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Monday, May 31, 2010

Carlito's Way Review

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They sure don't make them like they used to. For me, Carlito's Way is an extremely underrated Al Pacino movie. While it doesn't rank nearly as high as Goodfellas, it's a damn good crime story that's fully delivered with confidence, accompanied by superb performances by a talented cast, and might even surprise you as not being the Pacino bloodbath everyone's become accustomed to. If anything, you can consider it a nice little accompaniment to Scarface - a brilliant emotion one at that. 8.4/10.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Pace of Life

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I feel like I'm a hedonistic present-future thinker type who enjoys the pace of life of digitally wired monkey.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

5 Things That Drive Me Crazy

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1) The way Subway arranges their cheese triangles
2) Plastic wrapped organic potatoes
3) Dishwashers that can't clean the top row of dirty cups
4) Day old donuts
5) Photos of delicious food taken with crappy cameras

Funny how these things all kind of revolve around food...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Pocketguide Type

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Sometimes the best things in life are free. Like guidebooks, polished with typographic class and confidence.

Shutter Island Review

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Continuity error theories, multiple hallucination interpretations, and endless forum hypotheses. Only Scorsese can deliver such a package that leaves you scared shitless - not only due to the fact that it throws your mind into a blender, but the captivating sound work and pacing (which may be too slow for some) is crucial in delivering such gripping intensity that draws you into the main character's carnage up until the very end. An excellent film if you're a fan of post-movie conversations. 8.5/10.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Ray Ban Hunt

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Hot, hot McGuyver! I've been lookin' for a slick pair of sunglasses this Summer. These Ray Ban Wayfarer in marbled Tortoise seem like the perfect match. Even though $145 is a bit steep...

Monday, May 24, 2010

Loungin' and Dinin'

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All I wanna do is... hang out with Dwell photographers.

About My Blank Notebook

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There's something about finding the perfect sketchbook that's become somewhat of an obsessive side hobby of mine these past few months. No logos, subltle barely-there white lines on the pages, and the ability to opens fully flat. Well, today the impossible has happened. And it's $24 without shipping from Europe.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Home Away From Home

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Svenn's home away from home is the perfect sanctuary for traveling students studying afar and interns working in different cities this summer. Heck, he even makes futons look kinda comfortable.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Lego Nom Noms

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Nothin' like some McD's Legofication of their #1 value meal. Makes me hungry and nostalgic all over. Via Hypebeast.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Jobs and Gates: A Conversation

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This made my day. Haha.

Retro Renovation

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How I do enjoy a good DIY remix/revamp. Joelle from Umbu Lumiere recently picked up a curbside freebie and added her own visual twist to the chair. To keep some of the vintage intact, she kept a little bit of the original wood, repainted just the outer frame white, and even reused an old skirt for the seat. Now I kinda wish I had some reupholstering skills.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Frida Review

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Hey now, Frida, you poor child. I always thought your paintings were amazing, but this movie has truly made me a bonafide fan of your work and well, you. I never thought about watching the movie Frida, nor was I interested in hearing this young girl's struggle to being one of the most powerful painters ever to walk this planet, but here I am, enjoying her story, falling in love with her, and soaking in the incredible soundtrack that accompanies it. See Frida if love music, brave women, and inspiring art. See Frida, you'll love it. 8.7/10.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Lost in Definitive Style

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Pop rocks and Starbucks ain't got nothin' on this fresh madness.

Banksy NYC Attack

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Sir Banks may not be my favorite street artist of all time, but he certainly ranks up there. Just recently, he's decided to show New York some of his Sharpie love.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Raw Sunshine

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Sun hasn't been very welcomed here these past few days leading up until summer. Here, in Indiana, we get loud thunder followed by huge downpours followed by a short glimpse of the sun through the rainclouds.

I think it's time to fly to Cali. Just for a few weeks. And I'll do it to my newest summer anthem (last year's was MGMT's Kids). It just so happens to be one of my favorite songs this month from one of my favorite bands of all time; Tokyo Police Club.

Tokyo Police Club - Your English Is Good (MP3)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Having One's Cake and Eating It Too

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Some planned renovations are coming this summer to my online portfolio. No longer shall I put up with manual coding into the wee hours of the night. Content management systems (CMS) are where it's at (Above, Cargo Collective), leaving room for time spent on quality rather than Notepad++.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Lou O' Bedlam's Portraits

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There's something I love so much about a semi-candid portrait and sweet, sweet bokeh that I just couldn't help but go completely "gaga" when I stumbled upon these fabulous shots done by the very talented Lou O' Bedlam.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Mexican Weekend Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog Recipe

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"I want to make stuffed hot dogs," he added, "on the grill." 
  • 8 hot dogs
  • 8 hot dog buns 
  • 8 slices bacon 
  • mayonnaise, as needed
  • ketchup, as needed
  • mustard, as needed
  • 1 bag coleslaw
  • 1 jar coleslaw sauce
  • 2 jalapeno peppers (optional) 
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans (non refried) or chili bean
Mix up the coleslaw with coleslaw sauce, along with some chopped jalapenos if you want it extra spicy. Place aside.

Wrap bacon around each hot dog and put on the skillet/grill and cook until bacon is done (cook the bacon to your satisfaction). The bacon usually sticks to the hot dog, but if it doesn't, you could use toothpicks to keep them together. While waiting, warm up the beans/chili.

Spread mayonnaise on the hot dog buns. Put the bacon wrapped hot dog on the bun, at this point you may put the ketchup and mustard as desired. Pour about 1 spoonful of beans/chili over the hot dog. Throw coleslaw mix on top and serve.

The Modern Times We Live In

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It's amazing what you can pull off in a small space with conscious design thinking and a knack for the simple. Photos by Annci Gustavsson.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Kitchen Top Ninja

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A kitchen that doesn't even look like a kitchen is my kind of kitchen. Courtesy of Bunker Workshop.

Iron Man 2 Review

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Topping the first film is no easy feat and of course Iron Man 2 might even be considered a disappointment if one were to "go there." But it is nonetheless one of the most entertaining comic book movies as of late and despite what appears to be a money-maker formula by Marvel, still manages to mix a satisfying mix of action, wit, drama, and appeal to the fans that's value true spirit of its source material while nicely tailoring itself to the tastes of the modern movie audience. 8.2/10.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Why Time Travel Shall Never Work

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You gotta admit, this is very true. Naturally, you would think jumping in one-year increments would be the correct solution.

But even if you do it in one-year jumps, do you go by actual years or by 365 days?

365 days won't help you, of course, because you'll be still six hours off-course, which is about 600,000km.

BUT!

If you go one actual year forward / backward, you'll be about 90 degrees longitude off-course due to the Earth's rotation. Not a big deal unless your velocity vector travels with you, in which case you'll either slam into the surface of the Earth or be launched several miles into the air.

So the next solution would be to do some serious math and figure at what points in time the Earth's position and angle of rotation would be the same as they are now. This puts a substantial limit on the number of possible jump-points, but it must be considered for safety reasons.

Lastly, this all assumes that the Sun is stationary in space, which... it isn't.

Jens Risch

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Never thought I'd find myself drooling over newspaper spreads. Thank you, Typography. I owe you one.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

CASE-REAL... Mmm-Mmm, Good

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What's that? The sound of summer, loves. And to start it all off, audio porn - along with a plan to revamp my desk space for Unplggd's reorganization month.

Book of Mad Skillz

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It's up folks. Six weeks of hard work in InDesign. You can check out the entire project over at my Cargo Collective. Otherwise, download the PDF here. Enjoy!

Friday, May 07, 2010

Addictive User Experiences

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Here's a small collection of great examples of user interactions that truly heighten the depth and uniqueness of creating addicting human-computer experiences. My personal favorite from the batch? Color pickers, of course!

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Fantastic Mr. Fox Review

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Now, this is simply divine. In an age where Pixar seems to be eating up all the spotlight in terms animated features, it takes some cajones and talent to turn one of my childhood books into one of most beautiful universes ever created - and all in stop motion, too. From the wonderful music selection to the delightful characters centered around a plot that's easily digestible for parents and children alike, the sheer energy, confidence, and downright brilliance of execution truly makes Fantastic Mr. Fox one of the most memorable films I've ever seen. 9.4/10.

Ode to Mad Skillz

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A peek at what's to come.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Light Booth Museum Exhibit

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Here's to seven weeks of research, ideation, and development of our museum exhibit that plays with long exposure photography within a fun and interactive photography museum gallery.

Project Team: Anthony, Anna & Sidd
Institution: Indiana University Bloomington 2010
Music by Beirut

Enjoy!

Monday, May 03, 2010

Ibai Acevedo Photography

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Photoshop magic or simply awesome photography? Ibai Acevedo delivers a little bit of both - filled to the brim with retroism and a wonderful looking model. Of course, my favorite part happens to be the red glasses. I think I got a thing for those.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Thugs with Tambourines

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Norwegian's Afeeliated keeps it raw. But who would've thought you could have underground hip-hop artists bumpin' heads with tambourines? Pretty good cinematography for a rap video, though.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Kitchen Food Lab

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Time for a weekend chock-full of experimentation.

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