2014: The Year of Having Fun and Getting Shit Done


2014 was a pretty lousy year around the world. Lots of people had a rough time, to put it mildly, so I hope I’m not being totally tactless when I say that my year was, on balance, terrific and amazing. Indeed, if 2008 was, as I once described it, “the year of staring at screens and typing

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Design a Song, November/December 2014

Closing out the year with some slightly better, and slightly worse stuff: Week 25: A quickie this week, “The Devil You Know” by Jesus Jones (1993). Parent album “Perverse” was perceived as a techno-rock failure, but I bought it on the strength of this (great) song and liked it. As for Pac-Man, nostalgia may be

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Keir-By-Bike, 2014 Edition


Keir-by-bike will be cut short for the rest of this year, but despite that I still beat last year’s numbers by almost 100 miles: 43 rides for 591.44 total miles in 2014, an improvement of 7 rides & 98.92 miles over 2013 (36 rides for 492.52 miles). As before, motivation is less “health and fitness” (though

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Design a Song, Weeks 18-24

Latest “Design a Song” updates, where, if I may say so, the quality ticks up a little. Well, except for the Prince one, but I can’t always be a genius. Design a Song, week 18: “Down to the Waterline” by Dire Straits, a hazy piece of rueful nostalgia that led off their self-titled debut album

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Keir’s All-Star Concert Series 2014, Part II

Because this has been a killer year for concerts, the most I’ve ever been to in a 12-month period. Yes, there was this previous item with other people’s photos, but this time I’m gonna use some iPhone-4S-debased & low-res shots of my own, from these shows: Arcade Fire at the Santa Barbara Bowl, 8/4/14 Jack

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AIGA SB Presents “The Art of Music: Translating Sound to Sight”

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Do you like music? Do you like design? Do you live within reasonable driving distance of downtown Santa Barbara on a weeknight? AIGA SB presents “The Art of Music: Translating Sound to Sight,” an engaging panel with the designers of some classic album covers and collectors of great gig posters! November 6: don’t miss it!

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Design a Song, Weeks 11 to 17

Catching up (again) with my social media feeds, because they rule the world these days. Here’s weeks 11-17: Design a Song, week 11: “Goin’ Against Your Mind” by Built to Spill (2006), a great tune with plenty of room for all possible emotions in its propulsively epic 8 minutes. Original photo of yours truly by

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AIGA SB “Three Questions” Series


One of the fun things I get to do as AIGA SB Communications Director is introduce our membership to each other with a fun series called “Three Questions.” I ask AIGA SB members about their relationships with design, creativity, and their careers, and let them be themselves. So far I’ve got to do it six

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Design a Song, Weeks 3 to 10:

Slacked off a bit in posting the Design A Song images I’ve been doing, so to catch up, here are the entries for weeks 3 to 10: Design a Song, week 3: “An Ocean In Between the Waves” by the War On Drugs, from 2014’s “Lost in the Dream” album. Favorite song on favorite record

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Nostalgia Wall, 2009-2014

Just the past 5 years condensed into little filter-tinted squares, like I always do: Nostalgia Wall 2009-2010 (Ventura): BBM&D + Fiction + Radblaster Nostalgia Wall 2010-2011 (Ventura): BBM&D + Radblaster + Honey White Nostalgia Wall 2011-2012 (Ventura): BBM&D + AIGA + Radblaster + Honey White Nostalgia Wall 2012-2013 (Ventura): BBM&D + AIGA + music + baseball Nostalgia Wall 2013-2014

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