Archive for June, 2009

EPA Suppresses Internal Report Questioning Global Warming

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Less than two weeks before the agency formally submitted its pro-regulation recommendation to the White House, an EPA center director quashed a 98-page report that warned against making hasty “decisions based on a scientific hypothesis that does not appear to explain most of the available data.”

[Alan] Carlin’s report listed a number of recent developments he said the EPA did not consider, including that global temperatures have declined for 11 years; that new research predicts Atlantic hurricanes will be unaffected; that there’s “little evidence” that Greenland is shedding ice at expected levels; and that solar radiation has the largest single effect on the earth’s temperature.

Art of the Title Sequence: Wall·E

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Ian & Alex interview credit sequence creators Jim Capobianco & Alex Woo about their work on one of my personal favorites, Wall·E.

Unlike our credits in the past, the main goal of the credits was to finish the story. To communicate that the humans were going to be okay. They would survive. It became a balancing act of telling the survival story, using art history to do it and to make sure things weren’t too distracting from the names themselves.

Dissecting an ‘Up’-lifting Moment

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Lovely piece by Eugene Novikov on Pixar’s uncanny ability to tap into the heartfelt elements of real life.

There was a specific moment when I knew that Up was going to be something special. And it so happens that the moment I’m talking about is representative of what makes an astonishing 3/4-or-so of Pixar movies special — and helpful in explaining why so much of its current competition is also-rans.

“Blindness” by Metric

Friday, June 26th, 2009

From their most recent album Fantasies (iTunes). I’ve had this particular track on repeat all evening:

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City of Bozeman Apologizes for Demanding Web Logins from Job Applicants

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Bozeman, Montana has gotten some bad press over the last week due to the city government’s unusual demand that all city job applicants hand over their logins and passwords to popular social networking sites. The city has now decided to stop the practice after widespread criticism.

While I am certainly glad to see them revise their H/R policies, this story underscores what seems to be a growing issue of local and federal agencies abusing their power without regard to the intent of the IV, V, IX, and XIV Amendments, especially in areas where these agencies do not (or attempt to) understand the internet and technology.

Web Trend Map 4

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

The Web Trend Map plots the Internet’s leading names and domains onto the Tokyo Metro map. Domains and personalities are carefully selected through dialogue with map enthusiasts, and every domain is evaluated based on traffic, revenue, and character.

We grouped together closely associated websites, ensuring that every domain is on an appropriate line. As a result, the map produces a web of associations: some provocative, some curious, others ironically accurate.


Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Alice provides you a better way to manage all of your household essentials online. You tell Alice what you buy—choosing from great deals on 1000’s of products—and Alice goes to work. We organize all of your products, find coupons and deals for you, remind you when you might be running low, and help you order just the items you need so you can avoid that trip to the corner drugstore or the big-box store.

What’s Golden

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Jason Santa Maria on the struggle of applying traditional principles of design to the web:

There are lots of tutorials, articles, and books that approach the topic of using ratios online. But many of these resources don’t really address the “why” behind using these methods, and none seem to tackle the topic of how they translate to medium of the screen.

I love both the straightforward, applicable nature of his design articles and the in-depth dialogue they generate with his readers.

Artisans Cellar, Singapore

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

The cellar is the main factor in drawing the passerby into the store, yet it marks the end of the visit as visitors have to traverse the reception area and wine tasting lounge, giving a sense of an experience they have made its full circle.

3am and I’m still awake, putti…

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

3am and I’m still awake, putting together the Father’s Day present for my dad. Though we may not always see eye to eye, I love you pop.


Saturday, June 20th, 2009

For two centuries now Moleskine has been the legendary notebook of artists, writers, intellectuals and travelers. From gifted artists Henri Matisse (1869–1954) and Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), to poet and leader of the surrealist movement André Breton (1896-1966) to Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961).

ISO50 – The Blog of Scott Hansen

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Thoroughly modern, deliciously retro music/design/film inspirational goodness.