Friday, 30 April 2010

Sullen Cod

From hot to cold
Lukewarm to tepid
A layer of skin
Covers the coffee cup

Wrinkled and fragile
It cracks along the edges
where the sandy substance sways
moved by high-pitched voices:

“How long has this been sitting here?”
“Don’t bother lifting your little finger.”

It’s a shrill sound,
caught in the small of a throat

A cod flapping around trapped
in a tight space
Saddened, suffocating,
thrashing its fins against soft pink flesh
Thump, thump, thump
A slow, drawn-out tribal rhythm
beats like the blood pulsing in her temple

She sighs as she lays her hands
on the hard cool counter
She looks instinctively for cigarettes,
forgetting that they quit.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Sketch or Shoot it?

The imagined or real world? I prefer the superimposed and interpreted. Great Pencil vs. Camera series by Ben Heine. Sketched and shot throughout Belgium, France and Portugal.

Via Flavorwire.

Monday, 26 April 2010

The order of things

It's funny how items take on new meaning when ordered in a group.

I love these lids - from sarcoptiform's Flickr set.

Check out A Collection a Day blog, where Lisa Congdon itemizes and orders random things every day.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Star Wars + Lego... a Sunday delight. Nice photography set by Mike Stimpson, aka Balakov on Flickr. Mike's prints are for sale on Red Babble.

Via Trendland.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Short Story Tweet

This quote reminds me of a short story I'm working on (need to carve more time out this weekend).

Friday, 23 April 2010

Stopping the clock

I love these. Erin Mulvehill freezes time. I've been feeling like I wish I could do the same recently.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Everybody hurts.

There's nothing more powerful than a sad Muppet. Poor Kermie. Great stuff by Sad Kermit.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Monday, 19 April 2010

Nature doesn't shit on your breakfast table.

I've been really intrigued by some of the ads I've come across in Copenhagen. This one in particular caught my attention several times, and I finally managed to pick-up a free postcard at the gym. Given my poor, or rather non-existent Danish, all I could make out was a Rockwell-esque breakfast table scene, where brother and sister eat their Corn Flakes, while a weasel (or beaver) shits on the table.

I first saw the poster on the back of a bus, and also noticed a small McDonald's logo on the bottom right corner, which resulted in a cultural WTF? moment. After a bit of research and translation, it turns out that The Danish Society for Nature Conservation, the largest nature conservation and environmental organization in Denmark, is behind this campaign to encourage the public to pick up garbage and recyclable rubbish.

The campaign site, If you were a deer, is in flash, so regrettably I can't translate it, but it has a deer shitting pellets repeatedly on a perturbed man's living room floor. Once you know what it's all about, no further translation is required.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

The nature of man.

Hunting, beer, the wilderness - I'm digging the copy for Northern United Brewing Company: "Nature weeds out the weak and watered down."

More from Josh Leutz here.

The packaging design ain't bad either...

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Drawing thoughts.

Some really nice typographic sketches by Chris Piascik. His source of inspiration is actually his lack of inspiration. He started sketching his thoughts when at a loss over what to draw. Nice little insight.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Lost in translation

Blog comments are gold. It's great to read people's thoughts and get their feedback. They mean a lot to any blogger. Lately, most of the comments on this blog have been in Mandarin. So yesterday, feeling curious, I headed to Google Translate, only to discover a bizarre pornographic stream of consciousness...

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

i don't want to save the world...

...i just want to eat a burrito (or something that has to do with saving the planet and Mexican food).

Maybe it's just me, and I don't know enough about the Otarian, (does staying at the restaurant, rather than ordering take-out, help you off-set more carbon?), but I'm confused about the strapline:

"I went for a burrito and stayed to save the planet."

If the line read: I went for a burrito to save the planet, it would poke fun at itself and still get the message across.

Fast, organic, environmentally-conscious / ethical restaurants are a great idea (if the food tastes good). If I still lived in London, or NYC for that matter, I could have found out.

Via Campaign.