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Happy Halloween!

From last year, but still one of the best ever. Instant Halloween classic. The full song can be downloaded here. THANK YOU 30 ROCK!

An in-depth look at USA's religious beliefs, practices

USA Today has a fascinating look at the beliefs of various religions in the US. The graphs are kind of neat to play with.

via Scott

Synchronized Debating

Get the latest news satire and funny videos at 236.com.


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MTV Music

MTV just launched MTV Music a video service so you can actually watch music videos. Imagine that - Music Videos on Music Television. The archive seems pretty deep, and seems to have some true classics. Interface is nice too.

via digg


a-ha |MTV Music

One Mile Scroll

One Mile Scroll is a little site to try to translate the scale between web scrolling and real-life objects.
The One Mile Scroll transforms virtual space into an actual, physical distance. Take your computer for a scroll...Scale: 1 inch = 96 pixels
You can scroll a mile, or the height of the eiffel tower or the statue of liberty.

Not world-changing, but certainly a unique way to look at a mundane thing we do every day.

The Wisdom Project

The Wisdom Project is fascinating:
"Inspired by the idea that one of the greatest gifts one generation can pass to another is the wisdom it has gained from experience, the Wisdom project, prodcued with cooperation from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, seeks to create a record of a multicultural gorup of people who have all made their mark on the world."
The trailer is a must see, and the book itself seems beautifully designed.

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The Atlantic Project: "Think Again"

The Atlantic Project is a marketing piece for the magazine...but even still a really cool look into some of the difficult questions of our time. The videos are very interesting and thought provoking. Some questions include:

When is Evil Cool?
Why do Presidents Lie?
Is Porn Adultery?
Can Jesus Save Hollywood?
Is America Still the Land of Opportunity?

Fascinating.

826

826 is a remarkable, awe-inspiring organization. From the recent article in Brand New:
Established in San Francisco in 2002 by renown writer Dave Eggers and educator Nínive Calegari, 826 is a unique organization that tutors and provides workshops for kids ages six to eighteen on writing and ultimately on creative expression. The San Francisco building where the classes took place, located at 826 Valencia Street (hence the name 826), was zoned commercial and the logical thing to do was to set up a pirate supply storefront which, according to David Byrne, is "definitely one of the top five pirate stores." And in that same spirit, the 826 chapters in New York and Los Angeles are flanked by retail stores like the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. (designed by Sam Potts) and Echo Park Time Travel Mart (designed by Stefan Bucher), respectively.

Loyd has been telling me about this for a few years. They use the fictional storefront as inspiration for the kids and actually sell pirate stuff to raise funds as well. The posters are particularly amazing.

You really must read more on Brand New.

This Ted talk is also worth watching


link via Nathan, product design and photos via office

An American Werewolf In London

So ridiculous i want one for Halloween.

An American Werewolf in London by Aled Lewis

Design Marathon


It's days like today i'm really proud to live in Charlottesville.

Today is the first annual Design Marathon.
twelve hours of pro-bono design work
ten deserving community nonprofits
twenty local professional designers
ten design students
zero reasons to miss out
Some good friends are taking part, and I couldnt be more proud.

I only wish I would have found out sooner! Dont know if I would have made the cut, but love the idea and would be honored to be a part. Perhaps at the Second Annual Design Marathon...

Content Aware Scaling

Does it make me a nerd if I find Content Aware Scaling exciting?

This was all the buzz a while back when it was in prototype phase, but Adobe actually built it into Photoshop CS4. Fascinating to see it in action.

via Paul

My Cuppa

My Cuppa is the "colour matching guide mug" with the following swatches:
Milky
Classic British
Builders Brew
Just Tea

Love it. Reminds my of my pals Jon and Nick from across the pond who regularly take their tea in the afternoon. Something tells me they don't need a color matching system....

clever nonetheless.

If the world were a village of 100 people...


The World of 100 is a set of fascinating visualizations from Toby Ng Kwong To in London. It explores difficult to comprehend world statistics in a much more accessible way - by imagining how it would look in a villiage of 100 people.

It's tough to see, but this poster, for example, says "If the world were a village of 100 people, skin colour: 30% white, 70% non-white."

It's a set of 20 posters and they're all really great.