Red Knight—The Unboxing

October 10th, 2009
Posted by Evan Rowe in Gaming

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In the Summer of 2008, a small independent game developer published a downloadable title for a little-known game console called the Xbox360. Perhaps you’ve heard of it.

The game I am speaking of is, of course, Castle Crashers, and it took the Xbox gamers by storm during August ’08 and to this day remains one of the most popular online multiplayer titles on the platform. It’s a total blast, it’s damn charming, and it was all I played for a good long while after it came out.

Shortly after the game’s release, The Behemoth announced that they would be manufacturing and selling figurines based on the games tiny but vicious protagonists, and I knew immediately I had to have one for my desk. My original plan last September was to order all four knights (red, green, blue, orange) and let them stand proudly together in ferocious little poses, as there was a significant discount for purchasing them together. Somehow I never got around to placing my order, and I forgot about the little guys for a while.

Two weeks ago (and a year later), I remembered about this silly idea of mine and cruised over to The Behemoth’s store to grab a couple of the little guys. The price had increased a tad since last Fall, and so I opted to start out with just one, and of course I had to go with my favorite, the Red Knight. I knew that when he arrived I would enjoy having him to proudly display next to my monitor, but what I didn’t know was that the packaging and labels on the box would be so neat. So, I did what any self respecting gamer nerd would do; I snapped photos of the unboxing. Huzzah!

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swissmiss In Portland!

October 9th, 2009
Posted by Evan Rowe in Cool Stuff, Design

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This morning, Ashley and I went to Weiden+Kennedy’s Portland headquarters to see Tina Roth Eisenberg, curator of one of the design community’s foremost blogs, speak about herself, her web site, and her experiences as a Swiss born and educated designer making the move to New York City shortly after finishing school. Ten years ago she came to the U.S. for what was supposed to be a three month vacation, and ended up putting her roots down here after falling in love with the world she encountered on the other side of the Atlantic.

I assume that a good number of you know who she is already, but for those who don’t, I strongly suggest you spend some time on her site. Each day she shares fun, new and interesting tidbits that she comes across, be it a piece of design, a neat product, or just something generally whimsical. It was fairly interesting to hear her stories, and she is every bit as genuine and honest as she comes across being on her site, which made the talk a fairly refreshing experience for me. Perhaps it was even more so for the guy who sat next to me, as he seemed to be a bit star struck and stumbled awkwardly through both of the questions he asked Tina afterward.

I snapped a few shots with my trusty iPhone. They are not great, but nonetheless, they are here for you to look at.

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Also, as a fun side note, she snapped this photo before the talk started and posted it to twitter. Ashley and I are in the lower left, right behind the little ‘fence’ made from cables. I tell you because I know you care.

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The few of you out there who actually still look at my blog have likely noticed two recent trends. The first is that I don’t update as often as I used to. This is something I intend on changing in the very near future; I’ve been so swamped with an overabundance of work (not complaining!) that will to sit in front of a computer screen any longer than I have to is next to none lately. Once I get some of these big projects out of the way, I will make my triumphant return to regular updates.

The second trend is that I’ve taken to a submitting a lot of photos that use my iPhone’s camera rather than my DSLR. I’ve become fascinated with the idea of using that camera to capture some of life’s more interesting, ‘spur of the’ moments as of late, and I think it’s produced some interesting results. However, as many of these photos are submitted directly to Twitter, they tend not to make it here to the blog. This post is intended to correct that, and so, here is a compilation of some of the more interesting shots I’ve snapped in the past month. Hopefully you enjoy them.

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Crabfest ’09

August 30th, 2009
Posted by Evan Rowe in Life + Times, Photography

Spent some time out at the coast this weekend with Ashley and her family at their beach house in Rockaway. We took trips down to Netarts on Saturday and Sunday to try our luck at crabbing. Saturday was considerably more successful (9 keepers) than Sunday was (zilch), but I grabbed some nice pictures with my trusty iPhone camera. (Note that Ashley secretly took the best ones of the bunch). Whistle yourself a sea shanty while you gaze at them.

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Portrait of a Rapscallion

August 26th, 2009
Posted by Evan Rowe in Random

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This one causes entirely too much trouble around my place. Do not let her cuteness deceive you.

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