Date Archives July 2009


Since I went freelance I’ve been looking for handy tools to help me stay organized and be more productive. Usually this means trying out a new program for a few days, maybe a couple weeks, and then I tend to start forgetting about it and eventually delete them. That being said, I came across this really awesome program over on Yewknee that I’m really excited about.

It’s called Dropzone, which is basically an icon that lives in your which has a bubble inside of it. When you click the icon the bubble pops up and inside it can be a number of things. For example, I have three different FTP connections, as well as miscellaneous programs that I use somewhat frequently, but not enough that I’d want to have them cluttering my dock. This way, I don’t have to go into Transmit if I don’t want to, I just click Dropzone and then drop my files onto the correct FTP icon.

Dropzone basically just makes it a little bit easier to get things and allows your dock to stay well organized. You can also do things like upload to Flickr, save text, copy or move files and you can even write your own extensions if that’s your kind of thing. They currently have a free version which allows you to have 5 items, or you can pay $10 and you can put an unlimited amount of things in. Definitely worth the ten bucks, in my opinion.


The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Alice Gabb

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Alice Gabb

Alice Gabb

Name: Alice Gabb
Degree/College: Ba Hons Graphic Communication / Bath Spa University

About Your Wallpaper:
The image is based on encouraging the idea of swapping skills and knowledge instead of money, inspired by some of the systems set up in Europe by design group ‘Wir Hier’ to help communities build better relationships and become more sustainable.

I would love to learn to play the accordion or learn how to not to slouch. One day I hope that I will find someone who needs to learn how to knit or make toys or needs invitations that has one of the above skills. We should swap knowledge.

Derringer Cycles

This is kind of a two part post, so bear with me on this one. I came across this really amazing blog called Bike EXIF, which is all about bikes, be they motorcycles or the motorized bicycle you see above. There are new and old bikes, but generally they were all pretty cool, even for someone like me who has no real knowledge about the subject.

As I was browsing though I came across this post on Derringer Cycles, a company here in Los Angeles that makes 20’s-era board track racer bikes (whatever that means). These bikes come with a 49cc Honda four-stroke engine, which in turn gives you 150 miles per gallon. Yes, you read that right. I totally want one of these now, I could totally imagine cruising over to the west side on one of these. Be sure to check out their gallery to get a better sense of how great these bikes are.


‘I Wonder Who We Are’ by The Clientele

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I Wonder Who We Are by The Clientele

The Clientele is one of those bands that sound absolutely timeless to me. Their music ranges from peppy and poppy to sad and morose. Plus lead singer Alasdair Maclean might just have one of the sexiest voices out there, am I right?

Thankfully the band is releasing a new album called Bonfire on the Heath on October 6th, a little more than two years since their last, God Save The Clientele. They’ve released the first single off the album though which is called I Wonder Who We Are. Sporting a catchy little guitar part and sounding like something out of the early 60’s, if this doesn’t make you smile, I really don’t know what will. Hopefully the rest of the album sounds just as great.


Fast Boy Cycles

If you’re in the market for a custom made bike and have a couple of grand to throw around, I’d like to suggest you check out Fast Boy Cycles. Based out New York, you can get an amazing bike like the one you see above, or totally customized to your liking. I picked the one above because I really liked the wooden handles and the off-white color of the frame. Doesn’t it just look like a classy bike?

I also think it’s great that their emblem is a heart.


The Buckminster Fuller Design Challenge

MMM… I love this project. The Buckminster Fuller Design Project aims to fix an aspect of our lives in a way that uses creative thinking and existing technologies without causing further problems and anticipate future trends and needs. Phew! Well the guys over at MIT created these Mobility-on-Demand devices called CityCar and RoboScooter. These are lightweight vehicles which are electric and are able to fold up, thus saving on space and energy. You simply rent one from a station, drive around and do your errands, then return to any other station in the city.

I wish Los Angeles was crawling with these things. As dependent as we are on cars this could make it so easy to get around this sprawling city without having to actually own a car. The team at MIT is currently looking for funding for this project, so if you have a several millions dollars lying around you should hit these folks up.

Found through Seed Magazine


Ceci N’est Pas Une Mixtape | A Kitsune Noir Mixtape

It seems like so long since I’ve last posted a mix. But this is actually the first of many mixes to come in the next couple of months. To give you an idea, I have about 4 more mixes just waiting to be released, but they’ll be spaced out so as to not overwhelm anyone. Should be a fun summer!

So in honor of today being Bastille Day, I thought it was most fitting to release a little mix that was inspired by the idea of Paris called Ceci N’est Pas Une Mixtape. I thought the pun-y-ness of the title as rather cute, hopefully not too many of you aren’t groaning right now. This mix started out with Leaving for Paris No. 2 by Rufus Wainwright, a song that’s about leaving someone and not wanting them to find you.

From there it kind of fell together like a tragic love story. Boy meets girl, he has trouble trying to woo her, and in the end it doesn’t work out and he tries to get away from her by moving to Paris. While I don’t know if it really plays out like that, it’s at least the story that’s in my mind. A whirlwind romance that you’ll never forget.

Here’s the track listing:

01 Strizzalo by Devotchka
02 Les Champs Elysees by Joe Dassin
03 My Sentimental Melody by The Magnetic Fields
04 Cherbourg by Beirut
05 This is the Dream of Emma and Cam by Final Fantasy
06 September 5, October 21 2007 by Years
07 The Last Laugh of the Laughter by Travis
08 Universe by Sébastian Tellier
09 La Dispute by Yann Tiersen
10 Leaving for Paris No. 2 by Rufus Wainwright


The Desktop Wallpaper Project feautring Ben Aslett

The Desktop Wallpaper Project feautring Ben Aslett

Ben Aslett

Name: Ben Aslett
Degree/College: University Of Plymouth BA Hons Design: Ilustration

About Your Wallpaper:
Recently I’ve been trying to create insanely cluttered images that suggest repetitiveness similar to that of a patterned wallpaper or fabric but without the reticulation. To create these images I use a library of pre-created and purposely created images to suggest this repetitiveness. When creating this wall paper for the desktop project I realized that computer icons would disappear amongst the mass of iconography in my images, although I thought that this could be kind of fun I realized that most people would probably just want to punch the screen out of frustration so I included an area of blank space for your icons. I hope you enjoy it.

This wallpaper reminds me of a crazy Flash game that you play online. This one would involve riding around on a skateboard shooting skeletons who try to rob your brain… or something like that. Wouldn’t you play a game like that?

Banksy Went To Africa…?

I came across this interesting discussion on Flickr about the fact that Banksy had been creating pieces throughout Africa. While he had one well publicized trip to the West Bank, I don’t think anyone had realized that he did pieces in parts of Africa until his recent exhibition at the Bristol Museum showed a bulletin board in his recreated studio with photos of his trip. The photos are also on his site currently, which is where I snagged the ones above and under the cut.

Flickr user Olly C. states about the top photo,

“I’ve seen this one in the flesh. Its in the suburbs of Bamako in Mali, West Africa. Banksy was there about 4-5 months ago. Sadly this has been partially painted over, Peaches Geldoff is no more and somebody has added a flower to the collection tin. There’s also a few local tags scribbled on the same wall.

There are a handful in Mali, stretching from Bamako to Timbuktu. Their locations are still unpublicised as far as I can tell.”

For some reason I’m reminded of the phrase, “If a tree falls in the forest, does it make a sound?”
Does anyone know anymore about this trip? Did I totally miss out on this somehow? If you have any more information or any other photos shoot me en email.

More photos under the cut.

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‘The Ghost That Carried Us’ Away by Seabear

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Arms by Seabear

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Hands Remember by Seabear

I tend to listen to a lot of new music a lot and then never really post about it, so as of lately I’ve been trying to be better about sharing. Today’s musical find is a band called Seabear, which I stole from my ex-boyfriend Jeff. The band was a one-man project of Icelandic fella Sindri Sigfússon in 2000, but since then the band has grown and features 7 members.

Their most recent album, The Ghost That Carried Us Away, is a delightfully poppy album that instantly made me happy. Sindri’s voice is extremely mellow and has one of those voices that sneaks into your head. The music itself is really layered and the band plays a ton of different instruments on the album. To me this album feels similar in tone to Fanfarlo, it’s a well put together album that makes you happy that it’s summer.

Their Wikipedia page also says that they’re working on a new album that’s supposed to come out in 2009. Let’s all cross our fingers for some more Icelandic goodies.