Monday, May 31, 2010

Hmm... of the day

You just know she's seen things you haven't even thought of yet.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

One of the most offensively funny birthday cakes ever. Hmm...

Okay. Just hear me out. It was my friend Adam's brithday party today. He's a volunteer paramedic / 5th year medical student / diabetic / actor / kung fu champion / world debate champion / funny guy / Jew. We couldn't just get him a normal birthday cake. So his brother (Daniel, whom you read about a few posts ago) and I decided to do what we always do when we get together, think of the weirdest shit possible and decided to base the cake on Adam's actual birth.

Here's what we did:

We bought a lovely red velvet cake from Wolves.  


We then took a cupie doll and placed it in a pot.


We sterilized the doll. You'll see why later.

We then began to sculpt a certain female body part belonging to Adam and Daniel's mother out of the middle of the cake. The red colouring really helped with the reveal.

Next we had to recreate the inner lining of the "opening" by covering some of the delicious icing with the innerds from the cake, ensuring we were as close to the real thing as possible, from a confectionary point of view of course.

We then ripped off the cupie doll's legs, placed it in the "cavity" based on a photo of the birth we had in our heads and voila!

The recreated birth of Adam Hirschmann in cake form.

The craziest part of it all is that people couldn't get enough of this cake. There was barely any left. Even the birthday boy scoffed a few slices down and he's a diabetic! I can't imagine what his mother probably thought given the symbolism involved but I imagine she was either very flattered or extremely embarrasssed, in which case I'll never be allowed in their home again.  

So, thank you to Adam and Daniel's parents, Hillary and Jacob, and to the rest of the Hirschmann clan for being so understanding and thank you to our lovely audience of drunk med students, doctors, finance okes, security dudes and of course, to the two guys who introduced themselves as, and I swear I'm not making this shit up, "Glock" and "Guns." It was a great party!

Book the rainbow. Read the rainbow. Hmm...

Good for a laugh and a daydream about one day selling a client on ideas like theirs. Download the PDF here:
Skittles Brand Book

Self-publish your book on the iPad Bookstore. Hmm...

For all you wanna-be published authors out there, Apple just opened a new portal for independent authors to self-publish their books for the iBooks Store open to iPad (and soon iPhone) customers. Apple’s iTunes Connect program has a section where authors can self-publish their work under certain formatting requirements, of course.

The Hirschmann returns. Hmm...

My very good friend, Daniel Hirschmann (that's him eating cake yesterday), is back in SA for a few weeks. Besides hanging with his family and friends, he's here primarily to run an open-to-the-public workshop at Wits on what he calls "Media Arts." I call it, "How to create flippen awesome interactive art installations that make otherwise intelligent people feel really, really stupid."

And I plan on feeling stupid Tuesday night at around 6:30PM if anyone wants to join me.

Here's a little more info for you from The Mail & Guardian about the workshop: 


Wits School of the Art alumni Daniel Hirschmann will be giving an open to
the public workshop on the use of physical computing for artists and
designers at the Digital Arts Division of the WSOA. Hirschmann now living in
London, graduate from the New York University's Interactive
Telecommunications Masters Program after graduating with a BA from the Wits
School of Art. After his time at NYU, Hirschmann was selected to do a
residency at Beneton's Fabrica creativity institute. In London he is an
independent developer and artist; after working for some years with the
Jason Bruges Studio, where he designed and developed large public
interactive installations and environments. Hirschmann is a well know and
celebrated digital artist who continually contributes to the development of
the South African interactive digital arts scene. Hirschmann visits the
Digital Arts Division at least once a year giving workshops to students in
the interactive digital art masters program. This year's workshop is open to
professional developers, artists, designers and musicians.

The title of the workshop is Making the World Responsive with Arduino:
Physical Computing for Artists and Designers. The workshop will run over a
period of three days, starting with a lecture on the evening of Tuesday, 1
June 2010 and will run into a two-day weekend workshop on 5 and 6 June 2010.
For details please contact

Hmm... of the day

Trying to blend in is just plain stupid.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Rachmaninov had big hands. Hmm...

Hmm... of the day

The pen may be mightier than the sword but ice-cream music will stop a riot in Belfast, apparently.

Nursery rhymes set to music are deeply uncool. Just ask the bottle-throwing teenagers on the Twinbrook estate on outskirts of west Belfast. Ice cream music was played to them as they misbehaved and it stopped them.
In an action that was cleverly psychological, the nursery tunes were blasted through the loudspeakers of a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) armored Land Rover after the patrol came under attack from about 15 teenagers last weekend.
The police have said no further action was taken. However it's understood that senior officers have taken a dim view of the successful tactic.
'The crew passed a group of around 15 youths who threw bottles at their Land Rover police vehicle,” a PSNI spokesman told the Belfast Telegraph.
“An officer used the vehicle's loudspeaker system to play music to the youths in an effort to use humor to defuse the situation. The youths stopped throwing the bottles. However police accept that this was not an appropriate action. The officer has been spoken to by a senior officer in order to establish the circumstances of the incident.”
Among those who did not see the funny side was Sinn Fein councilor Angela Nelson. “It was a very immature way for police to deal with a very serious problem,” she said. We have serious issues with on-street drinking and the anti-social behavior that results from that on-street drinking. I would have expected the PSNI to have a more mature outlook and not to come up and play ice cream tunes.”
Nelson dismissed the PSNI’s statement which said the music had defused a tense situation.
'”hat is a very good excuse when they have been caught out. It’s waffle. Where in the world does a police service say that their way of dealing with anti-social behavior is through humor?”
The answer to Nelson's question is Los Angeles. The Drew Street gang was for years one of the most dangerous street gangs in northeast L.A. Hooded gang members lurked behind parked cars and on apartment balconies. At night, tires squealed and gunshots echoed while neighbors huddled in their homes.
In response to the nightly terror the City renamed the streets where the gang congregated Gay Street and Pansy Square. Overnight, after the name change, the gang no longer congregated there and crime decreased.
Perhaps there's more to this humorous and psychological approach than may initially meet the eye.
- stolen from

Friday, May 28, 2010

The "That's What She Said" app. Hmm...

You'll regret it later but for now it may just be the greatest app ever created.

A yummy morning. Hmm...

Whenever someone leaves the agency, we do a collection. Then we buy a gift, make a card and have a little send-off shindig. We have one today and I had to buy the gift. The only problem was, I arrived too early and almost everything was closed. Almost. Luckily, The Bread Basket was open. 

I got to enjoy the new Esquire magazine, a yummy cappuccino and some hot brisket with pickles and mustard on rye. What? It's Friday, I'm Jewish and it was deliciously stereotypical of me.

As I was leaving, they brought out massive trays of just baked cookies. I couldn't resist and bought a box of goodness for people at the office. 

Serg was most pleased.

Bear Fu. Hmm...

Friday deserves a smile.

Hmm... of the day

Despite what you've been told, there are enough hours in the day. You just have to wake up super early, especially now that it's winter. The kind of early when it feels like you’ve got the whole planet to yourself. No crowds. No cars. No work. Just a few cranky birds and the sound of your own footsteps. When the air is so cold and crisp, it cuts through your lungs like first breath and it tastes like it’s just been exhaled from the trees for you and you alone. When your mind stops living in the past and looks away from the future, allowing you to simply enjoy the moment you're in. When you realise these are the days. They always were. That kind of early.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Rethink Scholarship. Hmm...

Watch this often.

Hmm... of the day

The history of the typewriter recited by Michael Winslow. Hmm...

Yes. Michael Winslow. The guy from the Police Academy movies who makes all those radonkulous sound effects. That Michael Winslow. In this short film he reproduces the sounds of 62 different typerwriters. Why? The director, Ignacio Uriarte, asked him to. Why care? Because it's flippen entertaining! 

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

How they came up with the man your man could smell like. Hmm...

W+K Portland’s Eric Kallman and Craig Allen talk about making the modern classic for Old Spice.

Google kills productivity. Hmm...

Google’s celebration of Pac Man's 30th anniversary let people to play Pac-Man on their main search page, either as a one- or two-player game. And, as people do, they took full advantage of the opportunity, spending approximately 4,819,352 hours on the game alone. The result is approximately $120 million in productivity lost, in one day. Radonkulous!

Hmm... of the day

The Threadless T's Talk. Hmm...

As I've posted before, I'm a T-shirt whore. The more the better if you ask me, especially if they're from Threadless. Here's a vid of the owners at the 99% Conference talking about how they manage to remain relevant and therefore in business after 9 years of making T-shirts (and tens of millions of dollars each year) from simply listening to what their customers want and reacting 100%. I will admit that they don't come across as uber smart or intellectual, but their business plan is flippen brilliant!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A good day. Hmm...

While this isn't my smiling cup of coffee, it might as well have been. 

Today began with a grave error at work being fully rectified to the sight and sound of my art director and I high-fiving. I'm not going to bore you with the details. Let's just say it's always best to speak up and fight for what's right no matter what the risk may be.

Then at about 1pm or so, about 40 of us fled the agency to enjoy a debaucherous and well deserved yet-surprisingly unrelated celebratory lunch, that's probably still going on. In fact, I'm sure of it. Thank you company credit card!

I ended up leaving at about 7PM, just as people were getting into the swing of things. I had to hit the gym you see. Can't be walking around la Croisette in Cannes in a few weeks looking all flabby. Okay, that's a lie. I totally can. I just don't want to.

Now to watch the finale of Lost. If it ends with it all being a dream Hurley had after eating a bad burrito he bought from a petrol station, I'm gonna flippen scream. Fingers crossed, people.That said, I'm still pretty sure they're all dead, as I said watching Season 1 many, many lives ago.

There are only 3 keys to Twitter's success? Hmm...

One of the many mind-blowing videos from the 99% Conference.

Hmm... of the day


Some of the most philosophical song lyrics ever written made that much more awesome with simple graphic typography. Check it out here.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Move over Kevin Bacon. Hmm...

6 Degrees of Black Sabbath is an experimental search engine that connects almost any musician/band to, well, almost any musician/band. Give it a try here.

Retro cartoons that rescue your appetite. Hmm...

DraftFCB borrows from Droga 5 who borrowed from the 70's.

Hmm... of the day

A little trip around the world in 80 seconds. Perfect for a Monday morning. 
Following the route of Jules Verne’s book, filmmakers Romain Pergeaux & Alex Profit managed to squeeze the entire journey into 80 seconds. They stopped in London, Cairo, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, San Francsico, New York, and back to London. The actual filming took three weeks. The movie was filmed using a Sony Cybershot HX5V. You can see an interactive map of the trip here, and watch a "making of" film here.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

A new exhibition @ Arts On Main. Hmm...

Today was filled with sunshine, blue skies, pancakes, bacon, syrup, art, free cappuccinos, more art, good friends, great conversation, tagliatelle w/meatballs and two pieces of delicious cake. Not bad for a Sunday.

This was my favourite project there. One of 3 photo sculptures with one of Joburg's most famous/infamous buildings, Ponte, as their subjects.
Each set of pics gives an insight into the lives of those living there, with each row representing a particular floor of the building displaying front doors open and closed, television sets and what's on them and lastly, windows open and shut.

Here are some close-ups:

These lovely people gave away free lattes and cappuccinos. At least I hope they were free. Maybe that's why the old guy is so bummed.

Oh, look. There's William Kentridge. Nice hat dude.

The Swinger. Hmm...

The Swinger takes any song and turns it into swing music.  It's basically computer code (part of the EchoNest project) that's designed to time-stretch the first half of each beat of a song while time-shrinking the second half. The effect is pretty flippen awesome! But you decide:

Sweet Child O' Mine (Swing Version) by plamere
Enter Sandman- the Swing Version by plamere
Don't Stop Believin' (Swing Version) by plamere

Hmm... of the day

I couldn't agree more.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Cake, champagne and more champagne. Hmm...

Yesterday, my good friend and art director, Sergio, turned 32. He had a little shindig at Wolves. We laughed. We drank. I ate far too much cake. Not that that's a bad thing.

 Sergio started things off proving he can add class to any situation.

After a little hobnobbing, he opened his gifts.


Then a strange homeless man showed up to lick the window.

Enter the cake and, of course, Serg after a lot of champagne.

While attacking his birthday cake, Liam the Ginger tried to steal the limelight.

So he attacked the cake from a different angle.


The night ended like most for Serg, in the arms of the homeless guy.