Monday, May 14, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Chipotle | Farming

The Chipotle fast food chain (owned by McDonalds from 1998 to 2006), produced this potent video on the state of farming and food production.  Willie Nelson lent his cred, which is virtually unheard of for a corporate campaign.

Chipotle released this statement about the sustainability video.  Chipotle also has a foundation to support the cause, and food personality Jamie Oliver seems to be on board, who was recently recognized by TED.

If they manage be a true and enduring thought leader on transforming greed and consumption into sustainability and responsibility, I'd be a customer for life.  And if past is prologue, the actual patience and benevolence exhibited by investors in lieu of profits will limit the success of any such effort.

At least they are keeping good company in the meantime.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Music from the Other Places

Live mixing up Police radio scanners and ambient music.  City by city.  Cinematic sound.

And then there's this, which was just written up in the Washington Post Express:

...Not sure what these guys are about with their really filthy garbage-bin-chic look, and rats.

...lastly I stumbled onto this... skip up to about 2 min ....the last half with the basket balls is pretty funny

Pit Bull Terr--ier!!

Friday, January 20, 2012


Today my daughter decided to make a calculator.  When she cut it out, she created the tilt-screen feature.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Future of User Interface

Old marketing from Microsoft: ideation of our future.

I wonder if everyone will actually look this relaxed and content.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Feelings on McArthur

Take advantage of the opportunity to get people's attention.  No, I did not do this, but someone in my neighborhood did, and it has been cracking me up ever since.

2011 | Details

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Favorite Jams

Sometime ago, Miss Paltrow and her friends posted their top dance jams on Goop.

The list is not new since DJ AM is no longer with us, but let it be known that many of these Jams do, in fact, stand.  --I say that as a DJ who plays them and witnesses the smiles, shouting, and booty shaking.

Go to it, folks.  Follow Prince.
Party Jams

In case you want to know mine, here are DJ Crisp Air's |  (links are provided for some of the harder to find things. Shhh.)
1.   Wanna Be Startin Something | Michael Jackson
2.   Don't Leave Me This Way (Rework) | Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
3.   Hella Lola Mashup | Go Home Productions
4.   Let Love Rule (Justice Remix) | Lenny Kravitz
5.   Got the Rhythm (feat Beardyman) | A Skillz
6.   Ring the Alarm (Freemason Remix) | Beyonce
7.   You Can Make It (Preacher Man Remix) | Shawn Christopher
8.   I Feel Love | Donna Summer
9.   Jacobino | Mastiksoul
10. Barbara Streisand | Duck Sauce

Monday, January 16, 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Done yoga?

Lululemon produced this campaign that pokes fun at the very people they target.  Entertaining.


Friday, December 30, 2011

Chung King Selection

Here's a new mixed selection of music for you to download and enjoy...

The gist was to take synthy rock/dance/indie tracks pumped out of who knows where, and mix them into something cohesive: the beats range from 92 to 184 bpm, and are influenced by everything from post-punk, syrupy pop, to dub step, and nu disco.  If you get jangled by the faster tracks in the beginning, the last half is a slower ride, with some sentimental cheese thrown in.

Chung King Selection (Right-click the title to download)
13 Tracks | 47 min | Dec 2011 |  85 MB

Pop N' Gum | Superbus
Space and the Woods | Late of the Pier
Hear it in the Cans | We Have Band
Steve McQueen | M83
We Want To | New Young Pony Club
On 'n On | Justice
Girls Night Out | The Knife
Dude, It's On | Pigeon John
Amor Fati | Washed Out
Time to Pretend | MGMT
Cali Spaces | Mark Farina
The Ghost Inside | Broken Bells
Midnight City | M83

To get more of the good stuff, check out the other downloads on my music page.

Special thanks to Tom M. for surfacing some of the tracks.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Royksopp | Remind Me

Like infographics?  This is for you.

Acid for Blood

I loved the movie Aliens when it came out in whenever that was in the 90's. It was up there with Terminator II, except it was parasitic, acid-blooded monsters against lead-slinging US Marines and Sigourney Weaver on some distant galactic rock.

Adult Swim's stop-action series Robot Chicken supposes how an alien's acid-blood might be not be a helpful defense tactic.

Friday, October 14, 2011


IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise: 
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools: 
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!' 
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

--Rudyard Kipling

Monday, October 10, 2011

Information and Design

Why those who devise the mechanisms to generate data need designers to communicate and orchestrate their outputs.

Monday, October 3, 2011


I generally try to avoid posts like this, but I found myself so baffled by this sight today in Columbia Heights that I had to post it.

The woman below appeared to be heading off to work around 8:50am this morning on Newton Street.  Nothing about her stood out at first.  But then I thought, "Is she missing her pants?  A skirt maybe?"

Upon closer inspection, something was indeed out of place.  I was speaking with my friend, Jonah on the phone and said, "Uh man, I need a second opinion on something I'm seeing here.  I'm going to SMS you an image right now and give me your honest point of view." --which he did.

He concurred that this woman appeared to have on no pants.  I checked my rear view mirror from about 1/2 half a block away, and yes, that pink polka dot pattern was indeed showing in the front too.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


...always stoked by the New Yorker cartoons.

The Onion too...

Cruising the Earth from Above

This satellite zips across the horizon on the dark side of our planet.  Look out for the huge lightning storms in the upper right side.


Pretty much everything now is run or controled by a computer.  That opens lots of interesting possibilities for hackers.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Bruce Lee | Ping Pong

People make a big deal about Bruce Lee.  This is why.

In case you can't tell in the video, he is playing ping pong with this nun chuks.

Upon further research, there are many admirers who aspire to be 'marshal' arts masters themselves...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Food Trucks -- Find Them All

I like eating food truck cuisine.  --That is, literally eating food prepared and sold from a vehicle parked curbside.

DC has seen an explosion of food trucks in the past year, and tracking each one on Twitter was fun before there were about 80 of them.  Now get the real time update on all DC food truck locations at Food Truck Fiesta, by app or site.

While the site is cluttered and cramped, the app is breeze to use.  Enjoy and happy hunting.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Party in the Back

I have heard of the phrase, "Business in the front, party in the back" to describe certain hairstyles found in the countryside. Is this it?

Business in the front, party in the back.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Inspirational Posters

It has been a while, but some of these inspirational posters and images still cut the mustard.

New and Old

Haiku from Back in the Day

Liz wrote these while I was away in Ireland in '04

Dog waits anxiously
When will we begin our walk?
Only I can say

Warm between my hands
Da Earl Grey steams a white mist
It’s cold outside

Pink light glows dimly
Behind the stand of cedars
The day breathes goodbye

The air is just cool enough
To give me goosebumps

And I penned this one while in Ireland with my Dad.

Driving with my Dad
Countryside is roaring by
Whoa, slow down big guy

Monday, August 8, 2011

Gotta Dog

We've been looking.  And through the Humane Society, we found one.


2011 | Family | August

...and so after the previous post, we have a dog.

Compassion and Companionship

This shot, which I snapped in Paris a couple months back, really got me...

2011 | Details | Feb


This past weekend, I snapped this butterfly.  Not a bad site for a lunch break.  Click on this image to see it larger...
2011 | Kendale | August

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Monday, August 1, 2011

South Africa | Innovation

Bartender, shot of rum please.  In fact, throw a bag out to everyone, on me.

So it turns out that you can buy rum in South Africa in the same packaging you might find, say, Heinz ketchup or soy sauce.  It has flames on the package, so my guess is you can cook with it too.

Details | 2011


Oh yes, I'm real.  Check me out!

[click on me, to see me bigger]

2011 Kendale | July

Mmm Schlitz

2011 Details | July

Oh please, you don't have to over-sell me.  It's Schlitz.

2011 Details | July


Tinted windows.  Blue-purple mat paint job.  Rear sun visor.  Smashed-in passenger side door.

Does it get any more real than this?

\2011 Details | July

Forrester - Fire up the CXM!

First off, I like and respect Forrester Research.  Multitudes of important decisions are based off of their findings each day.

I just got hold of the recent Forrester paper on enterprise management of content, which is admittedly a risky and expensive subject for large enterprises.  The report analyzes software platforms and how best they meet the needs of content management, governance, distribution, etc.

In particular, this report, which goes for a tidy a la cart price of $2,495, presented a summary graphic about the aforementioned subject.  The graphic depicts CXM (Customer Experience Management) as the central hub of an efficient machine interacting with a variety of components.

Step 1
Build and configure the machine as depicted.  Check.

Step 3
Fire up the CXM.  All systems go.

Step 3
Dammit, wait, that was not supposed to happen.  Phil, get the CXM strategy and engineering team in here.

OK, so the graphic probably came from PowerPoint or something, but seriously.  If you're gonna depict your key concept as gears, don't arrange them like that.

Monday, July 25, 2011


...Hammer time.


Be advised...

Location:Jones Branch Dr,McLean,United States

Hot? No Way

Regarding the Post Article about the heat wave.

Mr. Freedman: You can't fool anyone with these fake heatwave articles.  Carbon's existence on the periodic table is total hoax. And even if it was real, it couldn't possibly float in the air.

But, let's just say you're right.  And if you're right, bigger and better-air conditioned SUV's will be needed to transport our citizens in comfort as the planet grows hotter. I have dispatched a team of highly-paid lobbyists to "work with" law-makers to secure the on-going subsidies for those SUV's. And to do that, the US debt ceiling should be raised, and frankly, education's bloated budget must be brought under control as a part of that package.

Friday, July 22, 2011

QR Codes Are Ugly

QR Code, anyone?  Music?


I don't love QR (Quick Response) codes much.  I appreciate how they can be useful:
  • Nothing like scanning a produce item in the grocery store to find the back-story on just how organic it is and perhaps even "following it" on fb as it is juiced by another customer later that day
  • Being in an airport and scanning a code while on the move to learn of a nearby deal, value or offer.  Then becoming excited that they QR code enticed me to purchase a Brookstone travel pillow as a result ---that I will never use again
  • Standing in line for a lunch, becoming bored of staring at my mobile phone, and then looking up to see a QR code, and then becoming suddenly un-bored of my phone again as I scan the code to find out the salad bar has its own community that I should become a fan off.
But even if they could provide consistently useful information at the point in time and place that it is needed, I can't get past that we're just bar-coding life's experiences with something ugly.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Old Spice

Remember the Old Spice man of the 80's?  --some sailing guy coming home to his waiting lady?  I do, vaguely.  Thanks to YouTube a refresher is available.

In context to that, the ad campaign of 2010 seriously cracks me up, even now.  I wish the recent campaign could be mailed anonymously (by time machine) back to the previous ad executives of the 70's and 80's.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

1st World Rap

<a href='' target='_new' title='First World Problems Rap'>Video: First World Problems Rap</a>

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Penny on the Move

This penny from 1956 found its way into my hand.  For the last 55 years it has traveled around, and the journey continues.

2011 | Details

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Trending Technology | Infographics

Whoever chose the easy-listening music (probably to subdue panic of the stratospheric figures) should be fired, but the the data about world consumption/adoption of mobile devices and internet usage is fascinating.  Mute your speakers and have a look.

  •  Internet traffic generated by 20 homes in 2015 = the total Internet traffic in 1995    
  • The proportion of people who access the Internet only through mobile devices will grow from 14 million in 2010 to 788 million by 2015.
  • The number of smartphones will rise from about 500 million today to 2.5 billion.
  • Revenue from social network will increase 33% by 2015

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Get Happy

There was a day when this was entertainment.  I am not sure when that was, but whatever is gong on here is certainly entertaining me now.

2011 | Details


The world can be a tender place. So much potential.

2011 | Details

NYC | Romeo's Studio

When I was in Manhattan last Fall, I dropped into Romeo's studio.  A local (and amateur) Hip Hop posse was shooting their video.  I snapped these shots:


Last weekend, Julia and I stopped in and some models were there.

2011 | NYC | Julia

Art | Julia

I love to paint and art has been a big part of my life.  I skipped the liberal arts college route and attended art school for my undergraduate degree.

Recently, my five-year-old daughter has taken up art at school.  I now find myself in the awkward position of loving her work more than my own.  Life cracks me up.

Here is some of Julia's art:

2011 | Julia Art

View more of Julia's work, is up on Flickr.

Saturday, May 14, 2011