Wednesday, December 29, 2010

"Winter Pigeons (Songs To Raise Your Dead Spirits)" by ::M∆DE::IN::HEIGHTS:: -- 4 track cd by Kelsey and Sabzi from Blue Scholars


Very relaxed cd. Smooth like Postal Service.
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Monday, December 20, 2010

Shanoah -- Charcoal Pastels drawing of my friends cat




I haven't dabbled in the fine arts for over a year so I decided to dust off the charcoal pastels to make a portrait of a cat for my friends.
The story: Last time I was in Italy I was staying at a friends friends house in Trani (yes that is the name of the city). We stayed with them for a few days as they showed us a fantastic time, really good people. So when we decided to leave we packed up all our stuff and made for the train station. Well when we got to the station I realized that I didn't have my $400 eurorail pass. We went back to their house and stripped the place in search for the pass, but we couldn't find it. I lost my $400 pass, which was a huge chunk of my budget for the trip. Luckily the family let us stay at their place a few more days so we could figure out a new plan for the trip. One of the nights we were all hanging out in the living room and I started to draw with their art supplies. I drew a wine bottle and an apple. The next day we were all in the living room again and the dad walks up to me and says "Hey since you lost your train pass we were wondering if you would make us some art and we will pay you for a new pass". I was astonished and initially I said "No I can't do that, that would be too much", but he said "Actually hold on let me see if it's alright with my wife to give you the money". He walks into the other room and 5 seconds later comes back with an envelope and plops it on my lap "There ya go". I was blown away. This family let us stay in their house, eat their food, they took us around the area, for nothing in return. Then they give me 400 euros. A great family, truly generous, the definition of good will toward men, the world needs more people like them.
So I made this picture for them. It is their cat Shanoah. One of the coolest cats I've ever met, huge chill cat.
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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Kenneth Goldsmith on RWM -- Interview of the creator of UBU.com


"Poet, university professor and amateur archivist, Kenneth Goldsmith is the founder and main editor of Ubuweb, the Internet's largest archive of artistic avant-garde material. An underground project that has no institutional backing or budget of any kind, Ubuweb is an influential repository that is as exhaustive as it is personal, reflecting the preferences, quirks and obsessions of its creator.
Son[i]a talks to Kenneth Goldsmith about the origins, ideas and operation of Ubuweb." via RWM

I like how honest he is in this interview about how bare he wants the website to be, straight videos in html, no advertisements, no funding, no promotion, just a static website with no intentions
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Wisdom Teeth -- New short film by Don Hertzfeldt


Below is one of my favorites of Don
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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Synth Britannia -- BBC Documentary about synth

I love the visual style of this documentary. It is truely an interesting instrument.
Just for fun I had to post my favorite syth song below "Inner City Pressure" by Flight of the Conchords.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I like this poster-- @ The Kettle in Enumclaw, WA

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Onion News Network coming to IFC January 21th

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Nice 76

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Beach Boys vs J Dilla "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times"

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

"Words" by Everynone -- Great short film

WORDS from Everynone on Vimeo.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Decoded -- Book by Jay-Z coming out Nov. 16th


"When you're famous and say you're writing a book, people assume that it's an autobiography--I was born here, raised there, suffered this, loved that, lost it all, got it back, the end. But that's not what this is. I've never been a linear thinker, which is something you can see in my rhymes. They follow the jumpy logic of poetry and emotion, not the straight line of careful prose. My book is like that, too.

Decoded is first and foremost, a book of rhymes, which is ironic because I don't actually write my rhymes--they come to me in my head and I record them. The book is packed with the stories from my life that are the foundation of my lyrics--stories about coming up in the streets of Brooklyn in the 80's and 90's, stories about becoming an artist and entrepreneur and discovering worlds that I never dreamed existed when I was a kid. But it always comes back to the rhymes. There's poetry in hip-hop lyrics--not just mine, but in the work of all the great hip-hop artists, from KRS-One and Rakim to Biggie and Pac to a hundred emcees on a hundred corners all over the world that you've never heard of. The magic of rap is in the way it can take the most specific experience, from individual lives in unlikely places, and turn them into art that can be embraced by the whole world. Decoded is a book about one of those specific lives--mine--and will show you how the things I've experienced and observed have made their way into the art I've created. It's also about how my work is sometimes not about my life at all, but about pushing the boundaries of what I can express through the poetry of rap--trying to use words to find fresh angles into emotions that we all share, which is the hidden mission in even the hardest hip-hop. Decoded is a book about some of my favorite songs--songs that I unpack and explain and surround with narratives about what inspired them--but behind the rhymes is the truest story of my life." VIA Amazon.com


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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Everyone go see Megamind 3D IMAX -- Excellent!


I have to say I am very lucky to have a friend who works at an AMC theater and is able to get me into movies for free. All I have to pay is the gas to the theater. It is great because if we don't like the movie, we walk out. I have only walked out of one movie in my life (I think it was Ocean 13 for some weird reason I can't remember) and since we get into movies for free now, my friend and I have really exploited our not-money-committed power of walked out of every same ol' boring Hollywood big budget movie we come across, ahemm RED cough cough Easy A. It is a great feeling being 40 minutes into a movie and just packing up to never return. I wish more people could experience this, like if movie theaters had a "satisfaction guarantee" where everybody could just walk out and see something else, or maybe get half off your next movie ticket if you leave before halfway through the movie. This way people will more likely have a good time at the movies, because it is such a horrible feeling after spending $30 on tickets and food for you and a friend to leave the theater bummed out after seeing a bad movie. Especially the awful Hollywood wham bam cookie cutter movies that are written in 10 minutes and spend as much money on advertising as production and are released in 3D to suck another $5 out of every audience member that leaves the theater saying "Wait...but I don't get it, the trailer was good?". Yes I know, I've been there and I hate it! And this is why I have really capitalized on my friends freebies so maybe somehow this might bring down greedy "man" or whatever who put $ over quality.
But onto the real topic shall we...
I went to the movies with this friend of mine to see Megamind in
IMAX 3D!!!! BOOM! CRASH! EXPLOSION EXCLAMATION POINT! It was in the afternoon and we didn't have anything else to do. Going into the movie I didn't really have any expectations. I thought, Hollywood big budget, cheesy kids movie, they threw in some popular actors to do the voices so the parents have something to relate to, and make it in 3D so people have to pay a lot more and your kids will hate you if you don't. Bingo, recipe for 90 minutes of my life I wish I had back.
But wait...
I have to admit I was completely wrong. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this movie. First off I want to say the animation and 3D was amazing. The best I have ever seen. I know I did see it in "IMAX", but it was one of those "IMAX" showings at a regular movie theater, not at an actual IMAX theater, so it wasn't the full on mind blowing 500ft 360 degree screen of visual meth that usually accompanies the real IMAX. It was a big screen don't get me wrong, but if it says IMAX on the ticket that I'm paying $16.50 for (I didn't pay that, but you know) I want it to be in IMAX 3D!!!! BOOM! CRASH! EXPLOSION EXCLAMATION POINT! Anyways, although it wasn't the biggest IMAX experience out there, it was still really freakin' cool! The 3D was amazing. Avatar status. Maybe even better. I've seen plenty of 3D movies (even Saw 3D which I easily chose to sleep during than actually watch) and I have to say that out of all the 3D movies I have seen, they have all been off. There is always that visual weirdness that I can't put my finger on, maybe its the glasses or whatnot, but I've always felt like 3D is just a gimmick and not worth the money. But dude, this 3D was awesome, flawless. Although my eyes did start to hurt towards the end of the movie, and I'm not sure if it was because of the 3D or because I just started to wear my prescription glasses again, or it was because I was about to start crying from optical sensory IMAX awesomeness. I'm just not sure.
I would also like to say great voice acting by Will Farrell, Tina Fey, and David Cross. Jonah Hill could've been more enthusiastic. Will Farrell had me cracking up in the theater, just as funny as some of his characters on SNL. The script was also pretty good. Basic story of good vs. evil flipped on its ear with "What if good doesn't want to be good anymore, and bad doesn't want to be bad?" There is also an interesting point in the movie where the hero and the villain switch places and at one point they are practically the same person as both they both try to get the same girl. Really enjoyed how they were able to successfully change characters in the movie without it feeling forced or out of character, it was really well done. And it was really funny. I was genuinely laughing the entire movie. You know what? I just decided I am going to go see it again, and so should you!
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Friday, November 5, 2010

Stickers for MAX G racing I created -- Feedback accepted


Its a basic illusion I borrowed from the cover of Type Addicted, but instead of triangles I used squares.
The design gets easier to see the further you step back and almost completely disappears if you look at it up close. Cool eh
Tell me what you think. Is the design effective? Would it catch your attention?
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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Top 52 graphic design blogs


HERE is some stuff to distract you.
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"I'll be gone" Mario Basanov & Vidis feat Jazzu -- Music Video



Great music video by KORB. They also have some really interesting work on their website.
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Scar Tissue: Autobiography on Anthony Kiedis -- A book I really really enjoyed


Scar Tissue is an autobiography that uncovers the incredible story of Anthony Kiedis lead singer of Red Hot Chili Peppers. From the rowdy teenage youth, to the drug addictions, to the girlfriends, to the reconciliation of band members that is now Red Hot Chili Peppers, this book has it all. His wild rock n' roller-coaster life catches you off guard with its raw unimaginable stories that could easily be within the context of a partied out rocker in his 40's, but all happens to Anthony before he reaches his 20's. A lifestyle that is not something I would have ever deciphered from his music. The book is heartbreaking, humorous, tender, alluring, real, and completely hard to put down! After reading a few pages I was already scratching to get another fix. Reading about his addictions became my addiction.
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Sunday, August 22, 2010

StayFocused -- Google Chrome extension that helps restrict time on websites (Facebook in my case)

I'll admit it. I'm addicted to Facebook. I realized this about a month ago. I tried to limit myself by turning off all the email notifications on Facebook so it only sent me an email if someone wrote me a message or wrote on my wall. All the other notifications like "send me an email if I am tagged in a photo" or "send me an email if I've been poked" got turned off. It seemed like a good idea because it would reduce the useless daily emails I get and help me cut down my Facebook'ing... but for some reason it did the opposite. I ended up checking Facebook more often than I did before. Not really sure why, maybe it was because I wasn't getting any notification emails but I still knew that there was a possibility of having a notification on Facebook (so then I would log on and check). It started to get out of hand. I would get distracted by the blackhole of picture browsing and status reading. Dishes were piling up in the kitchen. Chores and errands were being set aside.
I finally had to do something. I had to seek some form of rehabilitation. So I found this tool.

It is StayFocused. It is a Google Chrome extension that allows you to set a daily amount of access time for websites. There is also access settings like "limit certain hours of the day" or "only view the website on certain days". There is also a funny setting called "Required Challenge". If you turn this on it makes you complete a challenge before you can change the settings of a website, making it harder to add more access time to a website. What I really like about this program is that any changes to the settings you make take effect 24 hours later, so if you run out of time then change the settings to have more time you will have to wait until tomorrow to get more time. Neat-o!
I know this idea isn't fool proof. If I really really wanted to procrastinate I could open up a different browser and check my Facebook, but I think this is a step in the right direction (I hope).
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ginger Candy -- Good summer sweets

I like the logo.
Put 2 of them in hot water and it makes ginger tea. Whoa! And they are only 86 cents a box
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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

From Civilization to Power: The making of Kanye West's "Power" by Marco Brambilla


I am excited for the video's release. Check out Marco Brambilla
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Friday, July 23, 2010

Hans Zimmer "Time" from Inception soundtrack -- Now that's how you let the beat build!


You can buy the MP3 soundtrack for Inception by Hans Zimmer at Amazon.com. It is some powerful stuff!
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Herman Miller Blog -- Inspiration from a famous furniture company


These guys have been making great furniture for quite some time (including my favorite chair. I WANT ONE!) and I recently found out they have a blog of what inspires them. I like that idea. Now I have it bookmarked under 'My favorite links' ---->
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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Pre-Order ODDSAC -- A Visual Album by Animal Collective and get a free exclusive poster




DVD PACKAGE INCLUDES:
* The 55-minute film, with new songs and score by Animal Collective
* 40-page art book in a slipcover case
* 5.1 surround sound audio
* Region 0 (world)

"ODDSAC is a feature film collaboration between the band Animal Collective and filmmaker Danny Perez, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in early 2010 and has screened to sold-out audiences in dozens of US cities. The film was co- conceived by and stars Animal Collective, whose 2009 album “Merriweather Post Pavilion” was named album of the year by SPIN, Entertainment Weekly, and Pitchfork, and topped critic’s end of year lists worldwide. ODDSAC is a dense and surreal layering of audio and visual elements that eschews conventional narrative to create a visceral viewing experience.

ODDSAC represents a new synthesis of music and film, a “visual album” whose songs will not be released in any other form. It features an original score with new songs from the band and complex digital manipulation by Perez, a debut filmmaker and visual artist known for his concert projections with musicians such as Black Dice and Panda Bear. Perez and Animal Collective have also collaborated on two music videos (“Who Could Win A Rabbit” and “Summertime Clothes”), and a major art installation piece Transverse Temporal Gyrus, which occupied the entire Guggenheim Museum in New York City. ODDSAC is the result of over four years of intense collaboration between Perez and the band."

This looks interesting.
Note: This is my 420th post. coincidence?
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

"Santo Volpe - Wine, Oh!" Mixtape -- Great mixtape you can't find anywhere but here

I'm not sure why but this "dj" has fallen of the face of the earth and I can't find any of his stuff anymore, so I'm trying to keep this mixtape alive by posting a download link on my website. It's a great laid back chill vibe. Feel free to download/spread it around, it's good.

Track list:
1. Steppin' Out - Stephane Pompougnac feat. Daedelus (Santo Volpe Fair Weather Mix)
2. Fair Weather Friends - Daedelus
3. Originality - Thievery Corporation
4. Moretime - Nightmares On Wax
5. I've Got a Cat - Stephane Pompaugnac
6. Dancin' With Myself - Nouvelle Vague
7. Sound Check (Gravity) - Gorillaz
8. Loud Pipes - Ratatat
9. Underground - Sneaker Pimps
10. Lebanese Jungle Brother - Thievery Corporation
11. I'm a Lady - Santogold feat. The Cure (Santo Volpe Closer Mix)
12. Close to Me - The Cure feat. Gorillaz (Santo Volpe Tomorrow Mix)
13. Tomorrow Comes Today - Gorillaz
14. Gettin' Up - Q-Tip
15. Online - Gnarls Barkley
16. Sound the Alarm - Thievery Corporation
17. L.E.S. Artistes - Lily Wood & the Prick feat. Eric B. and Rakim (Santo Volpe No Joke Mix)
18. Coming from the Top - Thievery Corporation feat. Parliament (Santo Volpe Funk Edit)
19. Give Up the Funk - Parliament feat. The Rolling Stones (Santo Volpe Miss You Mix)
20. Miss You - The Rolling Stones feat. Thievery Corporation (Santo Volpe Pueblo Edit)
21. El Pueblo Unido - Thievery Corporation
22. The Sound of Silence - Stephane Pompougnac feat. Bat for Lashes (Santo Volpe Edit)
23. What's a Girl to Do? - Bat for Lashes
24. Wild Cat - Ratatat

Favorite tracks:
17. L.E.S. Artistes - Lily Wood & the Prick feat. Eric B. and Rakim (Santo Volpe No Joke Mix)
22. The Sound of Silence - Stephane Pompougnac feat. Bat for Lashes (Santo Volpe Edit)
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Monday, June 28, 2010

The angler fish car

Found this car parked behind a tavern. Eugene is just weird. Luckily the owner of the car was walking out as I was taking this picture and I got to talk to him about his interesting automobile. "My plan is to turn it into an angler fish" he said. "I even want to put a light that dangles off the front of the roof".
The scales on the car are made of foam and completely cover the surface of the vehicle. "I've never gotten a chance to fuck up a car this much. It's fun".
I personally think this car is great, maybe not the subject of his creation but his intention.
Vehicles are an interesting subject, especially in America. It is one of the key elements in the "American Dream" right behind a family and a house. I think there are too many people who over cherish their vehicle. For me a vehicle is just an A-B machine, simple as that. I love my car, I maintain it well, and I love to drive it, but if I happen to get a dent in it by me or someone else by accident... it was an accident. Chill. As long as it still gets me from A-B safely I'm good.
I understand getting a new car with all the bells and whistles and keeping it nice and flashy, but you have to realize it isn't going to be new forever, so why not have some fun. Get some foam and turn it into a dang angler fish, or a spaceship, or whatever the hell you want. I realize that the resale value probably won't be too high after the alteration, but you can't put a price on seeing peoples faces as you ride around town in a damn angler fish. Am I right??
Moral of the story have fun and don't take things too seriously.
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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Desk Sketch

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Cool Car

The weather in Oregon is starting to resemble summer and with that comes all the classic cars from hibernation.
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Thursday, June 10, 2010

If you are having a bad day read this

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Mick Boogie + Stylecaster -- I love this mixtape


I have been listening to this mixtape for about a month and it is still good. Mick Boogie is amazing.
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Monday, June 7, 2010

MIA "$20" -- Datamosh music video I created


Created for "Intro to Animation" class at the University of Oregon. The video effect in this video is called Datamoshing using 3ivx Mpeg-4 codec and Avidemux 2.5.
Thanks to Ryan Mowery, Mike Sanchez, and Ryan O'Quinn for helping me make this.
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Friday, June 4, 2010

Check out the TV Logo I designed for Tom Green.com


My buddy Tony is the director for the Tom Green show and he asked me to do some design work for their website. Currently the only thing I have made for their website is the new TV logo in the top left of the website. Not sure if Tony needs me to do anymore work but I will post updates if I do.
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Oil paintings by Brooke Borcherding

Currently on exhibit at the LaVerne Krause Gallery on University of Oregon campus. Every time I walk past this work I get a refreshed feeling. Great work
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Monday, May 24, 2010

Bow TIE (fighter) Tuxedo Shirt -- Super Dope this t-shirt is

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Ditch Projects Poster I created

This is a poster I created in my Digital Letterform class for an art exhibit at Ditch Projects.
My design inspiration came from International Typographic Style and Milton Glaser's "Art is Whatever" poster
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Commodore 64 Synthesizer -- A Digital Artist DIY project

Mackenzie England, a Digital Arts student at the University of Oregon, turned an old Commodore 64 computer into a fully functional synthesizer. All the knobies, lights, and screen were added on. All of the synthesizer components are hidden away inside. It is pretty darn slick!
Commodore 64 Before

Commodore 64 After
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The Black Keys "Tighten Up" -- Music Video


The Black Keys "Tighten Up"

The Black Keys | MySpace Music Videos
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Monday, May 17, 2010

Scanner Art




Below is Marcel Duchamp's "Nude Descending a Staircase". While I was scanning the picture out of a book, I moved the picture slowly with the scanner element. It's a little play on cubism and how it can display time with movement. Just a little art history joke
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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Oh college towns...


This is right next to my apartment. I don't even know how that could happen. That is some creative vandalism right there. The whole corner block stinks now.
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Friday, May 14, 2010

Got 70 Viewmaster reels off ebay!

I'm like a kid again

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Desk Sketch for a friend

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Monday, May 10, 2010

ASCII Art Self Portrait

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

SNL with Betty White and Jay-Z -- Great Episode, a must see!

Best episode of SNL I have seen in awhile. Not saying that SNL has been bad lately, but this episode just hit it out of the park! Jay-Z's performance was great, playing a compilation set of a bunch of his songs (which I have never seen been done on SNL, usually the musician just gets two songs). But Betty White did such a fantastic job. 88 years old and she is still a great performer, just amazing. Watch the video below to see for yourself, or click HERE.
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

400th Post!


Because I had to switch Google Analytic accounts last year, the stats on my blog do not start from the creation of my blog on March 8th, 2008, they now start on January 15th, 2010. 2 years of lost stats on my website =(.

January 15th, 2010 - May 6th, 2010

Visits: 1,339
Page Views: 1,947
Most visits in one day: Tuesday April 1st, 2010 with 24 views
Average time on website: 1 minute and 16 seconds
New visitors: 65.72%

Traffic Sources
Direct Traffic: 8.07%
Referring Sites: 47.57%
Search Engines: 44.36%

Top keyword from a search engine that lead to my website: "kenny powers phone call" with 92 searches

Top 3 states with most views: Oregon (378), Washington (176), California (78). Blowin up on the West Coast!

Country that views my website the longest per visit: Austria with 3 page views for an average of 11 minutes and 14 seconds.

AND THE WINNER FOR THE WEIRDEST PLACE ON EARTH TO VIEW MY BLOG GOES TO:
Belgrade, Serbia
with 2 page views for an average of 54 seconds.


"Hvala ti Beogradski, Srbija" is Serbian for "Thank you Belgrade, Serbia"
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Monday, May 3, 2010

Kinetic Sculptures -- I want one

The sculpture in the first video can be bought as a kit HERE. As for the second video, it probably cannot be bought, but it is still absolutely spectacular.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Tylenol Hydration Tracker -- Program to help track 8 glasses of water daily


I personally have a problem drinking 8 glasses of water a day, and I know I get cranky if I don't, so this helpful little reminder is going to be nice. It is the Tylenol Hydration Tracker. It is a little program that runs on your computer and has a reminder (with optional sound) that pops up when you need another fill up. I just downloaded it and I am curious to see if it is going to help. And sorry mac users, its only for windows xp and vista.
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Check out "Urination" on Wikipedia

Don't ask how I found this, but check out this picture on the Wikipedia page for Urination titled "A man urinating in Copacabana beach".

I don't know if that is a joke or not, but I sure got a good laugh out of if. Looks like the greatest place to pee.
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Sunday, April 25, 2010

So excited for MacGruber


Comes out May 21st
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Redesigned "Head East" Album Cover -- Digital Letterform assignment

The assignment was to redesign an album cover from the 60's to 80's in Swiss Style. So me and my buddy Ryan went down to a local record store and picked out some jewels. Below is the record I picked out, Head East - Flat As A Pancake, with the hit single Never Been Any Reason. This album cover is just funny.
(Original, Front)
(Original, Back)

One week and about 7 designs later, I landed on the one below.



(My Design, Front)

(My Design, Back)

(My Design, Record Label Front)

(My Design, Record Label Back)
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