In internet years, this video is basically surfing with the help of a rascal scooter. But, knowing how much you guys love useful videos and poetry, here it is: an animated poem! The author is Billy Collins, and that’s his voice in the video, which could be described as wonderfully monotone.
More wonderful, is the accessibility of his prose. However nervous you are about understanding the work of poets, your anxiety will dissipate when you realize you, too have forgotten the quadratic equation, South American geography and the entire existence of particular books (or people for that matter).
As a part of the continued fun of Los Angeles, I’m Yours we’ve got the band Portugal. The Man hooking us up with all kinds of goodies. Biggest and best is that their performing at Space15Twenty this Saturday night from 7 to 10pm and it’s totally free. Not content to end their they’ve also decided to create a totally weird and amazing desktop wallpaper.
The wallpaper is a collaboration between Portugal. The Man frontman John Gourley and his buddy and partner in art crimes Austin Sellers. This is definitely one of the oddest and coolest wallpapers that’s been featured in a while. Part dinosaur part lady face part crystal hide equals… well I don’t know exactly, what do you think? I’m totally in love with the color palette they used though it potentially could melt your eyeballs if you stare at it too long.
A big thanks to Portugal. The Man and Austin Sellers for hooking us up with such rad artwork. For more details on the show this Saturday as well as a cool new music video click here.
My buddy Micah Lidberg just released a new book called Rise and Fall: A Concertina of Life which could possible be better described as a fold out picture book of epic proportion. The whole thing is one long image printed on a folded piece of heavy card that measures over 53 inches. The illustrations inside are filled with hundreds of little critters that have now gone extinct, from dinosaurs to giant sloths to all kinds of unknowable beasties.
I think what they’ve done here is completely refreshing and a much needed improvement. The graphics are now bold and clear, combining a multitude of colors, fonts and shapes while somehow keeping it all looking consistent. I think my two favorite elements are the gradient on the penalty alert and the huge Touchdown pop-up. It’s funny though, as I wrote that last sentence it made sense to use web design terms to describe what the objects were. Perhaps the web is starting to bleed over to television or the two are really finally starting to merge?
Right before the opening of Los Angeles, I’m Yours on Saturday Anh of Space15Twenty filmed me doing a little walkthrough of the space, explaining the different parts of the show. I thought I’d post this for a couple reasons, like the fact that a majority of you have actually never seen what me moving and talking, thus making me a real life person. It’s also a really great way to see what the show looks like if say, you live in Copenhagen. I’ll be working with another friend of mine to get a little more in depth coverage of the space as well, but I think this is a nice little preview.