5 years ago: Posts from June, 2012
6 years ago: Posts from June, 2011
Watching Colbert, pinchin’ pixels. (via Make Pixel Art.com)
Our friend Amit is launching a new project: Material Co, a site about making working (and your workspace) more fun. I’m pretty sure that he will bring an awe inspiring amount of passion and fun to an otherwise sort of stodgy subject matter. FOLLOW HIM.
I believe that Work/Life balance is bullshit. I believe living a good life requires good work. And I believe that everyone should love what they do.
I’ve been working on something new with Diana and the team at Photojojo and I’m terrifically excited about it. It’s called Material, and it’ll be a place to inspire and equip people who love their work.
I think you’re going to like it. A lot.
p.s. I’d really love it if you reblogged.
We live on the edge of a creek bed, so this time of year there are a lot of frogs. I saw six large dead frogs on a walk around the block this morning, including these two who died together.
You can see my entire weird collection of dead things (mostly frogs) on Flickr.
My friend Andy got sued for using a pixel art version of a famous photo of Miles Davis on a record he produced. He ended up having to settle for a substantial amount of money. He tells the story here: Kind of Screwed.
I believe that Andy’s use of this image falls well within fair use. As someone who knows what goes into even a small piece of pixel art, I find it ridiculous that a claim can even be made that the image Andy used is even the same image, as it was constructed pixel by pixel from scratch.
A guider is a dialog box that guides a user through your application. This improves the user experience of a web application by visually introducing the user to important features.
This is coming soon to every single web page I own.
Finn and Jake visit hell
(via SPACE - mlkshk)
Reformatted for your super high rez pocket computer.
My friend Sean said he’d trade me a dozen eggs from the chickens in his backyard for a pixel portrait. WHAT A DEAL!
Eggs > Pixels
See also: Animated!
Weinergate is my favorite news story of all time.
We went to Target tonight to wander around, and I almost bought a Blue Beetle action figure because it was the last one on the shelf. But it was $16, and I have way too many action figures as it is.
Instead, I came home and drew myself a pixel action figure of CLASSIC X-MEN HAVOK.
Pixels > Plastic!
A wee little monster, inspired by another night of Buffy the Vampire Slayer reruns.
I took a ride on an aeroplane this morning, and used the time to draw a new avatar. I demand that you love it!
(via Make Pixel Art.com)
BZZZT KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL BBZZZZZZZZZZT
7 years ago: Posts from June, 2010
I’ve been working like a dog on the nationwide launch of NeighborGoods. It went live this morning at about 1:30 AM, CST, and since then has been rolling in accolades. I just hope the server doesn’t explode!
My favorite author and good buddy Neal Pollack’s new book is available for pre-order as of today! Above is a teaser video for the book, Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude.
I’ve spent a lot of time talking with Neal about yoga, and he just finished teacher training with Yoga guru Richard Freeman, so I am confident that this book will be educational, enlightening, and absolutely hilarious.
We are swingers.
Uniqlo is a Japanese clothing company. Katie loves their jeans, and I have an awesome green cardigan that I bought at their New York store that I wear all the time.
It turns out that, in addition to making cool clothes, they also release fantastic iPad apps! If you iPad, you must immediately download Uniqlo Calendar. It plays awesome music, shows tilt-shifted videos of the seasons changing in Japan, and also downloads and visualizes your Google Calendars. What? Yes! There are five free packs of videos and music available, and they are all great in a Katamari Damacy way.
Look at the cool shirt and badass belt my Dad wore in 1979! I would wear that outfit today.
Sweet fancy Moses, this means I’ll be mumbling incoherently and braiding my ear hair any second.
The ’80s were super back in ‘03. Electroclash, etc.
my brother’s band, The Paper Shapes, is playing the official afterparty for this show, at Stubb’s! See you there?
Passion Pit’s first single, “Sleepyhead,” was a dreamy bit of electro-pop, impossibly dense but perfectly leavened by frontman Michael Angelakos’ high-pitched warble of a voice. It all but guaranteed interest in the band’s debut, Manners, which came loaded with songs to buoy late-night dorm dance…
This is how Katie and I describe a new website to be built. We just printed it out. 40 pages is a lot of paper!
Hey look, an apple store app so you can buy a new iPhone on your iPhone!
Dakota is all over it.
Today is the last day of an all-to-brief trip to San Francisco during which, I must admit, I missed the place more than ever.
I just posted about the presentation I gave in Chicago a few days. If you want to see how daddy makes his taco money, click now.
My friend Neal Pollack is at yoga teacher training with Richard Freeman, a yoga guru. This piece is so funny and humble and awesome. I am so proud of Neal!
I just finished giving a presentation called “Building and Running an Online Community” at WebContent 2010 here in Chicago. Here are some of the highlights, as tweeted by the audience!
For those who care, we are in Chicago til Tuesday because I am speaking at a nerdvention called WebContent 2010.
Are you in Chicago? Maybe let’s drink some booze tomorrow!
Our hotel view
I have never seen flaming hot liquid diarrhea referred to as a “virtual gift” before.
I heart Lance! I drooled over his super cool website from my DORM ROOM in 1996, and he is still out there kicking ass and launching sites. I saw this photo of Lance looking nerdy on The Internet Archive’s flickr stream and had to post it.
Lance is one of my real life heroes, ranking just below Spider-man!
I really dig the crazy guitar stuff going on in this song. Like many of the newer P-shapes songs, I really get a Mega Man 2 vibe.
My brother’s band, The Paper Shapes, has 2 new tracks available from their upcoming EP!
Austin followers - they’re playing a show on the 18th at Stubb’s! See you there?
Behind the scenes of Katie’s latest photo.
8 years ago: Posts from June, 2009
ADVENTURES IN AWESOME, PART 2
Finding ourselves back in Los Angeles post-MaxFunCon, Katie and I activated our wondertwins powers and took the form of XOXCO. We zeroed in on the Idyllic Nerd Commune where we met up with one of our clients, Micki Pedia.
(Yes, I agree with you that it is strange that her last name is actually Pedia. These are strange times we live in!)
As XOXCO, we are helping Micki achieve her dream of world domination through clicking on stuff, this being our speciality. Though what transpired at our meetings must remain a secret, I can say that our whiteboard markers wrote things that will echo through the hallways of time for generations to come, and that we designed a button that will strike fear into hearts of men, both evil and good. I offer as proof this photo documentation of our work session, in which you can see Ms. Pedia’s face caught half-way through a revalatory transition from shock to awe.
As a reward for two grueling 4-hour work days, Micki hosted a cookout in her backyard in our honor. She invited many of our lovely Los Angeles based internet friends, many of whom I have had tongue-to-tongue contact with at Burning Man. Unfortunately, the names of my friends and most of the details of this party were wiped completely from my memory by my consumption of an enormous number of homemade, ultra-delicious bacon-wrapped dates.
But one memory remains, still burning in my mind hole:
Several hours into the party, after I had consumed vast quantities of grilled meats, beer, and the aformentioned bacon-wrapped dates, and as I was just settling in for a nice long session of staring happily at a wall, one of Micki’s precocious young nieces approached with a glint in her eye. Still agitated from a
ping-pong table tennis match we had played earlier in the evening, and with competition still on her breath, she issued a challenge:
“I bet you can’t do a bridge pose!” she said.
“I so can,” I said. This is true. Though it is not common knowledge, I am a serious practitioner of Ashtanga yoga, and can, with very little effort, perform a perfectly executed bridge pose.
“Then do it!” she said.
“I don’t really feel like it,” I said. The thought alone caused some of the dates in my stomach to shed their bacon wrapping and head for my colon.
“You can’t do it!” she squealed.
“Yes, yes, I can!” I said. “I just don’t want to!”
I was not about to be cajoled into displaying my physical prowess by an eight-year old child, and this must have been quite evident, as Sarah Szalavitz chose this moment to jump into the conversation.
“It is really interesting,” she said, “that you can’t just admit that you are unable to do a bridge pose.”
“But I CAN do one!” I said.
“Wow,” she said. “You can’t even admit it to me.”
“I COULD admit it if admitting it would not make me a liar, but I stand strong on my position that I am perfectly capable of doing a bridge pose, but that I do not at this time DESIRE to do so, especially as it would now represent rhetorical defeat at the hands of an eight year old girl.”
“It is just so weird that you can’t admit it.” said Sarah.
It is a true testiment to the glory and power of the Internet that I can now reach back in time and PROVE SARAH SZALAVITZ TOTALLY AND FOREVER WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!
(It should be noted that this is the second attempt at proving Sarah wrong about this. The first attempt undertaken involved displaying my ability to a mutual friend who was supposed to bring up in casual conversation her amazement at my ability to execute a bridge pose at a moments notice. This mutual friend, however, was slightly too nonchalant about it, and Sarah did not pick up on the fact that she had been proven so very, very wrong, and thus I did not get the satisfaction I desire.)
Late that night, we left our friends and their iPhones, and returned to Dana’s house to sleep on her unreasonably comfortable couch. She left early the next morning before we awoke, and as we also had to leave so that we could continue our trip northward to San Francisco, we made a parting gift out of the gourmet pickles that had earlier been given to us by a gourmet chef.
What great friends we are, Katie and I. Great friends bearing pickles.
STAY TUNED, AS EVEN MORE ADVENTURES IN AWESOME ARE STILL YET TO COME!
Apparently they didn’t like my RADICAL VIEWS ABOUT COOKING.
Adventures in Awesome, Part 1
It is so much better to be a visitor to California than it is to live in California full-time. At least, for me it is.
We arrived in Los Angeles last Thursday night to an admittedly beautiful evening.
“Isn’t it so hella nice here,” said our friends from California.
“Yes,” we said.
“Cooler than Texas,” they said.
“Much,” we said.
“So you’re going to move back then?”
And then we laughed and laughed and laughed at their bankrupt state, high income tax, and traffic jams.
Our bestie Dana let us stay at her sexy new downtown loft, and in honor of how awesome she thinks we are, presented us with an amazing portrait of the Super Brownces riding through the sky on magical bikes. Then, she plied us with drugs (NOT REALLY, MOMS!) and forced us to do Bikram Yoga, where I picked up Foot-in-Stench disease from all the other-people-sweat that was spraying everywhere and all over. Did I not enjoy it? Yes!
On Friday morning, we headed up to MaxFunCon, a weekend retreat from reality into the world of semi-pro podcasting, stand-up comedy, and drunken revelry with minor celebrities including but not limited to Jonathan Coulton (the OTHER internet rockstar), Matt Haughey, Josh Allen, Merlin Mann and his lovely wife and child, Derek Powazek and Heather Champ (together, the Powazachamphuahuas), Adam Lisagor, Scott Simpson, Jesse Thorn and Jordan Morris, Maria Bamford and yes, yes oh god yes, John Hodgman, king of nerds. Wow, I haven’t written a list of minor celebrities like that since 2001!
Here is the best way for me to describe how maxfun this con actually was: We shared our little condo with a dude who had accidently stumbled into getting a ticket at the last minute. He didn’t really know what it was all about. So, to make sure that he went down in history as a REALLY FUN DUDE, he brought with him his collection of 30 or 40 bottles of scotch, and invited everyone at the event into our room on Saturday night for a scotch tasting and AFTER PARTY PIZZA PARTY. What a hero!
Normal people, meaning people weaker than Katie and I, they would end their vacation after an experience as good as that or risk developing a dependency on awesome. Us? We planned another FULL WEEK OF AWESOME!
STAY TUNED FOR PART 2.
I hope I’m not overblogging.
My brother works for FishWise, a company that provides information about the sustainability of various seafood products. He just posted this interesting essay about the subtleties of “farm-raised” seafood - a must-read for anyone who eats a lot of fish.
I missed this when Robert first posted it a few months ago: Procedurally generated jellyfish that change colors in response to music.
Amit’s bike took a picture of me. (via Amit’s Bike)
Katie & Ben. (via Jason Permenter)
Portrait (via Katie Spence)
My dad has been saying this for months.
Pableaux Johnson just launched a delicious new rolling bean tour of the country. As he travels, he’ll be serving giant vats of Cajun red beans and rice to families and friends along the way, and documenting the phenomenon on his site. We were lucky enough to host a pre-tour SXSW preview, and I am still recovering from the delicious.
Pableaux carries all the necessary ingredients and tools with him in his car, so when he pulls into your driveway, he’s already got beans a’soakin’ and spicy sausage ready to be mixed in. It is really an amazing thing to witness. And delicious. Did I mention, delicious?
My friends Chad and Hannah have started an awesome blog about their garden, which is even better than my garden. I like it because they post about the process and the rewards, including the actual meals they make out of the things they grow. CLICK ON IT FOREVER.
Webzines -> Blogs -> Twitter -> Short URLs. Can Blipverts be that far off?
Read the rest of Anil’s great post about a stupid feature coming soon to Facebook which features like 12 other awesome lines like this.
I added permalinks to RandomTrek so I could share this episode with you. It features Spock in crazy goggles, mind reading ladies, and psychadelic blinken lights in a box. Kirk’s solution to being lost outside of reality is to seduce a blind woman.
Finally, Peep Show is available to American audiences. This show is hilarious and sick and brilliant.
Whoa, I want to draw this guy.
i didn’t figure out what this cover was until the very end.
i loved the weird al version so much.
Super Pleased With Self.
It seems like everyone went to go see “Up” this weekend and enjoyed it very much. Instead of Pixar’s latest, I went to go see “Drag Me to Hell,” Sam Raimi’s most recent gore fest.
I didn’t see any of the movie’s promotional materials and didn’t really know what to expect. I didn’t even know who was starring in it. But the movie was so great that I don’t think I’ll ever forget who Alison Lohman is again. Her character, Christine Brown, is strong and doesn’t take any bullshit from anyone, even a crazy disgusting demon grandma.
I don’t want to ruin any part of this classic for you but I will leave you with the strong recommendation that you see it in theaters and avoid eating anything while doing so.
My brother’s band, PROM NITE, played last night at Mohawk. This is their first time using EXTRA BLINKEN LIGHTS.
David Lynch just launched a new online project. He travelled across the country for 70 days and recording hundreds of interviews with random people he met along the way. I am excited to see our nation crumble through Lynch’s eyes!
9 years ago: Posts from June, 2008
- Journal post from 06/04: Super Pixel Obama
- Journal post from 06/17: Progress Made
- Journal post from 06/19: F U S F
10 years ago: Posts from June, 2007
- Journal post from 06/05: Launchables! When I left CNET in April, my plan was to work on a bunch of projects with a bunch of different people so that I could launch a new project roughly every month and have lots of fun and work on a variety of different things and learn about stuff. Last month, Neal Pollack, Matthew Tobey and I launched
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- Journal post from 06/10: Hot & Sweet I was watching Fight Club the other day because Katie said she had never properly sat through the whole movie, and it is a movie that really must be sat through several times. I was excited to watch it with her, as I suspected that she would enjoy the extra level of commentary and analysis that I can bring to the film, thanks to a period in my early twenties when I watched Fight Club about three hundred times. This period was bookended on the one end by my first darling internet startup going the way of the Dodo, and on the other by the entering into a hilariously disastrous sitcom-pilot-inspiring marriage of international inconvenience. Amongst other experiments in Tyler Durden-inspired self destruction I conducted upon myself in those day
- Journal post from 06/06: Jumbo Squid Litter OC Beach
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11 years ago: Posts from June, 2006
- Journal post from 06/14: CONSUME MORE BLOGS We just launched a blog on Consumating called
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- Journal post from 06/06: New Consumating Stuff Just Released!
12 years ago: Posts from June, 2005
- Journal post from 06/24: SAD: Ghostland Observatory in NYC, Ben Brown in Austin.
- Journal post from 06/21: Ghostland Observatory Takes Over New York City
- Journal post from 06/29: I am long winded and also opinionated. I just posted my recap of
- Journal post from 06/17: TAINT
- Journal post from 06/22: I WROTE ABOUT MTV
- Journal post from 06/20: GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY HUGGED MY DAD
- Journal post from 06/18: I KNOW PEOPLE
- Journal post from 06/22: The Thing About Bowie I've been thinking about why I was so excited to see David Bowie last night at Movable Hype. I mean, sure, he's a celebrity and all, and that's cool, but I mean, celebrity doesn't actually
- Journal post from 06/16: OMG I AM BLOGGING NOW SO PLEASE LISTEN
17 years ago: Posts from June, 2000
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18 years ago: Posts from June, 1999
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19 years ago: Posts from June, 1998
- Journal post from 06/30: in which he goes << crunch >>
- Journal post from 06/07: in which he is happy.
- Journal post from 06/22: in which he is described
- Journal post from 06/19: in which he has no time anymore.
- Journal post from 06/04: in which it moves to a new house