Since the beginning of my adventures in the blogging sphere, I’ve always tried to find and narrow down the list of blogs that are most inspiring and best filtered in the spheres of design, animation, … well, in all spheres actually. Design You Trust is so far the single most reliable source of inspiring design on the web I’ve seen. The blog was founded in 2007 by Dmitry Utkin and has bits of new design trends, news and events, photography, installations and fashion.
[Image courtesy of Hock]
As much as the word ‘routine’ hardly ever makes anyone think of a source of entertainment (unless it’s a cheerleading routine perhaps), the Daily Routines might change some opinions out there. The blog includes the daily routines of famous people including architects, writers, scientists and musicians. A sample below is a usual day of work in Charles Darwin’s daily routine:
||Rose and took a short walk.
||Worked in his study; he considered this his best working time.
||Went to drawing-room and read his letters, followed by reading aloud of family letters.
12 or 12:15 p.m.
|Returned to study, which period he considered the end of his working day.
||Walk, starting with visit to greenhouse, then round the sandwalk, the number of times depending on his health, usually alone or with a dog.
||Lunch with whole family, which was his main meal of the day. After lunch read The Times and answered his letters.
||Rested in his bedroom on the sofa and smoked a cigarette, listened to a novel or other light literature read by ED [Emma Darwin, his wife].
||Walked, usually round sandwalk, sometimes farther afield and sometimes in company.
||Worked in study, clearing up matters of the day.
||Rested again in bedroom with ED reading aloud.
||Light high tea while the family dined. In late years never stayed in the dining room with the men, but retired to the drawing-room with the ladies. If no guests were present, he played two games of backgammon with ED, usually followed by reading to himself, then ED played the piano, followed by reading aloud.
||Left the drawing-room and usually in bed by 10:30, but slept badly.
Published December 23, 2008
Tags: art, blog, blogging, community, confessions, depression, help, helpline, postsecret, project, psychology, secret, secrets, self help, society, suicide
PostSecret is an ongoing community art project created by Frank Warren in which people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. You can find both funny and horrifying secrets, but all are meant to be true and revealed for the first time. Since 2004 the blog has accumulated over 200.000 secrets and has recently won the MySpace Impact Award worth $10.000 that was subsequently donated to the HopeLine 1(800) – SUICIDE.
The project has created a hub of anonymous confession and a place where people can find themselves less alone with their secrets. PostSecret has supported those depressed and troubled through providing a meaningful outlet of emotional distress and allowing the audience to give support to those sending the secrets. The postcards are not only an artform, but also a way for people to let go of their secrets in a symbolic way through allowing their secrets to be seen by those who handle their cards, PostSecret staff and finally those who see them online. PostSecret has published 4 books, which so far are the only way the project supports itself financially.
I just saw this at Unreasonable Faith, an atheist blog that’s actually quite fun to read. Since this kind of goes into the Christmas theme, Merry Christmas everyone!
Published November 26, 2008
Tags: blogging, blogs, film, freedom, freedom of speech, iran, iran - a nation of bloggers, middle east, new media, political freedom, politics, repression, revolution, short film, video
Iran is often in the news because of its president and his relations with the rest of the world. The political system of Iran does not allow freedom of speech or press and currently new media is the only way of Iranians to express their discontent with their government. Four international students at Vancouver Film School, Aaron Chiesa, Hendy Sukarya, Lisa Temes and Toru Kageyama created this thought-provoking short film. The film has excellent imagery and conveys an important message about the role of new media in reinforcing the freedom of speech worldwide.
Browsing the web this morning…
‘London Underground Fashion Victims
Fashion Victims on the Tube
Once again Friday’s look at Tube Fashion Victims, TFV’s or travellers spotted on the Underground with a style that they’ve made their own.
Only one victim this week. As regular readers know, I really can’t understand why people wear sunglasses inside. Particularly people who wear sunglasses on the Tube when they’re in a tunnel. Particularly when they’re trying to read. Particularly when they need real glasses as well.
Simply too many glasses.
That’s it for now. The previous victim can be found here and the complete picture gallery can be seen on the following Flickr set.’
I do miss London sometimes.