two cents

Dear Product Manufacturers,

Dear Product Manufacturers,

It's me, your customer. I'm writing with a request. Can you please stop making products that are hard to use? Products that I can't figure out without pulling out my product manual? You know the ones...with complicated ways to use them or things that won't work properly unless you add an impossible mix of forgettable things? I'm looking at you, Craftsman. I know you're better than this. Why do I have to put in a mixture of gas & special oil into my weed whacker? Why can't I just put in one easy to find thing in one place (gasoline), and another easy to find thing in another (standard oil) and you mix it for me? What is this, 1952? Or my lawnmower. What kind of oil do I need to add? It's not written anywhere on the product, and your manual (gone) isn't even available online. And you Microsoft. Well, there's just too much to mention...

You can do better. You can make the things I have to do regularly brainless. You can make the things I have to do irregularly not even that hard - or at least easy to track down. I know you can do it.

Thanks,
Your Consumer

The telectroscope

Hardly anyone knows that a secret tunnel runs deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean. In May 2008, more than a century after it was begun, the tunnel has finally been completed. An extraordinary optical device called a Telectroscope has been installed at both ends which miraculously allows people to see right through the Earth from London to New York and vice versa.

Select the hidden text below for more (kind of a spoiler):

This, of course, is fiction (admittedly it took me a while to confirm), an art piece by Paul St George. But at first the idea certainly made my eyes open wide in wonder.

Official Website
New York Times Article

Link via Kanye West. (We're good friends)

Aesop's glass ceiling

Aesop sells botanical skincare products. Their newest retail store take an interesting spin on recycling:
The store's ceiling is crafted entirely out of recycled bottles, precisely arranged in a wave pattern.
A goal of theirs is that every store is different:
the Flinders Lane store interior is made entirely of industrial-grade cardboard; from the display shelving, to the massive eastern façade, and even the counter tops
Very cool spin on something mundane.

Links via the cool hunter

Nokia Morph Concept (short)

Probably won't be coming out any time soon, but i love taking a glimpse into the potential future.

Park Ave CDs

This is brand new from the local record store next to my old house in Orlando. So great!

Link via Mike Dunn and the Kings of New England (who you should really check out, by the way...)

Huckabee Nails It



Pretty glad this guy is not the leader of the free world...

Link Via Irresponsible Journalism

Location, Location, Location

Colossal Castle or Humble Home? Same Price – Your Choice

Makes me want to get property in a foreign land...then i realize i don't have a half-million lying around...

link via useless knowledge

Processing

Note to self: look more into Processing, the open source programming language enviornment Andrew told you about. From their site:
It is created to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context and to serve as a software sketchbook and professional production tool. Processing is developed by artists and designers as an alternative to proprietary software tools in the same domain.
Reference some of the insane stuff people are doing with it, including this:

Weird Fishes: Arpeggi from flight404 on Vimeo.

And tons more videos here.

Related: learn how to program.

(link via Andrew at OkayYellow)

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Where would we be without Mr. Rogers?


I'm serious! In this moment, Fred Rogers gave millions of kids a stable influence in their lives. Amazing.

link via positive energy vibe zone via yewknee

Mount Rushmore is younger than McCain


John McCain is old. Real old. How old? Well, older than Alaska. Older than Bugs Bunny. And yes, older than Mt. Rushmore.

Here is a list of the many things younger than John McCain.

Link via my brother David

The reward


The reward, originally uploaded by wondermade.

Good buddy Nathan captured this amazing shot and it's doing quite well on Flickr. Congrats, Nathan!

(also - be sure to visit his blog: veryness)

Boy do I love Charles Barkley

Repeal Day isn't until December 5th, but...

it's worth noting anyway that Repeal Day is a holiday celebrating the repeal of the 18th amendment prohibiting the "manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors" in the United States. Crazy to think in our land that even happened, but I think it's worth celebrating that we've righted our wrongs.

The real reason for the post is that when I stumbled upon this today I realized that alcohol was illegal both before and immediately following the stock market crash, and the beginning of the great depression.

Insane. If ever a time you'd want a drink...

History of Political Parties

Ran across this poster visualizing the history of political parties today, including a "family tree" and (appropriately) a snaking timeline.

These guys are really fantastic at visualizing information. Some of the others (like Death and Taxes) are also all-stars. Such inspiring work.

Layered Paper Art



I confess I have no clue where these are from or what the context is, but I stumbled upon them here. Very cool art made from layered colored paper.

Michael from yewknee pointed me to the source,
Jen Stark, an amazing artist with a ton more to see on her site.

Thanks Michael...

Everybody thinks they are right

I don't entirely get Stefan Sagmeister. He is an artist/designer that has alot of very strange things to say - but also a few important things to say. And like anyone brilliant, there are alot of misses and a few very sharp, poignant hits. I particularly liked this hillman-curtis video, especially towards the end. Be sure to see the time lapse of the bananas.

link via Nathan at Veryness.

You're being marketed to. Now that that's out of the way...


Regardless of motive, these two sites are thoroughly enjoyable:


http://www.nolaf.org/
The campaign against fun.
via Armstrong Family Circus

http://www.whitegoldiswhitegold.com/
The spinal tap-ish stylings of "White Gold"
via Yewknee

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Christian Kitsch Friday: Spiritual H2O


I know I'm not helping things when I post something I got via spam, but this is too unbelievable to pass up. That's right, it's spiritual h2o.

Each one full of 100% water. The Focus water, for example, also full of regular water. BUT it has a verse on it...about focus, of course.

ugh.

Like with most spiritual kitsch, I'm sure this benefits someone, somehow, in some way (other than the salesman). Perhaps it helps them remember Christ in some way (I know, a stretch.) But I'm almost certain this is the type of thing Jesus drove out in the temple when he overturned tables.

Twistori


Twistori is an interesting twitter visualizaion. Cool to keep the pulse on the internet in this way.

link via Jstn

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Gnarls Bizarre-kley

Gnarls Barkley is giving away their "The Odd Couple" record for free.

There's just one catch.

It's totally backwards.

1 40 minute track, backwards.

What? Why?

http://fronttobackbacktofront.com/

Link via Andrew

Moustache May is in full swing

Against all odds, the expressed desires of my wife, and my natural ability to grow a moustache, I am participating in Moustache May 2008. My moniker is cento.

In truth, I love it because of the people. Lots of friends from around the country, even my brother. Good people. Nathan once said that a month of moustache is the entry fee for participating in such a remarkable community. If so, I'm in.

If you have any desire, you should sign up ASAP. It will certainly fill up fast...

Many thanks to yewknee for his hard work on the site...