QUOTE: From John Steinbeck

"I wonder how many people I've looked at all my life and never seen."

        (from The Winter of Our Discontent)


Optical Illusion/ Giant Fucking Tree

Nope. No abstract meaning in this post title, folks. Below, you will find a really cool piece of floor artwork and -- that's right -- a giant fucking tree...growing through the middle of an art gallery. Enjoy ;)


QUOTE: From Robert Downey Jr.

"Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever the fuck you were gonna do anyway."


12 English Letters That Didn't Make The Alphabet

(via Mental Floss)

If you've ever wondered where the fuck the "&" sign came from, or why "cough" and "tough" end in that "f" sound, you should click the ampersand below for an interesting read.


Article: NYC Students Cook With Solar Powered Pizza Boxes at Union Square

(via Inhabitat)

...I'm about to cover a shitty, flimsy jacket with aluminum for the winter, yaw...

NYC Students Cook With Solar Powered Pizza Boxes at Union Square Greenmarket

Undone: A Stop-Motion Exploration of Alzheimer's

(via Vimeo/Hayley Morris)

Amazing visuals. Animator Hayley Morris presents a sad and poignant stop-motion mini film that takes us through the advancement of Alzheimer's disease, as inspired by her grandfather.In addition to being haunting, in the way that it is an abstract expression of the classic adage, "fact is stranger the fiction," it also demonstrates a pretty cool use of what appears to be some satin sheets. They look like they feel good. I digress. Watch below. ;)


WATERBANK School Harvests Rainwater for Underprivileged Students in Kenya Read more: WATERBANK School Harvests Rainwater for Underprivileged Students in Kenya

(via Inhabitat)

PITCHAfrica has launched a new school initiative in Kenya that could not only collect and filter up to 350,000 liters of water per year, but consequently will allow girls in Kenya (whose job it would normally be to collect this water) the chance to attend school and receive an education. Check the full article HERE.


Spin Magazine's Top 50 Albums of 2012

Among the top 2 happen to be my favorite 2 albums of the year (although I think their respective orders may be debatable). Spin does, however, lose some credibility and taste (in my eyes, at least) by not only placing Future in a greater ranking than Action Bronson, but by placing Future on this list...at all. But hey, maybe it's just me. Check it below.



The Slate Book Review Top 10 of 2012

(via Slate)

Alright, dear friends. We all know it's that time of year again. The time for giving, rejoicing in the company of your family, but more importantly than all of that bullshit, all of the year's "best of" book lists are coming out!!

So I'll present to you Slate's top ten first, and you can be expecting plenty more where that came from. Remember, don't just look at the lists, try readin' 'em! Click HERE for the list.

The Universal Arts of Graphic Design

(via PBS Off Book)

"Good graphic design makes people's lives better."

Just recently I stumbled across a web series from PBS called "Off Book". It pretty much focuses on all aspects of art and media culture. Now, I've always had a soft spot for PBS and WHYY (ever since my young days of watching shows like Arthur and Reading Rainbow); so, naturally, my interest was piqued.

The latest episode, entitled "The Universal Arts of Graphic Design", is roughly 6.5 minutes of several people involved intimately in the world of graphic design explaining how important it is to, pretty much, all parts of life. Of course I know what graphic design is, and I know some people who do it, but I must confess that I have never thought of it in such a way as explored in this video. Simple, yet poignant. "Graphic design is about using words and images to convey a message." The message can't always be "spelled out" for you. It's about getting a person, customer, consumer to think or feel a certain way based on what has physically been presented to them. Graphic designers need to know that specific colors on specific packaging can prompt more women to purchase an item than men. We utilize graphic design in every single branch of our lives. And I don't think we realize how large a part it plays in some of our most commonplace, habitual activities.

Not sure what the hell I'm talking about? Watch the vid. :)