Saturday, October 27, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
NPR - "How A Texas Postman Became An Hermès Designer"
"And though he's one of the most important living African-American painters in America, he just doesn't understand what the fuss is about. Never mind that he's the only American artist ever to design a scarf for Hermès — which he's done 16 times.
Again, he's also an employee of the U.S. Postal Service.
"He doesn't believe he can make a living as a painter," Sheeler says. "He doesn't even believe that he's that good — those are his words. He just likes to paint.
"He works overnight at the post office, comes home, paints a little bit, takes a nap and then does it all over again. He survives on two to three hours of sleep. Eats a sandwich on his break at the post office. He gets a 30-minute break, and then he goes back to sorting mail."
New York Times - "For RZA, Hip-Hop Was Just a Prelude to Kung Fu"
If his filmmaking adventures have taught him anything, he said, it was that even in collaboration, artistry ultimately rises or falls on one person’s vision.
Or, as he put it: “I’m Captain Kirk and I’m flying this starship Enterprise. If I’m lucky to have a Mr. Spock on my side, we’re going to go somewhere that nobody’s gone before.”
Former advertising star Alex Bogusky (of Cripsin, Porter + Bogusky fame) and singer Jason Mraz put together this 3:48 video taking on former CP+B client Coca-Cola (and Pepsi).
AdAge - "Alex Bogusky Takes on Coca-Cola, Soda Companies"
Monday, October 15, 2012
Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner became the first human to surpass the speed of sound when he skydove 24 miles above New Mexico as part of Red Bull's Stratos project.
New York Times - "Felix Baumgartner Was Just Thinking About Coming Home"
Fast Company - "Red Bull Stratos Shatters Records - and Traditional Notions of Marketing"
Q+A with Baumgartner following the jump:
Q: Standing on the platform of the capsule, looking down at earth and ready to jump
"When i was standing there on top of the world you become so humble--the only thing you want is to come back alive. You don’t want to die in front of your parents, your girlfriend and all those people.”
Q: What he said at that moment
"I know the whole world is watching now and i wish the world could see what I see…Sometimes you have to go up really high to understand how small you are.”