License to kill

August 16, 2012

Georgia’s license plate design got yet another facelift, and it ain’t pretty.

2012 tag design

This continues the inexplicable obsession to make the tags more ostentatious than an H3. FAIL.

The only worse design that comes to mind is Kentucky’s awful ‘it’s that friendly’ plate:

No, this is not a joke, it’s that AWFUL.

Seriously, I think I would move to another state than put that plate on my car. Evidently Kentuckians would rather have Mr. Sunshine rather than this?

The silver lining, is that there is a ‘standard alternate’ Georgia plate that you can get without paying any specialty tag fees.

Whew!

Since I have lived in Atlanta (2003), I believe this is the FIFTH redesign that they’ve had. Not sure why the need to change plates like underwear, but at least it keeps everyone on their toes.

On the flip side, in Massachusetts, people CLING to their old license plates, probably in large part because the state never changes them. There’s even a lottery for the low-digit plates since apparently people need to make a competition out of completely meaningless things.

The current Mass tag has been around since 1987:

1987-present

People ’round these parts don’t seem to care for vanity plates, and the special interest ones are few and far between too (the offerings aren’t that robust, either). The ‘Spirit of America’ plates are required front and back, and due to this, people would rather you take their first born child than take away their old green tag, which is just one tag for the back.

1977-1986

Personally, aside from not needing a tag in the front, I don’t care for these, as the plates are 20+ years old and New England weather hasn’t been kind to the metal. But again, since everything here is a competition, you would have to pry these tags away from their cold, dead Massholey hands.

From a design standpoint, I equate this to a PowerPoint presentation.. LESS IS MORE. Seriously, there’s no need to gum up a plate with a bunch of crap. Since when should a plate be the focal point of a car? I also believe that there should only be 2 colorways, max (including white/black). Otherwise, you are more susceptible to clashing with, oh everything.

Apropos to @someecards for this blog post: http://t.co/AR6Lup9K

And here’s the best license plate I’ve witness in person:

YES!

And here’s a good one, albeit not seen in person: click.

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practical. presents.

March 6, 2010

Happy birthday, Skybil!

What do you get somebody who can already run for office?

Remember that one conversation where we talked about acceptable presents from people? Happy bday, from all your favorite acceptable presents!

The Nation

The Preteen

The Brit

The master

The tree


georgia state of mind

January 21, 2010

It was only a matter of time.. Georgia parody on Jay-Z’s Empire State of Mind. Makes me want some Waffle House and Coke.

2 Fingers in the air for the A-Town
Got my seersuckers, Sperry’s and a buttondown.

Full lyrics after the jump

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u-fries. u-phoria.

September 29, 2009

Back to the dirty dirty to make good on my bet (oh, and go a wedding).

Warning: videos are basically only funny to those who were actually feasting at U-Joint. It was probably the beer.

Important lessons learnt from the wedding weekend:

1. Don’t wait til the last minute to realize that you still need to buy a wedding present.

2. But neverfear, as long as said couple is not on Twitter, you can still receive sound advice:
– @jaredlombard @dpnation See if they registered on theknot.com?
– @Cybil @dpnation Forget finding out where they are registered, bacon always makes a lovely gift.
[for the record, they were indeed found on theknot.com. And they will be receiving a deep fryer shortly]

3. If you are male, deny deny deny:
– @jaredlombard @dpnation I plead the 5th about knowing about theknot.com.

4. Don’t call it a comeback!
– @uvatexn Excited about the ‘triumphant return’ to #ATL of @dpnation
– @Cybil Mentally preparing for Dana’s atl invasion

5. Make sure you check your receipt prior to driving off in the economy lot.

6. Invite friends to brunch, realize they are all on Twitter! (Except for Mrs. @uvatexn)

7. Attempt to combat friend theft.
– @Namski09 @dpnation You ran away from me, now what am I suppose to do. @Cybil is a last resort! 🙂 haha! I can’t wait to hang out @Cybil!!!

8. Escape in the nick of time.


dwight. day.

July 17, 2008

Rainn Wilson, aka Dwight K. Schrute from The Office, was at CNN today! The Brit hostilely made me submit an iReport, which quickly became a monster in the newsroom. Behold:

Email from The Brit:
Subject: I don’t see a submission from your Dwight bobblehead yet

So like the good obedient child that I am, I put together my very first iReport:
http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-46990

Next email from The Brit:
The iReport team are complaining that you didn’t send video…

Comments from inside the building, useful suggestion at end.

DW: http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-46990
The Brit:
I made her send it!
The Brit:
and have berated her for it not being video
DW:
Thank you, saves me from having to do it.
DW:
I’m betting not first time she’s gotten berated for “doesn’t follow directions.”
DW:
it’s gotten 56 hits in 14 minutes.
The Brit:
really? oh lord, she’ll be insufferable. But 50 of those prob from inside here
DW: i don’t know how the click counts work internally. she didn’t even have her picture in her profile. i’m pretty sure some of our users get additional clicks because of picture they choose
The Brit: it’s her first submission, bless her
DW:
i’m just saying. she’s got her logo. i’m estimating that picture of female is good for at least a 10% increase in clicks. more if they’re cute.

More, via IM:
The Brit: … But I have created a whole new audience for dpnation …
DP: i just changed my profile pic
The Brit: a man wandering past my cube says “that’ll work”

And somewhere out of this, I think got hitched:
y++: breaking news!
y++: Deeps is now my gf
Skybil: WOW!!
y++: yes
Skybil: Let me start spreading rumors …
y++: fictional, perhaps, but where’s the line these days
y++: yes yes, she’s my gf
Skybil: True. Lots of relationships are based on fiction!
y++: entirely
Skybil: Indeed

DW comes through on my iReport, clears for on air usage!

DW: “I’ll make an exception and vet this one.”

Q&A between DW and DP (required for iReports used on CNN):
Did you take the picture? — YES and those are my bobbles (Teixiera is a gift from the Brit herself)
What kind of camera did you use? — iPhone, hence why the picture quality is so awful
Where do you live? NYC
What do you do? MBA/online celebrity/bacon enthusiast
Are you over 18? pretty sure, yes.

They begin to realize they’ve created a monster:
Skybil: You’ve made Dana insufferable!!
Skybil: I blame you
DW: made?
Skybil: Good point

Going live in 3.. 2..
The Brit: make sure you watch this thing on dotcom live
The Brit: there may be a surprise for you

Wes’ brush with fame and 20/20 hindsight:
Wes: OMG OMG I just got to shake dwight schrute’s hand
DP: OOOOOH
Wes: he even talked to me
Wes: bet you’re regretting business school now

Dwight signing T’s [exercise] ball.

See Dwight head to the weather center and do the forecast for CNN. Unsure of what he did to Chad Myers, the regular weather guy.

m++’s ultimate plan:
m++: skybil has given me a strategy on how to get you down here
m++: deeps, your hair looks terrible, you need to visit your stylist here
[he may be onto something here..]


bacon. fest.

March 29, 2008

Baconfest, ING Marathon and Braves home opener all this weekend. And I’m sitting here in 30 degree temps. Life is not fair!

From Skybil:

Look at all the deliciousness pooling in the left hand corner. Baconshot, Wes?


ted’s. tours.

March 19, 2008

Missed that tornado by a week.. and to think, that used to be my shift at work (and I sat by those windows)

Luckily, we survived at campaign headquarters.

And fortunately for CNN’ers, the Starbucks and Chickfila escaped unscathed.

QOTD:
OHMYGOD
At Paddy’s party last night
And someone walks in with CHIK FILA
PLATTER
OF
NUGGETS
I lost my mind
[skybil.. who else?]