Bookmarks for August 27th

  • 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."

Bookmarks for June 15th

Bookmarks for May 28th

  • Hell Green
    Japan photography trip blog from Shortstraw cohort Elle. I kinda wish I was in Japan, right about now. with the Greenroom Festival coming up.
  • 100 Abandoned Houses
    haunting and beautiful collection of abandoned houses in the Detroit area. from the "about" page: "For years the area had signs advertising the redevelopment that was about to take place. It finally began to happen, with the construction of the new ballpark for the Tigers, and Ford Field for the Lions. New condos, and town homes began to appear amidst the rubble of burned out mansions turned apartments. Some of the houses were so large they became “loft condos”. As the entertainment district flourished, and Brush Park began to transform into something new, I realized the other approximately 135 square miles of Detroit was largely ignored. The excitement about Detroit’s “rebirth” took center stage, while much of the rest of the city was becoming largely abandoned" [via Good]
  • Introducing Typekit « The Typekit Blog
    all browsers will soon support a wide range of fonts. but using fonts on the web (in most cases) is a direct violation of the font's copyright, as linking to a font gives the viewer a direct way to download the font . It's like using a font to print a book and then including the font with the printed book. Enter TypeKit, a web app that designers and developers subscribe to. The service has a collection of typefaces that the dev can link to in their jscript and TypeKit handles all the background witch's brew of delivering the font to the end user's screen, without that iser being able to download the font package. Interesting idea! I wonder what the tech looks like behind the service and the susbcription fees.
  • secret forts: Domestic Furniture/Domestic Architecture: Roy McMakin.
    fine art, architecture and furniture all clash here. great work! that green staircase? i'll have one, please.
  • greg.org: Obamas slowly replacing staid art in the White House with modern art
    How cool is this?: "According to the very slowly reported story [1] in the Wall Street Journal, the Obamas have been selecting modern and contemporary art for the White House from among pieces in national and museum collections. The artists they requested includes several African American artists, including the wonderful DC abstractionist Alma Thomas, whose paintings from the Hirshhorn are already installed in the White House's private quarters. But they've also chosen plenty of white contemporary artists, too, though the Journal obviously doesn't identify them as such: works by Ed Ruscha, Richard Diebenkorn, Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Nevelson and Jasper Johns all came from the National Gallery, for example." – cue the old white guy rage
  • Guggenheim Guadalajara: Not a Dead Deal? – CultureGrrl
    The Guggenheim Foundation has been planning to build a new museum in Guadalajara for the past 7 years or so. A museum to rival Bilbao's. but apparently it's dead in the water, or close to it. sucks, the arch drawing is beautiful. and it would have been awesome to have modern art museum within 2000 miles of where i live.

Bookmarks for April 25th

  • How to: Make a Hand-Drawn Font | BittBox
    good little tutorial on getting your hand-drawn type into the computer. for all you hand-written script surf logotype peoples. hint hint.
  • Ryan Alaia Sequence | Nathan Oldfield
    how dope is this Alaia sequence? i haven't seen much Alaia sequences (film or video) so this is the first time I've seen what it takes to turn these finless wooden boards. You can see the wood flexing in his backside turn. amazing. I would love a 20×30 inch print of this sequence image from this post
  • MUJI
    Muji has some amazing products both residential and commercial (clothing, interior design, furniture, etc..). they seem to be all about dope, minimal user experience. beautiful stuff. and very playful. Marcia says the dresses look like extras from the compound on "Big Love".
  • Teehan+Lax UX Fund
    this is very interesting. these guys set up a fund of 50k and pick stocks whose companies excel at "user experience". Companies like Apple, Google, Nike and Jet Blue. I'm gonna plug these picks into google/finance and see what the charts say. Very interesting.
  • paul isakson: Hitting Reset
    "In this video, Emily Haines touches on one of the major themes felt around the world right now – a large cloud of uncertainty and doubt hangs over many people's heads. I know that on a personal level, I've never talked with so many people asking the "what do I want to do with my life" question before. People are questioning much of what they felt good about before. They are considering giving up on things they've been doing for years. They're not sure where to go or what to do next. They are searching for answers and help."

Bookmarks for March 11th

  • 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.

Bookmarks for February 19th

  • An Introduction to CSScaffold | Konigi
    "a framework that lets you focus on fitting the CSS to your design, rather than the reverse, and gives you the ability to focus on meaningful abstractions and naming rather than structural ones, so you can easily make changes in the future." – dynamic css framework. pretty bad-ass and definitely the now/future of css
  • 60 CSS Tools to reduce your work load. | TheGermz.com
    a huge amount of good resources for writing css.
  • Facebook's New Terms Of Service: "We Can Do Anything We Want With Your Content. Forever."
    facebook changes their terms of service, basically they are copyrighting anything you upload, including family photos. i don't know how sites still get away with this bullshit. i know Obama won and all, but maybe it's time for him to call up Ralph Nadar to be our "consumer protections" czar.
  • Online Backup from Backblaze
    $5 per computer per month, unlimited storage. nice price. we'll see how this stacks up to Google G-drive once that launches. anyone have any good advice on cloud-off-site backups for family home movies and photos? i back up regularly in-house but now with Lil' Man here I feel a renewed urgency to back-up my raw video/photos off-site.
  • Suie Paparude
    pretty nice band site, in russian, but the design and functionality make this an interesting link. very clever. i like. and the illustrations cool.

Bali Surfing Resources Roundup

So we’re taking off for Los Angeles tomorrow and then on to Bali, on wednesday. Things are getting down to the wire and we’re packing up as we speak. For the past month I’ve been researching off-season surfing in Bali (october to april). I’ve compiled my research into a quick guide that could possibly start as a jumping off point for people following in the same foot steps.

bali map from wannasurf.com

Bali off-season surfing summary: where to look

From my research so far, I’ve learned that Nusa Dua, Sanur and Keramas are the three main off-season surf spots. Canggu, Legian and Medewi also get some swell and Bingins is the place to go if there’s any swell at all on the right side of the bukit (southeast Bali). Bingin and Dreamland are good bases for off-season surfing, as they are located close enough to Nusa Dua to make quick trips to the break, without having to pay ridiculously expensive hotel fees for staying in Nusa.

General Surfing info

Bingin / Impossibles

If there’s no waves at Bingin, you’re hotel / guest stay will usually get you a lift over to nusa dua.

  • Suara Ombak – great guesthouse ($40-60/night)
  • Mick’s Place – pool (really nice – $60-110/night)
  • Bali Retreats – web booking for several guest stays and villas in the Bingin area
  • there are plenty of cheaper warungs in Bingin, so you can most likely just roll up and stay for around $15-20 USD/night. the same is true for Dreamland. but watch out for the bed bugs!

Canggu

Canggu is near Seminyak, north of Legain and it gets real expensive up there, you can usually catch a bemo up to canggu from kuta/legian. superb right break over lava rocks. bring the booties.

  • Desa Seni – very cool hotel (but too expensive for my budget (starts at $135, but price includes airport pickup, breakfast, yoga classes, etc…)

Sanur

They say that swell is unreliable in Sanur. 2 breaks, bring booties.

  • ‘Tanjung’ break is directly in front of Tanjung Sari hotel ($175/night – way out of the budget)
  • ‘Hyatt Reef’ break is 1km off of the Sanur Hyatt beach (big reef)
  • ‘Padang Galak’ is a reliable rivermouth beach break north of Sanur, get a bemo from Sanur

Lombok

  • Heaven on the Planet – eco-resort in Ekas, surfing destination ($15-60 USD). Supposedly breaks all year round in Ekas.
  • catch ferry from Padang Bai

Nusa Dua

Hotels are too expensive. So stay in Tanjung Benoa or Bingin/Dreamland/Balangan.

  • Catch a boat out to the break, from boat dock, south of golf course passed Bali Hilton
  • Sri Lanka break is in front of Bali Club Med

The best advice I can give to anyone who is researching surf in Bali off-season (or on-season) is to buy the Indo Surf + Lingo book. It’s worth its wait in gold. bullion. It’ll tell you where all the breaks are, how to get to them, how to navigate them, where to stay, what to do and what not to do. Don’t waste too much of your time online. Surprisingly, I’ve found very little valuable online resources. Obviously this may change, but realistically, Bali is a very popular place. So information is guarded well, as it should be. The folks behind Indo Surf + Lingo book do a great job of educating first-timers and protecting locals. Buy it, trust me.