"Graphical Greatest Hits"

2006
May
21

Every once in a while I fire up my not-quite-photoshop graphics program and create some kind of whimsical/satirical image thingy that, individually, has been desperately unimpressive, but, gathered together into some kind of portfolio/gallery, may motivate some of my several viewers to click on my Google Ads just to get the hell away from this site as fast as they can!

Aren’t All Casinos Like That?
When the “Morongo Indian Bingo Hall” expanded into a full-fledged casino/resort in the desert near Palm Springs, I thought it had one big thing going against itself – its name, as I demonstrated in a simple animated GIF thingy.
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Meaty Commentary
Remember those good old days when everybody and his monkey were doing parodies of the Homeland Security Color-Coded Alert Chart? I was one of the few who noticed that, at the same time, Mad Cow Disease was providing a secondary level of hysterical fear. So, I designed an appropriate hybrid graphic.
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Another enterprising satirist made a more appropriate version of this idea, with “Red for Rare” on the top, but mine looked better. In addition to Mad Cow, this will also protect you from Happy Cows from California, the Creepy Burger King and Morgan Spurlock, but failed to protect me from Jack.

Trials and TiVolations
While the folks at Google are trying to live up to their motto “Don’t Be Evil” (and apparently failing, according to Dilbert), some other tech trailblazers aren’t really trying. That’s why when the news first broke about some of TiVo’s data mining practices, I designed this alternate logo.
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The Second Internet Crash
When Howard Dean was supposedly using internet-based grass-roots campaigning to pursure the Presidency, I had a suggestion for a mascot for his campaign.
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Hey, Cookie!
One of the more localized memes of the last few years was the British thing featuring a picture of aging crooner Lionel Richie with his old ’70s afro replaced by a giant “Rich-Tea” brand biscuit (cookie, for you non-Brits). They called it “Lionel Rich-Tea”. British humor. Gotta love it. Still, I thought it needed to be made more current, more topical, more “Now Generation”, so I created…
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Nicole Rich-Tea! Why I am not the UK’s favorite blog I’ll never know.

Speaking of Talent-less Second-Generation Celebrities…
From Early 2001:
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and in response to a “design your own campaign sign” thingy, I harkened back to the DIY spirit of the Sex Pistols…
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Highlight/Lowlight
Okay, the first impression I got from one of Bin Laden’s infamous tapes was that he was trying to look like a TV Anchorman…
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…but I think I made my point with this little image, which, if you haven’t guessed, used three parts of the same crowd picture…
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More to come. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

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