Saturday, July 31, 2010

Hmm... of the day

Right now, I think I'll have an ice-cream. No one should have to make huge decisions on an empty stomach.

Stapler Art. Hmm...




Some use them for documents. Others use them to lose a few pounds. One person, however, has managed to take the most boring of objects and use it to create amazing art pieces. His name is Baptiste Debombourg. Find him here.

The 100 Best Magazine Articles Ever Written. Hmm...

There's a list floating around of the 100 greatest long-form magazine articles ever published. Some date back more than 60 years and come from the pages of Esquire, The New Yorker, Life and even Playboy.  

Here are the top 5:

David Foster Wallace, "Federer As Religious Experience." The New York Times, Play Magazine, August 20, 2006.

David Foster Wallace, "Consider the Lobster." Gourmet Magazine, Aug 2004.

Neal Stephenson, "Mother Earth, Mother Board: Wiring the Planet." Wired, December 1996. On laying trans-oceanic fiber optic cable.

Gay Talese, "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold." Esquire, April 1966.

Ron Rosenbaum, "Secrets of the Little Blue Box." Esquire, October 1971. 

Jon Krakauer, "Death of an Innocent: How Christopher McCandless Lost His Way in the Wilds." Outside Magazine, January 1993. 

See the full list here.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Hmm... of the day


So there's a film industry in Uganda. Somewhere. Somewhere deep in the jungle. In that jungle they've shot the first Ugandan action movie. It has guns. It has a helicopter. It even has CGI, sorta. Best of all, it's trailer is narrated by what sounds like a screaming midget. I can't wait to watch this movie.

Pomparkour. Hmm...


So this is an ad for a New Zealand energy drink with added guarana. It's rather mad, especially the part where it fails to say, "Don't do this at home kids. These are trained professionals." Now, to me, that's a no brainer really. Anyone with even an ounce of common sense would never attempt this. Ever. Still, there's an outcry on the net from a bunch of idiots who feel the ad is irresponsible and that the "extreme" guys in the video were all really wearing safety harnesses that were edited out in the end, blah, blah, blah... All I have to say to those who are crying about this is watch the ad above and the "making of" below and tell me you're not flippen impressed by what these guys can do. And really, if someone tries to do this, good luck to them. The world has too many dumb people anyway. Sheesh!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Hmm... of the day

Tug Of War - The Impossible Brief from Francesco Basile on Vimeo.

Artists Embrace Public Opinion. Hmm...

This is Masterpiece 2.0. It's a unique project designed to see what happens when artists (Baschz and Selfcontrolfreak) allow the public to contribute ideas that influence their art pieces. In this case, for a 6-week period, anyone who wanted to either via Facebook or Twitter, etc... could digitally suggest additions to the artists' original art piece. Over 100 ideas were used as layers on the canvas. Each one was stop-framed and the end result is this super cool video. Read more about it here.
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

From The People Who Brought You Pearl Harbour. Hmm...

 
Very clever ad for Lexus. Very. 

See more here.

Local Is Beautifully Lekker. Hmm...























Come support some very talented local artists. It's your chance to fill your walls with limited edition posters and your stomach with delectable gooey cake. I wish I could speed up time and go now.

Hmm... of the day

 
So that's how they did it.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

How To Break Your Face In 3 Easy Steps. Hmm...


1) Meet up with a good bunch of friends and order obscenely large hamburgers. 
2) Wash them down with peanut butter banana chocolate milkshakes while cracking inappropriate jokes about each other.
3) Rush off to the Nando's Jozi Comedy Festival at Montecasino and let Trevour Noah, Bobby Lee, Mo Mandell and Pablo Francisco make you laugh so hard your lungs pop out your mouth.

The Real Life Super Hero Project. Hmm...

This is not a joke or some silly stunt to promote a new movie. These are all real, honest-to-goodness people. And all they do is try and help their fellow man / woman. Have a look. Click here.

Pablo Francisco. Hmm...

 
Tonight, I plan on peeing my pants. Why? Because that's what happens when you watch a live comedy show by Pablo Francisco. He's here all week at Montecasino. Go to Computicket to book seats. Do it now.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

The Sublime Sol Linero. Hmm...

She's an amazing artist and animator. Best of all, she has something important to say about the world we live in and in a way that definitely stands out. Lovely, lovely stuff. See more of it here, after you watch these videos of course.







The Summer Of Data Liberation. Hmm...

Or Winter, if you live in South Africa. But I digress. Here's the big news: A landmark U.S. Copyright Office decision says it's now OK to "jailbreak" your iPhone and install unauthorized software, which Apple claimed was illegal. Also, you can now crack DVDs and e-books. I better not be dreaming, mainly because I'd be blogging in my dream and that's just sad. If this is the real deal, I say go friggen nuts, people!

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For more, head to a little site called Learn Something Every Day.

Getting Out More. Hmm...



It may be winter and all but there's still a ton you can do out and about, especially on August 10th. That said, local Joburg photographer, Dan Rosenthal, will be having his first solo exhibition at the Gerard Sekoto Gallery Alliance Francaise on that day and I, for one, will definitely be in attendance. 

For those of you who don't know of him, and I certainly hadn't heard of him until a family friend enlightened me, Dan has a knack for turning the rather mundane into moments of absolute beauty, as the above photos certainly attest. 

If you're interested in going simply contact the Gallery at culture.jhb@alliance.org.za or you can just RSVP directly or via Facebook.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Heck Of A Bucket List You've Got There Pal. Hmm...


Very cool Levis video. Nice technique. Almost looks real.

Two Epics To Look Forward To. Hmm...

The first is that it looks like one my favourite Garth Ennis creations, The Boys, is about to become a major motion picture and if they stay true to the graphic novels, it's going to be one of the greatest and funniest movies ever! Adam McKay is apparently at the helm. You'll know him as the writer of Step Brothers, Anchorman and Talladega Nights. So it's pretty safe to say The Boys will fall into the I-have-to-watch-this-again-and-again-and-again-and again film category.

Epic numero duo is out September 26th and it looks a little like this:

Tony Hawk at 42. Hmm...


I'm not sure what's more impressive, the 25,000 Spaniards that came out to see Tony Hawk skate or what Tony Hawk manages to show them at the ripe old age of 42.

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Feel Good Song Of The Season. Hmm...

 
I told you guys about them a little while ago and I'm happy to report that thanks to their ever-increasing popularity (which means they'll hopefully be around for a long, long time) The Drums are now the new Beach Boys, sort of. Makes me wish I lived near the ocean. Sigh... Go get their album. You'll smile all day. Perhaps all night as well.

More Of Today Please. Hmm...

Today was filled with joy, laughter, a yummy coffee and a delicious choc-chip cookie from Wolves, two birthday shindigs - one including quite a lot of babies, a sandpit and some file-sharing while the other was attended by slightly more mature adults along with good reserves of cake, beer, pasta, good friends, walks down memory lane and balloons that look like giant breasts when inflated. Oh, and these cool Polaroids thanks to my iPhone's new Shake It App.





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Bioscope is officially back! From the lovely people who brought you Arts On Main comes one of the coolest attractions the new and ever-improving city of Joburg has to offer. Yes, good people, every day is another chance for you to relive the awesomeness that is old-school cinema. The Bioscope, located on Fox Street downtown, screens documentaries, indie movies, retro TV shows, chop-socky flicks, you name it. To add to the radness, they even cater accordingly. Noodles are supplied for kung fu movie nights, TV dinners for 80's TV show screenings. You get the idea. Now, I haven't been there yet but I plan to go as soon as humanly possible. I suggest you do the same. Gotta love the new Injozi!

One Bottle Of Cholera Please. Hmm...

 
I'm not sure which agency did this, if any or if UNICEF just took it upon themselves to roll this out but it's a clever sequel to the uber-successful Droga5 TAP PROJECT. This time around, dirty water, riddled with all sorts of diseases and bacteria, was brought to NYC, bottled and placed in vending machines for purchase to highlight the predicament of millions of people around the world who don't have clean, safe drinking water. 

Now, I might be wrong, but I'm pretty sure the US Govt has a strict "no importing of diseased water" policy. So I'm not so sure these guys are being a hundred percent honest here. It looks like they just bottled muddy water and simply labeled them as diseased. Which is fine, I guess. It gets the point across. Add to that the fact that the entire campaign seems to be hosted online cleverly using someone's personal Apple Mail site, it's clear there's probably no budget whatsoever on this project. Which makes it all the more impressive really.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Hmm... of the day

 
So I told you guys about us winning the BURN Russia account the other day. Well, this is the latest work out of Publicis Mojo's European BURN campaign. It's really rad, to say the least. Looks like the client has a massive pair of brass ones. Can't wait to see what we get to create.

The Future Is Staring You In The Face. Hmm...

 

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Belgians Aren't Just Good At Chocolate and Beer. Hmm...

They're pretty savvy at turning buildings into giant weather forecast displays. The Weather Tower by Lab-au is the transformation of the Dexia Tower into more than just a work of architecture, but a functional tool for the people of Brussels.  The tower has been fitted with 72,000 LED lights across 6,000 windows, controlled by a system that changes their color and pattern to describe the weather of the coming day. Not surprising really. I mean simply turning one's head up to the sky to get a glimpse of the weather is so 20th Century. Either way you look at it, it's flippen cool.

Hmm... of the day

Us humans are pretty nosy creatures. We want to know everything about everyone and yet we're often afraid to share all of ourselves with anyone else, unless we're hiding behind a laptop screen. It's thoughts like these that sparked the idea of AnthroPosts, an amazing new digital art project by Noah Pedrini. 

He collects Post It notes strewn on the streets of major cities around the world and digitises them online, adding voiceovers and music where appropriate to build and preserve hundreds of tiny moments in the lives of hundreds of strangers. Each note holds something personal of the strangers themselves: the way they write, how they capture ideas, their loves and fears and what their day looked like. It's described as a community created from forgotten notes but really, it's so much more. So far, he's collected Post It notes from 21 countries on 6 Continents and it's only the beginning.

Have a look for yourself. Click here.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Amazon now officially sells more e-books than hardcovers. Hmm...

It's true. According to an article in Wired Magazine, for every 100 hardcover books sold on Amazon, they sell 143 electronic ones. That's pretty amazing. And with over 2.5 million e-books available, including 1.8million out-of-print titles, I'm sure a lot of authors and their families can finally stop eating from tuna cans and start enjoying the taste of success.

Oh, but let's not forget what Apple is doing with their iPad bookstore. All you wannabe authors, all you dreamers and word slingers, intellectuals and "i once had an idea for a book" people, listen up. Apple is letting you self-publish your work. No crummy editors or big, scary publishing houses. Just a few clicks and minimal bowing while swearing allegiance to Emperor Steve Jobs and you can tell everyone you know, especially that teacher who said you'd amount to nothing, that you are a published author.

Create Your Very Own Smartphone App. Hmm...

 
If you have an iPhone, sorry for you (and me) because this little dash of awesomeness will only work on Android enabled phones. I know. I'm shocked too. Apple, it seems, just doesn't want to reliquish control of its app cash cow. Thankfully, Google feels otherwise. They've created Google App, an easy drag and drop program that lets anyone create their very own app for their very own Android enabled phone. This even includes crazy cat ladies as you'll see in the video. Apple, and I mean this sincerely, stop being douchbags and get back on the fun bandwagon already!

Life In A Day. Hmm...

Google has launched a new project called “Life in a Day”, where they are inviting people to document their lives for 24 hours on July 24th 2010. The best submissions will be edited into a feature length documentary directed by Kevin Macdonald and executive-produced by Ridley Scott. The finished film will premier at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Sounds awesome. I only wish I had the time to even attempt this. Damn you severely understaffed work place. Damn you to hell. That said, those of you who can should totally try and be a part of this.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hmm... of the day


Can you fit 35 classic films into 2 mins? It seems so, but can you name them?

The Expendables 8-bit Game. Hmm...

The Expendables is coming out in a few weeks and when it does, 80's shoot-em-up-movie-mayhem will no doubt ensue. Until then, Stallone has left us with an 8-bit game to mess around with. You can play it on Facebook, if you're dumb and feel like letting them access all your personal information that is. How lame is that? Oh, but wait. You can also play it here without the bother of letting them in on any of your particulars. So, why is it on Facebook again? Silly humans. That said, the game is pretty rad. Retro rad.

Getting "burned" in a good way. Hmm...

It's been a long time coming but we just won Coca-Cola's BURN ENERGY DRINK account in Russia, beating the likes of advertising powerhouse, Mother London. BOOM! or shall I say BURN! The team who worked on it are ecstatic! I jealously have to report that they leave for Russia next week on a "fact-finding" mission to "understand" the Russian youth market. This will include partying like animals in every hot club in Moscow. Ridiculous! It's just what we needed at the agency. Flippen awesome, guys! Well done!!!

In related news, this video should explain what their trip will most likely feel like. If they were donkeys. 

Monday, July 19, 2010

Hmm... of the day

 
I'm guessing this is what Syd Barrett saw every day. While on heavy amounts of LSD. Eating lots of and lots of hamburgers. In a field somewhere. Listening to terrible music. 

Or maybe this is Julius Malema's cat-scan. 

Mondays are awesome. Hmm...

 
Especially when you realise a lot of people have it way worse than you do. 

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Hmm... of the day

Even though The World Cup has been over for about a week, South Africans are still friggen rocking! This is Louis Oosthuizen otherwise known as Shrek. Apparently he's rather gap-toothed and ogre-like when swinging a club. Well, today he won the British Open by 7 strokes. Oh and he's ranked 54 in the world. Well, he was. Now if only the Springboks could beat New Zealand next week at Soccer City... COME ON!

Invisible Skateboards. Hmm...

In about 2003 or so I bought Spike Jonze's rad skateboarding documentary YEAH RIGHT, and I found myself watching it, especially this part, over and over and over again. It was just so flippen awesome. Seeing it again after all these years I have to admit, and I'm sure you will too, it still rocks! Time really has no effect on great ideas I guess.

Look At This Face. Hmm...

I've never really understood that whole "sick as a dog" thing. 'Cos the flu is hitting me rather hard right now and I look nothing like this chap. I probably look and feel more like what this little guy leaves on the rug at least once a day.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Hmm... of the day

 
I wonder how it handles wine bottles?

The Sequel I've Been Waiting For (& not just 'cos I pre-ordered it a while ago). Hmm...

It's been 25 years since he blew everyone's minds as well as tons of coke with one of the greatest books of our time, Less Than Zero. Now, Bret Easton Ellis has written its sequel, Imperial Bedrooms. It's just been released and I was lucky enough to have picked it up today from my dear friend, Janita who owns and runs Pulp Books. Thanks J! I can't wait to stop typing this sentence and start flipping through its pages.

Everyone Has A Secret. Hmm...


I'm not saying you should do this. I'm not saying you shouldn't. But if you do, you may realise something amazing about yourself and wouldn't that be fortuitous in times likes these?

Summer Thoughts In Winter Time. Hmm...

It's freezing here in South Africa but in about 50 days spring will come and with it the joy that only the approach of summer can create. Here's a taste on video with a killer cool track to boot.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Hmm... of the day

Thanks to my good friend, Ryan, the hmm... of the day is this song. The question is, can you get it out of your head once it starts? The people at Guantanamo tell me, no. No you can't. Damn you, Krein!

And It's Over. Hmm...

Here's the final video in the 184-video series that saw the Old Spice Guy, Isaiah Mustafa, responding live to YouTube comments and Tweets about him and his splendiferous campaign. Great show, sir. We'll miss you.

Old Spice Voicemail Generator. Hmm...












The voicemail greeting your voicemail greeting could sound like. Go here.

Coffee. Hmm...

 
Ever since arriving back to reality (Oh how I I miss you, Italian holiday), I've been waking up a lot earlier. Which is a good thing because I get to have lots and lots of delicious coffee. Like wine, whiskey and yes, even beer, attaining the perfect cup of coffee is  as much a science as it is art. So to help everyone create their perfect cup-a-joe, here's an express guide to the perfect pour. Click on it to enlarge.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Invisible Fighter Jets And Missiles. Hmm...

It's something out of Star Trek only it's real. Read the rest of the article here.

This Video Has Been Viewed 18,766,047 Times. Hmm...


Considering what Danny MacAskill is doing in the video, it's kind of a low number, don't you think?

Cutting Edge Art. Hmm...






























































































Mark Evans creates art with knives and animal hide. I really fear for the art critics. Though looking at his work, I'm sure they'll be just fine. Check out more of his work here.

Hmm... of the day

Learn how to make your home flippen awesome by clicking here. I wish I saw this when I was renovating my apartment. Next time.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Ad Campaign All Others Would Like To Be Like. Hmm...

They had the best TV ad in the world at Cannes and now Weiden + Kennedy has just raised the Old Spice man to new levels, getting really personal using an amazing social media strategy. Set against a backdrop of his shower, the towel-clad man is making tons of ongoing videos in response to comments that people are dropping on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter regarding the campaign. So far there are 50 individual videos! All funnier than the last. Join in the fun and go check this out by clicking on the 'Responses' to the right. Every advertising creative is jealous right now. Every single one. Well, except for the team at W+K who deserve a ridiculous raise and another handful of awards. Nice one guys! Keep making the rest of us look pathetically unworthy. 



Hold Your Breath And Push Play. Hmm...

Humans. Amazing when we want to be.

Hmm... of the day

Keep It Flying. Hmm...

Go to this site. Go now. It's pretty rad.

Probably The Most Bad Ass Movie Of All Time. Hmm...

Monday, July 12, 2010

Thomas Edison was a jerk. Hmm...

A 3D T-Shirt. Hmm...

Yup, I've got one and yes, those are 3D glasses with it. It was a gift from my good friends Serg and Martina. They brought it back for me from Lisbon and it's flipen rad! Takes me back to the 80's when we used to wear those Hypercolor T-Shirts. Remember those? No? Click here.

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Well, we did it. We surprised the world by hosting arguably the best World Cup ever! We flooded the planet with our spirit, our ubuntu, our vuvuzelas and most importantly, we came together as a nation united for the first time in a very, very long time. Question is, can we stay true to all we have achieved and continue being the amazing country we are? Can we continue forward?

I sincerely hope so.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Down With Those Dirty Dutchmen. Hmm...



Ole.

Shameless Plug. Hmm...

So some good friends of mine run this collective called Injozi. They're a collaboration of freakishly talented photographers, designers, musicians and web gurus who spend their time creating magic for clients big and small. But don't take my word for it. Their new site speaks for itself. Check it out. You can even "carni" yourself. You'll see. Now go!

Three strikes. Hmm...


The most amazing lightning storm every captured in Chicago. Oh, how I miss living there. It really is a great city of the world. Thank you Craig Shimala.


Hmm... of the day

So a little while ago a video, that's now an internet phenom, surfaced on YouTube of some guy in Yellowstone National Park seeing a double rainbow and freaking out about it like he's a lunatic on mushrooms or something. Everyone's been wondering what his story is. Well, here's an explanation. It's pretty dark but really funny.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

The World Cup In 3D. Hmm...

Tonight I was invited to watch the Germany vs Uruguay game in 3D. We went to the cinemas @ The Zone and let me tell you, apart from actually going to a game, there is no better way to watch World Cup football. That said, I'm not convinced that the experience  would be the same watching at home on one of those new 3D TV's. The fact that the screen was so huge and the sound was superb really made it special. I seriously hope they do this with rugby, especially since the Rugby World Cup is next year in New Zealand. It'll be amazing to watch The Springboks take it all in 3D!

The iPad Magician. Hmm...

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