A Critique of Fluenz French

(Link) I wrote this article on Suite101.com.


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How to Play Ultimate in the Wind

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Bad Jokes

Bad Jokes

Kenneth Burchfiel

Started 6/22/2009

An ongoing list, whether you like it or not!

Bill: There’s a fine line between “brave” and “foolish.”

Mark: But I’m brave enough to cross it!

What do a newspaper company and a fan company have in common?

They both want to improve circulation.

French currency is deflated so badly that, in France, “six cent” means “six hundred.”

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Making a cross using “instrument design rules”

Making a cross using instrument design rules

June 22, 2009

Kenneth Burchfiel

(“Instrument design rules” is simply the process of designing a graphic using numerical measurements and references. Instead of visually designing an object, an instrument designer enters measurements and proportions to create it.)

(A pica, a measurement used in design, is one sixth of an inch.)

Step 1: Load a page measuring 51 picas in width by 66 picas in height (letter size).

Step 2: Create an object measuring 48 picas in height by 7 picas in width. Its base should be 63 picas below the top of the page; its center should be 25.5 picas from the left of the page.

Step 3: Color the fill of the box with the following swatch (or hue): 15 cyan, 30 magenta, 75 yellow.

Step 4: Add a 1 pt. 100K (black) stroke (border) to the box.

Step 5: Create a text box measuring 24 picas in width by 7 picas in height; its center point should be 25.5 picas from the left of the page, and 27 picas from the top of the page.

Step 6: Write “For God so loved the world” in 22 pt. Times New Roman font in the text box. Center the text horizontally. Add a baseline shift of -31 pt.

Step 7: Color the fill of the box with the following swatch (or hue): 15 cyan, 30 magenta, 75 yellow.

Step 8: Add a 1 pt. 100K (black) stroke (border) to the text box.

The result should look something like this (click on the link): For God so loved the world IDR

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Huegel (a fictional city)

Huegel was made on Adobe In-Design CS3. The design process took about 18 hours.

Click on the link below to view the PDF. (The file is large, so it may take time for Huegel to fully load.)


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What is Constant

What is Constant


Kenneth Burchfiel

[The following was written without much editing or thought (as I was rushing off to a graduation party). It’s just a short reflection on graduating high school and looking ahead to what comes next. Hope you enjoy!]

I am at that age where so little seems constant and so much feels turbulent. Friends are rushing off to college; high school is fading out as college takes its stand; interests and hobbies shift weekly. The changes are fast enough to make life seem blurred—and to induce mental nausea in anyone going along for the ride.

But there is one Constant for me, and for everyone—even if not all acknowledge it. This Constant has remained the same through millions—perhaps billions—of graduations—this Constant is not unsettled by a change in schools, or friends, or interests, or locations. And even when life seems confusing, the Constant is always there for guidance, support, faith and love.

But just as our eyes focus on the objects in motion while overlooking the stationary, our minds tend to focus on what is different rather than Whom remains the same. In the last four years, I have put so much in front of the Constant that it is a wonder He still cares to listen and guide. And there have come days where, crying and distraught, I have searched all around for the Support that was right by my side.

God is more than a constant. He reminds us that, amidst the frantic whirl of one’s teenage years, there is a truth so beautiful and profound that it renders all the “profound” changes in our life all but inconsequential. And that truth can still be heard amidst the changes of everyday life—if one cares to listen.

The changes that accompany a teenager are a beautiful thing. But they pale in comparison to what is constant—and Who is Love.

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Convocation Cap

Convocation Cap

The German is probably off, but I hope the message is right.

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