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It’s ALIVE!!

September 15, 2008

Well… it happened a lot faster than I thought, but my “official website” is up and running. http://www.tobysturgill.com will be the home for my blog, portfolio, hire me, and contact information. When I have a chance, I’ll have this page (tobysturgill.wordpress.com) pointed to the new one so it’ll take to you where you need to go. It might be a good idea though to go ahead and change any link you have to me to http://www.tobysturgill.com

Thanks! See ya real soon!!

Pardon my dust, y’all

September 14, 2008

*Phew! The winds of change are blowing again over here. I’m really excited about what’s coming soon. (I’ve included a sneak peek screen shot to the left) I’ve decided to blend my portfolio site (tobysturgill.com) with this blog (tobysturgill.wordpress.com). I have far more frequency and reach here that I think it’ll be great for business.

So don’t worry. Utobia2.0 isn’t going anywhere. It’s merely getting a face lift and putting on a few pounds. You’ll notice some changes have already taken place. To the right you’ll see I’ve added three pages: Contact, Hire Me, and Portfolio. This way you’ll be able to keep up with projects I have going on as well as have the chance for me to work on something for you. Yay!

Also at the very top are two quick links to the Hire Me page and the Contact page for quick reference. I’m available for graphic design, print brokering, visual design, and bartending. Contact forms will be coming soon. Until then, use the information under the Contact page.

Ok, well that’s it for now…stay tuned. The next chapter is being written and I think it’s gonna be a good one.

Sweet Motion Graphics

July 22, 2008

All eyes are on China with the opening of the Olympics this summer and its emergence as an economic superpower. Design and production company Imaginary Forces (IF) created the main titles for “People’s Republic of Capitalism,” a four-part documentary in the Koppel On Discovery series that focuses on China’s new role in the world.

The program shatters stereotypes about China, dismissing the old-fashioned idea of a dull drab Communism and showing modern China as the “Wild Wild East” — an engine of economic growth moving at breakneck speed. What is happening in China affects us here in the US and globally. The futures of both countries are undeniably intertwined.

Spearheaded by creative director Karin Fong, “People’s Republic of Capitalism” is the 6th show that IF has done for Koppel On Discovery. The title sequence is an explosion of China chic — lush, intricate and colorful engravings, inspired by Chinese money, tweaked with symbols of present-day industry, fashion, and culture. In his review of the China series, Tom Shales of The Washington Post writes, “The extremely handsome animated opening credits are worth noting…”

“We brought the results of nearly a year of research, reporting and production on our China project to Karin Fong and the Imaginary Forces team,” says Peter Demchuk, a producer for Koppel on Discovery. “And we offered a title we hoped would capture a sense of the transformation and contradiction we discovered there. Karin came up with 45 seconds of visual poetry that sums up perfectly our four-hour documentary series. Both elegantly simple and richly layered, the sequence creates the perfect frame for our program, but stands alone as its own remarkable piece of work.”

Read more here.

Boscos Cool Springs…open for business!

June 23, 2008

It’s about time! After months of delays and putting up with the City of Franklin’s code inspectors, Boscos Cool Springs will “officially” open on Thursday. Although they are accepting people Tuesday and Wednesday as part of our Dry Run tests.

So come on out, have a seat at the bar and I’ll pour you a cold one.

Meet “Diesel”…my new dog!

June 17, 2008

Over the weekend I became the proud owner of an American Pit Bull Terrier and life just hasn’t been the same since.

His name is Diesel and he’s about 1 year old. The girl I got him from took him out of a bad situation. When he was rescued he was underfed and abused 😦  She wasn’t able to keep him and had to take him to the pound where he would be euthanized before the end of the weekend!

When I saw him I knew immediately he was the one for me. I was sitting on a chair in the yard and he crawled up on my lap. So here’s this 40 pound puppy awkwardly making his way up thinking he’s some lap dog. He’s still trying to figure out his body. It’s just big enough for him to not really be in total control. So he’s kinda clumsy and goofy…still working out the kinks.

Here’s a little info on the American Pit Bull Terrier to clear the air from all the bad press they’ve gotten

Description
The Pit Bull immediately strikes one as being a dog of power, passion, and undying willingness. The brick-like head, which is especially broad between the cheeks (to house the powerful jaws), is carried upon a thickly muscled, well-defined neck. The neck runs into a deep, thick, well-sprung chest. The American Pit Bull is a very muscular, stocky, yet agile dog which is extremely strong for his size. The ears are generally cropped, though this is optional. Docked tails are not accepted by the UKC or the ADBA. The eyes are round, and any color is acceptable. The teeth should form a scissors bite. Its coat is made up of thick, short, shiny hair. All colors are admissible. The tail tapers to a point.

Temperament
The American Pit Bull Terrier has a strong pleasure to please. The APBT has evoked more human emotional, rational, and irrational response than any other breed that exists today.  By no means are these dogs people-haters or people-eaters. Their natural aggressive tendencies are toward other dogs and animals, not people. However if they are properly socialized they will not even be aggressive with them. These are truly quality companions for quality owners only! The American Pit Bull Terrier is a good-natured, amusing, extremely loyal and affectionate family pet, which is good with children and adults. Almost always obedient, it is always eager to please its master. It is an extremely courageous and intelligent guard dog that is very full of vitality. Highly protective of his owners and the owner’s property, it will fight an enemy to the death. It is usually very friendly, but has an uncanny ability to know when it needs to protect and when everything is okay. The American Pit Bull Terrier can be willful and needs a firm hand. They are generally okay with other pets if they are raised with them from puppy hood.  For the most part they are very friendly, but not recommended for most people. Excellent with children in the family, they have a high pain tolerance and will happily put up with rough child play. As with any breed, they should not be left alone with unfamiliar children. Originally used as fighting dogs, the powerful American Pit Bull may go for the throat of strange dogs. A minimum of training will produce a tranquil, obedient dog. Socialize very thoroughly when young to combat aggressive tendencies and be sure to keep the dog under control when other dogs are present. It has given outstanding results as a guardian of property, but is at the same time esteemed as a companion dog. When properly trained and socialized, this is a very good dog and a great family companion. Unfortunately, some choose to promote the fighting instinct in the breed, giving it a bad name.

Height, weight
Height: 18-22 inches (46-56 cm)
Weight: 22 -110 pounds (10-50 kg)

Please Note: The APBT ranges in size from 22 pounds to 110 pounds (rare), with the most common being between 35 – 55 pounds (16-25 kg.), in fact the original APBT’s were between 20 – 40 pounds (9-18 kg.) and were bred small for their main purpose, fighting, These dogs are varying from small to extra large.  A very common misconception is that APBT’s are muscle bound (viscous) hulks that weigh in around 85 pounds (39 kg.) and this is generally not the majority, Most of the APBT’s that Are that large have been crossed with another breeds.

Health Problems
A generally healthy breed, although some are prone to hip dysplasia, hereditary cataracts, allergies to grass and congenital heart disease.

Living Conditions
Pits will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are very active indoors and will do alright without a yard provided they get enough exercise. Prefers warm climates.

Exercise
American Pit Bull Terriers must have plenty of regular exercise and need to be taken on long daily walks.

Life Expectancy
About 12 years

Litter Size
Average of 5 – 10 puppies

Grooming
The smooth, short-haired coat is easy to groom. Brush regularly with a firm bristle brush, and bathe or dry shampoo as necessary. A rub with a piece of toweling or chamois will make the coat gleam. This breed is an average shedder.
Origin
Developed from the Bull and Terrier types of yesteryear, the American Pit Bull Terrier comes from an indisputable history of pit-fighting. The breed’s tenacity and accompanying strength are unmatched in the canine world. As rich and captivating as the breed’s history is, the Pit Bull’s future is more worthy of commentary. Some proponents of the breed argue that this breed is the original bulldog of the past. Old prints and woodcarvings show reason to believe this. They show dogs that look exactly like the breed today, doing things the dog is still capable of doing.  For more information on this theory you can read books by Richard F Stratton. The APBT, as registered by the UKC, is an individual breed of dog and does not refer to just any ill-bred, mindless warrior-type mongrel. At one time, the Pit Bull was a much loved, trustworthy companion. People who chose to train these dogs to fight are chiefly responsible for the banning and witch-hunting that has been sweeping the U.S. The media, however, should not go unmentioned, for it is also responsible for escalating isolated incidences in a relentless and attention-getting way. In a lot of cases when the media is reporting about a Pit Bull attacking, it is indeed not even a Pit Bull at all, but a mixed breed of some sort, or another bull breed all together. In fact, one time there was a report on KYW news in Philadelphia about two Pit Bulls attacking a person. I called the news station and asked if they knew the dogs were in fact a purebred American Pit Bull Terriers, or another bull breed of some sort, or a mutt for that matter. They told me they did not know, I would have to call the police station to verify that information. I asked them how they could report something that they were not sure of. They had no answer for me and they were not sure of the dog’s breed. Even after admitting that to me on the phone, they kept calling it a Pit Bull. The Pit Bull’s future has been perhaps irreparably undone and everyone is to blame except the dog itself. This very loyal dog is too set on pleasing his owner, and ironically this is the root of his own undoing. Accompanying this need to please are remarkable abilities of all kinds. Jack Dempsy, Teddy Roosevelt and Jack Johnson are just a few people who have owned Pit Bulls. Pit Bulls excel in practically every canine task including herding, guarding, hunting, policing, cart pulling and ratting. A Pit Bull, named Banddog Dread, holds more canine working titles than ANY other breed. The owner’s name is Diane Jessup and you can reference her book, “The Working Pit Bull.” It tells you all of Dread’s accomplishments. These dogs are truly capable of many tasks. The difference between Pits and American Staffordshire Terriers is a difficult one. Even breeders can’t agree. The main difference is the bloodline. Amstaffs are show dogs and dog fighters won’t use dogs with Amstaff blood. As time progresses there will be more of a difference. Many are duel registered as Amstaffs with the AKC and Pits with the UKC.

Group
Mastiff

Recognition
NAPDR, UKC, NKC, ADBA, CKC, APBR, APRI, ACR

The Happening…a review

June 16, 2008

Let me first start off by saying that I’m a HUGE fan of M. Night Shyamalan and I would follow him anywhere. His style and craft are amazing; the way he molds his films is intriguing; his imagination is anything but limited.

That said… I feel like The Happening could have used a little fine tuning. GREAT concept-what happens to mankind if nature turns against us? But it was lacking something and I can’t really put my finger on it. Those of you who have been following M. Night from the beginning may pick up on it. It was disturbing, don’t get me wrong. FAR greater than anything else he’s done.

**POTENTIAL SPOILER HERE** but I won’t give it ALL away. The premise is that this force of nature causes people to loose their ability to communicate, then freeze in their footsteps, and are driven to commit suicide. So all throughout the film, we’re constantly seeing people kill themselves; a bit disturbing. It isn’t until the end that we’re FINALLY given those moments of on-the-edge-of-your-seat, Hitchcockian suspense that M. Night does so well. I guess he opted more for the shock value of seeing people shoot themselves then creating, building and controlling suspense. There’s also just enough gore to drive home the point that people are killing themselves. Aaaaaand the music was a bit distracting. I felt there could have been SO much more done with less “disaster themed” music.

The acting is nothing to write about…hence the reason I haven’t done so. The girl, Zooey Daschanel, was a bit too goofy to be taken seriously, and Mark Walberg never went any deeper than surface level. A bit…bland?

There were parts that reminded me a LOT of Signs: Pennsylvania fields, the farmhouse, being trapped inside said farmhouse and not knowing what’s outside…that sort of thing.

All in all it’s a good film and I’ll buy the DVD, but I felt it was missing just enough to make it a little less than what I expected.

I’m baaaaaaaack!

June 10, 2008

And better than ever!

Wow, it’s been WAY too long since my last post. February 16th I think it was.

So much has happened since last we met that I don’t even know where to begin. Suffice it to say that I’ll fill you in as we go along and continue to write this next chapter together.

Here are the basics: I’m working for myself again doing freelance visual design (www.tobysturgill.com–be sure to check out the portfolio and vids), I’ll be bartending part time at the new Boscos in Coolsprings starting next week (they’re STILL not open–inspection delays, ugh) and I’ve decided to stay here (Nashville/Spring Hill) for a while. Yay!

So…I can’t promise posts everyday, but I AM back and will be around the blogosphere.

Yeah. So…

October 14, 2007

Kanye West was…interesting.

For starters, the line up was completely random: Bret Dennen, Guster, and Kanye West. Sure, I can see the first two going together. And if I really stretch myself I can see Guster and Kanye (but still, it’s a stretch). But Bret Dennen? Don’t get me wrong, he’s a great and I love his stuff. He kept us from being the only white people there. ha!

Doors opened at 7 and the Bret went on at 8. We arrived at 7:30…and didn’t leave until 12:30. No lie.

Kanye’s set was good. He did a lot of older songs (so I’m told. They were all new to me save for Gold Digger and Stronger). I was initially impressed because he had a live 15 piece orchestra with him. That was nice to see. Then came the fifth song, or so, and Kanye stepped up to the keyboard and started the next song. Then he STOPPED the song because he forgot the chords he had to play. He called for his keyboard player to come down and show him what they were again. (Seems to me that with all the money he’s made he can spare a few bucks for a lesson or two). The song started again and was stopped again because he couldn’t hear someone’s part. “Turn it up, dog. That’s my favorite part. Turn it up!” At this point everyone was getting a little restless.

Then came his 20 minute rant about how he’s never going back to the VMA’s because people won’t bow down to greatness…or some BS like that. I don’t know, I was at the concession stand at this point.

The coolest part of the night was being able to shout along to “Stronger” word for word with 12 thousand other people. That was nice.

new musical out in September!

July 19, 2007

I’m so happy to be seeing more musicals these days. Seems they were on hiatus throughout the 90s. I was brought up on them: The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, A Chorus Line, RENT, Phantom of the Opera, Annie, Newsies, Les Miserables, The Music Man, Beauty and the Beast, Alladin, The Lion King, and yes The Little Mermaid just to name a few.

Since the 1960s, musicals in their truest form–film adaptations of already highly successful stage productions (The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, Hello Dolly–although I’m sure this was filmed much later) were on the decline. Mostly due to the change in pop culture and the introduction to Rock n’ Roll. The exception has been the Disney films of the early 90s, but they’re written off as “children’s films.”

It hasn’t been since the earlys 00’s that musicals were welcomed back on the big screen. I think Moulin Rouge played a big role in that. They made an original film but used music from the culture and that made it more palletable for the masses. This opened the door to others: Chicago, The Phantom of the Opera (was this a musical? I never did see it), RENT and Dreamgirls. Now opening on Friday we’ve got Hairspray and in September we’ll have Across the Universe.

An original musical film, Across The Universe is a fictional love story set in the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, the struggle for free speech and civil rights, mind exploration and rock and roll. At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, the story moves from high schools and universities in Massachusetts, Princeton and Ohio to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Detroit riots, Vietnam and the dockyards of Liverpool. A combination of live action, painted and three-dimensional animation, the film is paired with many Beatles songs that defined the time.

Take a look at the trailer. Looks promising.

free guy’s night at AVEDA!

July 12, 2007

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Tonight from 6-8PM the AVEDA salon in Coolsprings is having a free guy’s night.

Free beer & hotwings, complimentary five-minute hand massages, free product samples…what else could the modern metrosexual want? C’mon.

No reservations required. See ya there!