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My super-creative Portland friends, Casey and Ryan, posted a very cool homage to summer 2011 on their blogs that makes me jealous I didn’t think of it (and makes me jealous that they have photobooths to play in while the only one I know of near me has been broken for a couple years).

It’s that time of year again. Lincoln Calling is three weeks away. As usual, Jeremy’s put together quite the lineup for a festival that’s unlike anything else this area has to offer. And it affords me the chance to have a lot of fun building him another poster. There’s no Huskers game that weekend, so clear your calendars and support local music.

Melbourne has digitized and made public hundreds of old police evidence photographs. The site is a little clunky to navigate, but hidden within the catalog are dozens of mug shots of 1920s convicts which look more like studio portraits of the upper class than snapshots of the city’s criminal element.

A Flickr set of Las Vegas’ neon graveyard.

One hundred abandoned houses of Detroit.

Old friends Annie and Heather, of Quite Like It fame, just release issue two of their outstanding crafty-foodie-designy magazine Maché. It’s available to download for free, with tons of recipes, projects and ideas. Go take a peek!

A couple of my sketches from the dust pan of the cutting room floor.

I tend to be a digital hoarder. For years, I’ve built a collection of online collections. The effectively infinite storage capacity of the digital world has compelled scores of very patient people to scan, organize and upload giant arcane archives. And I love them.

To date, I’ve amassed some 200 bookmarks of these random collections in a folder called ‘the vault,’ from inner-envelope security patterns to huge numbers of WPA posters. And at the encouragement of my friend Matt (who, for some reason, thinks that people might be interested in my minor obsession), and inspired by my friend Melanie’s semi-regular Thrift Store Thursday feature, I’m going to highlight a few of them each Wednesday for a while.

WWII posters

This Flickr set contains nearly 3,000 Allied Forces (mostly American) World War II propaganda posters. I could spend a week browsing through them and still not see them all.

Public transit logos

Close to 200 logos of public transportation systems from around the world. They represent a study in not only transit imagery, but also monograms featuring the letter “M.” Find your city.

Hand-lettered covers

Bookcoverarchive.com is an awesome collection of what you’d expect from the url. Their nearly 100 hand-lettered covers are particularly fun to browse.

As I alluded to in the past couple posts, this weekend I visited my friend Kelly B. in Minneapolis. On a whim, I dusted off my old AE-1 and snapped a few pictures . . . on film!

I used my old Canon to make pictures of . . .

. . . KB’s cool old cameras . . .

. . . a couple ducks . . .

. . . our breakfast menu . . .

. . . our breakfasts . . .

. . . our frequent bike rides . . .

. . . a Minneapolis landmark . . .

. . . KB’s windows . . .

. . . KB’s house . . .

. . . and KB herself.

grain belt

The inimitable Kelly B. (who’s got a great new portfolio website here and blog here) and I rode our bikes downtown last night for dinner. It’s great to be a city with so many cyclists again, even if it’s just for a short while.

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F.L.W.’s $5,000 Fireproof Stockman House; Mason City, Iowa.


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