Welcome athletes for the second leg of leg of Highlowaha's 2009 Triathlon. Prize money of $100.00 $50.00, and $25.00 is still up for grabs for first, second, and third place winners!
Today's event is dedicated to Cheryl who is celebrating her 40th birthday! Cheryl is a valued member of our community; a co-producer of our daily fun; and the artist behind the 40+ renderings of our blog's beloved mascot, Ray Wattson. If I could, I would present Cheryl with the ultimate gift - a chance to live out her lifelong dream of being an artist.
Far fetched? Maybe not with the help of our 25 triathletes.
Today we flex our creative mind.
An article in this summer's edition of UNT's publication, The North Texan, tells of a successful young alumni who recently designed the cover of a Metallica album - an album which, by the way, received a grammy for "best recording package."
Emily attributed much of her success to the teaching techniques of faculty in the College of Visual Arts. Professors routinely required that students develop 100 tumbnails for every project they were assigned. Rationale, according to another student?... "Your first couple of ideas are the ideas that everyone else is going to have. You have to keep working at it."
We have a project. Help Ray Wattson spread his word far and wide.
That's Ray's message. Whoever you are, whatever you do, Shine! Mediocrity is out and excellence is in. Out with short cuts, loop holes, and excuses and in with work so exceptional that you and everyone around you radiates.
1,000,000 shirts by 2013. That's our project. We do that and Cheryl gets my big white box, tied with a red bow, and filled with her life long dream of reporting to work in an art studio.
100 ideas. That's the teaching tactic faculty members in UNT's College of Visual Arts insist is essential to pushing past the mundane and eventually discovering the one winning idea. The idea that... Shines. So, today each triathlete will flex his/her creative mind by developing a list of 100 ideas about how Ray Wattson's message of "Shine" can go viral. Smoke signals, sky writing, Paul Revere? You tell us.
1,000,000 shirts. 100 ideas. 1 happy birthday girl.
Entries emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10:00 p.m. CST.
Got a minute to spare before heading off to start your list? Check out the slide show of yesterday's impressive mosaics.
Signing off until tomorrow...