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March, 2011  // Posts published in March, 2011

Dogboarding HUH?

“I’m calling the ASPCA ASAP! And I thought Michael Vick was bad. Poor little Shitzu, that board slide must have broken his little spine, not to mention the mental anguish and embarrassment those Weiner dogs felt being someone’s Rollerblades.”

Desktop Dumpster

Dumpsters are cut, formed, and welded up from 14 gauge (1/16″) 25-35% recycled steel. When empty, they weigh nine pounds. When you get a chance to pick one up you will be impressed with its mass. The lid tiles are milled from a wood/plastic composite material that is made from plastic bags and sawdust that would otherwise go to a dump somewhere.

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25 Mar Film, Music | Comments

RIDE – Nowhere

“Nowhere” (album)
Re-issued: 24th September 2001
Originally released: 15th October 1990

Oxfordshire quartet Ride quickly rose to prominence in 1989, driven by the chart success of its first three EPs, the intensity of its live shows, and a hypnotic and moody sound that presaged alt-rock’s ascendance. In October 1990, the band released its first full album Nowhere, a tour de force of intertwining guitars, intimate but otherworldly vocals, and open-ended lyrics. Two decades later, the album still resonates and remains one of the era’s high-water marks. Never originally released on vinyl in the U.S. Matches the original UK album with original embossed LP jacket. Pressed on 180-gram vinyl. 2010 was the 20th anniversary of the album’s release.

Vapour Train has one of the prettiest lyrics in the world – Simple!!!

I love those early nineties Manchester Hippie Bands like The Stone Roses, The Charlatans and the Happy Mondays.

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25 Mar Film, Surfing | Comments

North Shore (1987)

Before entering art school next autumn, Rick sets out to spend the summer surfing at Hawaii. He knows nothing about the local habits, what causes him some starting problems, but by chance he gets a room in the house of guru Chandler. He teaches him the difference between ‘soul surfers’ and those who surf for fame and money. Also he manages to get the attention of a beautiful young native. (Features special appearances by real-life champions like Shaun Tompson, Derek Ho and others in many surfing scenes) For those of you who lived in the surf scene of mid 1980s, this film is a must see. I love the characters John Philbin, who played “Turtle” and Mark Occhilupo who is known as “Occy” – It’s so fun and crazy to think about those days.

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25 Mar Surfing, Wear | Comments

Sanuk – The Sidewalk Surfer

The company name is a Thai word for happiness and balance. One of their company mottos is “Smile! Pass it on.” And the goal of their business is to make your feet feel like they’re spending a day at the beach.

Sanuk was started in 1997 by a dude named Jeff Kelley, who thought he’d try making sandals out of inner tubes and indoor-outdoor carpet. While that prototype doesn’t sound particularly comfortable, he eventually developed a smooth, stylish, durable flip-flop and started attracting the most chill group of partners and consultants imaginable to promote and advance his product line.

The cool surfer attitude of the company founders is evident in every model in the Sanuk line. Per the company philosophy page, they strive to make products that are as much about funk as they are about function. That eclectic style is clearly apparent in the above model called the Donny. It’s name comes from the great surfer and laid back life traveler Donavon Frankenreiter.

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24 Mar Design, Spaces | Comments

A Chair Your Girl Will Love – The Hug Chair

If you’ve ever had someone sit in your lap, you know that 15 minutes is about the max your legs can handle. It’s really not fair. The Hug chair brings simple design and human gesture together for that extra time you want to sit with your significant other. When you’re away from your special someone the extra seat doubles as a convenient space, perfect for catching up on video chat.

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19 Mar Film, Surfing | Comments

Quiksilver Moments Free Full Video

This movies has some great footage of Dane Reynolds, Kelly Slater & others of the Quiksilver super surf squad, Quicksilver has a free download of their new project Moments. It’s free, which means you don’t have to pay. Make sure you watch it in 1080p…ROCKS!!!

FiiK Skateboards

I gotta get one of these things….Love It!!!

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Credit Cards of the Not-too-Distant Future

Credit card theft and fraud are two of the largest problems plaguing consumers, banks and businesses today. The problem is exacerbated by the ease at which criminals can steal credit card numbers – either by stealing data with a magnetic strip reader, or by copying a number down with pen and paper. A new revolution in credit card technology, however, looks to solve these problems by creating an ultra-secure smart credit card.

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Facebook Mapping

Map of the World Drawn Entirely Using Facebook Connections

The above map of the world, drawn by Facebook data structuring intern Paul Butler using connections between 10 million Facebook friends, is interesting enough in itself until you realize that all of the country borders are entirely drawn using Facebook friend connections too. Even if the world was dark and totally unmapped, Facebook could produce a remarkably good approximation of most of its continents’ boundaries, and even the borders of some countries.

It still took some clever math. Butler explains how he did it:

“I defined weights for each pair of cities as a function of the Euclidean distance between them and the number of friends between them. Then I plotted lines between the pairs by weight, so that pairs of cities with the most friendships between them were drawn on top of the others. I used a color ramp from black to blue to white, with each line’s color depending on its weight. I also transformed some of the lines to wrap around the image, rather than spanning more than halfway around the world.

Later I replaced the lines with great circle arcs, which are the shortest routes between two points on the Earth. Because the Earth is a sphere, these are often not straight lines on the projection.
What really struck me, though, was knowing that the lines didn’t represent coasts or rivers or political borders, but real human relationships. Each line might represent a friendship made while travelling, a family member abroad, or an old college friend pulled away by the various forces of life.”

Note the lack of definition in China and Russia, and the relative hole in Brazil.

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