Classic film. I'm not going to call it "anime" since that carries the connotation of... anime. You know what I mean. The animation is absolutely mind-blowingly amazing, and the story makes absolutely no sense (unless you've read the actual manga books, all 2182 pages of it). Even if you have no particular interest in anime or comics (me), I think Akira goes beyond those boundaries. Watch this trailer.

Also, the soundtrack is sick.

Monday Music-Yeah Yeah Yeahs/Down Boy

I figure I'll post music vids on Monday, since Monday alliterates with music! Except, it's Tuesday morning. This is Down Boy by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, from the EP Is Is. Is Is is their best so far, in my opinion. Get it.

Mario Wagner

Mario Wagner is an illustrator/artist who does some pretty sick collage work.

The Pareto Principle (The 80-20 rule)

Nerdin-out time. Read.

"In health care in the United States, it has been found that 20% of patients use 80% of health care resources.

Several criminology studies have found that 80% of crimes are committed by 20% of criminals.

In the financial services industry, this concept is known as profit risk, where 20% or fewer of a company's customers are generating positive income while 80% or more are costing the company money."

In the blog-posting industry, 80% of content comes from 20% of sources.

Via JC

Lance Sells

I discovered Lance Sells quite a few years ago through youworkforthem.com, back when their business was selling art and design books. His website doesn't seem to exist anymore, but you can check out his page at saatchi online, as well as his flickr stream.

"Born in Michigan, Lance Sells began drawing constantly at an early age after becoming fascinated by comic books. Out of high school he became a comic artist for awhile, working first on independent comics and later for the Image Comics imprint. Since then he has moved on to work in the creative fields of CGI and graphic design working with clients such as MTV, VH1 and Sony. He splits his time as founder and creative director of Motherland.US and as an artist expressing his unique vision of the world. My work consists of the autobiographical recollections and premonitions of my conscious and subconscious life. The subjects of my latest works are usually a mix of NYC street life mixed with a time travel aspect of my life told in greek mythology."

Radiation Info-D

Your guide to how much radiation you're exposed to daily, to how much radiation you would be exposed to near the wrecked Japanese nuclear power plants, to how much you would have received at Chernobyl after the meltdown (a lot).

Via RW, from link

Wat u lookin at

"Staff at St Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in Buckinghamshire have made a little jumper to keep a spineless hedgehog warm. The animal was found by a member of the public in a garden in Bedford and has been named Spudlina by staff as her skin resembles that of a potato. The two year old is undergoing various tests to determine the cause of the loss of her spines and she is currently enjoying regular skin massages with a Vitamin E moisturiser"

via the telegraph

Steven Hamilton

In the spirit of bike-friendly weather I post this. Legendary. Song is "For Your Love" by the Yardbirds.

Allison Schulnik

Alison Schulnik is a painter/animator/sculptor based on Los Angeles. Also, check out the music video she did for the band Grizzly Bear below.

"I don't really know the answer to that. I know that I seem to be drawn to sad characters, the forlorn reject. Something about being on the outside. The outcast. But I also am intrigued by the super confident fool. He too is a reject. I'm not really interested in what's accepted by people. I like the things, places and characters that have been forsaken. On both sides of the field. The happy genius fool and the pathetic misfit. I guess I like drama." Quote from an interview @ fecalface


David Downton

David Downton is an English fashion illustrator. Impeccable use of composition, shape and color. Also take a look at the fashion illustration journal he launched, called Pourquoi Pas?

Google blows

So I tried to redirect my Youtube account to send me emails to my Hotmail address today and got this:

"Your Google Account's primary email address is a Gmail address, and thus can't currently be changed."

So I can't log into Youtube without a Gmail address, and I can ONLY use Gmail to get updates from youtube. For a while I tried to avoid "linking" my accounts, whatever that means, but eventually Google forced me to choose between two options: use a Gmail account or give them my phone number.

Google is basically turning into Microsoft and Facebook combined, which is basically the worst combination ever.

Here's a quote from Google's CEO:

"I actually think most people don't want Google to answer their questions," he elaborates. "They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next."


nuff said

John Berkey

John Berkey is the Monet of space ships. Whatever your artistic preferences may be, you can't deny that his paintings are beautiful. He has an impressionistic/abstract style that is instantly recognizable and I think it really elevates "sci-fi" beyond nerd-dom and taps into people's innate need to explore new places.

He died in 2008 and I can't find a website, but many of his paintings can be found here.

Barron Building pt.2

Moar fotos. I brought two photographers (2nd last pic) with me and their pictures will be in the final mag.

Barron Building

Did a photo shoot for our architecture magazine on Wednesday. Must have been -25 degrees. The Barron building is Calgary's first "skyscraper", built in 1951 in an Art Deco style. Except for the Uptown theater on the ground floor, the building's 11 floors are totally vacant and gutted. The only occupants are dead pigeons in a garbage bag in the penthouse, and occasionally homeless people who manage to sneak into the basement.

more to come?

No Doubt-Dark Blue

This song is from their album Return of Saturn. The whole album is a bit of a departure from their stuff before or since, but it's good. Listen to the first 10 seconds and you'll be hooked.

Genevieve Simms

Genevieve is an illustrator based in Edmonton. She is awesome, basically.

Visit her site here.