"We gather knowledge faster than we gather wisdom." - William Bell

Masking Tape Street Art

Posted: October 26th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Cool Ideas | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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Want all the street cred of graffiti, but really don’t like inhaling spray paint? BUFF diss is an Australian street artist that uses masking tape to create his art. His current exhibit, God Left The Building, is showing in a church in Pisa, Italy.


01To see how he made this piece, click here.

It’s a cool idea to rethink the medium of graffiti to be a less messy and less permanent. It allows you to make mistakes and correct them. It’s the street art equivalent of writing with a pencil instead of a pen. I have a blank wall at home, and now I’m really tempted to try to create my own “masterpiece.”

- Christian


The Fun Theory

Posted: October 21st, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Cool Ideas | Tags: , , | No Comments »

What’s the easiest way to get someone to do something? Make it fun. I remember when I was a kid, my mom convinced me that doing the laundry was fun. You get to sort stuff! You got to play with nobs on the washing machine! The machine buzzes and makes lots of noise! Sweet.

It wasn’t until many embarrassing years later when I realized that I had been Tom Sawyer’d into doing chores for fun. Damn.

A new movement has popped up in Sweden called “The Fun Theory” is based on the same thought. The easiest way to get people to change their behavior is to make it fun. So, you want to encourage people to take the stairs instead of the escalator. You know, because it’s healthy and stuff. How do you do it? Make it fun:

You want want people to toss their trash in a bin? Make it fun:

Hopefully, once people figure out what’s going on, they’ll forgive Volkswagen quicker than I forgave my mom. Plus, we should all really take the stairs.

- Christian


Pow, Right In The Kisser

Posted: October 19th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Cool Ideas | No Comments »

What happens when you give 40 Colombians paintball guns and a blank canvas? This:

In Colombia, Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe is the center piece of an ad campaign for Bon Yurt yogurt. I’m not really sure what this has to do with yogurt, but my Spanish sucks, so maybe you can tell me. Regardless, they created some sick art with unconventional tools. All in about 45 seconds. That’s some cool shit. And I think it’s given me the excuse I need to buy that paintball gun I’ve always wanted.

- Christian


Friday Inspiration

Posted: October 16th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Inspiration | Tags: , | No Comments »

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That is all. Have a good weekend.

- Christian


Thanksgiving 2009

Posted: October 12th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Random | Tags: | No Comments »

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It’s Canadian Thanksgiving! I’m not sure why it’s different from the American one. Maybe because it gets colder earlier up here. Or maybe everyone decided that we needed a holiday in October. Whatever. I got to sleep in.

Things I’m Thankful For:

- People who throw you outside of your comfort zone.
- Awkward family conversations.
- Scotch.
- Unexpected opportunities.
- The internet. It’s pretty cool. I think it’s going to be a big deal one day.
- Warm socks.
- Being able to drink tequila again.
- Sharpie pens. They just make my ideas seems smarter.
- Porter Airlines for serving up the 500mL tallboy can. For free.

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So, I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving. And thanks for reading.

- Christian


Be Nice To The Earth …

Posted: October 6th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Inspiration | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

And she’ll return the favour:


If you can’t view the video, click here.

“I was adrift for 47 days.
Accompanied only by despair, and my delirium,
One day I thought my Ex-Girlfriend was coming to save me,
and then somehow I was in Venice,
I thought even a sea monster was following me,
and I even believed my daughter had come to take me home,
But in reality the wind came and blew me into the shipping lanes,
so it was nature that saved me.”

This is an ad for Timberland’s “Earthkeepers” program. Basically, the company is trying to rally people who are a little more than your typical eco-conscious consumer. Not quite Greenpeace quasi-militant hippies, but a couple steps back from that. The ad presents an interesting story that is well shot and well told. It would be cooler if it was a true story.

I know what your thinking. I call bullshit on this green-washing. But then I started to think about their core target market. Their original target market. It was people who loved the outdoors. And then I saw this video.


If you can’t view the video, click here.

Simple. Honest. Direct. Now I think they’re legit. Very cool storytelling in the ad. Way to back it up with credentials online.

- Christian

Originally found on Like Cool.