2008 Ballot Necklace

There’s a lot of 2008 election memorabilia out there. But amid a sea of commemorative plates, this one’s actually interesting. These necklaces from Uncommon Goods contain the Obama/Biden selection from actual discarded provisional or absentee ballots. Additionally, two dollars from each sale is donated to the Fund for Public Schools, a non-profit devoted to supporting reform in New York City’s public schools.

A lot nicer than that Barack Obama commemorative shot glass, no?

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New favicon for Google

January 9, 2009

google favicon

Just noticed google’s rocking a new favicon. What do you think? I like it better than the blue “g” they had in the most recent redesign (it always seemed off balance somehow) and throwing the “g” off center adds more interest…I like the way it’s interacting with the corners.

I think I like it. For what it is. If you want to read about their process, head over to the google blog.

Photography

January 9, 2009

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I’ve been getting a lot of inspiration through photography lately, and I thought it’d be nice to pull together some of my favorites here. I’m not the most technical photographer in the world, and while I’d like to be, I like the way that now I can go out and sort of lose myself in the composition, without overthinking anything, or really thinking much at all. For me, photography’s always been more of an instinct. I’d love to step that up to the next level eventually. But I enjoy the photos that I take, and that’s what matters to me at the moment.

I have the link to my flickr over in the sidebar, but if my “photographic ramblings” interest you at all I home you check more out here.

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blue & gold

beach fences

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The Fall

January 9, 2009

the-fall

I finally got around to watching The Fall last week, and I have to say it’s perhaps one of the most visually stunning movies I’ve ever seen. The landscapes and the colors are just so unreal, it’s hard to believe that nothing is computer enhanced. I’ve probably watched it three times since I rented it, and then both commentaries, just because I wanted to see how they set everything up. It completely works as a fantasy/storybook version of India.

(For a slightly more realistic, gritty, but still cinematographically great version of India, Slumdog Millionaire is also gorgeous. I think I’m going to have to add both of these to my very small dvd collection.)

More of my favorite stills below, as well as the opening title sequence, which is graphically brilliant.

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