Archive for the ‘Short-Form’ Category

Wugazi

Sunday, August 14th, 2011
When I first heard about this Wugazi mash-up I was skeptical. I've been a huge fan of Fugazi since I was 12 years old and, while I'm nowhere close to a Wu-Tang aficionado, I consider myself an admirer. More specifically I'm a lover of Ghostface Killah and ODB. So when I first saw this Wugazi project popping up, it made me nervous.  Nervous because I'm a bit obsessive when it comes to things like tidiness. Not in the sense of cleanliness, but more in the sense of leaving an untainted legacy. Basically, I wondered if this would add to the artists' story or be an unfortunate anecdote to their otherwise fruitful contributions to our collective musical culture. In other words, would it be memorable because its a great and respectful re-imagining of their work, or because its clever and... funny? Then I thought to myself, "Who gives a shit?" And cranked the volume.  I encourage you to do the same.

Wugazi • 13 Chambers by WUGAZI And for the record, props to Cecil Otter and Swiss Andy for the care they took in putting this together. After many, many listens, their skill and effort is undeniable. From the Wugazi site - "Wugazi is a labor of love by Cecil Otter & Swiss Andy. A year’s worth of cutting up every imaginable Fugazi record and trying out every Wu-Tang acapella they could get their hands on, resulted in Wugazi: 13 Chambers (a must listen for anyone who even looked at a skateboard in the 90’s)."

Chances With Wolves

Saturday, August 13th, 2011
It is Saturday in San Francisco and that can mean only one thing. Its time for me to open the windows, make some breakfast and catch up with my favorite internet radio show Chances With Wolves. The show is described by East Village Radio as "repping hard for haunting beauty, magic, and the weird." I assert that to be true and it always puts a smile on my face. Perfect weekend music. The fellas behind Chances With Wolves were profiled in a video by Coolhunting awhile back. Watch the video below.

One Day For Design

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
One Day For Design: 04.13.2011
  • an open, global dialogue on the meaning and future of design, and on the meaning and future of professional design associations. Ready to add your voice? Follow us on Twitter at #1D4D or just listen in.

DonorsChoose.org

Thursday, March 24th, 2011
DonorsChoose.org: Teachers Ask. You Choose. Students Learn. Such a wonderful project. In the face of senseless education cuts, people can put their money where their mouth is. For the teachers, for the students, here we go.

Designspiration

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
Love this site. You should too.

Help Japan

Friday, March 18th, 2011
[caption id="attachment_4430" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="Poster by Max Erdenberger"][/caption] From the W+K Studio online store:
  • Upon learning of the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 we felt a helplessness that compelled us to do something. We quickly designed this poster and offered it as a thanks for anyone donating at least $25 to the relief effort through our site. We'll be donating the net proceeds to the Red Cross.
For more efforts like this, visit GOOD.

GASLAND

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
A documentary film by Josh Fox about deception, corruption, profiteering and pollution. A must watch. Note: Many f-bombs were dropped in the watching of this film.

INSIDE JOB

Thursday, March 10th, 2011
INSIDE JOB received this year's Oscar for Best Documentary. It's quite a powerful and infuriating film about our financial system and how it crashed and burned. And why no one on Wall Street went to jail. (Note: the only reason Madoff went to jail was because his illegalities hurt other rich people, period.) Watch it, and if, for some reason, you still think the reason all the cards came crashing down was because some poor people bought houses they couldn't afford, well then I think it's time for a cage match.

Inside the Egyptian Revolution

Saturday, March 5th, 2011
Another new video posted from TED2011. On revolution 2.0, with a vision of winning because "we don't understand politics," and the extreme importance of its aftermath summed up from an Egyptian taxi driver; "I am breathing freedom."
  • Wael Ghonim is the Google executive who helped jumpstart Egypt's democratic revolution ... with a Facebook page memorializing a victim of the regime's violence. Speaking at TEDxCairo, he tells the inside story of the past two months, when everyday Egyptians showed that "the power of the people is stronger than the people in power."

Ads Worth Spreading

Friday, March 4th, 2011
TED Initiatives » Ads Worth Spreading Interesting new initiative from TED; celebrating ads that do more than sell.
  • With this competition, we're seeking to reverse the trend of online ads being aggressively forced on users. We want to nurture ads so good you choose to watch. On TED.com, ads run after our talks, not before. This means they can run longer than the TV-standard 30 seconds. And that's the key! In 2-3 minutes, there's enough time to really tell a story, share an idea, make an authentic human connection, become unforgettable. Instead of ambush, they offer pleasurable, intelligent engagement.