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Archive for September, 2010

The Dark Side Of The Lens

Posted by Alex | September 30th, 2010 | Filed under Art, Personal Reflection

Beautiful meditation on photography, surfing, and the passion to combine the two in a single life.

(via Sissyfish)

Adding Noise: The Black Keys

Posted by Josie | September 29th, 2010 | Filed under Music


If you look around the office these days, you’ll see a lot of headphones. Lately, we’ve all been listening to the same band in anticipation of their Portland appearance next week. With song names like Wicked Messenger, Thickfreakness, and Do the Rump, we are beside ourselves with love for the Black Keys.

Brett is checking in Fall deliveries and listening to Psychotic Girl. “They are consistently awesome,” he says.

Peter is finishing up Spring 2012 designs. He digs the Black Keys because “they are making music to be expressive, not to entertain.” He said all their songs make him smile.

Megan is fixing the final bugs in the new Horny Toad website (set to launch in less than a week). “I’ve never seen two people make so much noise,” she says loudly as she listens to Girl Is On My Mind.

For me, Everlasting Light (from their new album “Brothers”) is at the top of my “Top 25 Most Played.”

We are never short on noise around here, but in this case, adding a little more is a good thing.

The Best Bike Shelf

Posted by Alex | September 27th, 2010 | Filed under Bikes, Design


Spotted this bike shelf from Knife & Saw over on Coolhunting. Beautiful design, simple solution, elegant execution. If I had a wishlist, this would be on it.

(via Coolhunting)

Mapping How We Live

Posted by Alex | September 24th, 2010 | Filed under Design, Who We Are


So I saw these maps on flickr, and they kind of got under my skin.

Based on data from the 2000 census, these maps from Eric Fisher help put at least one dimension of the race question into perspective. Inspired by Bill Rankin’s map of the racial divides in Chicago (check out Radkin’s remarkable blog, Radical Cartography), Fisher set out to replicate the approach for other cities across the U.S.

chicagoI wanted to see what other cities looked like mapped the same way [as Rankin's]. To match his map, Red is White, Blue is Black, Green is Asian, Orange is Hispanic, Gray is Other, and each dot is 25 people.

It’s a striking use of opensource data and graphic design to make a point about how we live today.

(102 maps in the image set on Flickr)

On Repeat: Caribou

Posted by Eugénie | September 23rd, 2010 | Filed under Music

Caribou[An occasional update on what we're listening to now. - Ed]

For reasons I won’t go into here, I live in a place dubbed the Caribou Cottage. The name hails from the animal itself, which is, in my opinion, among the most magnificent on the planet.

Caribou is also a fun word to say (especially when loud, and with a long drawn-out boooo at the end), and it has over the years inspired some very badass musical moments. Moments that I have been playing on repeat lately. Who knows why. None of this music is new. I am thinking it is because of the place where I live. When I hear mention of the mighty Caribou, I listen.

For some newer funky beats, try Odessa, by Caribou (the band). And for a classic, give Caribou (the song) a listen, by The Pixies.

G4C: An Update From The Truck Farm

Posted by Alex | September 21st, 2010 | Filed under Grant for Change, Partnerships, Sustainability

Screen shot 2010-09-21 at 1.15.20 PM

[In July, we named TruckFarm, and its founders Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney, the recipients of our 2010 Grant For Change. Recently they've been on the road, swinging through Portland for our upcoming Portraits photo series (see Eugénie's blog post from last week for more) and seeking out a West Coast Truck Farm cousin. Readers of The Thought Kitchen with an old truck and an interest in getting involved with this great crew should get in touch with us—we'll put you in contact with Ian and Curt. Once you have the truck, setting up the farm costs a mere $300.) - Ed.]

Screen shot 2010-09-21 at 1.15.42 PMTruck farmer Ian Cheney traveled to Denver, CO with cinematographer Taylor Gentry to visit Truck Farm’s first sibling: Denver Urban Truck Farm. The owners of this beautiful ’66 Ford, Ashleigh and Ryan, provided a quick tour of the bed (which featured tomatoes, parsley, hot peppers, and a va- riety of herbs), and then a joyride through downtown complete with a visit to a suburban farmer’s market. Ian noted that the Denver Truck Farm was much more organized than his Brooklyn farm, which at the onset of fall was beginning to get jungly.

Screen shot 2010-09-21 at 1.15.49 PMEditing continued on the documentary film, with songwriting and animation galore. Although only at a rough cut stage, the film is being sent off to festivals in the hopes of landing a strong premiere early in 2011. We are exploring ways of heating the greenhouse in case the old Dodge needs to make a winter appearance at a film festival somewhere…

Cooler weather on the Brooklyn streets allowed Ian to plan another round of lettuces, kale, and swiss chard, in addition to this year’s experiment: saffron! Saffron crocus bulbs will allegedly bloom in October, yielding, if all works out, our tiniest crop yet…stay tuned!

Printing the mountain

Posted by Alex | September 16th, 2010 | Filed under Art

Check out these beautiful woodcuts from Marin artist Tom Killion.




Dozens more here, along with a description of the painstaking process of making what Tom very modestly calls “faux ukiyo-ë”.

(via One Trip Pass)

The Soda Pop Stop

Posted by Alex | September 15th, 2010 | Filed under Compassionate Capitalism, Sustainability

The most common thing I hear from the American public is “what’s the best.” Coca-Cola and Pepsi would like you to believe that what they make is the best. But everybody’s taste is different. I can tell you what I like, or I can make suggestions. So try all these and then tell me what the best is for you.

You gotta listen to this guy talk about soda. From glass bottles to cane sugar, John Nese offers a common sense look at how small producers, making real drinks, with real ingredients, create something truly special.

(via Devour)

Contest Winners – September

Posted by Alex | September 14th, 2010 | Filed under Grant for Change, Who We Are

With this week’s redesign of Off The Grid, Nau’s monthly newsletter (sign up here!), we’ll now be announcing the winners of our two monthly contests—Collective Snapshot and One Of Us Trivia—here in The Thought Kitchen. Want to enter? For our gear-in-the-field picture contest, Collective Snapshot, submit a shot of yourself or a friend in Nau to share@nau.com*. For One Of Us Trivia, sign up for Off The Grid and watch for the monthly question. Winners of both contests win a free Down Vest, and the Collective Snapshot winner also receives a free bamboo-mounted print of their image from Plywerk.


Morning Commute

With the new Collective Snapshot feature on Nau.com sharing photos submitted from around the world, it’s getting harder and harder to stand out from the crowd. Drummond Lawson takes this month’s prize by sitting down—and nearly sleeping, from the looks of it—in the Tokyo subway. We think Drummond will be happy to know that his prize of a Down Vest also makes a great pillow.

Truck_Farm_1_550x382The ’86 Dodge

Last month in Off The Grid, we asked: “What Model year is G4C recipient Truck Farm‘s Dodge pickup?” The answer? 1986, the year of the Challenger tragedy, Bill Buckner’s error and, more auspiciously, the first federal MLK day. For having their answer selected from all the correct ones submitted, Sidney Han wins this month’s prize of a Down Vest. Want your chance to win? Sign up for Off The Grid and look for next month’s question.

*Submitted photos are subject to the terms and conditions of Nau.com

fall portraits: what the efff

Posted by Eugénie | September 12th, 2010 | Filed under Art, Design, Who We Are


We’ve been busy lately. Doing a lot of strange things.

Last week, we had to find a pig.

An airport.
Some chickens.
And a place to put a house.
We had to find an open field, a muddy road, and the best pants to wear with knee-high rubber boots.

All this to make the subjects of our Fall 10 Portraits Series happy. And all requests that have been an absolute delight to fulfill. Because Read More »