When I think of the folks at Art Lebedev, I think of fancy electronics like the Optimus Maximus Keyboard, big, shiny, futuristic things. Funny enough, they also design cookies. In Russia, they have bus and trolley tickets that have 6 digit numbers on them, and supposedly if the sum of the first three digits equals the sum of the last three digits your ticket is lucky and you should eat it. So taking that idea to the next level they’ve created Lucky Ticket cookies for the Russian Ministry of Transport, all of which are completely edible and all of them are lucky. This such a fun idea, I wish I could get some here in the U.S.
Edwarde Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, one of my favorite bands of 2009, is releasing a 12 part music video series called SALVO! which is like an epic rock opera for our modern day times. So far only the two videos above have been released but this is looking like a huge project. Each video so far has been absolutely beautiful, with lush imagery of deserts and sunsets, telling the story of Edward Sharpe. They’re also pretty damn trippy, which makes them all the more fun
The videos are directed by Benjamin Kutsko and Cory Marrero and I think they did an excellent job. I’m definitely looking forward to more of these, even for th visuals alone which are amazing. It certainly helps that they also wrote one of the best albums of the year to score it with.
Yesterday afternoon I grabbed some pho with my good friends Brooke and Levi before they left on their mega-trip (which you can read about here). They ended up taking me to this place called Pho Cafe in Silverlake, a tiny restaurant tucked into a run down looking strip mall. But to my surprise the inside was absolutely beautiful and minimally beautiful as you can see in the photo above. The entire space was completely white with only tables, chairs and the amazing glass lights suspended over them.
The food itself was really delicious as well. I definitely don’t claim to be any kind of pho expert, but I think I’ve had some legit pho before. When Matt and I went to SF in August we went to this tiny place called Golden Star Vietnamese which was in the heart of Chinatown. I had pretty much the same thing at both places; soup with beef balls and pieces of beef and tripe with noodles and they were both amazing. If you’re in either LA or SF I highly suggest either or both of these.
Just wanted to give some of you a little update. It was brought to my attention that KN Mixcast No.011 had stopped working. I sent a little note to the folks over at Mediafire and they ended up fixing the file for me. How cool is that? Big thanks to Andrea and the people at Mediafire.
You can download the mix by clicking here.
Things have been quiet around here competition-wise, so it’s probably about a time I announce another one, don’t you think? A few weeks ago I was sent a set of those fancy dandy tops that Herman Miller released and I’m giving you a chance to win them. I’m gonna try and drum up some prizes for a second and third place as well, so hang tight for those.
The contest is simple, just create a holiday themed wallpaper. What do I mean by holiday? That’s up to you. That being said, I’m definitely looking for something out of the box and out of the ordinary. Traditional imagery works, be it Santa, Kwanzaabot or the Chanukah Zombie, but the more imaginative the better. It doesn’t even need to revolve around a holiday, it could simply be how it looks outside your window. I’m not being very helpful, but hopefully there’s enough guidelines to work with.
Please send all submissions to [email protected] with the subject “The Holiday Wallpaper Competition”. All submissions should be sent as JPGs and sized to 1920px x 1200px. Failure to do so may disqualify you and you may end up with coal in your stocking.
The due date is December 21st by Midnight PST so get your butt in gear and make something fun. If you have any questions feel free to throw them into the comments section.