November 19, 2013

flu season?

not a problem for..
__[fill in current season's virus strain here]__MAN!
Last year's "Swine Man" below.
He takes after Mr. Clean, convincing huh?

September 26, 2013

saw this in the store today

so i bought it.
I usually buy American made.

But I figured, Costa Rican coffee? Sounds good, since that's about all the country is known for...




oh, and they have a GREAT dive team.

September 16, 2013

Love needs no map....

but the paths of life do lead you to love. We conveyed this for our friends' wedding in a homemade gift, which my wife and I always love doing instead of buying the bride and groom something. (Gotta love loving to show love for two people in love)
 We combined the area maps where they each grew up, accompanied by their monogram I made for them months ago (which I was so glad to see they enjoyed it so much that they used it throughout their wedding and reception), along with the quote,
   “Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.”  by Marcus Aurelius

Congratulations guys!

September 3, 2013

fun little cues

"hey where's the,,,oh wait, the balls are stuck and backed up in the ball-return."
bowling ball traffic.

August 27, 2013

songs for your dogs

i started another blog:
 
It's a collection of your melodic relationships with your dog.
Click on the link^ to see the videos, submit your own, and please share!

June 12, 2013

sucks, yes?


                                      Just leave em behind you.
~made for a friend~

May 12, 2013

is being crazy, crazy?

"Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead."
-Charles Bukowski

....best carrot I've ever had.

April 15, 2013

kevin's kooking korner

I LOVE to cook. Since we gotta eat, might as well make something good, good for you, and find a good way to share it. These have been go-to recipes of mine that I tweaked to make my own, done Thug kitchen style.
I fucking LOVE me some meat but who needs meat at least one fuckin' night when you got quinoa? These are some vegetarian options that got your protein covered and are awesome for your health bro. Fer realz.
 

Stuffed Red Peppers (yield 2)
Any color pep is straight but RED will hit you with a fuck ton of Vitamin C. Same if not more than oranges. Not even playin'. Your body will be sayin' peace out to grungey ass germs!

1.    Spicy Tomato Quinoa - Hollow peppers by sawing down into the top close around the stem (don't chop off anything but that stem damnit! I see too many stuffed pep recipes where these ignorant spoofs practically cut that shit in half! Dat shit is wasteful son!) and rinse out/scoop out middle section & seeds with spoon, lightly throw EVOO all over and in peps, then inside & bottom put a bit o' minced garlic to SOAk UP IN DAT and sprinkle sea salt (use salt sparingly throughout don't want too salty bizness bro what you thought you could go back in time? Sheeeeeeeit).

Bring ½ c quinoa (THAT'S RIGHT DON'T NEED MUCH. CONSERVE YO SHIT. LONG-SHELF LIFE. SAVE THE FUCkIN' WORLD), pinch o saltiness, ⅔c H2o and 1c Spicy V8 (HELL YEAH) to boil, then cover and simmer down now for ~20 minutes until it’s all soaked up but still damp. Meanwhile saute some fuckin diced onions then one good-sized handful of spinach (greenerize that shit) in EVOO w tsp. salt, when starts to mix n sizzle sizzle add garlic, diced tomatoes, kalamata olives and corn WHAT?!?!?! & basil or italian seasoning, then 1 or 2 whole carrots cut into centimeter thin slivers (Got to put CARROTS IN LAST BRO to try to kEEP THAT SHIT CRUNCHY yeeea). Remove after spinach starts to shrink down for a min or 2 dude.

Mix quinoa and veges then mix in Parmesean cheese then stuff dem peppers, Throw in oven for 30-40min. Sprinkle with more Parm to eat if you can't get enough of dat cheese like me. and POW! Munchin' like a king.


2.    Ethiopian Quinoa & Black bean -
Ingredientes-
no more than 2 tsp Cinnamon
dash of Cayenne Pepper to your liking (optionaL)
2 ½ tsp Tumeric
1tsp Nutmeg
thyme
2 cloves garlic
EVOO, sea salt & pepper
1 ½ - 2 small boxes of raisons
¼c pine nuts (not necessary)
small onion diced
carrots
mozzarella cheese
⅔c black beans (or mixed beans,,,word)
½c quinoa,
Water
2 peppers
***SOAk BEANS IN H2O A FEW HOURS & DRAIN PRIOR IF POSSIBLE***

Preheat oven to 400. Begin ⅔c beans to boil in about 2c H2o until almost all absorbed (~20-30min) Hollow & dress peppers (same as first recipe shit above)..... In separate pan, saute onions, then garlic (ALWAYS MOTHER FUCkIN GARLIC MAN SHIT AIN'T EVEN A QUESTION-n throw it in after onions so it doesn't get burnt) then the carrots (WANT A CRUNCH? YOU kNOW WHAT TO DO), pine nuts and raisons in EVOO with bit o salt.

*Can say screw vegetarian and add some ground beef. Junk be untouchable.

Add ½c quinoa + 1 ¼c H2o +pinch sea salt and simmer ~20min. 8-10min into the simmer add cinnamon and other spices & herbs (CAREFUL WITH THAT CAYENNE YO AZZ MAY BE SWEATIN' MORE THAN A WHITE BOY IN THE BRONX). When quinoa is done add saute from other pan (Careful to not pull the lid off the pot too often son!). Cook the bangin mixture the rest the way yo. Add the beans. Say peace and let it cool a minute then spoon into peppers layering mozz you know i crave dat cheesiness. Oven for 30-40min. Chow.

Let me know how it all pans out for you.

One.

March 18, 2013

VCU Havoc Basketball

VCU Basketball wreaks havoc for the 2013-2014 season beginning Nov. 8 as they make their way towards the March Madness NCAA Basketball Championships. Come tournament time, you can keep a tally on this shirt (under the “HA” of havoc) with a sharpie marker as they make their way to the Final Four.

T-SHIRTS and STICKERS FOR SALE HERE: 
http://www.redbubble.com/people/groatesk/works/10122276-vcu-havoc-basketball
GO RAMS!

February 27, 2013

how to trick or hack Pandora so it doesn't ask you if you're still listening a million times


The following will make Pandora play longer without interrupting you as much with the question, "Are you still listening?"

1)  Scroll down the Pandora website.

2)  Highlight some text (see example screen shot below in legal text at bottom of page), and leave it highlighted while you do other things.

You're done.
You trick the system into thinking you are active on the site.

Enjoy some productive, uninterrupted times.

Thanks,
www.kevingroat.com

February 1, 2013

ten love

It is February. One thing comes to mind. Valentine's Day.
My wife and I have a random Valentines Day tradition to go bowling.

Please steal this.


January 23, 2013

January 18, 2013

brand karma


I just got a free breakfast. The line was long, but I got it.
One of these, and one of those.
All fridays of January.

Bangin.'
And to top it off the coffee is always free everyday when you purchase breakfast before 10am. Who knew?

It means a lot to do something for free. It's help for others. People remember that. Free food is a guaranteed positive.

So what is Chick-fil-a trying to get out of it by continuing to give? THE main reason is that consistent message that they do this sort of thing because it's simply a nice thing to do for the community. It's a support. Full circle brand loyalty. It's people like me saying, okay, here's a company that isn't the monster McDonalds' (AND they aren't as shit food as them) but they still $hell out free food. They stand by their company, their food, their customers, even for a large sized company they stand by locally. So now a regular someone from the community like myself is taking the time to put up a blog post about it. If one fast-food (it's as fast food as I get) restaurant can say community, it's them. In total, they have certain beliefs and they stand by them completely. Some of their firm values don't hold up well for some, but it is free food, and in the end it come$ back around.

Free deliciousness in my mouth? Hell yes please.

Same goes for doing spec work. It should be looked at as 1) most jobs you usually wouldn't get paid ahead of time anyway 2) building a lifelong customer.
Helping the other fellow goes a long way. People remember it.

January 17, 2013

oxymoron art study

I decided to take a step back from all modern forms of art and look at its roots. I thought, what better way to exercise my mind and creative foundations as an art director than to study these well-known artists by recreating an image in photoshop using their style. Besides, a great art director is an artist.
 

original photo
 

Matisse

VanGogh

Monet

Classical / digital