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Draining a Reservoir

Explosive Breach of Condit Dam

This is phenomenal video; I had to share it. Every time I’m out hiking around a reservoir (which, here in the West are primarily our only large bodies of water) I end up trying to imagine the land before the dam—as a pristine valley or canyon. What would happen if you could remove the dam and drain the water? How would nature shape the valley again?

Last week, on the White Salmon River in Washington state, we can answer part of that question. A hole was blown in the 125 foot Condit Dam and the water—in only about two hours—drained from the reservoir and the river began the process of reshaping the former lakebed. It’s an amazing explosion followed by an even more amazing time-lapse.

I’d love to see another time-lapse of the valley as nature begins to re-assert itself.

(via kottke.org)

Being Elmo

I loved Sesame Street growing up. Cookie Monster was my favorite, but I always had a soft-spot for Elmo. this documentary looks fantastic. I can’t wait to see it.

(via kottke.org)

BankSimple Demo

BankSimple released a demo video showing some of its new website. Phenomenal. It’s unlike any bank or financial institute website that I’ve ever seen. These guys seem too good to be true, but if they hold up to the hype they’ve created, they’re going to get really big, really fast.

I absolutely love watching companies assault the status quo—especially in stagnant industries like banking.

Carving the Mountains

by Juan Rayos

“A spring afternoon in the Madrid Mountains” with the Longboard Girls Crew by Juan Rayos.

Gorgeous scenery and roads. I’d love to give these a try on my road bike. Some of the most fun I’ve had cycling was on a brief trip to southern Spain.

(via @keeg)

3-Way Street

Ron Gabriel put together a video highlighting interactions between cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists at just one of NYC’s over 12k intersections. The results are pretty much what you would expect, but it’s interesting to watch, nonetheless.

He has some more information about the video and project on his blog.

(via @brad)

The Mountain

by Terje Sorgjerd

Absolutely stunning work by Terje Sorgjerd. He’s got some great info on the Vimeo page.

Turf Geography Club

An iPhone Game

I remember, back when Michael Tseng was living in Boulder, sitting around Trident chatting with him and Matt Gist about the fun gaming potential in location-based apps and, specifically, the things we thought Gowalla could tweak/add to increase the gaming element of their app. Really fun conversations and ideas.

Well, fast-forward a bit and Michael has come up with a unique game idea that seems to be much more about fun and much less about, well, “checking in.” I’ve been hoping someone would take on this challenge and I’m excited Tseng is the guy doing it.

If you like what you see in the video, be sure to swing by the Kickstarter Campaign to help him get off the ground. I’m also in love with his teaser site for the game.

Filming Begins on The Hobbit

If you enjoyed The Lord of the Rings like myself, you’re probably excited that production is in full swing on Tolkein’s prelude: The Hobbit. This 10 minute film, hosted by director Peter Jackson gives a glimpse into the production.

Sidenote: Does this type of release denote the death of the DVD? This little short-film is the type of stuff studios used to hold on to and use to help sell “special-edition” DVDs. Now they’re using it to build hype about the movie long before it’s released. No complaints from me, I just find it an interesting shift.

(via @keeg)

Fuck You. Pay Me.

This is getting linked to from everywhere, so, if you haven’t seen it yet take this as a sign that you should probably watch it. I won’t say much, other than that I’ve made many of these mistakes and I’ve also had good contracts save my ass a couple times.

It’s Saturday and I bet you can find 40 minutes to watch or listen. If you are in client services or have ever contemplated going out on your own, you owe it to yourself. Like Monteiro, one of my biggest pet-peeves is that designers generally avoid the business of business. We talk big talk about wanting to do good work, but part of doing good work is handling the business end professionally. We owe it to ourselves—and to our clients.