Thursday, March 27, 2008

Take the corporate logo quiz
Arthur is the greatest weatherman ever.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Epicly Later'd - 16 part episode on skater John Cardiel

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Breakfast Cereal Character Guide
[Americans are Sheep, revisited]
A Salon analysis on the Time Magazine article claim that Americans don't care about domestic spying abuses, as long as they are accompanied by vague, dubious, or even false claims about increased security.
Japanese Taxi Lights (pingmag, via gmt+9)
$1350 Cornflake
Why do pennies persist? (NewYorker)

A Series of 4 pre-fab, low-energy house designs, by Kjellgren-Kaminksy architects
Popup Alphabet Book
60 Brilliant Typefaces for corporate design
(smashing magazine)

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Peep Easter dioramas
Wood Frog Cryogenics

Saturday, March 22, 2008

10 Recording errors that made the album
Some are a bit minor and picky, but others...

Thursday, March 20, 2008

War, jobs, economy, election be damned. Britney is still huge news.
Some stars hate the paparazzi. Others use them to reinvent themselves or increase their fame. Working with the paparazzi to create memorable shots is called “giving it up,” a sexualized metaphor that neatly captures the masculine-feminine romantic dynamic of need and reluctance that characterizes the relationship between celebrity photographers and their subjects. Paris Hilton is the Queen of Giving It Up, Dano says. “She creates the beautiful shots that we need. She is the one who wants it.” Another favorite is Lindsay Lohan. “Lindsay’s OK, but she’s kind of strange, because she can be high, or in a weird mood,” he says. His least favorite subjects are surly male stars like Leonardo di Caprio, Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, and Tom Cruise. “Jessica Simpson, she’s really sweet, she’ll give it up. Gwen Stefani is nice. She’ll give it up.” But no one in the business compares to Britney.
If I had a nickel for every time I said this...
The GOP attack plan for Obama (salon)
100 digital alarm clocks going off at once (youtube)

A gallery of intricate papercuts by Bob Ryan
A good name dragged down (Washington Post)
More American consumers have gotten caught up in a special brand of watchlist purgatory because their names are similar to ones on OFAC's list of "specially designated nationals," according to e-mails and other documents released under court order yesterday. By law, businesses are barred from conducting transactions with anyone on the list. Yesterday's court-ordered release of documents to the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, offers a window into the kinds of disruptions suffered by those ensnared in the process, as well as the difficulty of clearing their names.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

"Our dollar is worth maybe zero over here," said Mary Kelly, an American tourist from Indianapolis, Indiana, in front of the Anne Frank house. "It's hard to find a place to exchange. We have to go downtown, to the central station or post office."

Friday, March 14, 2008

More Evil Bush garbage

The Environmental Protection Agency weakened one part of its new limits on smog-forming ozone after an unusual, last-minute intervention by President Bush, according to documents released by the EPA.

EPA officials initially tried to set a lower seasonal limit on ozone to protect wildlife, parks and farmland, as required under federal law. While their proposal was less restrictive than what the EPA's scientific advisers had proposed, Bush overruled EPA officials Tuesday and ordered the agency to raise the limit, according to the documents.

"It is unprecedented and an unlawful act of political interference for the president personally to override a decision that the Clean Air Act leaves exclusively to EPA's expert scientific judgment," said John Walke, clean air director for the Natural Resources Defense Council

The Ugly Necklace Competition
Coaches drive their teams hard, using long practices to teach students to know when a pig has too much back fat or if a T-bone is cut poorly... Meat team coaches say that decisiveness is a key to meat-judging success.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Journey of Man
Excellent flash on evolution and migration of mankind

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Band video clips are a dime-a-dozen these days, but here's a nice one by Wilco on Austin City Limits: "Impossible Germany" (thanks, Pete)

Airport harassment toy. Unbelievable
Hey Hollywood! Stop everything and cancel those production company contracts. Fred and Sharon are signing deals!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Runnin' With The Beatles.

I'm sure this'll get yanked within the hour, but it's good while it lasts...
Proposition 317 : 1000000 signatures are needed to help make St. Patrick's Day an official U.S. holiday. (sponsored by Guinness)

Sunday, March 09, 2008

I hereby blame anything odd or inappropriate I may have recently said or done on this
The SIGUR RÓS film, Heima, is available on youtube in its entirety

'heima' is sigur rós's first ever film, filmed over two weeks during the summer of 2006 when the band undertook a series of free, unannounced concerts in iceland. they hauled 40-plus people round 15 locations to the furthest flung corners of their homeland for their debut venture into live film, to create something, well, inspirational.

on their way they went to ghost towns, outsider art shrines, national parks, small community halls and the absolute middle-of-nowhere-ness of the highland wilderness, as well as playing the largest gig of their career (and in icelandic history) at their homecoming reykjavik show.

'heima' (icelandic for "at home" or "homeland"), truly, shows sigur rós as never before. whereas seeing the group live is normally a large-scale and sometimes overwhelming experience, making full use of lights and mesmeric visuals, 'heima' was always intended to reveal more of what was actually going on on stage. it does this via long-held close-ups and a rare intimate proximity, without ever once breaking the spell.

loosely based on a documentary format - and including personal reflections from the band - 'heima' also serves as an alternative primer for iceland the country, which is revealed as less stag destination-du-jour and more desolate, magical place where human beings have little right to trespass.

'heima' features performances of songs from all four sigur rós albums, many radically reworked, as well as two exclusive new songs in 'guitardjamm', which was filmed inside an abandoned herring oil tank in the far west of the country, and the traditional 'a ferd til breidarfjardar 1922', performed with poet steindor andersen.

'heima' was directed by dean deblois, a long-time fan of the band and director of the oscar-nominated animated feature 'lilo & stitch', using an icelandic crew.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Balanced Finances
The Desktop Wallpaper Project
A look at the mental health consequences of when collecting becomes hoarding

Beyond our Solar System
A laser-etched model of 80000 of the Milky Way's stars. In miniature.
Manufacturing canned beverages (Core77)

Hidden Town
Gregor Graf's online exhibition of urban scenes with all signs, people removed.
10 trends that will define logo design in 2008
Americans' percentage of equity in their homes fell below 50 percent for the first time on record since 1945, the Federal Reserve said Thursday.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

7 insane conspiracies that actually happened (Cracked)
The Wire's War on the Drug War

If asked to serve on a jury deliberating a violation of state or federal drug laws, we will vote to acquit, regardless of the evidence presented. Save for a prosecution in which acts of violence or intended violence are alleged, we will — to borrow Justice Harry Blackmun's manifesto against the death penalty — no longer tinker with the machinery of the drug war. No longer can we collaborate with a government that uses nonviolent drug offenses to fill prisons with its poorest, most damaged and most desperate citizens.

Jury nullification is American dissent, as old and as heralded as the 1735 trial of John Peter Zenger, who was acquitted of seditious libel against the royal governor of New York, and absent a government capable of repairing injustices, it is legitimate protest.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Moses high?
The National Academy of Engineering has released their "Grand Challenges in Engineering" list (see sidebar)
Clean water and affordable solar are great... but Enhancing VR?

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

I found the NYTimes Migraine Art slideshow today as I coincidentally have a pounding headache that won't go away. Images like this definitely don't help.
Joyrider bike wheel lights
This is the best way to get your monitor screen clean

Proposals for the George W. Bush Library

Monday, March 03, 2008