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Month: April 2011
Journal Bandolier by Cleverhands
In today’s world of iPhones and iPads I don’t find myself carrying a paper notebook too often anymore. But when I do, carrying the associated pens and pencils is usually a little cumbersome. Fortunately this cool Journal Bandolier by Cleverhands looks like it could be exactly what I need. It comes in multiple sizes and styles.
Some time ago I made a journal bandolier for myself. After the 8th person asked me where they could get one it occurred to me that I wasn’t the only person sick of losing pens and breaking pencil points, or having inspiration hit only to find I had nothing to draw or write with!
This style of Bandolier is handmade using black leather and elastic. The strap is 2 inches wide and sewn into a loop which measures 5.75 inches long when laid flat. It fits easily around books that run a little over 5 inches wide such as the Moleskine 5.52×8.25 inch journal or the Handbook journal of a similar size. Each loop is approximately 1 inch wide. There are a total of 7 loops.
This is a handmade item and will have variations from the photograph. I find many of my materials, including the leather in this bandolier at a center for creative reuse to improve the carbon footprint things I make.
Creating a Fantastic World
Very cool identity piece by Yasuhiro Kobari.
Site will be down tonight due to Media Temple scheduled maintenance
My Host, Media Temple, has informed me that they’re doing scheduled (major) maintenance tonight on their Grid-Service. The site may be down from 9:00pm to 1:00am PDT, and possibly longer.
MAINTENANCE ACTION: (mt) Engineers will be making significant changes to the back-end network used for the (gs) Grid-Service. This maintenance will improve reliability and assist in the speed of resolving network related incidents.
Sounds great! I don’t like the site going down, but if it means improving the Grid I’m willing to live with it. Apparently Cluster.01 and Cluster.02 are getting the most attention. That’s good news since I’m on Cluster.01.
Apple’s iPad 2 Commercial
I really love Apple’s new iPad 2 commercial. Unlike their competitors, Apple tends to avoid spewing specifications that most people don’t understand anyway. This is a shining example of good advertising. It promotes a user-experience over gigahertz and megabytes.
Giant Wood Xylophone in the Forest
F*ck You. Pay Me. By Mike Monteiro
If you’re a freelancer or small business owner you should check this out. It’s a great talk by Mike Monteiro, Design Director and co-founder of Mule Design Studio, on the benefits of having a contract. It was filmed on March 25th, 2011, as part of the Creative Mornings (San Francisco) sessions. There’s a followup blog post, here.
This talk is specific to the design industry, but it’s good advice for everyone.
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The legend of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
In the previous post I mentioned, Elvira. If you’re unfamiliar with who she is, this video will help a little.
As a teenage boy in the early 80’s, I watched Elvira’s Movie Macabre on late-night TV with just one hope… that she would spontaneously fall out of her dress and somehow it would make it on the air. I was convinced if I watched long enough it was bound to happen eventually.
Wondercon 2011 Costumes
Wondercon 2011 took place this past weekend in San Francisco, just 1 block from my house. Now I’m wishing I had gone. :(
If you watch closely at about 4:09 in this video you’ll catch a glimpse of Cassandra Peterson (aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark). I swear that woman doesn’t age. She looks exactly the same as she did when I was a kid.
Hot Wheels Billboard
This “billboard” for Hot Wheels is simply brilliant! Unlike most advertising which tends to concentrate on a specific product, this iconic loop is simply designed to evoke a pleasant childhood memory. It’s brand-building at it’s best.