Oregon Coast

Great short video by Instrument showing the beauty of my part of the world. This Place Journal

Aircraft art

Dove Real Beauty Sketches

I love this campaign. And I love it’s sibling parody.

Distance to Mars

I love this virtual trip to Mars. via David Paliwoda and Jesse Williams.

David shows us that, if the Earth were 100 px wide, Mars is a surprising 428,000 px distant. If it doesn’t sound impressive, take the virtual trip.


Google implements “Treasure” maps

In addition to their 2D, 3D, street view and satellite maps, Google has now introduced Treasure Maps. Where you can “explore 2D hand drawn landmarks and find hidden treasure chests.”

They also admonish us to, “Beaware of pirates!”

Treasure Maps is our Beta Maps technology and has certain system requirements. Your system may not be able to display at higher resolutions than paper print. Take care when unfolding the map to avoid ripping it.

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Treasure maps

The all-neux TeuxDeux.com

I gave TeuxDeux a try back in 2009 when it launched. I liked it but it might have been too far on the simplistic side.

One feature that I absolutely need is a recurring to-do feature.

I’m happy to see the team over at Swiss-Miss added that and a whole host of extras. I’m also glad to see she’s now charging for the service. It makes me want to check out the skeptic package for a month or two.


After a week of bad news, this little  gem brightened my day.

Rubén and Cristina rode 7,500 km from Beijing to Ulan Bator to Moscow — over a period of three weeks. While they rode, they shot this film using a single lens on a Canon 7D. It has some great tilt-shift and amazing shots of all that’s in between those destinations.

Trains have always had an effect on me that I can’t quite explain. Maybe it’s something about the simple magic of moving from point A to B. It could be that a train takes a route no car can follow and thus somewhat mysterious. Maybe my locomotive love stems from a my first train ride at the tender age of six when we rode from Grand Junction to Boulder, Colorado. We crossed the heart of the Rocky Mountains in the depths of white December to spend a Christmas with grandma. How can you not love trains after a trip like that?

Wherever that passion stemmed from, Trans-mongolian hit a nerve. It’s beautiful. It’s full of wanderlust. And it’s just what I needed to see tonight.

Into The Mind

Into The Mind looks like a cross between a Warren Miller film and Inception. Either way, it’s looking pretty amazing.

Into The Mind – Official Teaser from Sherpas Cinema on Vimeo.

Chip and Dan Heath’s “Decisive”

The Heath brothers (of Made to Stick fame are coming out with a new book, Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work.

If it’s anything like Stick or Switch it will be well worth the read. The first chapter already has some great take-aways. I’m digging the cover, too.

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More about the book from their email:

One of the early surprises in our research was that virtually no one uses a “process” for making decisions. (Perhaps this shouldn’t have been a surprise, since neither one of us did, either.) Doesn’t that seem odd? To a large extent, the decisions we make determine where we end up in the world, and yet we don’t have a process for making them. (The closest anyone comes to a process is the “pros and cons” list. We explain in the first chapter why that approach is terminally flawed.)

Our goal in writing Decisive was to fill that gap. To arm you with a simple process you can use to make better choices—and to boost your confidence that you’ve considered all the right factors.

I’m putting this one on pre-order.

X-Wing made from pages of a book

Here’s a great use for uncorrected advanced copies.

X-wing oragami

“The ship is attached in five places to the book with wire. The wings are wired through the body of the book, which has a cardboard core to hold its shape. The torpedoes are also wired.”

via Obvious Winner

By Jodi Harvey-Brown