This is probably their best work to date and my best production work for sure. We’re also trying to raise funds to recover the costs of producing and manufacturing all this stuff, so please help out be contributing dollars or just sharing with your friends. We tried to keep costs down by doing a lot in-house but there are outside costs that you just can’t avoid. Thanks for supporting.
I helped my genius friend Danielle photograph some of the awesome food and beautiful space at Taffy’s Pizza in Santa Barbara, CA a few weeks ago. Check out TaffysPizza.com to see the yummy photos and if you’re in SB, drop by for some great food and to see what the friendly new owners Casey and Shaina Groves have done to make Taffy’s a really nice place for a meal or a party.
I was featured in Los Angeles Magazine’s April 2014 issue as someone who’s fascinated with a certain period in history. Naturally, it’s the 1980’s with it’s technology, fashion, and media explosion. The article also talks about my work as a songwriter and collaborator with Ming & Ping.
These beautiful ruins at the Angkor Wat complex are a striking reminder of great empires that can collapse at any minute. If you don’t know about Cambodia’s history, it’s worth a read – it’s not so long ago that they killed off their educated class in favor of a more “controllable” peasant population. Crazy, man.
Just returned from another grueling, but productive trip to the Chicago area to speak at Baxter about mobile technologies with Hoverstate and Klick Health. In just a couple of weeks since the last visit, all the vibrant leaves had fallen. Haha, I almost forgot about the seasons, living in LA. Here are some panoramic photos of Chicago in November vs. Chicago in December. It was actually my hotel in Deerfield, if you wanna be a nerd about it.
Classy aerial photo taken on the way to Seattle of an unknown mountain, possibly located in Oregon. Traveled with Hoverstate to catch up with a client in the fantasy trading card games industry. It’s been a while since I was here. Also, I didn’t know Seattle was spelled with two T’s. Dumbth.
Win a prize if you can tell me the mountain. Extra prize if you tell me the mountain and the client.
Returning from a trip with Hoverstate out to Chicago/Deerfield for one of our large pharmaceutical clients. The colors of the leaves were insane and beautiful in November. It’s too bad we didn’t have time to do much extra-curricular stuff.
Did you know a bass guitar can make lower sound frequencies than the average kick drum? Here’s a free PDF to show you the sound frequency of various instruments for aspiring music producers, engineers, and anyone else interested in sound.
I usually don’t like to publicly weigh in on internet drama and politics, but today I will for three reasons. First, I consider myself a moderately successful, educated part of the Vietnamese American subculture who has the potential to affect it and define it in the future. Second, I don’t want to live in an environment where we can’t make jokes about ourselves – even if bad ones – and openly mock the stereotypes that define us for a lot of people. And third, I think model, actress, and fellow Viet-American Levy Tran doesn’t owe anybody an apology for her part in a recent music video called “Asian Girlz.”
Oh it’s just so glamorous! A couple of weeks ago I attended a conference in Las Vegas with the Hoverstate crew. We presented a roundtable discussion on using mobile apps to help people manage chronic diseases. Good, productive trip. Here’s a nice panoramic photo of a golf course in the desert… I mean a beautiful woman with a glass of wine…
PBS Digital Studios is doing this thing called Beat Making Lab where they bring a backpack with some simple mobile sound studio equipment around the world. The results are absolutely amazing! It’s so cool to see people in Goma, Congo doing their thing.
This video about David Adrian Smith‘s super inspiring work is just incredible and shows that oldschool crafts are even more appreciated in a digital age. Thanks to my buddy Mark at HipHopMakers.com for sending this inspiring video along.
We’ve just quietly launched a new website for Ming & Ping at mingping.com and well be adding lots of interesting content each week. In fact, there is some cool stuff on there right now, including “Making Of” info about The Darkness of Night and a streaming music player for all of the twin’s albums. Add yourself to the Ming & Ping mailing list to get announcements on new content, free downloads, new music etc. Enjoy.
I forgot to post this hilarious pic from our trip out to super-gorgeous Palm Springs in January. We stayed at this incredible historical resort called La Quinta. Don’t mind the unsightly alcoholics. xo
Here are a few photos from my trip to Salt Lake City over the holiday break. Got to see some excellent friends, eat excellent food, snowboard on some excellent mountains and also take some excellent spills. Fortunately the snow was soft and I didn’t lose any limbs. But damn, it was cold! Click to see more photos below… Continue reading “Jetsetting: Snowboarding in Salt Lake City”
The Atlantic has posted its roundup of the photos that defined world events in 2012 and they are incredibly powerful, and some really beautiful. These really make me respect the balance of art, skill and luck that journalistic photographers have to have. Here are the photos in three parts: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
In case you were interested, I’m a fan of minimalist installation art and Walter de Maria is one of the best. The Stanley Kubrick show up now at the LACMA is pretty cool too. Wish I had more time to see everything.
I was speaking with someone this weekend about the value of moderation: swinging too far in one direction almost guarantees an equally strong reaction toward the other direction. I believe that goes for anything from religion to substance use and even to generosity (but how can one be too generous???).
Anyway, I like and agree with this article in the New York Times‘ opinion section about the defensive use of irony that defines the hipster class – but I only like it because it was followed by a tempered response from a reader called Gemli from Boston, who tellingly identifies him/herself 30 years older than the author.
So I won’t quote the author – you can read that yourself – but I’ll quote the commenter since this is the internet. Read more below…
Took a short trip to Denver, Colorado last week with the Hoverstate crew. Great meeting and gorgeous city – I got to breathe real air! Looking forward to making some beautiful iPad apps for our new friends.
The bonnacon is a beast with a head like a bull, but with horns that curl in towards each other. Because these horns are useless for defense, the bonnacon has another weapon. When pursued, the beast expels its dung which travels a great distance (as much as two acres), and burns anything it touches.
This is according to this great tumblr I just found called Scientific Illustration – it has tons of great illustrations of animals, bones, and stuff for your enjoyment.
These are the hoards of talented (and officially credited) people who helped make Taylor Swift’s new record, Red, which sold 1.2 million copies in its first week. And it’s… actually really good country-pop-crossover music stuff. I’m getting old.
Really clever infographic on NPR about various states if resized by their political campaign spending – and their importance in the presidential election. Not to undermine the value of your vote in a solid blue state like California or a red state like Texas, but the focus of these campaigns is on battleground states like Ohio and Nevada where the vote could go either way and money matters.
So what’s my point? My point is that if modern, educated, sensible, globally-connected people don’t vote, it’s the old, tunnel-visioned people in the tiny towns of the midwest who will be deciding who your leaders are, and what laws you live under. I have nothing against the midwest – that was just a lazy generalization – but I do think that education and a broader world view help you make more well-rounded decisions.
It’s not just about one dude being president over another, it’s about local, state, national, global laws that affect your life every single day. It’s about freedom on the internet. It’s about acknowledging that manmade climate change is real and changing our habits to slow that down. It’s about not allowing corporations to legitimately rape you and your family. Young people, sign up to vote and get educated!
I know some people are going through some tough events right now, but just stepping back in a journalistic way – this has to be the most interesting photo from the Hurricane Sandy tragedy. A parking lot full of yellow cabs is flooded as a result of superstorm Sandy on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 in Hoboken, NJ (Photo via Charles Sykes of AP). I took this from the Chicago Sun Times, which hilariously has the instruction “Click to embiggen” under the photo preview, as if it was written by Jebediah Springfield from the Simpsons.
Decided to take an unplanned flight out to San Francisco this weekend to check out the Downtown Throwdown event, sponsored by Arnette. Snow at city hall, awesome rails and jumps, friendly friends. Thanks to Robbie Sell for the invite and thanks to WB for letting us stay the the pimpest pad in Telegraph Hill.
The homepage for the band The XX is super minimal, just like their music, but it has just one beautiful interactive element over the X logo. I didn’t notice it at first until the oily rainbow coloring shifted slightly while I was reading the navigation options. Then when I hovered my mouse cursor over the X, it looked like I was disturbing a puddle of oily water and seeing the rainbow colored light refractions change. Well done to the designers of thexx.info. The album’s not so bad either. ;)
[dropcap char=”:-)” type=”text”/]I’ve been messing around with the new Emoji’s on iOS 6 and by coincidence, the original emoticon turns thirty years old this weekend. NPR has a cute tribute article on it.