Archive for December, 2010

Last Chance to Give in 2010

Friday, December 31st, 2010
[caption id="attachment_3868" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Year-End Giving Made Easy"][/caption] The World is Full of Problems. GlobalGiving is Full of Solutions. Happy New Year's Eve!

Hopey Changey Is Workin’ Out For Me.

Thursday, December 30th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_3860" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="New Ts for BOLD Nebraska {dot} ORG"][/caption] It was a big year for progress. Despite all the madness, 2010 looks pretty good for big steps forward. I'd say Hopey Changey is working out for this guy. If you're on Facebook and want to chime in, we're listening: What's your BOLD Statement on BOLD Actions? For more on progressive politics in this oh-so-conservative state of NE, do visit BOLD Nebraska {dot} ORG.

“the best music of 2010″

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
my list: arcade fire - the suburbs yeasayer - odd blood wolf parade - expo 86 midlake - (random songs) rancid - and out come the wolves (my own personal 2010 revival) sole and the skyrider band - plastique (released in 2009 but i didn't get it until 2010) live at kexp volume 6 CocoRosie (new band discovery) Pela (new band discovery) NAS + K'NAAN + Damian Marley (courtesy of Bil Johnson)

Donors Choose

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. This Week alone: 12,731 donors, 728 projects completed, 97,488 students reached.
  • Give as little as $1 and get the same level of choice, transparency, and feedback that is traditionally reserved for someone who gives millions. We call it citizen philanthropy.

Live At Ancienne Belgique from Yeasayer

Monday, December 27th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_3843" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="I just downloaded Live At Ancienne Belgique from Yeasayer"][/caption] Celebrate the close of 2010 with some live Yeasayer.

A Whole Bunch of People {dot} ORG

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
[caption id="attachment_3734" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="A Whole Bunch of Peace, Love, & Joy"][/caption] Katie and I recently did a holiday card for the project called A Whole Bunch of People. It's a tribute journal of volunteerism and engagement dedicated to the life and memory of Jessica Lutton Bedient who passed away in October of this year after being involved in a severe car accident with her new husband Tony. A truly tragic story, but as Jessica devoted much of her life to helping many humanitarian causes in her community and around the world, the project encourages all those who knew her to do the same. And then, to pass it on.
  • Donate of yourself in gratitude. Mentor a youth, paint a playground, rake a yard, buy a friend lunch and spend time listening, and encourage those you have touched to donate themselves and continue to PASS IT ON. Then, inspire others by writing about it here on the Share Your Story page.
As Jessica was a great friend of Katie's, we're very grateful to be involved with such an important effort with so many wonderful people. If we have your address, you might actually get a holiday card from the Kemerlings this year. And if one doesn't make its way to you via the physical USPS mail, consider this the next best thing as we wish you all a whole bunch of peace, love and joy. Pass it on. [caption id="attachment_3741" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="A Whole Bunch of People {dot} ORG"][/caption]

Just enough time starting now

Monday, December 20th, 2010
Tom Friedman on Rebooting America America and the future. How much time do we have to get our shit together and actually deliver on what we call the American Dream? A great hour with Tom Friedman and Tom Ashbrook on America's crumbling infrastructure, China's rise, unemployment and jobs, taxes, the wars and the need for a serious yes-climate-change-is-coming-fast energy/environment policy. Bring on 2011.

US Subsidizing of Energy

Monday, December 20th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_3819" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="A collaboration between GOOD and Deeplocal."][/caption] How Much Does the United States Subsidize Energy $70.2 Billion Fossil Fuels $16.8 Billion Corn Ethanol $12.2 Billion Renewable Energy $2.3 Billion Carbon Capture and Storage SOURCE: The Environmental Law Institute. A collaboration between GOOD and Deeplocal.

Let’s Swap

Thursday, December 16th, 2010
Let's Swap is a place where artists and designers can swap art for free. It's brought to you by stellar NYC design firm Hyperakt: meaningful design for the common good. The first featured swap: Food for Thought / Jason Lynch
  • If you had to make a sandwich of all the stuff that inspires you to create, what would it look like? That's precisely what Hyperaktivist Jason Lynch has illustrated. Airplanes, good coffee, crafty booze, robots, and loud guitars are all prominently featured in this limited edition 22" x 30" poster, printed in gray and fluorescent orange by Jason on a gorgeous Folio bright white stock.
[caption id="attachment_3780" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Food for Thought by Jason Lynch"][/caption] Katie and I are part of the "Accepted Swaps" for our print You'll Find Me Frolicking. We're thrilled to be a part of such a great project. [caption id="attachment_3779" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="You'll Find Me Frolicking by Katie + Justin Kemerling"][/caption] The finer details:
  • How does it work? There's one limited edition featured swap at all times. If you want it, hit the Swap button and propose what you want to exchange for it. The featured artist will pick their favorite swaps and they'll be posted on letsswap.it with an artist credit. New featured swaps will be selected on a regular basis. There's no accounts, no fees and no fuss.
  • What's the point? As much as we love the web, there's nothing like holding a beautiful printed piece in your hands or putting it up on your wall. We love posters and books and we know there are tons of talented artists and designers that share this love. We're using the web to celebrate print and using art as currency to collect art.
Share and share alike. And spread the word.

THIS IS AMERICA

Monday, December 13th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_3600" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="19x25" Screenprint on 140lb CVR French Paper; Smart White"][/caption] Hello and Welcome! It's the final weeks of 2010. Holiday time is upon us. Good tidings. Great cheer. Et cetera and so on. And I for one am looking forward to a little down time. A nice bit of "slow down" if you will. Perhaps some reflection, a little visioning for the coming year and for certain some booze. Maybe even lots of booze. This is America after all. Amidst all the food, family and shopping, being driven to drink is certainly a national pastime. Reflecting on America in 2010, there are a couple of other certainties that will be with us as 2011 is ushered in. The war isn't over, even if we want it. The economy not recovered. And the environment is still being left to the polluters. The education system is abysmal for most. Health care now even more corporatized. Big money floods like never before into our elections. More tax cuts for the rich, less jobs for the rest. Glenn Beck is still talking insanity. Sarah Palin's out there doing whatever the hell you call that thing Sarah Palin does. And John Boehner is set to be the new Speaker of the House. While President Barack Obama, from this lefty's perspective, is leaving a lot to be desired. The least we can do, instead of building that damn wall, demonizing the Islamic cultural center in New York or keeping our gay and lesbian service members in the shadows of the military, is all be a little more welcoming. It should be handshake first (or hug, whichever you prefer), suspicion second. It's the core of that American Dream Representative Boehner is so fond of. It wasn't always "innocent until proven guilty". And it doesn't have to be "this is America, learn to speak English, these colors don't run, USA-USA-USA" or whatever else we chant to assert our "dominance." Instead, we can be a little less of a jerk. For the record, we need not worry about taking our country back from anyone. There's plenty of America to go around, we just need to learn to share it a little better. Sometimes it can seem impossible, what with all the wealth up at the top. But we can change that. And fix the environment. And end those wars. And make education available to all. Same with health care. It will take time. And a lot of effort. Along the way, I think it would be best if, instead of that wall and whatever demonizing of the other we've got going on this week, let's put the friendlier side our nature out front first. And save all the energy we've been putting into that damn wall for some new schools instead. So let's keep being the place where anybody, anywhere can come and make a go of it. That's certainly something to be proud of. Now say it with a smile: THIS IS AMERICA. HELLO! AND WELCOME. You can purchase a print of This Is America Hello! and Welcome for $20 HERE. It's my End-O-2010 poster being sold so I can keep doing random projects like this. Thank you for your support. -- Justin Kemerling, Designer. justinkemerling.com [caption id="attachment_3696" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="SHIPPED IN A STURDY TUBE"][/caption]