Friday, August 29, 2008

Thursday, August 28, 2008


taken from information aesthetics

an online visualization designed by Fernanda Viegas, Martin Wattenberg & the crowdsourcing specialists at Dolores Labs, which explores the relationship between the body & its visual & verbal representation.

the Touch body heatmap investigates the collective perception of erogenous zones, based on the input of 100s of people that ranked how good it would feel to touch or be touched by a lover in different points of the body.

the Look interface analyzes the individuality and hidden surprises that each body reveals when bared by abstracting & categorizing visual forms of male nipples & female breasts.

the Listen interface charts how often a specific body part is mentioned in different music genres genre, based on a sample of 1000s songs.


i love how hip hop is all ass, hahah. hooray, info arch!
it's interesting how no one ridiculously enjoys being touched on their butt, but hip-hop is all about wanting to touch "ass". shows what they know. regardless, fascinating.
kinda nsfw.

creative genius on bbc radio 4

i came across this 3 episode radio show last night from bbc radio 4 that explores creativity -- where it comes from, can it be measured, and can you enhance it, among other things. it's neat because they look at it not purely artistically, but scientifically and include a lot of experiments, examples, and experts talking about the issues. for example, a lot of people get ideas when they're in bed or half asleep, and the reason is because slower brain waves allow thoughts that are usually inhibited to filter through. it's pretty fascinating, i even took notes, haha.
some tips on how to be more creative:
.observe observe observe! notice things!
.make and take the time for yourself to think
.read widely
.have courage to think in a different direction; allow yourself to ask questions
.realize that you are the only you; you have your own unique way of experiencing things
here's a link to the show.

Good Bye Workplace

Today is my last day working at TSE Natick. While I'm happy to be moving on I will most certainly miss the people I've caused all sorts of mischief with for the last year or so. I was actually just presented with the requisite good-by-card and a box of chocolates (double YAY). I don't have a picture of it to post so I'll just describe it. On the cover are three white people crying (literally white, not ethnically) and a tiny dog and pig standing at their feet. On the inside the dog is passing the pig a tissue. It's the best card I've ever received, but I don't understand what a dog and pig have to do with an office. Below is a picture of me with my computer. I don't usually wear a suit at work though.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

tattooed teeth

it's true, you can finally get abe lincoln's ugly mug on your crowns; when you smile, people can see a little amy winehouse or a mini simon cowell or the queen mum in the gleam. the "tooth artist" recommends to choose a simple design because the portraits are so small that if it's too detailed, no one will recognize it. it'll probably just look like a really rotten tooth.

that rooster is pretty sweet. i think it'd be cool to have a plaid pattern or a pokemon on a crown. which one? psyduck, duh.

you can look at other work and learn more at

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

They're Really Into Hair

I don't know if the name of this band is pure gimmick or pure awesome, but I dig some of their tunes either way. They're called "Natalie Portman's Shaved Head"....(wtf??) and they have not one, but TWO songs dedicated to hair. Here's one below (may induce seizures btw):

natalie portman's shaved head - sophisticated side ponytail from thatgo on Vimeo.

You can check out their myspace page here. You can find their beard song there.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

gez fry can draw. so can you.

just read an article about Gez Fry, a London native who really wanted to do japanese-style illustration. initially, he wanted to be a diplomat, but he changed his mind (i know what that's like, heh). so with no art background whatsoever, this guy locked himself in his room for 2 years and learned how to draw.. and draw super well. he gets a lot of jobs from the UK and the States, but he's determined to make it big in Japan, which is extra hard for foreigners. i have to admire this guy for his talent and his drive and his big dream.

here's the full article from pingmag:

transformers ballroom dancing

twas watching ballroom dancing with my dad on tv, and i can't believe i saw this. i'm just so glad it's on youtube.

yay new jersey.