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Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 10th (October 2008)

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… At this point in the news cycle it would be hard not to be influenced by what’s going on in US politics and the economy. Interestingly enough a lot […]

Learning from laughing

The Mister O comics strip by Lewis Trondheim above illustrates some great points depending on your point of view. I’ll let you decide for yourself what it means, but for […]

One more person you should bookmark from ffffound

I kind of have a luv hate relationship with ffffound – there’s cool stuff to look at, but after a while it all looks the same. But every once in […]

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 3rd (October 2008)

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… One of the things that I take for granted each week as I post my collection that I’ve called Link Drop is that people are coming to my site […]

Banksy at work in NYC: Broadway & Howard St.

There are some benefits to working in SoHo aside from dodging tourists. I just saw Banksy in action on Broadway & Howard St. I caught the tail end of the […]

No Cents

With the economy as it is at the moment, I thought the above poster was quite topical that I saw last night as I walked to the Lazarides Gallery New […]

When internet radio just won’t do

I’m a bit slow this morning on design notes so I’ll take the easy way out and pass on some music notes via the blog exquisite function with their pretty […]

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 26th (September 2008)

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… You know the week has gone by quickly when Thursday feels like Tuesday – that’s sort of how this week’s Link Drop feels. It’s got a bit of photography, […]

What to link to with Jill Greenberg?

When it comes to the topic of Jill Greenberg on her action w/ the Atlantic Monthly I have no idea what to link to. There are so many posts and […]

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 12th (September 2008)

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… This weeks Link Drop is kind of interesting for me b/c there’s a lot of people w/ links that I’m friends with. I didn’t start off the week w/ […]

Music, Illustration and France

A couple days ago I was passed on an email from the musician Orouni mentioning his album Jump Out The Window. The music is pretty good but what I found […]

Walking around NYC finding the David Byrne Bike Racks

View Larger Map On my last Link Drop post I posted a link to the Gothamist about David Bryne’s bike racks. I thought it was an interesting idea but didn’t […]

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 29th (August 2008)

Where did August go, it seems like only a week or two ago it was July and I was complaining about how I wasn’t doing too well under the NYC […]

Crowdsourcing Salon With Wired Author Jeff Howe

After hearing the authour of Crowdsourcing Jeff Howe speak at Electric Artists last night it was easy to make comparisons with some other quasi anthro/sociology books that you might find […]

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 8th (August 2008)

Every Friday for what now seems like a long time, I’ve been posting direct links to posts w/ their excepts of stuff that I’ve found interesting filtered through the eyes […]

REVIEW PART ONE: Design Mind from Frog Design

If you’ve spent any amount of time on your favourite design blogs lately, you’ve probably read a post or two mentioning the latest issue of Design Minds from Frog Design. […]

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 1st (August 2008)

This week came and went in the blink of the eye for me and I’m not too sure why. In any case my Link Drop this week has been influenced […]

People interpreting news events and information

For a couple hours yesterday when people were wondering about news about the earthquake in California, Google Hot Trends showed a list of their top searches. Click HERE for a […]

Non flashy flash like muzka video w/ no embedding powers

At the point in the reblogging game if a tech savy band band puts out a video, why not make it easy to share, send or embed? As much as […]

Stuff to check out from the last week

It’s a rainy Friday morning over here, I’ve had way too much coffee already and I’m just reviewing stuff that I’ve done over the last week. I thought it might […]

A couple notes from Pecha Kucha New York 5 last night

Before anyone got on stage last night for PKNY5 I said to myself that I feel for the presenters. I don’t think any of them were expecting two solid floors […]

It’s now the weekend, you could do something interesting or be stuck in an elevator for almost two days

I was never a patient person and that has only been accelerated since moving to NYC a couple years ago. I hate waiting more than a couple minutes for an […]

Playing with Twitter’s Character Count and Discovering How Easy it Would be to Turn Flickr into a Blog Platform

Yesterday I posted a bit of a strange post mentioning the video http://www.hadlowpro.com I saw via eating sandwiches. My original intention was just to mention it on twitter and leave […]

I Want You To Want Me Video by Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar

While I have seen I Want You To Want Me project at MoMA I haven’t actually interacted with it. However after watching the above video and seeing a similar presentation […]

A Black and White Issue?

While I strongly disagree with some of the sentiment from PSFK’s post Olympics: Do We Burn The Nikes First, Or The Cool Blogs? it also made me consider some other […]

Designing a better system for fire alarms in SoHo…

Over at Daylife HQ’s this morning in SoHo (444 Broadway for anyone wanting to visit) the building had a fire alarm. At the time I was listening to Portishead in […]

Attending MIND08: The Design and the Elastic Mind Symposium

Blog posts will be kind of slow tomorrow b/c I’ll be hanging out at MIND08: The Design and the Elastic Mind Symposium. However as long as I have a decent […]

Gardens on the front lawn?

With the likelihood of me planting a garden being slim to none as I live in apartment, I wasn’t entirely sure why I would spend a Friday night listening to […]

Love Me, next come the t-shirts – maybe on Etsy?

Shortly after Valentines Day I noticed an interesting scribe of Love Me on a friends flickr site. A couple days after that I saw a different one in SoHo on […]

Hanging w/ Nooka

Publishing DesignNotes on a near daily basis over the last couple of years has helped me consider design in a manner that you can’t learn from just reading about it. […]

Politcs, Design and Printing?

As mentioned in a previous post or two that I’m watching the US Primaries from the sidelines (ok – so are independents, but…) b/c I’m from Canada I no less […]

A Tagger in your midst?

Too funny for words nor do I think that many are necessary with the above chart explaining if your kid is a tagger or not. For more info visit Graffiti […]

One more thing (podcast) you should check out

Over the last couple of years people in Canada have asked me if I’ve ever heard of the CBC Radio One program The Age of Persuasion. I would respond with […]

3 Sites That Had Me Thinking

There were a couple new sites this week that piqued my interest that I hadn’t seen before. How I actually came across the three also speaks to the miscellaneous ways […]

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