Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Blue Moon New Years Eve

Wishing you all a Healthy and Happy New Year and a toast in hopes that this special New Years Eve full moon is a sign of better things to come for everyone!

Having nothing to do with color, tomorrow night's Blue Moon is simply the term used when we experience a second full moon in the same month.

The phrase "Once in a Blue Moon" was first noted in 1824 and although considered rare, they usually happen about once every 2 years. As for Blue Moon's in general, and for those that like to plan ahead, the next Blue Moon events are August 2 & August 31 in 2012 and July 2 & July 31, 2015.

A New Years full moon happens about every 19 years, the most recent one happened in 1990 and we won't see the next one until 2028!

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More Blue Moon Info: Wikipedia. Thanks to Digkuva for the cool moon shot.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Jazz Loft Project

From 1957 to 1965 legendary photographer W. Eugene Smith made approximately 4,000 hours of recordings on 1,741 reel-to-reel tapes and nearly 40,000 photographs in a loft building in Manhattan's wholesale flower district where major jazz musicians of the day gathered and played their music.

Smith's work has remained in archives until now.

The Jazz Loft Project is dedicated to uncovering the stories behind this legendary moment in American cultural history.

Learn More: The Jazz Loft Project.

Listen: WNYC.

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Big thanks to: Grain Edit.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

Merry Christmas!

Steven Heller explains how Santa Claus came to be known for his snowy white beard and red suit by looking back at the illustrators who gave life to this now iconic image.

The Santa above is by Raymond Pratt from the 1952 "What's New" by Abbott Laboratories.

Dig Steven Heller's: ’Twas the Icon of Christmas.

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Gracias: AIGA and ElectroSpark for the groovy Santa image.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Merry Christmas!

Do You Hear What I Hear?: 2008 Christmas Mystery Stream

Back in 2005 I made it through the entire month of December, each and every day, posting some of my favorite and obscure Christmas gems. Take Me Back: Mystery Stream Stocking Stuffers!

Enjoy and Happy Merry Krimble!



Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Schell-Wheeler House by Johnston Architects

Wow. Totally digging this awesome, smart home designed by Johnston Architects PLLC and built by Tall Tree Construction.

Blow-down trees from storms provided the logs that were milled into siding, fascias and trim. A ground source heat pump, supplemented by solar water preheating supplies energy to the house.

More: Schell-Wheeler House by Johnston Architects.

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Thanks to the smart folks over at Design Milk.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009


I'm totally loving this cold weather we're finally getting down here in San Antonio. Walking Ringo and Dazy around the block late the other night in the cold fog remided me of my first job in 5th grade delivering the Denver Post on dark snowy mornings on the Air Force Academy. Toatally quiet and peaceful being the only person awake making the first trails in the new snow.

When I dream of winter it looks and feels exatly like this awesome shot from Czech pohotographer Marta Cernicka at: Marta Cernicka Foto.

Time for some hot chocolate...

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Refill Required

Mmmmm.... Coffee....


Somehow found this here: HERE.

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Gino Sarfatti Wall Lamps

Unfortunately, this awesome pair of wall lamps has already been sold:

Gino Sarfatti pair of wall lamps for Arteluce, model nr. 238/1. Black metal Lacquered ring where a glass ball is resting, edition Arteluce 1960 Italy.

Fear not, there are still some really great items available form the good folks over at Furniture Love.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Undergound Art

Above: T-Centralen Station, Stockholm, Sweden.

I've been lucky enough to experience some of the world's amazing undergournd subway systems, the Boston T, London’s Underground, the Tube, as well as the Metro in New York, Paris and Hong Kong. All of them uniquely indigenous and grand in thier own different ways. The above shots really make me want to visit Sweden, just to check out the Stockholm Tunnelbana!

Within these systems, architecture plays a big role in defining the environment of the subway. DesignBoom has a really nice collection of some of the most architecturally interesting subway stations - Enjoy: Subway Architecture!

iF: Holland Tram: 049

And if you're in need of a little mental vacation, I've got a nice hour long mix of ambient subway, airport and travel audio that works nicely as an audio backdrop to help you escape during your next cup of coffee: Ambient Passport.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Wicked Smart Storage

What's not to love about this basic, down and dirty, simple storage solution? Using standard wooden beams detailed with leather and wool, this multifunctional storage system from TAF contains shelves, cupboards, hooks and sound absorbents.

Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom have run the architecture and design studio TAF in Stockholm, Sweden since 2002. TAF’s aim is to make ordinary life less ordinary through subtle but effective changes in how products and architecture appear and function. A recurrent departure point in TAF projects is that everyday objects by their very commonness can be made uncommon.

More smart design: TAF.

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Sunday, December 06, 2009

Monday Mantra

Yo, Dell!

He can who thinks he can, he can't who thinks he can't.
-Pablo Picasso

Thanks to Peter Bregman of the Harvard Business Review: How Not Achieving Something Is the Key to Achieving It.

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Saturday, December 05, 2009


In February 2009, Jim McKelvey wasn’t able to sell a piece of his glass art because he couldn’t accept a credit card as payment. Even though a majority of payments has moved to plastic cards, accepting payments from cards is still difficult, requiring long applications, expensive hardware, and an overly complex experience. Square was born a few days later right next to the old San Francisco US Mint.

Today the Square team is focused on bringing immediacy, transparency, and approachability to the world of payments: an inherently social interaction each of us participates in daily. We’re starting with a limited beta and rolling out to everyone in early 2010.

Square is backed by Khosla Ventures and a team of angels.

Square is going to be HUGE.

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Friday, December 04, 2009

What's Up, Dock?

Me likey. Turn your wall outlet into an iPhone charging dock. For $25 bux you can rid yourself of cable clutter and have a groovy slideshow rolling right there in your kitchen. Vey cool.

DLO Wall Dock.

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Real or Fake: Truth Detective App

Sweet! I'm totally stoked to finally share the first of a handful of Apps I've been working on with my team at CreekFrog that is now officially available at the iTunes Store!

Introducing: Real or Fake? Truth Detective!

Hawaii 5-0 - Genius or Lame? The truth - Genius!

Customize your test and share the truth!

Here's an excerpt from the official press release:

"To create a unique visual experience for “Real or Fake? Truth Detective,” CreekFrog collaborated with artist H. Michael Karshis, whose iconic iPod speaker art has been featured in Leander Kahney's Cult of iPod book."

I designed and created the industrial front-end look and feel along with streamlining the original concept.

Totally customizable, Real or Fake is really a sweet little social/party App that truly gets better the more you play and share. It's the perfect ice breaker!

Shit or Shinola?

Beatles or Stones?

Boxers or Briefs, Natural or Bottled, you get the idea - check it out, have fun and remember: Nothing Is Real Until It Is Shared!

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Get Yours Today!

Today is November 1st, 2008

Get yours today! The Perpetually Dayzed Calendar!

Back again for the first time - The Perpetually Dayzed Calendar!

Oh Yeah, Free Shipping!

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