I just wanted to write a quick note that the blog is enduring some serious traffic right now. My Beard Cap post garnered a whole lot of attention, and now I have half the blog-o-sphere hanging out on here. Thankfully, my host/friend Adam is doing an amazing job of keeping things going, but I’ve had to make some slight tweaks to keep things running smoothly.
For the time being, there are only 3 posts per page, as opposed to the 20 I had before, and RSS feeds are down to 20 per page. These are all only temporary changes to keep things going, and as soon as the Beard Cap post drops off Boing Boing, things will be back to normal.
And let me just finish this note up with saying thank you to all the sites that have linked up to me. This post is in no way, shape, or form meant to sound like I’m complaining, and in fact it’s the exact opposite. I’m so excited to be getting this level of traffic, it’s the day that I’ve been dreaming of for about 8 months now. As of writing this, the blog has recieved 10,200 hits, and it’s only 2pm on the west coast. It’s so mind blowing to think about, and in all honesty, I’m totally freaking out.
So once again, thanks to everyone for making this such an awesome couple days.
I’m really digging this TIWE concept watch by Lv Zhongfang, a 27 year old industrial designer from China.
The watch has tiny white dots that rotate around the face, which was inspired by the painting Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. When you shake it or give the watch a slight tap, the dots come together to tell you the time. I think this would be such a cool watch to have. It reminds me of something Philippe Starck might make for Fossil.
Hopefully someone picks up this awesome concept and makes it a reality.
Found through electro^plankton
I’m not as big of a comic book fan as I used to be, but when I read Astonishing X-Men, I get that loving feel again. The series is written by Joss Whedon, who most people will know as the writer and creator of the Buffy TV show. Also, it’s drawn by the amazing John Cassaday, who is definitely the best artist in comic books, these days. His style is pretty realistic and and gritty at times. Together, the book is completely realistic feeling, with Joss bringing his witty and clever writing style to comics and John’s art really making you believe it.
Sadly, their series is coming to and end, with the upcoming Giant Size Astonishing X-Men #1, which looks like it’s going to feature the Avengers and the Fantastic Four. And I guess that one of the X-Men is going to die? It better not the be the new girl, Shield. She’s a rad, new, Kitty Pryde or Jubilee for Wolverine. It’s going to such a bummer to not have this to look forward too!
Last night, Jeff and I went by Shaw’s, one of the local grocery stores out here, and I was pretty excited when I saw that they had the new POM flavored teas. I’ve been drinking these for a few months now, and I’m obsessed with the Lychee Green Tea and Peach Passion White Tea flavors. We bought one of each of them, and then headed over to Jeff’s friend’s Matt’s house.
Well, I was quite surprised to find that my Lychee Green Tea had some extra flavoring in it! Turns out to be what I think is… cardboard. One big chunk, larger than a quarter, and one smaller piece. While this isn’t the worst thing in the world I could find in there, I certainly wasn’t excited to see it in there, either. I’m going to let it dry out and see if I can tell exactly what it is, maybe I can get Jeff to throw it under a microscope here at MIT and we can scientifically diagnose it… er, something.
But no matter what, I’m definitely going to look a lot more carefully the next time I’m drinking a POM.
I just popped over to Newstoday, thinking that since I was sitting in a hallway all alone, I wouldn’t disturb anyone with the loud, “Newstoday…” jingle. I went, and to my surprise, Newstoday, and it’s wonderful tune weren’t there anymore, but replaced by QBN, the main part behind Newstoday. That’s the best possible way I can think of describing it.
The redesign looks really nice and simple, and quite possibly more fun. All of the main elements of what Newstoday was about, but makes it slightly easier to access. There’s not as much of an information overload anymore. Other blogs like Core77 and Treehugger need to take a cue from this redesign. Less is so much easier to process. It feels like these blogs are getting out of hand with the amount of content they’re trying to get out to people.
Viva la QBN!
Stefan Marx is a German illustrator who has a really great online portfolio. His work consists mostly of black and white line drawings, which are pretty detailed and cute, you could say. His mascot is a a smiling house, which he’s created giant sculptures of. He also makes some pretty rad t-shirts as well, which you can find over at The Lousy Livincompany.
Also, I stole this from somebody, but I can’t remember who it was, so my apologies to them for my bad memory.
Last Week in Music, I had a couple of new things pop up on my list. Buillion, was number one, who I think might be trying to paint himself as the next Dangermouse. What he did, was combine the beats of J Dilla, with the best album ever written, Pet Sounds, and called it ‘Pet Sounds: In the Key of Dee’. What you get is something pretty close to amazing. Hearing the chopped up beats of Dilla mixed with the beautiful vocals of The Beach Boys is pretty damn awesome. What’s also really cool, is that the album is free to download, just click on the title of the album up there.
Then there was Coconut Records, who I keep saying I’m going to post about, but so far I haven’t. Hopefully I’ll get to it this week, since I have so much free time. Such a great album.
After that was Jana Hunter, who I wasn’t so sure about at first, but now I’m really starting to enjoy her album. It’s really folk-y, but I’m really enjoying a lot of the instrumental stuff. It’s definitely growing on me.
I also just got the new Bishop Allen album, Bishop Allen & The Broken String, which I’m reading on Wikipedia that it came out on July 24th. How in the hell did I miss this? Anyhow, it’s their second full length album, consisting mostly of songs from their EP’s they made last year, but remastered and made new-ish. The album is pretty good overall, though I feel like it could have been a lot stronger.
Uniqlo has a rad new interactive game which lets you play and experience the grid system that they use. I wasn’t quite sure what to do at first (probably because I didn’t read the directions…) but after like 5 minutes you totally get it and it starts to become really fun. There really isn’t a point tot he game, it’s more like a social project where up to 50 people get to make the decisions of what the grid will look like. You can add or remove squares, rotate them, or combine them.
I was playing earlier, and usually I try to turn all of the squares the color I was assigned. But someone else decided to drag all of the squares off the grid, leaving it blank. This kind of made it fun because then I started working to actually keep something on the board. It’s a pretty fun way to kill 15 minutes or so. There are also a lot of really great sound effects that go along with the game. You could honestly just sit and watch if you wanted to.
The game was created by Yugo Nakamura of YUGOP, who I posted about in July. The guy is a visionary when it comes to electronic artworks.
Found through Computerlove