Thursday, November 29, 2007

Book designer extraordinaire Chip Kidd shares his opinion of Amazon's new ebook reader

On Monday November 19th, Amazon released something called Kindle, the latest “e-book” reading device. I’ve been asked to comment on what effect I think this will have, if any, on book design as we know it. Here goes.

None.

Sincerely,
Chip Kidd

Read the rest.

I've blogged about Chip Kidd before.

Pat Riley is a creep


Riley first hired [Stan] Van Gundy in 1995, bringing him into the NBA. As team president, he elevated Van Gundy to head coach of the Heat in 2003. Yet, he also pushed him aside early in the 2005-06 season to resume his role as head coach, winning the NBA title that year.

[snip]

Riley, before the game Saturday, said too much was made of his insistence that the Heat be compensated by the Magic for hiring Van Gundy, who was still on the Heat's payroll at the time.

Riley originally asked for a first-round pick and $1 million, but he settled for considerably less, a second-round pick and an option to trade first-round picks next summer. Although the Magic will debate his memory now, he said Saturday that he would have caved completely, and that he merely was bluffing.

"At the very end, he [Van Gundy] could have come here for nothing," Riley said. "If Orlando would have said, 'No, we won't give you anything,' he still would have ended up coaching here."

Riley joked this summer that the reason he lowered his demands was not because he liked Van Gundy, but because the relationship he had with his wife, Kim.

"Kim is great," Riley said Saturday. "In the old days, when Stan was coaching [in Miami], she and I used to meet in my office, and we'd go outside, out back when we were both smokers. We'd share a cigarette. She was like me, used to walk the hallways nervous. We had a hard time watching the games because they were so close."

To sum up, Riley wasn't really being a jerk, standing in the way of his good buddy's chance at a job. He was just kidding around. Oh, and he wants to make sure everyone knows how close he is to his buddy's wife. Link. Via.

Cartoon: The Nativity Scene, if the Three Wise Men were characters in a role playing game

For example, gifting Frankincense bestows protection against flame attacks below level 4:



Here's the creators' website. Via.

Global warming logo round-up



Round-up of logos here, with commentary. Here's what Copyranter had to say about BP's logo: "Sweet, hot irony. British (sorry, Beyond) Petroleum's logo looks like an exploding earth fireball."

Movie theater poster features Sark, Snake Plissken, Ash and more



Buy. Via.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Tortured Gingerbread Man Cookie Cutters



Buy.

Bizarre: Some Verizon phones automatically emit a loud alarm when you dial 911

Better hope you're not hiding from someone when you dial. Link.

Merriam-Webster's Online Visual Dictionary helps you figure out the names of stuff



For example, here's one of the faucet entries. Via.

The adorable Vancouver 2010 mascots



Official site. Via.

Photoshop: Dick Cheney as Jabba The Hutt



More famous people as Star Wars characters here.

Design a poster contest for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles



Details here, via TV Squad, where I found the strong entry you see above.

Video: Golden State Warriors' mascot, Thunder, wiping out a cheerleader



Via.

NFL was in such a rush to start the football game Monday night, they skipped the national anthem

Story.

Desktop Wallpaper: "Z is for zoom"



Desktop wallpaper sized image here.

Adorable papercraft robot



Alas, not available for download (yet?).

Clever business card for a divorce lawyer



More unique (and expensive) business cards here. Via.

Video: Documentary explains the development of the US miltary's helmets in WW1



Via.

Video: Simpsons opening, Lego style



Via.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Death Star and Star Destroyer Cakes by Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman





Oh, and an interview, too:

What were the cakes made of?

The Star Destroyer was chocolate. I can't remember what flavor the Death Star was.

Did it have a creamy, evil filling?

I wish!

Link. Via.

Sculptures by Igor Mitoraj


Igor Mitoraj
Originally uploaded by yosigo!!!




* Magic *
Originally uploaded by R-ound The World...!!!!!!!!!!!




sculpture
Originally uploaded by art crimes




Monumental Head
Originally uploaded by Églantine




The scars of old romances still on their cheeks ...
Originally uploaded by The Renaissance



Igor Mitoraj at Wikipedia and at Flickr.

Video: Fire-breathing bear terrorizes office workers (to promote Fathead wall decorations)



Via.

Here's two subtler Fathead commercials:


Time Magazine morality quiz veers into self-parody

Scenerio 3a: The Trolley
An out of control trolley is heading down a track toward five unsuspecting people and will surely kill them all. You could throw a switch diverting it to a siding, but an equally unsuspecting man is standing there and the train will kill him instead. Could you throw the switch, killing one to save five?

Scenerio 3c: The Trolley
In a third version of the trolley dilemma, you could throw a switch catapulting him onto the track, thereby not having to touch him as you kill him.

Catapult him onto the track? What is this, The Naked Gun? Take the moronic quiz here. Via.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Gama-Go Deathbot Wooden Toy



Buy.

Were the CIA and FBI infiltrated by a Hezbollah spy?

Read about it here and here.

Turducken Cat Food



Turducken Cat Food

Top five upcoming tech gadgets for cops

For example: "Rumbler Intersection Clearing System: It uses eight-inch subwoofers to create enough base to notify drivers around the patrol car that they need to get out of the way."

Read the rest of the list.

Video: Man makes Macross fighter out of sandwich fixings (to promote new Macross DVD)



Via.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Cartoon: Half-Life 1 & 2 in 60 seconds



Via.

Life of Pi: Deluxe Illustrated Edition



Life of Pi: Deluxe Illustrated Edition

(This story's tailor-made for a M. Night Shyamalan movie version.)

Moby Dick, A Pop-Up Book



Moby-Dick: A Pop-Up Book

Clever two-part photostrip idea


bubby's photobooth fun
Originally uploaded by cosentino



Via.

Sleazy tricks to make a video popular on Youtube

There are tens of thousands of videos uploaded to YouTube each day (I’ve heard estimates between 10-65,000 videos per day). I don’t care how “viral” you think your video is; no one is going to find it and no one is going to watch it.

We start new threads and embed our videos. Sometimes, this means kickstarting the conversations by setting up multiple accounts on each forum and posting back and forth between a few different users. Yes, it’s tedious and time-consuming, but if we get enough people working on it, it can have a tremendous effect.

Plenty of users allow you to embed YouTube videos right in the comments section of their MySpace pages. We take advantage of this.

Titles can be changed a limitless number of times, so we sometimes have a catchy (and somewhat misleading) title for the first few days, then later switch to something more relevant to the brand.

Every power user on YouTube has a number of different accounts. So do we. A great way to maximize the number of people who watch our videos is to create some sort of controversy in the comments section below the video. We get a few people in our office to log in throughout the day and post heated comments back and forth (you can definitely have a lot of fun with this). Everyone loves a good, heated discussion in the comments section - especially if the comments are related to a brand/startup.

Also, we aren’t afraid to delete comments – if someone is saying our video (or your startup) sucks, we just delete their comment. We can’t let one user’s negativity taint everyone else’s opinions.

Read more. Via.

Friday, November 23, 2007

The Lovely Mistresses of George W. Bush Pin-Up Calendar



Buy. Via.

Some outrageous Xmas gifts available from the Dallas Mavericks

You also could have been a player for a day, signing an official one-day contract. But that offer is off the table, having already been purchased for $20,000. And the not-so-poor guy doesn't even get paid.

The Mavericks haven't forgotten the ladies, either. A spot on the dance team is available for $20,000. You get to train with them for two weeks, then perform on the court at a game. It's called "Dancer for a Night," which sounds more palatable than "Prancing Around in Very Little Clothing in front of 20,000 People for a Night."

Read about some of the other options. Via.

Literary Review's Bad Sex Award (Post might be NSFW)

Ian McEwan may have been passed over for the Booker, but he may yet end the year with a gong in his hand. Although the climax of On Chesil Beach revolves around the fact that it is, in fact, an anti-climax, it is enough to garner him a nomination for the Literary Review's Bad Sex award.

He is joined on the longlist of what the organisers call Britain's "most dreaded literary prize" by Jeanette Winterson with a passage about robotic sex from The Stone Gods; Ali Smith for Girl Meets Boy, and Gary Shteyngart with an athletic description of his crass hero from Absurdistan bedding one of his many conquests ("Her vagina was all that, as they say in the urban media - a powerful ethnic muscle scented by bitter melon, the breezes of the local sea, and the sweaty needs of a tiny nation trying to breed itself into a future").

Read more about the contest. And here's part of an angry retort from Erica Jong, who was nominated in 1998:
I consider it an honor to have ''Of Blessed Memory'' (''Inventing Memory'' in the American edition) singled out as having passages ''too crude and anatomical to be read aloud.'' If I were deemed kosher by that classist, racist, misogynistic bunch of criticasters, I would consider it time to retire my pens and legal pads.

Commercial: Honda Ridgeline Meets Chuck Norris



This ad from the same campaign that was in heavy rotation on Thanksgiving. Honda plus Thanksgiving = lightsaber Turkey carver:


Here's more Chuck Norris posts.

Photo: Darth Vader pouring water out of a Brita filter, in the ocean




More odd photos here. Via.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Funny print ad for pole dancing classes



See the full-sized image here.

Almost half of all cigarettes sold in the United States (44 percent) are consumed by people with mental illness.

"This is because so many people who have mental illnesses smoke (50 to 80 percent, compared with less than 20 percent of the general population) and because they smoke so many cigarettes a day -- often three packs." Link. Via.

(File this under "stats that are too good to check.")

Intriguing poster for "Teeth"



Via.

I wish this was a parody. Ad campaign for body building supplement called "Arson"



It's the "legally insane fat-incinerating serum" designed to "torch fat" and reveal "shocking muscularity." It's part of the "Muscle Asylum Project," which includes supplements called Freak Fix, Altered State, and Anabolic O.D. Below are two videos promoting the products. Warning, they indeed feature men with "shocking muscularity," and have a Marilyn Manson vibe.



Video: In the middle of Greco-Roman Wrestling match, wrestler does back flip

Video link (starts immediately), it's very impressive. Via.

Photo: Pretty guerilla with bazooka



Via.

Video: 4-Year-Old Sarah Michelle Gellar in a Burger King Ad



Via.

Adorable Plush Toys: Samus with and without armor


Samus - Varia Suit Plush by *usako-chan on deviantART


Samus Aran and Baby Metroid XP by *usako-chan on deviantART

*Buy Metroid toys at eBay.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Video: Shower scene from Psycho performed by Mr. and Mrs. Potatoheads



Via.

Video: Baron Davis executes one of the most pathetic flops in NBA history

Bill Nye, The Science Guy's bizarre marriage issues

His ex-wife of one year (or maybe they were never legally married) showed up at his house and tried to poison his garden. Link. Via.

Santa Claus Conquers The Martians Live!



Something fun to do if you're in LA this month. Link.

Disturbing photo: The Wizard of Oz Munchkins from Oz got their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Today...

Disturbing because they're old and in some cases confined to wheelchairs and yet STILL WORE THEIR MUNCHKIN COSTUMES for the ceremony. Photo link.

Best T-Shirt Design Posted At Threadless Today


A quick break while fighting the Empire - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

You can find my previous Threadless picks here. There's a $10 t-shirt sale right now.

John Scalzi artfully describes the new Amazon eBook reader

"I can pay $400 for an e-book reader, and then pay $7.99 for an electronic copy of a book, or I can just pay $7.99 for the actual book, which requires no expensive intermediary equipment to enjoy, and use that extra $400 to buy 50 more books." Link.

Pretty much sums it up, aside from the fact that it's hideous. Wasn't Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos also the guy that thought the Segway was a good idea?

Map: The Soviet Union as an octopus, threatening the world



Click through for a desktop wallpaper sized version. Via.

Retro-futuristic robots made out of recycled parts



Many more here. Via.

Vintage Advertising: Every nun needs a synthesizer



Larger version here. Via.

Some helpful legal advice from an alleged Public Defender

"I didn't put it all the way in." Not a defense.

"All the money is gone now." Not a defense

"The bitch deserved it." Not a defense.

"But that dope was so stepped on, I barely got high." Not a defense.

"She didn't look thirteen." Possibly a defense; it depends.

"She didn't look six." Never a defense, you just need to die.

Much more here. Via.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Not only are the questions asked in the televised presidential debates boring, they're asked by planted "undecided voters"



Via these sites.

Oregon news says NBA player Greg Oden has gained 29 pounds of muscle in the last five months

Greg Oden is getting big. As in ripped. Muscular. Monstrous.

In fact, the Trail Blazers rookie center, who has put on 29 pounds of mostly muscle since July, has become so big, so quickly during his post-microfracture knee surgery rehabilitation that the team this weekend redirected his weight-lifting program to focus less on bulk and more on core strength.

Interesting.

Best Comic Book Covers: DC Comic Book February Solicitations

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TEEN TITANS: YEAR ONE #2 Cover by Karl Kerschl


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COUNTDOWN SPECIAL: OMAC Cover by Ryan Sook


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THE FLASH #237 Cover by Freddie Williams II


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JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED #42 Cover by Christopher Jones & Mark Propst


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FAKER TP Cover by Jock


See the rest of the DC Comic Book February solicitations here, and previously blogged comic book covers here.