Octavio Diaz

Illustrator. Photographer. Random thinker. Um rato de praia.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Two Months Off

It's been a relaxing two months off. Now it's time to rejoin the workforce on Monday, in my new career in the field of international commerce. But I had some time to try out different lines of work and make some extra cash during my semi-retirement.

LAB RAT: I took part in a sleep study at the University of Florida on the effects of excessive use of social media on the brain. Facebooking all day, sleeping all night wired to electrodes. $50 per night, plus milk and cookies at bedtime.

While at UF, I found out that as students change apartments before the fall term, they are required to repaint their old apartments or lose their security deposits. I underbid other painting companies and also got some unexpected perks.

MUSEUM TOUR GUIDE: I took a short trip to New York City and volunteered as a tour guide at the Museum of Sex. No pay, but it was a satisfying experience.

MALE MODEL: While in NYC, I had the opportunity to model for the Ammo & Hunting Gear Fall/Winter catalog. $200 per day and I got to keep one of the camo outfits.

FREELANCER: Hanging around downtown during the Melbourne Fall Festival doing some passive/aggressive self-promotion.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Wednesday, December 01, 2010



Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Rauschenberg's Tropic cover

In 1979, the artist Robert Rauschenberg was commissioned to create the fold-out cover of The Miami Herald's Tropic magazine's end-of-decade issue. It was the first time an original work of art was created for a newspaper.

Rauschenberg and his assistant created the piece of art in The Herald's editorial art department, where I was employed at the time, and I got a chance to see him create the cover.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Watch your head!

The tour guides on the GrayLine double-decker buses constantly warn tourists not to stand while the bus is moving because of the low clearance of the traffic lights. Some still do.

At least the lock worked

Greenwich Village, NYC

Monday, October 18, 2010

El Minero, Su Esposa y Su Amante

The epic rescue of the Chilean miners turned into a soap opera when two-timing Yonny Barrios went from 2,000 feet underground into the arms of his mistress — while his wife boycotted.

However, Susana Valenzuela, the mistress of Yonny Barrios, got a taste of her own medicine when she learned of another mistress Barrios had on the side. Apparently when the miner was in the hospital after his rescue from the mine, a 25-year-old woman wanted to pay him a visit. Susana, 52, made sure the young mistress knew where she stood in the scheme of things.

“He is my Yonny Barrios, mine and no one else’s,” Valenzuela told a radio station in Colombia.

I’ve sent my poster and a proposal for a telenovela to Univision.

I’m waiting to hear from them.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Wednesday, June 30, 2010


Saturday, June 05, 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Happy birthday, Robert Smith of The Cure!

Today, April 21, Robert Smith is 51 years old. Not many can pull off the teased-hair, lipstick and raccoon eyes look!

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

Tiger, I’mma Let You Finish (2)

Compare this video:

To this video @ 1:50.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

SuperBowl XLIV

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