Archive for June, 2009

Evan’s New Knee

Posted in Evan's Blog with tags , , on June 19, 2009 by EAbrams

Most people don’t know it, but before GhostRunner I was on the road to being an Olympic competitor in Taekwondo. Sadly, I was cut down with a crippling injury before an international qualifier. The result was my early retirement and a high-grade partial tear of my ACL. Basically, if you’ve ever had an old GI Joe doll, the ones with the rubber band spines, and you stretch them the don’t go back together right. basically my knee has been an over stretched Gi Joe for the last two years.

Right after the injury I saw the doctors and made the rounds getting my X-rays, MRIs, working towards the big surgery day. Then I had an appointment for consultation with a surgeon and I couldn’t take it. I got scared of going under the knife. I couldn’t bear risking the little mobility I had. The 6 months of rehabilitation were not overly appealing either. I was young, busy, and stupid. Now I’m going back to the doctors to pick up where I left off.

ACL surgery is fairly common. It’s maybe the most common reconstruction among young people. At the time it was proposed to me I did not like the idea of grafting my hamstring through my femur and tibia by drilling up through them. The whole procedure sounded a little crazy. But Tiger Woods did it! Well if Tiger Woods suffered from chronic depression from an overbearing father would you do that too? Also the YouTube videos of people’s personal ‘scoped surgeries are really unsettling. It’s like watching some under sea exploration/ knife fight. Or a Bio-Shock trailer. Either way I really didn’t want that going on in my knee. It gave me phantom pain just looking at it.

However, now I have no more excuses left. I’m soon to be finished school so I won’t be missing much while I’m down and out. I have a bank roll and IE, or ei, or ui or whatever unemployed people get, to fall back on. And I need it. I am just sick of being a crippled mess, leaning on my knee brace, trying to out train my injury.

I go back to Sports Med at Ottawa U in July to start over, wish me luck.

Business Cards

Posted in Evan's Blog with tags , , on June 16, 2009 by EAbrams

I was out at dinner when it happened. We were all having a nice evening, wine, cocktails, hoity toity banter, the works. But then when we were leaving something happened. First the guy next to me whipped it out. I was taken aback I’ll admit. Then another did it, right there at the table, just flopped it out. Suddenly everyone was doing it. I felt left out, because I did not have one. That’s right I’m talking about business cards.

After this event I thought I would get some printed of my own. Sadly I think all my knowledge of the subject comes from a documentary on Japanese business practice and the excellent dark comedy: American Psycho. Here’s what I know:

  • I don’t have one
  • I need one
  • It had better be awesome (but not too awesome)
  • or it will come back to kill me

In Japan a business card is like an extension of your soul. If you leave home without it, you might as well have walked out into the street without your face on. First, that doesn’t mean makeup. It’s not like you look like a lesbian without your business card. Second it doens’t mean you disgust people with your exposed eyes and muscle membranes. No it’s more related to the social notion of face and honor; to be without face is to be without honor. Hence why at dinner in the fancy yoga and 10$ beer district I was shamed with my lack of face.

To that end I have begun designing my face saving device. It sounds simple, but I’ve been at it for over a week and it’s not happening. How many ways can you arrand the words: Evan Abrams, Creative Consultant, a phone number, and an email adress. The answer is “all of them”. Also I cannot find a clear image of a shark eating a sheep to illustrate my personality and lifestyle.

New Computer

Posted in Evan's Blog with tags , , on June 9, 2009 by EAbrams

So I got a new computer and I thought I would share some of the things I’ve been doing with it. Here’s one:

Cloud Tags

Posted in Evan's Blog with tags , , on June 5, 2009 by EAbrams

You know what rocks, cloud tags rock. Do you know why? Didn’t think so. Read on to expand your mind!

Cloud tags, in short, are a graphic visualization of the frequency words occure in a corpus of text. A corpus means body. It is the fancy technical word for body in a texual context. These clouds help summarize raw word use in a fast and simple format that usually has that neauveu internet art look to it. You know, the kind that take an afternoon in illustrator to bang out on a T-shirt which we call bullshit.

Cloud tags have real uses to. It really depends on the input. Let’s say you had a blog and wanted to know what a search engine thinks is your main content. The spiders, which are fancy AI that read your pages, would use word frequency to guess at your content. The cloud, while not using the same weight and threshold of the spider, would give you a good indication of what your page looks like for SEO purposes. If you put in a script you could see common words used by your characters. If you put one of Matt’s scripts in you would find the word Fuck greatly overpowers all others in the cloud. Again we get an idea of what might be wrong with that script in a second’s glance. The same is true for a resume, an interview, or even this blog posting.

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