Friday, January 30, 2009

my new love: lisa bengtsson

first, check out artist/graphic designer lisa bengtsson's portfolio. then check out the site Bunny Maxwell, which sells her wallpaper along with other super fun stuff that i can't afford.

i'm thinking lisa's roses....are going in my next tattoo. i've been waiting for an image that clicked, and i think i found it.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

bicycle tidbits

think about these things while you're out happily and healthily biking :)

• More than half of cars trips made by Americans would take less than 20 minutes on a bike, but ninety percent of all trips of between one and three miles or less are taken by car. Likewise, fifty-nine percent of trips less than one mile are made by car. (Source: Federal Highway Administration, National Household Travel Survey, 2001).

• Increasing the bicycle and pedestrian share of trips between one and three miles from the current level of 4 percent to about 10 percent would avoid approximately 21 billions miles of driving. (Source:
Active Transportation for America, 2008.)

• For the consumer, the costs of driving per mile traveled far outweighs the cost of biking per mile. (Source: Active Transportation for America, 2008.) Note: There's no point using hard numbers as obviously they shift considerably as gas prices and other factors vary, but there’s no way around the reality that bikes are far more affordable as this website details.

• Building a single mile of a four lane urban highway costs $20 to $80 million per mile, while building a mile of bicycle path costs between a few thousand dollars per mile to $1 million dollars per mile. (Source: Active Transportation for America, 2008.)

• Over the width of one traffic lane, bicycling and walking can move five to 10 times more people than driving can. (
Cycling: The Way Ahead for Towns and Cities, 1999)

• In 2007, less than half of all Americans met the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation of at least 30 minutes of modest physical activity on most days. (Source:
Active Transportation for America, 2008.)

• Americans spend some $33 billion a year on weight-loss products and services. (
NIDDK, 1999)

• Modest increases in bicycling and walking for short trips could provide enough exercise for 50 million inactive Americans to meet recommended activity levels, erasing a sizable chunk of America’s activity deficit. (Source:
Active Transportation for America, 2008.)

merrill lynch exec spends over a million revamping his office

yeah...after his company went into crisis and was sold to bank of america, he spends $1.22 million on his personal office area. oh yeah, of company money...

check it out:

  • $2,700 for six wall sconces.
  • $5,000 for a mirror in his private dining room.
  • $11,000 for fabric for a "Roman Shade."
  • $13,000 for a chandelier in the private dining room.
  • $15,000 for a sofa.
  • $16,000 for a "custom coffee table."
  • $18,000 for a "George IV Desk." $25,000 for a "mahogany pedestal table."
  • $28,000 for four pairs of curtains. $35,000 for something called a "commode on legs."
  • $37,000 for six chairs in his private dining room.
  • $68,000 for a "19th Century Credenza" in his office.
  • $87,000 for a pair of guest chairs.
  • $87,000 for an area rug in Thain's conference room and another area rug for $44,000.
and the one i especially like:
  • $800,000 to hire celebrity designer Michael Smith, who is currently redesigning the White House for the Obama family for just $100,000.

wow. and people think that those on welfare and food stamps are the ones with the most affect on the economy. no, it's people like this, millions of them, who are comfortable with laying off workers and then proceeding to spend a fortune on guest chairs, just because they can.

fuck the rich.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Donate and help our Neighbors

Hey everyone.

If you attended the Drasco Pen-Ultimate Dance party and had a BLAST, please consider donating a few bucks towards their noise violation ticket they are having to pay.

The party was free, they provided tons of alcohol, and the music was awesome. You can donate whatever your are comfortable with. They will appreciate any help!

Click the button below to donate with paypal or credit card. It goes to my paypal account marked as "Drasco Donation," and I will be giving them the money in a lump sum (or you can give cash to them directly, or to me and i will pass it on).


where's your head at?!

went to a dance party last night... MUCH needed!!

This song reminds me of the DEEP END at burningman :)! can't get enough. i wonder if the deep end will be around next year... supposedly last year was the LAST year, but who knows. my theory is that they return, with half the returning members leading it, with new name and look. hopefully same location.

the deep end:

four cats in my house

wow. scary....................................... look at sheemo's face. her head is about to start spinning exorcist style.


Thursday, January 15, 2009

tv polaroid

love these pictures. going to use them.............. need more tvs.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

your meat is mine


awhile back, lucas and i saw these tattoos... didn't bookmark the page, and kind of forgot about them.

tattoo artist Yann in Montreal (?) has this simple style that is absolutely amazing.

check out his work at YOUR MEAT IS MINE. there's an option for english at the top left, or just click on each gallery to see his work.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Best of 2008

happy new year!

January... an important month. My birthday, MLK's birthday, Obama's presidential inauguration, and a plethora of lists of the "best of ______ of 2008."

Here is my top 10 list of websites of the year, not including obvious sites like google or facebook. Also in no particular order.

1. Etsy. Handmade inspiration.
2. Juxtapoz. Art and Culture.
3. BBC News. You should read it every day.
4. Apartment Therapy. Covers all the basics.
5. Design Sponge. By far the most comprehensive, organized, and enjoyable design site to browse through.
6. Sheldon Brown. Any technical information you need on ANY bicycle...ever. RIP SB.
7. BIGSTEREO. electro electro electro remix extradordinaire
8. Craigslist. I use it almost every day.
9. FFFOUND! Photo bookmarking. addicting.
10. Wikipedia. Get a grasp of what you're talking about...

Here are some existing lists for you to enjoy:

Craft: Top 100 Tutorials (projects). This list is AMAZING. go do some projects.

PitchforkMedia's Top 50 Albums. Whether or not we all agree on the order, it is a great place to find new music, or to re-evaluate music you haven't listened to closely enough.

Time Magazine- Top 50 Websites. Definitely worth a look... some really great resources you may not know about here.

Time Magazine- Top 10 EVERYTHING of 2008! SO MUCH fun stuff to read. Includes recipes, political blunders, underreported news stories, green ideas, scandals, etc.

Apartment Therapy's Best Small Space Solutions (has a list of links for ideas)

BIGSTEREO's top 10 downloaded tracks of the year... have fun :)