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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Human Seatbelt Commercial

This commercial is beautiful.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Discovery Channel - "Life"

Discovery Channel and BBC are impressive. Planet Earth made nature seem more intense and interesting. Blue Planet was equally awe inspiring. Now they have Life which will focus much more closely on the creatures on all of our continents. And if you're wondering how they film all this stuff here's a little behind the scenes action.

This little guy doesn't seem like much but he's actually kind of awesome.

This bug swallows air and then uses it to expand his head and blow up his eyes!!!

Friday, February 26, 2010

"Empathic Civilization": Is It Time To Replace The American Dream?

"Surveys show that the millennial generation in the United States is much more likely than older generations to feel empathy for others. They are far more concerned with the planetary environment and climate change and more likely to favor sustainable economic growth. They are also more likely to believe that government has a responsibility to take care of people who can't care for themselves, and are more supportive of a bigger role of government in providing basic services. They are more supportive of globalization and immigration than older generations. They are also more racially diverse and the most tolerant of any generation in history in support of gender equality and the willingness to champion the rights of the disabled, gays, other minorities, as well as our fellow creatures. In short, they favor a world of inclusivity over exclusivity, and are more comfortable in distributed networks than in old fashioned centralized hierarchies that establish boundaries and restrictions separating people from one another." 

"After all, if the American Dream were really working, each person would be able to fend for him or herself in a self-regulating market and be without need of an economic stimulus package or universal healthcare. The reality, however, is that nearly one out of five Americans are either unemployed, underemployed, or have given up looking for work all together, and millions of families are facing foreclosures in a land where homeownership has been regarded as the epitome of the American Dream. Climate change is particularly upsetting; it implies that the invisible hand of the marketplace is both an enabler of global warming and incapable of addressing it without government intervention."

Via: IC

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Rox - My Baby Left Me

Truth is, I saw this picture of Rox on PMA and hoped I would like her music because I thought this picture was so beautiful and I wanted a reason to post it. Luckily, I DO like her music! My Baby Left Me is the UK songstress's debut single. The version in the video is a bit more pop and the demo version found here has a bit more soul. Take your pick!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Vampire Weekend - Giving Up The Gun

Joe Jonas, Jake Gyllenhall and Lil Jon all make cameos in Vampire Weekend's latest video. And it's great.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

GOOD Magazine: How America Eats

GOOD Magazine has lots of clever infographics. Here are some breaking down our food habits.

Via: IC

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Paris 1963 - Children's Puppet Show

I've seen the top picture a couple places around the internet but never knew what it was from. These are both from a Parisian puppet show in 1963. The bottom picture is of the children reacting to the moment St. George slays the dragon.

Nuit Blanche

This short film is just beautiful. 
If you're curious here's the making of.
They also made Yeasayer's Ambling Alp video.
Via: Deb

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Thursday, February 4, 2010

R. Buckminster Fuller quote

“Our beds are empty two-thirds of the time. Our living rooms are empty seven-eighths of the time. Our office buildings are empty one-half of the time. It’s time we gave this some thought.” 
—R. Buckminster Fuller

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Eve Ensler at TED India

"Imagine girl is a chip in the huge microcosm of our collective consciousness, which is essential to the balance, wisdom and future of humanity.
Imagine that girl is the part of each of us that feels compassion, empathy, passion, intensity, association, relationship, emotion, play, resistance, vulnerability, intuitive intelligence, vision.
Imagine that compassion informs wisdom. That vulnerability is our greatest strength. That emotions have inherent logic and lead to radical saving action.
Now remember that those in power essentially taught us and conditioned us to believe the opposite:
Compassion clouds your thinking.
Vulnerability is weakness.
Emotions are not to be truted.
Don't take things personally.
To be a boy means not to be a girl.
To be a man means not to be a girl.
To be strong means not to be a girl.
To be a woman means not to be a girl.
To be a leader means not to be a girl.
It must be very powerful to be a girl if everyone Is taught not to be one." - Eve Ensler

Monday, February 1, 2010

Unhappy Hipsters

Unhappy Hipsters is a blog that takes photos from Dwell, a design magazine, and pairs them with cleverly sad little comments.

"He is sad because his house looks like an elementary school. And all the children have died."
"You can come out when you can properly explain the differences between Modernist architecture and postmodern ornamentation."