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Steve Jobs

“When I went to Pixar, I became aware of a great divide. Tech companies don’t understand creativity. They don’t appreciate intuitive thinking, like the ability of an A&R guy at a music label to listen to a hundred artists and have a feel for which five might be successful. And they think that creative people just sit around on couches all day and are undisciplined, because they’ve not seen how driven and disciplined the creative folks at places like Pixar are.

On the other hand, music companies are completely clueless about technology. They think they can just go out and hire a few tech folks. But that would be like Apple trying to hire people to produce music. We’d get second-rate A&R people, just like the music companies ended up with second-rate tech people.

I’m one of the few people who understands how producing technology requires intuition and creativity, and how producing something artistic takes real discipline.

- Steve Jobs

Posted 1659 days ago in Geek, Visual

Meet the scientific accident that could change the world

“Ric Kaner set out to find a new way to make graphene, the thinnest and strongest material on earth. What he found was a new way to power the world…an energy storage medium with revolutionary potential..”

The Super Supercapacitor | Brian Golden Davis from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.

Posted 1671 days ago in Geek, Visual

This makes mo SO happy .. on so many nerd levels :D

Official Lego ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Trailer

Posted 1675 days ago in Geek, Visual

Designer Post about Other Design Agencies Ripping Off His Design..

I started reading this post that someone sent me (“I’m Tired Of Companies Ripping off our site, So I’m Calling Them Out”).. and I admit I was skeptical at first (“Well there are only so many popular styles at the moment.. surely he’s overreacting..”) but I opened each of the sites in a new tab and compared them side by side – WTH?!? It’s insane that a design company would rip off another designer, yes – yet how much MORE insane that they would use a ripped off design for their own website (ie talking about what innovative designers they are..) – I’m blown away. Check it out!

Posted 1720 days ago in Visual

“Shut up and take my money” or .. Google Glass

[reminds me of the 6th sense.. remember that g33k p0rn?]

Posted 1723 days ago in Audio, Geek, Visual

Cyborg Foundation

Posted 1728 days ago in Audio, Geek, Visual

The Story Behind Banksy

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“When Time magazine selected the British artist Banksy—graffiti master, painter, activist, filmmaker and all-purpose provocateur—for its list of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2010, he found himself in the company of Barack Obama, Steve Jobs and Lady Gaga. He supplied a picture of himself with a paper bag (recyclable, naturally) over his head.

Most of his fans don’t really want to know who he is (and have loudly protested Fleet Street attempts to unmask him). But they do want to follow his upward tra­jectory from the outlaw spraying—or, as the argot has it, “bombing”—walls in Bristol, England, during the 1990s to the artist whose work commands hundreds of thousands of dollars in the auction houses of Britain and America. Today, he has bombed cities from Vienna to San Francisco, Barcelona to Paris and Detroit.

And he has moved from graffiti on gritty urban walls to paint on canvas, conceptual sculpture and even film, with the guileful documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, which was nominated for an Academy Award.”

.. click the photo or post title to read more.. it’s a good read ;)

Posted 1728 days ago in Visual

Swissted : Punk Rock + Swiss Modernism

Some super sweet design (+ many of the bands I grew up listening to ;) check em out in this webdesigner depot post..
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Posted 1731 days ago in Visual

Sweet Design: Transparent Speaker on Kickstarter

Posted 1762 days ago in Visual

Prometheus – Official Full HD Trailer

The newly released full HD trailer for Ridley Scott’s much anticipated sci-fi film “Prometheus” is AMAZING in HD + surround sound..

Posted 2045 days ago in Geek, Visual

Android Design

This is an incredibly useful site for application designers + developers – the best I’ve seen – does an excellent job of explaining (and showing) designers the differences between what android users expect, vs iOS/iphone users…

Posted 2108 days ago in Geek, Visual

Tech startups with designer co-founders

Cool place for designers + tech startups to hook up…

Posted 2154 days ago in Visual

Средний Урал

Pipe Plant graffiti transformation.. Архитектурно-дизайнерскую концепцию реконструкции фасадов и фирменный стиль ЭСПК “Железный Озон 32″…

Pipe Plant from Sasha Aleksandrov.

Posted 2164 days ago in Visual

Equinox: New World Language on Saturday

Stop by the new Cult Status Gallery this Saturday | 8pm – Midnight

Art groups, (or individual artists),1 giant room. Complete a 1,500 sq ft. installation. Alluding to the rhythms of MC Escher’s tessellations, the modern street-art themed mix-up, and, yes, probably vampires; using the burgeoning art scene in Minneapolis as a platform for a new world language. . . Silent auction. Music provided by Butcher’s Bag. It Will Rock.

Posted 2772 days ago in Visual

10 Years of Isolation

This man endured 10 years of solitary confinement – I can’t even begin to wrap my mind around that experience.

“From May 1980 to May 1990, nuclear scientist Hussain Al-Shahristani — Iraq’s current oil minister — was thrown in solitary confinement and subjected to torture. Last month, in a revelational and deeply personal interview, Al-Shahristani spoke to The BBC about the experience.

Inspired by the moving story, Swiss filmmaker and animator Mato Atom created a brilliant new campaign for BBC World Service, capturing in abstract form and minimal narration the devastating reality of solitary confinement.”

To learn/view more – check out the source (highly recommended) – BRAIN PICKINGS

Posted 2871 days ago in Geek, Visual

gods & monsters on saturday

Heading over to the 33 gallery this Saturday to check out another MPLS Deth Crew event.. there’s a theme to this one – favorite horror films (monsters) and some of the genre’s greats, including Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price, and Alfred Hitchcock (gods)..

Where: 33 Design Gallery
When : Saturday 12/12 @ 7:00pm
Plus: To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie is playing :)

* the 33 gallery is in a weird spot but it’s well worth finding (map) as these MDC events are always a good time

Artists
Zack Kinsey | Deuce 7 | Alex Kuno | Matt Kolling | Miss Kitty | Chris Krapohl | Nate Vincent Szklarski | Rudy Fig | Erika Lommen | Maggie DeWitt | Jen Wenmark | Nicolas Caesar | Matthew Jenkins | Cassandra Schorn | Erin Sayer | Charlie Mendez

Posted 2874 days ago in Audio, Visual

xo Nov 20.09

audio

a look at the sad but true Music Industry FAILs – 4 Musical Mistakes Of The Decade ..

good article on Transformative v Incremental Change – a look at why big music just doesn’t get the internet revolution..

the story behind the UK ‘draconian pro-copyright plans’ of the leaked Digital Economy Bill (similar to the terrifying/leaked US Copyright Treaty)..

visual

some bizzarre + beautiful stop animation video as well as the very cool Khoda Project video .. an animated film using 6000 paintings..

everyone freaking out over this trippy + n@ked interactive site experience from Yeasayer [NSFW]..

fell in love with these bizarre drawings made out of dead flies..

geek

a must read : The War For the Web

Fake Steve Jobs talked about Apple’s patent application for an evil advertising scheme..

interesting + ballsy move by a Russian cop who used YouTube to fill Putin in on police corruption ..

wtf?

learned that some homeless cannibals got caught selling a corpse to a kebab house in Russia. um.. WHAT?!

a pimp cut off a Rabbi who was on 3-day ‘cocaine-fueled orgy’ binge..

and a Minneapolis dads poke only Klingon to his child for three years – for science (of course)..

Posted 2891 days ago in Audio, Geek, Visual

xo Nov 13.09

- AUDIO –

Wired noted that the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 could bring another round of tumult to the music and publishing industries, due to “provisions that allow authors or their heirs to terminate copyright grants — or at the very least renegotiate much sweeter deals by threatening to do so”..

Creative Deconstruction posted a great article on the problem with music streaming and why it’s only the beginning – got some interesting comments too..

And we witnessed the power of the “fully armed and operational” MPAA when they shut down an entire town’s WiFi over a single illegal download..

– VISUAL –

Instant Shift gave us 100 AWESOME Tilt-Shift Photographs to drool over – Tilt-Shift photography gives you that cool surreal “miniature” effect that i can’t get enough of.. check out the Tilt-shift video and iPhone app if you like these..

I fell in love with this dark Invisible Empire Series from photographer Juha Arvid Helminen..

And Newsweek posted the must-see video of the week – The Decade in Seven Minutes..

- GEEK –

LifeHacker gave us a priceless bookmark – the Repair or Replace Chart helps us determine what to do with broken gear..

On the heels of the news that the LHC is going to get fired up in the coming weeks – Discovery News quickly assured us that even if it DOES cause a black hole, it will be very small and evaporate fast (not the earth-munching kind of black hole).. so.. one less thing to worry about..

And soon after the Google Wave: Theory & Reality pic showed up on a hacker thread, Google announced that the Google Wave Invitation Donation Thread Is Open – we’ll see if that speeds things up any..

- WTF? –

In a flurry of Twitter activity, we learned that Rupert Murdoch is threatening to de-index his sites from Google.. to which Google replied “Do it – here’s how” since they send his sites (Fox News, Wall Street Journal, etc) 25% of their traffic.. but then some CEO (who used to work for Murdoch’s Digital Chief, Jonathan Miller) came up with a way Murdoch could actually hurt Google – by partnering with Microsoft’s BING.. so who knows what will happen next..

Sadly, I knew zip about the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, so I was giddy with geeky-”wtf?”-excitement when I saw these 15 amazing hi-rez images from the MRO on the Coolist – and they are waaaay cooler than that even sounds.. and we found out there is water on the moon!

And we got the video to prove that – if you wanna drive your Oldsmobile from the roof using an iPhone – yeah, there’s an app for that..

Posted 2898 days ago in Audio, Geek, Visual

Mashup: 7 Minute Decade + TiltShift App

Just finished watching the “Newsweek Presents The Decade In Seven Minutes” video – loved it. Watch it here (on Laughing Squid).

On a completely unrelated note, I just downloaded the Tiltshift Generator iPhone App after seeing this image of Vegas (left), taken by Rob Sheridan.

Then @heideland sent me this cool tiltshift video – check it out:

Posted 2901 days ago in Geek, Visual

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