David Foster Wallace, author of many great works — including but not limited to Infinite Jest, which I have unfortunately not been able to finish despite multiple attempts — gave a commencement address to graduating seniors at Kenyon College back in 2005. But that was before the Internet gave birth to stuff that went viral (actually, believe it or not, YouTube was founded in 2005). Luckily for us, The Glossary made an awesome video inspired by Wallace’s speech that has now been seen by more than 3 million people. Which is great, because then maybe everyone will be a little more aware, a little more patient. You can listen to the full speech here.
Here’s what the obituary of a ladies’ man, foodie, natty dresser, and accomplished traveler looks like
Harry Weathersby Stamps died this past weekend, and his daughter Amanda Lewis memorialized him in a witty, at times hilarious, obituary. Ladies and gents, this is not your typical eulogy. This is a true celebration of life.
“He had a life-long love affair with deviled eggs, Lane cakes, boiled peanuts, Vienna [Vi-e-na] sausages on saltines, his homemade canned fig preserves, pork chops, turnip greens, and buttermilk served in martini glasses garnished with cornbread.”
Travel. Art. Design. If a combination of any of those piques your interest, read on.
Wander, whose “About” section on Facebook quotes Dr. Seuss, has an incredible Tumblr that you should browse immediately. The artwork you’ll find there stems from their Postcard Project, in which they asked their favorite illustrators “to imagine a postcard from everywhere and nowhere at once.” Many of them feature travel quotes that will send you Googling for your next international flight. They’re also available to download for free as high-res iPad or iPhone wallpaper.
Aside from the Postcard Project, the company remains somewhat mysterious. If you sign up, you’ll find a landing page that reveals more information about creating a Wanderlog, which I’m assuming will be somewhat of a visual travel journal allowing you to share places that inspire you. All speculation, of course.
Wander is also having a limited sale on Fab.com for the next couple days, which you should definitely check out. Oh, the places you’ll go!
Even with modern day communications, you can’t always hear someone else’s voice. These days, more people text or type than call or (god forbid!) show up unannounced at your front door. The Sound Advice Project has a clever solution. In an intersection of technology, communications, art and jewelry, they’ve created custom bracelets rendered from 3D soundwaves — the bracelet’s shape is determined by the waveform of the spoken message it conveys.
The Sound Advice Project is a teen anti-drug abuse initiative aimed at getting parents and teens to talk more openly. The organization’s goal with the bracelets was to get parents to send their kids messages of empowerment. I came across them thanks to MAKE: Craft, but the post was a few years old, and further research didn’t help in determining whether or not their project is still alive. You can watch a video here about their campaign.
While I applaud the Sound Advice Project for their admirable efforts, I think this idea is just awesome in and of itself. Maybe I’m just narcissistic, but I love the idea of having someone wear an encoded message from me on their wrist. Hopefully the group decides this is a worthy commercial effort, because I have secret messages I need to record.
Ready for a weekend of tunes in Golden Gate Park? We’ll be there and thought we’d drop an Outside Lands 2012 mixtape of some of the artists we’re looking forward to seeing. Throw this on, build your schedule with the official mobile app and you’ll be even more pumped than you already are.
p.s. If you don’t see the tape you’re probably on your mobile device. Spotify Premium users can listen here.
We’ll kick this month’s mixtape off with a former Blue Man Group “standby” poking fun at double standards. Other than that, you’ll find new and old tracks by Danny Brown, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Dracula Palms, Jonti and more!
p.s. Not seeing the tape since you’re on your mobile device and Steve Jobs hated Flash? You can listen to what’s available through Spotify here.
This month marks three full years of Holiday Matinee mixtapes! We’ve always had fun putting them together and we owe a big hi-five and thanks to everyone who finds the time to listen and share – we know there’s heaps out there to choose from. This month we have new tracks from Yeasayer, Rocky Votolato and Childish Gambino, but why not open with some funnies from two very funny dudes?