Man With A Van

Some friends of mine recently launched a new YouTube series called Man with a Van. Thus far it's a modern take on an Odd Couple like movers who will, presumably, have some beef with their local competition. It's pretty amusing thus far - two episodes deep - and I look forward to more coming around the bend. I really hope they keep up the episodic cameo of the overjoyed guy, that's my favorite little treat.

Hiroshima Lost And Found

While not exactly a feel good piece, this collection of found photos from Hiroshima has a pretty fascinating story behind it:
One rainy night in Watertown, Massachusetts, a man was taking his dog for a walk. On the curb, in front of a neighbor's house, he came across a pile of trash: old mattresses, cardboard boxes, a few broken lamps. In the heap of garbage he spotted a battered suitcase. He bent down and picked it up. He turned the suitcase over and popped open the clasps.

Inside he found a jumble of black-and-white photographs, some bent and broken, of devastated buildings, twisted girders, and blasted bridges - images of a ruined city. He snapped the clasps closed, tucked the suitcase under his arm, and hurried home.
Turns out, the briefcase full of photos was accidentally thrown away. The original images were taken by Lt. R. L. Corsbie as a part of a government issued documentation process to see the true effects of the bomb. You can see more of the images inside of this gallery or get the story with this video.

Friday Videos - August 8th, 2014

I had some massive meetings this week and, thus, less time to browse and enjoy videos. Despite that, there is much goodness to be seen here: If this list disappoints you, just cruise on over to That's A Good Ass Dog tumblr and enjoy the remainder of your weekend!

Milq

I've been tinkering around with Milq the past few days - a service intended to "curate channels of culture." The pitch makes it sound a bit broad but it's maybe more accurately presented as "playlists for stuff." So, yea, it's just collections of videos but that certainly doesn't make it any less worthwhile. There are lists for Best Film Editing Sequences, Best Sneaker Commercials, Best Duels or maybe even Best Kinetic Typography.

It's not too far off from what the VHX Community site was doing but this is active and actively being developed. So that's a plus!

LP Marketplace

Recently, LP Marketplace launched themselves out into the world at large. At the heart of it, it's a marketplace for anyone to buy or sell their records in a rather pleasant website design. Beyond that, it seems to be a way for record stores or labels to place their items right alongside collectors and fans. Prices seem reasonable and the more people use it, the more goods there will be to unearth.

Skull World

I recently watched Skull World - a documentary on the life of Greg Sommer, best known as Skull Man. He's an affable guy that co-ordinates the Canadian chapter of Box Wars - a fusion of LARPing and GWAR in which competitors create huge cardboard outfits and battle each other until they completely fall apart. The film itself is mostly a documentation of his efforts and wanting to grow the activity into something more.

Sommer embodies a type of person I've really not encountered before - the Compassionate Canadian Metalhead. Definitely worth checking out.

Navdy

If it's a Sandwich video and it's about technology, I'm probably on board before the video even starts. Such is the recipe for Navdy - a slick device that creates a flip up screen to keep you hands free but still connected to mobile activities. I'm skeptical of any technology that relies on voice commands but the only way to improve the tech is to keep implementing it, right?

On the whole, it's entertaining and a fascinating bit of tech. It also seems far beyond the capabilities of its competitors. Another reminder that we live in the future.

Ui8 KIT

I'm often torn on kits like this Ui8 Bolt Kit. It's undeniably well made and thought out but implementing it would lose sight of your own brand and potentially homogenize your app. Regardless of that, it's a nice place for some inspiration and a little bit of "common UX learning."

The Visual Microphone

If this video on The Visual Microphone doesn't blow your mind, you're too far gone into pessimism. MIT researchers have used high speed cameras to capture the vibration of everyday objects and re-interpret those movements back into the sound waves that caused them. Basically, everything is a microphone and now they have a tactic to retrieve those "recordings." The results are, obviously, distorted but given the method of retrieval they are wildly clear.

via Daniel.

Lewis - L'amour

John recently clued me in to the mysterious tale of Lewis - a 1983 recording artist who released a single album, L'Amour.
L'Amour is a true discovery of the blog age, uncovered in an Edmonton flea-market by collector Jon Murphy, passed on to private press fanatic Aaron Levin, shared on the internet and speculated over by lovers of curious LPs. There's almost no information about Lewis or the album on the internet. There's precious little on the sleeve: a dedication to Sports Illustrated supermodel Christie Brinkley, a photo credit for Ed Colver, the noted L.A. punk rock photographer, and credits for engineer Bob Kinsey and synth player Philip Lees. All that was known of Lewis is conjecture: a rumor that he was a con artist who fled after not paying for L'Amour's photo-shoot and a dubious theory that he was not actually of this earth.
The album has been speculated and praised by many - largely for its ahead-of-its-time atmospheric synths, overall hushed approach and complete lack of information.

Light in the Attic recently re-released the album (remastered) and unearthed a few of the mysteries, including a second album few even knew existed.

The album is a quiet listen (you can hear it on Rdio) - and worthwhile one - but the story may be what really draws you in.

Aesop's Google Fonts

Really enjoying this Google Font pairing experiment done with Aesop Fable text. It's always helpful to have someone comb through the massive Google font archive and find some lovely typefaces that work well together because there is a lot of crap to sort through. Excellent rundown to keep nearby.

Friday Videos - August 1st, 2014

We've got a big party tonight at VHX and I think there's been something in the air all week because the videos have been flowing. Enjoy this entertainment. Have a great weekend!

Colossal Media

I was unaware of the work of Colossal until recently but, turns out, I've seen plenty of it around town. Not to be too obvious but I think that's the biggest draw to publicly installed sign art - the unconscious awareness that comes with seeing great work. I mean, look at this thing! Or this!

I look forward to seeing more of their work without even knowing it.

Surfing the Grid, Summer Rain

My late start to launching this years Summer Mix Series probably put a damper on a flood of incoming mixes as people are busier later in the summer but that hasn't prevented there from being a higher level of quality amongst the submissions. So far, all of them are good. I'm particularly enjoying this Surfing the Grid mix from Davis and this Summer Rain mix from Starsky.

When available, these are streamable from the site. So if you are shying away from downloading - have no fear! Summer Mix Series is on board with your instant gratification needs.

Marilyn Myller

Watching this Marilyn Myller short film is an enjoyable undertaking - black and white throughout, great use of light, really amazing transitions and pacing. And then you read this description:
A year in the making, the full six minute stopmotion short features the voice of Josie Long, one zillion hand carved tiny things, literally tens of carved foam puppets, two eye fulls of in-camera, long-exposure light trickery and a pair of tiny dolphins, smooching.
And your enjoyment level skyrockets. It's somehow more appreciable knowing that there are "one zillion hand carved tiny things" that created this.

via Jed.

Captain Baby - Sugar Ox

I've been a fan of the work of Asher Rogers - aka Captain Baby for some time. He's got a solid visual style and, now, we can add Quality Album Maker to the list.
The debut full-length, Sugar Ox, is a strange blend of frantic energy, enjoyably dance-y and a bit ominous. If you know my taste, you know that's a quality combo if there ever was one.

Super Fake Nice

In case you didn't happen to catch it on their Instagram, the newest EP from Self is now available. It's the first official, cohesive, release since the b-side compilation Porno, Mint & Grime in 2005. There has been a smattering of single songs here and there since then but nothing you'd call an album or EP. So, as a Self superfan, it's a welcome bit of news. It's on Rdio, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon.

While you're checking that out be sure to see the video for "Runaway", see them on Kimmel tomorrow and listen to "Hey, Hipster" - potentially the most contentious song in the Self catalog.