Friday, December 28, 2007

F is for Friday, F is for "Find Us"

"don't approach me in a physical manner cause the cannon I'm holding ain't a digital camera"...



From the new Mark Ronson release a very soulful cover of The Smiths "Stop Me".


Untitled from TheShermanFoundation on Vimeo.



And to put you in a Friday kind of mood, classic Ronson OOH WEE!



Cluster Analysis: 4AM

It's 2:00AM, I can't sleep so I do what I usually do, I watch science lectures, author interviews or the excellents talks from the TED conference. This is the one I just watched. Very fun.



OK. I still can't sleep. let's see if we can find more fun stuff by Reves..





Thursday, December 27, 2007

Pecha Kucha (and Presentation Zen)

I was recently introduced to the concept of Pecha Kucha (pronounced peh-chak-cha). A formalized presentation structure in which the presenter is limited to 20 slides and given 20 seconds to speak on each slide.

From Wikipedia:
Pecha Kucha was started in Tokyo, Japan in February 2003 by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham as a designers' show and tell event to attract more people to SuperDeluxe, their multi-media experimental event space they had set up in Roppongi.

The idea behind Pecha Kucha is to keep presentations concise, the interest level up and to have many presenters sharing their ideas within the course of one night. Therefore the 20x20 Pecha Kucha format was created: each presenter is allowed a slideshow of 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each. This results in a total presentation time of 6 minutes 40 seconds on a stage before the next presenter is up. Each event usually has 14 presenters. Presenters (and much of the audience) are usually from the design, architecture, photography, art and creative fields, but recently it has also streched over to the business world.


Since then the concept has spread. If you visit Pecha Kucha.org you can see the listings for "Pecha Kucha Nights" being held in cities all over the world.

Here is an example of a Pecha Kucka presentation I found on YouTube on the subject of "Emotionally intelligent signage".




Another excellent resource and favorite site of mine is Presentation Zen.



The post comparing the presentations of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are a classic: Gates, Jobs, & the Zen aesthetic

Analog / Digital

I was in a restaurant recently and walked into the restroom to find 2 urinals. 1 analog and 1 digital.



This isn't the first time I've noticed this. Mesa Grill used to have an analog-digital split but eventally went digital-digital.

The Old Grey Lady Wants to Get in My Pants

I just listened to an amusing piece on NPR by Brian Unger on "and the seeming obsession among writers and editors of The New York Times with the mind of the American bachelor": The 'Times' Fascination with the Single Man

The article was in response to this post on Gawker:
Coming to a Sunday Styles Near You: 'Yellow-Light Bachelors'

And a string of NYTimes articles in the past:
Metrosexuals Come Out

Gay or Straight? Hard to Tell

The Man Date

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

History of the Cell Phone

From NPR


Untitled from TheShermanFoundation on Vimeo.

Monday, December 24, 2007

On Creative, Political and Personal Process: Losing It

I spotted this in a list of Top 10 Viral Videos of 2007. How the hell did I miss this? Wow-wee-wow-wow!!!



I've watched this over and over and really gave some thought to this. I think the first reaction most people have is "oh my god, he totally goes nuts". There is such a stigma to being emotional in out culture, just ask Howard Dean, or view the reactions to the infamous Steve Ballmer video.





Business and Social etiquette encourage us to remain calm and proper. In reality, that isn't always the best strategy. Even Jesus let it loose once on the pharasis in the temple. Sometimes life and creation require a lttle firepower and a force, and it's a good thing.

The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.
-William Blake

On some level fear of acting out has become a means of social control. Anyone who acts in a display of emotion or force is immediately marked as an outcast. When the Enron scandal broke people should have been in the fucking streets throwing fucking rocks and bottles. Not just the hardworking people jacked out of their savings, everyone. The rolling balckouts in California, in my view, were acts of treason. What happened? Everyone rolled over. I have a friend that likes to sat "the only people that roll over are the one's that like to get fucked."

God bless David O. Russell for his passion and fire. Birthing a film through the movie making process isn't easy.

The Sherman Foundation would like to extend it's blessing to you to go out there and lose your shit once in a while. It's ok. It might even be necessary.

Al, take us out, show us how to do it.


Untitled from TheShermanFoundation on Vimeo.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Fun with Craigslist: Aging Creative Hack with small penis, poor speller, seeks companionship.

Thinking about Cajun Boy's experiments on Craigslist I was reminded of something did this past Autumn. I was dating someone and when asked where we met (why do people always ask that?) I would tell people that she responded to a Craigslist ad I poste The ad read: Aging Creative Hack with small penis, poor speller, seeks companionship.


The girl I was seeing dared me to actually post that and see what kind of results I got. I immediately got 2 responses:


#1
Hello, how are you.
I saw your ad on craigslist. I live in Manhattan. If you like my pic
email me back and we can go on from there. Please send pics too.


#2
amazingly proficient creative with tiny vag....
good match no?

Maybe there is someone for everyone.

Cajun Boy, Craigslist and a raw portrait of human behavior for the holidays

Craigslist occupies an interesting spot withing the social media world. As a national and relatively uncensored exchange platform it acts as everything from a flea market and job board to a place where people attempt to meet unfulfilled sexual and relationship needs. I spotted a post recently from an x-girlfriend trolling for men at 1:30 AM on a Saturday night. Times are tough for many people in this area of their lives even in a city as filled with people as New York.

It is within the area of sex and relationships that Craigslist's notorious reputation as a somewhat seedy place is born. The open nature of Craigslist also makes it rife with scam and deception. A common reaction of people viewing the "casual encounters" section is a disbelief in the authenticity of the posts.

In a series of brilliant plays my friend Cajun Boy has leveraged the unique aspects of Craigslists to create works of social satire and digital terrorism.

In his latest piece he poses as a Banker whose girlfriend has just left him. With his staggering year-end bonus, loneliness and large penis he turns to Craigslist to seek solace and company through the holidays. The result is a "teasing out" of a very real portrait of human behavior that only Cajun Boy mixed with something as raw as Craigslist could deliver.

His lengthy blogpost is a must read: "fancy being lavished during the holidays?"

Amazing stuff. I love you brother, keep up the good work!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Season's Greetings


Untitled from TheShermanFoundation on Vimeo.

Like candy for your brain

I was listening to an NPR interview with Laurence Green of Fallon London and he was asked "How do you sell a chocolate bar with a gorilla playing the drums?". This was in reference to a recent ad that his office created for Cadbury.



His explanation was the admission that with a product like a chocolate bar there is "no news" to telegraph about the product. It's a simple thing that's been around for decades. The ad however was created from the position that candy bars are "a simple bit of joy in peoples live" and the advertising for them can be just that as well.

This is a rough I created for Reeses Peanut Butter Cups last year while freelancing at an agency. I threw it together in about an hour with the help of King Friday. The design could have been better but it doesn't take away from the fun of this little spot. Like many of my great ideas it never left the agency walls. (You can lead a horticulture but...)



Untitled from TheShermanFoundation on Vimeo.

The 5 part mashup I had n mind for the king size was sick!



Thursday, December 20, 2007

Led Zepplin. It's a healthy thing to do and a healthy way to do it.



I couldn't resist. Jimmy Page is starting to look like the creepy Quaker Oats pedafile.

Foie Gras Review: Soho House

Had diner last night with the lovely Kathryn at the Soho house. I ordered the Hudson Valley Duck and seared foie gras. The two pieces of foie gras were good but I'm not sure I dig the duck on duck format. I'm a purist and enjoy giving my full attention to succulent pieces of duck liver without other distractions on the plate. I give it a 6.5.



The highlight of the evening was randomly bumping into some of K's friends on the sidewalk and hitting the Bowery Bar for a show. Ingrid was performing. An amazingly talented young girl. Her stories and banter between songs was very charming.
Check out her site.


Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Sherman Foundation Salutes: Joe Kittinger

From Wikipedia:

Joseph William Kittinger II (born July 27, 1928) is a former pilot and career military officer in the United States Air Force. He is most famous for his participation in Project Man High and Project Excelsior and also, as being the first man to make a solo crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in a gas balloon.




he made a series of three parachute jumps wearing a pressurized suit, from a helium balloon with an open gondola.

The first, from 76,400 feet (23,287 m) in November, 1959 was a near tragedy when an equipment malfunction caused him to lose consciousness, but the automatic parachute saved him (he went into a flat spin at a rotational velocity of 120 rpm; the g-force at his extremities was calculated to be over 22 times that of gravity, setting another record). Three weeks later he jumped again from 74,700 feet (22,769 m). For that return jump Kittinger was awarded the Leo Stevens parachute medal.

This video is quite amazing.




Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Stories of Aesthetic Experience: Hair Cuts

It's been a while since I penned a longer piece synthesizing my interests in aesthetics and consumer culture. Here is the first in a new series I will be doing on "Aesthetic Experiences".

The idea behind this series it to share observations about consumer rituals from the perspective of my of daily life. This first piece is about the varieties of experiences I've had getting my hair cut. These posts are less about particular brands and more about the types of possible experiences available in the hyper-branded world of contemporary Manhattan.

I used to get my hair cut at a salon called Aerea in Union Square. It isn't there anymore. Albert cut my hair, gave me the best haircuts of my life. They also took the longest. I would sit for almost an hour while he worked with patience and precision, resculpting my hair back into shape. The cut's cost me $100 and I tipped $20. At the time I was also going to Pere Michel for coloring. The annual expenditure on hair was substantial given that I'm a guy that likes his hair tidied up every three weeks. The staff and the salon itself were relitively "cool" and there were always attractive women to look at. I didn't mind the price but the length of time, despite the great chats I had with Albert, were torture for a guy of my energy levels and fidgitiness. The lengthy bleach and color process at Pere Michel were even longer and harder for me to bear.

(I actually have a theory that in more high-end establishments, where length of visit is prolonged that the experience becomes more about "belonging", it creates in a sense "virtual clubs" where ideas of Membership" "inclusion" and "exclusion" come into play. I will save more on that for another time.)

While traveling in Europe and Egypt I decided to shave my head. The 1 1/2 guard on a pair of clippers leave a nice layer of suede over the scalp. That shift in style ended my visits to Aerea. For the next year I would go to a barbershack and pay $9.99 for someone, it didn't mater who, to buzz my head. I would pay with a 20 and let them keep the change. Although it was always someone different that buzzed me I NEVER waited. I liked that... A LOT. A $10 tip was all it took to never wait no matter how busy it was or how many other people were waiting. I was also in and out of there in about 12 minutes.

Now that my hair is longer I've searched in vain to find someone that can cut my hair as well as Albert. I haven't found them and I have no idea whatever became Albert.

One day, about six months ago, I was in a rush and went into a barbershop across the street from my apt. It's the kind of place I can't imagine will be in New York much longer. I position it as belonging to the same place-in-time as the Palmolive ads, the one's with Marge, the sassy Italian women that would tell her clients "you're soaking in it". (I bet today you can't find a single Italian woman working in a Manhattan nail salon.) This barbershop has an older, all male, European staff. Italian or Greek mostly, but my guy is Columbian. From the looks of the bits of clutter, it's been around for quite some time. It's not unsanitary by any means but it isn't spotlessly clean or modern in any sense of the word. One of the defining characteristics of an old-school barbershop like this is the presence of Playboy and Penthouse magazines among the sports and news periodicals. Where else can you flip through a porno mag in public and have it be a perfectly natural and proper act in that setting.

(I believe the retro-sexism that has become so common in advertising is a result of the feminizing of male experiences. Men don't do to barabershops anymore, they go to salons whose experiences are modeled after those of women.)

The primary reason I keep going back to the neighborhood barbershop is the ease-of-use. It's never busy so I'm seated and cut right away. It's also inexpensive, $27 bucks and I throw another $5 on top for my guy. The haircuts aren't bad either. they're actually quite good for as quick as they're executed.

There are other reasons I keep going. A certain charm about the experience. It's so very different from the posh and cool salons that I've spent much money and many hours in. Most of today's salons are takes on the same model (scaled across tiers of pricing). The metaphor employed by them is artist's or designer's studio, sometimes going so far as to place the (real or fictitious) European Masters' name on the door. My neighborhood barbershop is an almost "undesigned experience" which owes it's form more to the invisible processes of time and history. There are the personal artifacts and collected memorabilia gathered over time that linger on shelves and walls. There are also the differences in "interpersonal theater", the style of exchange and banter that comes organically from men who have spent years shooting the shit with each other. (It's really quite hilarious to listen to.)

For the cultural ethnologist in me it's an intellectual exercise in stepping outside of contemporary Manhattan culture so that I may see it more clearly. A shifting of perspective that allows one to really see the details.

For the art director in me it is a study in setting and history. It feels a bit like time travel, visiting a part of a bygone New York.

By being a patron of a local shop like this also imbues one with a feeling of being connected and part of the neighborhood. If I leave my apt and see my guy in front I give a wave or one of my trademark "Ka Kaw's". Those moments have a very different type of emotional resonance.

I traverse New York better than most. I can hang uptown and I can roll downtown. I have by nature and experience a sophisticated and developed sense of taste, but it doesn't shut me off from the rougher and cruder sides of life. I like, and I'm as comfortable eating at Nello's as I am at Grey's Papaya. The Met Museum and the graffiti on Spring St (and Elizabeth) are both relevant points on the cultural grid. For me it's more about the nuances and differences experienced across the spread.

Some of this comes naturally and some of it comes from deliberate philosophical positions.

In my posts on Virtuosity vs Expression I talk about the benefit of ceasing to use value judgements in the processing of aesthetic experiences. You stop thinking when you use words like "good" and "bad". The world become much more fascination when you use ask yourself "what's happening" and "how does this work".

In my posts on

Creative vs Non-Creative Consuming I've written about the flattening of and the potentially diminished range of available experiences.

In future posts in this series I will be exploring the "unfathomable aspects of restaurant design" and "deviations in the dining experience."



Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Supernice

Kiara, my girl in Amsterdam, just turned me on to
Supernice. Super cool, customizable wall decals.



She specifically pointed out the crocodile to me becuase she knows that they are my favorite.



Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Great Art Director Escape

Someone just sent me this, not sure who did it, but it's awesome.




I am Legend

I just got back from the New York premier of
"I am Legend".

BIG THANKS to CC Chapman for the hook-up on the ticks!
Thanks brother. Looking forward to seeing you next week.

The free popcorn and soda didn't make up for the chaotic seating, the shitty makeshift theater, the small screen and poor visibility for most of the crowd. (Steve describe it as being like in India watching a movie that's being projected onto a sheet on the side of someones house.) Warner Brothers should be ashamed at the evening's shitty event management. Way to turn a special event into an insult.

That said, it was great to hear Will Smith intro the film. Is there anyone as likable in Hollywood. The move: FUCKING DOPE. A extremely well crafted film. Will is fantastic in it.

You can't really see anything but this is Will before the screening.



Trailer 1



Trailer 2






Make my logo bigger cream

and White-space Eliminator!



makemylogobiggercream

Maintaining a sense of uncertainty: Mysterious mammal caught on film

More signs the world (and reality) are not what they appear to be and that our models need constant adjustment.




Untitled from mrfruitypants on Vimeo.


VIA BBC News: Mysterious mammal caught on film.

An "extraordinary" desert creature has been caught on camera for what scientists believe is the first time.

The long-eared jerboa, a tiny nocturnal mammal that is dwarfed by its enormous ears, can be found in deserts in Mongolia and China.

Zoological Society of London (ZSL) scientist Jonathan Baillie said the footage was helping researchers to learn more about the mysterious animal.

The species is classified as endangered on the IUCN Red list.


These creatures hop just like a kangaroo; it is amazing to watch
Dr Jonathan Baillie, ZSL

The unusual animals were filmed in the Gobi desert during an expedition led by Dr Baillie.

Read the entire article here.

Burn your panties! Nundies are here!

Nundies are a one-time use, pantyless panty that adheres to the inside inseam of a woman's pants. Nundies are a great fashion solution product for women who want to go bare-down-there without the discomfort of itchy clothing. Nundies also save women from the embarrassment of tacky panty lines and from having to wear uncomfortable thongs.



Typography: The Logos of 2.0

The Logos of Web 2.0, a great post on the FontShop blog (The FontFeed) that reviews the logos of comapnies in the 2.0 space. They settled on 4 categories: The Softies, The Futurists, The Classics and the New Classics.



Sunday, December 09, 2007

Fresh Whole Rabbit & Anal Douches. What's the connection?

Maybe there was confusion around "Fresh Whole" and "Fresh Hole".



They both appear on this Amazon page. It seems that people who bought "Fresh Whole Rabbit" also purchased "Anal Douches". Or so we are to believe.




Speaking of rabbit. I love saddle of rabbit... delicious. The best saddle of rabbit that I ever had was at Lucknam Park (England). Beautiful place, worth the jaunt out if you're in London and have time for a day (or two) trip.




Speaking of anuses, here's a fresh gift idea. The Super Duper Reindeer Pooper. Craps Jellybeans. Brooke, I bought one of these for you last night.



Sunday School @ TSF: How much is a billion?

The next time you hear a politician use the word 'billion' in a casual manner, think about whether you want the 'politicians' spending YOUR tax money.

A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of its releases.

A. A billion seconds ago it was 1959.

B. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.

C. A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.

D. A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.

E. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate our government is spending it.

While this thought is still fresh in our brain, let's take a look at New Orleans It's amazing what you can learn with some simple division. Louisiana Senator, Mary Landrieu (D), is presently asking the Congress for $250 BILLION to rebuild New Orleans. Interesting number, what does it mean?

A. Well, if you are one of 484,674 residents of New Orleans (every man, woman, child), you each get $516,528.

B. Or, if you have one of the 188,251 homes in New Orleans , your home gets $1,329,787.

C. Or, if you are a family of four, your family gets $2,066,012.


No matter which of God's special creatures you are, don't do drugs. Users are losers, stay in school.



Saturday, December 08, 2007

Design Matters: Netflix Envelopes

An interesting story, VIA Engadget, about problems the US Postal Service has had with the design of the Netflix Envelopes.



You know those handy mailers that you've been sending back to Netflix for ages as you eagerly await the next few flicks in your queue? Apparently, those buggers have cost the US Postal Service a staggering $41.9 million in additional labor costs over the past two years due to their "nonmachinable nature," and if things aren't changed, it could cost 'em another $61.5 million over the next couple years. In a letter from the Inspector General's office, Netflix is being, um, asked to rework its mailers or face a $0.17 surcharge per envelope, and if such a fee was tacked on, it would reportedly decrease the outfit's monthly operating income per paying subscriber by a whopping 67-percent. Not surprisingly, it sounds as if Netflix will bite the bullet and redesign the problematic mailer if the USPS is serious about the charges, so feel free to keep an eye out for a design change in the not-too-distant future.

Fuck you! I am HR.

In addition to the creative duties I had at the last shop I was at, I was also HR. That is one of the cool things about working for a couple of great guys at a small vibrant shop. I'm gonna miss you guys. Meltz, you did a great job on this poster.



My HR department has 2 mottos:
"Fuck you! I am HR".
and
"Another line successfully crossed".

I actually made a rough for a poster that was titled:
"Where you may and may not touch your Continuity coworker"
It consisted of a picture of a GI Joe doll with arrows pointing to various body parts and three check boxes "yes, no, with permission".

Did anyone save that thing?

Naked Twister, Outlawed

'Naked Twister' nights inspire suburb's sex club ban




DUNCANVILLE, Texas (AP) -- The most popular address on Cedar Ridge Drive is Jim Trulock's split-level home, which has a group sex room and attracts as many as 100 people to swinger parties featuring "Naked Twister" nights.
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Duncanville city officials met recently to outlaw sex clubs in residential areas.

But the festivities could soon be over. In response to neighbors' complaints, the city has outlawed sex clubs in residential areas. Citations have been issued, and search warrants may be next.

"It's crazy that they want to force their morality down our throats," said Dawn Burton, 45, a regular guest at the parties. "We're all frustrated."


The Sherman Foundation Salutes: Erik Crespo

Teen Suspect’s MP3 Recording Lands Cop in Trouble

Murder suspect Erik Crespo, 17 years old at the time of a 2005 New Year’s Eve elevator shooting in New York City, was questioned by Detective Christopher Perino. But the detective later denied that any questioning had taken place, only to discover Crespo had used his MP3 player to record the interrogation, AP reports. The recording, which displayed questionable tactics on Perino’s part, was enough to arraign the detective on 12 counts of first-degree perjury yesterday, and he faces up to seven years for each count.

Crespo, who faced 25 years if convicted, was offered a deal by prosecutors to serve 7 years if he pleaded guilty to a weapons charge. According to AP, he accepted the bargain.







Friday, December 07, 2007

He'll spin you... he'll spin you for real

I just stumbled across the video for the 2003 remake of Dead or Alives "You Spin Me Round" and wasn't really sure that it was Pete Burns I was looking at. It was. It appears that he had some work done on his face and it didn't go well.



From Wikipedia

Burns has had extensive polyacrylamide injections into his lips, along with cheek implants, several nose jobs and many tattoos. He revealed in early 2006 in a pre-Big Brother interview that he had spent almost all of his life savings on eighteen months of reconstructive surgery after a procedure on his lips went horribly wrong.


Burns's autobiography, Freak Unique, was released in May 2006. In it, he writes candidly about his life and reveals that he was raped at a young age by a man who was never prosecuted. Burns also writes about his endurance of depression and his harrowing suicide attempts.


You Spin Me Round 2003



You Spin Me Round, The Original



One last interesting tid bit from Wikipedia. Burns owned a coat made of monkey skin:

Burns appeared on Channel 4's Celebrity Big Brother 2006 in the UK, eventually coming fifth on the show's final episode. After he claimed that his coat was made from gorilla skin, police removed the coat from the house, without Burns' knowledge or consent, for testing. Ownership of products made from gorilla is illegal in the UK without a licence. Tests found the coat was in fact made of Colobus monkeys, another endangered species. As a result the case was passed to the Crown Prosecution Service who determined that the pelts used to make the coat were imported before 1975, when it became illegal to import Colobus fur, and as such will not be pressing charges [4]. This greatly upset animal rights campaigners [5].

F is for Friday, F is for Film

This is for Brooke. Can't wait to see you in the "F is for Flesh".




Thursday, December 06, 2007

Sexual Jealousy

Sexual Jealousy is a powerful emotion that doesn't get the attention, exploration and cultural discussion that maybe it should. Kubrick's final film "Eyes Wide Shut" was a failed attempt to explore that world. Sexual jealousy moves people to irrational sometimes murderous behavior. In other instances it destroys lives completely.

If you haven't watched the talk I posted given by Helen Fisher on Lust, Romantic Love, Deep Attachment, you should. It's outstanding.

From artist Björn Franke
Traces of an Imaginary Affair | 2006
Mixed media | 1 object 335/265/66 | 9 c-prints 400/300




"The project investigates how jealousy can be instigated intentionally in relationships, which often serves to bolster self esteem or to test the strength of partnerships. A kit containing a set of nine tools is used as an agent to create an imaginary affair. These tools can be used to leave marks on the body such as bite marks, carpet burns, bondage marks, love bites, scratches and bruises. Probes of perfume, lipstick and hair can be applied to either the body or clothes. The kit enables partners to exhibit their obsessive behaviour, a form of psychological warfare, in the most effective way – rather than subjecting it to restrictive cultural norms."

Unlike feelings of "disgust", feelings of sexual jealousy may not be something you want to explore as "aesthetic experience". Remember the boiled bunny?

SEE: Sweet, Sweet Repulsion from The Sherman Foundation Archives.


Its a Virtual Kiss off!

This site from Stimorol Chewing Gum allows you to challenge others to a virtual kiss off. Choose your character and then use a series of sliders to select your style of attack. Friends are invited to the challenge VIA email and the resulting battle is played back as a video.



I took this video screen capture to show how the process works. Of interest is the video service I used for the upload, Vimeo. They now support HD and 16:9 size format.


Untitled from mrfruitypants on Vimeo.

Props to my boy Detroit Dave for turning me on to this.

Design Blogs

Hot Pawel sent me two links to cool design blogs yesterday.

Dezeen A design and architecture blog.
See their post on The Dairy House. A project by architect Charlotte Skene Catling, which is shortlisted for the Bombay Sapphire Prize.







The other is MOCO LOCO. I love the table by Reinier De Jong the featured.



A letter from the editor

I've gotten so many wonderful emails recently from people complimenting me on the work done here at The Sherman Foundation that I thought I should take a moment out and thank everyone that stops or has stopped by. Thank you, I am deeply honored that you would take time from your own busy life and spend it here with me.

This really is a project of passion. Something I do after my day job and the volunteer work I do teaching underprivileged children how to slip past motion detectors and disable infrared sensors. It's ad-free and I have no intention of monetizing it. (I wouldn't make anything)

It's been a crazy year but its finishing on high notes. On a personal and professional level I have some amazing things happening now that I'm not quite prepared to share, but stay tuned. You can look forward to a redesigned and expanded Sherman Foundation in 08.





Yours Sincerly,

Thomas "Always outnumbered never outgunned" Sherman

The Sherman Foundation
"Crossing Lines Since 1968"


Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Nothing Compares to U

This video was done by Tor Myhren, the new ECD of Grey New York. I had an opportunity to do some work for him and a friend/former colleague over the weekend. Great guy, I wish him and the close friends I have there luck in transforming one of the largest/oldest agencies in NY into something that catches everyone off gaurd.

This video was done as an internal piece to anounce the move of the creative group to the 2nd floor. (I think I've interpreted the lyrics properly.)



A few side notes.

When I got the call from Grey that they wanted me to come in and do some work with Tor over the weekend I gooogled "Tor Myhren" to see what's what, as I always do. The next thing I always do is check to see if people have purchased the url's for their own names. I am now the proud owner of tormyhren.com and tormyhren.net.

I also own mikelanzi.com and mikelanzi.net (President of Strawberry Frog). In fact... Mike, I just renewed your shit.

One last thing.

My favorite line from Tor's video is: “I went to Steve Hardwick and guess what he told me, guess what he told me… he said, girl, you better build a good department and you better make it quick. But, he’s a dick.” A LOT of people say Steve Hardwick (President of Grey NY) is a big asshole but I think he's a great guy, I'm constantly defending him.


-------UPDATE-------- Just got this email frmm Mike Lanzi.

12/06/08 12:32 AM


mike lanzi to me

The last line killed me.
It fuckin' killed me.
I'm on the floor...
...because it fuckin' killed me.
Wow.
The whole ending..., what with the .com / .net reference... awesome.
Just back from Plano.


mike lanzi


------------------------------------



Mike! Love you brother!
When are we getting together... so many changes, so many great things to tell you about.



The Dexia Tower’s Giant Light Show

Hot Pawel just turned me on to this. Badass. Thank's P.



there are other vides on YouTube but thats the coolest.



More pics on Trendhunter.

The New Captain America is... Puerto Rican

Marvel Comics unveiled a newly designed Captain America.



However, as some clever bastard has pointed out, the way his costume is designed it looks like the Puerto Rican flag on his chest.



If that isn't funny enough, look at the comments on Fark. Here are some of my favorites:

Puerto Rican Captain America. With a gun.

The important thing is that his ripped ab muscles are well defined in his new suit so that a new generation of children can have access to homoerotica.

I have a Captain America action figure that is older than me. And it has a bulge.

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: I think the bigger question is "Why is there a star shaped bullseye over his heart?"
Real men show you where to shoot them, if you can live long enough to get the shot off.

Instead of a gun he should be holding an ice pick.

If he were really Puerto Rican then he'd be shown holding a zip-gun

"Until the sun shines out of your ass...

use an energy efficient lightblub." From Greenpeace of all people, nicely done!



Red Bull's "Wings" clipped by Church

Red Bull pulls nativity ad




ROME (Reuters) - An angry Italian priest has persuaded soft drinks company Red Bull to withdraw an advertisement setting its product in a nativity scene on the grounds it is disrespectful to Christianity.

Father Marco Damanti, from Sicily, wrote to the makers of the caffeinated energy drink denouncing their commercial as "a blasphemous act" and said on Monday he had received a prompt reply promising to remove it from Italian television.

The advert depicted four wise men, instead of three, visiting Mary and the Baby Jesus in Bethlehem. The fourth wise man bore a can of the soft drink.

"The image of the sacred family has been represented in a sacrilegious way," Father Damanti told Corriere della Sera. "Whatever the ironic intentions of Red Bull, the advert pokes fun at the nativity, and at Christian sensitivity."

The priest also objected to the company's slogan, "Red Bull gives you wings," said by angels in the animated advert.

The commercial is by no means the first to fall foul of Italian religious sensibilities. Sony, fashion house Marithe et Francois Girbaud, and pop singer Madonna are among those whose adverts have been banned on the grounds of religion.

(Reporting by Liz Rusbridger; Editing by Sophie Walker)



Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Shermanism: Divorcasaurus Rex

Divorcasaurus Rex: A person so old and so bad at intimate relationships that you can map evolution through the trail of bodies they have left behind.

This actually qualifies as a Shermanism and mythical creature (SEE: THE PORPICORN, and the "Shermanism" label below.



I was on iChat with Kobe56, talking about a former colleague and my hands just started typing "he's a Divorcasaurus Rex" I swear I'm not even in control anymore, the holy spirit (or the devil) just plunge this shit into my cranium. I'm a vessle, an instrument.....

Japanese Binocular Soccer




Monday, December 03, 2007

Political Web Judo

Obama Launches Website to Track Clinton's 'Attacks'

Democrat Barack Obama's presidential campaign launched a new website Monday that has a single purpose: to track and highlight rival Hillary Clinton's negative comments about Obama. The minisite, simply named Hillary Attacks, catalogs negative newspaper articles, speeches and press releases that the New York senator's campaign has issued that the Obama campaign says are personal attacks on Obama's character.




What's smart: Using the opponents energy against them.
What's dumb: Democrats continue to circle the wagons and shoot in.


Mother Nature... naughty minx!

NSFK (Not Safe for Kitchen)

A big Sherman Foundation thanks to Meltz for sending this along. I'm gonna miss working with you (for now), brother, you have my Lifelong love and adoration. Ka Kaw!

















VIA >>>

FROM THE SHERMAN FOUNDATION ARCHIVES: Mother Nature... Bloody Bitch (One of the most remarkable videos you will ever see.)

Tits 'N Tats






On display at the Perry Rubenstein Galery.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Sunday School @ TSF

I thought this week we would just watch a cartoon. My girl Brooke just posted this to my FaceBook FunWall, an outstanding little piece. Thanks Brooke.




SUNDAY SCHOOL BONUS
Kobe56 sent me this, seems to think tha I am the third guy. I'm so misunderstood. ;)

Kobe56: "we should shoot this bit and put it on youtube. you for sure are the third and last guy."

Three men died on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint Peter at the pearly gates. 'In honor of this holy season,' Saint Peter said, 'You must each possess something that symbolizes Christmas to get into heaven.' The first man fumbled through his pockets and pulled out a lighter. He flicked it on. 'It represents a candle', he said. 'You may pass through the pearly gates,' Saint Peter said. The second man reached into his pocket and pulled out a set of keys. He shook them and said, 'They're bells.' Saint Peter said 'You may pass through the pearly gates'. The third man started searching desperately through his pockets and finally pulled out a pair of women's panties. St. Peter looked at the man with a raised eyebrow and asked, 'And just what do those symbolize?' The man replied, 'These are Carols.'

Saturday, December 01, 2007

If I were a state my flower would be:

The Dodder Vine


If iI were a state my motto would be:

Fuck You, I am HR.



If i were a state my song would be: The Boy with a Thorn in his side.



Friday, November 30, 2007

David Liebe Hart: I want to kiss her on the lips!

Hilarious... Happy Friday!




The Sherman Foundation Salutes: Evel Knievel

Evel Knievel Dies at 69
By MITCH STACY – 40 minutes ago
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Evel Knievel, the hard-living motorcycle daredevil whose exploits made him an international icon in the 1970s, died Friday. He was 69.
Knievel's death was confirmed by his granddaughter, Krysten Knievel. He had been in failing health for years, suffering from diabetes and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable condition that scarred his lungs.
Knievel had undergone a liver transplant in 1999 after nearly dying of hepatitis C, likely contracted through a blood transfusion after one of his bone-shattering spills.




Something to offend everyone

TShirt Hell





PhizzPop

This PhizzPop Desig Challenge is TONIGHT!



New York
Hiro Ballroom
http://www.themaritimehotel.com/hiroBallroom.html
363 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
212-242-4300
Doors Open: 6pm
End Time: 11pm then club opens to public welcome to stay
Directions


ABOUT:
36 teams enter. 1 team leaves.

The PhizzPop Design Challenge pits top interactive, Web, and design agencies against one another to push the limits of technology and creativity in a battle royale. Think Mad Max for design.

The regional teams have been selected and will duke it out in New York, Boston, Chicago, Austin, and Los Angeles, with the regional winners competing against one another, and San Francisco winner AKQA, at the South by Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin, TX.

Setting Sun

I just came across this Oasis version of The Chemical Brother's song Setting Sun. Very cool. I wish they would do a studio verson like this.



The video for the Chemical Brother's version.



When culture kills

Yesterday at work I brought up Christo's Ubrellas and the fact that a viewer was killed by the project.

Two people died during the construction and exhibition. A woman, Laurie Mathews, was killed when one of the screens hit her because of a wind gust, and a man, Masaaki Nakamura, was fatally electrocuted while removing umbrellas when he came into contact with a high voltage power line. (From Wikipedia)




I see in the news today that culture has struck again: Cannon explodes during salute, killing two

From July 2006
Two killed as artwork 'lifts off'
Two people have been killed and 13 injured after a giant, inflatable sculpture blew free from its moorings.



The Falcon and the Snake

"Friend of the Foundation" Tom Malinowski sent this to me. Tom care to explain this?



Thursday, November 29, 2007

Wet Brain Wit & Wisdom

Dewarisms, sounds like a slurred mispronunciation by someone with Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome but is actually Bacardi USA's latest campaign for Dewars. It suposedly ressurects tidbits of wisdon from Sir Thomas Dewars.

It would probably be a lot more fun campaign if the quotes were from a slurring, inapropriate, wet-brained alcoholic.
Can you image junk like: "if it weren't for their boobies, we'd hunt em." Or maybe a consumer-generated campaign inviting American Indians to talk about the impact of whiskey on their people.

The "spirits" category is probably the one with the biggest gap between romanced promise and ugly reality.

I am reminded of Jeff Koon's Luxury and Degredation series.







Wednesday, November 28, 2007

BLIP FEST

The Blp Festival kicks off tomorrow.



About:
Manhattan art space The Tank and New York artist collective 8bitpeoples announce the Blip Festival 2007, a four-day music and multimedia event taking place in New York City November 29 - December 2, 2007. Focusing on the modern artistic exploration of primitive video game and home computer technology and featuring 40 musicians and visualists from around the world, the Blip Festival showcases artists adopting and repurposing familiar but forgotten hardware - such as the Commodore 64, the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Atari game console and home computer line, and the Nintendo Game Boy - exploring their untapped potential and unique aesthetic character. The festival's nightly concerts and daytime screenings, workshops, and presentations are supplemented by B I T M A P : as good as new, an adjunct visual art exhibition, held at acclaimed Brooklyn gallery vertexList. The Blip Festival 2007 offers a fascinating cross-section of the chiptune musical aesthetic and related low-bit visual art, in an explosive event taking place at the epicenter of the creative world.

Last year's promotional video



This is the sort of stuff you can expect at Blip.





Casted

A friend/coworker produced these (but go ahead and shit on em anyway he can take it, right Greg????).

Starring Jon Togo and Justin Long









Self-Improvement Advice (from Satan)

1 - Borrow money from pessimists — they don’t expect it back.

2 - Half the people you know are below average.

3 - 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.

4 - 82.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

5 - A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.

6 - A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

7 - The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

8 - If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.

9 - Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.

10 - When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

11 - Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.

12 - Hard work pays off in the future, laziness pays off now.

13 - I intend to live forever……so far, so good.

14 - Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.

15 - If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

16 - A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.

17 - Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.

18 - The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.

19 - The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up.


VIA: Retired at 21

BOOSH is back!

The Mighty Boosh

Season 3, Episode 1

Watch it now, YouTube has been taking the new episodes down.





Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Web Design: Audi R8

A beatiful site designed for the Audi R8.



My favorite part is actualy the seup:
The slowest car we've ever built.
To create the Audi R8, 70 highly skiled workers fit over 5,000 unique parts one by one, producing just 25 cars each day.

This is an outrage!

Adweek story: Talbots Picks Publicis

All I can say is they had beter not of stolen my campaign idea. See below.



Infographics: The Star Wars Saga in 1 pic.

Fan made, I believe. Very fun.



VIA DIGG

Monday, November 26, 2007

Dangerous Ideas: Howard Bloom

It has been my intention to write a review of Howard Bloom's Lucifer Principle since the day I started ths blog. It is one of the most fascinating books I've ever read, the kind of book that changes the way you look at the world, the kind of book that alters your conceptual frameworks. I've read it twice yet still feel that I couldn't do a high level review justice.

On "The Lucifer Principle" from Publishers Weekly:
The "Lucifer Principle" is freelance journalist Bloom's theory that evil-which manifests in violence, destructiveness and war-is woven into our biological fabric. A corollary is that evil is a by-product of nature's strategy to move the world to greater heights of organization and power as national or religious groups follow ideologies that trigger lofty ideals as well as base cruelty. In an ambitious, often provocative study, Bloom applies the ideas of sociobiology, ethology and the "killer ape" school of anthropology to the broad canvas of history, with examples ranging from Oliver Cromwell's reputed pleasure in killing and raping to Mao Tse-tung's bloody Cultural Revolution, India's caste system and Islamic fundamentalist expansion. Bloom says Americans suffer "perceptual shutdown" that blinds them to the United States' downward slide in the pecking order of nations. His use of concepts like pecking order, memes (self-replicating clusters of ideas), the "neural net" or group mind of the social "superorganism" seem more like metaphors than explanatory tools.

That said, it was relieved to find the following videos online that allow me to present Howard himself and take the burden of summary off of my plate. Enjoy.





On Language: Steven Pinker

Another excellent talk from the Ted Confrerence. You can browse through all of the videos in the TED Talks section of the site.

Cognitive scientist Steven Pinker talks about the effects of sentence structure on meaning and the human social interaction. Fantastic!



I highly recommend Pinker's How the Mind Works. He begins the book with discussions of the physiology of the human hand and visual system and by the end is covering off on human values and emotions. The way it builds and pays-off is one of the most amazing reading experiences I've ever had. It's worth working through the 600 pages in as shot a period of time as possible.

I just found this on Authors@Google. Steven Pinker discussing, at length (75 minutes) ideas from "The Stuff of Thought".



Where on Earth: Thanksgiving 2007

I spent this Thanksgiving with a remarkable group of people at the charming Equinox Resort in Manchester Village Vermont. If you are ever looking for a New England getaway I highly recommend it.

There is a picture gallery from Equinox here.



If you ever go,be sure and take advantage of The British School of Falconry. Definitely one of the trips highlights.



Here is some Rabbit vs Hawk action for you.