We’re going heavy on soul, but it’s just too good to pass up and someone’s gotta get you your fix, right? Don’t fret if you’re looking to jive to something else though because there’s plenty to go around. You’ll find Dirty Vegas, Digitalism, Thao & Mirah, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. and more on this month’s collection.
Archive for April, 2011
If I had this mug, I would: spend less time on Facebook and more time on creative projects, clean my room, teach my cats how to do tricks, perfect the art of making pizza dough, learn how to fly, take all my old junk to Goodwill, write a book (or at least a series of short stories), build an awesome spice rack in my kitchen, volunteer more, save the polar bears from extinction, and take some photography classes. What? You think some of those goals are unrealistic? Aim high, baby. Aim high. [via The Donut Project]
I have received wedding announcements with ugly magnets or cheesy engagement photos, but I’ve yet to see one with its own vinyl. Designer Kelli Anderson created this awesome invitation for her two friends in honor of the “social role of music and its ability to bring people together.” The record inside the package comes with an original song written and sung by the bride and groom to be, and it can either be played on the paper booklet it arrives in or with the needle of your phonograph. Sorry Jill and Matt, your invite is no longer my fave. [via Mashable]
I probably wasted more than a few hours in college playing with The Advertising Slogan Generator, so you can imagine I’m also getting sucked in by That Can Be My Next Tweet. It’s a simple site that mishmashes parts of your old tweets together and the results can be hilarious. Try it out and post your best one in the comments.
In February, Ford Motor Company flew me to Spain to help with the global launch of the all new Ford Focus. It was a fun weekend racing cars on a private track, demoing the latest SYNC technology (still not impressed) and collaborating with fellow creatives from around the world. In return for my time, Ford made a $10,000 donation to the non-profit of my choosing. I selected The Ecology Center, an educational center whose purpose is to engage families with hands-on activities that teach practical, environmental solutions at the household and community level. A few days after returning from Spain, the biggest tractor trailer I’ve ever seen pulled up in front of my tiny Brooklyn apartment and dropped off a brand new Ford Focus, along with a gas card, iPad, Flip Cam and a parking spot at the garage around the corner. For the next six weeks, I cruised all over NYC, from Il Passatore in Williamsburg to Toast in Harlem, I pushed this car to the limit and it totally delivered.
To wrap things up, I was asked to throw a party that brought together Ford Focus‘ tag-line of “Start more than a car.” Naturally, I jumped on the chance to spend Ford’s money on social good. And that’s exactly what happened. We took over the outdoor garden at Roberta’s and Evan Marks (Founder of The Ecology Center) led a Backyard Skills workshop on making terrariums. It was the jam and I had the pleasure of co-hosting the event with 1NiteStand.org, a new initiative that fosters collective action around a single event. Over 150 people showed up to get their hands dirty, drink beer, organic wine and natural soda and have one of the best Sunday afternoons in a long time. We posted photos of the event here (omg, they’re incredible!) and this sweet video below that reminds me just how important it is to surround yourself with people who love to do good while having fun.
This isn’t the first time Ford tapped Holiday Matinee. Check out our coverage of the Ford Fiesta. We’re talking jet skis, hot air balloons, movie premieres, screen-printing, trips to Bonnaroo, the desert and more .