- 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.
- 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.
- I-Movix SprintCam v3 NAB 2009 showreel on Vimeo
1000 frames per second video. ultra slow motion. skip to the 2 minute mark to see the block of jello bouncing (shot at 2500 fps). so amazing. I'd love to see this camera used on a fatty Teahupoo wave from inside the barrel.
- Al Jazeera English – Focus – Iran on the brink?
if there is only one article you read about what's happening inside iran right now, politically, read this one. amazing! Mark Levine walks through the different power structures in the government and the potential scenarios for dealing with the protests.
- Food, Inc. Movie Site and Trailer – Hungry For Change?
Great trailer, for what looks to be a great movie. That most people won't want to see, because the truth hurts too much. Incidentally, they used to say "you are what you eat". and us gutter punks would chime back "if you are what you eat, then we're all dead meat!" and stick up our two fingers and make the screw face like Sid Vicious and Johnny Rotten. The early 90s were a bright, young, innocent time. Now the refrain goes something like "if you are what you eat, than were all highly processed food products" or even "if you are what you eat, then we're all full of shit." that last one is more true than most people know.
- Asia Times Online :: Divine assessment vs people power
a huge article on the internal power struggle going on in Iran right now. This is just about election results. It's about a failed system of government and their attempts to stay in power: "As much as corporate media – from anywhere – has been rendered mostly irrelevant. Iranians are deploying an absolute non-stop, 24/7 thriller; a guerrilla communication redux, an ultra-raw version of history in the making via blogs – this is a nation of young bloggers – YouTube and Twitter, battling by all means necessary ultra-slow or shut down Internet, jammed phone lines going in and out, blocked chats, blocked SMS."
- Nathan Bransford – Literary Agent: Query Letter Mad Lib
This is an explicit how-to recipe on the proper way to put together a "query letter" for contacting potential literary agents. good advice, wish i found it first before sending out a bunch of queries. oops.
- On Assignment: Covering Tehran – Lens Blog – NYTimes.com
images from the Iran election protests taken by 28-year old Newsha Tavakolian, a Times freelanc photographer. These images have a very different feel from the ones we've been seeing from Getty and AP. much more intimate.
- AgentQuery :: Find the Agent Who Will Find You a Publisher
trying to find an literary agent to help you publish your blog book? this is a great resource.
- Shane Lavalette: A Quiet Heaven in Vrindavan, India | GOOD
beautiful photography by Shane Lavalette taken in India. very quiet photos. something not normally in unison with India. Shane is also the editor/curator of wicked zine Lay Flat.
- 12 new pics from 'Where The Wild Things Are'
amazing images. nice captions too. i love the look of this film. beware: the USA Today site has a pop-up video ad superstitial with audio that is way too loud and no 'skip ad' or 'sound off' button. Dillholes. But the images are worth sitting through the very annoying ad.
- Front Fell Off – CollegeHumor Video
This guy probably lobbies for the banking industry now. ain't nothin changed but the year. [via the baroquely curt 70%]
- House of Pain at Concepts and The Roxy, St. Paddy's Day 2009
who knew that House of Pain still play shows. These guys need to get with Muggs and do a flash-back to 15 years ago record. and record it just like they would have 15 years ago. no girls, no drugs, no bling. just crazy redneck irish pride party records. we could use some nondescript party anthems. And i could definitely rock the green House of Pain Adidas campuses.
- Zombie financial ideas – Paul Krugman Blog – NYTimes.com
Krugman weighs in on the newest bank bailout plan Geithner is about to unveil. In short: Krugman thinks Geithner and Obama have lost the war on ideas. Very sad if he's right. and he's usually right. I'm starting to think that Geithner needs to go.
- Tweetizen – Easy Twitter Groups
There are tons of new twit aggregators popping up. Aggregators are sites that collect twits by topic, by following certain people. They usually focus on single topics like design, technology, web development, sports, stocks, etc… Their focus is usually narrow. Twittizen takes a different approach. It marries the twit aggregator idea to crowd-sourcing. Instead of giving you a narrow range of topics, it gives you a framework to home-roll your own aggregator and to share it on your own blog. Great idea!
There’s a big bru-ha going on down here, around the casting of a Mexico-based surf trip movie called Lineas Derechas (Right Handers), as in – Mexico is the land of the right handers (true true). The production company is holding the castings for the film here at Burros, Punta Mita and Sayulita (so far) with the bulk of the hopefuls coming from the Vallarta/Nayarit area. They’ve chosen a novel and interesting approach to casting the movie:
Help us cast Lineas Derechas the surf movie – Check out the “Casting Call Interviews” from a handful of Nayarit and Jalisco’s classic surf characters -and vote for your favorite surfer! Get to know these surfers as they compete for 8 spots on a luxury surf trip deep into the famous river-mouth surfbreaks of Oaxaca, and the chance to be a part of Mexican surf history!
I really like the idea of casting a surfing movie based on user participation. It adds another level of anticipation for a project like this and generates marketing and promotional value you just can’t buy. Kudos to whoever put this together, great idea!
I’m friends with a few of these guys and I’ve been in the water with nearly all of them at some point or another. You know that I gotta give a shout out to my Bucerias homies: Birri, Tzahui, Chicharo, Nadia. and shout outs to Isreal and Felipe, both top notch sayulita cats.
Take a sec to go check out the casting videos, vote for the surfers who you think you’d like to see go on the surf trip and spread the word. Oh and you can see some bad-ass shots of Birri, Tzahui and Chicharo from my flickrstream.
A new documentary called Surfwise is coming out. Looks pretty good:
Like many American outsider-adventurers, Dorian â€œDocâ€ Paskowitz set out to realize a utopian dream. Abandoning a successful medical practice, he sought self-fulfillment by taking up the nomadic life of a surfer. But unlike other American searchers like Thoreau or Kerouac, Paskowitz took his wife and nine children along for the ride, all eleven of them living in a 24 foot camper. Together, they lived a life that would be unfathomable to most, but enviable to anyone who ever relinquished their dreams to a straight job. The Paskowitz Family proved that America may be running out of frontiers, but it hasnâ€™t run out of frontiersman.