Archive for October, 2008

October 30, 2008

Palin Failin

Palin Failin:

Get your Snooth on

Yesterday was a pretty cool day at Snooth. Among a slew of usability improvements we rolled out, we launched the Snooth Pulse – a real-time geographical measure of what people are searching for on Snooth. I hope you’re ready to have your mind blown.

We also added a Features page, which basically gives people an overview of Snooth at a glance, and showcases a pretty nifty video I put together. That’s right – I just said nifty.

October 16, 2008

John McCain’s Debate Notepad

Exclusive photo of John McCain’s notepad from last night’s debate:

I Showed Vincent DonOfrio My Balls

Any street photographer will tell you that one of the most difficult parts of photographing people is building up your balls.

That’s right. Your balls.

Because in most societies (including ours) it’s considered rude as hell to whip out a camera and start taking a stranger’s picture without permission. Sure, there are ways around this – such as shooting from the hip, using a telephoto lens to keep your distance, or a few other tricks up the discreet photographer’s sleeve. But in my opinion, if you don’t have the balls to walk up to someone and snap their picture, then you’re doing it wrong.

Cut to today, when I’m walking through SoHo enjoying some rare free time, and low and behold I see Vincent DonOfrio sitting on a street corner outside his trailer during a break in shooting Law & Order, Criminal Intent. I had my Canon G9 in my pocket so I figured it would be a good chance to grow my balls a little bit by snapping a picture of arguably one of the most intense actors of our time. (Sure, he’s been in some crap lately, but the guy was in Full Metal Jacket. I mean, come on.)

So I stop in the middle of the sidewalk, fish out my camera, and take aim. And get this – he looks at me. And his eyes are doing more than just looking into my eyes. His eyes are looking into my soul, telling me he’s going to murder my children. My children. So I took the picture and got both the hell out of there and the heeby jeebies at the same time.

So that’s about it. Enjoy the photo below. It’s going to cost me dearly.

A Good ‘ol Triple Fisting

It’s no surprise to me that the very same scheming Wall Street financial engineers who masterminded such risky practices as credit default swaps and naked short selling have unveiled their latest, and perhaps most brilliant way to keep raking it in – the “triple fist”.

October 14, 2008

Out with the old, in with the Snooth

Hold on to your shoes people. Or at least tie your shoelaces very tight. Because what I’m about to tell you is going to knock your socks clean off and I don’t want your shoes flying all over the place and hitting some person in the face.

Tomorrow I’ll be leaving my post as group creative director at DCF Advertising as I transition my career trajectory from advertising into interactive and information design. So starting next Monday I’ll be settling in as the full-time web designer at my favorite website ever, Snooth.com.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t first say that the folks at DCF Advertising have been great to me for the past four and a half years. And when I told them I’d be moving on they were incredibly understanding and supportive. I’m going to miss working there. But enough with the tiny violins. Let’s talk about wine.

I’m so psyched to be working at Snooth it should be illegal. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Snooth, it’s the world’s largest online wine database wrapped in a slick interface (designed by my buddy Clint) and backed by a home-grown, extremely powerful social network and community. I could call it “Facebook for wine” but that would be a gross understatement. It’s a place where you can review wines (even if you’re a wine idiot like me), see what your friends are drinking and reviewing, and find wines close to your home. But here’s the kicker – Snooth’s magical algorithm will recommend wines for you based on what you like and dislike – automatically. So it’s a great site for people who know everything about wine and for people who know nothing about wine. Stop what you’re doing right now and create a free account and add me as a friend – my screen name is solomania9. Do it. DO IT!!!

So the bottom line is that working at Snooth will allow me to stay on the cutting edge of today’s web technology, while utilizing my passion for creating engaging and memorable experiences on the web and beyond. That’s a roundabout way of saying it’s going to be pretty fucking sweet. I’ll keep everyone posted.

Now please carry on and start picking up all the smithereens that used to be your shoes.

ID Real Estate Partners, LLC Website Launch

I just finished creating the website for ID Real Estate Partners, LLC – a New York based real estate company that offers a progressive approach to real estate mixed with boatloads of experience.

Long-time readers of this blog will remember a photoshoot I did at the top of Nelson Tower (link here). Well as you may have guessed, that shoot was for the ID Real Estate site. I’m very happy with how everything turned out, and especially glad that I didn’t die in the process.

October 13, 2008

Unusual Deaths

I just finished reading the macabre yet entertaining Wikipedia’s list of unusual deaths.

Of the 125 entries mentioned, only 12 involved women. Anyone care to offer any insight by being particularly insightful or sexist in the comments?

October 8, 2008

The Eyeball Game

This is a pretty cool judge of your visual accuracy – woodgears.ca/eyeball/. If anyone has the time (less than five minutes) I’d love to hear how you did in the comments, as well as your profession.

October 3, 2008

Banksy in SoHo

Today I spotted what looks to be another Banksy painting in SoHo, on Broadway and Howard (it’s facing the green patch on this map). Click on the thumbnail to view it larger.

I wonder what he’s trying to say?