Monthly Archives: September 2009

Jamie Cullum will be my boyfriend someday

Doing some seriously mind-numbing grunt work today, and the only thing keeping me smiling is this NPR recording of Jamie Cullum’s live performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival. If you can’t listen to the whole thing, do me a favor and at least go to 46:10 and listen to his rendition of Singin’ in the Rain leading into Rihanna’s Umbrella. Quality.

Update: After googling him for photos, I find out that he is going to marry supermodel Sophie Dahl in 2010. Ignore title of post. (sob.)

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“‘A lady came up to me on the street, pointed at my leather jacket and said, ‘Don’t you know a cow was murdered for that jacket?’ I said ‘I didn’t know there were any witnesses. Now I’ll have to kill you too.'”

Chad Hagen and His Beautiful Shapes

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Chad Hagen is a Minnesota based designer who makes some srsly nice collages. It’s amazing at how powerful simple shapes can be when manipulated with a skilled hand. It’s subtlety that I always struggle to achieve in my work.

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You can buy two of Chad’s Nonsensical Infographics prints at 20×200.

Fatty Fridays: on Tuesday!

I’ve been terrible at Fatty Fridays but I just saw this new ad for bo dem juice and figured Fatty Fridays don’t always have to happen on a Friday. Anyway, I don’t care what year it is and how far we’ve come with making hyper-real, life-like animation (hear that James Cameron?) stop-motion will always triumph. Bonus points for me because I own that ridiculous toucan lamp you see sippin’ on juice up there.

How did they come up with 57?

This question has boggled my mind for decades (2 to be exact)! So for no reason at all, I decided to google it and now I know. Here you can find more random trivia about Heinz. Check out their ads too!

What does the “57” stand for in Heinz’s famous slogan, “57 Varieties?”

While riding a train in New York City in 1896, Henry Heinz saw a sign advertising 21 styles of shoes, which he thought was clever. Although Heinz was manufacturing more than 60 products at the time, Henry thought 57 was a lucky number. So, he began using the slogan “57 Varieties” in all his advertising. Today the company has more than 5,700 products around the globe, but still uses the magic number of “57.”

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Calm & Quiet

Lovely lovely lovely lovely paintings by Kim Cogan. He uses the exact number of brushstrokes and the exact colors needed to give us the exact feeling he wants. Elegant.

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Another Damn Monday

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How I love archaic expressions.