June 30, 2008

Obama Must Have

In the spirit of the week of Independence Day, here is a glorious Obama shirt. I want! Only $15. I want to wear it on election day, nov. 4th (the day after my bday!).

Don't you want one too?

June 27, 2008

Summer Music Exchange


My friend Haley had pretty much one of the best ideas ever – a Summer Mix Tape Music Exchange. It's sort of like a chain letter of glorious music. If you want in, email her by June 30th with your address (see details here).

Who can resist nearly-free music, getting snail mail and presents, friends, designing album covers, and of course, lovely random music?

Not me!

Thanks for organizing, Haley! And nice graphic : )

June 26, 2008

Uppercase Scarf


Ahh! I want! How beautiful? Sadly they are sold out of the white uppercase, which is my favorite. And sadly they are expensive – $52 (however I do think that is totally reasonable for how cool they are).

Thanks Garret for passing this one my way, via swissmiss.

June 25, 2008

Free Posters!


The whole team at Orange Element contributed to the design of these limited edition pinball-machine inspired silkscreen posters. We're giving a few away for FREE (okay, it'll cost you a blog comment, but that's it! Honest!). Go get yourself a poster!

June 24, 2008

Off with Her Head!


Found a great little post here about a graffiti artist in London who fancies decapitating people on billboards. I spared squeamish readers– the images on the site are much more gruesome!

It's wonderfully dark humor, though I'm not sure I'd like to bump into this creeper.

So who's seen the Sex & the City movie? I haven't yet, so don't spoil it!

[image by Flickr user The Decapitator]

June 23, 2008

Yay Monday!


Mondays have been a hot topic of conversation lately.

Last week, my friend Matt said he and the wifey are going to start having people over to their house for BBQs on Mondays, because... wouldn't it be great to actually look forward to Mondays?

Then I discovered this little weekly treat called Yay Monday (image is a screengrab from issue #26). It describes itself as "a weekly collection of websites, art, photography, design, and videos." Sounds good to me! And what a cute little favicon.

So I might have a little case of the Mondays.

In a good way.

June 20, 2008

Crushing on Southwest


I stumbled upon this site and found this ad. I kinda love it.

I didn't realize how much I liked it until my stepdad, airline guru, broke it down for me. I emailed it to him when I found it to ask him what he thought, and here was his response:

"It is an extremely clever ad. They are very good at taking advantage of a moment, and the move by American (and now USAir, United and others) to charge for checked bags was a ripe moment for them.

"It also is a very ballsy ad and a testament to the strength of Southwest's brand image, to wit: Nobody has called them on the fact that their entire customer service model is built on the premise of giving the customer less. No assigned seat. No inflight entertainment. No meals, ever. No first class section, even if you want to pay for it. As a matter of company policy, they won't even give you a whole can of soda. They take your 'order' and return with one little plastic cup with about 4 ounces of pop in it, so they can always serve three customers out of one can. In other words, Southwest invented the concept of making money by forcing the customers to accept #$*!% as 'customer service.' The only difference is that they do it with a smile and a joke. Amazing."

Great analysis overall, but I have to to disagree with the part where he said they are forcing customers to accept #$*!%. I don't think Southwest gives me #$*!%, I think they just take me where I wanna go without offering me a bunch of junk I don't really need.

And! They've never lost my bags, or kept me on the tarmac for hours, or treated me in a rude manner, though many other airlines have.

I love the ad because it's an honest, playful, gutsy little jab.

What do you think?

June 19, 2008

Department of Transportation says...

"The Federal Highway Administration said Thursday it estimates that Americans drove 1.4 billion fewer miles on public roads in April. That's a decline of 1.8% compared to April of last year and is the sixth consecutive month that drivers have cut back."

See the rest of the article here.

Keep up the good work, America!

This video


I like this video.

And the song on it. Is that Justice?

June 18, 2008

Play

Yay! Graphic design is fun. Let's party.
If you're my friend, you should come!


If you're not my friend, but you read my blog, thanks! You are cool for reading my blog! But it could be a little odd if you show up at the party.

That brick is supposed to be a smidge of a row house rooftop deck.

: )

June 17, 2008

Ebelskiver Pancakes, Hon


Maggie made these amaaazing little pancake balls on Sunday morning with her new Ebelskiver pan. Lemme tell ya, they are quite possibly the best pancakes I've ever had.

You layer in the bottom bit of batter, then add some filling. We used fresh apples (minced) for half the batch, and fresh strawberries & peaches (also minced) in the other half. Add another little dollop of batter. Then serve with a little Vermont Maple syrup and mmmmm!

Wow. Thank you, Maggie!

The rookie mistake? We ate these before going to Honfest. We didn't know there was such great food at Honfest. But did that stop us?

June 16, 2008

Harbor East Freshfarm Market


There is a new farmer's market in Baltimore! Saturday (June 14th) was the first day of the Fresh Farm Market at Harbor East. Apparently they have a few nationally known markets (like the one in duPont Circle in DC), so Scott and I went to check it out.

I was a little bummed that there weren't very many tents, but I'm not giving up yet. I'm hoping they are starting the first few Saturdays kind of on the small side, until more people know about it. In good news, because it was small and not crowded, we didn't have to fight off any crowds!

The coolest thing about it is that every week there will be a guest chef demo. This week there was a chef from the restaurant The Oceanaire. He butchered a rock fish for us and gave out very generous samples. My apologies for the not-so-beautiful pictures... I can assure you the fish and salad were delicious.

June 13, 2008

Blog a Song!

I figured out how to post a song clip without a video! Can't believe I didn't think of this before. Just find the song/video you want from youtube, grab the html code from there, and change the height (within the embed tags) to 25. I feel so geeky!

I Need Some Fine Wine, And You, You Need to be Nicer

The Cardigans, Super Extra Gravity



Clean Getaway
Maria Taylor, Lynn Teeter Flower




Now, when I want to post a song but I'm not a big fan of the video, I can just post a song.

Yessss.

[clips from youtube and youtube]

June 12, 2008

Lame


What's lamer than not blogging?
Blogging your excuses for not blogging.
Today I choose the latter.

Went home to St. Louis last weekend for some family-pre-wedding festivities. What a perfect trip it was. Loved spending all the time with my parents and soon-to-be sister, Suzanne!

However, my totally-bloggable list is getting long.

When you're bored you should go check out Orange Element Insights. A little bird told me they'll be giving out prizes to loyal readers soon...


PS. Those people above are my friends, but probably not for long since I'm posting these flattering pics.

June 11, 2008

Honfest Sunday!


The illustration is a maggie/sarah original.
...From the whiteboard on the fridge.

June 8, 2008

Kinetic Sculpture Race

Shame on me for not posting these sooner! This year's Kinetic Sculpture Race in Baltimore was appropriately ridiculous (especially because it was the first time I got to see it).

The American Visionary Art Museum describes the race as, "A race of wacky, imaginative, totally human powered works of art designed to travel on land, through mud, and over deep harbor waters constructed out of used bicycles, gears, and parts, created by a lunatic genius who tinkers around in the garage or backyard (Do you know this person?) The machines can be simple, small crafts, piloted by only one brave soul, or they can be over 50 feet long, extremely well-engineered, sophisticated vehicles powered by a team of pilots."

Next year we definitely have to go see them compete in the obstacle course in Patterson Park.

And maybe the next year we'll create our own and enter the race. Maybe.


June 6, 2008

What Does a Walrus Say?

I know, I know, this one has been on every blog already, but I can't rob you of it jussst in case you haven't seen this ridiculousness.


See the rest of the hair hats here. From uchu-country.

Beware of the squirrel.

June 5, 2008

YoungMe/NowMe

Loving this. I discovered this fantastic site when I stumbled onto katize.com. Color Wars 2008 is hosting a gallery of peoples' old photos juxtaposed with recent reenactments. Some of these are totally amusing.

Also, apparently girls with cats never change...

I may have to dig up some old pictures and try this.

June 4, 2008

30 Days + Hulu


This is a fantastic show, and this is a great way to watch it. 30 Days is from Morgan Spurlock, the guy who created the Supersize Me documentary about McDonalds.

It's funny, smart, and entirely eye-opening. Basically, the show puts people in situations they aren't familiar with. They have to deal with it for 30 days. We get to watch. And learn.

For example, a Christian man moves in with a Muslim family in a primarily Muslim community. A conservative, straight man lives for a month with a gay roommate in Castro, one of the gayest cities in America. An energy-guzzling city couple lives off-the-grid in an eco-friendly commune called "The Dancing Rabbit" for a month (they even put their own humanure to use!).

I highly recommend that ya check it out. You can watch it right now, for free (legally!) at Hulu. You don't even have to register. Hulu is just that awesome.

Good News

Found my camera! Left it at beach weekend. Thanks, Bill!
Just wanted to share my good news : )

Oh, and GOBAMA!

Do you have any good news to share?

June 3, 2008

Om Nom Nom Nom


I just clicked refresh at omnomnomnom.com at least a hundred times. For some reason, it's hilarious.

Don't forget to say "Om Nom Nom Nom" out loud.

June 2, 2008

Shades

I think these sunglasses are fabulous. But these might trump them:
Only $6.99 @ Urban. I'm on an Urban kick right now (well, just looking, not buying). Beauty!