Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Kinetic Water Sculpture - July 30, 3008

This is William Pye's sculpture "Charybdis." Homer (that author you had to read in college) tells us that because Charybdis had stolen the oxen of Hercules, Zeus struck her with a thunderbolt and changed her into a whirlpool whose vortex swallowed up ships. In Charybdis, the circular movement of water inside a transparent acrylic cylinder forms an air-core vortex in the centre. Steps wrap around the cylinder and allow spectators to view the vortex from above.

Really Digging This - July 30, 2008

I'm working on a stop motion project for work, and I'm really into checking out some of the quality stop motion pieces out there. Earlier I shared Western Spaghetti with you, now here are some others.

Kort & Krachtig : Rogier Wieland from Designflux : Devoted to Motion on Vimeo.

stop mo' studies from [[- charetteprod -]] on Vimeo.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Delicious Paella - July , 28, 2008

I cooked some delicious paella this weekend, and I wanted to share the recipe. This version may not be strictly traditional, but garlic, pork chorizo, shrimp, green-lipped mussels, bay scallops, and saffron bring the flavors of paella together in a satisfying way.

Start to finish: 25 min

3 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup frozen onions and bell peppers (6 oz)
2 links of pork chorizo (cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices)
2 cups long-grain white rice
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 1/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth (10 fl oz)
1/8 teaspoon crumbled saffron threads
20 frozen cleaned raw medium shrimp such as Contessa brand
1 lb mussels (any type will work)
1/2 lb bay scallops
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup small pimiento-stuffed green olives


Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over high heat until just smoking, then sauté garlic and frozen onions and peppers, stirring, until garlic and onions are golden, about 2 minutes. Add chorizo and cook, stirring, until chorizo is lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add rice, wine, broth, saffron, and shrimp and cook, covered and undisturbed, over high heat until most of liquid is absorbed and shrimp are cooked through, about 6 minutes. Stir in mussels, peas, scallops, and olives and cook, covered, until mussles open wide, 2 to 4 minutes. (Discard any mussels that remain unopened after 4 minutes.) Remove from heat and let stand, covered, until all liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes.


Thursday, July 24, 2008

Make Me a Sculpture....NOW! - July 24, 2008

Since I've been on a bit of a trend watching kick, I thought I'd share the latest and greatest...introducing...Shapeways.

Shapeways claims to be the first affordable 3D printing company out there. Just upload your design, they print it and they ship it to you - it's easy. Within ten working days you'll hold your own design in your hands.

The only caveat is that it requires some really sophisticated and expensive software to create these designs, which I'm guessing (insert sarcasm here) most people don't have on their computer. I think Paul Glazowski of Mashable had it perfect when he said, " But perhaps its designation as a “consumer co-creation community” is a bit far-fetched. Consumers, for one, have little interest or even reasonable aptitude when it comes to 3D modeling software. It’s simply too complex for the casual user to effectively grapple with. Also, some designer utilities tend to carry with them considerable cost."

Regardless, I think it's incredible that someone wanted to found a company to truly help empower consumers and artists to create the impossible. So Shapeways, congrats! I signed up for my own account, now all I need is some software.

Check out some of things that have already been created:

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

My Mouth is Burning - July 23, 2008

A new drink is about to hit town and take over our taste buds, forcing them to tingle in delight. It's called Prometheus Springs, and it's a Capsaicin infused elixir. What is Capsaicin you might ask, well, it's a superfood antioxidant that makes peppers so deliciously spicy. Prometheus Springs will derive its capsaicin from scotch bonnet peppers, and to give you an idea of how spicy they'll be here's a comparioson. Most scotch bonnets have a heat rating of 100,000 to 350,000 Scovile Units, jalapenos, however, only have a heat rating of 2,500 to 8,000 on the Scoville scale.

A friend of a friend is in the midst of taking America by storm with Prometheus Springs, which will hopefully happen sooner than later, as I'm really looking forward to trying this.

Of course the drink isn't all about spice, it's got fresh citrus extracts and cold-pressed ginger added in it as well. The website has a fantastic section about the types of drinks I can look forward to drinking with Prometheus Springs. I'm particularly looking forward to this one:


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Raider Nation - July 22, 2008

I don't talk about my own clients on this blog, unless I end up doing something really cool for them. Here is our latest project, the Raider Creator. It allows you to put Raiderize yourself, eye patch and all. Just upload a photo, and get to work. Afterwards you get a nice little banner with your face on it, and feel free to submit it to our contest, where you have a chance to actually end up on a billboard. AND...if you really love it, you can get it printed on a few items from Zazzle.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Bullsh#$ - July 21, 2008

I work in marketing and advertising. At times, it can be a dreary world filled with lies, contrived truths, and unbelievable claims. My theory has always been that if you have a good product, people will buy it regardless of what you say about it. It drives me completely insane that a client can not succinctly or clearly tell me why their product is different from the competition. Too often, they rely on perceived advantages to drive preference, but in the age of the wise consumer, I think this is a dangerous territory to trod upon.

Now that I've got my little spiel out of the way, onto the good stuff. I realize that I might be a little late to the game on reporting about this show, but since I've recently discovered it, I feel the need to share with you all.

Penn and Teller have had a series on Showtime called "Bullshit."
This show is the schiznit! Every episode is dedicated to uncovering the rickety falsehoods of scams from groups, campaigns, advertisements, documentaries, individuals, etc. The first show I saw revealed this crazy service a woman was offering in Hawaii about dolphin assisted natural birth. I've been a viewer ever since. I suggest you check it our for yourself.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

PSFK Conference Tomorrow! - July 16, 2008

I'm so excited for tomorrow's PSFK conference. I like to think that I'm attending a mini-TED conference. I'll be sure to supply a recap of it all, along with some photos. I'll try to tweet as much as I can while it's happening.

These are the talks I'm most looking forward to:

Aligning Interests
When cynical people admit they're idealistic you might be on to something; Publisher and Founding Editor Max Schorr shares his inspirations and learnings from the beginning of GOOD Magazine.

Using It
How can companies and organizations leverage social media to enhance consumer dialog, evolve product offering and improve sales. Bootstrapping expert George Parker will lead a discussion with leading marketing innovators Adrian Ho (Zeus Jones), Mark Lewis (DDB), Lynn Casey (Team Noesis) and Rohit Bhargava (Ogilvy 360 Digital Influence).

Trends-Should you care?
Ed Cotton (BSSP) explains why trends and inspiration matter - and how you can judge and use them.

San Francisco Snapshot
What makes the Bay Area tick? Colin Nagy (Attention) leads a discussion with passionate locals discuss what aspects of local culture inspire them the most. Panel includes Amit Gupta (Photojojo), Jeremy Townsend (Ghetto Gourmet), Kevin Allison (Financial Times) and Liz Dunn (

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Feeling the Need to Cut? - July 15, 2008

Consumers want to see evidence of their own creative DNA, whether motivated by passions or attitudes, creative control and influence are their goals. This desire is manifesting itself across a multitude of media, but further evidence supports that technology and personal product creation are merging.

Creativity lives in the heart of everyone, and it is the nonlinear, surprising activities that extend a sense of our unique self in ways we might never think of. The evolution of the Internet now empowers people to do just that, and services from Café Press to Picnik to Zazzle to JumpCut are ever-helping bring their ideas to life.

I wanted to highlight two very cool services out there that truly enable individuals to flex their creative muscles. The first place is named 5280 Lasers...don't ask me why. They provide custom laser etching and engraving services, and they are all about trying to make your project happen for the most affordable price. Here are a couple samples of some skateboard decks they've been making:

The second service I wanted to share was Ponoko. Ponoko is the world’s first platform for anyone to share, buy and sell product plans to make individualized goods. Professional and hobbiest designers, crafters, hackers and artists can turn their ideas into real products using their web commerce and digital make-on-demand services. No upfront costs. No minimum orders. No inventory. Simply click to design, make, sell and deliver your creativity to the world, at your own speed. Pretty cool. Unfortunately, you will need some design software though.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Introducing RosterBoard - July 14, 2008

A good friend of mine is launching a network that focuses on numbers, specifically, the numbers that are on the back of an athletes' jersey. He's completely obsessed with sports, and loves jersey numbers, so he created a place just about that. It's called RosterBoard.
Whether it's football, baseball, basketball, hockey, NASCAR, soccer, lacrosse or horse racing, everyone has a favorite number, and RosterBoard helps bring people together to share their passion and interest in a specific sports jersey number. Fans can track their favorite current athletes who wear their number, as well as honoring former athletes who wore it.

I've been taken on a personal tour of RosterBoard, and I'm enthusiastic to see it finally open up to the world tomorrow. Here's a quick video from the site:

RosterBoard also has a presence in a couple of other places on the web including Flickr, Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube. Email me, and I'll get you an early invite from RosterBoard.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Western Spaghetti - July 10, 2008

I just had to share this.

Jott is my favorite...

Jott is my favorite new toy. Right now I'm on my cellphone to Jott, it's recording my voice which is then going to be transcribed into words and entered as a blog post. This is an amazing new technology that allows me 30 seconds to record my voice at which point it will transcribes and sent to a multiplicity of services that I chose, from Blogger to Twitter. I love it and I am going to be Jotting a lot more. listen

Powered by Jott

Fill Your Brain With Junk - July 10, 2008

The Continuum of Cute invites the viewer to arrange 100 pictures of different animals, all found on the Internet, in order of cuteness. A giant inter-species beauty contest, the project investigates both our individual and collective sense of the "cute" at the same time as it indulges the anthropomorphic qualities that are often embedded in our sense of the word.

A music video for Russian Metal Band called ANJ. It's half Russian History allegory as told through an old zombie movie made in the Soviet Union, and half animated Soviet Propaganda posters. It's in HD, so let it load a bit before you play it

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Back and Alive - July 8, 2008

I'm back and alive from my vacation at Chautauqua, New York. It was brief, but I feel revived. Along the way, I came across a term that I had never heard of before, but I love it's brillancy. With the price of gas soaring, a staycation is what most Americans will experience during the summer of 2008. What is a staycation?

1. A vacation that is spent at one's home enjoying all that home and one's home environs have to offer.

2. A vacation spent close to home

Interesting trendy term that is going to get alot more usage as Americans continue to be hard pressed to spend the dough on gas or pricey airline tickets.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Chautauqua - July 1, 2008

Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt is quoted as saying that Chautauqua is "the most American thing in America."

What exactly is Chautauqua?

Chautauqua is an adult education movement that began in United States and gained much popularity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It's intention was to encourage Americans to remain progressive and innovative, particularly in the areas of art, music, literature, and religion.

Chautauqua assemblies expanded and spread throughout rural America until the mid-1920s. The Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers and specialists of the day.

The first Chautauqua,established in 1874, was coined "The Chautauqua Institution" and to this day is a not-for-profit, 750-acre educational center beside Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York State. The Chautauqua Institution established itself as a national forum for open discussion of public issues, international relations, literature and science. Approximately 100 lecturers appear at Chautauqua during a season. Presidents, world famous scientists, actors, musicians, writers, artists, and so many more gather here every year to enrich their minds.

So for the next week, I'll be signing off my blog and regaining a hold of what life is all about...and of course enjoying some solid vacation time. I might be Twittering and posting Flickr photos as my journey unravels.