Tuesday, February 26, 2008

1-900 NERD GIRL

I personally would prefer a Joyce Scholar that gives me lapdance's that make my head pop off like a spring loaded grape. To each his own.




Foxy Man (The Crack Fox)

From The Mighty Boosh, Season 3



Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early


Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Female Archetype: The Iranian Businesswoman

I read a great piece in a newspaper when I was living in London back in 2000. It described the female archetype called "The Iranian Businesswoman". This archetype, the writer explained had nothing to do with being either Iranian or a businesswoman, it had more to do with a certain presence of character, a powerful, sexual femininity and a glamorous style and flair.

It went on to cite a variety of woman that are "Iranian Businesswomen" and named Joan Collins as the quintessential example of this archetype.



The pant suit is a standard look for an "Iranian Businesswomen".



Last week I had a crush on Gretchen Morgenson of the New York Times. This week I have a crush on Anousheh Ansari, an ACTUAL Iranian Business woman (and HOT FIRE!).

Anousheh Ansari: A passion for space travel



Sunday School at The Sherman Foundation

The militant atheism that I encounter among cosmopolitan liberals make me uncomfortable as intolerance verbalized with disdain and contempt always do. The common, mocking attack is that the religious are foolish because the believe in something, God, simply because they read about it in a book is ironically, philosophically laughable. I know very few people that have reviewed the primary research on evolution and established their beliefs based on that... strident and stupid fools. It takes inner-strength and self-knowledge to ask oneself "why do I belive what I believe?" Most people never think to ask.

People should aspire to be as beautiful as this man.



A sign of truly gifted, creative individuals is a powerful empathy and an ability to entertain multiple points of view without judgement. A sign a truly evolved intellect is a sense of uncertainty, a reservation of a sense that one might not be right.

Philosopher Daniel Dennett presents a fascinating perspective on religious belief structures in the following video.



Need a Sunday afternoon craft idea? Play God at home, assemble a Chickensaurus! Makes me wonder how accurate all those "models" at the natural history museum are.







For those less ambitious maybe you can play God with Photoshop






The Six Million Dollar Man: Pilot Episode

I finally tracked this down. Enjoy.





Friday, February 22, 2008

The Aesthetic Narrative of Ralph Lauren for Women

That ain't no woman, it's a man, baby!
-Austin Powers

There is a cliche moment in many films, a morning after moment between couples, the woman is dressed in the button up shirt the man had on the night before. There are many ways to read this: symbolic submission, a symbol of their coming together as one. She on some level has crossed over INTO his world

The aesthetic narrative behind Ralph Lauren is that moment on a larger cultural scale. Ralph Lauren leverages iconography and symbolic imagery more effectively than any other fashion brand. It is a storybook narrative of a classic, eastern-seaboard America. A folklore or industrious and wealthy men who's patriarchy is so powerful that even the women's clothes seem fashioned from "his" world from things pulled from "his" drawers.







Even the poses have a masculine air. The two here on the right could be two boys, 50s greasers with cigarettes rolled up in their t-shirt sleeves standing on a street corner.



Sense of Smell: White People and Old People





It's Official: Wer'e All Black!!!

From Wired News: DNA Study Supports African Origin of Man

But that DOESN'T mean you can run around using the N WORD.
Or can you? Opinions are more divergent on this than they used to be.



The video above is from I Hate Young People. A new favorite site of mine.

Another captivating musical site from Arcade Fire

Neon Bible




The Economics of Dating

Economist Tim Hartford from a Authors@Google event


The Economics of Dating from TheShermanFoundation on Vimeo.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Light of the Lord



VIADIGG

F is for Friday, F is for Far East/Far Out

Yoshida Brothers








Loss, Love and Adoration

Author/filmmaker Robbe-Grillet passed away just a few days ago. Just, yesterday I began rereading "Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature" by Richard Rorty and was thinking what a great, under-appreciated thinker he was and that I should take some time to recognize his passing last year.

I have a conflicting love/hate relationship with popular culture. There are aspects of it that I enjoy very much and as one who works in the "media industries" it is very much a part of my life. Even from an intellectual perspective I view pop culture as the larger meta-conversations we are having with ourselves. Even when I don't like its content (what it's about) I try and pay attention to the process, what is says about "where we are" and "who we are" in a larger sense. That said, there are days when all the mindless shit that comes out Hollywood and the celebrity culture PR machine is too much for me and the feeling I'm left with is an exhausting emptiness. It's at those moments that I'm appreciative for the lives of people like Robbe-Grillet, Richard Rorty and Robert Anton Wilson. I would also add to that the incredible gathering of minds that the TED conference does such a great job of bringing together every year. I'm addicted to the TED Talks, I listed to a minimum of one a day. There are several that I've listened to over and over (Lessig, Dennet among them).

French writer Robbe-Grillet dies
February 18, 2008



Required Reading: The Erasers. Required Viewing: Last Year at Marienbad



Richard Rorty, Philosopher, Dies at 75
June 11, 2007



Required Reading: Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature, Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity



Robert Anton Wilson, 74, Who Wrote Mind-Twisting Novels, Dies
January 13, 2007



Required Reading: Prometheus Rising, Cosmic Trigger

Signs of the Apocalypse

Two Gift Retailers File for Bankruptcy

NEW YORK (AP) -- A weak holiday season and a struggling economy led retailers Sharper Image Corp. and Lillian Vernon Corp. to file for bankruptcy this week, and analysts predict others could soon follow them as consumer spending worsens.

"You'll see a record number of bankruptcies over the next 50, 100, and 1,000 days," said Burt P. Flickinger III, managing director of the New York-based retail consulting firm Strategic Resource Group. "Consumers are cash and credit constrained. They're out of purchasing power."


I understand Shaper Image's woes, Drugstore.com jumped into the fray and destroyed their "vibrator" business.





Lillian Vernon, however is another story. With products like the Bunny Face Tree Decorator shareholders should be rest assured and sit tight. These things are self-correcting.





Legitimizing Substance Abuse

Liquor firms to challenge work drink ban

OK. This is in China, but you know what happens after 50 monkeys start washing potatoes in the river... pretty soon they're all doing it.


The Funnest Thing I've Seen Online in Some Time

Click Here



If you're to lazy to click you can watch the video I made:




Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Career Builder

A great display ad from Career Builder.







Too bad their site is site sucks so bad: Career Builder



The World in Words



Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Outsider's Advantage: Why Blacks and Gays are Funnier and Brits Make Great Rock 'N Roll

When I first moved to New York (millions of years ago) I worked out at a neighborhood gym and got to know a lot of the guys that worked out there. Two of the guys I got to know quite well were very gay and very funny. They had a way of phrasing things that always cracked me up. One day they were talking about another guy, a very beefy, very straight guy, that used to work out there but switched to another gym in the neighborhood. The gym he switched to was called AMERICAN FITNESS. However, what came out of one of the guys's mouths was "oh, she switched to Miss America Fitness". I laughed for all the obvious reasons but something else went through my head at that moment.

I've had many gay friends through the years so I'm accustomed to the "creative" use of pronouns, coded language and the funny shit that comes out of their mouths (Jose's superpower: "I know what people are going to wear next"), but it was that moment that I realized a larger process that was happening with their use of language. They were actively re-describing the world in terms and language that fit their experience and cultural perspective.

Cultural outsiders, of any type, are constantly exposed to stereotypes and frames of reference that are alien to them. Television, even today, is largely composed of programming that revolves around the lives of straight, white, family-oriented people. It's not as homogeneous as it used to be but it's still whitey-white. (Even when it's not "whitey-white" it is still an incredibly theatricized version of reality. Compared to say, HBO's use of language, or reality.) For the outsider there is, at the very least on the low end of the spectrum a level of translation necessary to allow for empathetic participation or viewing. At the strongest level, like the "Miss America Fitness" example, it is a recasting into a form that is "owned". In either case it requires a more active participation than that of someone who is experiencing something that reflects their cultural fluency.

What is important about the outsiders process is that they are more aware of the mechanics of a genre and the nuances of style and codified cultural signals. The articulated re-descriptions of an outsider defamiliarize the culture at large. Hearing "Miss America Fitness" defamiliarized the name "American Fitness" and made me realize how cheap and hokey it was (by playing off of references to patriotic masculinity).

They aren't stereotypes when they belong to someone else, they are over communicating lumps of caricature. They are the stylistic features we grab on to ape when, say imitating an accent or dialect.

We see things more clearly when they aren't us, when they break our patterns of experience.



An important framework for understanding human need fulfillment and personality is the spectrum of certainty/variety. Some people need and value stability and regularity over variety. Others need change, sometimes constantly to the point of chaos. Artists tend to be people that are positioned more heavily in the on the side of variety. They tend to seek out experience beyond themselves. Picasso is famous for saying that as a child could paint like Raphael and spent the rest of his life trying to learn to draw like a child. He spent his life trying to get outside his training and himself.

The Beatles were poor kids from Liverpool that presented themselves as rich, clean-cut kids in suits. The Rolling Stones were affluent Brits that for all intensive purposes became poor, black kids from the American south.

This is the first verse of Brown Sugar.
Gold coast slave ship bound for cotton fields,
Sold in a market down in new orleans.
Scarred old slaver know hes doin alright.
Hear him whip the women just around midnight.
Ah brown sugar how come you taste so good
(a-ha) brown sugar, just like a young girl should
A-huh.


Jagger, channeling the African-American spirit and who know what else worldly or otherwise but nothing about this is British.



The Beatles and The Rolling Stones made great Rock 'N Roll because Rock 'N Roll isn't British, it's American, it's not even America, its African. (Even today the inflection of Rock is American.) They had the advantages of it not really being a part of their cultural DNA and thus being able to see and feel it so much more powerfully, from the outside.

There is also a "rub" that comes when one has to assimilate from the outside that reactivates the core and a magic that happens when an outsider brings in their outsider "junk". (There is also a charm and an allure of the outsider/underdog. Think: Tiger Woods and Eminem.)

Ok. I'm gonna close out this money-genius of a post with a link to Stuff White People Like.

Big shout out to Friend of the Foundation Allan for showing me this.



There is some funny shit here.
#70 Difficult Breakups
#64 Recycling
#63 Expensive Sandwiches
#58 Japan




Monday, February 18, 2008

Creativity is a Goose that Lays Golden Eggs

Never try and get the goose to explain what it does,
you'll only irritate the goose and frustrate yourself.


There are often attempts made within creative industries to rationalize the creative process, to outline how it happens or to explain how the end product works or to evaluate on some level its effectiveness. This was the topic at hand between myself and Brooke Nanberg of IP Pixel on a lovely Saturday last month. (I believe we were poolside at the Peninsula.) Attempts to rationalize creative process happens to varying degrees across industries. Digital Shops and Web Consultancies tend to do this much more than say advertising agencies. I don't think it happens at all in music and motion pictures.

In the instances where it does pop up it is important for a number of reasons:
1. The valuation of creative "product".
2. The selling of the process which delivers creative "product".
(Which is really more about the transference of confidence.)
3. Interacting with and managing the people that create creative things.

Most often the way that "works of creativity" operate on us, the way they move and effect us happen on a level that is below the threshold of perception. Often we are unaware that we are being effected. Even when we are, it does little to change the power of the effect. Think about watching a sad or scary movie.

There is a poverty of language and literature when it comes to addressing "how things how" in the applied arts. You don't see books titled "How to write a great rock anthem" or "How to write a song that will make people cry". You do see books with titles like "Graphic Design that Sells" or "Words that Sell". They tend to have some useful suggestions but overall I would describe them as narrow in their vision and "iffy" works of scholarship. You can learn a lot more, in rich detail, by spending a day with someone who has developed a craft and understanding of a discipline.

On a fundamental level, I don't believe that creativity can be taught. This is not to say that there aren't process tools that can improve the upon the process, but if it isn't part of the system architecture, there isn't a way to download that. If it's there it can be honed, toned, nurtured and developed.

I've read a great deal of the literature on problem solving/creative process including everything by
Edward de Bono
Roger von Oech
Min Basadur
Mihály Csíkszentmihályi
(guys, why are all of your sites so painfully bad?)
and all of the big management consultants like Dr Edward Demmings, Tom Peters etc.

All of these have their value and uses, but on a process optimization level. You're either a goose that lays golden eggs or you're not.

There is an important thing to understand about creative people. Very often they do not articulate what it is that they do very well. I find graphic designers and sculptors to very poor articulators of their process and poor at representing their work. Here is a remarkable case-in-point form the world of fashion, helped along by Bruno (Sasha Baron Cohen)



So, many creatives are not good at "giving word", and guess what, thats OK. It's is usually someone else's job to sell it, but this is where things get ugly. The people managing and selling creative product are often not creative practitioners and understand creative process as poorly as, well, almost everyone does. These people, however, are under pressure to sell.

I still remember the days during the dot-boom at the big web consultancies and the dreadful Powerpoint decks with slide after terrible slide describing the "how we do the do" process. Some people still do this. When you see those slides, run, it's a bad sign.

What I always loved/hated about books by IDEO is that they don't teach you one motherf***ing thing about how they make the secret sauce, and they are probably one of the few shops in the world that really do have a tight, disciplined way of going about what it is they do. This is an important lesson.



It's not that I don't think there is value in describing how one goes about what one does, but it should be more like theater and less like describing the mechanics of a Rube Goldberg machine or the insides of a goose that lays golden eggs. How would you respond when asked, how does the Goose work???... "It's an bloody, ugly mess... let me tell you a story instead.")

The books of IDEO are magnificent PR. They tell stories of challenge and success and recount tales of glory in the form of case studies (that don't read like terrible case studies.) And that is the point of them. It is theater whose job is to confer confidence to the audience. They best way to do that is to have past successes to point to. It's a lot easier for Crispin to sell challenging or risky work that it is.. well, everyone else.

I like referring to what I do as "making shit up" for a couple of reasons. 1. I like the bravado with which it speaks. 2. It creates an open sense of possibility for myself and for those that I work with. There is no challenge that can't be overcome when one remembers that anything is possible when what you do, afterall, is make things up. It's negative people and negative thinking that makes the work and the process suck when it sucks.

The point here is that creative people sometimes don't know how it is they do what they do and neither do you. So let them do what it is they do well and recognize the job of selling and rationalizing work as the theater it is: a transference of confidence.

Never try and get the goose to explain what it does,
you'll only irritate the goose and frustrate yourself.



Look forward to upcoming related posts:
• As Stupid as a Graphic Designer
• On Strategy: Faking It



The Evolution of Car Logos

VIA Neatorama: The Evolution of Car Logos

Here are just a few of the images from this excellent post. There are many more examples there with accompanying text.







Badass: B Romanek Crocodile Clutch

B Romanek Crocodile Clutch

A Glimpse in on Greatness



Skelewags

I love this guy's work. I am unfortunately having problems getting the images to load on the site where I originally came across his drawing.









BassamFellows, Craftsman Modern

Kobe56 just turned me on the BassamFellows, beautiful, simple wood furniture. I def see a few tractor benches and the stacking trays in my immediate future.





Product Innovation for Women: Camel Toe Cup

So wrong, but I had to post it. The Camel Toe Cup



Related Posts"
Engineering Devices for Woman

Burn your panties! Nundies are here!

Top Gear: Jeremy Clarkson on the Ferrari F430

You've got to love the bombast of Jeremy Clarkson, especially when it's in praise of something as magnificent as the F430.



Sherman Foundation love to Kobe56 for sending me this.

Watch Clarkson skeet shoot cars flung from a cliff... Badass

This hurts, right in the feelings.





Top Gear Website

New Word Order: Passive Obesity, Dialing Operator on the Pink Phone and more

Passive Obesity n. Flabbiness caused by physical inactivity rather than caloric excess. Recent studies blame much of the obesity epidemic on the increasing amount of time people spend seated — at desks, in cars, and on couches. Corpulence, the theory goes, is the fault of modern lifestyles, not individual behavior.

iBricking n. What it's called when Apple's 1.1.1 system up date detects third-party software and disables an iPhone. By rendering the product useless, Apple punishes disloyal customers — and protects itself from the threat that they'll ever be Apple customers again.

Social Advertising n. Involuntary product endorsement on Facebook by users whose online purchases are automatically broadcast to friends. The social networking site created its service, Beacon, as an alternative to mass marketing, but it caused mass revolt by users wary of privacy invasion.

Dialing Operator on the Pink Phone v. Female masterbation


Wired Jargon Watch

No, Pink telephone is not from wired... :)

Sunday, February 17, 2008

More Gushing Over Gretchen: The New Gilded Age.

It was this moment that endeared Gretchen to me as a kindred spirit. From an October NPR interview.

If you don't read her in the NYTimes and you haven't listen to the interviews in my last post, you need to. She's awesome.




There are two themes very dear to me (and core concepts in the "Sherman Doctrine") that Gretchen touches in this interview.

1. The creation of higher forms of shared value.
2. Value Creation vs Profit Realization.

I frequently talk about the role of wealth in this country during the industrial revolution. People like Carnegie, Morgan and the Vanderbilts amassed great wealth but in the process created infrastructure for a young and expanding nation. The railroads, still in use today are good example that Gretchen sites. Grand Central Station is the example I'm fond of referencing not only because of its functional, transportational role, but as a shared cultural symbol/public space as well. It is a magnificent example of what constructive wealth can create.

The monolithic art, the "creations of shared cultural value" left behind by the Egyptians are the Great Pyramids. Even if the functional purpose (death tomb for deified leader) is lost on us, the Great Pyramids say to the universe "we were here". Our monolithic art is the Navy Destroyers and the ICBMs siloed in the ground (hmmm, tombs of death again). The artifacts of the Military Industrial Complex also say "we were here" but they say much more about us as well. Like it our not, these are our great pyramids, this is our art (the stuff you see in Chelsea galleries is strictly craft fair). These are the things we funnel our collective wealth, energy, and science into.

The financial services industry is one that I criticize for being overly focused on profit realization to the detriment of value creation. Their strategy, it seems to me, has always been to find ways to charge another nickel for the same old services instead of innovating the role money plays in peoples lives and how its used. Shouldn't PayPal have been a banking innovation. Shouldn't a similar service be a common, easy-to-use feature in retail banking? Digital wallet technology is another example of innovation in the area of money being pursued more outside of banking than within.

I'm talking primarily about retail consumer baking. Gretchen, in the embedded clip speaks about the broader financial service industry and the huge sums of money that are made from the "management" of money as opposed to the creation of.... well, anything.

Links to 2 excellent NPR interview with Gretchen can be found on my post: Gretchen Morgenson rocks my world

Sunday School at the Sherman Foundation: Tales of Mere Existence.

I was just turned on to Tales of Mere Existence.
(King Friday, what would I do without you?)

The animated shorts and comics by Lev Yilmaz are incredible.
Great storytelling and a simple,endearing and enticing illustration style.






Some of My Favorites:

How to Break up in 64 Steps




Conversation




How to Cope with Depression



Go to his site, there is so much good stuff there: Tales of Mere Existence

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Selling cars is easy!

BEIJING (Reuters) -
An advertisement on Beijing's subway proclaiming "Squeezed in?! Go and buy a car then!" has angered passengers who said it only encourages traffic jams, a state newspaper said Friday.

The advertisement, written in large white letters on a red background, is also contrary to the Beijing city government's aim of getting more people to take public transport, the official Beijing Daily said.



I wonder why Ford hasn't considered such an on the nose strategy???

Here is another strategy that Ford hasn't used in a while "lurid tawdriness"




Gretchen Morgenson rocks my world

Gretchen Morgenson is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. I've listened to each of these interviews several times. The clarity with which she breaks down the subprime mortgage crisis (and belittles Greenspan) stirs something deep inside me. She's like the light of the lord coming through the dark clouds of stupidity and corrupt distortion.




Morgenson Sheds Light on Subprime Mortgage Crisis

Measuring the Mortgage-Crisis Fallout

Friday, February 15, 2008

Foundaton Musing: Competition, Killing and Consensus

For most of us, murder, in our day to day lives is not an option. The moral and legal consequences are too heavy even if were we pushed to the point of it entered the consideration set as an option. Scanning the headlines on a day to day basis tells quite another story. In the world we live in the eradication of opposition is standard operating procedure.

I'm waiting for the parody video in which CitiBank board members vote on whether or not to use suicide bombings to take out Bank of America ATMs.

Blast kills senior Gaza militant

Deadly blast at Pakistan meeting

U.S. Official: World 'Better Place' With Death of Hezbollah Figure

U.S. to seek death penalty for 6 Gitmo detainees - CNN.com


A Few Good Creative Men




F is for Friday, F is for F Bomb

Ladies and gentleman, Bobby Knight.



Thursday, February 14, 2008

Isaac Hayes, Seductive Serenade

A web to mobile app by Sprint: Isaac Hayes Seductive Serenade. You type in the lyrics and Isaac sings them. Type in a someone's mobile number and your collaborate effect is sent to their phone.





Many words can't be sung by the app so you get Issac humming for those.

I did send out several "I like your hole" and "will you be my valentine hole" messages this afternoon. Happy Valentines Day.

Honoring Back History Month

The Sherman Foundation would like to remind white American's that if it wasn't for our dark skinned bothers and sisters, we'd be about as cool as Canadians. The debit we owe in incalculable.

In honor of Black History Month I am going to rerun my essay on:



ALIEN INFLUENCES

About the year 1905 Europeans "discovered" African art, particularly sculpture, and began to bring it back to Europe, most notably the city of Paris. This turned out to have a monumental impact on artists like Picasso and Matisse and its effects rippled through 20th century art.

As a creative person I can't help but be envious of those who experienced that moment in history. Creatives tend to seek out sources of inspiration that disrupt their current thinking and methods. The work based on those inspirations create disruptive aesthetic experiences for their audiences. African art turned out to be a rich motherload of a disruptive force.

Try as I do, it's difficult to imagine what that must have been like. We've all had experienes in which we are confronted by ideas or objects that are culturally foreign to us, but the appearance of vast amounts of African art in Paris at the beginning of the century goes way beyond eating Indian food for the first time. It was a large-scale invasion of cultural artifacts that were produced by a consciousness with a radically different aesthetic sensibility. In the realms of art and culture there hasn't been an asteroid like that since and we may never see anything with that sort of deep impact again.

Picasso's LesDemoisellesd'Avignon:


African Mask, 19th Century


Aside from the fact that there are no more major continents to plunder, the way we assimilate cultural input has changed dramatically in the last 100 years. 20th century art (at least the institutionalized story that's taught in universities) is a series of assimilated influncences in a chain of movements. You have African art/Primitivism, the Industrial Revolution/Futurism, World War I/Dada, Psychology/Surrealism, Pop Culture/Pop Art to name just the obvious, big examples. If you buy into that story it's a series of revolutions, resistance, acceptance and assimilations. Throughout the 20th century not only were the other cultures of the world absorbed as influences, science, politics, technology, pop culture and history were all mined for inspiration.

Throughout the 20th century there were some serious moments of resistance and violet reactions against "the new" in art and pop culture. Now, not only do we embrace the new, it's demand. It is now unconsciously accepted that the name of the game is "what's the latest". It is with a frenzy that the newest something different is scoured for and sought after. The search has developed into highly paid professions like "trend forecaster" and "cool hunter". In the blogosphere there is no greater shame than being behind the curve. "Been there done that" (a meme coined by Brian Eno) and accusations of being out of step are flung constantly. (On Gawker recently: "MySpace Ads Want Friends, Brains: If it's Monday, it's time for a Wall Street Journal trend piece on a trend several weeks past its expiration date.")

On the downside, natural resources of novelty seems to be running thing thin. Whether an artifact is very interesting or has any depth is increasingly less important, a result of the high level of consumption and our hyper-connectedness. The value of something is increasingly its exchange value. I'm not saying the world is any better or any worse. Its just different. We have far more experiences of an incredibly wide variety but they probably have a lot less "juice". There does seem to be less at risk. I can't remember the last time I heard someone question the validity of a work of art and I wouldn't mind seeing bottles of ink hurled at a cinema screen or a museum riot from time to time. Instead we have tedious internet flaming.

Paradigm-shifting sources of inspiration, what I call "Alien Influences" seem to be harder to come by. The deep pockets may be tapped out, but I'm not hopeless. Maybe someday a UFO will land and really blow our minds.

I'm going to close out this post with a few references to the film SCRATCH, one of my favorite documentaries.

Almost every DJ in the film cites the first time they heard Grand Mixer DXT scratching on Herbie Hancock's "Rockit" as the moment their third-eye was opened. For each it was a powerful life-changing moment.



In the film, Mix Master Mike describes seeing some bright lights over a football field in his neighborhood, what he believes is a UFO landing, summoned to earth by his sratching.

In another scene, DJ QBert ponders life on other planets as musical inspiration: "Since earth is kind of like a primitive planet, what about the more advanced civilizations? What would their music be like?"

OK Qbert, take us out.

Mixed Messages

This is the image that appears on theiratebay today (valentines Day).



Reminds me a bit of the tshirt, my favorite, that a young lady handmade for me.




See my fascinating post on The Frankenstein Aesthetic: Cut n' Paste

New Word Order: Honey Trapper

Honey Trapper: A private detectives hired by a spouse or partner to "integrity test" the loyalty of their loved one.

Source: Reuters

Happy Valentines Day Lovers!!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

On Naming: Morning Wood

A Korean furniture store. VIA Digg

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The New Eye Chart



On a related note a friend informed me that he suspected he would be coming down with anal glaucoma on Friday. (He can't see his ass going into the office)

VIA: Neatorama

Monday, February 11, 2008

Time's 50 Top 10 Lists of 2007

http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/top10/0,30576,1686204,00.html

I'm a little late on this one but what the hell. Who doesn't like top 10's, even when they're a little stale.

They lost mad street cred with me by omitting Chocolate Rain from the Viral Video list. WTF? (I still enjoy watching this)



They redeemed themselves a bit with the #1 buzzword: Cougar

An older woman who romantically pursues younger men. Example: Demi Moore, 45, snagging hubby Ashton Kutcher, 29. Although an offensive term to some, others consider it a positive sign of society's increasing acceptance of older women's sex appeal. This summer's reality show Age of Love went so far as to pit a team of Cougars, in or near their 40s, against a team of Kittens, all in their 20s, in a competition for the affections of a hunky 30-year-old. (Alas, a Kitten won.)


#2 on the T-Shirt Worthy Slogan is my fav. "I have a wide stance."
LOL. I forgot all about that shit.



LARRY CRAIG, Idaho senator, in an oft-quoted but inaccurate phrase borne out of the police report summarizing the conservative Republican's explanation for why his foot might have touched a cop's in an adjacent bathroom stall during a sex sting at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. What Craig actually said was, "I'm a fairly wide guy."


You could easily waste the better part of day on this junk.

On Color/Off Color: Orange Bike, White Bike

Portfolio Magazine reports that these orange bikes, maybe as many as 75 have been chained up around New York City by DKNY. The company claims they are part of an environmental message. The writer at Portfolio thinks it looks more like a cheap ad ploy. I have to agree.



Friend and collegue Andrew, who tipped me off to the DKNY promotion pointed out to me that White bikes have been used for years as memorials to killed rides.