- FIRST LOOK: Exit Through The Gift Shop – A Banksy Film
holy crap! i can't wait to see the Banksy movie! awesome.
- My favourite fonts of 2009 | i love typography
gorgeous typography here. just as exciting as the curves on a surfboard. i could look at this stuff all day long
- Stewart Tears Apart The Dems On MA-SEN And Health Care (VIDEO) | TPM LiveWire
summary: how stupid can democrat politicians be? someone said (i forgot who) that we deserve the politicians we get. great.
- Colorful writing – The Mex Files
the fine art of "notas rojas" (red notes). Mex Files details the "purple prose typical of the yellow journalism" of police reports in local mexican newspapers: "While sometimes the author — to stretch out the word count — has to resort to low tricks like referring to a police car as a “blue and white 2008 Dodge Neon, with plate number… “, the nota rota writer strives for variation in his or her craft. The banality of criminal activity sometimes reduces even the most creative of nota roja writers to clichés (there are a plethora of ways to say “corpse” — the center of attention but least interesting character in any murder story – all of which have been use to death), but the best are true artists. They still manage to surprise us, enlighten us and delight us with their mastery of the language."
- Jessica Hische / Humble Pied.
great newish video + ichat based site about creatives sharing advice. and the best quote I've heard all week: "“The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.” – Jessica Hirsche
- I Gave My 3 Year Old an iPhone: Have I Created a Monster?
awesome piece on young children using the iphone to learn. some of you are already cringing (yes you, in the back), but I think it's great. this kind of thing is gonna be so standard in 20 years. I thin it's kind of scary to think that the jobs your kids will have when they grow up, won't be invented til they're in high school. and your kids will learn two to four times as much as you have, in your whole lifetime, by the time they get out of college. [via Stevey]
- YouTube – adidas Originals – Star Wars Collection
the shoes? meh. but that Imperial March remix is wicked awesome.
- Polaroid PIC 1000
mock-ups of the new film-based under-$100 Polaroid cameras that are coming out. These are the result of The Impossible Project that I linked to a while back. They bought the rights to produce Polaroid cameras and film stock. Freakin' awesome. I'll have the wood grain one, thank you!
- Official Google Blog: A new approach to China
must read press release from SVP at Google, about China's censoring authorities' organized and highly sophisticated hack attacks on Google's infrastructure as well as 20 other large companies, in various sectors as part of a plan to uncover information on human rights activists in China. This is no joke.
I repeat, this is a google press release, not conjecture. [via DF]
- THERES SPACE FOR OL DAT I SEE by @_m_i_a_ – TwitVid
how crunk is MIA? chick can do no wrong. prepare to have your mind blown. best to watch this with large headphones on.
- A Torturous Interview: John Yoo Does The Daily Show (VIDEO) | TPM LiveWire
John Yoo is the legal scholar behind the total crap that Bush/Cheney used to justify torture. this guy is insane. must not miss episode of the Daily Show. In part two Yoo admits that he never met Bush, the guy who he essentially gave Imperial powers too, simply because Cheney asked him to.
- Robert Hodgin | Portfolio
generative computational art, you may know him as Flight404. awesome. [via surfstation]
- Retro Music Posters by Paul Gardner
absolutely sick design work. i love this style. you will too. something for everyone.
- Bodhi Oser's new portfolio site
run. don't walk. to check out Oser's new portfolio site. one word: fuckingimpressive. Oser (working under Tom Adler's Art-Direction), is responsible for almost single-handedly changing the face of how surf culture is marketed. The singular design aesthetic and definitive photo editing used for Quicksilver/Roxy and mostly all of your favorite surf books, Oser's influence in surf culture can not be underestimated or oversold.
- Surfstation – Joe Klein
"Over the past 30 years, Republicans fed the delusions that you can have low taxes and world-class public services, and Democrats acquiesced in it. It would be nice if we had an honest national conversation about revenues–and the sun-setting of many of the Bush tax cuts this year provides the perfect arena for it–but don't count on that taking place."
- Joe Klein
- James Cameron's Avatar Movie Performance Capture Featurette
amazing behind the scenes featurette on the wholly new capture tech behind the movie. James Cameron is a genius. He really does get across the "uncanny valley". I loved Avatar.
- Jamie's posterous – Home
did you know that Jamie Watson (pineapple luv) has a photoblog as well? i didn't either. go now. soak up the luv and radiate back to the people around you.
- WHAT THE FUCK HAVE YOU DONE?: 50 Things we know now that we didn't know this time last year
read it. own it. #4 is my favorite: "Analysis of Greenland ice samples shows Europe froze solid in less than 12 months 12,800 years ago, partly due to a slowdown of the Gulf Stream. Once triggered, the cold persisted for 1,300 years."
- Wooster Collective: Shit We're Diggin': Brian Hunter's Mattresses
please file this under: Ideas I wish I thought of. fucking briliant,
- How do I know China wrecked the Copenhagen deal? I was in the room | Mark Lynas | Environment | The Guardian
"Copenhagen was a disaster. That much is agreed. But the truth about what actually happened is in danger of being lost amid the spin and inevitable mutual recriminations. The truth is this: China wrecked the talks, intentionally humiliated Barack Obama, and insisted on an awful "deal" so western leaders would walk away carrying the blame. How do I know this? Because I was in the room and saw it happen." – sheeeit.
- New OnLive Cloud gaming company levels playing field for games on PCs and Macs (and iPhones?) | 9 to 5 Mac
this is the future of gaming. amazing technology. this is like the first baby step towards The Matrix. just replace the games in this demo with things like Second Life. whoa.
- 70-Minute Video Review of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace | /Film
the best critique on old star wars trilogy versus new star wars trilogy you will ever see. the guy's voice is a little "silence of the lambs" but that will come back around later on in the review (i.e. it's a joke). And his critique is dead on. He says it best, "for someone who is under the age of like 20 who says his least favorite film in the series is The Empire Strikes Back because it is the boringest one, then I suggest you shut this review off right now, before I carefully explain how much of a fucking idiot you are." – love the f-bomb. Despite the hokey, weird diversions, I'll bite.
I scraped the following paragraph from Shepard Fairey:
Check out this critique of Obama. I agree with the writer on 90%. However, I think he fails to recognize the climate Obama must operate in. I disagree with the Afghan war escalation, but it does not surprise me. In general, the tenor of â€œnormalâ€ or moderate political conversation on issues has shifted so far to the right that Obama is being called a Socialist! Good ideas need to have a receptive audience to take hold and right now they donâ€™t. Obamaâ€™s faults are in many ways reflective of a retarded audience. Maybe more people should serve in Iraq etcâ€¦ to gain the writerâ€™s perspective on war. That was not necessary for meâ€¦ Iâ€™ve been a believer in the MLK approach for years. I think the realistic goal is to change the attitudes of the people, causing the leaders to fall in line. The leaders are credited too much with being the cause when they tend more to be the effect. Bush was atrocious and was still re-elected in 2004. Iâ€™m disappointed in Obama, but even more so in Americans. Iâ€™m working on a healthcare graphic right now, not waiting for Obama or congress to fix things without pressure.
Here’s a link to the article Shepard is referencing The Betrayal of Generation Hope.
I agree with 95% of what he says, but I really feel as though Obama has let progressives down in a major way. He threw us all under the bus in vain hopes of some kind of larger compromise that is proving elusive. Political capital isn’t lost in a huge war decision (that was just one of many last straws), political capital is lost on a day to day basis. And Obama’s boat has leaked like a sieve since day one. This statement comes from a jaded 35 year old. Can you imagine what the late-teens and early 20-somethings are feeling?
- Back to the Land – And the Pursuit of Happiness Blog – NYTimes.com
Maira Kalman is amazing. read this. now.
- PineappleLuv: Interview with Cher Pendarvis
mindbendingly awesome three part interview by Jamie Watson of Cher Pendarvis. takes it back to Cher learning to surf, patching dings and learning to shape, glassing and competing. Hanging with Rell Sun, being gently nudged into competition by Skip Frye, taking pointers from Shaun Tomson, and of course marrying Steve Pendarvis. Cher is a surf goddess.
- Unemployment rates by county
animated map. from Jan '07 to the present. it really starts to get bonkers around Jan '09. scary.
- Clients From Hell
my new favorite website.
- Picture Show: Four Days in Dubai | GOOD
gorgeous photos from Dubai. i really dig the aesthetic qualities of these photos. very light, but not blown. i bet the light n Dubai is horrible. this guy is talented.
This was so good I had to post it verbatim:
My visit to Google? Despite the whimsical furniture and other toys, I felt I was entering a 14th-century cathedral â€” not in the 14th century but in the 12th century, while it was being built. Everyone was busy carving one stone here and another stone there, with some invisible architect getting everything to fit. The mood was playful, yet there was a palpable reverence in the air. â€œWe are not scanning all those books to be read by people,â€ explained one of my hosts after my talk. â€œWe are scanning them to be read by an AI.
â€” Edge: TURINGâ€™S CATHEDRAL by George Dyson
- James Cameron and “Avatar” : The New Yorker
gynormous article on Cameron and his new film Avatar. I have a friend who is working on the film who says that it will be one of the most amazing films ever seen, with mind-numbing new special effects stuff going on. we'll see….
- How surfboards became Danny Hess' livelihood
great article in SFGate on Danny Hess and his wooden surfboards. [via @seborealis ]
- Los Angeles Without Traffic « Tom Baker
student photo project. please file this under: why the hell didn't i think of this.
- Lemire Surfing Platforms
new website designed by the guys over at the newly minted Quiver Studios. I really like this site. minimal, easy to use, blogesque design, good photography. kudos Graham.
awesome web-based website wire-framing tool. so simple anyone can use. and you can share your wireframes. So you want to put together a website for some new idea you have. this tool will help you figure out exactly what you want on your site. it will take all the guess work out, when you hand the site off to a web designer, who is used to having to guess what you'd like on your website.
- Papercraft Self Portrait – Art Portfolio for Eric Testroete
the best halloween costume i have ever seen. bar none.
- Multilingual WordPress – WPML Plugin Review
tutorial on building a multi-language blog/website with WordPress and the WPML Plugin.
- Craig Steely Architecture
wicked new site full of yummy new architecture projects from my favorite San Fran/Hawaii based nice modernist architect and surfer Craig Steely. I love this guy's work! nice shiny new site.
- Google Redefines Disruption: The “Less Than Free” Business Model « abovethecrowd.com
very interesting nerd read. explains just how badly Google is overturning traditional business models like GPS, cell phones and soon desktop operating systems.
- Picture Show: The Harvest | GOOD
Mathieu Young's photography documentation of a nor cal harvest. beautiful shots, interesting subject matter.
- Big Spaceship | Labs Blog – A dash of Rosemary on your CSS
"Rosemary is an open-source modular cascading filter-based modification system for CSS files; or commonly recognized as the acronym, OSMCFBMS4CSS." – for css coders this is rad!
- Letters of Note: Onward!
this is one classy rejection letter. if you ever need to write a rejection letter let this be your template and dont we all wish we could receive rejection letters with this much time, effort, wit and humility put into a standard form letter.
- The Do Lectures | Geoff McFetridge
great video of McFetridge's "Do" lecture. good background audio for working.
- The Malloy Brothers — HUCK Magazine
great interview with The Malloy Brothers. very much worth a read. these guys make it look so easy.
- artist spotlight: Tony Larson
rad interview with Calarts homie / Girl Skateboards designer / fine artist Tony Larson. I've never seen his board graphics. They are impressive. intimidatingly impressive. love them
- President Obama to critics: Grab a mop — let’s get to work!
"Grab a mop" is probably the best political slogan I've heard in 20 years. and the clincher: the naysayers "you're not mopping fast enough! that's a socialist mop!"
- kanYe West : Blog : HECUBA "THE MAGIC"
My homie Isaiah Seret gets the nod from Kanye on a new video he co-directed with Jon Beasley for Hecuba. and the video is amazing. as usual. really nicely done. filmed on RED with wicked production design and costuming.
- Op-Ed Contributor – Wall Street Smarts – NYTimes.com
“IF you really want to know why the financial system nearly collapsed in the fall of 2008, I can tell you in one simple sentence.” – read on.
- Some Coal Plants Cleanse the Air at the Expense of Waterways – Series – NYTimes.com
say it with me now: There is no such thing as clean burning coal. What you're not breathing anymore, you are drinking. [via @jimmoriarty]
- Milton Glaser on drawing, while drawing « Drawn!
"I'm convinced that it is only through drawing that I look at things carefully and the act of drawing makes me conscious of what I'm looking at…" – amazing, hypnotic, insightful, revolutionary, subversive.
- The Agave Lab Method « Agave Lab
awesome article on pair programming related working method by Agave Lab, a "nearsourcing" company in Guadalajara. the method involves pairing programmers in teams of two and having them share and switch off on projects, very cool.
- Samoan Tsunami Surfer Survivor story
harrowing account of a surfer in Samoa who was out surfing, when the tsunami hit.
- Why Capitalism Fails (and why it will fail again)
"Since the global financial system started unraveling in dramatic fashion two years ago, distinguished economists have suffered a crisis of their own. Ivy League professors who had trumpeted the dawn of a new era of stability have scrambled to explain how, exactly, the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression had ambushed their entire profession.Amid the hand-wringing and the self-flagellation, a few more cerebral commentators started to speak about the arrival of a “Minsky moment,” and a growing number of insiders began to warn of a coming “Minsky meltdown.”" [via Glen E Friedman]
- The Politics of Spite – NYTimes.com
Paul Krugman lays down some truthiness about why the current form of the Republican part: "at this point, the guiding principle of one of our nation’s two great political parties is spite pure and simple. If Republicans think something might be good for the president, they’re against it — whether or not it’s good for America."
- Red Lionfish Invade Caribbean
bat shit insane!: The red lionfish, a tropical native of the Indian and Pacific oceans that probably escaped from a Florida fish tank, is showing up everywhere _ from the coasts of Cuba and Hispaniola to Little Cayman. Wherever it appears, the adaptable predator corners fish and crustaceans up to half its size with its billowy fins and sucks them down in one violent gulp.
Research teams observed one lionfish eating 20 small fish in less than 30 minutes. "This may very well become the most devastating marine invasion in history," said Mark Hixon, an Oregon State University marine ecology expert who compared lionfish to a plague of locusts. "There is probably no way to stop the invasion completely." – This article says that the infestation is limited to the eastern caribean. not true. they are catching Lionfish by the dozen in Cozumel and the Riviera Maya.
- Yale Daily News – Yale Press drops distinctive logo
“Branding tip: if your organization is lucky enough to have a classic Paul Rand logo, never ever fucking change it. Ever.” — Justin Ouellette [via Jen Bekman]
- YouTube – 9.12 DC TEA PARTY – MARCH FOOTAGE WITH INTERVIEWS
march of dummies? blind white rage.
- Avalanche Skier POV Helmet Cam Burial & Rescue in Haines, Alaska on Vimeo
your inspirational video for the year! a guy gets caught in an avalanche and his crew find and rescue him in 4 minutes and 30 seconds. and the whole thing is captured on video. the vimeo page has a full account of the process. this guy is so lucky.
- 10 Useful Usability Findings and Guidelines « Smashing Magazine
wow, seriously interesting nuggets in here for any and all web designers. know. the. ledge.
- Sufjan Stevens – Morning Becomes Eclectic on KCRW
live from a few years back. sounds great.
- Werner Herzog Film School | Reel Guyz
"Werner Herzog is either a freak, a god, or a figment of our collective imagination. Take a look at his track record." – click through to see the interview where Herzog gets shot during an interview by a sniper and continues the interview. I'm pretty sure Herzog has the voice of god.
- Miranda July dresses up as extras in classic films
this is why i love Miranda July [via surfstation]
- Sol LeWitt in the NYC subway – NYTimes.com
one of the last commissioned pieces done by Sol LeWitt goes up. and beautiful it is.
- cabel.name: Windows 7 Party
this Windows 7 launch party video is so bad! i mean who the hell would watch this and be like "hey, that's a great idea!". So Cabel Sasser took the video and bleeped out any reference to Windows 7. hilarious!
- The Funniest Protest Signs Of 2009 (PHOTOS)
proof that the only thing wrong with America is its educational system or lack thereof.
- Lisa Kaas Boyle: Recycling Plastic: What a Waste
refuse. reduce. reuse. recycle. (it starts with refusing to use plastics)
- Maureen Dowd – Boy, Oh, Boy – NYTimes.com
This basically sums up my thoughts on the vast teabagger of this summer right up to Joe Wilson's douchbaggery – "But Wilson’s shocking disrespect for the office of the president — no Democrat ever shouted “liar” at W. when he was hawking a fake case for war in Iraq — convinced me: Some people just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it."
- Mexico Now Enduring Worst Drought in Years – NYTimes.com
we're definitely feeling the first signs of a drought, here in Nayarit, rain fall is way off. usually we're swimming in rain this time of year. Lately it's been sprinkling every 4 or 5 days. the winter is gonna be rough.
- Charles Darwin film 'too controversial for religious America' – Telegraph
"…according to a Gallup poll conducted in February, only 39 per cent of Americans believe in the theory of evolution." and ""It is unbelievable to us that this is still a really hot potato in America. There's still a great belief that He made the world in six days. It's quite difficult for we in the UK to imagine religion in America. We live in a country which is no longer so religious. But in the US, outside of New York and LA, religion rules."
- YouTube – Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper
DJs, beatmakers and sound sampling peeps check this out before it disappears, a youtube clip that isolates all 4 tracks on the Sgt. Pepper intro. awesome for sampling and cool just to hear/see the tracks isolated.
- Jordan : History of Flight
beautifully done artwork and flash site for the Jordan/Nike brand. this site is awesome. as for Jordan sneaks the III, IV and V were my favorites. the rest became too gimmicky. great artwork on that timeline site.
- Kid Vlogs From Apple Store, We Smell a New Commercial Campaign
"Kids. They grow up so fast these days, with the Twitter and the MySpace and Tamagotchi and sports drinks. You've gotta hand it to them, though: they've got their technology and they know how to use it.
Which is why the dense YouTube account of Nicholifavs, filled with a kid who vlogs exclusively from New York City's Fifth Avenue Apple Store, is merely a natural progression in the realm of Things Kids Do Now." via Beau Colburn
- YouTube – Red Fang "Prehistoric Dog"
i'm not really into metal, but i can appreciate its sonic qualities. awesome video and i gotta say the song itself is pretty rad.
- I AM T-PAIN iPhone app
if they make a similar iphone app for Kanye West I'll buy an iphone just to use it.
- Kooks | a short film by Guy Fiorita
localism taken back to the city block. great explanation of just how wacked localism can be. [via Korduroy.tv's tweet]
- No Impact Man
great looking docu about a man who decides to practice what he preaches and gives up the good life of consumerism. awesome.
- Beastie Boys – Doublecheck Your Head
a mashup of Beastie Boy lyrics and music. Take the lyrics from Check Your Head and combine/mix/cut/match them with music from all their other albums. very refreshing and well done.
- who needs a hook…? « skullsnaps
cutty ranks is a true master of the dancehall. this track is ill.
- IKEA goes with Verdana | Typophile
the space-time continuum folds in on itself as IKEA switches from everyone's favorite typeface Futura to the ridiculously ugly made-for-small-text-on-monitors Verdana, in the name of style consistency across all countries including asia. Big mistake. This is like IKEA's version of "New Coke". stunningly dumb.
- three frames
my new favorite site [via @bigspaceship]
- Art & Copy Film
A documentary film about the truth in advertising. A film by Doug Pray, the Director of Surf Wise, Scratch and Hype!
- YouTube – Tarantino's Top 20 Movies Since 1992
interesting choices with explanation. Wong Kar- Wai's "In The Mood for Love" is not on the list. major oversight. I really like that "Unbreakable" is on it. I loved that movie and still do. incidentally, is it me or is Tarantino looking a bit like a hot tranny mess?
- Good Hair ft. Chris Rock- Official Trailer
now this is.a film i can get behind, hilarious.
- Giant Waterslide Jump
I know this is ridiculously old. my links are a bit stale from my trip up north yonder. but… reason 1023 for why the internet is better than tv: so that i can watch beautiful, priceless short clips like this without having to sit the drudgery of an hour long dumb home movie video show hosted by an unfunny stand-up comic and packed with commercials for environmentally insensitive products i don't need. watch the clip. hilarious, yet stunning in its accuracy.
- Core CMS
super easy to use content management system for photographers and designers "Core is a Content Management System (CMS) made with the designer in mind, someone who want to show off all their work with an easy updateable and customizable website without having to deal with databases, scripting and extensive php."