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The Motherload of Linkdumps, Pt. 8

Previously: Pt. 1, Pt. 2, Pt. 3, Pt. 4, Pt. 5, Pt. 6, Pt. 7

Time To Jailbreak

The folks over at Teehan+Lax plan to make my iPhone a lot more useful. They’re in the process of working with the Cydia folks to release a new lock screen for the iPhone entitled Element. I’ve spent a fair amount of time with the Android, and the single feature that always stood out as heads and shoulders above the iPhone is their notifications system. Hopefully, as soon as next week, that will no longer be a problem. Take a look at some more screenshots.

Teehan+Lax Element Lock Screen

Watch Out Andy Rooney

I admittedly have a soft spot for Jon Stewart (who, thank goodness, now has a key to Bellingham, WA) and Stephen Colbert, and not so much of a soft spot (a hard spot?) for Christopher Hitchens. I first became skeptical of Hitchens after reading about his stance on the Iraq War. And that feeling only increased after he attempted to join Richard Dawkins at the head of the Atheist movement by trying to mask his lack of scientific background with an even larger combative ego than Dawkins.

Hitchens uses the fact that Stewart was ranked as the #1 trusted newscastor in an online popularity pool to whine and complain that he is no Mark Twain (Is anyone really arguing that point?). His evidence seems to be Al Franken’s books (I’m still trying to figure out what that has to do with the Daily Show). My best guess is that either Hitchens is still bitter 4 years later that Stewart didn’t promote his Jefferson book well enough, or is formally applying for Andy Rooney’s position as Old Crank Laureate.

The Game That Keeps On Loving You

Take one look at this image and say out loud what it makes you think.

REO Speedwagon: The Video Game

You got it right: REO Speedwagon, the Video Game!
Apparently someone is making a Halo killer in the forum of a casual hidden object video game. I am currently going to great lengths to make sure that the video game company I work for is going to sell this.

Twitter fave “Shit My Dad Says” heads to TV

What?! That is enough basis for the foundation of a television show? My pops might not be that cranky, but give him 5 years. He’s on his way; and soon I’ll be rich.

PS: I love that the one person he follows is Levar Burton.

Dan Scanlon covers X-Men 1

Probably the 2nd best post (just behind this one) on one of my favorite blogs.

X-Men #1 Covered

Dear American Airlines


  1. Designer dreams up a redesign of American Airlines’ website and chastises the company (particularly their design department)
  2. An employee from the AA design group writes back to say, “You’re right.”
  3. AA fires said employee for breaking their NDA.

Lots to take away from this. For me, most of all is that I’ve been in this employee’s shoes and this story reaffirms that I will make sure to never be wearing shoes like his in a company like that again. It sounds clear that AA is a seriously messed up company, and, as folks have said, the original critique is a little naive of the situation: A little screenshot does not a website make.

Chris Ware Does Halloween

This already appeared to make the rounds on the internet, but was too good not to pass up posting. Make sure to read the 4-page spread.
Chris Ware Does Halloween

The Motherload of Linkdumps, Pt. 7

Previously: Pt. 1, Pt. 2, Pt. 3, Pt. 4, Pt. 5, Pt. 6

Pet Care For Those Left Behind By The Apocalypse

You’ve committed your life to Jesus. You know you’re saved. But when the Rapture comes what’s to become of your loving pets who are left behind? Eternal Earth-Bound Pets takes that burden off your mind.

I am dying to know how much $$ they’ve pulled in from this…

Poodle Doodles

Speaking of pets: This is very, very, awesome.

Camel Dog

Star Wars Uncut

Someone took “A New Hope” and cut it up into 15 sec. segments, then set up a site that assigns users to “swede” chunks of Star Wars. Once completed, this will be a surreal mishmash of glorious proportions.

Mario Kart Jamboree

Speaking of collaborations: Over 40 DeviantARTists picked a Mario Kart Character and rendered them in their own style. Make sure to check it out in its full size.

Mario Kart Jamboree

Far Foods

Interesting design concept for grocery receipts to drive the point home about the thousands of miles your food travels to get to you and the result it has on global warming. I bet this would have a dramatic effect on people’s food choices. They’d either shop locally or stop buying fruit and vegetables.

Fancy Fast Food

Speaking of food: Take the shittiest food possible, and make it look convincing enough that you might eat it until you realize that you’re about to loose a couple years of your life. Great idea for a website.

Fancy Fast Food

Google Android GUI PSD

I’ve been designing for a little side project for Google Android mobile phones, and have been regularly caught needing user interface elements to design with. After searching around, there doesn’t seem to be much attention paid to the Android GUI by the community in the same way I’ve seen from the iPhone or Pre, so I had to create the PSD elements from scratch.

Google Android GUI PSD

Well, no reason to keep it all for myself. Inspired by teehan+lax’s iPhone PSD, here are the basic GUI elements, built using vectors to scale, for the Android. It’s far from complete, but I’m willing to expand it. If you’re interested in other elements, let me know.


The Motherload of Linkdumps, Pt. 6

The Colbert & Obama Rehearsal and Video Shoot

For Steven’s buzz cutting in Baghdad, Obama worked with the Colbert Report prior to the show to pre-tape a segment. It was pretty interesting to watch them work out the timing.

Paul Tebbott’s Portfolio

He’s like a less-busy version of Scott Hansen. Great use of color and texture.
Paul Tebbott's Portfolio


I highly recommend this quick addictive little puzzle game. It used to be a $3 download, but now the first half of the game is available for free online. It’s beautifully designed and worth every penny.

Give Me Your Lunchmoney, Nerd

If there was to be a Wes Anderson Film Festival, this is what it would look like.
Wes Anderson Film Festival

How Do They Do Scribblenauts?!

I got a deal on a Nintendo DS a few years ago because I was curious about New Super Mario Bros., but I haven’t really touched it since. Now I better find it, because this game looks amazing. You have to lead your character toward the star within every level through solving puzzles. But to do it, you have at your arsenal any object in the living world you can think of. They did it by sitting down 5 people for 6 months and scour the Dictionary and Wikipedia. Comes out in September.

And Here’s The Kicker…

Upcoming book with TONS of interviews with some of the most important people in comedy, including:

The Motherload of Linkdumps, Pt. 4

Previously: Pt. 1, Pt. 2, Pt. 3

Sly Stone News

The original Woodstock soundtrack only has a few songs from Sly & the Fam’s legendary set, and for the last several years
I’ve been listening to a Woodstock bootleg that comes from a pretty crummy board mix (still interesting to hear the differences in the performance from the edited official release and the bootleg release). BUT FOR NO LONGER: On June 30th, Sly & The Family Stone: The Woodstock Experience (2CD) will be released featuring the best live performance ever (TRUTH).

Also, somehow KCRW was able to coax Sly out of hiding for his first on-air interview in over a decade. Interesting bits in the interview: If You Want Me To Stay is a literal edict to fans that he’ll stick around as long as people want him around; and that he used to get into arguments with Charles Manson at Doris Day’s place around the time he recorded Que Sera Sera. Listen below:

Previous thoughts on Sly & the Family Stone

NYTimes on the Making of Zach Galifianakis

Great six-page article on my favorite stand-up comedian. He single-handedly made a poor movie watchable. Good call on Todd Phillips’ part on letting Zach be Zach for this film, which is more than can be said for this piece of shit.

Tetris Planting Pots

These will be mine.
Tetris Pots

John Lennon Does Cheap Trick

By 1997, Cheap Trick had become so disapointed with the quality of the recording for In Color that they decided to re-record it with producer Steve Albini. They’re right. Think about it: The version of I Want You To Want Me that everyone loves is from their live album and not the original recording.

Someone posted this unreleased re-recording and also somehow came across a great cover that John Lennon did of I Want You To Want Me around 1980 that is a touch more minimal (w/ clarinet!):

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Is This New Beyond Good & Evil 2 Footage?

Looks like someone got their hands on some footage for the sequel to my favorite video game of all time:

A Real Life Dougie Bendle!

It’s just like Dougie Bendle in reverse! In ’86, his parents took him at the age of 14 months to see the Dalai Lama. He was enthroned as the reincarnation Lama Yeshe, the reincarnated lama of a spiritual Buddhist leader. Now he’s 18 and has escaped. Now wants to use his Kiss tickets and make out with Patty Matthews.

Alan Clarke Graphics

I’m jealous. Great poster proposals for the 2012 Olympics in London.
Alan Clarke's Olympic Poster Proposal

On Twitter & Sitting On Your Ass.

Twitter. Media darling.

Apple is definitely going to buy. Google wants their “real-time semi-news.” The media won’t STFU about it. We’ll all be using it by this Christmas. And as Rand in Response says:

Twitter seems to be on the front page of everything but, curiously, has done nothing functionally interesting. They’re just sitting there keeping the lights on.

Not everyone is just sitting there. Some are wondering, “What’s next?”

That’s exactly what I’ve been wondering. The market is being flooded with innovative features by third party clients and the only innovation that Twitter has added to the fold — search — wasn’t even theirs: it was an acquisition. In fact, according to their blog they’ve only had five user facing updates in the past year, none of which would be deemed as “lighting the barn on fire” by a user.

So what gives? You could make the argument that their growth is because of their lack of innovation, rather than in spite of it. Keeping it simple allows users to focus explicitly on Twitter’s core value instead of unnecessary bloat, and allows the owners to focus on being swooned by the big boys. Even VIPs within the company want new features but seem unwilling to build them.

I get the impression that Twitter knows that the money is in search and is putting all their eggs in that basket. And they’ve done a good job of it: their search implementation is pretty damn slick. But that doesn’t stop me from pining like the biggest geek ever for something new out of them. I want a “groups” feature integrated into I want drafts. I want threaded replies in my timeline.

But the feature I’d like the most is data interpreters. I’d love it if a link to a TwitPic is not counted against my 140 character count and is called out after my tweet. If a URL is from an approved source, strip out the link and treat the data appropriately. This would work great for video, audio, pictures, and locations. I’m dying to post a tweet from foursquare and not have half of my 140 characters taken up by the venue’s address.

Data Interpreters

Twitter could keep it simple and just provide a link to the appropriate data; but with the right API calls, third party clients could take the ball and run with this type of info. Maps, audio, video, and photos could be displayed inline or expanded with a click. In fact, Tweetie already visually indicates when a tweet includes a link to a photo.

And don’t worry about the redheaded stepchild in this discussion — SMS. This wouldn’t (and frankly, couldn’t) make that experience any worse for the 5% who still txt than it already is. Twitter could simply append the tweet with a “See More” link that routes the reader to the status’s page. People who get their tweets over SMS aren’t going to be clicking to view a TwitPic anyway, so a status link is just as efficient.

A feature like this would help bring the focus back to the message instead of the message being a URL. I have a hard time imagining the folks at Twitter doing anything close to standing still. The company seems to have the understanding that the premise of “140-character-messages” has a ton of milage and doesn’t need new features, so why change something that’s not broken? But features like this will reaffirm that in this medium, Twitter is the message. As Marshall McLuhan once said:

You should totally bake these features into Now give me a massage…

So Twitter could continue to sit on their ass and they’ll still be the startup darling that’s perfect for many a company’s portfolio. But a little attention to the users might help with this retention problem that people are suddenly talking about. …actually, it probably won’t, but I’ll go ahead and try to convince you otherwise…