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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thursday Top 5

I’ve been too swamped to post the Thursday Top 5 on time for two weeks. Fortunately, no matter how busy I am, people still keep sending me funny and interesting stuff. A few of these below are recent finds, and a few are from the Top 5 archives. So here’s two weeks’ worth in one post, and I’ll try to be on time next week. Enjoy!



Please design a logo for me. With pie charts. For free.
As a follow-up to last week’s “How a Web Design Goes Straight To Hell,” James sent me this classic piece of humor.



How Twilight Works
In case you want to know what the whole Twilight hoopla is all about, The Oatmeal has explained it for us.



The FlatPak house
A cool prefab system. About / Photos.



Coca-Cola's Quest for the Perfect Bottle Starts with Plants
Coca-Cola has introduced the PlantBottle, a bottle made of PET plastic, 30% of which is sourced from Brazilian sugar cane and molasses. The company’s marketers will no doubt spin this as near to 100% “green” as they can safely get away with, and the vast majority of consumers will no doubt fail to note the difference between a bottle’s claim of “PlantBottle! 100% recyclable!” and the preferable goals of 100% renewable and 100% compostable. After all, the bottle is still 100% plastic, it's just that it’s partly plant-based plastic, instead of 100% petroleum byproduct. But, as GreenBiz columnist Marc Gunther notes, it’s a start. And a pretty good one.



The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody

Carl Kassell is retiring as the voice of “Morning Edition”
Thankfully, he’ll continue as judge and scorekeeper on “Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me!”. Carl is awesome. Enough said.



Rachel Maddow explains Washington D.C. gangs
Wait it out until until about 1:20. You will not be disappointed. PS: I loathe the poseur Joe Lieberman and hope he dies a horrible, burning death.



Beware the Death-Dealing Cockney Weasel
From the bizarre mind of illustrator Ryan Abegglen.



The Tetris God
I knew it. Bastard.



Breakdancing robot


The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most notable, interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thursday Top 5



Chip Kidd and James Ellroy: A Mutual Appreciation [via Zeldman]



Alternative Press Expo this weekend!
Sadly, their site kinda sucks, and doesn’t give even a glimmer of how cool this event is. Here is my description of the cool stuff I saw at the 2007 event. I went last year too, but I never had time to write it all up.



Lunch Bag Art
Each day this dad makes a new piece of art for his kids.



365 Days of Dudes
Each day artist Andy drew a different character.



Zack Kim
Super Mario Bros. theme on two guitars.


The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most notable, interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thursday Top 5




PACT underwear
New company PACT makes undies with low global impact. Here’s a good article about them at GreenerDesign: “PACT Underwear Blends Organic Cotton, Nonprofits and Short Supply Chains”.




Report non-humans
Teaser for the film District 9, which came out last week. The science fiction film looks like an interesting take on racism. [Sorry about the auto-play, can’t disable it.]



10 Things You Mother Should Have Told You About Photoshop
Some good Photoshop CS4 tips here, some of which I knew, but a few of which I always forget about. Good to have reminders about Masks and the new(ish) Adjustment Layers capabilities. I really should use those more.



Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-Creator Joe Shuster
Comics historian Craig Yoe examines the kinks in the crusader’s cape.



Cats that look like Hitler


The weekly Thursday Top 5 lists the five most interesting, funny, outrageous, cool, or simply strange things of the week. It is intended for distractionary purposes only. Do not take orally. If ingested, seek a doctor’s advice. If you like it, share it with others, or check out the long list of previous entries.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thursday Top 5



Danny MacAskill
This is called trials riding. In my early mountain biking days Jason and I used to play at this sort of stuff, although he was waaaay beter than me; he even competed once or twice. I wasn’t serious about it. The height of my ability was to balance-ride along a ten-foot-long, six-inch-wide curb. We had a friend at De Anza, though, named Peter, who was possibly as good as the guy in this video. A couple of tricks are death-defying. The tree trick alone (wait for the second time it’s in the video) sent shivers up and down my body and practically made me faint. The cool song is by Band of Horses; check ’em out, they’re really good.



Hyperwords
Awesome Firefox add-on.



MadeByJulene
Amazing paper cut artist. She makes other cool stuff too.



RedesignMozilla.org
Happy Cog is redesigning Mozilla.org, and inviting the community into the process. The current Mozilla.org is a bit clunky, and if they can come up with something as good as the GetFirefox.com site, I'll be satisfied. I trust Happy Cog will come up with something good. Check out three of the contenders now.



28-Hour Day
Oh man, I really need to adopt this.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thursday Top 5+1



The Making of Little Big Planet
Alex Evans, Co-Founder of developer Media Molecule, visited the Wired Store to talk about the creative process that led to the making of Little Big Planet, and the way the game has unleashed the creativity of players.



Christoph Niemann on coffee
Pretty funny; I had a similar late start at drinking coffee, although I’ve always been a caffeine fiend. You should spend some time perusing his excellent illustration portfolio, especially Gallery 6.



Chip Kidd
Chip Kidd is possibly the best modern designer of book covers. He’s prolific and I’m sure you’ll recognize at least a couple of the covers in this short profile video.



Smudge
A reality check. They’ve got a great website. This should be an interesting campaign to watch.



Please Don’t Divorce Us
Proposition 8 was a travesty that makes me ashamed to be a Californian. If you don’t know any families who are affected by this, it may be difficult to imagine what it feels like to have your human rights infringed on this way. The Courage Campaign’s community photo pool on Flickr attempts to put a human face on the controversy with moving portraits of those affected by Prop 8. Please consider a donation to the Courage Campaign.



Watch out Microsoft, here comes the iTable
It’s not a Mac and it doesn’t run OS X (it runs WindowsXP, meh) but it’s a lot less expensive than Microsoft’s Surface.

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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Thursday Top 5



The Website is Down
ROTFLMAO



MacBook Wheel
The new shiny from MacWorld 2009.



Shepard Fairey profile by Time magazine
Fairey created an iconic Obama poster and sticker early in the campaign, and another Fairey portrait was chosen to appear on Time’s Person of the Year cover.



The Blue School
The three original members of the Blue Man Group have started a preschool. More from Time magazine.



The Big Picture: The year 2008 in photographs
I’ve linked to The Boston Globe’s awesome large-format photoblog before. These three links contain their round-up of some of the most stunning news photos from 2008: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Thursday Top 5



Leona Naess “Heavy Like Sunday”
Her site is www.leonanaess.com



“Humboldt County” the movie
At least the two writer-directors are being realistic about their movie’s chances. More about the movie at www.humboldtcountymovie.com



Bear Creek Apartments
Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O’Malley have released a new short comic online, written by Larson and drawn by O’Malley. In releated news, Michael Cera has signed on to play Scott Pilgrim in the film version of O’Malley’s popular comic book series.



Conan learns what it takes to be a UPS guy
Conan rules. That is all.



Very dangerous. You go first.
A giant Lego boulder chasing Indiana Jones down a San Francisco hill.

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