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June 26, 2005 02:10 PM PST

A very well-done whale carved out of a hedge greets visitors to the house across the street from Starbucks in Cook St village. I wonder how many people have actually *noticed* it; while we were admiring it, 3 groups of people walked by engrossed in their own lives, and didn't appear to notice it.

Well, nice work to the artist - at least *we* enjoyed it!

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June 23, 2005 08:05 PM PST

Tall Ships are in today; downtown was a zoo! Sun shiny picture taking fun!

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June 21, 2005 03:03 PM PST

RoyHenryVickers.com

Normal gestation for humans is approximately 9 months. With modern technology, expecting parents can watch their baby grow from almost conception to (hopefully) a bouncing healthy living small being with a life and future of its own. A woman sees her body change in many ways as it copes with the growing life inside her. All of it culminates in a final period of excruciating pain (or so I've gathered), after which the baby is out and living on its own.

Well, with the likelihood of my having children (or being a willing party to such) at an infinitesimal level, I derive my parenting experience from other things, such as the work that I do. The work I did on the new Roy Henry Vickers website paralleled the process of pregnancy pretty well. The conception, design, architecture, development (which includes growth, issues cropping up, fixes and reworking, and regular visits to the obstetrician), and the final strain of pushing through testing and bug-fixing were as emotional and, uhhh, "fulfilling"(?!) as any pregnancy.

So anyway, after 10 months of serious gestation, I (and my co-parents CopperMoon Media and developer Justin Humber) hereby unleash into the world the all new Roy Henry Vickers website! This new site, so innocent and delicate, is now living and breathing on its own on the interweb.

It has been a long hard slog, but in the end it is so worth it. Roy gets a much-needed upgrade to his website, both in design and underlying functionality, and we parents reap the benefits as well. For myself, I no longer find the need to paper my walls in posters or blockmounts, or (as is more often the case) nothing at all. I now have enough high-quality art to make our apartment both homey and stylish. Working on trade for art was a decision that was oh-so easy in this case. I am anxiously awaiting the final 3 pieces to complete my contract ... and my home!

Please feel free to stop by the new RHV site and give it a look. And Roy, I really hope you enjoy your new online digs!

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