33 days in Peru

Last week I returned home after spending over a month in Peru. My girlfriend and I flew from Portland, Oregon to Lima, Peru on December 4, 2011. We returned on January 6, 2012 (one day later than intended due to rain in the desert town of Arequipa).
We had an amazing trip to South America, [...]

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Graphic design, photography and Krampus

There are some good ideas here (whether you’re into “resolutions” or not): “51 New Year resolutions for graphic and web designers.”
More ideas and inspiration to be creative: “Design Something Every Day!”
Interesting: “Eight cool social media infographics.”
These sites are fascinating: FFFFOUND! (image bookmarking), grain edit (modern graphic design inspiration blog) and Black and WTF (seriously, [...]

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Photography, fruits and vegetables, technology

Photography
I’ve browsed through a number of non-Flickr sites lately that have provided excellent inspiration for my own photography projects. Here are some:

Scott Wade’s Dirty Car Art Gallery
“Rubik’s Cube Sandwich,” which I plan to make someday (but with different, more colorful fruit and vegetable ingredients)
James D. Griffioen’s photo sets, including Feral Houses
“Gallery: Inside Alaska’s [...]

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Short films, Star Trek, gardening, Memorial Day

Looks like I’ve forgotten to post in a couple of weeks (not counting my daily nonsense at Twitter). Below are some amusements I’ve stumbled upon since last time.
Short film series
On June 1, David Lynch will launch Interview Project, a 121-part documentary series featuring portraits of Americans from all over the country. Check out a [...]

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Gardening, Disney, Michael Bay, powerful brands

Below are some links I found interesting over the past 10 days.
I’ve spent a lot of my free time gardening lately. I guess it’s mostly garden preparation (read: shovel rage and weeder fury) at this point. Maybe next weekend I will plant some everbearing strawberries, probably Hecker (read about strawberry varieties). (I also plan to [...]

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Free SXSW music, NIN|JA EP and garden yeti

Missed out on SXSW ‘09? Do not despair. Over 1,000 free MP3s by SXSW artists have been reviewed and can be downloaded here: “Six-Word Reviews of 1,302 SXSW Mp3s.” Also, here is a live performance MP3 by The Decemberists (and many others) from this year’s SXSW.
I’ve been listening to the free NIN|JA EP (made [...]

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T-Mobile Shadow’s low volume (and hardy kiwis)

So, let’s say you have your new Windows Mobile 6 smartphone, the T-Mobile Shadow, and everything is almost great. The only problem with the Shadow (and it’s a big problem) is that in-call volume is absurdly low, even with the volume control maxed out. What do you do?
(By the way, following my smartphones post [...]

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Purple potatoes, Sparks, Martini Ranch music video

This week a guy I know was walking around with a bowl of purple potatoes for lunch. I don’t mean purple-skinned potatoes, but the radioactive-looking purple-all-the-way-through kind. The only question is whether he was eating a normal, terrestrial species of potato/yam (Peruvian or similar) or perhaps somehow got hold of a starchy product of [...]

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Fertility phones, planting yellow plums, save as PDF

I have four things to share today. Ready, set, go:
1. Here’s some interesting technology news from Engadget Mobile: Samsung has filed a patent application for a fertility-measuring phone. The phone is capable of tracking a woman’s fertile periods. Oh, yes, it’s true . . . by measuring eardrum distance and body temperature. [...]

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Conspiratorial ramblings: Fanta, Coke, Big Pharma and Monsanto

What makes for good Friday night conversation among friends? Some MSG-laden take-out Chinese and a few cans of orange Fanta.
Here’s a summary of some bits of yesterday’s conversation and associated (plagiarized) Internet research:
Q. Wasn’t Fanta invented by Nazis? Isn’t this a Nazi drink?
A. No, but kind of. Fanta was invented in Nazi [...]

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