Monday, December 31, 2007

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Paris Parfait




This woman is an American living in Paris. Her photos are great, and I love that she takes photos of all the shop windows.

http://parisparfait.typepad.com/

Friday, December 28, 2007

Thanks a Fucking Lot Cards





http://www.refinery29shops.com/product.php?productid=17055&cat=355&page=2#

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Lost America



Check out the super-cool photography of Troy Paiva "Night Photography of the Abandoned West" http://lostamerica.com/

Monday, December 24, 2007

Lane Hartwell

Photographer in the Bay Area her blog is somewhat interesting but lacking in the photography end of things. She has a rant about people stealing her photography, but I think her decision to not post any of her photos to prevent the stealing is going to hurt her in the long-run. How are you supposed to get publicity for yourself as a photographer if you don't show anyone what you can do?

http://fetching.net/

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Ediblescapes from Dominic Crinson




Available in a variety of abstract vegital designs...http://crinson.com/3designs/ediblescapes/ediblescapes_gallery.htm

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Art Delivered to Your Door



If you have $600 burning a hole in your pocket and you like art The Playground might just before you...

http://www.theplaygroundisfun.com/

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Rats with Jobs

Landmines suck, Rats don't. What do you get when you put them together? Hero Rats!

Rats that sniff out landmines so we don't "accidentally" find them.

http://www.herorat.org/

thanks to T. Jenny for the Link

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Music Blog
KayJay is joining the musical dots of life on this great music blog

http://dot-by-dot.blogspot.com/

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Santarchy



Where else are you going to find a thousand santas in one place?http://sanfranciscosantarchy.wordpress.com/

find one near you here: http://santarchy.com/

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Kitty Wigs




Really... what cat doesn't need a wig?

http://www.kittywigs.com/wigindex.html

Thanks to T. Jenny for the link.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Wine Glass Holder


Interesting, but maybe not practical. What happens when you pass out? Instant wine stain...

from Spluch:
http://spluch.blogspot.com/2007/12/wine-glass-holder-necklace.html

Sunday, December 09, 2007

vote for your favorite website designhttp://commandshift3.com

thanks to Jef W. for the link

Friday, December 07, 2007

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Make your own top-down Blinds!

http://www.instructables.com/id/Create-Your-Own-Top-Down-Blinds/

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Roadside America

Find roadside attractions whereever you may be going, or even where you live!

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/

Friday, November 30, 2007

Most awesome site of the week

http://hautenature.blogspot.com/

Thursday, November 29, 2007

I went to a AIGA/Adobe sponsored live recording of Design Matters with Debbie Millman where she was interviewing Alan Dye currently of Apple Computers. During Alan's diatribe, he mentioned that he prefers to sketch on napkins since they have less of a permanence that a traditional notebook. Many of the designers in the audience agreed with him. I thought of him when I saw this product:


link originaly found here:http://www.core77.com/blog/object_culture/napkin_notebook_8244.asp

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

minimalist cat furniture


If you have less space than you like in your living area, this is a good solution to provide for kitty too.

http://www.squarecathabitat.com/product/product_cat.html

Monday, November 26, 2007

Awesome online music player

Seeqpod lets you search or you can just look at a list of songs it's finding and add them to your playlist!

http://www.seeqpod.com
fancy hotel finder

Need an extra special place to stay 6on your next trip? Find it here...

http://www.designhotels.com/home

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Gurrilla Gardening

Taking gardening into the realm of the illegal...

Definition on Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guerrilla_gardening

A website organizing it:http://www.guerrillagardening.org/

the link that started me looking into all of this...
http://nowanais.htmlplanet.com/GuerillaGardening/home.html

Monday, November 19, 2007

gardening links

a list of links to gardening catalogs http://www.gardenlist.com/

everything you ever wanted to know about seeds:
http://theseedsite.co.uk/index.html

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

crazy Andrew Andrew site



Thie Reatiler has interesting way of dealing with a website, putting smack dab in the center of it and letting you explore up down and sideways. It doesn't really use this method to it's full potential though. It needs more Content.

http://andrewandrewdotcom.com/AndrewAndrew.html#AbsCent

Monday, November 12, 2007

Vegitarian Food Blog

http://www.herbivoracious.com/

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Linkin Park #1 artist in India?!




Find out what's popular in other parts of the world...

http://www.gracenote.com/map/

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Monday, November 05, 2007

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Texas Wildflower Identification




A couple of sites that will aid in identifying Texas wild flowers:

http://www.lone-star.net/mall/txtrails/wildflowers/flowers.htm -
broken down by color of flower.
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/wildseed/index.html - a bit more
difficult to use because you need to know what you are looking for.
But, they have pictures, growing information and resources for seeds.


links curtosy of Nate on the mailing list

Friday, November 02, 2007

What are these MBA's Learning?

This conference is being put on by mostly MBA's in training, which should mean that they've learned something about marketing right? Apparenty not. This the most uninformative and useless site I think I've ever seen. Also , they are clearly in need of some design help, maybe also some education in the importnae of design in marketing.

http://cleantech.berkeley.edu/?q=index.htm

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

This is from http://lisacongdon.typepad.com/

An interview with Paul of http://flickr.com/photos/wowzzaa/sets/72157594262804047

(it's kinda long)


i heart paul
Hello friends,

About once a month I am going to be posting interviews and images by people who inspire me by living an undividedly creative life.




My first interview is with Paul Octavious, who I met through Flickr about a year and a half ago. One thing that was clear about Paul when I "met" him, was that he was not bored. In fact, he was one of those people who was constantly working (with apparent genuine delight) to translate his vision of the world for others to experience--which is, in my opinion, part of what makes someone creative. Trained as a graphic designer in college, Paul has taken his innate sense of design, balance and color to his photography, which he's only been playing with seriously for a couple of years (goes to show you: when you got it, you got it). Paul is currently a photographer for Threadless.com where he gets to live out his creativity for pay, and lives most of his time in Connecticut, where he grew up. When I had my show in New York this Spring, Paul took the train from CT to NYC to be there for my opening. It was awesome. He was as amazing in person as he was online. I have a feeling that if Paul and I lived in the same town, we'd be bosom buddies, wreaking creative havoc all over town together. Paul took some time out to talk to me recently about what he does and what keeps him going.



Lisa: Paul, when I first “met” you online, I knew I’d found a kindred spirit. You live an extremely creative life. Everyday you are making life into art. Where do you think that comes from?

Paul: I think it comes from my mom. Growing up my mom was a stay at home mom, and while we were at school she would be cleaning, cooking and making art projects off a show on PBS. She would show us and would would try to duplicate her. I mean, she would pump out things like a Christmas ornament that would would have to scrub with a Brillo pad to take the color off the glass, so we could see through it. Inside the ornament would go a school photo. I think that's where my “..well, why not” spirit comes from. Creativity is endless.

Lisa: Your photographs and your processing of them are impeccable. Did you go to school for photography or are you mostly self-taught? Talk a little bit about how you got the skills you have.

Paul: I went to school for graphic design. The two worked hand in hand with processing. Both graphic design and photography use the same programs to edit. A lot of the editing is trial and error. Most of the time when I achieve a certain look its was birth from a mistake. I just keep rolling with it until something else comes along. Recently, every-time I come up with a new hue or coloring style to a photo, I give it the name of the subject in photos. My most recent style is named "Butch".



Lisa: Butch, huh? Cool. You also manage to capture light in a way I don’t often see. It’s incredible. What do you look for to determine the right lighting for your photographs?

Paul: I look for a unique way the light is hitting the subject. Tree light is one of my favorite lights. Trees always have gaps of light peering through. its just awesome. I like light that leaves shadows on portions of the subject I'm shooting.

Lisa: Did you start with Digital or were you a 35 mm SLR person before you went digital?



Paul: I started to take photography seriously when I bought my first Digital Rebel and a Flickr account. That was almost 2 years ago.

Lisa: What other forms of art besides photography do you enjoy?

Paul: Well, I was trained to be a graphic designer, which is my first love. I love print design and typography. I am such a font whore...it's ridiculous.

Lisa: A fellow font whore!! Fantastic. So, your photo projects are really unique. I’m interested to know where you came up with the idea for the coffee grounds and the cloud projects.

Paul: Well, Recycled Grounds came from an idea I saw another Flickr member do. This was when I was doing my 365 Self Portrait Project and trying to pump out a self portrait everyday. Any inspiration I could grab from anywhere, I was willing to just take in. At the time, I’d been looking for something to apply to my skin to change my appearance. She did a close-up of her face with coffee beans on it. I thought how sweet is that! So I tried it the next day with coffee grounds. And though it was messy, it worked! So I showed it to my mom and asked if I could try it on her. By the end of the month I photographed my little cousin in grounds, then my brother and sister and my dad. I can’t wait expand this idea soon. When working on a project it just snowballs into something...and I kinda like it like that.

Lisa: What about Puffin Clouds?

Paul: Puffin Clouds was all my puppy's fault. She got hold of my sisters cotton ball bag and it was everywhere throughout the house. I picked a piece of the ripped cotton ball up and said to my self, "Damn, this looks like a cloud...what can i do with it?”



Lisa: Let's talk for a moment about your portraits. They are my favorites. They are not only technically wonderful, but they evoke enormous feeling. What are your tricks for capturing such amazing portraits?

Paul: Oh thanks! Basically, I talk to the subject and make them feel comfortable. Also I just shoot for the eyes.. everything else is just extra. With my Grandpa Jud shots its a bit different. He’s a older quite gentleman he walks around the house sits, drinks some coffee, moves again to a comfortable spot and watches some westerns. A very chill life he leads. So when he’s doing his routine he’s in such repose that he doesn’t realize sometimes I'm taking a shot. I think thats why most of his shots evoke such a strong emotion. I like to think of him as my muse.



Lisa: Flickr has played a huge role in my creative process. Talk about the role of Flickr in your creative endeavors and your career as an artist.

Paul: Flickr has led me to meet so many creative amazingly great people like yourself. From connections or ideas and even collaborations with other artist. The comments I receive from people feed the the fire in my work, and makes me want to do more.

Lisa: Aw, thanks back. So, your family. They have played a large role as subjects in your photographs. How do they feel about this?




Paul: My parents are my #1 fans. I think they enjoy the reaction people get off of some of my work. I know my mom comes on my Flickr and reads comments and enjoys it. I enjoy watching her read the comments left by the nice people.

Lisa: I hate it when people ask me this question, and I have a feeling I know what you are going to say, but I am going to ask it anyway. Where do you get most of your ideas? When and how do they come to you? How do you keep yourself living the way you do?

Paul: I get my ideas from anything really. Today I got an idea from a pun about a fish...a light bulb went off in my head. Now as I type this the execution of the idea is all I can think about. To keep living the way all I do is I keep thinking positive and when in a slump.. Remember your problems aren’t that bad. Whenever I think my problem is bad now, I look up and think...okay, there are freaking stars in the sky! My problem is so small right at this very moment compared to that.



Lisa: Yes!! Ideas come from anything! That's exactly it. And I can relate to the obsession with an idea. So this leads me to my final question...What makes you the happiest?

Paul: Me in my backyard with A 22oz of Fat Tire Beer laying on the grass looking at the sky...camera pointing up getting an idea for a cloud shot.

Lisa: Yes, that does sound amazing. Perhaps someday soon we can do that together. Until then, happy shooting, Paul.

Paul: Thanks, Lisa!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Ice-Nuggets



I have found the machines that make my favorite type of ice, Jim and I called it Movie Ice, the Ice industry calls it Ice-Nuggets. Either way, I must find a way of getting one of these outrageosly expensive machines, OR finding a way of retro-fitting a refrigerator ice maker to produce these perfectly proportioned little ice miracles.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Fix it

If you're like me you hate the idea of throwing something away when it could just as easily be fixed and useful (if not to you then someone else...). Here is a how-to site that helps you fix the stuff especially the electronics that you would otherwise trash.

http://www.fixya.com/

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Today! Grilled Cheese Invitational




You may want to turn your speakers down when you go to this site. or maybe not. This event is touring the country, watch for when it will come to your town.

Oakland you're up Today!

http://grilledcheeseinvitational.com

Monday, October 22, 2007

Another pet peeve site...The bain of every designers existance, people who use the font comic sans for everything.

http://bancomicsans.com/home.html

thanks to Darla...

Friday, October 19, 2007



A bizarre ‘Best of Craigslist‘ posting, from a man in Tampa Bay:

Whenever I get a package of plain M&Ms, I make it my duty to continue the strength and robustness of the candy as a species. To this end, I hold M&M duels.

Taking two candies between my thumb and forefinger, I apply pressure, squeezing them together until one of them cracks and splinters. That is the “loser,” and I eat the inferior one immediately. The winner gets to go another round.

I have found that, in general, the brown and red M&Ms are tougher, and the newer blue ones are genetically inferior. I have hypothesized that the blue M&Ms as a race cannot survive long in the intense theater of competition that is the modern candy and snack-food world.

Occasionally I will get a mutation, a candy that is misshapen, or pointier, or flatter than the rest. Almost invariably this proves to be a weakness, but on very rare occasions it gives the candy extra strength. In this way, the species continues to adapt to its environment.

When I reach the end of the pack, I am left with one M&M, the strongest of the herd. Since it would make no sense to eat this one as well, I pack it neatly in an envelope and send it to M&M Mars, A Division of Mars, Inc., Hackettstown, NJ 17840-1503 U.S.A., along with a 3×5 card reading, “Please use this M&M for breeding purposes.”

This week they wrote back to thank me, and sent me a coupon for a free 1/2 pound bag of plain M&Ms. I consider this “grant money.” I have set aside the weekend for a grand tournament. From a field of hundreds, we will discover the True Champion.

There can be only one.


http://swissmiss.typepad.com/weblog/2007/10/mms-survival-of.html

Also, If you want to make your own M&M character, go here! http://www.becomeanmm.com/

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Need a name for something? try the Name Inspector

http://www.thenameinspector.com/
http://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Monday, October 15, 2007

Time waster

Monoface

mono face - mix and match Mr. Potato Head style...

thanks to Jeff for the link.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

SolarSheat

http://www.yoursolarhome.com/solarsheat1500G.html

solar sheets that are used like space heaters. They are pretty expensive $1500+ for one...and they do not work at night. Seems like you should be able to create your own version for less $$$.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Monday, October 01, 2007

Bacon-bar?




http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/product/bacon_exotic_candy_bar/exotic_candy_bars

Saturday, September 29, 2007

TinyMeat

Store on Etsythat I like, they make cool wallets.
tinymeat.etsy.com

Friday, September 28, 2007

greenhouses and greenhouse supplies


I've always wanted a greenhouse, but so far, I don't even own enough property to put one on. Until then, I can puruse this site and dream...

http://www.charleysgreenhouse.com/

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Hand Soap


creap out your house guests by leaving these little soaps in the soap dish.

http://www.boingboing.net/2007/09/27/hand-soap-shaped-lik.html

thanks to Jamie W. for the link!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Friday, September 21, 2007

http://www.deltablues.net/

I don't know why I find this site interesting, but I do. The design is terrible, but the content shines through.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Less art more food...

This site brings practical back into the kitchen, with step-by-step photos of what it's supposed to look like as you cook it, and ingeniously designed recipie cards.

http://www.cookingforengineers.com/

Monday, September 17, 2007

Friday, September 14, 2007

Hobo Teacher

http://www.hoboteacher.com/blog/index.html
Funny blog from a High School Teacher...Here's a taste:

Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Structurally Sound
Seventh Period let out yesterday, and as I did my usual clean up of the floor for treasures left behind, I found something extraordinary. Normally, I come across my handouts, which I stress are important to keep. They typically have graffiti all over them—weaponry, their names in bubble writing, and classic rock band logos. This time, I came across a creation between the two aisles in the opposite corner from my desk. I call that place Samoa for good reason. It’s the farthest location of my jurisdiction, thus the most difficult for me to govern.

What I found was a structure of some sort that consisted of various supplies found in my classroom. There were A-frames made out of note cards, pencil turrets, paperclips marking the road leading up to the thing, and all other kinds of amenities. It was like some kind of office supply Shangri-La.

How did they do this? I’m not asking because I can’t comprehend the laws of physics nor do I under appreciate the aesthetics of architecture. I’m asking because for two weeks now I’ve been begging these kids to do something as simple as returning the student surveys that I give out at the beginning of the year, and nothing. But a sturdy model for a lodge, with guest quarters mind you, is no problem. You can see why I am frustrated.

It’s gotten to the point that I don’t even care what condition the surveys come back in. I’d even take them with their jack-a-ninny responses. I’d just like to get them back.

Favorite food? Your mom

Where do you see yourself in ten years? Ass

Favorite motto? Life’s not gay, so stop being a fag.

Of course it looks like many of the surveys were contributed to the homestead that I found. It’s probably the closest thing that I’ll get to have with a pool.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Hobos

You need a hobo name. Get some ideas by listening to this list here:


http://www.areasofmyexpertise.com/hoboes.html

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

METAL MAHEM


Need some metal inspiration? Ideas for lyrics, covers etc...

http://sigvatr.com/bng666/

Friday, September 07, 2007

Fringe Festival - SF


Hey there theatre lovers!

There is a Fringe Fest in Edmunton, Canada, now it seems there is one here in our own backyard.


http://sffringe.org/

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Make cookies in your car



Why waste all that solar energy that gets stored up in your car while you slave away at work? Make cookies on those hot days instead!


http://bakingbites.com/2007/09/car-baked-chocolate-chip-cookies-step-by-step/

Thanks to TheJenny for forwarding the link...

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Sync your workspaces

http://lifehacker.com/software/hack-attack/maintain-a-consistent-workspace-across-multiple-computers-293846.php

Monday, September 03, 2007

Girly Office supplies



Make your office space a whole lot prettier!

http://seejanework.com/index.asp

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Awesome ad campaign by Nike



Nike takes vintage falshbacks to a whole new level...flip through the book on the site, and check out the sections where you can cut out your own mustache, make t-shirt trasfers...also watch the videos...totally worth it.http://www.nike.com/nikevintage/

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Rare beers delivered to your Door


This "Lagunitas Kill Ugly Radio" beer is just an example of the rare and interesting beers/meads and ciders available to you through Liquid Solutions. Don't miss the "Wall of Beer" link on the left, it lists ALL of the available selections.

http://www.liquidsolutions.biz/main/