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My Favorites: Week of Feb.1st – 8th

February 7, 2013 Leave a comment

MOVIES

Looper – One of the best sci-fi movies of the past decade. It’s up there with Avatar, Cloverfield, District 9 and the Star Trek (2009) reboot.

 

 

PHOTOS

A Curation of Powerful Photos – The Best of 2012 – Chase Jarvis

Credit: Manish Swarup / AP

Credit: Manish Swarup / AP

Credit: Rajesh Kumar Singh

Credit: Rajesh Kumar Singh

 

ARTICLES + BLOG POSTS

An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth – Bruce Mau

 

ADS

As Edward Boches correctly observed on his blog, the Dodge Ram ad was the best spot of the Super Bowl. What confuses me the most, however, is how The Richards Group, an agency located in TEXAS, of all places, created such a whitewashed commercial devoid of Mexicans, who indisputably comprise such a large part of the farming community. Anyway, people are still talking about it, and you know you’ve made it when you start getting spoofed by Funny Or Die. For some reason, I’m unable to embed the video, but you can hit the link below.

 

INNOVATION

World’s Tiniest Car

 

 

GADGETS

There are a lot of different ways you can stream content to your TV. I bought my non-techie parents a Sewell Direct SW-23000 PC to TV converter for $30 bucks that connects directly from their laptop to their TV. After a few more weeks of research I finally took the plunge and bought a Roku 2 XS 1080 Streaming Player and cut my cable. For about $95, this is a great device and any of the bad reviews on Amazon generally have to do with people not understanding that it’s a streaming device and NOT a content provider.

The setup is VERY simple; only takes a few minutes. After hooking up the Roku to a power source and your TV you’ll need to subscribe to “channels,” which are basically content providers. Most of my needs are met through Netflix and Hulu Plus (I already have paid subscriptions to both).

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My Favorites: January 2013

February 3, 2013 1 comment

PHOTOGRAPHY

Taylor McCormick is a young photographer with a really cool surreal, dreamlike quality to her work. You can view more of her photos on Flickr.

 

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SHOWS

American Horror Story: Season 1. Finally got around to seeing what all the fuss is about. I can’t believe that the same guy responsible for great shows like ‘American Horror Story’ and ‘Nip/Tuck’ actually thought ‘Glee’ was a good idea.

 

SONG

The National – ‘About Today.’ The first time I heard this song was in the last fight scene from ‘Warrior‘ with Tom Hardy and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head.

 

 

VIDEO

How to Understand the Difference Between Weather and Climate Change

 

 

SITES

Agency Wank – A new single-serve Tumblr site that pokes fun at the pretentious, self-promotional copy seen on so many advertising agencies websites.

LogMeIn – Great site that allows me to access my parents’ laptop remotely whenever they need a hand.

CantTweetThis.com – Send anonymous tweets

 

Like this post? What were your favorites for the month of January? Feel free to add them in the comments! 

My Favorites: December 2012

January 1, 2013 Leave a comment

Quote of the month: 

 Going to Facebook has become the equivalent of opening the fridge & staring inside, even though you’re not hungry.

 

Favorite articles:

What Were 2012’s “Top Five” Most Surprising  Startup Stories? – Forbes via Quora

Finally got around to reading a couple Matt Taibbi articles he wrote for Rolling Stone a while back: “Bank of America: Too Crooked to Fail” and “Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital.” The BofA article is really interesting, as it follows its beginnings as Bank of Italy – originally set up in San Francisco in 1904 to help local immigrants, through subsequent mergers and acquisitions that turned it into the national behemoth it is today.

The Romney article is also great. Here’s on of my favorite passages:

“For the first time, the ability to make deals became more valuable than the ability to make stuff, and the ability to instantly engineer billions in illusory financing trumped the comparatively slow process of making and selling products for gradual returns.”

VICE Guide to Adulthood – So good, I could just quote the entire article.

 

Social Media: 

Modern Seinfeld – Seinfeld plot lines re-imagined for the present day.

 

Web tools:

Social Folders – Like Dropbox for Social Media. I used this tool to easily and quickly transfer one of my Facebook photo albums to Flickr.

Pocket (Read It Later) – I used to use Read It Later, then I switched to Instapaper. Now I’m back to Pocket. It has a clean UI and excellent, free Kindle Fire app.

Devices:

Monoprice 8320 Earphones – The best earphones under $10. They sound a lot better than my white Apple earbuds.

 

Favorite Pics: 

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German Street Art

 

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Li Wei

 

Allan Teger’s Bodyscapes Galleries

 

Tilt-Shift Van Gogh Paintings

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Wes Naman – Scotch Tape Series

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Sleep Elevations series from Maia Flore

Sleep Elevations

 

 

Books (Amazon affiliate links):

The Four Hour Chef: The Simple Path To Cooking Like A Pro, Learning Anything and Living the Good Life – This has become my favorite book in the Four Hour series. At 672 pages, it’s well-researched and full of information. I especially like the Meta-Learning chapter that breaks down Ferriss’s learning process.

Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations – One of those books that ended up sitting on my bookshelf for the longest time. I’m glad I finally picked it up. Full of great insights. Check out my book summary here.

 

Like this post? What were your favorites for the month of December? Feel free to add them in the comments! 

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My Favorites: November 2012

December 1, 2012 1 comment

This is a new monthly series I’m starting to help me organize the media (movies, music, TV, etc.) that have made the biggest impact on me (DISCLOSURE: These are Amazon Affiliate links).

BOOKS:

  • Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die – Well-written and actionable; a great tool for marketers.
  •  “The Hunger Games” – Fast-paced and pretty good from a strategy perspective. It has a lot of “What would I do in that situation?” moments.
  • On Writing” by Stephen King. The first half is basically a memoir that talks about his life and how he became a writer. The second half offers instruction on how to become a better writer. Lots of great advice.

TV:

  • Arrested Development – Just finished Season 1 on Netflix and it’s become my favorite comedy show of all-time. The writing and acting are so good; nothing on TV today comes close.

MOVIES:

  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi – Great documentary about the importance of having passion in your work.
  • Wal-mart: The High Cost of Low Price – Another solid documentary everyone should see.
  • Ong Bak 2 – Martial arts enthusiasts will love this movie. These are some of the best choreographed fight scenes I’ve ever seen.
  • Skyfall – It got a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes – go see it. Lots of action, great acting, great storyline and they continue to develop the Bond character, giving him lots of depth.
  • Country Strong– As much as I despise most Country music, this is a great movie. Solid story and acting with a surprising ending (to me).
  • The Amazing Spider-Man – I wasn’t sure what to expect with this reboot, but I thought it was very good: the story is well-constructed and it’s darker and less cartoon-ish than the Tobey Maguire version.

ARTICLES/BLOG POSTS:

  • How to Live Without Irony– This is one of those articles that seems to really pull everything together in its analysis of a specific cultural moment, showing us the interconnected nature of how the Hipster scene doesn’t exist in a bubble – it’s actually intertwined throughout every facet of U.S. culture.

Like this post? What were your favorites for the month? Add yours in the comments!

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Top Links of The Week: Week Ending Feb. 21, 2010

February 21, 2010 Leave a comment

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Best Online Planning Tools Redux – 25 lttrs n th alphbt. Awesome — best collection of Planning links I’ve found anywhere.

Trans Siberian Railway – A virtual journey on Google Maps. It’s the closest thing I’ve ever seen that brings the travel experience to your computer.

Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos augmented-reality apps at TED. This is an incredible presentation that shows one example of how far technology has come in the past few years.

Living Stories – Google’s newest experiment in presenting online news. I especially like the timeline feature.

Great article from Esquire: Roger Ebert Cancer Battle

Top 10 Free Ways to Discover New Music Online

“The sociology of drinking” – Malcolm Gladwell’s newest piece for The New Yorker.

The greatest movie scene ever? – Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus!

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Top Links: Week Ending Feb. 14, 2010

February 15, 2010 Leave a comment


Firestarters (5 reasons why employing people who blog is more important than ever) – Neil Perkin

Is It Possible to Opt-Out of Social Networking? – Not The User’s Fault

Want to Spread News on Twitter? It’s Who You Know, Not How Many – Fast Company

Five Must-Read Posts from Last Week – Servant of Chaos

Bacon Cheese Turtleburgers – This Is Why You’re Fat

How to Get Your First Job/Placement in Planning by Life Moves Pretty Fast

Who Says the Future Needs an Advertising Agency? by Bud Caddell

IfWeRanTheWorld– Interesting social experiment

Jamie Oliver’s TED Prize wish: Teach every child about food

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Top Links of The Week Ending Feb. 7, 2010

February 8, 2010 Leave a comment
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