- 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.
- 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.
- 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."
- David Byrne: I Have Seen the Future and It Is Broken
Byrne talks about one of my favorite design subjects that no one seems to talk about, that form and function are interdependent. and when they don't follow each other it's not design, it's something else.
- Claim Chowder
this made me laugh just a wee bit, when I read it today: Lewis Samuels from 6 days ago: "Do you believe in South Swells? I don't. In norcal we spot bigfoot cookin meth more often than a South that lives up to the hype."
- Steven Frank / Internet Garage Sale
Steven Frank (co-founder of Panic) has created a minimal trust-based online auction system for your no-longer-needed tech gadgets. awesome idea. i'm gonna sell my current mac book pro on this thing in a few weeks' time.
- Comic Con footage of Tron Legacy
turn the geek meter up to 11. Can't wait to see this in 3D. and Daft Punk are doing the soundtrack. instant cool points.
- Daring Fireball: Pay Walls
"The primary problem with newspaper companies isn’t their revenue. It’s the size and scope of their operations. Again I say: mammals and dinosaurs. Simon, along with everyone else who thinks online subscription fees can save the newspaper industry, is effectively arguing that the world will change to support newspapers. The truth is that newspapers must change to adapt to the world. Just because the extinction of newspapers would be a tragic loss doesn’t mean it won’t happen."
- swissmiss | Step-By-Step Guide To Getting Shot By The Sartorialist
Hilarious! I love the Sartorialist. this is spot on. great graphic design as well.
- 100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About | GeekDad | Wired.com
- #18: Computers and Videogaming: Wires. OK, so they’re not gone yet, but it won’t be long
- #45: Not knowing exactly what all of your friends are doing and thinking at every moment.
- #81: Han shoots first.
- YouTube – PS22 Chorus "JOGA" by Bjork
inspirational. the kids go full emo on Bjork's track. this is passionate teaching and engaged students. Apparently this class does several popular songs. and this one the kids learned in one day. I'm sending Luca to this school, where is it? more on their blog
- Dicks of the World | Arkitip Intel
I'm really digging this new board graphic by my old school homie Michael Leon. The United
Nationserm, um, Johnsons
- "We Bring Fear" | Mother Jones
understanding Mexico's drug war: "There are two Mexicos. There is the one reported by the US press, a place where the Mexican president is fighting a valiant war on drugs, aided by the Mexican Army and the Mérida Initiative, the $1.4 billion in aid the United States has committed to the cause. This Mexico has newspapers, courts, laws, and is seen by the United States government as a sister republic. It does not exist. There is a second Mexico where the war is for drugs, where the police and the military fight for their share of drug profits, where the press is restrained by the murder of reporters and feasts on a steady diet of bribes, and where the line between the government and the drug world has never existed. The reporter lives in this second Mexico." [via Intersections]
- Some E-Books Are More Equal Than Others – Pogue’s Posts Blog – NYTimes.com
This is why DRM is evil: Amazon intentionally deletes Kindle owner's copies of George Orwell's 1984: "This morning, hundreds of Amazon Kindle owners awoke to discover that books by a certain famous author had mysteriously disappeared from their e-book readers. These were books that they had bought and paid for—thought they owned…. it’s like Barnes & Noble sneaking into our homes in the middle of the night, taking some books that we’ve been reading off our nightstands, and leaving us a check on the coffee table." – the biggest screw up in the history of digital distribution.
- Malphrus Cameron Village Sewer Blob
Please file this under: Daily WTF. blobs are real. this is not a fake.
- Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine Online – Video Interview with Ewok
my old school Milwaukee homie Geo (ewok) gets a nice mini-interview on vimby. George is one of the sickest artists I have ever met, it just so happens that he's also one of the sickest graffiti artists.
- Soirée de poche #10 – Beirut – La vidéo – LA BLOGOTHEQUE
La Blogotheque's new "pocket party" series with Beirut in full brass band mode inside someone's apartment. awesome.
Alexi Wasser is "I'm Boy Crazy" and she writes pretty good. I'd be nonplussed if her stories were fictional and I’d hate to be one of her ex-boyfriends
- Rich Toby Pavel Interview Surfboard Design Shapes
Surfer Mag interview by Scott Bass. nice long interview with Rich Pavel of Rainbow surfboards. great read.
- YouTube – iPhone 3GS dropped in the pool. Still works!
if you only needed one reason why you should chuck your blackberry and get an iPhone, let this be it: "KhenaKara accidentally dropped his iPhone 3GS into a pool while video recording and amazingly it kept recording. Since he was recording you can watch the whole experience in the video below. Days after the event the phone still works fine."
- YouTube – IPHONE 3GS UNBOXING
steven frank's unboxing video for the iPhone 3GS. the only unboxing video you will ever need to see.
- The New Yorker: Carlos Slim, the NY Times and Latin american Telco
"What does Slim’s economic power—he owns the cell-phone lines, the top retailers, the restaurants, the utilities—mean for Mexican politics? Do you think he has negatively affected Mexico’s economic growth, as critics claim, or has he just taken advantage of a system?" – My answer? hell yes! If I was the mexican government, I'd nationalize all of Slim's assets in a heartbeat. Slim puts the "Mo" in monopoly. Mo Money, Mo Money.
- YouTube – Sasquatch 2009 Dancing Man Party
all it takes is one person. spend 3 minutess and 44 seconds watching this video. it is inspirational and conceptually applicable to so many other things in our daily lives. and this is not a "viral" video created by some dumb product company. this is the real shizness, the human spirit spontaneously coming together to bust a move. If you find stuff like this corny, unsubscribe from my blog now, you're dead to me. Ok, the music *is* kinda corny, I'll give you that. [via stevey, again again! Stevey is tweeting *so* hard]
- xkcd – A Webcomic – Troll Slayer
this is about the funniest comic I have seen in the last 10 years. hilarious. [warning: geek net humor] – [via stevey, again!]
- Goodbye, GM …by Michael Moore
"It is with sad irony that the company which invented "planned obsolescence" — the decision to build cars that would fall apart after a few years so that the customer would then have to buy a new one — has now made itself obsolete. It refused to build automobiles that the public wanted, cars that got great gas mileage, were as safe as they could be, and were exceedingly comfortable to drive. Oh — and that wouldn't start falling apart after two years. GM stubbornly fought environmental and safety regulations…" – brilliant piece and very much in tune with the previous article on American Airlines. AA is the airline version of GM. [via stevey]
- Dear American Airlines | Dustin Curtis
Curtis gets so pissed off at American Airlines' website that he redesigns the homepage and blogs about it. A User Interface Architect from AA responds. The short of the story is that AA is such a behemoth zombie corporate structure that changes involve endless review and approval cycles across multiple different fiefdoms within the company and any approved changes take years to see the light of day. Curtis then follows up with some excellent ideas on how companies like AA are solely focused on the bottom line and customer experience isn't even an after-thought. My question: should the US government be giving free handouts to zombie corporations like American Airlines? If this is how you run your company and you run it into the ground, then you deserve to watch it burn.
- Baracknophobia – Obey | The Daily Show | Comedy Central
"it's supposed to taste like a sh*t sandwich… You guys have been out of power for 10 f*cking weeks!… I think you might be confusing â€˜tyrannyâ€™ with â€˜losingâ€™"
- Print Liberation / book
pretty cool book on how to start screenprinting with the barest of materials. I've been screen-printing since a wee lad in high school. I had all the crapola in my basement and i used to make dumb little designs and wear them. Now that I'm a grown man, I wanna make dumb little designs and wear them. again.
- Dr Bronner's Magic Peppermint Soap label
i love this soap/shampoo. the label is a stone cold classic. pinnacle of 20th century design. and a fun read. the medium is the message.
- Jaws Maui
wicked quicktime VR (you can scroll around the image) taken above Jaws in Maui on a smaller day, I think. You can see two dudes dropping in the wave. Gnarly coastline. wow, I wouldn't want to see this spot on a big day. Perfectly executed QT VR file.
- sick design from Emil Kozak
a little late on this one, but it's the pdf catalog for Emil Kozak's Fall and winter 2008/2009 clothing line. Awesome collection of graphic design applied to cool arty shit. inspirational.
- Definitive List
"Greg Rutter's Definitive List of The 99 Things You Should Have Already Experienced On The Internet Unless You're a Loser or Old or Something" – prepare to lose some significant work time.
- The Future of WordPress Themes 2009
Ian stewart (creator of the Thematic, The WordPress Theme Framework) has a handful of important WP sphere people chime in on what's ahead for '09. Good answers all.
- March of the Zapotec / Holland | Pitchfork
excellent review and look into the recording and process behind Beirut's new ep. this is so right on.
very cool server side script for minimal no-fuss portfolio sites. kinda like "indexr". i love this flavor, i might just use it for my portfolio site, since I can't get around to designing/coding a proper site.
- Naturally sweetened CocaCola: Made in Mexico, popular in U.S. | The News
interesting article on Mexican Coke with sugar cane instead of high fructose corn syrup. I'm calling bullshit. The article says that some scientists don't think HFCS is bad for you and Coke says there is no perceivable difference between cane sugar and HFCS – Yeah and – we have always been at war with Eurasia.