This is my collection of verbo-visual treats — featuring freaked-up posters, charts, mock book & magazine covers, rectified readymades, typographic diversions, found novels, and other delicious detritus.
It’s profusely illustrated in FLAMING FULL COLOURwhich really makes the pictures pop out.
Now I know it’s fashionable to knock Starbucks because they’re everywhere and—yes—the coffee is better at Peet’s, but… (A big but here, if you’ll pardon my French) … because Starbucks has superior WiFi and a friendlier attitude.
I lost a few days trying to upgrade my OS to Mojave at Peet’s — kept getting error messages. Chat support with Apple didn’t help either. Techie suggested I reinstall Sierra, which I did, and arrived back at Square One.
Then I got smart and went across the street to Starbucks and—voilà-—the upgrade was a snap.
My second point (that’s if you’re counting — I’m not, I flunked math) is the sheer space I’m able to hog at Starbucks without complaints. An entire freaking table. (See the photo at the top of this page?)
Third point: I can sit here all day nursing a FREE vat of ice water and not spend a dime. Hell, I can even bring in my coffee from Peet’s and work until closing time. (Don’t try the reverse at Peet’s.)
If you’re wondering why I need to haul all this stuff into Starbucks in the first place…I’m on the road & doing freelance video editing. So, for example, today I had to drag a bunch of humongous raw VOB files off a DVD and convert them into an editable format; then the edited video has to be exported to a file I can upload to YouTube.
It’s a lot like watching paint dry.
Yeah, that’s Barry Manilow and this extended interview with him is taking hours to convert. I won’t go into all the technical hassles that arise…like Adobe Media Encoder exporting video sans soundtrack—ugh!
The point is simply this: Starbucks lets me work in peace and doesn’t have a snotty attitude.