I just popped over to Newstoday, thinking that since I was sitting in a hallway all alone, I wouldn’t disturb anyone with the loud, “Newstoday…” jingle. I went, and to my surprise, Newstoday, and it’s wonderful tune weren’t there anymore, but replaced by QBN, the main part behind Newstoday. That’s the best possible way I can think of describing it.
The redesign looks really nice and simple, and quite possibly more fun. All of the main elements of what Newstoday was about, but makes it slightly easier to access. There’s not as much of an information overload anymore. Other blogs like Core77 and Treehugger need to take a cue from this redesign. Less is so much easier to process. It feels like these blogs are getting out of hand with the amount of content they’re trying to get out to people.
Stefan Marx is a German illustrator who has a really great online portfolio. His work consists mostly of black and white line drawings, which are pretty detailed and cute, you could say. His mascot is a a smiling house, which he’s created giant sculptures of. He also makes some pretty rad t-shirts as well, which you can find over at The Lousy Livincompany.
Also, I stole this from somebody, but I can’t remember who it was, so my apologies to them for my bad memory.
Last Week in Music, I had a couple of new things pop up on my list. Buillion, was number one, who I think might be trying to paint himself as the next Dangermouse. What he did, was combine the beats of J Dilla, with the best album ever written, Pet Sounds, and called it ‘Pet Sounds: In the Key of Dee’. What you get is something pretty close to amazing. Hearing the chopped up beats of Dilla mixed with the beautiful vocals of The Beach Boys is pretty damn awesome. What’s also really cool, is that the album is free to download, just click on the title of the album up there.
Then there was Coconut Records, who I keep saying I’m going to post about, but so far I haven’t. Hopefully I’ll get to it this week, since I have so much free time. Such a great album.
After that was Jana Hunter, who I wasn’t so sure about at first, but now I’m really starting to enjoy her album. It’s really folk-y, but I’m really enjoying a lot of the instrumental stuff. It’s definitely growing on me.
I also just got the new Bishop Allen album, Bishop Allen & The Broken String, which I’m reading on Wikipedia that it came out on July 24th. How in the hell did I miss this? Anyhow, it’s their second full length album, consisting mostly of songs from their EP’s they made last year, but remastered and made new-ish. The album is pretty good overall, though I feel like it could have been a lot stronger.
Uniqlo has a rad new interactive game which lets you play and experience the grid system that they use. I wasn’t quite sure what to do at first (probably because I didn’t read the directions…) but after like 5 minutes you totally get it and it starts to become really fun. There really isn’t a point tot he game, it’s more like a social project where up to 50 people get to make the decisions of what the grid will look like. You can add or remove squares, rotate them, or combine them.
I was playing earlier, and usually I try to turn all of the squares the color I was assigned. But someone else decided to drag all of the squares off the grid, leaving it blank. This kind of made it fun because then I started working to actually keep something on the board. It’s a pretty fun way to kill 15 minutes or so. There are also a lot of really great sound effects that go along with the game. You could honestly just sit and watch if you wanted to.
On the plane ride over I was reading the newest issue of Dwell, saw this, and was so very sad that I was on a plane and wouldn’t be able to post about it till later. I mean, how amazing is this Beard Cap? I would love to have one of those, especially being here in Boston. It’s made of wool and comes in 3 different colors and styles. I love that it covers almost your entire head, it looks sooooo warm.
It’s made by a design group called Vík Prjónsdóttir who work in Iceland and think of all sorts of ingenious ways of keeping people warm, like blankets made for two and “robes” shaped like seal pelts. Lots of weird, but fun, projects.
Update: Herman over at Doodybrain got in touch with Scandinavian Grace in Brooklyn and found out that they do carry these caps. They go for $135 a piece, and come in two different styles, long and short beard, and 4 different colors. Call or e-mail the store if you want to get one!