Japan Earthquake: Before and After

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These are fascinating before and after pictures of the Sunami destruction and subsequent clean-up in Japan. The transformation is both amazing and eery. To see the ‘after’ photo just click on the photo photo you’re looking at on the Atlantic website.

~ julian

Via Google+ post (l lost the attribution, my apologies).

Modern Gerber Multi Tool with Camera and iPhone Tripod

The Gerber Steady – the multitool with tripod that works with your iPhone (or other Smartphone or camera)

While I wait nervously to see if the Valentine’s Gift I ordered for Shannon will show up on the Fedex truck today, I thought I’d send out an example of something a modern man would love for Valentine’s Day. The part that makes this multitool from Gerber special comes at about 1:22 of the video is you want to skip forward.

Available on Amazon for $48.28 via Thompson Tools here

~julian

Via Zite reader on TheNextWeb

FIGHTING THE ELEPHANT – Ray William Johnson Video

Don’t you just love a good laugh at the expense of main stream media? I do!

Here’s RayWJ on the WSJ!

Warning: If you have pants on while watching this video you might pee them, so now’s a pretty good time to take them off. Unless you’re in public, in which case results may vary.

~julian

Via Bob Lefsetz of The Lefsetz Letter

Jackson Browne Debuts Protest Tune


Writing protest songs is like falling off a log for Jackson Browne. Regardless of your politics this is good music. Browne ends this performance by riffing on a great song called I am a Patriot from his album World in Motion (originally written by Little Steven of E Street Band Fame).

Speaking of the song I am a Patriot, there’s a lyric that pretty much sums up my feelings about Occupy Wall Street, along with Jackson’s lyrics in his new song.

I am a Patriot lyric

And I ain’t no communist 
And I ain’t no capitalist 
And I ain’t no socialist 
And I ain’t no imperialist 
And I ain’t no democrat 
Sure ain’t no republican 
I only know one party 
And it is freedom 

Although I agree with some of the sentiment of Occupy Wall Street – the crowd got it about half right. And I’m with 80% of Americans who aren’t getting behind half right. Occupy Wall Street feels too much like a made for TV [insert Internet] event with no soul.

Let’s try again. First attempts are rarely good. Let’s call this round practice for what we’ve really got to do with our country. We’re on to something, now we just have to find the right balance. That’s when everyone shows up. The reaction to SOPA and PIPA is far more universal because regular people could see how imbalanced it was. It’s the same thing that we were calling bullshit on with OWS, just expressed more articulately. More action, less words. Less b.s. 

In the mean time, I’ll leave the dogma to the extremists. Like Hollywood, the music industry and old big business, they’re quickly becoming irrelevant, unprofitable, deaf to what matters to us.

As for me, I’m going to sing this part of Little Steven’s song especially loud:

“I am a patriot, and I love my country!”

~ julian

Via Bob Lefsetz

 

Mitch Hedberg, The Donut Bit

There’s this comedian…

Mitch Hedberg was one of the funniest comedians I’ve ever heard.

Quirky as hell, and like all great comedians he had amazing timing. And his material. You don’t think of it as jokes. Mitch was bent. I like that. Mitch wrote funny. Somehow he brought together an awkward mixture of nervous energy with a knack for spotting the absurdity of our everyday world that seemed just perfect.

Mitch’s donut bit has always been a favorite. I looked it up on YouTube to send to my friend Harv and found a guy who made a great After Affects (motion graphics) Project where he matched Mitch’s words from the donut bit to some perfectly timed text and graphics. I loved the receipt at the end, that was really nice attention to detail Big Dawg Creations, your work is first class. Hope you like it Harv.