Archive for December, 2005

Blogging Panic at 30K Feet

December 30th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

Los Angeles blogger Jeremy Hermanns blogged about the rapid de-pressurization on an Alaska Air flight he was on earlier this week. And apparently people from Alaska Air tried to pepper his comments with discrediting posts. Read the news account.

Whaddup, Knitta?

December 28th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

Yo, the Knitta crew is AKrylik and PolyCotN and they’re bombin’ the ‘burbs of Houston with Knit graffiti.

Elephant vs. Lions

December 28th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

Everyone knows one single lion can’t take down a full-grown elephant. But what about an entire pride of lions versous an elephant? See previous animal battles: parts 1, 2, and 3.

Dust Houses

December 27th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

Colombian-born Miami artist Maria Adelaida Lopez takes toy dollhouses and covers them with vacuum cleaner bag lent. Her Dust Houses, or Casas de Polvo, are creepy and compelling.

Photos of VWs Being Made

December 26th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

So I know I’m being manipulated by stealth German marketing, but Volkswagon customer Michael Moore (not the Michigan-based political filmmaker, apparently) has taken some really nice photos of a Phaeton being built. Talk about a floor clean enough to be eaten off of, the Dresden factory is more like a Prada storefront than something you’d see in Flint or Hamtramick.

1000 Blue Note Covers

December 26th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

More than 1000 album covers from Blue Note Records.

Johnna Arnold

December 16th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

Johnna Arnold takes photos of some of the boring sights from freeways and makes them interesting. You can see more at Traywick Contemporary in Berkeley.

Alison Brooks

December 16th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

English architect Alison Brooks makes great buildings. Most recently, the Salt House in Essex which the Guardian calls a a triumph of ingenious, affordable design.


December 16th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

There are more cool products with cheap LEDs eveyday. The CameraBright is a great little light that screws into your camera’s tripod mount and adds some extra lighting to your point and shoot photos or videos.

Hacking the Brand

December 16th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

The Conglomco Media Network is offering a dizzying way to corrupt the brand identity of large corporations with their project, retag: retroactive logo distribution. By tagging stores like McDonald’s and Gap with stencils of their own logos, they seem to be attempting to dilute the brand and co-opt the brand as a form of protest at the same time. Think of it as a race around the world, which you have won, says Conglomco. Your logo has penetrated every consumer base, been blazened across every conceivable surface, and now the only place left for it to go is home. Maybe this video will help explain the idea.

The Chain

December 14th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

Gripping photos by Magnum photographer Chien-Chi Chang of Taiwanese mental asylum inmates chained together in pairs at Lung Fa Tang, a Buddhist sanctuary chicken farm where nearly 700 mentally ill inhabitants work. The Chain, an exhibit of Chang’s photos, is on view at the Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, Essex.


December 12th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

Picturing Business in America, Hedcuts in The Wall Street Journal is a new show at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery featuring the paper’s iconic portraits of business leaders, including the portrait of Oprah on the left by stipple artist Noli Novak. Journal artist Kevin Sprouls came up with the distinctive dot-layering technique in 1979. I’ve always thought it was a pretty good match for the Journal, says Sprouls. They’re like fine engravings.

Marcel Dzama

December 11th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

Quirky, haunting ink drawings from Winnipeg artist Marcel Dzama. See more of his drawings here and at two New York galleries, Richard Heller and David Zwirner. A show of Dzama’s work opens at the Nelson Gallery at UC Davis January 5th.

Community Voice Mail

December 11th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

Here’s a great idea. Community Voice Mail offers free voice mail to the homeless, unemployed, or others in transition so that can get that call about a job or apartment. You can help someone out by giving them a free month of voicemail for just $7

Tis the Season

December 11th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

Hey dude! You’ve got a cup of viral marketing on the roof of your car.

Ricky Gervais

December 10th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

Fan of The Office and Extras? Check out the Ricky Gervais Show podcast. Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington talk weekly about, well, everything. More at and subscribe to the podcast here.

Simon Starling wins the Turner Prize 2005

December 8th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

Simon Starling won this year’s Turner Prize a

Ride Your Bike and Charge Your Ipod

December 5th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

A Dutch geek has come up with a way to use his bike to charge his iPod.

Border Agents Google People Entering the US

December 5th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

Recently Iranian-Canadian blogger Hossein Derakhshan was stopped from entering the US after US Border agents googled him and found things on his blog they the didn’t like.

Stephanie Dean

December 4th, 2005 by Jeff | 0

Great photos from Stephanie Dean. Her latest photos are of Sleeping Men. See them at the 1035 Market St. branch of Red Ink Studios in San Francisco.