Friday, March 28, 2008

Bench Privacy in the Dorms

Sharing a room in the dorms isn’t easy, either is dating. While access to prospective dates is high in the dorms, an overall lack of privacy can get in the way of things.
Solution: Get out. Here are my top six spots to spend some down time with that special someone across the river.
(note: dress for the weather, it gets cold at night)

1. On the river- This relatively well known spot is great for watching sunsets as the water rushes by underneath. Be ware of the wackos that cross the bridge at night.

2. The shady patch behind the tree- Up a hill and behind a tree, this seclude spot is perfect when you really want to fill alone. The hallowed tree is a popular smoking spot, but these kids won’t bother you. Bring a blanket, the grass itches and there aren’t any benches.

3. Right over the bridge are two perfect benches for some down time accompanied by people watching. You’d be amazed how many bikes travel this path in just an hour.

4. Follow Pre’s Trails to a large pond nested in the trees. This quiet bench area is relatively secluded with a science view. After dark the area becomes surprisingly eerie; it will keep you two close.

5. Follow the river about half a mile down from the bridge and you’ll find this bench. While it offers more privacy that the benches on the bridge, it is a bit more of a trek. A tree covering the bench offers great shade in the summer heat.

6. Far past the dog park and through Alton Baker park’s trails, this miniature Japanese rock garden sits. Also a popular spot for the homeless of Eugene, the garden is a romantic stroll and picnic tables are near by. The tables make for great star gazing at night.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Wireless Identity

Welcome to Staduim Park
Meet my neighbors via their wireless names
BBPad- Two guys who think they’re smooth. Black leather couches, and diamond studs are their best friends.

Erin- Sees things on a one dimensional platform. One name serves all purposes. Enjoys wearing solid colors and sneakers.

Justaname- Doesn’t want to be branded with a lame wireless name, but still is. Thinks people like me should stop spending so much time thinking about wireless names. After all, a name is just a name.

Something Clever- One girl living alone. Thinks she’s clever by realizing that the neighbors are aware of her wireless name, and make their perception of her on it.

Belkin 54G- Living in Belkin 54G. Most likely lonely girls hoping some horny guys will stop by because they saw their wireless connection was failing.

Get the Fuck OFF- Angry guys who are tired of people scamming off their wireless. They always end up paying for the beer, but the other guy gets the girl.

Arms R like my rims 22’s- Four perverted guys that that think they have large members. Everything is a sexual innuendo and often times the connections to sex are obscure enough that only they understand.

I've never met these people. If I do, I'll let you know if we're right.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Pin the HORN on the Unicorn

Lesson Learned: People do what is familiar. We don’t listen if we think we understand what is happening.

For my roommate’s 20th birthday we took a new spin on a birthday party classic and played “Pin the Horn on the Unicorn.” Yes, we drew an awkward unicorn on our apartment wall for the sole sake of playing this game. Regardless, it was interesting to see that only half of the players when for the unicorn’s head. The other half reverted to the unicorn’s hindquarters, thinking “Pin the Horn on the Unicorn” was the same as “Pin the Tail on the Donkey.” Same idea yes, but opposite ends of the horse body are targeted in each game. Although all players could clearly see that the marker pieces we were using where rainbow colored horns and we repeatedly called the game by its self-explanatory name, “Pin the Horn on the Unicorn,” people still reverted to rules for traditional “Pin the Tail on the Donkey.”

As a brand, “Pin the Horn on the Unicorn” better step up its game if it wants to stand alone. “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” owns the adolescent hearts of the 20 year-old college student population.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Starbucks Art

I hate the idea of Starbucks – put one on every corner and people will buy our earth killing, over priced coffee WHILE we kill the local business. However, Starbucks is doing something right. Every aspect of their branding has been kissed by the design fairies. When I walk into Starbucks, I feel like I want to belong with al l the hipsters, band hotties, class presidents and business all stars. Not only do I want to be a part of it, but I want to take it home - so I have.

This is a mermaid taken from a bag of Starbucks coffee. I rasterbated her and then imprisoned her on my wall. Starbucks has found the art in branding. It doesn’t have to advertise in the traditional sense, because it knows “hot” things can’t be over publicized. Starbucks knows that seeing your favorite band appear on MTV breaks your heart. So with the exception of Starbucks recent holiday campaign, the coffee brand lives in the hands and mouths of the consumers.

See what else Starbucks is doing.

Monday, March 10, 2008

All Falls Down

My upstairs neighbors seem to think our lawn is their trashcan. While it is disgusting, an anthropologist could accurately construct their lives from this trash.


1. Three empty beers: 2 cans, 1 bottle: Coors, Highlife and Key Stone (these don't stay long, bums will pick them up eventually for the deposit)
2. Twenty-four cigarette butts (approximately two pack, one per day)
3. Broken glass(windows broken when intoxicated)
4. Puke
5. Empty Starbucks cup (coffee cures all hangovers)

The only thing missing is evidence of sex, which presumably occurred after the beer,puke,cigarettes and broken windows and was followed by more cigarettes and Starbucks.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Roddy Wisedom

Last week Kevin Roddy, Executive Creative Director of BBH cam to share his wise words with the University of Oregon.
Some insight for those who missed it

1. Dream Big, then do it.

2. There will always be someone smarter than you. Don't give up, instead step up your game.

3. Ideas can get shot down 12 times, but the 13th idea can be a hit.

4. He thinks better horizontal.

Thank you for sharing with us Mr. Roddy.