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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Thursday Top 5+1

The end is nigh! Awesome short film by Patrick Jean

Catch Me if You Can opening title sequence
Great graphics here. I need to Netflix this movie.

Apartment advice from Conan O’Brien
NBC is so stupid. Conan rules.

“And Then There Was Salsa” Tostitos ad
You want to see some innovative online advertising? This Tostitos ad is brilliant. I had to watch it three times just to catch all the spectacular awesomeness. This one for Wario Land: Shake It! is pretty rad too.

I Love Wikipedia
A collection of interestingness gleaned from Wikipedia.

NYTimes: “Video Shows U.S. Killing of Reuters Employees”
And Americans wonder why people of other countries hate us: “...A wounded man can be seen crawling and the pilots impatiently hope that he will try to fire at them so that under the rules of engagement they can shoot him again. ‘All you gotta do is pick up a weapon,’ one pilot says...”

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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Thursday Top 5

The Boston Globe’s 2009 in Photos on The Big Picture
I’ve posted this amazing news photoblog before, but their year-end round-up is always especially astounding.

Beatles 3000
What were the Beatles really like? [via Jenny]

A nifty web app for daily to-do lists.

Carl Sagan, “A Glorious Dawn” featuring Stephen Hawking (Cosmos Remixed)
The PBS show “Cosmos” was one of my favorite things to watch with my dad when I was young. This remix just makes it 100x awesomer.

Romance Reader, Unashamed
Daily Kos contributor Laura Clawson examines the myths about romance novels (many of which I held until recently; and some of which I’m still having a teensy bit of trouble disavowing, but mostly just to tweak Velma).

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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Thursday Top 5+1

Coraline trailer and two behind-the-scenes clips
Velms, this opens this weekend. Let’s go see it!

“The Obama Moment”
Next Agenda’s Peter Leyden gives a TED-style talk about the dramatic historical, technological, and demographic changes that are occurring in our lifetime, and how he believes they are affecting the current (and future) political landscape. It’s an hour long, but very interesting. My favorite quote, when he’s talking about how we are armed today with all the knowledge and technology needed to solve the world’s problems: “If you would have told Franklin Roosevelt or Churchill...that we’re going to give you a machine that you put in not just your desk, but your hand, and you can ask it any question in the world and get back all the world’s related information in a second, they would have said, ‘That’s magic!’. And we just call it Google.” The most appalling thing I learned: According to Leyden, Generation X (sadly, that includes me) is politically more conservative than the Boomers. Ugh, I think I may go barf.

“Blame Us”
San Francisco magazine asked a round-table of Bay Area progressive political figures to comment on the impact of the high tech and outside-the-Beltway influences on the Obama campaign. As usual from this publication, it’s perhaps a bit over the top in its self-importance, but an interesting article nonetheless. Those quoted include Craigslist’s Craig Newmark, DailyKos’s Markos Moulitsas, MoveOn founders Joan Blades and Wes Boyd, and founder David Talbot.

Microsoft is um, going for what market here? Bad singers? [via Jason]

Weezer’s “Buddy Holly” remixed through Microsoft Songsmith
So. Very. Bad. There are a ton of these on YouTube if you really want to torture yourself.

The Future of News: How to Survive the New Media Shift
“News organizations cannot continue to ignore the global shift from institutionally controlled media to user controlled media. They have to redefine their processes and face the obvious question: Do we still need old media for news?...”

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Thursday Top 5

The Times Machine
See the New York Times from any day between 1851 and 1922. Includes scans of all pages of the newspaper, and links to full-page PDFs.

The redhead on “marriage”
This is still one of my favorite posts on the subject of marriage.

Holiday Inn makes you smart?

1958 episode of the Bell Telephone Hour, “The Unchained Goddess”

Naive New Beaters “Live Good”
There are still some inventive music videos being made.

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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Thursday Top 5

The Website is Down

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, November 13, 2008

Thursday Top 5+1

Yes We Did
MoveOn’s pimping a commemorative “Yes We Did” poster and sticker by Shepard Fairey (of Obey Giant fame). You can get one sticker for free, although I’m pretty sure it’ll put you on MoveOn’s email list. I contributed $35 to get two posters. BTW, MoveOn’s new home page design is a leap forward, I hope they’ll extend it to the inner pages soon. [via Jason]

Candid pictures of Barack Obama
By Time photojournalist Callie Shell, who’s been photographing Obama for four years.

Pomegranate Phone
Awesome! Screw the iPhone, this is the one I want! It even makes coffee!

Mission Blues
Conceptual artist Daniel Dancer transforms 200 Presidio Middle School kids into an endangered mission blue butterfly. Pics and video. User Sues
Anthony Michaels has filed a class-action lawsuit alleging that used deceptive marketing to get him to sign up for a premium account, when former schoolmates weren’t actually looking for him.

Best man drank a bit too much last night I guess.

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

How icons are born

Felix Sockwell walks through the creation of the custom icons he designed for the just-out New York Times iPhone App.

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Friday, June 27, 2008 features moving documentaries

MediaStorm is an interactive agency that specializes in storytelling. They've developed documentary-style content for clients such as Apple, National Geographic, and the Los Angeles Times. Their own site features a plethora of rich and moving documentaries, and I found this one touching:

“One year ago Matt Eich, 20, and Melissa Turk, 19, were typical college students. Then, everything started changing. Matt won the prestigious College Photographer of the Year contest, Melissa found out she was pregnant, they got married and moved from Ohio to Portland, OR, for Matt’s summer internship.”

Watch the video.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

The creative economy

American Public Media's Marketplace reports that America's artists collectively make $80 billion a year. Nearly two million citizens consider themselves artists by trade, from architects to musicians and designers to filmmakers, making up one of the largest classes of workers in the U.S.. Their average income is just over $34,000 a year, which doesn't seem very high, but is actually higher than the U.S. median.

Listen to the Marketplace segment (2 min.) or read the transcript.

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Finding the fallen

Over half a century has passed, but thousands of WWII U.S. servicemen and women still remain unaccounted for.

In the jungles of Papua New Guinea, a chain of islands north of Australia, a Pentagon team of forensic anthropologists searches even today for the wreckage of over 2,000 downed U.S. fighter pilots who were embroiled in the Pacific Theater struggle against the Japanese army.

The Boston Globe has published a compelling multi-story series about the search for these lost warriors and the families they left behind.

Note: Apologies for cutting off a slice of the video player.'s Flash player wasn't built to industry standards; it has several problems: 1) the player is wider than the standard of 425px, 2) the normal way one would scale the player to make it fit into a narrower column doesn't work, 3) the player creates an unnecessary margin and also puts in that ugly gigantic logo at the top. Very bad form.

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