I worked at PAX and then watched this.

It’s pretty cool and weird to work at an event like PAX and then coming home to watch videos like this one from Gamestop where Danny walks around the Washington State Convention Center high fiving attendees walking by, and recognizing everything in the video. I was less than two minutes in the video when I thought, “Yep, I walked on that exact street that Danny’s on right now.” It’s a little like someone filming a movie in your apartment.

Though, Danny, being the important international journalist that he is, actually walked around the show floor. I did not. Instead, I just managed traffic control. I stood around for eight hours a day. While that sounds miserable, it actually wasn’t. In fact, I enjoyed it. All I did was crack jokes with thousands of video game nerds. How can that amount to a miserable experience?

So watch the video, and enjoy the sights of Seattle. I certainly did.

http://www.gamespot.com/videos/danny-does-pax-the-ultimate-show-tour/2300-6421101/

Update: I couldn’t figure out how to put the video directly into this post, so I annoyingly had to just put in a link.

Lego has the best business cards in the corporate world

Originally posted on Quartz:

Most business cards are a variation on a relatively narrow theme, a name and contact information on some kind of paper. And with the advent of the smartphone and many apps designed to replace them, they’re increasingly obsolete.

But employees at Lego at least have business cards that aren’t just memorable, but could actually inspire someone to work at the company. They’re 1.5-inch tall Lego minifigures, with the employee’s name on the front and contact information on the back. The photo below was posted by a Reddit user, who claims it came from a guest at his hotel who’s a designer at Lego:

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It’s not just a quirk unique to this particular Lego employee. The company’s CEO, Jorgen Vig Knudstorp, actually has a figure of his own, according to the Wall Street Journal. The figures aren’t standard, but are manufactured to look like the person carrying them. You can see a video of a…

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Dreams

Gregguy:

Good words of advice. I know i’ve been following my dreams too long, and my how it’s become tedious. So I figure, instead of following dreams, i’ll start achieving goals. My first goal? Finish writing this po

Originally posted on Cristian Mihai:

dreamsWhat I find funny about dreams is that most of the time we tend to attach a sort of vague hope to them. It’s like we spend an awful lot of time contemplating a distant future when all our dreams come true, instead of actually trying to make them come true.

But it doesn’t work like that.

I try not to regret (the things I did or didn’t do) but I can’t help but feel sorry that half my “career” as a writer was spent like this. I wasn’t writing that much, mostly because writing is kind of hard – especially when you’re just starting out and you’re worried about technical stuff, about the mechanics of writing. I suppose all aspiring writers spend more time wishing for stories to magically get written.

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Portland World Cup Beer Garden

Portland World Cup Beer Garden

On June 12th, the first day of the World Cup, Portland will see it’s first World Cup Beer Garden.

It’s being hosted by Alex Mackay, the owner of Pop Up PDX. He was inspired to bring an authentic European style Soccer festival to Soccer City, USA. There will he authentic German tables, local beer, and big TV’s so that everyone can see the game at any given moment.

Read about it in my post for Portland Monthly’s blog.

Kishi Bashi – *Cool Song*

My last post was a toss up between this and the other one, so I went with the more vulgar choice. Now that it’s out there, i’m going to throw up something sweet and moving. The video is pretty good too; I could do without all the smiling, clapping children, but I love the acid trip that surrounds it all.

Yannick Hamon, Portland-French Artist

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Yannick Hamon is a Portland transplant from southern France. He moved here a couple years ago with his wife, and just about two years ago he began to work on his art full time, which he’s been successful at so far.

His work was on display at a Red Bull curates show in Portland a couple weeks ago, and his work stood out the most – I can’t say exactly why, other than that they seemed to be the least Portland-esque paintings there.

I don’t claim to be an art expert, so when I look at Yannick Hamon’s art I feel a strange mix of tragedy and excitement. So when I ask him if he thinks they’re tragic, he says not at all. His paintings are expressions of all the things he loves. When looking at them in that light, I can see why I find them exciting, because he apparently loves a lot of the same things I do.

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I tend to see something of an ordered chaos in his paintings. There’s always a central focus, but the focus is surrounded by a kind of myriad of chaos that make up for a larger picture. I was able to stand at a distance and look at one thing, but closing in on the paining one is able to find so many smaller things. At some point I had to ask him what is the Lycée Montmartre. It turns out it’s an arena where Daft Punk played with Phoenix. Rock and roll mixed with fashion, two themes to be found in his work.

 

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IMG_0422 “Hey Yannick, was it intentional that the word ‘ass’ is right smack in the middle?”

“Not necessarily, but i’m glad it is.”

There is a certain provocativeness he brings to his work. His subjects don’t care much to play by the rules. “You’ll see that I say, ‘fuck your morals,’ and that’s what they are saying in my paintings.”

He provides a unique flavor to Portland, bringing in elements from his home and elsewhere, and giving it a Northwest spin. All his work is for sale on his page, http://yannickhamonart.tumblr.com.

And by all means, send him an email and offer to buy him a beer, i’m sure he’d be more than happy to oblige.

 

 

Ryan Saari Discussing his Non-Profit Public House

Check this out:

Back in May 2013 a pub opened up in Portland Oregon that functions as a non-profit pub.

This is a pub that exists solely for the purpose of donating money to charity. You walk in the pub, order some food, order a drink, and then you select a charity that your individual proceeds will go to. I went in there a couple nights ago, and darn it, their food is good too.

So check out this video of the founder, Ryan Saari, explain his pub. There is also a question and answer round for those who are bound to have questions risen.