I previously posted about the short film Words. In a similar spirit, the creators have again produced a film in collaboration with the WNYC Radiolab. This time they tackle the notion of Symmetry in a manner that reminds me of Tibor Kalman’s juxtaposition design work with Colors Magazine.

The Standing Dead is an exploration of San Francisco’s lost movie theaters. Below is a current photo from the inside of the New Mission Theater. I recently spent a good amount of time looking out the office windows of Typekit wondering how this iconic location could really be left in such a condition. This project was created for The Bold Italic, a pretty brilliant platform created by enthusiastic SF dwellers to share the culture of their town. This is just my cup of tea.

A Love Letter For You by Steve Powers is one of the most moving street art projects I’ve seen in some time. Uplifting messages like these that are designed in such gorgeous type are sure to bring smiles to the faces of those that encounter them. Graffiti can make the world a better place.

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The Indelible Dance Company create some very original works like Check Out My Leggings. The piece is hard to put into words. I’ll give it a try though. Three women are choreographed in a quirky and fun manner that feels like electro pop-punk human sculptures in motion. Oh, one more thing. They are all wearing loudly colored leggings but no tops. I must collaborate with them; they’re brilliant,

Steve Duncan calls himself an urban explorer. He is interested in seeing and documenting cityscapes from a perspective that we are not allowed to and are mostly unaware of. Watch Duncan explore NYC’s train tunnels, sewer system and climb to top of the Williamsburg Bridge at night without any safety equipment.

Dead Drops is a clever experiment. The project sees USB flash drives to be used for peer to peer file-sharing cemented into nooks and crannies of some very unsuspecting public spaces. Users can deposit files, take files or just look and see what they find.

Two men are in a race to be the first person to free-fall skydive from the edge of space to earth at a speed that would break the sound barrier. One is an extreme athlete with promotional financial backing from the beverage maker Red Bull. The other is 66 years old and has already had several attempts that have all literally failed to even get off the ground. Fascinating as it is, it seems to me that both men could be candidates for a Darwin Award.

I’ve just finished reading Michael Lewis’ The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine. He manages to craft a story involving credit default swaps into an absolute page turner. The narrative is a pulverizing piece of literary work that will stand as a clear record of how the American people were cheated by a morally bankrupt system that by design had to fail. The story reads like a curious piece of fiction. Only it’s not. It’s all real. Lewis tells the story of Wall Street’s recent meltdown better than the bankers and investors themselves seem to understand what happened.  Overlapping stories and characters are woven together in a style that consistently made me think of HBO’s The Wire. Here are a few select words from one hedge fund trader who made tens of millions of dollars by betting against the system.

I think there is something fundamentally scary about our democracy… because I think people have a sense that the system is rigged, and it’s hard to argue that it isn’t.