Reality vs Expectations

“Tom Walked to her apartment intoxicated by the promise of the evening. He believed that this time his expectations would align with reality.”

(500) Days of Summer, directed by Marc Webb.

Art makes data sticky

Laurie Frick is a data artist. She uses self-tracking data to construct hand-built works and installations to imagine a time when sensors track and predict our behavior: Hear her talk about her work in this CreativeMornings talk.

Bern Hyperlapsed

Bern Hyperlapsed is a short and incredibly beautiful portrait of Switzerland’s Capitol, Bern. It merges a view on traditional sights with the novel visual impression allowed by hyperlapse photography. The film consists of around 3500 single pictures, mainly taken between December 2013 and March 2014.

Congrats to Marcel Rolli, of Studium Punctum.

Remember To Say Thank You

In this simple 3-minute TED talk, Dr. Laura Trice muses on the power of the magic words “thank you”. So powerful!

An Interview with Milton Glaser

Wonderful interview with the legendary and wise Milton Glaser, as part of Costa Rica’s International Design Festival.

Giant Bubbles

This must be the most wonderfully zen and magical video on YouTube. Thanks to my studiomate Albert Lee for pointing me to it.

Amazon Dash Wand

amazon dash

Amazon Dash is a handheld Wi-Fi wand that includes a barcode scanner and a microphone, allowing you to scan or say what you’re running low on without having to leave your kitchen. Woah, Amazon is agressively taking convenience to a whole new level. I can’t help but admit that this doesn’t feel good. Don’t get me wrong, I am guilty of ordering from Amazon. But I have consciously started reconsidering what exactly I am ordering online. If a small local business sells it close by, I will go there.

The examples they’re showing in this video are making me a bit sad; milk? You really want to get one jug of milk in a big cardboard delivered the next day? Also, doesn’t the iphone app already do exactly this?

ps: I first thought this was an April’s Fools Joke.

The Expert

I have in fact been in a meeting just like this one.

(via Seth Godin)

4 Minute Workout

Quick 4 is based on the concept of high intensity interval training (HIIT). It follows the popular Tabata protocol, a regimen originally used by Japanese Olympic athletes. It’s similar to the much talked about 7 Minute Workout.

Quick 4 is free for download for two days only.

Mad Lettering Skills

Designer Tom Williams filmed two gentlemen road painters painting a bus stop. They show some mad lettering skills! You’d think they’d use a pencil but they don’t.

Native New Yorker

I am so totally not a Native New Yorker. But I sure do call New York my home, so this song from 1977 made me smile. Native New Yorker is a song written by Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell and was a 1977 hit single for the dance band Odyssey.

Google Magic Hand

Google Japan wins this April Fools Day.

Jen Mussari’s Brooklyn

My talented studiomate Jen Mussari is currently featured as a finalist in My Life in VOGUE. I am totally voting for her. Join me?

Charity Ball

Ethan King is an inspiring 14 year old. At 10 he started Charity Ball to execute his vision of giving away soccer balls to kids in need. He has since given 4,000+ balls away. Humbling.

Superman with a GoPro

What if Superman was wearing a GoPro Camera? Made me smile. My Superman obsessed son will totally approve.

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The Story of Maggie Doyne

Please, do yourself a favor, watch the inspiring story of Maggie Doyne, founder of the Blink Now Foundation. I had the honor to meet Maggie last week. I have never been more impressed by a young woman. Ever.

Maggie and her children deserve our support.

Bob Burnquist’s Floating Skate Ramp

Pro skateboarder and mega ramp rider Bob Burnquist created a floating skate ramp in Lake Tahoe. This is amazing.

Ballad of a WiFi Hero

An animated adaptation of the famed McSweeney’s Internet Tendency piece, “In Which I Fix My Girlfriend’s Grandparents’ WiFi and Am Hailed as a Conquering Hero,” by Mike Lacher.

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A Kid’s Guide to How the Internet Ads Work

A kid’s guide to how internet ads work. Much needed.

(Thanks Carly)

Denim on Demand

Flint & Tinder is trying to change the way stuff gets made and bought, especially here in the USA. They’ve come up with a system called Denim on Demand. Basically it’s super high quality selvedge jeans made to order for just $98. But here’s the kicker: When people are done with them, they’re going to find the jeans a new home and credit them back for their purchase. Woah!

Tickle helps you Escape Awkward Situations

Tickle is an app (concept?) to help you escape awkward situations. Using your phone’s accelerometer, Tickle can sense awkward gestures, and in turn, generate a phantom phone call to allow you to gracefully excuse yourself from whatever awkward situation you’re in. This made me laugh and double check if it’s not April 1st.

UPDATE: It’s a joke. Bummer.

Happy in NYC

happy in nyc

Happy In NYC was obviously inspired by Pharrell’s Happy project. As someone who *loves* living in NYC, this site is a big giant ball of I-love-living-here-happiness.

Interested in participating? Have an idea for an unusual or unique location for a video? Contact them!

(via Sally)

Arm Knitting

I shared an Instagram of Ella (7) knitting a few days ago and one of my followers left a comment saying I should look into arm knitting. A quick Google search let me to the above YouTube video. Looks fascinating, no? Also, lots of arm knitting stuff to find on Etsy.

I love the internet so much!

“Gut Churn”

In this 2013 99U talk, Radiolab creator and host Jad Abumrad describes “Gut Churn” as the radical uncertainty that’s a core part of any creative process that really pushes the envelope.

Just what I needed to be reminded of tonight. Watch it over on 99U.