Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Kort & Krachtig : Rogier Wieland from Designflux : Devoted to Motion on Vimeo.
stop mo' studies from [[- charetteprod -]] on Vimeo.
Monday, 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 minIngredients
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
Thursday, July 24, 2008
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
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
Monday, July 21, 2008
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
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 (funnyordie.com)
Tuesday, 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:
Monday, July 14, 2008
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
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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
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
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.