Posts from July 2010

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Shadow Street Art

Walked by this very cool piece of art in downtown T-town (on the Spanish Steps).  Someone carefully created an accurate shadow for this construction sign entirely outta blue electrician’s tape. I heart stuff like this.

Categories: Artists, Life, Pictures.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Let’s Go Over This Again…

Carrie & I went garage sale-ing this morning. Or, rather, we tried to go garage sale-ing. The signage posted up around Tacoma’s North End was so bad that we had no idea where most of the garage sales were supposed to be. A red piece of construction paper with an address scrawled on it in sharpie is NOT a good way to direct people to your garage sale.

Please, everyone, go and read the article I wrote six years ago about proper garage sale etiquette, and please pay special attention to the section on how to properly make and put up signs for your sale. It’s really extraordinarily simple, but it’s shocking how few people get it even remotely right.


Proper Garage Sale Etiquette

For your own sake and for the sake of the crap you wanna get rid of, this has been a public service announcement. Thank you.

Categories: Articles, Life.

Friday, 2 July 2010

Beginning of Summer Round-up

Here are some interesting things I’ve found around teh intarwebs in the past few weeks that never made it into my blog here… until now (I’m pretty sure most of ’em made it onto Facebook or Twitter, though).

OCTOCAM

octopusIf you ever, ever want to know what an octopus is doing right this very second, Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center has installed a camera in the tank of their resident 40-pound Pacific octopus, Deriq.

It is for some reason very enjoyable and relaxing to watch Deriq meander around in his tank.

ALT/1977: WE ARE NOT TIME-TRAVELERS

Artist Alex Varanese has imagined what it would look like if someone from today went back in time and re-created today’s modern electronics—cell phone, laptop, hand-held video game system, mp3 player—using the design aesthetics of 1977.

The results are absolutely fan-frikkin’-tastic.

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I was born in 1977, so I completely remember this style of design. Y’all have no idea how much I miss high technology that had a faux-woodgrain finish. Glorious.

EDWARD CULLEN TAMPON CASE

Etsy crafter and all-around awexome human being Taisha McGee made the one piece of merchandise that no Twilight fan should be without.

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The product description speaks for itself:

Bella’s most useful accessory. Case is 5.5″ by 2″ and holds two average sized tampons. Edward’s face is sparkly. Tampons not included.

RIVER TAM AND THE FIREFLIES

River Tam and the Fireflies

Holy eff but that is so freakin’ adorable. This is an actual album sleeve that artist Joebot made for a gallery show (happens on July 9th).

But the really cool thing is that you can purchase a print of this picture at his Etsy shop as a gift to send to me! Joebot has some other really cool prints as well, like ones of the Nintendo princesses (and Samus).

AT-AT DAY AFTERNOON

An absolutely adorable short film with seamless special effects animation. Very well done.

THE WORLD’S ONLY NEWSPAPER

This is a fascinating collection of still frames and clips of people reading newspapers in dozens of films and television shows. The exact same newspaper each time. Going back decades. It looks like this:

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It’s actually kind of astonishing how wide-spread this newspaper really is.

AQUATIC VIDEOS

Here are a couple of videos of aquatic awesomeness:

WATERMELON TURTLE

This extravagantly cute melon bowl is from my link-of-the month, Host-It Notes.

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There are all sorts of other darling little foodstuffs at Host-It Notes, like sheep cupcakes, mushroom radishes, and frosting bees!

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That’s about it for now.

Categories: Artists, Arts & Crafts, Computers, Cooking, Links, Movies, Pictures, Round-up, TV, Videos.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

“Of the Month” July 2010

Link of the Month:
Link of the MonthHost-It Notes
You may know that Carrie & I, on the occasions that we do host shindigs, like to go the extra mile to really make ’em something. Host-It Notes is a fantastic aggregator blog that links to all sorts of fantastic tips, tricks, and ideas for making your next gathering or hootenanny (just a little bit of hoot and a whole lotta nanny) be a little bit more memorable. Eat your heart out, Martha.

Album of the Month:
Bitter:Sweet – Drama
I’m really digging Bitter:Sweet. I don’t know exactly how to categorize this duo. Electro-lounge? Downbeat-jazz-groove? I dunno. I like it a lot because it sounds like it should be the soundtrack to an old-school spy movie, which, as you might know, is one of my favorite genres of both film and music. This 2008 album is chock-full of groovy, smoove, horn-driven, slinky, spy-sounding songs. I likes it.

DVD of the Month:
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
Probably my favorite of the post-JLU DC Animated films, Crisis on Two Earths is surprisingly well done and entertaining. It’s the story of an alternate-universe Earth where the analogues of the Justice League are members of the villainous Crime Syndicate. A good Lex Luthor finds his way to the Justice League’s Earth and recruits them to help free his universe from their tyrannical grip. I really appreciated the way the filmmakers just assume that if you’re watching this movie then you’re already familair with the main members of the Justice League, so there’s no need for lengthy “get-to-know” sequences for them. By far the highlight of the movie is James Woods as the completely absolutely nihilistic Batman analogue, Owlman.

Categories: Links, Movies, Music, Of the Month.