Monthly Archives: July 2013

Dickish Attitude: Optional.

“Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.” – Bill Gates

Hipsters aren’t inherently mean.

Bosses aren’t assholes by design.

Creative competition doesn’t have to mean creative warfare.

A tiny bastard in my brain had planted a vision of creatives with thick-rimmed glasses that doubled as razor blades. Luckily, this wasn’t my experience. This summer’s work environment has shown that the advertising universe isn’t inherently caddy, as I’d half expected.

Here are a few example of things around the office I found especially nice/ impactful.

– prompt thank-you emails from my boss’ boss, totally unnecessary

constructive criticism, usually following an introductory compliment

– the use of “we” and general teamwork morale.

– frequent, quick games of shuffleboard during stressful days

– the occasional company huddle for a YouTube lulz

This probably sounds cheesy. It is. But it made a difference to know some coworkers don’t just put up with your presence, they enjoy it. Long live office harmony, I say!

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Emoji’s Uncovered

What if we’ve been using Emoji’s wrong this entire time?! What if that smiley was not meant to satisfy your girlfriend, but to creep-out a victim. Sure, emoji’s can have many meanings. But if you asked them- they’d have one reason for their expression, and I want to know what it really is.

So began my friend’s delve into uncovering the truth behind those oh-so-lovable icons.

Beware, it’s a dark journey.

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Only about 400 more to go…

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A Bit of Reddit Glory

Read this entire thing, it’s fucking brilliant.

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I’d like to make future jokes of all of our online obsessions. Will we still  compulsively sharie poorly colored, hipster photos of our food in 2113? Will  I “check-in” at the cell regeneration bed for 30% off my next scan?

Probably not– I just really hope someone invents a pocket whale before I die.

The Renegade Who Had It Made, Retrieved For A Bounty

Amnesty International, the global org for human rights, has a new interactive app called “Trial by Timeline”.

In seconds it’ll show which foreign laws you’ve broken based on your Facebook activity. Then a bright map highlights your many punishments, all of which contradict freedom in America.

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My own “Trial by Timeline” (above) was impactful, to say the least. In some Middle Eastern or African nations I could be hanged for “liking” Jack Daniels because it suggests alcoholic consumption. My sexuality could also have me tortured or executed in over seven nations. These global injustices have been infographed over and over again, so it’s interesting to see how the right adjustment, like this bright UI, can bring the problem to the forefront in a  tangible manner.

Personally linking my freedom to another’s struggle for it was an ingenious move by AI. I’m curious if scanning Facebook Timeline will be so helpful for other causes/campaigns.

Try it yourself.

Enjoy your freedom.

A Visit to Los Angeles’ Palace on the Hill

The Getty Center is an elegant museum and research center that overlooks Santa Monica. Last week, I had a free afternoon to explore The Getty and I didn’t want to leave.

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The first surprise was a spotless magnet-tram that took us from the parking garage and up the mountain, to the museum. It’s a brilliant way to keep traffic and exhaust poops far from the Getty’s quiet beauty. On the return tram ride, we realized how well it divided person-traffic, too. The place was packed and somehow we were driving away in minutes.

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For the first hour we practically ran through the grounds, surprised and hyper. The Getty’s design, finished in the early 1950′s, was incomparable to any outdoor architecture I’d seen before. Sleek, white stone tiles went on forever, spilling up onto the separated buildings and pillars. A shallow, rectangular pool centered the stone foyer, ending in a fountain that changed color after dusk. Surrounding the main foyer were more layered pavilions, followed by grassy hills, perfectly manicured gardens, and more fountains. Lots of fountains. Shiny couples were sprawled across the hills, picnicking. A forty′s big-band echoed off the stone and into the gardens, while  black-tie wait staff served white wine and snacks to anyone looking famished. Ryan and I felt like we’d stepped into a movie set from 2054. Except there was also an eery element of nostalgia. Basically, Aeon Flux IRL.

 

The best exhibit was called Overdrive: La Constructs the Future. This temporary section focused on the creative work in architecture, urban planning, commercial development, and engineering of Los Angeles. Sketches and blueprints taller than me opened our eyes to some colorful reasons to look past the LA traffic.

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My favorite was the section on LAX, the world’s first true airport. Today flying is routine, like chewing. Air traffic fills the sky, so good airport design is expected in anyplace with a flight plan. But this wasn’t the case in the 60′s, when flying was new and exciting for anyone that could afford a ticket. LAX was a fresh thought at this point. Something attractive, utilitarian, long-lasting.

Airports weren’t the only addition during LA’s cultural rise; the automotive industry was also changing fast. Cars became more prevalent for housewives and teens and quickly altered the day-to-day for most people in LA. As it did, bleak auto design warped into chrome wonders of gas-powered art. These were my favorite of the sketches in the exhibit. Exaggerated angles made models, like a ’54 Impala, look brand new. Those sketches realigned my perspective of what “vintage” means. Pretty strange.

Overdrive even had a room dedicated to the construction and early parks of Disneyland. I managed to snap this guy before the security guard yelled at me.

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I used to think Disney World and Disneyland were just Six Flags + childhood. Apparently I’m still an ignorant Disney-virgin… and now I know. I. must. go.

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I’d suggest The Getty Center to anyone. Also, it’s free- what more could I say?!