Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Tabula Rasa

Hello doubtful readership,

With a new year comes new beginnings and as such I am making the switch from livejournal.com to blogger.com. There are a number of reasons for this.

First of all, while I've done no official research, my feeling is that blogger.com is a more popular site. It's not my intention to sell out for popularity's sake but I thought I'd join ranks with the overwhelming majority of bloggers who I read and know. And being a Gmail user I already have the Google account which is the prerequisite for starting a blog on Blogger. Essentially I am trying to whittle my web presence down to a number of key sites, namely this one, my own website, and of course of the unavoidable Facebook, Myspace and Twitter.

The second reason, and perhaps a more trifling one, is that I prefer the design of this site to that of Livejournal. When I say design I am speaking merely of aesthetics. I have very little idea about the operational differences between the sites. If at any point I have reason to believe that Livejournal is a great deal superior with respect to user-friendliness I will consider switching back.

I should mention also that this switch parallels the revamping of my own website which I am currently working on. I'm new to html and css and my decision to rebuild the website from the ground up means it's taking longer than it might otherwise take. But I'm happy with my progress so far and I'm looking forward to getting the site live and sharing it with all of you.

There's not much else to report. With only a limited amount of illustration projects on the horizon I've been focusing some of my attention on finally making good use of my electric guitar. Along with my roommate, Dan Salomon (aka the video-editing virtuoso who brought you the trailer for So Punk Rock)and Tim Slater, a grad school buddy of mine, I've begun renting out rehearsal studio time in Manhattan once a week. For now we are a trio, and we're trying to spin a sound of our own around surf rock classics, vintage Who and other old-fashioned rock & roll. We've even begun the painstaking process of whipping together some original material. This is really just for kicks but who knows? Maybe you'll see us in a club downtown sometime this century.

That's all for now. A happy and healthy new year to all.