Archive for November, 2009

“A man got to have a code.”

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"Come at the King, you best not miss."

The title of this post comes from “The Wire.”  It’s a reference to one of the show’s central players – Omar Little.  Omar is arguably one of the best characterizations TV has ever seen. In the show, he was a bad guy, but he had a code and never deviated from that code.  He lived it and we loved him for it.  Most notably,  he never robbed or harassed people who were uninvolved in the drug trade.

Neither do we.  Here’s our code.

We Believe

in creativity and accountability

that working smarter beats working harder

in proving people wrong, exceeding expectations and taking chances

there’s no such thing as out-of-the-box, because there is no box

that change is good—and sometimes, just for the sake of it

a great idea can come from anyone at anytime and anywhere

in process, as long as it leads to results

that blending art and science can make magic

not everybody believes in this list

in being first, being best and being the last to leave the party

So say we all

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Written by Francesca Gangitano
Francesca Gangitano

November 20th, 2009 at 10:52 am

“Now that man is going to give his money to a total stranger.”

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DVD Art

DVD Art

This title of this post is a line from the movie “House of Games” written by David Mamet.  I maintain that all I’ve ever needed to know about human nature I learned from it, which is kind of odd since it is all about the pyschology of “confidence games.”  Watching the season finale of Mad Men last Sunday I found myself thinking that Don “just pulled a ‘House of Games’” on Peggy (they are two central characters).  It got me recalling a dialogue from “House Of Games” that has always resonated with me… “It’s called a confidence game. Why?  Because you give me your confidence?  No. because I give you mine.”

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Written by Francesca Gangitano
Francesca Gangitano

November 13th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

Cogency

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From Scott Monty’s blog, ’nuff said. Full StoryApple product

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Written by Francesca Gangitano
Francesca Gangitano

November 13th, 2009 at 11:53 am

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Ghost Stories: New Designs from Nendo

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Museum of Arts and Design Collection Database.

Ghost Stories: New Designs from Nendo transforms the MADProjects Gallery on the Museum’s second floor into a magical landscape of new designs that imbue chairs, vases, and lamps with whimsy and optical illusion. Founded and led by Canadian-born principal Oki Sato, Nendo has garnered international attention and more than 45 design awards for its beautifully simple yet surprisingly humorous work in interiors, furniture, product design, graphics, and architecture.”  This collection is based on surprise and illusion, as many of the pieces appear to float, disappear or diffuse.

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Written by Elizabeth Valleau
Elizabeth Valleau

November 12th, 2009 at 12:35 pm

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Tracking H1N1 in Near Real Time

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Check out this super interesting report from Fast Company comparing the GE Centricity EMR system (which reports based on Dr’s diagnoses) to Google Flu Trends online H1N1 infection tracking system,which basis it’s report on searches for flu related topics.  See snippet below, and more at the link.

“In July, the World Health Organization threw its hands up, declared H1N1 the fastest spreading pandemic ever, and said tracking individual cases was hopeless. But that hasnt stopped Google and, now, GE Healthcare from trying.Both companies claim to have “near real-time” data on flu activity, but their numbers are gathered from very different sources: Google Flu Trends tracks H1N1 infections by counting the number of online searches for flu-related topics, such as “fever” and “sore throat.” GE Health cares figures come from the more than 16,000 outpatient care centers using its electronic medical records system. So which one is better?”

via Tracking H1N1 in Near Real Time | Science Inc. | Fast Company.

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Written by Elizabeth Valleau
Elizabeth Valleau

November 12th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

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NO CEILINGS ON CREATIVITY

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“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” -Bruce Lee

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November 12th, 2009 at 11:38 am

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Miracle Whip Categorically Refuses to Tone it Down

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Miracle Whip’s current ad campaign has been catching chatter for its IN YOUR FACE approach at getting on Gen Y’s hoagies and grinders. Agency McGarry Bowen is making the bold and aggressive statement that unlike other homogenized sandwich spreads, which obviously suck, Miracle Whip is cool, it’s hip, it wears tight jeans and rides the L Train. BOOM! Take that mayo!

The first time I watched it my media bombarded brain was incapable of processing what the hell was going on, but upon further inspection there’s definitely a scene in there where a bunch of hipster’s, on a rooftop, that I can only imagine is in Brooklyn, are dancing. Yes, dancing. Which begs the question: are they trying to market to these people or insult them?

None of this was missed by Steven Colbert who got “Miracle Whipped into a frenzy,” last month and started the Mayo-lution.

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In response, the Bold Marketing Team at Miracle Whip issued this proclamation today, and I’ve got to hand it to them – pretty clever. Will it make me switch from Hellmanns? Probably not. Will I watch Comedy Central tonight because of it? Doubtful. But up until an hour ago I didn’t even realize there was a difference between Miracle Whip and mayo, so kudos on the brand recognition win.

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November 12th, 2009 at 10:16 am

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Wookie Wednesday

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chewbacca-feeding-a-squirrelIn a recent study conducted by top industry experts, (and by that we mean two interns hopped up on Mountain Dew and leftover Halloween candy), it was confirmed that the amount of Chewbacca Americans receive on a daily basis is low to quite low. Some recieve little to no Chewbacca at all – a leading  cause of Chewie debt. Luckily the fine folks at instantchewbacca.com have clearly said enough’s enough as they bravely combat this epedemic. Kudos fine sirs and arrrarroowwrrerr!

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November 11th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

100 MILES AND RUNNING…

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One of the coolest cats(Be-Bop slang meaning people) of all time. If your eyes can get past how cool this collection looks your ears will for sure thank you. The Complete Columbia Album Collection by Miles Davis includes 52 albums spread across 70 CDs, a previously unreleased DVD of Live in Europe ’67, featuring performances by Miles, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams, a 250-page color book with a biography, annotated discography, and song index, tons of unreleased and rare audio recordings, and more($330).miles-davis-collection

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November 10th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

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Take THAT USPS

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Chris Thompson and Peter Saville get imortalized in a mailbox near you

Chris Thomson and Peter Saville get imortalized in a mailbox near you

Despite the UK postal outage, the Royal Mail remains optimistic enough to announce the 2010 publication of their new line commemorating famous album covers. Artists being memorialized include Robert Brownjohn, Peter Saville and Ray Lowry—among others. Long Live The Queen!

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Written by Katie Harrigan
Katie Harrigan

November 10th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Posted in Art,Design,Music