Barack’s VP

The wait for Obama to announce his pick for vice president is an excruciatingly exciting experience.  If you are a political junkie, between the VP picks and both Democratic and Republican Conventions, it doesn’t get any better than the next two weeks.  Who’s it going to be? 

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Likely: Biden, Clinton, Bayh. 
Hoping for: Sebelius, Clark, Schweitzer.

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I happily found this in my myspace inbox today. Gaba/akaThinkgreen_Design (Always be Circus Parade to me) made this graphic of Matthew and I. We look super happy, no?

In other news, I’m semi obsessed with slumber parties at the moment and in the last day suggested multiple people to sleep over. I have no idea why.

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The Avatar Machine

Marc Owens / Avatar Machine

From his site: "The virtual communities created by online games have provided us with a new medium for social interaction and communication. Avatar Machine is a system which replicates the aesthetics and visuals of third person gaming, allowing the user to view themselves as a virtual character in real space via a head mounted interface. The system potentially allows for a diminished sense of social responsibility, and could lead the user to demonstrate behaviors normally reserved for the gaming environment."

We’re loving this as these ideas are ones we’re obsessed with and constantly trying to push in our own work. Check it out.

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Tears of St. Lawrence

The Perseid meteor shower has shooting stars raining down on us, dozens to hundred of meteors per hour! New Yorkers, don’t worry, we can see it too! Grab a blanket, make some hot chocolate and get to the roof ASAP. We sprawled out on the roof last night and oooh’d nonstop while gazing up into the sky, it was amazing. You can see it until August 24th, but last night was the maximum viewing, so go! In celebration of this, I present you photographer Eskil Olsen and his Mysterious Nights series.

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Week In Review

This week my niece Cierra and nephew Kirkland visited and I realized the only way to raise kids in the city is if you are crazy wealthy. I also learned that kids ask so many questions and they always appear behind you watching you when you least expect it (making lemonade=not exciting). My phrase of the week was "Train Voice". Here are some pictures from their visit and there’s more on the flickr page. Next week is back to work.

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1680 x 1050

What started out as a curious quest to make monitor real estate seem bigger has ended in doom.  Fifteen years of reading text on tiny monitors and on big monitors with tiny text seems to be killing my eyes.  It seemed so cool to tell the kids at school that you bid farewell to 640×480 and have your monitor’s resolution set at 800×600.  Then came 1024×768 and maybe if you were lucky 1600×1200.  In the 00′s everyone got widescreen monitors and up until last year I clung to my beautiful Lacie CRT that I carried home on the subway from Queens.  It was worth it, I got a deal. 

Is this where it ends?  1680×1050 have you forsaken me and stricken my vision?  Perhaps I’m just getting older or probably I should have stuck with the CRT monitor; regardless, since the rest of the internet has grown up it’s probably time to stop designing webpages for the few large text and icon people still using 800×600.