Category Archives: idea

Happy Worldwide Pinhole Day! (and happy Easter!)

Today is Worldwide Pinhole Day! Check out a pretty interesting write-up courtesy of the BBC here. And here’s the link to the Worldwide Pinhole Day’s website.

Oh – and Happy Easter and Happy Passover to those who are also celebrating. I’m going to go shoot off a few rolls of pinhole film while I make some matzo brittle before some (kosher for passover) Easter dinner.To quote the prophet Will.i.am: “L’chaim!”

[CC licensed image via Matt Calow]

The Beastie Boys have produced an Epic

An epic in the most traditional sense.

Revisiting the classic “Fight for Your Right” music video and picking up where it left off, the Beasties have produced a 20+ minute long star-studded epic. Danny McBride as MCA, Elijah Wood as Ad Rock and Seth Rogan as Mike D, it’s hard to imagine it gets better. But it does. They battle their future selves, played by John C Riley, Will Ferrel and Jack Black…

and the list of cameos is shocking: Rainn Wilson, Rashida Jones, Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson, Steve Buscemi, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon, Chloë Sevigny, Will Arnett,  Zach Galifianakis, Orlando Bloom, Amy Poehler, Alicia Silverstone, Maya Rudolph, David Cross, Kirsten Dunst and Laura Dern. Wow.

The short film is full of reverences to previous videos, song lyrics, and random tidbits of the Beastie Boys long and colorful history. Pretty awesome.

In an official statement, the video is hailed for “finally [revealing] the epic tale featuring Beastie Boys of the past, present and future for the world to see. The tale, of course, is the 1987 saga involving the fighting of one’s God-given right to party.”

Sheer brilliance while self-analyzing themselves. About what I’d expect. As soon as I find a full-length stable video, I’ll throw it up here. It’s played a few places/times, but the official release is tomorrow, Saturday 4/23 at 10:30 Eastern at the Beastie Boys website.

Sometimes headlines can actually be clever?

I’m not going to lie… I’m not a huge fan of The Oregonian. between some of their political viewpoints, public policy stances, and honestly mediocre writing, I barely glance at anymore. But that’s no reason not to point out the brilliance of this headline:

and the photo ain’t bad, either. In the doldrums of the winter-spring-greyness season, a bit of humor is difficult to muster up, let alone slap across the front page of the paper. I’m digging it.

Alex Trebek can certainly call the shots

Indeed, as many of you know, I graduated from the University of Oregon – thus I am a Duck. And I grew up idolizing George Alexander “Alex” Trebek. That being said, even if you hate the Ducks and aren’t a fan of the Trebek, this is still brilliantly amazing:

There are a lot of random videos, clips, mash-ups, etc. floating around, but there is something so genius about the timing, the pacing, and the tone of Trebek that makes this one stand apart. (And big thanks to krobb for pointing this one out!)

Civilization is going downhill fast

Stumbled across this a while back, and kept forgetting to post it up. Pretty much speaks for itself.

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Best musical instrument ever?

Why was I not made aware of these sooner? Pure genius. Anyone who remembers the original NES cartridges undobtedly remembers the art of properly blowing on the cartridges… and I never would have made the connection between Nintendo and a harmonica – but it’s brilliant! Check out NESHarmonica at Etsy and be amazed. And as an added bonus, the ROM circuit is included, just in case! I also feel like there’s an Ocarina of Time joke in here somewhere…

[via uncrate]

OK Go does it again… or… record labels, embeddability, cool videos, and a bit of life in this blog

So I have access to the tubes of the internet again. which means this blog may still have a bit of life left in it… for anybody still reading out there. no guarantees though… working in retail continues to kick my ass. Anyway, as you may know, I’m a pretty big fan of OK Go… and I’m not going to lie – what first sold me was the vector image of an early-model Volvo 240 on the cover of their album (conveniently titled OK Go). I quickly fell in love with “Get over it” which remains one of my favorite songs to this day. So I’m always intrigued when they come out with new stuff. And they’ve recently been blowing up in popularity with their quirky and fun videos… their newest single, This Too Shall Pass, already has well over 6 million views since its upload a week ago. Cool.

Whats not so cool is some of the hubbub surrounding record label rights, embeddability (is that a word yet?), and the way creativity is being handled. Check out more at Gizmodo, who have reprinted lead singer Damian Kulash’s open letter to fans regarding the issues. Interesting.

And for more interesting reading, Gizmodo has an awesome interview with Kulash here.

Something from (almost) nothing

I’ve always been a proponent of simplicity. whether in idea, execution, or just life in general, simplicity is never a bad thing. And in everything from advertising to film to food, there seems to be an overwhelming trend toward grandiosity (just think of the most recent blockbuster film). Sometimes, simple can be just as effective. Sometimes a bit of time and a few bucks can yield results as interesting as muti-million-dollar special-effects. Like this music video from Fujiya & Miyagi, which is neither brand spankin’ new nor earth shattering, but it’s pretty solid and makes me smile.

When the news seems generic

Wow… it’s been a while since I’ve had the time to make a post on here. And for that, I apologize (just incase there happens to be someone out there expecting an apology). It’s been a crazy few months, pretty much dominated by working 80 hour retail work weeks. Not really enjoyable. at all. But alas, it pays the bills. and reminds me I need to do my taxes.

Anyway, despite being completely separated from the world of the internet over the past few months, save the few glimpses into my inbox and the occasional ebay purchase, I still manage to stumble across some interesting stuff, most of it coming my way via a few good friends. So with that, I give you the best thing I’ve seen on the internet in a good while:

[via TodaysBigThing via moT (thanks!)]