Category: Interactive

I like wind. One of the many, many things about me that don’t make any sort of sense what so ever. But I do. I love the wind on my skin. I love listening to the wind. I love watching the wind rip pieces of peoples roofs off. I love chasing down that paper I dropped. It has so much life and energy to it. Love it. I realize I’m alone. Even my dog hates it.

Check out this crazy real time map of the winds. Awesome.

Wind Map.

Wind is awesome.


New York Times just kills it when it comes to putting together multi-media info pieces. Every thing you need to quickly learn, view, experience a topic. Seriously. This is the future of news AND entertainment, people. This particular feature is on hiking the Annapurna route in Nepal. I didn’t get to experience this trek when I was in Nepal..this was the “tourist trek” according to my flip flop wearing, summer sausage eating, straight up the side of a mountain with a metal canteen, dad, (he’s changed his ways since I was 7..but still) but what a great little peek into what I missed. All this needs now is a couple videos of how to pull a leech off your leg and a soundtrack picker (the sound of heavy breathing and footsteps or perhaps a more uplifting track of traditional sherpa songs). Love it.

Check the whole thing out here: New York Times Article.

The future of media

I’ve been thinking a lot about things. Tangible things. Things you eat. And drink. And wear. And sit on. In my business..for almost my entire career..I’ve dealt in things that aren’t really real. Digital. On screen. Advertising. Marketing. Web based. Film based even isn’t really real. You watch it, you listen to it..but you can’t really hold it. Now, keep in mind..I love the cerebral, theĀ  psychology of advertising. I love marketing. I love websites. BUT I think there is something really necessary about needing something hard in your hands. Something primal about making a jam and eating it, or sewing a skirt to wear. It was this void in my life, that led me to develop RedCamper years ago. My whole world was unreal up to that point. Websites. As cool as they can be, as much entertainment and education as you can get, as sophisticated as you can imagine, it’s still not real. You can’t run your hands across it and feel the sensation of a perfectly sanded tagline. You can’t smell the bouquet of a website.You can’t put your things in a integrated marketing campaign.

So, while I balance the tangible nature of the struggling little RedCamper with the intangible nature of part+parcel’s services, which pay my bills in a way that RedCamper never has been able to, I find my mind wandering. I took a career test in a moment of uncertainty. I have those occasionally. What should I REALLY be doing? And according to this test, I’m supposed to be in agriculture. Agriculture? Agriculture. Turns out though, I already thought of this, and dismissed it as another one of my many many dreams. But picture organic apple farm, that sells gourmet apple butter and beautifully bottled apple cider and vinegar. Sowing from the land. Dirt under the nails, and sunshine on the face. Hard work, but making something to eat. That nourishes. That is so damn appealing. Sure, it needs marketing and advertising to sell and believe me, that’s part of the appeal for me..but the foundation of it is a real thing. An apple. Not an idea, or a picture.

Today I came across this article in the New York Times.

Seltzer Man Is Out of Action, and Brooklyn Thirsts


It’s about a man selling seltzer out of an old school wood slated truck, he hurt himself, and his customers miss him. I love this. I love the old school product, the way it’s delivered, the return to old world values, I love it all. It’s refreshing.

So, what’s it all mean for me? I don’t know. I’ll just keep moving forward the best I can. Maybe Dirty Dog Jam (my last pseudo business) might just make a comeback, delivered in an old school camper. Red probably.

Real stuff


Nike just launched a pretty nice microsite for the new shoe designed for “Melo”. It’s a pretty nice little site. A very small amount of video footage, some product shots, 5 callouts and some links to a store. This site is a great example of making something big out of not that much content.The widgets on the far right add some interest, fun gadgets that do almost nothing. Overall this does a great job of quickly getting the story across in a way that is true to the brand.

View it here:

Cyberwar guide for Iran elections

Yishay sez, “The road to hell is paved with the best intentions (including mine). Learn how to actually help the protesters and not the gov’t in Iran.”

The purpose of this guide is to help you participate constructively in the Iranian election protests through Twitter.1. Do NOT publicise proxy IP’s over twitter, and especially not using the #iranelection hashtag. Security forces are monitoring this hashtag, and the moment they identify a proxy IP they will block it in Iran. If you are creating new proxies for the Iranian bloggers, DM them to @stopAhmadi or @iran09 and they will distributed them discretely to bloggers in Iran.

2. Hashtags, the only two legitimate hashtags being used by bloggers in Iran are #iranelection and #gr88, other hashtag ideas run the risk of diluting the conversation.

3. Keep you bull$hit filter up! Security forces are now setting up twitter accounts to spread disinformation by posing as Iranian protesters. Please don’t retweet impetuosly, try to confirm information with reliable sources before retweeting. The legitimate sources are not hard to find and follow.

4. Help cover the bloggers: change your twitter settings so that your location is TEHRAN and your time zone is GMT +3.30. Security forces are hunting for bloggers using location and timezone searches. If we all become ‘Iranians’ it becomes much harder to find them.

5. Don’t blow their cover! If you discover a genuine source, please don’t publicise their name or location on a website. These bloggers are in REAL danger. Spread the word discretely through your own networks but don’t signpost them to the security forces. People are dying there, for real, please keep that in mind…

#iranelection cyberwar guide for beginners (Thanks, Yishay!)

Twitter reschedules maintenance to avoid clobbering Iranian dissidents

From the Twitter blog:

A critical network upgrade must be performed to ensure continued operation of Twitter. In coordination with Twitter, our network host had planned this upgrade for tonight. However, our network partners at NTT America recognize the role Twitter is currently playing as an important communication tool in Iran. Tonight’s planned maintenance has been rescheduled to tomorrow between 2-3p PST (1:30a in Iran).

Down Time Rescheduled

From Boing Boing.

I bet the Twitter engineers never imagined this.

OMG. Amen.


Super great article here.

Plain speak.

Ok..this one is a little esoteric. Found it in the NYTimes today. We all know the Chinese government can be a bit..misguided..and tyrannical. Right? And we all know how they have tried from the get go to censor the internet over there. Among other things. Which we won’t get into here. But to the credit of the Chinese people..they have come up with a video & song & product line & social commentary about a mythological Grass Mud Horse which bust right through that heavy hand in a really carefree way . So.. written in Chinese characters, “grass mud horse” is benign. But verbalized is quite lascivious..or crude. Which ever. So..because the Chinese characters are “grass mud horse” they are flying right by the internet censors. Further add insult to the whole thing, the song also talks about the struggle with “river crabs” that when spoken mean “harmony” which is a euphemism for the Chinese cultural cleansing. Brilliant. I love how smart this is. And how the internet is able to transcend the fascism of the Chinese government. Sweet. Oh..and “fuck your mother”. ;)

Two videos..both good. (updated the first video 3/30/09 w/video w/annotations)

The original article.


I’ve often wished that I could have a soundtrack for my life. Continual music playing in the background of my head, maybe for others to hear too, but playing the appropriate song for that moment, that location, that feeling. I mean, how great would that be? I want my life to play like a movie. And music…always seems to make the movie better. It’s what attracted me to film/video from my still background. You can’t play music to a still image hanging on the wall. I suppose there is something nice and pure and pointed about that still image sitting silently on the wall, but in my mind, imagery comes alive with the added sense of hearing. Audio can sway a perception drastically with a simple shift in notes. Audio can change moods quicker than any other sense in my opinion. Why don’t photo art galleries have soundtracks associated? What if you could pick your soundtrack..would the experience differ drastically from indie to shoegazer to metal to classical? How would that change your impressions of the photographers intent?

All that being said..I love road trips, and I love music on road trips. Ala..Elizabethtown, I love how the perfect tune at that overpass with the freight train running to your side can make you feel alive and in the moment like nothing else.

And love of music, and roadtrips and new web based technology have converged. Check it out..I’m gonna try this for my road trip to Crested Butte this weekend.