In case you were wondering why the USPS is losing money...

Image courtesy of MH


Starbucks Goes Back to Basics

Starbucks is getting back to their roots as a local coffee spot. Who's fooled?


The Noisettes at Rickshaw Stop

For a relatively anti-climatic new album, the Noisettes show last night was spectacular. Lead singer Shingai Shoniwa is total super-star - shockingly beautiful with seemingly limitless energy and a flare for the dramatic. Oh and she plays bass. That's rad, and she knows it.

She bounced around stage for a couple hours, her rich, raspy vocals never skipping a beat. Just when you thought she couldn't get much cooler, she emerged in the back of the club for her encore and literally swung from the rafters while belting a sultry ballad. If her band can settle on a theme (they waver between Sharon Jones-esque soul and Rolling Stones rock and are in desperate need of a more cohesive vibe, in my opinion) they could go a long way. That said, I'd prefer she fly solo. Shingai is a much better name anyway...

If It Ain't Broke...

The evolution of cola logos...


Black is the New Green

The Black Pixel Project saves energy by stripping pixels...

“A Black Pixel saves 0.057 Watts per hour. A million black pixels save the equivalent of 1,425 lamps per hour.”

Learn more here.


Playing with Space and Light

Artist Olafur Eliasson explored the concept of space and time in his 2008 exhibition, Take Your Time at SFMoMA. (one of my favorites)

Check out his TED talk from earlier this year that just went live...


Weekend Reading List: Pillow Love

Pillow talk, literally:

PHENOMENON: Love in 2-D, by Lisa Katayama, The New York Times
For some Japanese men, body-pillow girlfriends based on comic-book
characters now take the place of the real thing....

Metro music:

Pearls Before Breakfast, by Gene Weingarten, Washington Post
Can one of the nation's great musicians cut through the fog of a D.C. rush hour?

A note from Mom:

What, Mom worry? by Linda Matchan, The Boston Globe


A Little Wedding Inspiration

JK+PG - you're all over this...


Pitch-Perfect Pop

Why do most songs on the radio sound so glossy while those same performers appear tone-deaf in person? A little thing called Auto-Tune...

Auto-Tune: Why Pop Music Sounds Perfect, by Josh Tyrangiel, Time

Jay-Z: 'the anti-auto-tune record was Kanye West's idea'

Auto-Tune the News, by Claire Suddath, Time

My least favorite offender of the AT: Chris "Dirtball" Brown (although honestly, my negative sentiments have zero to do with electronics)

More Delightful Digital Experiences

"Highly unannoying" spam

Type it again!

Gladwell on Spaghetti Sauce


Another Delightful Digital Experience: Oh, Snap!

Courtesy of PatternTap

Baby Mama?


The Success of the World Wide Interwebs

Astounding: e-commerce spending was 15% of the GDP in 2008...
See it here: http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/2988/27062201.jpg

Another Delightful Digital Experience

Reinventing Interaction, by Alice Rawsthorn, The New York Times

STOP. Vader-time.

Stone Cold Marbles

The debate over the Parthenon remnants continues...

Abroad: Elgin Marble Argument in a New Light, by Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times

The Lovely Stones, by Christopher Hitchens, Hellenic Antidote


Weekend Reading List: "I am a jelly doughnut"

What’s a Culture Snob to Do? by James Wolcott, Vanity Fair

10 Weird Ways to Distribute Music, by Eliot Van Buskirk, WIRED

In honor of my recent adventures in Istanbul:
Turkish Novelist Wins Nobel Prize: Orhan Pamuk Explores How East Can Meet West, by Bob Thompson, The Washington Post

In honor of my recent adventures in Berlin:

Little know fact (courtesy of my dad)
"To show his solidarity, Jack Kennedy said to a large crowd "Ich bin ein Berliner" intending to say I (too) am a citizen of the city. He should have said "ich bin Berliner" because by adding the article "ein" it changed the meaning. A "Berliner" is also a pastry. So, what he really said was something close to "I am a jelly doughnut."


Another Delightful Digital Experience

It's the little things that bring smiles on a Wednesday...


This post is definitely a little late (no computers on vacation, hallelujah) but after watching approximately 6 hours of Larry King Live and replays of Paris Jackson's tearful address at MJ's memorial, I figured I'd throw a few good tribute links up on the blog.

FYI CNN is the only Berlin TV channel in English.

Billie Tweets: a Twitter tribute to Michael J

Eternal Moonwalk: cool web animation mimicking the King of Pop's signature slide.


"Canada is not the threat that once it used to be"

Website of the Day: XLR8R


London is Over

My tour of England's capital officially wraps tomorrow morning at 4am as I load myself in a car to the airport. Obviously I was a total delinquent about documenting the trip in detail - hopefully I'll be better about Istanbul, Berlin and Prague over the next nine days...

The last three weeks have been a whirlwind - a virtual postcard for the "work hard, play hard" lifestyle. Highlights include:

  • Charlie Beach's leek and fennel risotto paired with some ridiculous '97 red his father won in a court battle (what?)
  • The 80 year old man at Janet's that, after housing two bottles of champagne, propositioned me and K
  • Going to Raffles and while in line asking, what is this place? The British chick beside me said, "oh honey that's so sweet, you really don't know." (newsflash honey, it ain't that cool)
  • PJ's potato latkes
  • Coach & Horses pints and Scotch eggs
  • Wine & goss on the roofdeck
  • Teaching my friend how to wear a belt
  • Primrose Hill
  • Sale season
  • Heat wave

Dare to Wear

Always wanted to dress up your best friend/boyfriend/co-worker/brother/neighbor in something heinous and make him/her wear it in public? Now's your chance.

Wear Dare Part 1
, Vice Magazine

Image courtesy of Vice Magazine

An "Oops" Inspiration

Clever 404 page for a Tattoo website, courtesy of Pattern Tap.


Marco? Polo.