Guinness Logic

Anyone who drinks Guinness regularly becomes a philosopher.  I’m not sure if it’s a result of sitting there, staring at the glass, waiting because it takes so long for the head to reduce or what, but it just happens.  Drink enough Guinness in a sitting and you have flashes of brilliance, as evidenced by Greg’s napkin below:

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What is Art?

When I started pursuing a second degree at the local art college a couple of years ago I was introduced to the term “creatives”.  To be honest, it really rubbed me the wrong way, like it was a solution looking for a problem.  Were we too cool for “artist”?  Were only some people cool enough to be called artist?  Everyone else had to be a “creative”?

I went out for drinks the other night and sat at the bar with the coolest bartender.  When they’re really good, I could sit there for hours talking to them.  He was making me drinks that weren’t on the menu, then we were kind of inventing drinks together.  Is that art?  Is that being creative?  He was super passionate about his trade.  He’s educated himself, he experiments and he creates and he loves interacting with his audience.  And I believe art can be found in lots of places.  “Is it a science or an art?” pops up frequently in the engineering world.  What’s your take?

He made that butterfly to sit on the rim of the glass btw!

A REAL Napkin!

Napkin Pepper Shaker
Napkin Pepper Grinder

 

Lori Stewart has been a great friend for many, many years.  She’s sent supplies to my soldiers while deployed, has provided moral and emotional support when needed and has been a sounding board for many half-baked ideas.

She currently runs a project called Operation Warrior Watch which still provides support for soldiers and their families.

I really appreciate her taking the time to draw and send this in.

I love the hash work for shading in this
I love the hash work for shading in this

Self Portrait Triadic PortraitI sit next to this incredibly talented artist in class.  His name is Jeremy Jefferson and it’s so frustrating to see how he’s good at everything he tries.  Sketches.  Paints.  Collages.  Computer Graphics.  He does it all.  These are some drawings from a recent class project.  It’ll be neat to see what this guy does, but I”m sure it’s going to be great!  Check out his website.

Very Exciting!

Okay, I’m a geek who has done data center moves before.  I’ve been in the trenches, actually un-racking servers and just taking a pair of side cutters to hundreds of rat-nested cables and I’ve also supervised moves.  And, in full disclosure, I’ve utilized Blaine Berger’s services to PM my most successful data center move to date.  So to me, books about data center moves are interesting.

If you’re not an IT person like myself data center moves might not be your cup of tea.  So what’s exciting about this?  Well, a couple of things.  First, the fact that Blaine took the time to recreate the cover of his book on a napkin.  Then the fact that he’s being creative about advertising and the use of social media.  And lastly, the fact that he’s offering the guide at a discounted price for people who get to it thru this site.  My first cross-platform promotion!  So, without further ado:

 

Hi Mac – I’m the author of “What Everybody Ought to Know Before Moving a Data Center” and wanted to shoot you my first napkin submission and my story.

I’m planning my book launch party in Denver to coincide with the book’s debut on Amazon in the first quarter of 2014. While the minutia of that process isn’t important, the catering element triggered a discussion about what to print on the napkin.
Why not share the process, I thought? The $8 off the book offer is real as a thank you to your readers. Feedback welcome from your readers on napkin ideas!

Blaine Berger | President of E-Oasis

Author of “What Everybody Ought to Know Before Moving a Data Center”
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Ideas

tax explainedA couple of months ago (yeah, yeah, I’m way behind) I had a business meeting with a neat guy.  When we did the business card exchange I got the raised eyebrow and had to explain what drawnonanapkin.com is.  Like so many tech guys, he does a great job of white boarding and explaining things visually and he was more excited about the idea of a website that captured ideas shared on the back of a napkin vs. drawing on napkins for art.  He took a few moments and shared a tax concept with me on a small sheet of notebook paper and just because I was involved and it’s small format, I’m sharing the picture here.  Thanks for the drawing Dave!