Archive for January, 2011

Pictory = a picture + story = a photo story

Calling the photography-obsessed: Pictory will be your new favorite website. Created by Laura Brunow Miner, Pictory showcases beautiful, high-res photos taken by photographers from around the world. Aiming to document everyday life (culture, food, people), Laura accepts contributions from anyone with a story and then arranges the photos thematically. One of my favorite features is “Overseas and Overwhelmed: 25 Stories of Culture Shock” (below). If you’re camera savvy, submit your best shot to the current open themes.

Pictory Mag Screenshot

Written word is rad and don’t you forget it!

Musicians get all the play. I can’t blame anyone for the way things are because music holds a special connection for all, but I will say that sometimes the literary arts are underrated. That’s why it’s so important that organizations like online literary + arts project The Latent Print exist. The San Diego-based project offers an online platform for budding writers and artists to submit and publish their work, whether it’s creative writing, short stories, poetry or photography. It’s been around for a while, but the gals at The Latent Print have just put the finishing touches on a site redesign and are planning all sorts of events for the new year.

So if writing, photography and art is yo’ thang, you’ll want to check them out or follow them on the FB. They will absolutely be getting a submission from yours truly – let’s just hope I’m up to snuff for discriminating tastes. Seriously though, I’m glad this exists. If you’re like me and writing is your therapy, you know what I mean.

If you think vinyl is out of style, think again.

Pates Tapes is one of those special moments when the stars align and vintage and progress collide. Charles Pates began making mixtapes in 1977, starting with cassettes and finally working his way to an online music player. Streaming hours of music from his incredible vinyl collection, Pates Tapes has something for any music aficionado. Each category has a bunch of different playlists; I suggest you select “Rhythm N Blues: Soul Stax Motown” (my personal favorite) and get your funk on immediately.

Embrace OCD with Things Organized Neatly

Collecting stuff is fun, and I think looking at what other people obsessively accumulate is even more interesting. Well friends, if you can relate, prepare for jaw droppage. Things ­Organized Neatly was created by Austin Radcliffe, an Indianapolis design student who has successfully gathered the most amazing collection of orderly items. A couple of my favorites are below, but you should definitely head on over to the site for more piles of neat shit. I triple-dog-dare you not to get lost in organized amazingness.

Bill Cosby and UFOs

So you can imagine my reaction when I found out that Toddland sells Bill Cosby and UFO sweaters, right? I mean this isn’t just a Cosby-esque creation, it’s got Jell-O pudding pops all over it. And a sweater with UFOs beaming up camels amongst the pyramids? I’ve always been a big fan of their product descriptions, but this is just fucking rad.

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