Stella Retro Apron

It’s absolutely mind boggling the things that can have your name attached to them. That’s why my identity is truely expressed as ste!!a. Anyway, I found this link through a number of wild clicks to blogs starting point

My first thought, someone would buy this? Second thought, I would look like an idiot if I tried one of these on. Then I began to think, anyone would look like an idot with one of these on. Imagine yourself wearing this apron.

You can view this lovely apron at:

Several other fabric patterns are available.

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Me as Jeffrey Zeldman

Amy, Me as Zeldman, and Michael Nolan

This is one of a series of photos me and my pals took at a talk that Alina Wheeler did on Brand Identity. Ed Wheeler her husband an a pretty darn good photographer has this digital photobooth. The three of us shoved our way in on a cold, cold evening. I had control of the shutter.

It was a great talk and I got to do my Zeldman impersonation.

If you don’t know who Jeffrey Zeldman is maybe you don’t need to know. But if you are interested he is the author of Designing with Web Standards. A book that anyone designing for the web should own. He has a second edition now and a slew of other things going on. The biggest thing that I love about him is that he shares. Yes, he shares so that everyone can do better work.

I was happy to meet him at his Event Apart in Philadelphia. That guy up there Michael Nolan from Peachpit introduced us.

I’m not going to hit you over the head to read his book. Just spend some time at: or

and learn a little something.

Then you can decide if you want a copy of the book for yourself. I just think I do a damn good impersonation.

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putin, putin, putin…

I found this . I’m not really sure where. I just know that I find it very amusing. I ‘m undecided about if I would find these fellows as amusing with lots of Bush masks. But, somehow I don’t think so. Maybe it’s just because I don’t find George Bush amusing in any way.

I’m thinking I couldn’t even make 9 Bush masks to try it out.

Oh, well I hope you like the photo. If you know where it came from please let me know so I can give everyone the credit they deserve for a few amusing minutes.

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Katrina : Wake up and smell the coffee

This was our holiday gift the year of Katrina. We ordered a can of Café Du Monde from the famous café in New Orleans for each of our clients. We wrapped it in a label this message: Wake up and smell the coffee! It’s one world.

We had just completed an identity package for the SEGD Conference in New Orleans. Then there was Katrina. Then the levees broke. What a shameful moment for us all. One year later I am still ashamed.

a section at youtube

Spike Lee : When the Levees Broke

an interview with Spike Lee

at Alternet… scroll to the bottom of page

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Sixty-two years later : Hiroshima – Image

This day is a repeating event on my iCal.  The first atomic bomb actually used in war time was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945 killing between 130,000 and 150,000 people by the end of that year. On August 9th a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. I cannot find the words to express my sorrow.

This year 40,000 people gathered at Peace Memorial Park.

Peace declaration by Hiroshima mayor

The following is an official translation by the Hiroshima municipal government of the text of a speech delivered by Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba on the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima:

That fateful summer, 8:15 a.m. The roar of a B-29 breaks the morning calm. A parachute opens in the blue sky. Then suddenly, a flash, an enormous blast–silence–hell on Earth.

The eyes of young girls watching the parachute were melted. Their faces became giant charred blisters. The skin of people seeking help dangled from their fingernails. Their hair stood on end. Their clothes were ripped to shreds. People trapped in houses toppled by the blast were burned alive. Others died when their eyeballs and internal organs burst from their bodies–Hiroshima was a hell where those who somehow survived envied the dead.

Within the year, 140,000 had died. Many who escaped death initially are still suffering from leukemia, thyroid cancer, and a vast array of other afflictions.

But there was more. Sneered at for their keloid scars, discriminated against in employment and marriage, unable to find understanding for their profound emotional wounds, survivors suffered and struggled day after day, questioning the meaning of life.

And yet, the message born of that agony is a beam of light now shining the way for the human family. To ensure that “no one else ever suffers as we did,” the hibakusha [atomic-bombing survivors] have continuously spoken of experiences they would rather forget, and we must never forget their accomplishments in preventing a third use of nuclear weapons.

Despite their best efforts, vast arsenals of nuclear weapons remain in high states of readiness–deployed or easily available. Proliferation is gaining momentum, and the human family still faces the peril of extinction. This is because a handful of old-fashioned leaders, clinging to an early 20th century worldview in thrall to the rule of brute strength, are rejecting global democracy, turning their backs on the reality of the atomic bombings and the message of the hibakusha.

However, here in the 21st century the time has come when these problems can actually be solved through the power of the people. Former colonies have become independent. Democratic governments have taken root. Learning the lessons of history, people have created international rules prohibiting attacks on noncombatants and the use of inhumane weapons. They have worked hard to make the United Nations an instrument for the resolution of international disputes. And now city governments, entities that have always walked with and shared in the tragedy and pain of their citizens, are rising up. In the light of human wisdom, they are leveraging the voices of their citizens to lift international politics.

Recognizing that “cities suffer most from war,” Mayors for Peace, with 1,698 city members around the world, is actively campaigning to eliminate all nuclear weapons by 2020.

In Hiroshima, we are continuing our effort to communicate the A-bomb experience by holding A-bomb exhibitions in 101 cities in the United States and facilitating establishment of Hiroshima-Nagasaki Peace Study Courses in universities around the world. American mayors have taken the lead in our Cities Are Not Targets project. Mayors in the Czech Republic are opposing the deployment of a missile defense system. The mayor of Guernica-Lumo is calling for a resurgence of morality in international politics. The mayor of Ypres is providing an international secretariat for Mayors for Peace, while other Belgian mayors are contributing funds, and many more mayors around the world are working with their citizens on pioneering initiatives. In October this year, at the World Congress of United Cities and Local Governments, which represents the majority of our planet’s population, cities will express the will of humanity as we call for the elimination of nuclear weapons.

The government of Japan, the world’s only A-bombed nation, is duty-bound to humbly learn the philosophy of the hibakusha along with the facts of the atomic bombings and to spread this knowledge through the world. At the same time, to abide by international law and fulfill its good-faith obligation to press for nuclear weapons abolition, the Japanese government should take pride in and protect, as is, the Peace Constitution, while clearly saying no to obsolete and mistaken U.S. policies. We further demand, on behalf of the hibakusha, whose average age now exceeds 74, improved and appropriate assistance, to be extended also to those living overseas or exposed in “black rain areas.”

Sixty-two years after the atomic bombing, we offer today our heartfelt prayers for the peaceful repose of all its victims and of Itcho Ito, the mayor of Nagasaki shot down on his way toward nuclear weapons abolition. Let us pledge here and now to take all actions required to bequeath to future generations a nuclear-weapon-free world.

Tadatoshi Akiba

Hiroshima Mayor

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Voodo Pad

This is one of my most favorite gadgets.

I can put my brain in it at incredible speed. It is faster than a blog and smarter too. It is my own personal wiki. Now one might think that is a little strange – most wikis are for collaborative writing.

But, I look at it from this snipit point of view:

Wiki is sometimes interpreted as the backronym for “What I know is”, which describes the knowledge contribution, storage and exchange function.
– from wikipedia

it is about what i know.
I catch random thoughts, I am able to create access to the tangents that inhabit my mind. That’s what I call amazing technology. A way to express oneself in a way much more like the experience of being both the left and right of my brain.

You can find it at:

Apple iPhone changes mobile web, DUH.

“On June 29, 2007, Apple released the highly anticipated iPhone to the public. Forrester evaluated the iPhone’s capabilities, and we believe that the iPhone signals the beginning of the end for the mobile Web as we know it today: Stripped-down sites crammed onto the small screens of devices meant for phoning, not browsing, will become a thing of the past. Companies looking to stay on top of this trend should get iPhones and experience their capabilities for themselves. Going forward, firms should continue to experiment with the mobile Web sites they own today in order to learn how to create content that is timely, location-aware, and actionable for users on the go,” Vidya Lakshmipathy reports for Forrester Research.

Voice Bank has developed a converter that shrinks manga pages created for viewing on PC screens to iPhone size, claiming it made the move because the phone’s touch-sensitive screen is perfect for the panel-based graphic medium. It is now looking for a distribution partner in the US.

Sounds like these guys have already gotten the message.
This is what I want to be able to check out on my iphone.

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