The Boyfriend & I decided to head down to SIGGRAPH this morning and get our graphic geek on. Not wanting to deal with driving downtown (much less fork over 10 to, by the time we left, 15 bucks to park near Staples Center), we elected to take the subway. After about 10 minutes of feeding each machine every one of our $5 bills, we finally found one machine and six singles that worked. (And no, we couldn’t use quarters, as someone had jammed the coin slot.) I’m all for taking public transportation and I’m one of the people who would gladly pay valuable tax dollars to have a subway go through my neighborhood (Wilshire) but WTF?!? We are NOT making the honor system any easier.
As an aside, I’m afraid as a geekfest, SIGGRAPH fell a bit short of the “glorious” that Koga had hoped foróat least, it was for a plain old print designer. The two coolest items there were these tiny, 7-button mice these guys in Berkeley must be making in their garage (I found a squashed ant and some fine, doggy-type fuzz in my hermetically sealed container) and an “herb” vaporizer the handheld version of which came with (ahem) a mouthpiece. It’s pitched as a smoking cessation device, but the demonstrators were quick to point out one could use it in lieu of air freshener and somewhat more reluctantly confirmed with The BF that yes, any dried herb could be usedóthough the website clearly states their products are not meant to be used with illegal substances.