Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The One Day on Earth Project [art]

The One Day on Earth Project is one of the most comprehensive and coolest global crowdsourcing projects ever, and I am excited to participate. True to my form, I recorded a video log to commemorate the day.

More YouTube videos here.

via PBS.com:

Friday is 11/11/11, and the minds behind the documentary and online video archive known as "One Day on Earth" are hoping thousands of people around the world will film a moment in their lives this day.

Other filmmakers have used crowd-sourced footage to recreate life in a day, but what sets "One Day on Earth" apart is the online community that has grown around it since its experimental launch around the date 10/10/10, said founder and director Kyle Ruddick, who conceptualized and started the project in 2008 by reaching out to people from his home laptop.

The project's participants have since grown to 20,000, and they not only can submit their own video but can draw on the website's archive to create their own masterpieces.

One Day on Earth on the Web:




Sunday, November 13, 2011

Perfect Waves & Penis Size [penis]

When it comes to waves and penises, they have more in common than you think. According to Adventure Journal, the best waves are "thicker, not bigger." Doesn't this sound familiar to the ole' girth vs. length argument?

In other penis size-related correlations, a researcher at the University of Helsinki proves that there is a "correlation between a country's average penile length and GDP growth rate."

Fla Boy Kelly Slater Wins 11th World Title [surfing]

Fla boy Kelly Slater won his 11th World Title in San Francisco earlier this month. Despite being from Cocoa Beach, Florida, a town more known for its space shuttle launches than turning out world champion surfers, this central Florida beach town has produced one of surfing's finest.

"Lost" Steve Jobs Interview Gets Limited Run in Theaters [steve jobs, tech]

A “Lost” Steve Jobs interview has surfaced and will have a limited run in theaters this week. It is actually an extended interview and part of the 1996 PBS Miniseries Triumph of the Nerds.

Out of all the creative tributes to Jobs in the wake of his death, this one is definitely the best. Made by the awesome guys at Mint Digital, it is made entirely of MacBook parts.

While most are mourning Jobs' death, this street artist had a different kind of eulogy for him:

The Legacy of Steve Jobs

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Bullitt & The Greatest Car Chase Scenes of All Time [film]

Bullitt (Yates, 1968) is often said to feature the greatest car chase scene in cinematic history.

Here are the top ten car chase scenes according to CNN.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Scandalous Lana Del Rey [music]

Apparently I am a little slow on the uptake, but I just heard Lana Del Rey's hit single Video Games and instantly was a fan. I don't know if it was the tubular bells at the beginning, the cinematic orchestration and the snare drum that starts at 2:32, or the video that won me over, but I am a fan of it all.

The music blogosphere is in uproar, accusing Lana of being a "fraud" and a creation of lawyers and music company moguls. Sure, Lana Del Ray is a stage name (a combination of Lana Turner and Ford Del Rey), but many celebrities use stage names. Whoopi Goldberg's real name is Caryn Elaine Johnson and nobody is accusing ole' Whoopie of being a fraud.

She won a Q Award this past October and her single "Video Games" was Song of the Year pre-release, and her first UK show sold out in 30 seconds. Apparently some people must like her, even if the music blogosphere doesn't.

Who cares if she is a product of the music industry? It's not like the music industry has never invented a “product” before – why the big scam over Lana? And who cares if she sounds like Betty Boop in her interviews?

Lana previously released an album under her real name, Lizzy Grant. Now do you see why she changed it?

Find Lana Del Rey on the web:

MySpace Music

Books for Left-Handers [books]

I recently did a post on Lefty's in San Francisco, the only store in the US that caters specifically to left-handed people. Though us lefties are in the minority, there are many books written about left-handedness; two of my favorites are "The Natural Superiority of the Left-Hander" and the considerably more dense read, "The Left-Hander Syndrome: The Causes and Consequences of Left-Handedness."