Before it’s too late, we must make a change that will involve every state, country and continent. The world we live in has reached a danger zone that, if we do not resolve, could possible mean the absolute destruction.

350 is an organization dedicated to bringing our current 387ppm standing down to 350ppm. So what does that mean?

350 is a number measuring the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. It’s the upper limit that we must reach to avoid an erratic climate change. Presently, we are at about 387ppm.

In order to make this drastic, necessary, and massive change, it needs to be done internationally. The United Nations is working on a treaty that is supposed to be done in December 2009. Though, this is an aiding step in the cause, because cost, politics, and nation differences play a significant role, we still need every voice to be heard about the topic; we must be loud enough to make this change.

Every voice counts. Make sure yours is heard. The world depends on it.

Porn That’s Safe for Work…Maybe

Diesel is an international design company that creates a wide range of popular clothing and accessories and they’re celebrating 30 years in business. Now, this is something that I’d usually care less about, but Diesel pulled me in with a video that they had created by the folks over at sfw-porn.com. Don’t be tricked by that website name. It means “safe for work” but it really isn’t. The pictures on the site don’t contain nudity, but the ads on the site do, so click at your own risk.

Anyway, Diesel repurposed the video to advertise their 30th anniversary and it’s absolutely hilarious. The video contains a variety of clips from various porno flicks, except all of the explicitness has been covered up by cartoons. It’s still obvious what’s going on though, so you’ll probably want to watch this video at home, unless you’re workplace is more laid back…like mine! Check out the video below.

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The most modernist gas stations

When you think of architecture that is modern, contemporary, and beautifully designed, gas stations are probably not the first thing that comes to mind. Am I right?

Designed by some of the most renowned architects, these gas stations are sure a sight to see. Being something that needs to serve a purpose and only take up such a small amount of space, it gives you all the more reason to appreciate.

Why I Fired My Secretary…

Last week was my birthday. That morning I went downstairs for breakfast hoping my wife would be pleasant and say, ‘Happy Birthday!’, and possibly have a small present for me.

As it turned out, she barely said good morning, let alone ‘Happy Birthday’.

I thought… Well, that’s marriage for you, but the kids.. surely they will remember.

My kids came bounding down stairs to breakfast and didn’t say a word. So when I left for the office, I felt pretty low and somewhat despondent.

As I walked into my office, my secretary Jane said, ‘Good Morning Boss, and by the way Happy Birthday!’ It felt a little better that at least someone had remembered.
I worked until one o’clock, when Jane knocked on my door and said, ‘You know, it’s so beautiful outside today, and it is your birthday, what do you say we go out to lunch, just you and me.’

I said, ‘Thanks, Jane, that’s the best thing I’ve heard all day. Let’s go!’

We went to lunch, but we didn’t go where we normally would go. Instead, she chose a quiet bistro with a private table. We had two martinis each and I enjoyed the meal tremendously.

On the way back to the office, Jane said, ‘You know, It’s such a beautiful day…We don’t need to go straight back to the office, do we?’

I responded, ‘I guess not. What do you have in mind?’

She said, ‘Let’s drop by my apartment, it’s just around the corner.’
After arriving at her apartment, Jane turned to me and said, ‘If you don’t mind, I’m going to step into the bedroom for just a moment. I’ll be right back.’

‘Ok.’ I nervously replied..

She went into the bedroom and, after a couple of minutes, she came out carrying a huge birthday cake … Followed by my wife, my kids, and dozens of my friends and co-workers, all singing ‘Happy Birthday’..

And I just sat there…

On the couch..


Hope you enjoyed the joke 🙂

Intuitive Painting

Painting was always something I wanted to learn to do well. In school, I was always able to do pretty well in my art studio classes where creative juices were flowing non-stop. But anytime I sat down at home, my head was blocked from anything creative and my hand just couldn’t move the way I wanted it to. This very reason is why I decided to enroll myself in a painting workshop called Intuitive Painting.

Intuitive Painting was a class that taught you how to paint without listening to your subconscious thoughts of judgments and egos. You learn to quiet that disapproving voice. In order to accomplish that, you start painting with your left hand. And for those of you that are lefties or ambidextrous- you had no obstacle there, but for the ones with dominate rights, it’s definitely something that takes a couple of hours to get used to.

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The start of the class began with choosing a brush with your left hand then choosing different paint colors with your left hand. With the paintbrush awkwardly positioned with your less practiced hand; you embark on slathering a piece of watercolor paper with the elementary tempra paint your left hand so intuitively selected.

After the paint slathering of sheet one, you add another sheet of paper connecting to the first, making sure of only one thing; that your painting connects. Add a few more sheets of paper filled with color galore.

Hmm, what’s this I’ve created? Letting your subconscious mind control your hand can make some pretty interesting and wonderful artwork.

Once you’ve freed yourself from your inner critic, you can then create details using your right hand (or keeping with your left if you’re left handed). Keep in mind however, if you find yourself analyzing your art, switch back to your left hand and continue the way you started.

You can do this with any sort of medium; tempra paint, acrylics, pastels, oils, etc. My workshop lasted only one day- usually to get the full effect, I was told that you should split the class in two; one using your left hand to slather color, then the next day, adding details with your right hand.

Not only can you do this with painting, but writing and dancing. Practice this at home and you’re sure to overcome any creative block.

Conglomerfont: The Community Font

Bittbox.com has just set up a community driven font creation project which is underway as I’m writing this. The Conglomerfont project calls out to all those who are creative and would like to take part in a massive, possibly worldwide, font creation project. There are already several people working on it and you’re free to join if you choose.

I think the alphabet that comes out of this is going to be awesome, so head on over to the Bittbox site and pick a letter, get your design juices flowing and help the creation grow. I’m actually not very creative, but I’m still thinking about creating a letter for the project. I think this could be a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to use the font once the project is complete.

The Best Video Game Review Ever

Whether you like video games or not, you’ll definitely want to check out Zero Punctuation every week, because these are some of the funniest videos you’ll ever see. Yahtzee Croshaw is British born and lives in Australia so there seems to be a mixture of both accents when he speaks. This makes it a little difficult to understand at first, especially because he talks so damn fast, but watch a couple of his videos and it’ll become no trouble at all.

I’ve actually been watching his reviews for quite a while now but never thought to post any on Aimless Direction, but it just popped into my head this morning for some reason, so lucky you. Check out his latest review of Spore and remember to look for his reviews every Wednesday.

More great art

You know when you see a good commercial when you pay as much attention to it as you would a final review before an exam you have yet to study for. I experienced just that with this commercial from Nagi Noda.

A video set in a bright, saturated and exuberant world featuring Jack White’s music in the background surely does its job to tease the viewer wanting more. Check out this video from the great late artst, Nagi Noda.

Indiana Jones and the Choices of Fonts

That makes for one hell of a movie, huh?! I would certainly be there on opening night. Geekiness put aside, I love typography. Nothing about the topic could bore me.

Mark Simonson Studio has a great post about the font choices in all four of the Indiana Jones movies. Brilliantly disecting the anatomy of the typefaces and giving a breif history as to why this font may or may have not worked. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this reading as much as I did.

The Secret Place: Post Your Secrets Anonymously

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Do you have a secret that you’ve been holding inside, and has been killing you just trying to keep it in? If you go to Check My Secret, you can post any secret you wish to be revealed and you never have to release your identity. You have to remember though, that people can comment on your secret, so if you can’t take some criticism, you better not check up on your latest post to see what someone might have said about you.

If you don’t want to post a secret, or don’t really have an interesting secret to tell, think harder, because everyone has a secret, you liar. But if you really don’t want to post something, just visit the site and read what secrets other people have. It’s kinda crazy and fun at the same time. It’s almost like reading one of those gossip websites, except instead of finding out about Amy Winehouse latest stint in the gutter, you’re left wondering who it actually is that’s in love with their cousin.