechtritz and Sam Middleton – to be on the front lines of this herculean assignment,” added Baskerville. “I am confident that Bernie and Sam will find the ranch its perfect buyer.”

For Uechtritz, the W.T. Waggoner Ranch is a symbol of America’s past whose preservation is vital to this country’s future. “Speaking personally,” said Uechtritz, “I am certainly hoping we engage a true patriot or entity who cares less about ‘what price,’ and who will step forward to protect, preserve and enhance this American icon and the cowboy way of life for another 200 years. If someone is willing to pay $ 2 billion for a basketball team, what does this make half a million prime Texas acres worth? From a brand perspective, no other ranch will ever be the Waggoner. There will only ever be one Waggoner. A ranch that is producing food, energy, is home to some of the best cattle and best bloodlines of horseflesh in the world, and whose generations of employees are the finest example of the backbone of our society. People whose fortitude, values and ethos exemplify what great nations were built on.”

About the W.T. Waggoner Ranch

Founded by Dan Waggoner in 1849, his son, famed cattle baron W.T. Waggoner, continued expanding the ranch to the 510,000 acres that will soon be offered to the international marketplace. Owned exclusively by the Waggoner family, this is the first time the 800-square mile estate has ever been listed for sale. The W.T. Waggoner Ranch is the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, and along with King Ranch and the 6666 (Four Sixes) Ranch, is known throughout the world and revered in Texas as one of the “Big Three.” Nearly the size of Rhode Island, the ranch encompasses six North Texas counties, offering two main compounds, dozens of additional homes, 20 cowboy camps, enormous lakes, hundreds of award-winning quarter horses, thousands of heads of cattle, 1,200 oil wells, and 30,000 acres of cultivated farm land.

About Michael Baskerville

Michael (Mike) S. Baskerville is a Vernon, Texas attorney and Vernon native. He was appointed as Receiver by District Judge Dan Mike Bird in 2011.

About Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is the oldest privately held real estate boutique in Dallas. With six offices in Dallas, Lakewood, Uptown, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake, and more than 250 associates, the firm specializes in significant properties, from historic to contemporary, ranch to waterfront. The company’s deep-rooted connections, cutting-edge marketing and global strategies bring the extraordinary to all clients. President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. For more information, visit

About Bernard (Bernie) Uechtritz

International Real Estate Adviser Bernard Uechtritz has a 20-year proven track record of selling and advising on complex, unique and luxury real estate as well as iconic ranches throughout the United States. Since 1995, he has managed and sold real estate for a broad range of clients, institutions, and private wealth management entities. Born in Papua, New Guinea to a pioneering ranch family, Mr. Uechtritz has the ‘cowboy tradition’ in his blood. In a career made on the impossible, Mr. Uechtritz pursued his passion for real estate and ranches stateside, consulting as an international marketing expert and strategic real estate specialist for some of the world’s biggest and most unique properties. Mr. Uechtritz is a father, cattle rancher and competitive horseman.

About Chas. S. Middleton and Son

Sam Middleton is the owner of the renowned West Texas real estate and appraisal firm, Chas. S. Middleton and Son, established by his grandfather in 1920. The business consists of farm and ranch appraisals and farm and ranch sales. Sam holds Real Estate Broker licenses in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado. Mr. Middleton holds the designation of ARA (Accredited Rural Appraiser) through the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, and is a certified appraiser for the states of Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. He has sold numerous expansive ranches throughout the western states of Texas, Colorado, New Mexico and Kansas over the course of several decades. Mr. Middleton lives near Lubbock, Texas and is also a cattle rancher. For more information, visit

About Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC

Founded in 1976 to provide independent brokerages with a powerful marketing and referral program for luxury listings, the Sotheby’s International Realty network was designed to connect the finest independent real estate companies to the most prestigious clientele in the world. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp., a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services. In February 2004, Realogy entered into a long-term strategic alliance with Sotheby’s, the operator of the auction house. The agreement provided for the licensing of the Sotheby’s International Realty name and the development of a full franchise system. Affiliations in the system are granted only to brokerages and individuals meeting strict qualifications. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC supports its affiliates with a host of operational, marketing, recruiting, educational and business development resources. Franchise affiliates also benefit from an association with the venerable Sotheby’s auction house, established in 1744. For more information, visit

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Show Community Support At The 19th Annual I Have A Dream Foundation Miami Gala Benefit Event

Sunny Isles, FL (PRWEB) September 29, 2014

South Florida philanthropists are invited to an annual fundraiser in celebration of making dreams come true as Stephanie, Jules and Eddie Trump of Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach host the 19th Annual I Have a Dream Foundation Miami Gala benefit event on Thursday, November 6th at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa. Along with honorary co-chairs Tom and Leslie Murphy , Tom C. and Suzanne Murphy, Sean and Jennifer Murphy, and Richie and Jill Schaeffer, the I Have a Dream Foundation Miami invites South Florida to support the cause of the Dreamers as they continue to invest in the future of the community, turning despair into dreams and obstacles into opportunities.

Following a Miami area cocktail reception and silent auction, guests will enjoy dinner, music and a live auction. Consistently one of South Florida’s most highly anticipated annual fundraisers, funds raised at the gala benefit the I Have a Dream Foundation Miami’s Dreamers. In 2013, the I Have a Dream Gala raised more than $ 540,000, these funds will ensure the I Have a Dream Foundation Miami’s ability to continue investing in the future of the community, turning despair into dreams and obstacles into opportunities.

Corporate sponsorships are available starting at $ 5,000 (for a table of 8).

Individual sponsorships are also available. Attire: Black Tie Optional.

To purchase tickets to the I Have a Dream Foundation Miami Gala or become a supporter, contact Stephanie Trump: Stephanie(at)thetrumpgroup(dot)com / 305.937.7834. For more information, visit


The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa

3555 South Ocean Drive

Hollywood, FL


Thursday, November 6th

6:30 p.m.: Cocktails and silent auction

7:45 p.m.: Dinner and live auction


The I Have a Dream Foundation empowers children in low-income communities to achieve higher education and fulfill their leadership potential by providing them with the skills, knowledge, and habits they need to gain entry to higher education and succeed in college and beyond. We guarantee their academic tuition at a Florida state university for a 4-year degree or at an accredited trade school. This allows them to become proud and productive citizens. The program adopts an entire class of Dreamers in an economically disadvantaged school. Once chosen, the foundation provides tutoring, mentoring, pregnancy and drug prevention programs during after school, and summer school, college preparatory classes and counseling to the Dreamers.

Eugene Lang launched the I Have a Dream Foundation in 1981 at PS 121 in Harlem NY. Today, there are 65 cohorts serving more than 4,000 Dreamers in the U.S. and New Zealand. The Miami chapter of the I Have a Dream Foundation was founded by the Trump Family in 1995. The foundation adopted the entire second grade class (97 Dreamers) at the Charles R. Drew School in Liberty City. These Dreamers were provided with year-round (after school and summer) programs of academic enhancement, as well as cultural, social, and recreational activities, throughout their entire educational years. The Trumps’ Class of 2005 defied all odds: from the class of 97 Dreamers, 83 graduated from 12th grade, 72 went on to pursue some form of higher education and 54 have completed two or four year degrees or trade school. Many are currently continuing to pursue higher education. In 2007, the Trump Family established the Class of 2020, adopting 100 Dreamers currently in 5th and 6th grades. Like the Class of 2005, the 2020 class of Dreamers now has the opportunity and promise of academic scholarship at a Florida state school or accredited trade school.

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ACEP & Emergency Consultants Join Forces Again to Host ACEP14 Kickoff Party

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) August 05, 2014

The opening celebration of ACEP’s annual conference, the Kickoff Party draws emergency medicine professionals from around the world. (Last year’s ACEP13 Kickoff Party, which marked the first-ever party partnership between ACEP and Emergency Consultants, attracted more than 5,000 EM attendees to Seattle’s Experience Music Project, a super-charged sensory museum dedicated to America’s rockin’ music history.)

“Our party in Seattle was spectacular, but this year’s Kickoff Party in Chicago promises to be even bigger and better,” says Emergency Consultants’ President Derik King, MD, FACEP. “We’re taking attendees back in time to Chicago’s storied Prohibition Era—treating them to a night of live music, dancing, and criminally delicious food and drinks, 3,300 feet out on Lake Michigan.”

About the ACEP14 Kickoff Party

Opening this year’s Scientific Assembly in Chicago, the ACEP14 Kickoff Party happens Oct. 27 in the historic Grand Ballroom and Lakeview Terrace at the end of Navy Pier. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and don’t close until midnight. Complimentary food, drink tickets, and live music available to all ACEP registrants who attend; bonus perks available to those who pre-register for the party’s elite Bootlegger’s Club at

About ACEP

ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Tex., ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies. Learn more about ACEP at

About Emergency Consultants

Emergency Consultants is the fourth largest provider of professional staffing and administrative services to healthcare facilities in the United States. It is part of ECI Healthcare Partners, which offers a network of coordinated-care services—staffing and management, billing and coding solutions and software, and more—to support emergency, urgent and hospitalist care, and telemedicine. Physician-owned since 1972, Emergency Consultants connects EM physicians to extraordinary in-hospital and work-from-home opportunities without ever compromising their work/life balance. Learn more at, (800)632-3496, ext. 3134.

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Event Promotes Chicagos Game: 16-Inch Softball Hall of Fame Museum Opens July 19th in Forest Park

Forest Park, IL (PRWEB) July 19, 2014

Sixteen-inch slow-pitch softball, a subculture in the Windy City, will grand open its museum on July 19th in west suburban Forest Park to honor thousands of players, managers, umpires and sponsors who loved and excelled at Chicago’s Game.

Often viewed by out-of-towners as a blue-collar sport, 16-inch softball is a game played by sewer workers and bank presidents, by cops and newspaper reporters, by firefighters and computer programmers, by convicts and priests.

Today, the game’s popularity is growing as a co-ed sport when men and women co-mingle on the diamond and later at the sponsor’s saloon. And thousands more play the game just for fun at Sunday picnics.

The classic sport is played bare handed with a “Clincher,” a zig-zag stitched leather covered ball that is far from soft when taken out of the box. Its 16-inch circumference is as thick as a beefy man’s neck, and the best players have large, gnarled paws along with broad shoulders and beer bellies.

When the Chicago 16-inch Softball Hall of Fame Museum officially opens July 19th in Forest Park, it will honor such legendary greats as Stan “Rabbits” Zajac, Don “Ducky” Dulbis, Joe “Geetz” Gucwa, Willie “Steamer” Simpson, Bobby “The Grip” Garippo, Tony “Buzz” Norka, Vito “Tasty” Yario, Lewa “Rocco” Yacilla and Nate “Sweetwater” Clifton.

The players with evocative nicknames were only a few of the everyday Joes who worked day jobs as cops, baggage handlers, factory assemblers and bartenders, then dazzled the crowds while playing softball up to 200 nights a year.

Some Chicagoans say one of the attractions of 16-inch softball is the latent barbarism of this barehanded sport. In this gladiator-like game, the best players often are grown men the size of Hollywood star Russell Crowe who skillfully whack a ball that is almost the size of a man’s head with a wooden or metal club as the sphere arches its way from the pitcher’s gnarled hand.

Although the game resembles baseball, it really isn’t. Because of the skill necessary to play the game well, veteran players say 16-inch softball really is more like “playing chess with bats” because everyone is going to hit the slow pitched ball somewhere, so players are making defensive moves and adjustments to cover the holes all during the game.

Historians say Chicago’s game of softball was born as an indoor sport in 1887 at the Farragut Boat Club at 31st Street and Lake Park Avenue on Chicago’s South Side when George Hancock drew a baseball diamond on the gym floor, tied up the laces around the boxing glove to form a sphere and the players swatted it with a broomstick.

Although the game started indoors, by the 1920′s it moved outdoors and became a popular sport in tight gravel school yards and small city parks. During the Great Depression, the game flourished because all players needed was a bat and a softball.

In its heyday in the 1970s, Windy City Softball magazine estimated that some 150,000 players were on the rosters of organized teams in the Chicago area. While the popularity of the game slipped a bit in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the sport experienced resurgence in 1999, when Chicago Public Schools adopted the game as a high-school sport.

Today, there are an estimated 200,000 people playing the game nearly every day on about 10,000 Chicago-area teams, ranging from Sunday picnic games and co-ed leagues to public high-school and church league teams, to “B” saloon leagues and the AA nearly professional leagues of Windy City softball.

Al Maag, the co-founder of the Hall of Fame—who organized and led the multi-year capital campaign to build it—expects 2,000 attendees to celebrate the inaugural public opening of the museum Saturday, July 19th at 7501 W. Harrison St. in Forest Park.

Founded in 1995, the Chicago 16-Inch Softball Hall of Fame has inducted more than 500 former and current softball players, umpires, managers and organizers who excel in the sport. In addition to honoring the inductees, the organization gives special recognition to supporters and teams, who have made a difference in the sport with their quality of effort, play and longevity.

“Building the Hall of Fame has been a work in progress by dedicated volunteers. We are delighted to show off our new museum and highlight the players who have dedicated themselves to this great sport,” said Ron Kubicki, Hall of Fame president.

The Hall of Fame Museum boasts a graphic timeline of the history of the game in the Windy City, where the game has enjoyed decades of popularity, plus video highlights of great plays, including famous Chicago natives and celebrities recounting stories about players. One exhibit highlights talented women players.

Another exhibit provides an African American retrospective of talented players, who helped break down barriers to the game. The museum displays team photos and uniforms dating back to the roaring twenties—and spotlights Forest Park’s important contributions to making the game as popular as it is today.

“We are grateful for our sponsors without whom this project would not be possible,” said Maag. “The Hall of Fame welcomes any interested family or corporation to step up as the lead sponsor to prominently name the Hall of Fame Museum.”

Major sponsors of the Hall of Fame Museum capital campaign include: MaagCommplus, March Manufacturing, MB Financial, Molex Corp., and Waste Management. In addition to Museum naming rights, there are numerous benefits for exhibit sponsors.

For more information on 16-Inch Softball Hall of Fame Museum and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Rachell Entler at rentler(at)pdofp(dot)org.

WHEN: Saturday, July 19, 2014

WHERE: 7501 W. Harrison St. Forest Park, IL.

REFRESHMENTS:    Food and beer court open 10 a.m.-8 p.m.—provided

             by Park District of Forest Park.


10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Park District of Forest Park “No Glove Nationals” Play-In Games

Noon-1:15 p.m.    BAND: Whiskey’s Quicker (sponsored by Vet Tix).

1:30 p.m.    Opening Ceremonies—Hall of Fame Museum/Inductee Park, Hosted by Ron Kubicki, president of Chicago 16-Inch Softball Hall of Fame

Honored Speakers: Illinois Governor Pat Quinn; Anthony Calderone, Mayor, Village of Forest Park, and Eric Entler, Board President, Park District of Forest Park

2:15 p.m.    Unveiling of 2013 Inductee Plaques

2:30 p.m.    Ribbon cutting—Grand Opening 16-Inch Hall of Fame Museum.

3:00 p.m.    Celebrities Chicago Game

4:30 p.m.    Hall of Fame Inductees North vs. South game

5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.    Concert featuring Rhythm Method (sponsored by Park District of Forest Park)

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30 September 2012

NATO 2012 Chicago

A belated post.


"I'm just gonna attack a cop and get arrested!" - a youth
"Did you bring your gun?" "Nah." - two suburbanesque officers of the law
"What is NATO again? National..?" - a woman perusing the protesting crowd
"I am so disappointed that your generation can't do better..." - a man who has likely lived in Haight-Ashbury since the late 1960's

Some photos:

16 August 2012

Do you like coffee?

Made some simple Twin Peaks (David Lynch, Mark Frost) posters after a rewatch marathon on Netflix (irony regarding previous post noted). The series was in HD, I really couldn't resist. Bonus points if you get every reference.

...and now some more! Couldn't resist.

19 July 2012

Oh deer!

I got some design frustration out via Photoshop therapy. Here are the byproducts.

15 July 2012

Addendum: The Rip Tide

The fact that Zach Condon likely denies the existence of the American Midwest and Southeast is frustrating no doubt, but he's almost made of for it with the latest music video off of The Rip Tide.

Houmam Abdallah's video is a striking companion to Beirut's titular track. Influenced by Dalí, Seurat, and JMW Turner, the work, a living painting, is simple but stunning and I can't deny I've watched it on loop far too many times.

Not that you can ever have enough Beirut.

02 July 2012

Pedantic Social Commentary No. 5: The Netflix Prison.

Ranking amongst the greatest oxymorons of all time, likely somewhere between airplane food and peace force, is television marathon.

TV marathons are probably the furthest from actual physical activity marathons that they can possibly get. Sure, in both cases your vision probably gets a bit blurry, your muscles begin to ache, and you are somewhat closer to death, but the similarities end there.

Personally, the blame falls on Netflix. To me it is the root of all evil. The greatest catastrophe to hit already pop-culture satiated plebeians of all time. The plastic shopping bag in a tree to my personal Liz Lemon.

Netflix is the type of evil which reels you in with the promise of all five million seasons of such and such with the simplest click of a button. Then it… delivers. And soon enough you’ve opened the Pandora’s Box of media overstimulation and you’re being uncannily accurately suggested programs you forgot and/or never knew existed and your Netflix Instant Queue is in the triple digits.

Some British TV program you vaguely remember enjoying years ago? Seven seasons of god knows how many episodes? Sure. Whatever. Let’s go.

I should mention that there should really be a large flashing neon sign of some sort presented to you when you press play on a show of 5+ seasons that reads no stop it’s a trap. Because that’s what it is. A trap. A sort of self-imposed prison of conveniently instant amusement that pushes you more and more towards maximum security every time you press “next episode”.

Before you know it “just a few episodes” has turned into “all the episodes”. You’ve become one with your sofa. A box of gorgonzola chips probably meant for 10 or more party guests is nearly empty and you’re sipping from a plastic bottle of ginger ale like it’s one of those gerbil cage drinking bottle things.

Eventually your net physical movement is reduced to the trifecta of sofa-bathroom-fridge. You actually begin to practice one of the three songs you know on ukulele in a futile attempt to restore your depth perception because rubbing your eyes isn’t helping anymore. The narration of your thoughts is suddenly in David Mitchell’s voice. You shut your blinds to the world because the glare is ruining your picture. You’ve reached the ultimate stage of hermitude. Netflix has won.

In this state you can almost feel the sun’s rays desperately grasping through the gaps in your blinds whispering come back I miss you and the glaring lack of real social contact enveloping your black hole of a soul. There’s this vague incipient sense of shame gnawing at you like a mosquito bite on the back of your thigh that won’t go away.

And yet, you continue searching for new positions on the sofa that don’t ache. You withdraw further and further into television until you’re a dried husk of a human. You consume an amount of programming meant to be spread out over actual human years in a 9-hour timespan.

Then, tragedy strikes. You stare at your screen blankly as any semblance of willpower or purpose drains from your body. The carefully constructed glass castle of entertainment and emergent self-loathing you’ve built for yourself is shattered.

There’s no “next episode” button.

09 June 2012

Faux Mad Men Ads

Mad Men makes fake ad campaigns for a plethora of companies, so I figured why not make some fake ad campaigns for Mad Men itself. Featuring various products of actual and/or Mad Men universe fame, here are some faux magazine ads with whichever character (Betty, Don, Roger, Pete, Peggy, and Joan) and campaign seemed most... fitting. Esoteric plot-related quips included.

01 May 2012

Adventures in Archaic Film Technology

After cherishing the review and autofocus features on my digital camera, I somehow persuaded myself that a venture back into film was a good idea. So I found an old USSR-made Zenit TTL 1980 Olympic Edition, bought some (probably too much to be honest) expired Kodak 100 film, and tried it out. I would go into the trouble I had to go through to get it developed, but I'd rather not.

The first roll of film has all the markings of, well, a first roll of film with a "new" camera. Subject matter is inane, countless photos are out of focus, and a bunch are disgustingly grainy because somehow I decided that shooting in a dark library was a good idea. Here it is anyway.