How Do You Feel About The Economy?

An interesting experiment by The New York Times, check it out here.

Now let's see what they do with the content - it could morph into a really interesting visual representation of consumer sentiment mapped over time...

Another Delightful Digital Experience

Courtesy of Virgin America (obviously)

In account settings by "Date of Birth," a pop-up appears, stating:
Even if you're turning 29 for the second, third, or ahem... tenth time, we'll never tell anyone your age or personal information. We simply need to know your birth date to confirm you are 18 years or older.

Self Defense Class

Everything you need to know about defending yourself against a sociopath...


D'Angelo is back...

About f-ing time! And supported by Cee-lo and Q-Tip, no less.

D'Angelo Clarifies New Album Name, Guests, Billboard.com


"Even Stevie Wonder got down sometimes"

Andre 3000 just makes music better...

"Got you gigglin' like a piglet, oh that's the ticket"

Thru You

Truth be told, I'm not entirely sure what's going on here, but totally entertained regardless....

http://thru-you.com/ (Don't miss #3)


An Observation

Day after day, I'm struck by a particular moment in the morning rush. Every morning around 7:30, I board a Muni underground train headed downtown. Inevitably, there are always a number of desperate folk dashing to the nearest car, hoping to slide in without obstructing the doors, holding up the train and irritating their fellow passengers. The man (or woman) hops from the platform to the car, wincing as he passes through the narrowing one-foot-wide opening. Realizing his success, the little worker bee smiles wide, quite pleased with himself, searching around the car to catch the eye of another passenger, as if someone is going to give him a high-five for making it, just in the nick of time. He looks, he finds no one, his smiles drops and he looks down as his feet.

This is my morning entertainment...


Trading Spirits for Snacks

This interesting-and-slightly-frightening tool from BBC Radio 1 tells you the trade-offs of highly-caloric cocktails - just how many donuts and slices of pizza could I have eaten instead of those Red Bull/vodkas? The answer is alarming... Check it out here.


R.I.P. Natasha

Unless you live under a rock, you've seen the news reports about Natasha Richardson's tragic death on the slopes. In addition to feeling desperately sad for Liam Neeson and their two cutie kids, the incident induced a bit of panic about my Tahoe trip this past weekend. Her death is a jolting reminder of the importance of safety gear.

I decided to invest in a tricked-out helmet to stave off the seemingly-innocuous-stumble-turned-cerebral-hemorrhage. While my first impression was, "wow I feel like a huge dork and I look like a storm trooper,"

Giro saved the day with the Giro G10 with built in Skullcandy. (ie speakers INSIDE the helmet to rock-out with ease) Needlesstosay, my dome was both protected and pampered - god I love technology.

Congrats Sharks!

Great game yesterday - congrats Ryan for getting called up! Read all about it here.


Not to be Missed...

My roommate's recent blog post, The Ambiguidate - pure genius

Last night's episode of Gossip Girl was new, finally. I <3 TiVo.
(In case you're ever curious if GG is repeat-free, check out isgossipgirlnew.com. Yes, someone actually made that website. No, it was not me.)

IDEO's new iPhone ap - Balloonimals!


Weekend Reading

Off to Philly to meet my friend's ridiculously cute new baby Ethan (yay!) - some weekend reading to keep me busy on the plane...

Fatal Distraction, by Gene Weingarten, The Washington Post (This one is a must-read)

David Foster Wallace's 2005 commencement speech at Kenyon College. (I've read this but it's so good, worth another go)

Adam Smith gets the last laugh, by P.J. O’Rourke, Financial Times

Organize Your Life!
by James Fallows, The Atlantic

How the Crash Will Reshape America, by Richard Florida, The Atlantic

The Size of Social Networks: Primates on Facebook, The Economist

A teaser excerpt:

"Thus an average man—one with 120 friends—generally responds to the postings of only seven of those friends by leaving comments on the posting individual’s photos, status messages or “wall”. An average woman is slightly more sociable, responding to ten. When it comes to two-way communication such as e-mails or chats, the average man interacts with only four people and the average woman with six. Among those Facebook users with 500 friends, these numbers are somewhat higher, but not hugely so. Men leave comments for 17 friends, women for 26. Men communicate with ten, women with 16.

What mainly goes up, therefore, is not the core network but the number of casual contacts that people track more passively. This corroborates Dr Marsden’s ideas about core networks, since even those Facebook users with the most friends communicate only with a relatively small number of them."


"Neil Armstrong has been to the moon..."

The latest from my boys at Emphatic Yes: Neil Armstrong: Party Guest
Big love to Rudy, Murat, Tom, and Pat


Delta Spirit and M. Ward @ Palace of Fine Arts

Last week, I caught M. Ward's show at The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. After a spectacular performance as She + Him at Bimbo's, (see Nov. 7 post) I was curious how his skills stood up sans super-cute Zooey. Just as I hoped, he blew me right out of the water. While the venue was a little strange, (picture a giant auditorium with predictable red-velvet chairs where one might attend an 8th grade talent show or piano recital) M's soothing lullabies and bluesy riffs were just what the doctor ordered - and maybe its my old age talking, but it was pretty great to watch it sitting down.

I can't say the same for the opening act, Delta Spirit, who did not benefit from the seating arrangement. Their show, significantly more upbeat and dance-worthy, was just plain awkward when delivered to a seated (and inevitably immobile) audience. That said, they were extraordinary. The lead singer's raspy smoker voice was unlike any other I've heard, Dylan meets Jeff Tweedy, dressed like Tom Cruise from Risky Business. (yes, that would be the second RB reference of late, apparently I've got Tommy on the brain) It's too bad these cats are from San Diego. (which makes no sense considering the "delta" reference, which to me screams "we formed this gaggle of rockers in our dormroom at Ole Miss") I would have bet my life those dudes were Canadian. Can't explain exactly why, just a feeling...


My New Credo: The Cult of Done

The Cult of Done Manifesto
  1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
  2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
  3. There is no editing stage.
  4. Pretending you know what you're doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you're doing even if you don't and do it.
  5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
  6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
  7. Once you're done you can throw it away.
  8. Laugh at perfection. It's boring and keeps you from being done.
  9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
  10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
  11. Destruction is a variant of done.
  12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
  13. Done is the engine of more.
Source: Bre Pettis blog


"It's CORAline, not Caroline"

Last night I caught Coraline in 3D. Is 3D a retro and semi-outdated technology? Yes. Is it worth the extra $3? Yes. Is Tim Burton bat-shit crazy? YES.

  • Perhaps the most visually exquisite movie I've seen - even without the 3D effects.
  • Tim Burton is bat-shit crazy.
  • The theater upped the anty and handed out legit glasses, thick-rimmed and black ala Risky Business.
  • Hands down the weirdest movie I've ever seen. At times I wondered if I should have taken a hallucinogen prior to entering. At other times, I was thanking god I passed on grass.
  • My friend had terrifying nightmares about buttons. In mine, the world fell apart around me, pixel by pixel.
  • Dakota Fanning's sporadic Michigan accent. I'm a huge fan of the Midwestern inflection, so I would have appreciated a more thorough effort on her part.
Pro? Con? You decide:
  • Perfect casting for Coraline's 'rexic psycho-mom: Teri Hatcher.
Official trailer:


Christian Bale is Kermit the Frog...

Kermit the Frog IS Christian Bale!!

See the proof here.


What I'm Listening to, Archive

  • Kanye West - Love Lockdown
  • Animal Collective - My Girls
  • White Rabbits - Tourist Trap
  • Andrew Bird - The Privateers
  • Cut Off Your Hands - You Still Love Me
  • White Stripes - Stop Breaking Down
  • The Cribs - Another Numbers
  • Santogold - Icarus
  • Deastro - Michael, The Lone Archer of the North Shore
  • Ra Ra Riot - Dying is Fine
  • Nightmares on Wax - Bleu My Mind
  • Jens Lekman - Pocketful of Money
  • Yo La Tengo - Beach Party Tonight