Idle Ponderings... Passing Fancies... Lessons Learnt... Second Thoughts... Bursts of Inspiration... Thoughts in Motion...

JAY IN TRANSLATION



A BACKDOOR PASS TO
tH3 DeVioUS aND DiaBOLicAL MiND oF
a SiMpLE CoPYWritER

MAKING WAVES... WITH EVERY WORD... WITH EVERY BREATH...

Posted By Joseph John on/at Saturday, June 20, 2009


What do you think of the picture above... Not too shabby right... Yeah, I drew it... It's been a while since I flexed my artistic skills... So yesterday I took up that 6B pencil my 2D animator roomie wields with passion and set my lines in motion... Just to see if I still could you know... Work the magic of art...

Of course I was dry out of inspiration... So I gallivanted on, on to my faithful inspiration companion... 'Google Image Search', apparently the 'Microsoft Bing' search engine is also said to be pretty decent... No, my artwork is not an exact rip off... More like, it's a combo of a character and an interesting background I found off you know where... With a lot of minor tweaks and visual effects from yours faithfully... I'm into make believe and hence this 're-creation'...

And watching that roommate of mine work on his daily course of toons and animatoonics, you can't help but get an itch to match his level... Yeah, It's not my best work... It is after all an 'inspired' image... But I'm glad that my skills haven't gone rusty...

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Posted By Joseph John on/at Saturday, June 20, 2009

I know I've been a little slow coming up with a post... And this is not so much of a post, so to speak... I've been bogged down with couple of responsibilities... They call for a gargantuan slice of my time... It's virtually left my bank of super power like powers depleted... I think it's because I'm not eating "too" much... Oh, I think I hear my parents rejoicing... If only shedding weight was as easy as bursting a balloon, I wouldn't mind the pin prick at all... As for work, it's so so... Lot of changes to be made in the coming days... I'll be posting another blog within the next 2-3 days...
Until then, cheerio...

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PS. Thanks Aleko for that offer on French!

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Posted By Joseph John on/at Tuesday, June 09, 2009

"Happy Birthday to me" that was yesterday and it was fun...



24 years old and I'm none the wiser to most of what's happening around me... But I've picked up a little here, a little there and few bits and pieces all around... I know I'm being vague... But you know it'll be a real drag, listing out all the bits and scraps of wisdom ill gotten and otherwise... And more so it'll feel moreover like an examination of sorts... Bugger, and that'll remind me of the examination I've to take to complete my degree (on 27th June '09)...

Oh yes, my french exam got bombed... It's no bombshell on the dinner table scenario, I'm cool about it... The ad industry doesn't seem to be looking for marks, but talent.. Don't get me wrong marks have to hit a basic level of adequacy... And my marks are pretty good... But studying offers no major challenge and panache... It doesn't cover everything and some parts of it are redundant... At least the Indian education system seems to be so... Me, I'm part adrenaline junkie... Work is challenging, its more like a game but realistic... All the stakes are real... And French well it'll be over by this month end...

Besides, now I've got to get organized... Blimey, I cant believe I said that... I'm more of a "leaf in the wind" lifestyle like person... But times are changing and I guess I should too....

The agency I'm working with is mid-sized and fun... They have only two copywriters now, one of which is me and the other is a veteran, who comes on and off... So I'm pretty much at the helm of things... While I do get an opportunity to stretch my creative limbs, the clients are the kind that often cramp my style... But you know what they say "the customer is always right"... So moving on...

I think I need a Sensei... That's what they call it at Crispin Porter and Bogusky (If you didn't know, CP&B is only like the best ad firm in the planet)... That means a migration is in order... So that's what's on the table... But not soon, probably in a month or three... Till then I want to relish the sweet taste of absolute power... Muahahaha...

Post that there is a plan for a post graduation and the likes... And things of that magnitude...

But all things aside, this birthday was a great one... It was my first birthday, living free and independent... On my own salary... Guess I'm getting older, whether I want to or not !!!

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Posted By Joseph John on/at Tuesday, June 02, 2009

As of this past week, I've developed this habit of following the newspaper and news, daily (amazingly)... Occasionally cross-referencing contents online to get clarity and perspective... When we are small, seeing all the grownups read their newspaper early in the morning branded them as such... But then when you actually move into the habit, you realize all of sudden you've got an opinion on everything under the sun...

Oh, of course we all had an opinion on everything even before reading the news... But now you are backed by solid intel... And while on that subject, me being of the media; we are aware that media tends to colour information a little (the technical terminology I believe is ‘Agenda Setting Theory’), but how much??? Well it’s evident when you switch between the nation’s foremost news channels... Yes, I’m talking of NDTV, CNN-IBN, Times Now and the likes... One is pro this, the other is pro that, another is stuck in between and I don’t mean respectively...

Neutrality is a tall order and an expensive one it would seem... But between the lot, it’s an adventure of sorts to sort fact, fiction and lucrative hearsay bundled with a very subtly crafted element of propaganda... I guess it’s time to rewrite an age old adage and make it...

“A little media is a dangerous thing”

So I’ve thought of sticking to the news-tracking habit for now... Although, I plan to keep that habit away from the prying eyes of my fellow cousins and relative (younger ones of course)... Coz I don’t want to be branded a grownup ever... Well as long as I can... I suppose they’ll catch on eventually when my hair shows streaks of white when it catches the light... Maybe 30 years down the line....


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