October 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

To those who are against or skeptical of the Occupy Wall Street movement: I think this excerpt will change your mind and help you understand what the fight is for. So much is broken. Let’s fix it before it gets even worse.

“…These are the goals the power elite cannot comprehend. They cannot envision a day when they will not be in charge of our lives. The elites believe, and seek to make us believe, that globalization and unfettered capitalism are natural law, some kind of permanent and eternal dynamic that can never be altered. What the elites fail to realize is that rebellion will not stop until the corporate state is extinguished. It will not stop until the corporate abuse of the poor, the working class, the elderly, the sick, children, those being slaughtered in our imperial wars and tortured in our black sites, stops. It will not stop until foreclosures and bank repossessions stop. It will not stop until students no longer have to go into massive debt to be educated, and families no longer have to plunge into bankruptcy to pay medical bills. It will not stop until the corporate destruction of the ecosystem stops, and our relations with each other and the planet are radically reconfigured.

And that is why the elites, and the rotted and degenerate system of corporate power they sustain, are in serious trouble. That is why they keep asking what the demands are. They don’t know what is happening. They are deaf, dumb, and blind.”

Read the rest of “This Rebellion will not Stop” by Chris Hedges in the Occupied Wall Street Journal.

[Photo: Occupy Wall Street on Facebook]

Steve Jobs

October 6, 2011 § 1 Comment

After battling cancer for years, Steve Jobs has died. Many of us saw it coming after he recently resigned as the head of Apple, but it still comes as a shock. I personally find creative visionaries like Steve to be more exciting, relevant, and interesting than any rock star. For those of you who don’t believe the death of this man effects you, I have to say you are wrong. He changed the way so much of the media in the world works. He made other companies step up and improve by changing and adapting, not just repeating. I can only hope that there are some proteges Steve left behind who are ready to step into the spotlight and wow us.

R.I.P. Steve Jobs.

[Photo: Milton Tan Photography]

From the desk of Mark Zuckerberg

May 24, 2011 § 2 Comments

Now, this is right up my alley.

Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg commissioned designer Ben Barry to create some gorgeous stationery for him. I don’t know what’s more impressive – the bold and fun design or the fact that Mark Zuckerberg still corresponds by mail.

(Source: Design Work Life)

Creative Mornings

April 18, 2011 § 3 Comments

I got up early on Friday morning to take the train to DUMBO to attend my first Creative Morning at the Galapagos Gallery, and I’m so glad I did! Despite the fact I almost walked in traffic on the BQE, then a late start after the rep from the gallery presumably slept in, the event was such a pleasure. I met a couple new friends while waiting for it to start, partook in their free coffee and pastries, and admired the beautiful insides of the gallery.

Illustrator Christoph Niemann was the speaker that day and entertained us with his tales of being a freelance illustrator in Berlin and made us laugh with his hand drawn slides. I loved his honesty and modesty and his attitude that you aren’t just born with this talent for being creative, it really does take a lot of work. I sure hope he’s wrong about yoga ruining your design career though.

Bonus moment: I met Joanna Goddard, the magazine writer and author of my favourite blog A Cup of  Jo, on the street after the event and she told me she liked my hair. Swoon!

Top 3 Friday!

April 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

The Top 3 things I’ve noticed about myself since I started working from home:

– I sporadically say certain thoughts out loud, in a weird voice. Mostly realizations or “lightbulb” moments

– I enjoy the work I’m doing, but when it’s 25 degrees and sunny or I have the new Tina Fey book beside me, it’s a lot harder to work

– Pants are optional

This guy doesn’t even need a top – photo: Afe Stein

Well, he’s not slow

April 14, 2011 § 2 Comments

When I was 15 and my brother, Ryan, was 11, he taught me html and I made my first website for the all-girl band I was in on Geocities.com. I wish the website was still up so I could show you our mid-nineties craftsmanship! Today we reunited on Skype, Ryan in Ottawa and me in Brooklyn, and talked websites again. Much has changed since 1997 though – we discussed different WYSIWYG programs and he convinced me that using WordPress to power a website is the way to go.

Both of us are working freelance right now, and we both like to keep on top of whatever technology’s necessary at the moment, him much more so than I (with much stronger opinions! haha) We’ve also both decided that working from home, offering whatever skills and services we can is an awesome way to make a living.

Ryan is an incredibly smart dude who I can count on to be ready to passionately discuss anything I have questions about – whether it be html, cellphones, computers, or wireless routers. There also has to be a Macromedia Flash joke in the photo above somewhere…

How Watson could have been beat

February 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Did you watch IBM’s super computer, Watson, play Jeopardy’s most notorious players the other week? Despite some funny computer glitches like betting a strangely precise amount of money when getting the Daily Double, he ended up winning. Here’s one take on how he could have been defeated. Nerdy robot programming humour alert!

Via Neatorama

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