Google Celebrates The Invention of The Barcode

October 7, 2009

While checking my gmail today, I noticed a barcode where the Google logo should have been. Apparently, on this day in 1952 a patent was granted for the first ever barcode. Go figure.

Ski Whiz!

August 3, 2009

Simpsons Stamps!

July 13, 2009

Have you seen these new Simpsons stamps? Just got wind of them via Design Observer. Seriously though, “Really, are these not among the best American stamps ever?

I think a trip to my seriously hated on local post office is in order. These are going right next to my unopened can of Buzz Cola.

Free Beats: Why I Love The People of New York (even the hippies)

June 25, 2009

“Two days after Obama got elected, some skinny white boy named Shock with some mad beatboxing skills set up a mic and a sign that read “Free Beats” and just let anyone come up to the microphone to show off their stuff. And as a result, I now firmly believe that this guy should be hired by the city of New York as a public service, just to sit there and give out beats for anyone who wants to rap or sing or play the kazoo or whatever the fuck that hippie chick’s playing.” – from I Heart Chaos

I don’t know what any of it has to do with Obama, but it damn sure was entertaining.

Watch The Video

Europe By Designers and The Topiary Quandary

June 24, 2009

Came across Europe By Designers, a slick online exhibition of European artists, illustrators, and designers on Design Observer today. The site itself is nicely designed and there’s some great work to be seen.

The exhibition reminded me of something I’ve been thinking about lately: What exactly does it mean to be a designer? The definition of design seems to be expanding daily. Often, I see work that I’d classify as illustration or fine art, but the artist is known and identifies himself as a designer.

I guess, at the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter. If the work is good, you can call it topiary for all I care. Speaking of topiary, where’s my Edward Scissorhands sequel? Isn’t it about time?

Edward Scissorhands showcases his topiary handiwork

Europe By Designers

Jell-O That Would Make Bill Cosby Proud

June 22, 2009

Carmen Gelatina by Indu Pillay

This past weekend, while I was off seeing Passion Pit, I regretfully missed what appears to have been an amazing competition of gelatinous proportions in my very own backyard. I am referring only to The Gowanus Studio Space Jell-O Mold Competition which happened on Saturday in Brooklyn. Since I wasn’t present, and eatmedaily has already done a fine job of reporting about it, follow the link to see more pictures and read about the event. Passion Pit was okay, but I doubt they compare to what went down at the competition.

eatmedaily coverage of the event

New Yorker’s iPhone Cover

June 2, 2009

I’m going to be honest, I don’t read The New Yorker. In fact, the only time in my life I ever actually picked up a New Yorker magazine was in college when our Visual Communications professor had us do New Yorker covers as an assignment. While the writing may be among the best, most intelligent, and thought-provoking writing in the country, I’m going to have to pull a Kanye and say I don’t read the New Yorker because sometimes people write these articles and they just be so wordy and self-absorbed. I don’t wanna read that.

I will, however, look at the covers. Actually, I’m sorry. I lied in that last paragraph; I pick up New Yorkers quite often. But it’s only to look at the covers and to see if my buddy Jashar has any illustrations in there.

Perhaps no American magazine cover is more coveted than that of The New Yorker. Week after week, they manage to produce covers that are both current and timeless, and often with a degree of wit that would make Alfred E. Neuman proud.

This week’s cover isn’t so much witty as it is timely. It’s relevance lies in the medium by which it was created, the all-powerful iPhone. The popular smart phone and poop time entertainment device has permeated all of American culture and perhaps has now reached the pinnacle of cultural cachet with its debut on the cover of this week’s New Yorker.

The illustration was done by artist, Jorge Columbo, using an iphone app called brushes. Read more about the artwork, the app, and some other stuff you might be interested in knowing about the cover here at Cnet.

The Ramen Movie

May 21, 2009

To continue with yesterday’s food theme, I’d like to share with you this great movie created by my high school mate, and fellow Pratt grad, Keith Eng. It centers around the mighty, oft high sodium, but ne’er lacking in flavor, packaged good that is instant ramen. Back in 2006, Keith embarked on the noble quest of figuring out which of all the instant ramen brands was the best. Lucky for us, he filmed it and turned it into The Ramen Movie. Break out the Sriracha and enjoy!

The Little Sauce That Could: Sriracha Gets Interviewed by The NY Times

May 20, 2009

cropped photo of Gavin, a member of an indie rock band proclaiming his love for Sriracha

Remember that blog Stuff White People Like? Sure, it’s still around but it’s arguably not as popular as it was a few years ago. Nowadays, people are more into awkward family photos than sarcasm-laced socioracial observation. I suppose it’s for the better. After all, white people can only like so many things. However, there was one thing I always thought should have made the list but didn’t. Maybe it did. I don’t know; I didn’t really follow that blog but for the sake of argument, lets pretend it didn’t: Sriracha, aka “Rooster Sauce.”

I first encountered Sriracha at my second job out of college. There was always a bottle of it in the company kitchen, and anytime someone used it the entire company stood in ovation. Not really, but someone always commented about how it was the best sauce ever. My roommate at the time also loved Sriracha, but he was Asian so I thought nothing of it. What made me realize it was more than just any sauce was when I moved on to a different company, with an entirely different company culture. I’m talking no more beer Fridays or downtime hi-jinks. The new office was quieter, less rambunctious, more ping-pong than Last Night’s Party. One thing that remained, however, was the Sriracha. There it was, right on top of the company microfridge, next to the lightly salted cashew halves.

I guess this doesn’t prove anything about white people liking Sriracha more than anyone else, but I always thought it’d make a good entry for Stuff White People Like. At any rate, the NY Times has a nice little story about Sriracha, its creators, and the drunk folks who leave messages proclaiming their love for the sauce on the company answering machine. My former coworkers would surely approve.

Kanye Writes A Book (and it’s not about Swine Flu)

May 1, 2009

Not a photo of Mexico City

Ever get the feeling like life is a perpetual episode of VH1’s Best Week Ever. I don’t know if it has always been this way, but it recently occurred to me that news media is very much like the fashion industry. Someone picks up on something and says, “Hey, this makes a good story. Let’s talk about it until something cooler and more interesting comes along.” And I don’t know if it’s just a byproduct of the information age (this is still the information age, right?) but news travels in such a way now that when you first hear about something, you immediately expect to hear about it over and over again for the rest of your life (which pretty much means until something cooler and more interesting comes along).

A Brooklynite looking fashionable in the face of Swine flu

This week’s big story/guaranteed end of year 2009 recap listmaker is Swine Flu. Everywhere you go, people are donning masks like so many pashmina scarves. Even my local paper took advantage of the pandemic paranoia and turned it into some sort of fashion shoot. I’m just waiting for Kanye West to cover it on his blog. Then again, everyone is already talking about it, so he might have been up on Swine Flu back when we were still panicking about the Ebola virus.

Kanye has however written a book that, according to Amazon, is a witty and insightful look at his path to success. Thank you Kanye, and YOU, sir, are most welcomed. Oh, and in case you wanted to know, the typeface used on the cover is Block. Nice choice, Kanye.

Anyway, the whole point of this post (sorry I got sidetracked with the Kanye thing) is a photo I saw on Flickr Blog, which today is featuring photos of Mexico City aka “The Source.” When I saw the headline Images of Mexico City, I half expected to find photos of rabid monkeys attacking unassuming Mariachi band members. Unfortunately, I only encountered this seemingly ordinary photo of an ordinary girl on an ordinary commuter train.

What WAS entertaining are the comment tags on the photo. Some innocent Flickr community member tagged the young woman’s headphones, saying “I have headphones just like those.” Not a big deal right? Sure, we all have those nice little moments of recognition. Well, we also all know the internet is very much a place to prod and poke fun at complete strangers, so it’s no surprise that someone then tagged the photo “OMG, I listen to music too! We have so much in common.” Which was soon followed by, “I have the exact same train!. . .” Who knew the world was so hilarious. Or maybe it’s just that people in face masks bring out the hilarity in people.Click here to see the photo along with the rest of the tags.

Here’s an ad for something followed by a brilliant video of a parrot dancing to traditional American folk music.
(thanks Nina)