Archives For July 2012

A near-lethal mixture of house-sitting in suburbia, a crippling viral infection and a trip home for a few days has set the blog back a bit, but here I am.

I’m thrilled to be part of Adventures in Milk, a exhibition celebrating all that is good and true about Saturday mornings and those sugary little O’s that came along with it. Seeing as I apparently can’t do a project that doesn’t involve cereal, I jumped at the chance to take part in this exhibition, which is my first exhibition not on British soil.

Tina Le has been brilliant organising everything and was super accommodating to a jumped up third year student like myself, and I can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with. If you’re PDX based or have a private jet be sure to visit and help out the good folks at Friends of Outdoor School.

My work for them was about getting rewarded for all the good shit you could do on a saturday as a kid (and maybe even now.) I won’t give too much away but I’ll leave you with my merit badge honouring the great Beaver state of Oregon.

Inspiration

18/07/2012 — Leave a comment

Posts have been a bit sparse here due to real life getting in the way as I’m currently house-sitting in The ‘Burbs. I just picked up a new project and I’m going to put together all my  inspiration in one handy place.

 

It’s hard for me to see the Olympics as anything other than an unstoppable corporate juggernaut that is fast invading my homeland, so forgive me for not being excited about it, but these Y+R shorts about Team USA may have melted my icy heart a tiny bit.

Americans, stereotypically known for being exhaustingly patriotic, here show a heart-felt human side to the games that ‘Team GB’ seem to have missed. It’s hard to see the human element of something that is just essentially one long advert, and over here we seem to have adopted a one-size-fits-all patriotism of shoe-horning a Union Jack and five rings onto every conceivable surface. Jubilee? Wimbledon? Olympics? Put a flag on it.

Maybe we’re so swept up in being the host nation, and all the crap that comes with it to actually focus on our P&G Spokespeople, athletes. Instead they are gazing head-long into a camera and endorsing the official tampons of the Olympic games or something. I can barely name any of our olympians, other than Shanaze Reade, who I’m fond of, despite the fact she can’t stay on a bike —something you’d think of as a necessary skill for a BMX competitor— and Tom Daley, the hairless cougar-bait parading on the cover of every Bliss Magazine.

So for once us Brits can take a back seat to the US as they get a gold for subtlety and perfectly executing these heart-rending little vignettes into the lives of their olympians.

Reverso

09/07/2012 — Leave a comment

The most funny and touching and beautiful and sad animation I have seen in a very long time.

Did you know Alec Baldwin has a Pinterest board of road kill? — a short story that posits what would life be like after a Total Hack

The Atlantic have a great photo essay on Oak Ridge, TN, a military town that housed the Manhattan Project.

Chaos Muppets — a Slate article on Muppets and Chaos Theory.

Lessons from Disney, what Disneyland can teach us about town planning.

The Toyota Camatte — Finally a concept city-car that doesn’t look like a Sinclair C5.

22 rules for story-telling from Pixar

The Web Will Look Hideous on the new Retina MBP

Man plays Sid Meier’s Civilization II for Ten Years, predicts an eerily probable apocalypse.

Brilliant interview with Aaron Fucking Draplin.

 

  • The Road Runner cannot harm the Coyote except by going “beep-beep!”
  • No outside force can harm the Coyote — only his own ineptitude or the failure of the Acme products.
  • The Coyote could stop anytime — if he were not a fanatic. (Repeat: “A fanatic is one who redoubles his effort when he has forgotten his aim.” — George Santayana)
  • No dialogue ever, except “beep-beep!”
  • The Road Runner must stay on the road — otherwise, logically, he would not be called road runner.
  • All action must be confined to the natural environment of the two characters — the southwest American desert.
  • All materials, tools, weapons, or mechanical conveniences must be obtained from the Acme Corporation.
  • Whenever possible, make gravity the Coyote’s greatest enemy.
  • The Coyote is always more humiliated than harmed by his failures.

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