- 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.
- 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]
- 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
- Photojournalism – Lens Blog – NYTimes.com
The NY TImes' new "Lens" blog has the dopest interface for a photo blog ever. Really nicely designed and perfect for viewing several different series of images. This is now one of my daily visits. Check out the Jacob Holdt series, on racism in America. mindblowing. His "American Pictures" book looks sick.
- YouTube – Gerry Lopez Shaping Demo
video of Gerry Lopez in the shaping booth from Sacred Craft Surf Expo 09. amazing! I really wish he took the time to explain, more, exactly what he was doing. and I could do without the music, this is school here folks. pay attention.
- Dan Baum: The Following Account of My Short Career at The New Yorker Ran as a Series of Tweets
The Following Account of My Short Career at The New Yorker Ran as a Series of Tweets on May 8, 11, and 12, 2009* "People often ask why I left the New Yorker. After all, I had a staff writer job. Isn’t that the best job in journalism? Yes. Nobody leaves a New Yorker job voluntarily. I was fired. And over the next few days, I’ll tell that story here, in 140 " – great story told in 140 chunks.
- Copyright Critics Rationalize Theft – WSJ.com
utterly retarded article on how writers, composers, designers and other content creators whose work is easily copied/duplicated need to fight back with copyright against the faceless masses of copyright breakers. Let's get this straight people: COPYRIGHT IS NOT YOUR FRIEND. Copyright is the domain of crumbling, antiquated civilizations. end of story.
- 007: Daniel Craig | Icon_ology
some behind the scenes photos of Daniel Craig on the 007 film sets. amazing. dude is classy. definitely Steve McQueen bad-ass style. I think He's easily the best Bond since Connery, maybe better than the original.