Anderson Design Group has created perhaps the best city posters I’ve ever seen. They’re hand rendered to pay homage to the masters of the golden age of poster art and irresistible once you lay eyes on them. Even if you don’t happen to from the big city there’s plenty of prints to honor regions and national parks. Below you’ll see a print from each of the cities we have writers, but one question remains. How do you settle on just one of these? I want like eight of them! You can find them at Scoutmob Shoppe.
“I just like funny photos.” We all do, but Ray Potes is particularly good at taking them and the Hamburger Eyes zine he started with his brother has been making us laugh for years. If you haven’t ever thumbed through a copy, I highly recommend it. It’s sure to become a coffee table favorite among your friends.
I recently visited the Hamburger Eyes Epicenter in San Francisco to catch up with Ray and find out what he’s most excited about right now. In an age where startups are competing with their offices perks and gourmet meals, it was refreshing to see Hamburger Eyes keeps it real with video games, a jam room and a chamber where his alien Grey Grey restores his Argon levels. Maybe it’s just me, but I’d feel way more comfortable kicking it with Ray over a 24th St. burrito any day.
Click the photo below and have a listen.
A while back my friend Angella d’Avignon posted a series of photos on her Facebook labeled Southern California. They were wonderful. While I swear that every part of the world has its own unique lighting, I’ve always been drawn to the way photos from that part of the country look. It didn’t hurt that she shot on film and blends street photography with visions of endless summers, backyard gatherings and road trips – you know, some of my fondest memories.
So I asked Angella to pare down her collection to 50 favorites and to share and a bit about the series. You’ll find her answers below.
What do you love about photography?
I’ve always taken photos for sport and it comes and goes in my life (it can be very, very absorbing) but i’ve always relied on it as a therapeutic practice and a creative tool. It’s sort of like taking notes.
Who/what influences the style of photos you take?
I’m definitely inspired by the more noted street photographers from the 60s and 70s – William Eggleston, Stephen Shore, Bruce Davidson, Gerry Winogrand, the pioneers if you will. And since Southern California is already such a beautiful landscape, San Diego especially, I found that I was drawn toward the smaller scenes and weird details and that taking a picture of them was a way to point them out and be active in observation.
What camera did you you shoot this series on?
All of these photos were taken with a Yashica FX-3 35mm SLR camera from the 70′s (found it at Amvets!) between Spring 2011-to present. It’s got a light leak and it’s beat up, but i love it. Plus I broke my Lomo LC-A that i carried around for 6 years, so it was time for something new (old).
And now for a video that will warm your heart and leave you smiling. As part of a Skillshare class she was taking, Michelle Newman made a motion portrait of her 89-year-old landlady, Carol Lyn Black lip-syncing her favorite song Happy Days Are Here Again. Take a look at how happy Carol gets during the chorus of the song – it’s infectious!
Ready for some fun facts? The original version was FDR’s 1932 Presidential campaign song and we also may have celebrated the Repeal of Prohibition with it. Hooray! Thanks to Sarah Palmer for originally sharing the link on my Facebook wall.
Charles Eisenstein’s Sacred Economics changed my life. I know that’s high praise and I certainly wouldn’t have expected anything with economics in the title to do that for me, but it did. So what the hell is this book about that I’m raving over?
It’s about how our current money system is deeply troubled and how it has to change. How our perspective that any economic growth is always a good thing is actually degrading our quality of life. But most of all how a shift has already started, what we can do to prepare for it and why we should be stoked as ever that it’s happening.
Negative interest economics, artificial scarcity, gift culture. To be honest, it’s incredibly difficult for me to mention all the ideas covered in this book and I think it would be fruitless for me to try to explain it all here. What I will say is that there’s a great connection between all of this and moving people away from tedious work to allow them to do truly important work, the work that they love. It heals the planet and builds community. That’s something we’ve always been about encouraging.
Roughly halfway through the book I found myself applying what I learned from Eisenstein to my daily life. Though he doesn’t specifically ask the reader to do any of this, I found myself as insistent as ever to buy local, finally got involved with Kiva loans and continually asked myself how I could be more giving. These were ways I could participate in something I was really starting to believe in. I’m convinced the ideas in this book are important for more people to grasp if we’re serious about evolving and transitioning into a new and better era.The short film below is what originally motivated me to read the book, so that’s an excellent start to gauge whether you’d be interested in what Charles has to offer.
I found his writing engaging and was impressed that he took every opportunity to consider other viewpoints and his critics. If you do in fact want to take the next step, I will personally gift a hard copy to two readers that are excited to check this out. Just leave a Facebook comment below saying why you are psyched to learn more. You can also read the book online or pick up as a physical copy or eBook. Charles even has several TEDx talks and other titles that you may be interested in.
If you haven’t been following along since the original announcement, Rilo Kiley released Rkives today, an archival record featuring seven unreleased tracks and other rarities. Though some will undoubtedly sneer that it’s a not an entirely new body of work, as a fan I gladly welcome anything I haven’t heard from a band I have such fond memories of and had the chance to meet (well, just Blake). Maybe it was my age, where I was in my life and a myriad of other factors, but I feel like this band shaped the type of music I’m into and may always relish.
To me the record doesn’t sound at all like a last ditch effort to rake up some cash, but perhaps a willingness to reminisce and share some great times. The video for Let Me Back In definitely worked its nostalgic power on me and I’m also really digging some of the “new” material, two tracks of which you can stream down below. It might be wishful thinking that they’d even consider getting back together for a tour, but I’m a dreamer and would always welcome them back. What about you?
If you’re interested in what you hear, you can skip iTunes and pick up Rkives at Little Record Company or your local record store. Apple doesn’t really need any more of our money.
Midnight Mystery rides are quickly becoming one of my favorite things in San Francisco. Every third Saturday of the month SF Midnight Mystery Ride posts a meeting location. Cyclists of all ages and abilities gather at the meeting spot just before midnight and are led by organizers on a route unknown by anyone else. You’re led to a secret location, sometimes making stops along the way. And at the end there’s always some form of surprise entertainment waiting at the end. In my two rides I’ve been treated to an outdoor film screening, live music and fire dancing. Not bad, right?
These rides are great because there’s that element of discovery. You’ll stop to take pictures. Jam out because someone brought a boombox. Share snacks and swigs of whiskey with strangers. You’ll find yourself in a part of the city you’ve never bothered to go before and you never know what’s in store at the end because it’s different every time. The only constant is meeting rad new people and returning home in the wee hours of the morning telling yourself it was completely worth it.
Midnight Mystery rides are starting to pick up in cities across the world. But my hope is that every city with a sizable population starts having them. If you hate surprises, spontaneity and feel like you gotta have control over the situation, don’t bother showing up. But if you just wanna get down and ride bikes with awesome people, watch this video and make sure you’re there at the next meeting of the Midnight Society.