25 April 2008

Clue ~ the premier edition


Clue ~ the premier edition... with actual 3D ROOMS! "Wood-paneled game box encloses nine sunken rooms, each rendered in precise detail, right down to the furnishings"

"No Hand King"

If you live or hang out in downtown raleigh (or i have even seen him around crabtree) and seen Rodney Hines riding his bike around downtown doing no-hands wheelies, then you’ve seen the almighty No-Hand King. The guy rules and he does all of this to draw attention for the troops. His goals include setting a Guinness World Record for the longest no-hand wheelie, and to ride across America with no-hands. Check out his video on YouTube.


24 April 2008

Amy’s Song!


Shot at Tween Waters on Captiva Island, Florida. The bride, Amy, is a commercial actress who recently made an appearance in several Turbotax commercials and the groom, Brad, is an actor - he recently made an appearance in an episode of Scrubs on NBC.


Click here to see the video clip!


We are not sure how this was kept secret by everyone involved but it was truly an incredible production. Check out Amy’s utter shock when people start springing up from the crowd to join in the fun in this heartwarming tribute to Amy and Brad on their special day…


I laughed, I cried, I clapped and I watched it twice!


23 April 2008

Hidden Inside Wood



Sergei Kryzhanovski uses natural patterns found inside various wood (mostly pine) - to discern the hidden patterns and make interesting pieces of art from them: from wizards and gnomes to iris flowers -


22 April 2008

JUMP!





A performative photographer, Lilly McElroy wanders
into bars and asks strange men if she can jump on them. If they say
yes, she takes running leaps at them while a friend snaps photographs.
(via swissmiss)

also check out Running From Camera

atari games that should have been

see mightygodking for the full set.




i not only laughed, i cackled.

get your own artistic license and never have to explain yourself again




TradeMark G. of The Evolution Control Committee will issue you your own "Artistic License" for $20.


Now when I show up at art openings, I just flash my ID — I’m an artist!
More free wine, please! Even at clubs I present my license as my
identification… because, by gum, I’m an artist, just the kind of artist
who would be fully licensed. Although this is not legal identification
in the government’s eyes, I have presented it on many occasional to
security personnel who want “valid ID”. More times than not, they take
it! So, it must be valid.

Time.com picture of the week - real life surrealism is always appreciated around here.




People stroll around the Dutch cargo ship "Artemis" in Les Sables
d'Olonne, on France's west coast, after strong winds pushed it off
course.

Scribefire 2.0

via Kitsune Noir:




Scribefire
is an extension for Firefox that opens up a small window at the bottom
of the browser. In this little window is a mini-blogging tool that
let’s me look at a website while I write about, which is absolutely the
most helpful tool in the world. When I first started blogging I hated
the idea of having to blog through Wordpress, constantly switching
between tabs, or having an entirely separate program to write posts.

I guess this is just a post about how much I
love Scribefire, it’s one of the main reasons I use Firefox over
Safari. And this morning they just released a brand new version (which
Firefox 3 conveniently notified me of) and it’s even better than it was
before. You can search for photos on Flickr and post them right to your
blog and the same thing goes for YouTube, which I’ll definitely be
using. My only beef so far is that I can’t resize the menu bar thingy
to the right anymore, but I’m sure they’ll fix it eventually, it’s
really NBD.


If you happen to have a blog and have never heard of Scribefire I highly suggest checking it out, it’s a life saver.


Snob note: This is my first Scribefire post and i heartily agree!!!

21 April 2008

Portrait of a Bookstore as an Old Man


via Growabrain:



In 1951, George Whitman opened a bookshop-commune in Paris. George, 92, still runs his "den of anarchists disguised as a bookstore," offering free, dirty beds to poor literati, cutting his hair with a candle and gluing the carpet with pancake batter. More than 40,000 poets, travelers and political activists have stayed at Shakespeare and Company, writing or stealing books, throwing parties and making soup or love while living with George's generosity and fits of anger. Illustrious guests include Henry Miller, Anaïs Nin, Jacques Prévert, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, James Baldwin and Richard Wright. Welcome to the makeshift utopia of the last member of the Beat Generation


snob note: unfortunately M. Whitman was not on site when i visited, however here is my fav picture i took myself of shakespeare & co, oct 2007:


Via Smashing Magazine as well

The new(ish) video for Justice's DNVO single:





Celebration Of Vintage and Retro Design on Smashing Magazine


Links, images and info Galore about Retro and retro-revival design on the most recent post at Smashing Magazine's Blog.






17 April 2008

David Choe... (aka the love of my life)




I have followed the work and life of David Choe for quite a while now through his blog... Outer Edge Studio recently released this new one, Silent Dance. It’s an 18″ x 35.5″ giclee, has an edition of 200, and is $500. Choe is rising, for sure. Visit OuterEdgeStudio.com.

the Self Stirring Teacup, aka, the coolest thing i have ever seen EVER

from Neatorama:




A new teacup called Ceramic For Mix (which appears to be made of glass) eliminates the need for a stirring spoon. This is acheived by a ball installed in the bottom. Designer Florian Dussopt says,

“The ball is put into a slightly protruding base to keep it in place when stirring and drinking.
“Users gently move the cup, like you would when swirling a glass of cognac, and the action pushes the ball around.
“The ceramic ball mixes all various sugars and milk at the same time, thus eliminating the need for a spoon.
“When you drink, the ball is blocked by the gravity in the recess of the glass.”


The company, Ana Gram, has made prototypes and is looking for a manufacturer.
Link -via Digg

three Mad Hatters



porcelain and pottery from http://www.jorineoosterhoff.nl/

i would fight bjork for this dress

from Craft magazine:




Craftster user Bleachrainbow created this crazy-cool bubble skirt featuring a waistband covered in a jellyfish and coral embroidery motif inspired by Art Deco wallpaper.


the 3 trillion dollar shopping spree


The occupation in Iraq is costing this country 3 trillion dollars. To put that into terms we can better understand, here's a site that lets us go on a 3 trillion dollar shopping spree! (
3Trillion.org)

I bought some stuff like universal healthcare and a private concert with celine dion.

16 April 2008

Roland Tamayo at Galleries One Nine Eight Eight


A sneak peak at Californian Artist
Roland Tamayo's newest showing is up on the Galleries One Nine Eight Eight blog.

Tarako invaders

From Kitsune Noir:




Oh. My. God. These are probably the most amazing commercials I’ve seen in a long while. These creepy kewpie doll chile pepper things are the mascots of a pasta sauce created by a Japanese brand called Tarako. ‘Tarako’ is actually a cod roe, or fish eggs, which is also what the kewpies are supposed to be dressed as. I know, this makes no sense, but basically the Tarako babies come and invade our planet, then make our pasta taste delicious, it’s just that simple.





Star Wars Urban Photography


French photographer Cedric Delsaux has created a series of photos where he puts Star Wars characters and vehicles and transplants them into modern day urban locations.


Carol Hummel Knits for Trees



Artist Carol Hummel enhances natural scenes with.... warm clothing.

Balloon Anatomy


by MoistProduction's Jason Freeny.Check out more weirdness at this site.

15 April 2008

Austin City Limits Lineup Revealed



from Pitchfork



The Austin City Limits Music Festival will once again set up shop in Austin, Texas' Zilker Park for a carnival of musical delights spread across September 26-28.

There are over 125 artists playing this year's ACL Fest. Here's a relatively small sample of them:

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Spiritualized, Beck, Foo Fighters, Gnarls Barkley, N.E.R.D., David Byrne, Jamie Lidell, Man Man, Jenny Lewis, the Raconteurs, Band of Horses, Stars, M. Ward, Drive-By Truckers, CSS, Okkervil River, Iron & Wine, Hot Chip, Neko Case, John Fogerty, Roky Erickson, Vampire Weekend, the Black Keys, Del the Funky Homosapien, Silversun Pickups, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, the Swell Season, José González, Yeasayer, Octopus Project, Against Me!, Erykah Badu, MGMT, Manu Chao, Tegan and Sara, the Mars Volta, the Kills, Mates of State, Antibalas, Gogol Bordello, What Made Milwaukee Famous, and White Denim.

Snob Note: why can't we draw in a festival like this in the triangle area???

Planes Over Kowloon

from the Presurfer:

A short video compilation from Kowloon city under the approach path to Hong Kong's Kai Tak airport in 1998.





snob note: this *horrifies* me.

Everyone's Worst nightmare

From The New Yorker:

This week in the magazine, Nick Paumgarten writes about the lives of elevators, and tells the story of Nicholas White, who was trapped in an elevator in New York City’s McGraw-Hill building for forty-one hours. Here is a condensed look at White’s ordeal, as captured by the building’s security cameras.

Here

Holy Juan


Holy Juan, aka Doug from Ohio. Consistently hilarious, always insightful, and my current favorite read.




13 April 2008

The Very Secret Order of Creatives Understanding

from NotCot.org:

I got this mysterious envelope today, and it contained the membership booklet of The Very Secret Order of Creatives Understanding. Seriously, as great as the internet and email are… snail mail has some perks, especially when it’s in the form of surprises with incredibly well designed typography, stock art, riddles, and a secret society membership card. I felt like i was a little kid as i read through the secret handshakes and riddles in this booklet over breakfast.


Check out the official website of The Very Secret Order of Creatives Understanding here.


And you can even download your own membership booklet! Solving the riddles will get you codes to get deals at Veer.

blank is like blank

Blank is Like Blank, Analogies to live by. A wonderful new blog project by talented copywriter Justin Feinstein.


Wikipedia is like hearing a great story in a bar:

You hope it’s true, but never bother confirming it.

From Discobelle.net

From Discobelle.net: I recommend downloading this song as soon as humanly possible.




Greg from Relish Recordings sent this track to us the other day. “My Love Needs You” is taken from the upcoming “Relish Compilation EP II” (which will be released in June) and it was made by Beni from hard hitting Australian techno duo Riot In Belgium (you know, the ones who did the 2007 anthem “La Musique”). This is a fine bleepy electro track with a pouncing squiggly synthline, 8-bit sounds and handclaps (check the break around the 5:35 mark, it’s sweet).

Beni - My Love Needs You (YSI)


Beni - My Love Needs You (zShare)





Joana Vasconcelos is a Portuguese artist who creates crochet covers, patterning existing objects.


11 April 2008

Things I would buy if today was Payday


I am dying for a Noferin Print.













The Pink Nowadays Umberella from Pare*Umbrela














The Akiko asymetrical pendant chandelier from Habitat UK















The Hourglass Side Table from Brocade Home




















This, or one of the other amazing Deer Head sculptures by RubysLounge on Etsy













(note: this will be a regular Friday feature)

Downtown Raleigh Construction photos



Contemporary Red Kitchens

I think about interior design a lot. how i would want things if i could have the money to do them right. mostly i alternate somewhere between mid-century shabby chic dreams and the ultraviolet awesomeness of extreme contemporary design.

I spotted these kitchen designs on the Italian design house Veneta Cucine and almost wet myself:


The Carrera kitchen:


The Diamante Kitchen:


The Sting Kitchen:

Big Fat Whale



A webcomic by Massachusetts artist Brian McFadden. Updated every friday without fail and always amusing, but most importantly, always completely random.

This week's episode: The Future of Manned Space Experiments



10 April 2008

Porn for Depressives - (via McSweeney's Lists)

by CARMEN NOBEL

Porn for Depressives.


- - - -
Wet Gaping Holes Where My Life Used to Be
Naked Came the Stranger Whose Life Is Better Than Yours
Girls Who Like Girls and Hate You
The Story of D'oh
Do Me Doggy-Style (So I Don't Have to Look at You)
Wild Asian MILFs Who Are Just Being Polite
Debbie Does Duloxetine
Mindfuckers
Naughty Housewives (Including Yours, Loser)

DIY Trabant

via Swissmiss:

A cut and fold Trabant.




U2 fans will appreciate the art project that lies ahead!



Police Officer Caught Dancing

from various sources.

(Ignore the goofy splash screens before and after that make it seem like a forward sent by your 60 year old admin coworker.)



tiny sneakers








Converse and Pepsi have been working on a nice collaborative project. As part of the 100th anniversary celebration of Converse they created sneaker cellphone charms. Overall there will be 12 different models, including the Jack Purcell, Chuck All Star, Larry Bird's and many other models, that made their comeback within the project. The little charms come with great details on the upper as well as the sole. Via Kenlu.

The Converse x Pepsi sneaker cellphone charms will be coming along with Pepsi cans some time in May.