This is a blog that some of Cabell’s former students do. Quite simply, “We have an idea, and then we write it down.” I gotta say there are some pretty good ideas on there.
So my friend Kitt might not have any rockets strapped to his back, and this isn’t exactly the English Channel he’s jumping, but either way I’d say it’s a pretty big leap. Just as reference, that ramp he’s launching off of is probably about 4 ft tall and the one he’s landing in is 7 ft tall. So at the peak, he’s probably hitting that wall about 14 feet off the ground. Normally when I shoot stuff like this with a fisheye lens, it’s a pain to stitch it together. But Photoshop CS3 has really got an improved photomerge function over the last version. So maybe it’s cheating because I let Photoshop do most of the work, but I’m still happy about how it turned out, and I know Kitt is, too.
Wow, this is just insane. National Geographic is working on a documentary about Yves Rossy, the Jetman. Basically this guy just built an 8ft wide wing with 4 rockets on it and he’s planning on flying over the English Channel. The video of him flying is absolutely amazing. Photo is linked from National Geographic, and it goes to the article.
I have a few means of transportation that I regularly use; feet, bicycles, scooter and a truck. With the way gas prices are now, everyone is really concerned with their gas mileage and how much a gallon of gas costs. The scooter, which is what I usually take to work, needed gas the other day. So I decided as I was filling it up with 1.1 gallons of gas, I want to do an experiment. On average so far, this scooter, a Honda Ruckus, seems to get at least 100 miles per gallon. My truck, a Nissan Pathfinder, gets roughly around 20 mpg. In this experiment, I want to see what my average mpg is between my two vehicles, and in turn what I’m paying per mile in gas. I haven’t worked out all the details yet, but I’m starting the scooter at 500 miles, and I haven’t been in the truck in a few days, so I don’t know the mileage off hand. I’m also not sure how long I’m going to run this experiment, but I’m planning on 90 days. So as of today, August 20th, 2008, my scooter has 501 miles on it and a full tank of gas that I paid about $3.85 for. Let’s see where this goes…
From the Art 180 website:
“Money can do a lot. Art can do a lot more. That’s why, on this 10th anniversary of ART 180, we’re asking for both — a $10 donation along with your artistic vision for making your community a better place.
Change for a ten. In the simplest terms, we want your participation not only by opening your wallet, but by opening your mind as well. So we’re asking you to make money — to take a template we’ve supplied (the size of a dollar bill) and to draw, paint, write or use whatever medium you desire to show the kind of change you’d like to see in the community. Then, submit your creation along with a real $10 donation to ART 180. On 10-10-2008, we’ll exhibit all the art pieces in a show at VCU’s new Brandcenter. Our ultimate goal is for a 1,000 people to give their artistic and monetary gifts to ART 180. It’s these same gifts that will make it possible for at-risk youth to discover their own voice and creative expression. Will you help us make Change for a Ten?”
Boing Boing had a pretty interesting story about the Olympic logo police. Apparently anything that has a logo—that isn’t an official sponsor—must have that logo covered with tape.
I really enjoy a lot of the ads that Burger King does. While I’m not sure that I want to eat something that a guy in a giant plastic mask hands me from outside of my bedroom window, the commercials are hilarious(and a little creepy). In my hours of crawling the internet, I came across these little gems for Burger King done by an agency in Munich. Ads of the World is where you can see the full series. Some of the comments about them seem to question whether or not this really fits with the image Burger King wants to project, but after Hootie and King 3000, I think Burger King is pretty open to project whatever they want.
Not sure what that whole “Pickle In? Pickle out?” thing means—oh wait, ewwww.
I was going through a few emails and realized I missed this one that Charles sent me a couple days ago. It’s a late 60’s/early 70s ad for Tab, the soft drink. I really like to think that advertising has gotten a lot smarter since then, but you be the judge on that.
Sarah sent me a link to these books the other day made by Rebound Books. They basically take old books, cut off the cover, punch holes in the side, then fill it with clean paper. Pretty fun idea.
Of all the desk space in the office, Cabell usually chooses the cut table or this table to set up his computer on.
I think this table has been here since WORK was built. It’s full of old concepts, mostly, along with some other random scraps of paper.
I always thought it was a bit of a tribute to Tibor’s crumpled paper paperweights.
But now the time has come and Cabell decided, today, that we need to put something new in the table. So we’re trying to figure out what to put in there. Send us your suggestions, and if we pick your idea, you’ll win something. What that something is hasn’t been decided, but it will be worth it. Email me or comment your ideas.
Cabell just grabbed me and said “Puck come get a picture of this, I’m about to take it down.”
This is the list of assignments for his classes this semester at the Brandcenter. Any students out there reading this, take note: I’ve already made sure the image isn’t big enough to reveal what any of the assignments are. You can take your best guess, I bet you’ll be wrong. But I wouldn’t mind hearing what you think they are in the comments section.
So if all the school stuff is done, and we are about to get a new wall, I think this might the calm before the storm, as they say.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a radio in the shape of a rubber ducky before. Actually I don’t think ever I’ve seen radios that look like most of the ones in this box before. I’ll keep you posted as to what all these are for.
MSNBC just did an article about the Freecreditreport.com guy that basically calls him a fraud because he doesn’t really have bad credit. The guy that wrote all of these spots, Dave Muhlenfeld, works down at the Martin Agency, and we all know him because his wife Leah used to work with us. While this isn’t the greatest article I’ve ever read, it’s cool to see Dave getting some recognition, even if they did spell his last name wrong throughout the entire article. And as a bonus, here’s one of the commercials.