Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 22nd (August 2008)

E-sushi - Art et Design » Daryl Banks

I finally took some time off this week from normal work stuff and headed north back to the mothership for some r & r. I can’t say I’m fully rested but I do feel quite satisfied about visiting Toronto. It had less to do w/ the city and more about meeting up w/ a bunch of people. Friends seemed kind of surprised when I mentioned that I didn’t really have an itinerary of stuff to do. Talking was so much more interesting – stuff is stuff these days, that can be found anywhere. As cliche as it is, people are unique. So w/ all that visiting I still managed to squeeze in a bunch of sites for the Link Drop. Have a good weekend and if you’re looking for advice – meet someone new to talk with.



E-sushi - Art et Design » Daryl BanksDaryl Banks
[e-sushi] EXCERPT en FRANCAIS: “Le photographe canadien Daryl Banks, dans sa collection “Crinoline Flowers” (fleurs de crinoline), s’amuse à créer des fleurs colorées avec les jupes coquettes de danseuses.”

when I asked Takashi Kusui the obvious why question – “To answer your question, I care about Tibetans and their culture as I am Buddhist even though I’m not very religious. Imagine you are Catholic and Rome/Vatican is occupied by a communist party. I’ve been really upset about Chinese Communist Party for more than 10 years. The mainstream media haven’t mentioned Tibet that much until the olympics year. I feel this olympics year is the first and last chance to expose oppression in China since the world’s attention is focussed on China. My dream is to visit Tibet without Chinese communist’s control.”

10 Staggering Data Visualizations (Three Minds On Digital Marketing @ Organic)10 Staggering Data Visualizations
[] EXCERPT: “One of the big tenets of Web 2.0 has always been “open data”. The move towards opening up statistics and public data along with APIs has lead to a great deal of phenomenal mashups, such as the Chicago Crime Mashup. But that’s not all, this open data movement has lead to some very interesting development in the practice of data visualization.”

T Teens | Too Cool for School - The Moment Blog - NYTimes.comT Teens | Too Cool for School
[themoment.blogs.nytimes] EXCERPT: “Meet our best friends forever: Stephanie, Tavi and Arabelle. These young fashion bloggers, all under 16, are featured in the new fall issue of T Magazine. The writer, Elizabeth Spiridakis, tips her hat to these prodigies for their amazing, age-defying style and their ability to interpret high-fashion looks with nothing but their parents’ closet and the local H&M. (Though some of our own preteen style choices might not have been fashion-magazine-worthy — hello, flower-print leggings? — these girls look right at home in the pages of T.) Check out their blogs, Fashion Robot, Style Rookie and Fashion Pirates, to read their reactions to appearing in T. We’re guessing that having 1.5 million shoutouts for your personal style is a pretty good way to start the school year.”

The Paradox of Creativity | PSFK - Trends, Ideas & InspirationThe Paradox of Creativity
[psfk] EXCERPT:“Merlin Mann over at 43 Folders has done an interesting analysis of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s ideas of how creativity works. The theory is that creative work gets done best in a seemingly paradoxical cycle of laser focused activity, and lazy idea gathering, idling and re-charging. In essence, creative people combine playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility.”

kim from dallasBig Font Discrimination
[kimfromdallas] EXCERPT: “About a month ago, I was visiting my Dad in Tulsa and I used his pc to check my email and do a little surfing. I didn’t know, until I had to adjust my eyes to the huge font size, how bad his eyesight had become. I also didn’t realize how terrible most websites look with pumped up font size.”

10 Futuristic User Interfaces | Monday Inspiration | Smashing Magazine10 Futuristic User Interfaces
[smashing magazine] EXCERPT: “Good user interfaces are crucial for good user experience. It doesn’t matter how good a technology is — if we, designers, don’t manage to make user interface as intuitive and attractive as possible, the technology will hardly reach a breakthrough. To gain the interest in a new product or technology, users need to understand its advantages or find themselves impressed or involved.”

Toronto Fire ServicesCity of Toronto: Toronto Fire Services
[] EXCERPT: “The following active incidents are dispatched from Toronto Fire Services Communication Centre. The contents are updated at five minute intervals from the CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) system.”

“Content licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License – powered by FuckFlickr Rendered page in 0.0031 seconds.”

narc-free image gallery | F.A.T.FuckFlickr: narc-free image gallery | F.A.T.
EXCERPT: “Shi Tao is serving a 10-year sentence in prison for writing articles calling for political reform in China. Yahoo helped put him there. FuckFlickr is open-source image gallery software that won’t narc you out. We created it as an alternative to hosting your photos on a certain Yahoo-owned photo sharing site. No database required; just upload it and put images in the data directory.”
ABOUT: “ is my personal website and blog about healthy baking and other fun/healthy/tasty topics. Years of personal passion, research, and experimentation in the kitchen have led me to want to document and share my findings. The site was developed by Substance Communications, a creative communications company I run with my partner, to provide me with a place to do so.”

KinoSport » Super Eight Radio #7Super Eight Radio #7
[] EXCERPT: “01. Jesse Somfay – “The Days of My Youth Ended With Broken Bottles (Eulberg & Reinhold Remix)” (from 100. Traum, 2008) Traum’s 10-year marker and 100th release features solid tracks from Dominik Eulberg and Gabriel Ananda. The highlight is Somfay’s track – it’s not just the terrific title: this is a full-tilt melancholy techno anthem that hasn’t been heard since Agoria’s “Les Violons Ivres”.”

 Death Knell for GalleriesDeath Knell for Galleries?
[tinkutales] EXCERPT: “I read two articles recently that describe a change in the gallery scene in both Toronto and Boston. The first, an article in the Boston Globe talks about how 14 galleries in the South End and Newbury Street are closing, moving or on hiatus. Considering this represents 1/3 of all contemporary art galleries in Boston, this is a big deal.”

Customizable letterpress calling cards and business cardsSupply Your Own Design
EXCERPT: “The Mandate Press is a full service modern letterpress shop. In addition to custom printing we offer the following goods for sale. $95.00”

[] EXCERPT: ““One of today’s most groundbreaking online music services was created by, and for some time operated by, just one man: Anthony Volodkin. In 2005, when he was all of 19, Volodkin created Hype Machine, a real-time index of music streaming on more than 600 MP3 blogs at any time. With music blogs overtaking professional critics as the primary source of music recommendation, Hype Machine is emerging as a juggernaut of growing influence. What’s more, the now-22-year-old Russian immigrant focused on monetizing music from the start, providing “buy” links to first iTunes, then Amazon. Volodkin now has a few friends helping him with the site, which has spawned imitators and interested investors.””

These tricks ain’t for kids » House of NakedThese tricks ain’t for kids
[house of naked] “When trying to explain Kid Robot to friends, they cannot understand why I am so enthralled by a toy store with smoking rabbits (I am very anti-smoking, however smoking bunnies for some reason I can condone). So, for those who find my fascination bizarre, here are the three main reasons why I love Kid Robot:”

Book Coverstitle: Sexy Librarian
[covers.fwis] INFO “Designer: Kristian Bjornard, title: Sexy Librarian, author: Julia Weist, publisher: Ellen Lupton, 2008”

 Danielle Aubert16 Months Worth of Drawing Exercises in Microsoft Excel
[project 8] EXCERPT: “Various Projects, Inc. is happy to announce the publication of a new book by Danielle Aubert, 16 Months Worth of Drawing Exercises in Microsoft Excel.”

MAPFYA-LA3-2Map ForYourArt: Los Angeles Architecture Issue (PDF)
EXCERPT: “The quarterly guide to arts and culture in Los Angeles”


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  • kim

    Thanks for the link drop, Michael. 🙂 I'm totally digging on the fleurs de crinoline — beautiful!

  • Johanna

    Good advice in that last part; glad you had a good trip! Thanks for the House of Naked link 🙂

  • Patty

    Hi Michael, thanks for the props! Happy you had a good visit up north, all sorts of characters here, I think you know my friend Greg Smith…

  • Patty

    Hi Michael, thanks for the props! Happy you had a good visit up north, all sorts of characters here, I think you know my friend Greg Smith…

  • Patty

    Hi Michael, thanks for the props! Happy you had a good visit up north, all sorts of characters here, I think you know my friend Greg Smith…

  • michaelsurtees

    no problem patty – you're def. right about the types of people back in canada. speaking of characters, it was greg that mentioned your site to me…