Hockey Talk 06/19

June 19, 2006

HOCKEYTALKLOGO

…with your host, Dennis Jones…

WaterMoccasins

…just your standard, old time hockey team name…

I have played hockey with the same group of guys for the last 6 or 7 years. The team finally fizzled out over this past winter. We had all been threatening to quit for a long time, but this off-season we finally did it. When this summers hockey league rolled around, I wasn’t going to play at all.

Then I got a call from a friend of my youngest son, asking if Pete and I wanted to play on their hockey team this season. I said, “sorry, but Pete is staying in Oklahoma City this summer and working.” Pete’s friend said,”would YOU like to play on our team, Mr. Jones?” I replied, “you do remember that I am like really, REALLY old don’t you?” He said, “yeh, we remember, but we would still really like for you to play with us.” So against my better judgment I went ahead and said yes.

I have played on a lot of different teams in the past with a lot of different names and was really curious as to what the moniker of this new team was going to be. Maybe a traditional animal name like Penguins, Bruins, or Sharks. Possibly more of a classic name like Wings, Blues, or Leafs. Perhaps something edgier like Avalanche, Wild, or Thrashers. Nope, none of those names for us. Our team name is Water Moccasin Annihilation.

What does this name mean? I have absolutely no idea. I’m afraid to ask. I can only assume that we really, REALLY don’t like snakes. In fact, if a water moccasin should show up at one of our games, I shudder to think of what might happen. Annihilation I suppose.

I only regret that water moccasins don’t play hockey, because if they did there is no doubt in my mind that we would probably annihilate them. Unless, of course, I’m playing defense…

…because if I’m playing defense…

…the snakes just might have a chance.

The Comments

Don Jone

Can’t wait to hear the detailed updates on the Mocs season… Have you managed to pull your other hamstring yet?

Doug Jones

For added excitement, you should play Roethlisberger style… without pads or helmet… Imagine the stories you would have to tell… if you survived…

Dennis Jones

…well, for me, it’s all about the weird stories that surround my hockey games… because I don’t seem to be displaying a whole lot of hockey ability that I can talk about these days…

Don Jones

Behind the scenes stories are the best… give us some locker room gossip too.

Dennis Jones

…I did end up in the penalty box for two minutes in last fridays game… I’m not sure what I got called for… I did hit a guy pretty hard right in front of a referee… he might have dropped the “attempt to terminate with extreme prejudice” call on me…

Doug Jones

so when is the BrotherJones full contact Bocce Ball game? …this summer sometime?

Dennis Jones

…sometime in July I believe… don’t forget to bring your hockey sticks to launch the bocce balls with…

Don Jones

I need to get over to Army Surplus and pick up a helmet and some protection gear.

Dennis Jones

…I’m wearing my Huntington Deep Gourdsman Warriors helmet for the Annual Brother Jones Full Contact Bocce Ball Tournament… you Don will (no doubt) be wearing your Phightin’ Phlegm Phootball helmet… Doug will probably just want to wear his traditional folded newspaper hat to play in again this year…

Doug Jones

I have a feeling that this year I need to add an extra layer of newsprint… and a chin strap

Dennis Jones

…better start practicing your origami…

Don Jones

Enjoyed the Stanley Cup championship game last night. Those hockey players are rugged lookin’.

Doug Jones

hockey? …there was a hockey game last night??

Don Jones

Championship of the WORLD…

Roy

Dennis good to hear that you are still in ‘good’ physical condition. By the way, the room than you and Lynn built at Table Rock is still standing and doing well. Thought you would like to know.

Dennis Jones

…that the room Lynn and I built on Table Rock Lake is still standing could quite possibly be the most shocking thing I have read on Brother Jones to date…

Advertisements

Those Cantankerous Blues

August 3, 2006

BlueTest

…blues in rgb and cmyk…

It is so frustrating trying to make color work for a print job… ESPECIALLY those cantankerous blues.

One of the aggravations of doing color art is that there is no way to reproduce the brilliant colors that are on your original piece of artwork. You lose a little color, (or a lot of color) with each step you take towards a published piece.

You lose a little in the scanning process, (your scanner can only see a limited amount of color).

When you display in rgb mode on the internet, monitors can only recognize a limited amount of color, PLUS everyone has a different monitor, each with it’s own weird color setting, so there is really no telling what kind of color people are actually seeing in your picture.

And if, heaven forbid, you are doing a job to be printed on a press, your art must be in the dreaded cmyk mode because a printing press can only reproduce a very narrow field of color. CMYK seems to always totally destroy the blues in my work.

Recently I did this test to see which blue would work the best when transferred into cmyk mode. My conclusion… I probably need to stay away from blue and use more grays and browns if I want my original artwork to look just like the printed piece.

The Comments

Doug Jones

If you elect me, I will fix this issue of cantankerous blues. I promise I can get this done and it will be the first thing on my agenda when I take office. My opponents say THEY will fix this too, but they are all color-blind. They are also liers. Color-blind liers.

Vote for me.

I am Doug Jones and I approve this message.

bernardfromtheyard

Dennis, I’m so glad you have returned to an instructional post that all wanna-bees can profit from. this one BLUE me away! Bee-Nard

Doug Jones

Dennis is suffering from a bad case of the Ultramarine Blues…

I am Doug Jones and I approve this message.

Don Jones

Reminds me of that great little ditty…. Deep River Blues. “My old gal she’s a good old pal, she looks just like a water fowl and I got… those Deep River Balooooozzzeeee…”

Doug Jones

Don… for a mere $19.95 I will gladly approve your message. cash, check, or paypal….

Doug Jones

oops… my name is Doug Jones and I approve my last message.

My name is Doug Jones and I approve THIS message… (whew!)

bernardfromtheyard

I’m so happy to read all of these Blue-t-full comments. sigh

Dennis Jones

…Doug, I dont know what your party affiliation is… (I suspect toga)… but I’m voting for YOU to fix the insufferable cantankerous blue problem that is plaguing this fine country of ours… everybody… remember to vote!… and if you live in Chicago, vote often!

Doug Jones

I’m a Mugwump…

I am Doug Jones and I approve this message.

Doug Jones

Kyle had a similar complaint the other day. Even when you design on the computer, you don’t know what your colors will look like on someone elses monitor.

Don Jones

Have you heard of the muddled monitor blue conspiracy? All the flat-panel and tube monitor manufacturers have joined together to completely change the light spectrum of the color blue to a more dull, slightly dull tone. Before long the complement of orange will be… I hate to say it… BROWN!

Doug Jones

so first you paint it… then you scan it… then you convert to CMYK for print. Have you tried to tweak the CMYK blues in Photoshop, or is that too much trouble?

Dennis Jones

…I usually pump up the saturation a bit on my pictures to try and restore the color loss a bit, but all that really accomplishes with the blues is making them a good dense dark gray-blue…

Henrik Johansson

That is the depressing truth and it’s even worse with brilliant greens. The cmyk gamut is just too small, it doesn’t matter how much you try to boost the color in photoshop. Have you ever tried a printer who can print hexachrome? (You better let them do the separation though, a plugin for hexa-separation is about 1000 bucks!)