Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I will be doing a book signing in Brooklyn at the PowerHouse Arena

Mark you calendar! Come on down! Ian Svenonius will be moderating if any special guests show up besides him, and if not he'll moderate between your questions and myself! Infamous punk rock drummer/five star chef Brooks Headley will be hooking us up with his renowned mini vegan burgers, and for those of you who actually buy a book at the event itself you'll be included in a raffle for a DogTown skateboard signed by Jim "Red Dog" Muir and Jeff Ho!

For more info and or directions check this link:
MY RULES Tuesday September 23rd 7-9pm

Spread the word! Thank you!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014


MY RULES, The book, is officially being released on the 20th anniversary of FUCK YOU HEROES original publication. TODAY!

This book is being released by RIZZOLI international publications – our first ever collaboration with a major publisher.

It's a mother fucking, ass kicking, monster!

Hard cover – 11.5″ tall by 13″ wide – 324 pages

You are going to LOVE IT! Of this I am sure.

It will contain the best of both FUCK YOU HEROES (out of print for almost two years now) and FUCK YOU TOO (out of print for over three years now).

But it won’t just be a rehash, because the images will be larger than ever! 
Many as full bleed, and up to 300% of the there originally published size,
with scans better than ever, for more detail than ever,
 for many of the most classic photographs GEF has ever created.

PLUS over 30% of the book will be never before published work (over 100 never before published photographs)!

There will also be essays from many of my favorite and most respected and interesting subjects over the years,
 speaking truths that will inspire you, without a doubt.

Contributors include:


Introductions by
C.R. Stecyk III and Shepard Fairey

Afterwords by
Lisa Fancher and Gary Harris


Monday, September 15, 2014

Walking for 5 min/hour prevents negative health effects of sitting

In "Effect of Prolonged Sitting and Breaks in Sitting Time on Endothelial Function," forthcoming in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers from IU Bloomington report on a study that holds out hope for anyone worried about the health effects of prolonged sitting.

If you've heard that Sitting is Killing You, you probably have some low-grade continuous anxiety about the fact that you still end up sitting at a computer for most of the day, most days. But a five minute/hour slow walking break was shown to guard against the worst circulatory effects of sitting.
The study involved 11 non-obese, healthy men between the ages of 20 and 35 who participated in two randomized trials. In one trial they sat for three hours without moving their legs. Researchers used a blood pressure cuff and ultrasound technology to measure the functionality of the femoral artery at baseline and again at the one-, two- and three-hour mark.

In the second trial, the men sat during a three-hour period but also walked on a treadmill for five minutes at a speed of 2 mph at the 30-minute mark, 1.5-hour mark and 2.5-hour mark. Researchers measured the functionality of the femoral artery at the same intervals as in the other trial.
Short walking breaks found to reverse negative effects of prolonged sitting

(via /.)

(Image: ...and go (cc), Martin Fisch, CC-BY-SA)

Friday, September 12, 2014

People are happier when they live near public transit


Arrive at your subway station just as crowds of people exit — a sure sign that you’ve missed your train — wait around in the crippling heat, then squeeze in a crowded car, praying there’ll be no delays, and you’ll be forgiven for thinking that public transportation is a particularly nasty form of torture meant to punish commuters.

Not so, says University of Minnesota transport policy scholar Jason Cao. In a small study, Cao found that proximity to good public transit is significantly associated with increased well-being: People who live near rail lines are happier with their lives.

Cao’s research was based on questionnaires sent out to residents along the Hiawatha light rail line in Minneapolis, which he compared to responses from people in other areas of the city. All participants were asked about the quality of their public transportation system: What was the service like? How accessible was it? Then, they were asked to evaluate the overall quality of their lives. The Atlantic Cities interprets the results:
Cao believes this high quality of life emerged primarily through the quality of the light rail. When he controlled for transit service and regional access, for instance, the advantage in life satisfaction disappeared — a clear sign, to him, that service and access were responsible for this satisfaction in the first place. Contentment with travel was leading to contentment with life.

The reasons for this finding may vary. Perhaps residents enjoyed the train itself, or perhaps they enjoyed the access to great social and cultural destinations it afforded them. The distinction doesn’t much matter. What’s clear is that much of the satisfaction derived from living in the Hiawatha corridor comes from the high level of mobility that good light rail provides.
Even without knowing much about the rail line, it’s easy to seem why the rail line’s ridership characterize their lives as “excellent” and “ideal.” They have cheap and easy access to sports stadiums, an entertainment district, an international airport, and the Mall of America. All that’s enough, it seems, to keep people smiling.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A skateboarding spectacle

from Vimeo's staff blog:

Cy Kuckenbaker makes documentary videos that seem downright impossible. His latest, created in collaboration with Vimeo (that's us!) and a company you may have heard of called Microsoft, takes skateboarding as its subject matter.

The scene is familiar: there's sun, concrete, and California vibes. But the uncanny choreography of grinds, airs, and flips will have you questioning the signals that your eyes send to your brain.

As you may have suspected, Cy didn't use magic to create these incredibly intertwined moving images. Rather he employed a time-collapse filmmaking technique that requires careful camerawork, painstaking editing, and pure patience to pull off convincingly. And for this video, he shot all the footage on a Nokia Lumia 930 smartphone, which makes the result all the more impressive.

Learn how Cy made this skateboarding spectacle and see what drives him to create in this behind-the-scenes video:

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Deep math of the folded pizza slice

from Boing Boing:

Why does a flat pizza slice flop over unless you bend it into a curve? Thank Gaussian curvature, the 19th century mathematical principle that underpins everything from corrugated cardboard to eggshells to Pringles chips.

Wired's Aatish Bhatia uses the pizza-slice as a jumping-off point to explain one of the most elegant and fascinating parts of geometry, and once you read his work, you'll never be able to look at a curved surface again:
Well, the pizza slice was flat before you picked it up (in math speak, it has zero Gaussian curvature). Gauss’s remarkable theorem assures us that one direction of the slice must always remain flat — no matter how you bend it, the pizza must retain a trace of its original flatness. When the slice flops over, the flat direction (shown in red below) is pointed sideways, which isn’t helpful for eating it. But by folding the pizza slice sideways, you’re forcing it to become flat in the other direction – the one that points towards your mouth. Theorema egregium, indeed.

By curving a sheet in one direction, you force it to become stiff in the other direction. Once you recognize this idea, you start seeing it everywhere. Look closely at a blade of grass. It’s often folded along its central vein, which adds stiffness and prevents it from flopping over. Engineers frequently use curvature to add strength to structures. In the Zarzuela race track in Madrid, the Spanish structural engineer Eduardo Torroja designed an innovative concrete roof that stretches out from the stadium, covering a large area while remaining just a few inches thick. It’s the pizza trick in disguise.
How a 19th Century Math Genius Taught Us the Best Way to Hold a Pizza Slice [Aatish Bhatia/Wired]

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Pale Blue Dot


Sunday, September 7, 2014

10 Reasons to Hate Capitalism

from Dangerous Minds


10. Capitalist corporations suffer from a personality disorder characterized by enduring antisocial behavior, diminished empathy and remorse, and are rewarded by shareholders for acting that way. If corporations could be sent to a criminal psychologist’s office they’d be diagnosed as psychopaths and locked away forever.



9. Capitalism encourages greed. But greed is only good for capitalists. For normal people it is anti-social and soul destroying, not to mention very bad for our communities, which rely on altruism, compassion and a generalized concern for others.



8. Capitalism is a system of minority privilege and class rule based on the private ownership of means of livelihood. This gives a few rich people the power to buy and sell jobs, which means they can build or destroy entire communities that depend on those jobs.



7. Capitalists praise freedom and individualism, but they destroy freedom and individualism for everyone but themselves. The vast majority of us who work for a living are daily asked to uncritically follow orders, to act as if we are machines, and limit our creativity to what profits our bosses.



6. Capitalists denigrate cooperation and collectivism, but create mass production processes that rely on both from workers. Their system requires us to be cogs in a giant profit-making machine, but because they fear the power this gives us we are told working together for our own interests is illegitimate and bad. Thus capitalists undermine unions and other organizations that encourage workers to cooperate with each other and act collectively.



5. Capitalism requires the largest propaganda system the world has ever known to convince us it is the only system possible. It turns people into consumers through advertising, marketing, entertainment and even so-called news. Millions around the world are employed to use their creativity to twist our feelings of love, desire, human solidarity and fairness into tools of manipulation, so that ever more profits can flow into the hands of a tiny minority.



4. Capitalism is a system in which the principle of one dollar, one vote, dominates that of one person, one vote. Those who own the most shares (bought with their dollars) control giant corporations, many of which are more powerful than all but a few governments. Rich people also use their money to dominate the elections that are supposed to give us all one, equal vote. Under capitalism those with the most money are entitled to the most goods and services as well as the most say in directing our governments and our economy.



3. Capitalism proclaims the virtue of naked self-interest, but self-interest without regard for morality, ecology or common sense leads to environmental degradation, destruction of indigenous communities, colonialism, war and other forms of mass destruction. Self-interest leads capitalists to seek profit absolutely everywhere, regardless of the damage done to other people and the health of the planet’s ecosystem. Self-interest leads capitalists to destroy any rival economic system or way of thinking (such as indigenous communal land use and respect for nature) that can be a barrier to their endless quest for profit.



2. Capitalism is not a friend to democracy but ultimately its enemy. When pushed, capitalists choose capitalism over democracy. If people use democracy to weaken the power of capitalists the rich and powerful turn to various forms of fascism in order to keep their privileges.



1. Capitalism is a cancer taking over our planet. Capitalists make profits from global warming, from destroying our oceans, from pumping ever more chemicals into the atmosphere and from patenting everything they can, including life itself. Only by getting rid of capitalism can we rescue our environment.

This is a guest post from Gary Engler. Engler is a Canadian journalist, novelist (The Year We Became Us, about the Saskatchewan Doctors Strike) and co-author of the recently released The New Commune-ist Manifesto: Workers of the World It Really is Time to Unite. You can find more of his work at the New Communeist website

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Clever Ikea ad treats print as a new technology: 'Experience the power of a bookbook'

"At only 8mm thin, and weighing in at less than 400g, the 2015 IKEA Catalogue comes pre-installed with thousands of home furnishing ideas."

Thanks, Boing Boing

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Internet of Things
(video from NYTimes)

very interesting thoughts on simple uses of complicated technology.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

"No-No" A DOCKUMENTARY opens this weekend (and next) Nationwide. Be sure to Go See It!

This is a film I spent several years working on with the Director and Producer, as a Creative Consultant and Associate Producer. I have posted about it several times since the beginning of the project as well as posting about my personal relationship to the subject, Dock Ellis.

I think the film came out great and is a fitting tribute to my old friend and inspiration as a kid. Can't forget to mention, the original score was done by none other than softball team mate of mine, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz.

A few of my past DOCK posts below:

For Dock Ellis On His 67th Birthday:
LSD Memories, Celluloid Dreams

My Personal Dock Ellis Story (Pt. 1)

"No-No A Dock-umentary"
premiering at Sundance Film Festival this week

Here's a photo of myself with Director Jeff Radice and Associate producer and another fellow softball team mate of mine Carlos "Chili" Cañedo at the "Montclair Film Festival" premiere.


Theaters this weekend:

5-Sep New York, NY Village East (I'll be here opening night)
5-Sep Los Angeles, CA Laemmle Noho 7
5-Sep San Diego, CA Reading Gaslamp 15
5-Sep Pittsburgh, PA Harris Theater 2-week min. run
5-Sep Seattle, WA Northwest Film Forum
5-Sep Dallas, TX Texas Theatre Fri-Sun weekend run
5-Sep Houston, TX Drafthouse Vintage Park
5-Sep Austin, TX Drafthouse South Lamar
5-Sep Burlington, IA Capitol Theater One Night Only
5-Sep Pelham, NY Picture House
5-Sep San Francisco, CA Roxie Theater
5-Sep Boston, MA Coolidge Corner Theater

next weekend:

12-Sep Chicago, IL Facets Cinematheque
12-Sep Denver, CO Sie Film Center
12-Sep Cleveland, OH Capitol Theatre
12-Sep Amherst, MA Amherst Cinema Arts Center
12-Sep Washington, DC West End Cinema
12-Sep Bellingham, WA Pickford Film Center
12-Sep Philadelphia, PA PFS Roxy
12-Sep Bryn Mawr, PA Bryn Mawr Film Center

after that:

13-Sep Portland, OR Hollywood Theater Saturday, 7:30pm one-night screening

19-Sep Santa Fe, NM CCA
19-Sep Albuquerque, NM Guild Cinema
19-Sep New Orleans, LA Zeitgeist Arts Center TBD
19-Sep Tyler, TX Liberty Hall One Night Only
19-Sep Omaha, NE FilmStreams TBD
19-Sep Milwaukee, WI Union Theatre
19-Sep Kansas City, MO Drafthouse Main St.
19-Sep Columbus, OH Gateway Film Center
19-Sep Phoenix, AZ Harkins Shea 14 TBD
19-Sep Tucson, AZ The Loft Cinema TBD

26-Sep Oakland, CA New Parkway One Night Only

8-Oct Gloucester, MA Cape Ann Community Cinema One Night Only

17-Oct Tallahassee, FL All Saints Cinema 3-day engagement

6-Nov Olympia, WA Capitol Theater (Olympyia FS) One Night Only