Let’s paint her pink this October: Breast Cancer Awareness


Fulfilling the Promise

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen® and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen has invested more than $2.5 billion to fulfill our promise, working to end breast cancer in the U.S. and throughout the world through ground-breaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 30 countries.

Progress in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Since 1982, Komen has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer – transforming how the world talks about and treats this disease and helping to turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors. We are proud of our contribution to some real victories:

  • More early detection and effective treatment– Currently, about 70 percenft of women 40 and older receive regular mammograms, the single most effective screening tool to find breast cancer early.  Since 1990, early detection and effective treatment have resulted in a 34 percent decline in breast cancer mortality in the U.S.
  • More hope –In 1980, the 5-year relative survival rate for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer (cancer confined to the breast) was about 74 percent. Today, that number is 99 percent.
  • More research – The federal government now devotes more than $850 million each year to breast cancer research, treatment and prevention (compared to $30 million in 1982).
  • More survivors – Currently, there are about 3 million breast cancers survivors, the largest group of cancer survivors in the U.S.


I transcribed my daughters story

This is a story that I transcribed for my daughter Amelia. This story is about her little brother Abram (a little over a year). Amelia illustrated and conceptualized this story. She is 3 years old.

Abram A Poop

Abram A Poop, by Amelia Gros


Once upon a time, there was a boy named Abram. He was always stinky. He pooped and he wooped and he snooped. (Amelia wanted to point out that the poop in this scene is black)


One day he went to school. Abram pooped at school. Abram was not allowed at school. (Amelia also pointed out here that his pooped was red)


Abram went to the doctor and wanted to eat crayons. (Amelia commented that Abram was running with crayons from Dr. Spy, who doesn’t exist in real life but judging from his name, is the best doctor ever.)


Abram goes to dance class. He wants to poop at dance class. (Amelia made it very clear that Abram in the scene is “black as night”. Probably due to some poop trauma.)





The Art of the Show Poster

Tonight as I ran for miles on the treadmill, the Eels came on my streaming radio. As Mark Oliver Everett, aka “E” filled my ears with quiet melodies of gloom, I could only think of a little pink bird sitting on a grocery cart filled with junk. Yeah, strange right? In fact it was an image on one of The Eels’ gig posters. A beautifully crafted,  screen printed poster. Although not the most original of ideas, I decided to put together a post of some of my favorite posters.

The Eels

Toulouse Lautrec: Moulin Rouge – La Goulue

Flight of the Conchords

Neko Case

Animal Collective

Jimi Hendrix Experience

Built To Spill

Bob Dylan

Bonnie “Prince” Billy

Miles Davis


Andrew Bird


Broken Social Scene

Amelia portrait: The Most “Best” Person Ever

Tonight’s post, a quick sketch and then thrown into Photoshop for color work with my Wacom pen and tablet. The subject of the sketch is pretty much the most “best” person ever, my daughter Amelia. She’s incredible. Right now i’d certainly say she’s my best friend in the world. We have the same sense of humor. I’m not certain what that says about me as Amelia is only 2 years old.

It’s funny about 2 year-olds, they really know how to enjoy life. It’s all the things we take for granted as we age that serves to blow their little 2 year old minds. For instance, how awesome are dinosaurs? Most adults take them for granted, but not little Amelia. She really takes the time to walk and roar as they do. What about the pure joy of eating a bowl of whipped cream or handfuls of marshmallows? Or the excitement of running in circles chasing a Dachshund with a star wand. It’s all the little things.

If you’re really stressed and the 9 to 5 has got you down, try acting like a two year old for one hour and I guarantee you will feel better, more excited about life. Please do this in the privacy of your home though.

Walter White Illustration

I’m a big fan of AMC’s Breaking Bad, me and everyone else. I had a bit of time tonight after some of my coding projects, so I thought I would do a vector illustration of Walter White. The initial illustration was done in Adobe Illustrator, then I took it into Photoshop and used the Wacom Tablet to finish it off.

Charlie Sheen may have coined the term “Winning!” but that’s present tense. Walter White has already won.

Love and commitment are blind to sexual orientation.

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I’m a 32 year old man, married to a wonderful woman and we have two fantastic children. Many would say this is the ideal family dynamic. I believe it is one ideal, one of many. Growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I have seen many different types of successful families. I have known friends that were raised by just one parent, friends that were raised by grandparents or aunts… or uncles. I’ve known friends that were adopted. I’ve also had friends whose parents were gay.

What makes a family ideal?

What are family values?

It’s my deepest belief that a family is composed of those that love and care for one another. I believe that the right of two consenting adults, no matter their sexual orientation is to marry if they so desire. It’s not something that should be voted on. It’s not something that is bound to a particular religion. It’s a right. Our country needs to recognize the rights of Gays and Lesbians to wed as it is their right as much as it is mine.

I respect religions that do not recognize same-sex marriages. The particular religions that do so can continue with their freedom to do so. However, our government does not have this same freedom. It’s the job of the government to represent its citizens without bias of race, religion, gender, age or sexual orientation. The government should not choose a religious view to follow.

I am saddened by the restrictions placed upon Gay and Lesbian couples wishing to marry. I do not have words for the amount of pure disrespect our government has shown regarding their rights. I am very excited that our Vice President and President spoke in favor of same-sex marriage. However, I am hoping to see actual change.

I created a design to show support for Gay Marriage. I placed it on Zazzle (zazzle.com) and I pledge to donate my portion of it’s sales to http://www.hrc.org/. It is a small percentage of each sale due to the amount Zazzle keeps for production, marketing and shipping but I’d really like to help more than just simply blogging about the topic.

If you disagree with same-sex marriage, I urge you to look at this issue with an open mind and heart. No matter your personal religious beliefs, I urge you to respect the rights of others as you would like them to respect yours.

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