Friday, October 29, 2010

Catalog Living

Photos from home furnishing catalogs.


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Pixels, by Patrick Jean

Short film imagining what it would be like if the video games of 30 years ago attacked New York City.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

San Francisco in Ruins (1906)

(Hat tip: @brainpicker)

Using kites, photographer George Lawrence snapped an aerial photo of San Francisco just six weeks after the 1906 earthquake. (Quite a feat, considering the handbuilt panoramic camera weighed 49 pounds!) The photo, “San Francisco in Ruins” is housed at the Library of Congress.

The USGS has a zoomable high resolution version here.

For comparison, here's a modern day photo of the SF skyline from close to the same location:
Scott Haefner's site.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

A tax form for the marginally employed

Designer Sam Potts creates a tax form for freelancers for the NYT, including deductions for "Your food blog", "Your other food blog", and the "David Foster Wallace Memorial Deduction for Writers Who Use Footnotes."


[Via Kottke]

Tuesday, April 06, 2010


Nine years old, this one.

Japanese parody of a boy band music video, that also managed to climb to #6 on the Japanese pop music charts. [Wikipedia link]

YouTube link

We've got recession these days,

In goverment we've no faith.

Could we hit "reset," that'd be number one!

And since we're all here, it's just so much fun!
For those interested in the English translation of the lyrics.

[Via @EffingBoring.]

Monday, March 22, 2010

Ben Folds Serenades Random Strangers via ChatRoulette

(hat tip to Fratelli Bologna)

ChatRoulette is a web site that randomly pairs people with webcams to each other. Want to chat to a complete stranger? OK!

Ben Folds, at a concert Saturday night in Charlotte, North Carolina, had his laptop and webcam open on his piano (and the screen projected so the audience could see it, so that he could serenade random strangers via ChatRoulette for 30 minutes. This clip is a 5 minute highlight reel.

Note: contains profanity.

Entitled "Ode to Merton," the piece is a tribute to "Merton," a ChatRoulette user who gained fame/notoriety a week ago for doing improv piano on ChatRoulette. (Merton's YouTube Channel:

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Jimmy Kimmel: Handsome Men's Club

I can't say I'm a Jimmy Kimmel fan... but when it comes to calling in favors to pull off a sketch, he's can get exactly who he needs in the room, from Ben Affleck to Lenny Kravitz.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

70 Million by Hold Your Horses!

Art History fun: How many paintings can you recognize in this music video from the band Hold Your Horses?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Late to the Plants Vs. Zombies Party

Videogame composer and sound effects artist Laura Shigihara was wrapping up work on a cartoony tower defense title named Plants Vs. Zombies, in which a garden of plants defend a suburban house from a zombie invasion. She was struck with the idea for a J-Pop-style theme song to go along with the game.

The developer loved the song (because WHO WOULD NOT), and quickly put together a music video, which has garnered 1.7 million views on YouTube since it was posted last spring:

YouTube link

The song (available in both English and Japanese) has been on heavy rotation on my iPod since I discovered it a few weeks ago.

This week Plants Vs. Zombies (originally for Windows and Mac) came to the iPhone, and I decided to download and try it. It could very well be the title that turns me into one of these so-called “casual gamers”.

It. is. awesome.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Craig Ferguson on J.D. Salinger

(via Ken Tucker's TV Blog at EW)
From the January 28 edition of the The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson: host Craig Ferguson riffs on Catcher in the Rye --for pretty much the entire monologue... (starts at 2:30 into the clip)