so totally sick and


Dune :: Fiber-cement objects\\furniture

Dune Chairs by Rainer Mutsch

Dune Chairs by Rainer Mutsch

These objects make me want a studio again. For me, any piece of furniture that can stand alone as a pure asthetic object…dopeness.

Plastiki :: Or things to do when you’re a very wealthy idealist

Do I want to quit my job and do something like this?

Plastiki Expedition Sustainable Self-sufficient boat

Plastiki Expedition Sustainable Self-sufficient boat

Yes, absolutely. Who wouldn’t. Now if someone can just tell me how, I’d appreciate it. Thanks

I do wonder, is this boat really cradle-to-cradle? Don’t those water bottles break down w/ UV and exposure to ocean? Not being overly critical….it’s a vast improvement on what exists, and is much more of a eco-marketing piece, but let’s be clear, I wouldn’t consider this cradle to cradle. It is more like cradle to very slow grave.

Israel Kamakawiwo Ole :: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

This rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” / “What a Wonderful World” is so soulful and timeless. It sounds as fresh and contemporary today as when Israel Kamakawiwo Ole recorded/performed it in 1993. His enchanting voice and brilliant ‘Ukulele have the power to transport one to another realm. I love it.

Seth Godin: Betting On Smarter (Or Betting On Dumber)

Seth Godin has made a career of communicating those “duh” insights, as in, “that’s so obvious.” But in reality, very few people have Seth’s capacity to distill a problem  or idea so readily and to express it so succinctly. It’s much the same as a person in a museum saying, “I could paint that.”  But you didn’t, and in reality, you probably couldn’t.

Seth Godin: Betting On Smarter (Or Betting On Dumber).

Marketers fall into one of two categories:

A few benefit when they make their customers smarter. The more the people they sell to know, the more informed, inquisitive, free-thinking and alert they are, the better they do.

And most benefit when they work to make their customers dumber. The less they know about options, the easier they are to manipulate, the more helpless they are, the better they do.

Tim O’Reilly doesn’t sell books. He sells smarts. The smarter the world gets, the better he does.

The vast majority of marketers, though, take the opposite tack. Ask them for advice about their competitors, they turn away and say “I really wouldn”t know.” Ask them for details about their suppliers, and they don’t want to tell you. Ask them to show you a recipe for how to make what they make on your own, and “it’s a trade secret.” Their perfect customer is someone in a hurry, with plenty of money and not a lot of knowledge about their options.

You’ve already guessed the punchline–if just one player enters the field and works to make people smarter, the competition has a hard time responding with a dumbness offensive. They can obfuscate and run confusing ads, but sooner or later, the inevitability of information spreading works in favor of those that bet on it.


For my friends who are trying to get fit, ripped, lean, mean, downright ropey….here’s some very simple advice and a motivational image. Don’t be confused. This is not some pro-ana BS about tricks to starve yourself. This is about eating healthy, smart, and skipping the gimmicky diets out there. And wow, are there a lot out there. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry, feeding (pardon the pun) on all the chumps who want to have their cake and eat it too (pardon the even punnier cliche’). If you want some strength and fitness training advice, I will provide a killer plan custom tailored to you, for a nominal fee of course, cuz hey, we all have to eat right. If you’re paying attention, the best advice can be boiled down (oh there’s that pun again, ouch) to cultivating one simple habit:

Drink water, not soda.

8 cups a day.

Drink water, not juice.

8 cups a day!

Eat yogurt or Kefir

2-3 servings a day. Get full from the higher volume to calorie ratio, and get tons of protein, probiotics, and healthy fats.

If you drink coffee, drink your coffee black. Skip the coffee-flavored drinks.

Save about 170 calories a serving with black coffee vs your frapalappadingdong.

Still hungry?

Eat smaller meals, more often. Drink water. Did I mention, 8 cups a day? That will fill you up and aid your metabolic activity so your body’s engine more efficiently converts your calories to fuel, not excess baggage. Fill up on high-fiber snacks in between meals: Apples, spinach salad (skip the dressing, chump), oatmeal, flaxseeds, pinenuts.

Why Bonuses are Bad…

What’s wrong with a bonus?  Advocates of this method of compensation argue that a bonus rewards performance above and beyond the expected — but that is just the problem with a bonus. The message it sends is, “it’s ok to just be good, we’ll still pay you a salary and you’ll keep your job.”  Are you satisfied with employees who are just good?  Don’t we all want to work with people who routinely perform above and beyond expectations, who are naturally driven to achieve the best results possible?  The bonus-carrot just sends the opposite message to employees – that it is ok to be mediocre.   I should clarify that I am not talking about commissions, and that I don’t believe that everything is black and white – ie I am not saying rewards for great performance are bad.  It is great to reward people for exceptional performance, but don’t set the bar at mediocre by building an expected bonus into the compensation package that clearly communicates ‘good enough’ is acceptable.

Instead set the expectation that performance should always be exceptional, and roll any anticipated bonus into the base compensation.  Then, if an employee is not meeting those exceptional standards, reward them with a nice severance and find someone who naturally seeks excellence to fill the void.  Harsh?  Perhaps.  But would you want anyone less than great working for you?

Beyond sending the wrong message, traditional bonuses often lead to short-sighted business decisions and ‘juking the numbers‘ just to hit quarterly bonus goals.  Again, do you want to encourage short-sighted, myopic behavior, or do you want to cultivate a culture of expected excellence and long-term visionary thinking?

What happens when a service disappears…

This isn’t really about what happens when a service disappears…it could be, but instead it’s kind of about the creative process and what happens in the space between the present and the future, in a very non-committal, not fully flushed out, Gen-Y sort of way.
MixWit used to offer a killer service allowing users to create custom “mix tape” widgets that could then be posted around the web. Unfortunately the site / service died back in 2008 and now I have way too many old mixtape posts that are just permanently borked. It feels something akin to when I just moved into my first post-college apartment after dirtbagging around the country for almost a year, only to discover, upon unpacking, that all of my boxes of CDs and mixtapes were lost somewhere along the way. We all survive that great disaster, but something is lost that will never be recovered. A mixtape, or a blog post, or much of what we humans do creatively, for that matter, is a spontaneous act that captures and distills a moment in time. It can’t be recreated…you can try, but it won’t be the same.

A painter acquaintance from NY would always say, “if you can’t do it again, it was never yours in the first place.” I’m never sure I fully agreed with that — I understand where he is coming from, but making –anything — is a mixture of skill, distillation of experience, intuition, and — perhaps the most important element — translation of the immediate. Whether we like it or not, there is always a response to the present condition(s) that gets translated into the canvas upon which we work.

Clever Job Hunter Used Google Search Results to Target Potential Employers

When top advertising creative directors searched for their own names on Google they saw an Google AdWord ad by Alec Brownstein asking them for a job. It led to interviews with four of the people he targeted and two of them offered him a job.

[via LaughingSquid]


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It’s the same in every sport…


TEAM USA – My Friend is a Pro (Album Version) from Mike Thomas on Vimeo.

Some ski buddies sent this to me, but it’s the same in climbing, snowboarding, whatever….



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