“You just might not understand it yet. But it’s cool. Family is super cool. Going home to one girl every night is super cool. Just going home and getting on the floor and playing with your child is super cool. Not wearing a red leather jacket, and just looking like a dad and shit, is like super cool. Having someone that I can call Mom again. That shit is super cool.
Such a fun scene from the Beatles movie “A Hard Day’s Night” where George tells a teen trendspotter marketing jerk what’s what.
George: “I wouldn’t be seen in them. They’re dead grotty.”
George: “Yeah, grotesque.”
Trendspotter (to assistant): “Make a note of that word and give it to Susan.”
“App: The Human Story” by Story & Pixel
My friend Jake told me a year ago he wanted to make a documentary exploring the profound impact the new notion of “app” has had on our culture. I got the shivers when he told me the idea.
Now, watching the trailer for what he and his co-director Jed have shot so far, I get the shivers again. This one’s going to be good. If you want to see more, consider supporting the Kickstarter. Jake and Jed are good people making a good thing.
Horace Silver died today. Jazz legend Horace Silver, FYI.
“The Jody Grind” was my favorite as a teenager, still is to this day. This is a cool musician.
Could this be the precursor to the Apple logo?
I shot a little commercial in Paris last week, and the best thing I saw was a little place called La Galcante, an antique periodical shop packed full of vintage French magazines, postcards, promotional stills, it was delicious.
And a stack of magazines caught my attention. First, it was named the same as me. Second, it was basically a French Playboy published from 1925-1973. (This is the only Wikipedia entry I could find.) And I when I leafed through it, I found something that astonished me: its logo was our beloved Apple logo, but published WAY before the founding of Apple Computer. The bite is even from the same side of the apple.
I mean, the mythology of the apple being what is, it makes sense how two companies could end up here. It makes even more sense for a girlie mag. But still, a little piece of tech history? I left with four issues, lmk if you want to borrow them.
Skylock: An incredibly smart bike lock
We made this commercial for a bike lock called Skylock that’s smarter than any other bike lock. If you ride a bike that you don’t want thieved, if want to let people borrow your bike without you having to be there, if you want to know if some punk kid is getting slurpee all over your shit, invest in a Skylock.
Every Sandwich video I appear in at once
My friend Andy Baio just honored me with a wonderful tribute to what we do at Sandwich. So I’ll just leave it here. It’s twelve of me at once, talking at you in a non-threatening tone.
If Kottke says it’s a thing, it must be a thing. As consumer camera drones become more common, this kind of shot (or the one that inspired it by Amit Gupta) will become more familiar. Or this one I made with ominous shadow and a bit of vignette for enhanced drama.
There’s a reason that you’re going to see a lot of these from drone flyers like me, and it’s this: once you get past the novelty of taking a camera high up in the air, getting a bird’s eye view of stuff is actually a little boring.
What birds see is actually a little boring. Humans are interesting. Getting close to stuff is interesting. I bet if we could strap tiny cameras to bird heads, most of what we’d want to look at would happen when they fly close to people. If we could, we’d put cameras on bird heads to take pictures of ourselves.
But try flying your drone close to people. They get freaked out (trust me). Ergo dronies. You want to shoot people, you have to shoot the people you have access to. You end up shooting yourself. It’s not vain, it’s pragmatic.
The next part of the story is the fun part: discovering new things to do with it. New ways to shoot, new shots to get, new moves and new angles. What this feels like to me is that photography was just introduced and enthusiasts are figuring out what a wide shot is and how it feels different from a closeup. Or like the Steadicam was just invented and people are figuring out that running it down a narrow hallway looks really fucking cool.
This doesn’t happen very often, that we find new ways to see ourselves.