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?

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

sunset

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.

ice

blue & gold

beach fences

dunegrass

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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maskbandits

Title Sequence:

That was epic

December 2, 2008

That Was Epic

You know, sometimes it’s the simplest things that make you go, “Damn, I wish I had thought of that.”

That was epic takes youtube comments out of context and presents them in a simple, and far more elegant than they deserve, format. Voila, poetry! This is one of those cases where idea and execution just work together perfectly. And any time you can turn something as vapid as most youtube comments into some sort of societal study it’s a win for me.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2008

Turkey Day

I’ve been incredibly remiss in posting lately. I will have to remedy that soon.

Poladroids!

October 24, 2008

used books

This has been posted a few times around the interwebs, but I’m having such fun with it that I had to give it some love here. Poladroid is a free application that you “Download…Drag and drop your pictures…then Wait… wait…. wait again… or shake the picture,” and you end up with your own high-res digital polaroids.

While I’ve seen photoshop actions that will turn you pictures into polaroids, the fun of this is the is the simple UI: just drag and drop, then wait for your photos to develop. Like a real polaroid, the fun is in your lack of control.

(A screenshot. A side note, that is my awesome Mad Men inspired desktop background, which you can find here.)

New versions are in the works, with more options, and the ability to do more than 10 poladroids at a time, as well as a PC version. Check it out! (At your own risk…I lost productivity pretty much all of yesterday because of this.)