While doing research for a project, I came across TypArchive. The site is a collaborative image database of handmade letter signage from around the world. In other words, this is porno for graphic designers and type admirers.

While it may prove a bit “ballsy” to market a spirit branded after porn legend Ron Jeremy, I can’t say I’m interested in tasting the man’s potent liquids. I can just imagine the tag line, “for relaxing times, make it Ron Jeremy time.” The Hedgehog is certainly not the first celebrity to offer a line of booze; other’s include: Marilyn Manson, Dan Aykroyd, Dr. Dre, and Sammy Hagar who has been at it longer than any of the newcomers. For a more accurate and less glamorized perspective, check out this documentary on the most famous adult star ever to be filmed.

Alex Roman’s The Third & The Seventh is an entirely CG created visual landscape short film journey. The experimental piece explores the relationship between design, space and photography, as well as the constructs of man versus nature. Every frame of the project was made by him alone; very impressive. He must have a render farm the size of a city block.

I must admit that Captain Beefheart is one of those musicians that I’ve been told many times to check out and yet somehow just never did. This morning I read that he just passed away after a long fight against MS. That was the motivation it took for me read up and listen. Clearly, the world is now short one incredibly unique individual. In the early 80’s after being diagnosed with his illness, Anton Corbijn created a short film interview project with Captain Beefheart. David Lynch makes a few appearances asking questions too. Here is part 1 and part 2. Enjoy.

Damien Echols has sat on death row for almost 16 years. The story of the horrible crimes for which he and two of his friends were accused is well documented in the film Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills. The West Memphis Three as they have come to be known are almost certainly innocent. Proof beyond a reasonable doubt is the measure for deciding one’s guilt in our criminal justice system. As the film details, there is no proof, only doubt in this case. A man’s life is on the line. Now that Echols has spent half of it locked away, he is seeking a new trial. The very fact that such a well publicized sham of a case has yet to have been reversed is appalling .

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.

Douglas Trumbull is a film director and special FX pioneer best known for his contributions to Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. In addition to being a five time Academy Award nominee and lifetime honoree, he also happens to be an inventor with many patents to his credit. It’s rather fascinating to know that while BP was failing to cap the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that they were responsible for, Trumbull was working on solutions. Here is a film on his fix.

What if futball legend Pele had scored his final goal on the Brazilian national team instead of the Cosmos? The short film 1284 sees Pele on the pitch at age 69 finishing his career off the way he’d have liked it. The project was produced by Fernando Meirelles and created in conjunction with telecom company Vivo.