Breakbot: Baby I’m Yours (feat. Irfane)


 
Amazing music video found on The Fox is Black.

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Denver Comic Con

I had the opportunity to attend Denver Comic Con this weekend and wanted to share a few choice photos courtesy of the Denver Post.  Amazing community of people at these events.

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Denver Comic Con at the Colorado Convention Center

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Denver Comic Con at the Colorado Convention Center

This Is Water: DFW’s 2005 Commencement Speech Re-visited

 

A short film adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s famous 2005 commencement speech to the graduates of Kenyon College.

Simply put, DFW’s speech is about the mere fact that we have the ability to decide how we experience each moment of our lives, especially the mundane and aggravating ones. Our education is not about arming us with vast amounts of knowledge, it’s about instilling the awareness necessary to choose between a conscious and unconscious existence, what moments have meaning, and when we’re able to experience the infinite connectedness of life.

It’s an incredibly important message for all of us, especially those moving bit by bit into adulthood and the more permanent cognitive frameworks that accompany it.

An interview with The Glossary, the creators of this film, can be found on AdWeek.

The New American Superstar

Gone are the days of trying to Be Like Mike.  The connectivity brought forth by the digital age has removed the protective veil that once insulated and propped up the athletes of old to super-human status. But, with or without new media technologies the perceived level to which we vaulted athletes in our mind, was doomed to collapse.

And bit by bit, it did.  For years, we’ve witnessed downfall after downfall, from Ron Artest climbing into the stands to attack fans to Elin Nordgren chasing Tiger down with his own golf club, hilarity and irony so extreme they borderline on the poetic.  Over the years we’ve seen too many lapses in character that media and brands can no longer use sponsorships and commercial spots to sell us the primped, primed and overly-engineered identity of yesterday’s athlete.  It’s not new and it’s not believable anymore.

This progression reached an inflection point in 2010, when LeBron James announced that he was going to play for the Miami Heat on a live television special.  The event was so significant it is now known only as The Decision.  Nearly three years later, James is still working to regain his credibility among sports fans.

And, while I used to think the root of fan frustrations came from the fact that LeBron renounced the humble, hard-working city of Cleveland for the tan skinned, botox-injected fakeness of Miami, a dynamic that now occurs regularly in sports, I now realize it boiled down to something else.  What we hated was the seriousness and over-inflated air of importance that this event conveyed about LeBron.  So, important you need a TV special to tell the world who you’re going to play for next year?! Fans went berserk and everyone overlooked the fact that the ad dollars from the :30 minute program raised over $2 million for Boys and Girls Clubs.

Today’s athlete must be willing to explore another approach if he or she wants to reach the mountain top of endorsement dollars.  I’ll elaborate.  Thanks to the creative minds of Madison Avenue and the wild success of campaigns like Old Spice’s Man Your Man Could Smell Like, advertisers are heading in a new direction with their use of celebrity talent.  Instead of the super-serious, “you want to be like me” commercial spots of old, they’ve taken the athlete’s already over-inflated ego and boosted it further to the point of comedy.
 

 
Simply put, today’s athlete makes his fame through commercial spots that enhance or underscore his peculiarities and insecurities.  No one likes a person who takes themselves too seriously.  LeBron learned this the hard way. 
 

 
But, we do like people, and especially athletes, who have no problem laughing at themselves.  Remarkable commercial spots are now achieving this with some regularity.  Some going so far as to become popular culture in and of themselves as evidenced by the Cliff Paul Statefarm spots (below).
 

 
All of these commercials are fantastic. I light up each time a new one comes out that progresses the narrative forward. But, on the flip side, it’s also somewhat sad to think about the fact that athletes have fallen to a more human level in our lives. Once immortalized as hero’s, they’re now just entertainers.

MakerHaus

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Love love love this concept.  Further proof that indie capitalism is alive and well.  What is Maker Haus? I’ll let them explain…

Frustrated by the lack of access to tools and prototyping equipment in Seattle, we decided to establish a place that allowed our community of creative minds to learn, discover, create, and collaborate all under one roof. We are an incubator and facilitator for those creative minds who need access to professional tools and prototyping equipment to support their businesses and bring their own design ideas to life.

MakerHaus is a studio environment with a professional staff from diverse backgrounds in design, manufacturing, creative strategy, and business. Napkin sketches, Kickstarter dreams, and design challenges of all kinds welcome!

It’s basically a space that provides entrepreneurs with resources like a metal and wood shop, 3D printers, laser cutting, classrooms, conference rooms, and event space, a material library and more, all accessed through a membership-based system.  Here’s a video of two aspiring guitar makers talking about how Maker Haus is helping them to scale their business:

National Geographic’s Found Tumblr

As a celebration of National Geographic’s 125th anniversary of being “The Most Interesting Publication in the World” they have created an ever-expanding archive their most amazing photojournalism from around the world via Tumblr.  The photos are stunning.  I’ve compiled a nice smattering here, but definitely add their site to your feed.

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Patton Oswald’s Star Wars Filibuster


 
Television is becoming so much more interesting because it has the ability to comment and contribute to popular culture, allowing it to fit into the larger spectrum of our lives in a way that films cannot. This clip, aside from being an awesome performance by Oswald is a good example of that.

Movies these days suck for a lot of reasons, but to their credit, they’re challenged with transporting us to a separate reality that prohibits the acknowledgement of seemingly insignificant cultural blips like the much anticipated screenplay for Star Wars Episode VII.

Culture is speeding up.  The stories we tell are becoming relevant for shorter and shorter periods of time and while film will always have a place in our lives, it’s far less equipped to deal with this dynamic.

Thanks for the share Dave.

Dove’s Real Beauty Sketches

 

The latest iteration of Dove’s Real Beauty campaign is marketing at its best: honest, insightful and artfully delivered.

Time Lapse Earth

 

Another inspiring short compiling footage from the International Space Station.  Made my day.

[via High Snobiety]

ESCONDIDO / The Ghost of Escondido


 
I’m super hot for this male, female duo from Nashville.  Part pop music, part spaghetti western, it hits the spot.  According to Tyler James, “we wanted it to be like Clint Eastwood playing pop songs at one of the honky-tonks downtown. But we’ve been told it sounds like desert sex.” Regardless, it feels original and maintains it’s quality throughout.  Give it a listen.

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