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.”
Photo courtesy of Amanda Lewis: Harry Stamps rests at a campsite.
I’d like to introduce you to the coolest dad ever.
Long story short, this guy was playing old-school video games like Donkey Kong with his daughter when she asked him why she couldn’t “play as the girl and save the boy”. Not one to turn down this valid point, he took to late nights hacking the ROM, replacing Mario with Pauline. The result is a super awesome Super Mario game that’s redrawn Mario’s frames with Princess Pauline’s palettes and replaced the M at the top with a P. Now that’s what I call a one-up.
Toward a gender equal future…
This is so “original” you can practically consider it bizarre high art. SF-based creative Jimmy Chen took a few of David Lynch’s iconic hairstyles then married them to paintings like Monet’s “Water Lillies” and Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”. Pretty first-rate how close he gets. Check out the work below – called “The Grid” – then let us know what hairstyle mimics reality best. Oh. Wait. You’ve never tried to compare hair to art? You don’t say…
Hat tip to Design Boom for the find.
I was never really good at Operation, but I could definitely smack the shit out of a piñata! While it’s been a minute since I went to bat (or studied anatomy), this awesome diagram from the folks at Carmichael Collective has got me daydreaming of birthday parties and well-earned cavities. If this kind of genius looks familiar, maybe these urban plant tags ring a bell? Delicious indeed.
Image // Piñata Anatomy
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!
Really taken with this little short film, Balance, which explores the different manifestations of – you guessed it – “balance” on a Sunday at the beach. It’s made by Brandon Li, a videographer who uses economical gear and innovative techniques to share his little slices of life.
Brandon runs a whole blog dedicated to working with cameras that are cheaper and smaller. His output is a good reminder that, regardless of the cost, you can and should go out to work your love. Highly recommend you take a read. Of note is his branded VIVA Vegas video, where he exposes what it’s like to have a whirlwind four-day trip to Vegas. And you thought what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
At the end of the day, all it takes is a bit of effort and your vision to expose beautiful stories everyone can relate to. What are you waiting for?
Photographer Rodney Smith creates beautiful images with very subtle elements of fantasy and play without any special effects. Just look at them!