Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wedding Photos

Hey all, in case you check here, be sure to scope out for our wedding photos.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Even if you're not invited.

The wedding website is finished! Or at least, I have run out of time to work on it, and it is in an acceptable state for people to see it. There may still be another tweak or two, and there will certainly be a couple of content updates. But ready it is!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Getting Married!

Hello Dearest Everyone,

It has been a long long time since I have done anything to this blog. Life has been busy enough without trying to blog about it. There have surely been more than enough interesting things that would engage and enrapture every reader who should chance upon this blog, but I have scarce had time to write those incidents down, let alone write them well or humourously.

Nonetheless, I should mention that there are changes afoot in my life that threaten to alter the neon-spotted fabric of my lifestyle. I am getting married! Not only is a wedding of epically casual proportions going to happen, it is going relax its way along in Hawaii at the beginning of May.

I am fully joining the ranks of the middle class this year. Not only shall I wed, but I have been granted my first really real job. While other jobs consumed my time and life as factually and monetarily as this one, this job is unique in providing my first full paid employ in my chosen career of graphic design.

Things to watch out for in the coming year include are: the website for the wedding, some real work to be done establishing my proper website at, and a raging water buffalo charging down the street for that. Watch out for the wedding site in the next month or so, and for the update sometime in the summer, and that water buffalo, well I'm not telling you. You'll just have to keep your eyes open.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Geiko's Transforming Inusrance Policies

Here is an example of a customer getting less than optimal service from his car insurance company.


Friday, June 29, 2007

All work and no play makes Matt a dull boy.

So... anyone want to hear about how much I work?

Yeah, I kind of figured not.

I've been reading a properly terrible science fiction book lately. I can't even remember what it's called. I'm probably halfway through the book, and I still can't figure out why the author bothered to write it. It's got no new central idea, no clever exploration of anything, just shallow characters with no motivation, and it has more clichés than the Arctic Ocean has hydrogen molecules. I continue on in the vague hope that somewhere all of the vague and disparate elements of the book will suddenly tie together and have meaning, rather than just being vague appropriations for unsuccessful generation of interest.

On the bright side, whatever I read next will surely seem the brightest, most well-written book ever.

Thursday, June 28, 2007


I have been really homesick for Japan lately. I really want to go back. Things keep coming up that I really miss. I miss the onsen and the sento, I miss the food. I miss the humid and wet rainy season, and the muggy hot summer that follows it. I want to be dancing Awa Odori every day, and I want to be back doing jujutsu. I miss my friends from Japan (who have all left anyways) and I miss getting to speak Japanese every day. I want to go back.

I know it had its problems, I know that I don't really want to live there for the rest of my life, but I don't want Japan to disappear from my life either. I miss Kamikatsu. I miss the culture and the lifestyle. I miss my home in Japan.

Where is this homesickness coming from? Am I hitting the five month wall of culture shock with my move to Vancouver? That's very possible. My problem is that I make everywhere I live into home. Winnipeg is home. Kamikatsu is home. And now, Vancouver is home. Everywhere I live is my home, but from another perspective, I have no home at all. "Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the son of man has no place to lay his head." I understand how that feels, a bit.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

What I'm doing these days

I don't have time for much. And right now I'm taking away precious sleep hours to post this. But it's worth letting you all know what's up anyhow. Here it is in brief:

- working for free as a design intern at industrial brand creative (
- working for pay at starbucks
- borrowing a car from a friend who is away on a cross canada trip in one of his other cars
- driving down to see julie every weekend, since she moved to washington from hawaii a few weeks ago
- going to housegroup at derrick funk's every wednesday
- see phil on the weekend when he comes in sometimes
- saw dan mutch in seattle this past weekend
- the odd freelance design project here and there
- reading on a plan to finish the bible in a year, mostly doing the reading over breakfast (my only regularly scheduled meal and relaxed moment)

what i am NOT doing, for lack of time:
- getting enough sleep
- rebuilding my web page (
- reading much
- eating particularly well nor regularly
- exercising

In an ideal world, I'll get full time paid design work by the end of the summer. I'm enjoying my busy life for the moment. I think I do it to myself often enough. I take on too much. But I think I kind of like it that way.

What are you up to these days?