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April 1, 2011

Who’s crafty?

I’m ashamed to admit that I have only recently discovered the SOWA Open Market – Boston’s original weekly outdoor and indie market. I’m less ashamed to admit that the idea of “crafts” kind of makes me super nauseous sometimes. I mean, really. Can we talk about this for a minute? I’ve never been to the notoriously awesome markets like Renegade-I know those have more good than bad. Around here, we tend to see the same kind of faux vintage-y thing in every stall. So I feel I have some justification for barfing at the thought of $45 bead necklaces that spell out “live, laugh, love.” GROSS.

However, since I’ve been raising the flag for doing shit with your hands, my uber-un-neuseatingly crafty friend Mary and I have decided to…get crafty. Ugh. But considering that the design work and identity for SOWA is pretty dope, I figure it’s gotta be more screenprinted canvas bags with subtle drug references on them as opposed to poorly knit scarves for cats.

Here’s where you guys come in: I need your opinions, suggestions, complaints, etc. What do you wish you could see more at these kinds of markets? What would you like to see less of? What have you bought? What have you rolled your eyes at?

And for all of you NH locals, Portsmouth will have it’s very own market at Strawberry Banke starting this June.

If you’re not local, this might be yet another great excuse to see the magical seacoast and visit your pals. EH-HEM, BECKERS.


March 11, 2011

Help for Japan

Our thoughts are with Japan this morning as we woke up to find that they’ve been hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami. If you’d like to help out directly, you can donate to Red Cross disaster relief efforts around the world by visiting or text “Red Cross” to 90999. If you text in, $10 will be automatically charged to your phone bill as a donation. If this is the first you’re hearing of this tragedy, The Atlantic is compiling moving images of the disaster, updated by the minute.

Thanks to Friends of Type for the thoughtful design.


January 21, 2011

Portlandia: The truth is so funny

How IFC describes their new program, Portlandia:

The 6-part IFC Original short-based comedy series PORTLANDIA, created, written by and starring Fred Armisen (SNL) and Carrie Brownstein (vocalist/guitarist, WILD FLAG, Sleater-Kinney), premieres on IFC Friday, January 21, 2011 at 10:30 PM ET/PT. Each episode’s character-based shorts draw viewers into “Portlandia,” the creators’ dreamy and absurd rendering of Portland, Oregon.

I mean, this clip above, really? Perfect. Also, the best name dropped compilation of things that make me really angry. Handy!

More clips below, or, you can visit the IFC site directly. Carolin, I would love to get your opinion on this one. Particularly since I have never been to Portland. Not that that’s going to stop me from being judgmental. Nothing ever will!

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June 17, 2010

PechaKucha Tonight in Durham

Hey there local OKGreatsters – tonight is PechaKucha night in Durham.

PechaKucha Night is a networking / meetup / presentation event for designers, thinkers, and anyone else with an open mind.  The presentations at PK follow the 20 x 20 rule - twenty slides, twenty seconds per slide.  The slides progress automatically and the presenter hopefully keeps up with the action.  I’ve also heard there’s beer involved (I’ve never been).

Looking through the presenters list, it looks like a lot of interesting ground will be covered – from ‘Ephiphany Farming’ to ‘Advancing Civil Rights in Raleigh’.  Entrance is free, beer is free, but you have to register ahead of time (before 6pm tonight).  See y’all there.

For all of you out there who aren’t lucky enough to live in our fair Triangle, there’s probably a PechaKucha night near you.  Of note - renowned ‘Fiercest Town in America’ will be hosting one on June 24th.


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