- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Nick Drake – River Man
your inspiration for today. beautiful video by Tim Pope.
- Apple: Secrecy Does Not Scale – Anil Dash
is Apple slowly self-immolating when it screws over iphone developers with all this secrecy garbage? maven indie iphone devs are fleeing the platform in packs. is the iphone's golden years over?
- Custom Letter — LetterCult
holy crapola. so much juicy good typography here. loving it. inspiration for days. [via @Nybe]
- Scientists Are Concerned About Cancer in Animals
new nasty, virulent forms of cancer are being discovered in wild animals, that are the result of heavy carcinogenic environmental contamination. are human beings really the top of the evolutionary chain? How did cheap crap from Wal Mart become the thing we collectively care about most? [via @jimmoriarty]
my new favorite app. when you need to concentrate on something your doing in a particular application (like writing a blog post in Safari or designing something out in photoshop) just hit the command keys for this app and it hides all your other app windows and the dock and presents your current working window on a black background. hit it again to return the windows. should be built into Mac OS X.
- Minimal Mac
one my new favorite blogs. tons of tips on reducing the visual clutter on your desktop (both the virtual and analog ones). less is more.
Hey Folks, today is International Surfing Day and in observance of such a prestigious day, I’d like you all to seriously think about signing up for a Surfrider membership. As Jim Moriarty says, “Climate change isn’t the day after tomorrow any longer, it’s started the day before yesterday”.
If you’re a surfer, you know how much water quality affects your daily life and if you’re not a surfer or water-lover, you can still understand how important clean water is to both humans and sea life. To celebrate International Surfing Day Surfrider are giving away an ISD themed shirt with your $20 membership. That’s right, 20 bucks. You probably spent more on coffee this past week.
I was on twitter this morning, and Surfrider’s official tweet channel reported that, today, 700 people had signed up for memberships from over 15 countries as part of International Surfing Day. Make that 701, I signed up for my Surfrider membership and I couldn’t be happier.
Like most of you I’m sure, Marcia and I are pretty conscientious of our use of plastic bags and single-use plastics in general. The security guards at the local supermarket never fail to question us about the colorful array of bags we bring with us, to use, instead of the eponymous white plastic bags they like to bag our groceries with. If not for the environment, at least for the kick I get from watching the checkout girl and baggers chuckle at our “bourgeois eccentricities”. It’s kinda not funny that people still haven’t figured out that single-use plastic will literally be here longer than us (not saying much) and longer than the cockroaches (which is really saying something).
Back to the point: when we do use the little pastic bags, like the ones for vegetables and fruits, we reuse them to death, until they’re old and yellow/brown and look like they contain enough bacteria and mugre to finally earn their resting place. Yesterday, Marcia came back from the supermarket with a load of vegetables in bags bearing this orange shoddily screened statement: “Bolsa 100% Biodegradable” and I stopped in my tracks. I smiled and chuckled to myself, now that is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time. And for a second, I was an unbridled optimist. The world was new and exciting. And just as quickly, pessimism yanked me out of my dream-cloud state, and it dawned on me that this is probably a very clever example of greenwash and I became suspicious. I asked myself if these bags would still biodegrade if they’re stuck in a white plastic trash bag below hundreds of pounds of trash and earth. I could be mistaken, but it’s my understanding that all biodegradable plastic only breaks down in direct sunlight.
To be honest, I don’t know the answer. What I do know, is that just below the 100% Biodegradable statement, was a glimmer of hope. The tagline reads: “No Se Recomienda Su Uso DespuÃ©s de Mayo de 2010″ or “It’s not recommended to use this bag after May 2010″. And therein lies the rub: maybe this statement will give people the subtle idea that these bags are reusable and that it’s not necessary to throw them out each time they come home from the store.
And I was back in my dream-cloud, for a brief moment.
- Wildlife thrives at Chernobyl – Telegraph
Awesome photo series with nice, short descriptions. Synopsis: major nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl. Everyone evacuates. 20 years later, wildlife is thriving and returning back to their normal hunter/prey routines. Go nature!
- How To Develop A Facebook Page That Attracts Millions of Fans
if you're a small business that sells a product or service directly to consumers Facebook should definitely be one of your major focus points along with Twitter. This articles helps you understand the why and how.
- Product Planner – View and Create User Flows, Viral Loops, and More.
ok, so you have a great idea for a website or web application and you have to organize it out so other people can understand your genius. Your now in the area of flow charts and site maps. This is called "Information Architecture" and it's language, unfortunately, you don't speak this language, and the tools are confusing. Product Planner is a site that not only helps you create these things, but they show examples of popular services you probably use every day. amazing! [via Konigi - the ux mastah]
- userfly — instant web usability testing
amazing web app that records your users' movements. simply by cut n pasting their js call into your page header. super simple. and the user playback is smooth fast and insanely addictive. This is a great tool for larger sites. for blogs like mine, it's painful watching a bunch of people come in to the site, scroll up and down and then close the page in 10 seconds or less. But still, very addictive. and you get 10 free captures. great way to hook you into the paying service.
- WHAT THE FUCK HAVE YOU DONE?
iconic photographer/artist/writer/documentarian Glen E. Friedman started a blog not too long ago. and as to be expected, it's an awesome read. time to go to school, kids.
The promotional site for photography heavy book Fragile Earth has an impressive before and after slideshow of several bodies of water around the world. The two shots above are from the Ursala Glacier in Argentina. Astounding. I really dug the following quote:
The magnitude of the changes depends on us.
Humans aren’t the first species to alter the planet… but we are the first species to be in a position to understand what we are doing.
- Elizabeth Kolbert
Relatedly: that quote basically sums up a reoccurring thought I’ve been having as I slip towards the inevitability of becoming a full vegetarian.
Fascinating and horrifying article on a continent-size toxic stew of plastic trash fouling swath of Pacific Ocean. Twice the size of Texas, too large to clean up without an international multibillion dollar effort. Bills to legislate plastic reduction in california, in direct response to this huge trash island, were defeated by plastics industry lobbyists. [via BB]
Yesterday was blog action day, and since my blog was down I didn’t really get a chance to post. I thought I’d quickly drop an image and note to say that every year with the summer rains Puerta Vallarta’s beaches are inundated with trash runoff from the past nine rain-less months. Trash is deposited on street surfaces and green areas, gathers for nine months and then with torrential rains, is washed into the ocean. The trash ends up on the beaches, as does all of the dead sea-life that comes into contact with the trash including fish, eels and giant sea turtles. The turtles are the most worrisome as they are endangered. Its absolutely heartbreaking to come across a dead or dying sea turtle, some as large as three feet across. Although the mexican government swears up and down it is trying to implement programs to save the turtles, I have yet to see any attempts, beyond an occasional sign at the beach, to educate people about proper disposal of trash.
Mexico is in serious need of trash and recycling programs as well as national level long-running public service announcements. TV, radio, you name it.
In these pictures, you’ll notice the trash swirling in the water and at the shoreline. This is the Pitillal river, in “Fluvial” Vallarta. This picture was taken the day after a large rain storm. I could visibly see trash floating down the river in large swaths, exiting and pooling in the rivermouth and along the shore. There was a particularly large swell that day and surfers where surfing the large waves (as they break off of sandbars created by silt deposited at the rivermouth). Surfing directly through large piles of trash and brown silted runoff water.