As a half-brit, there is always an odd source of pride revolving around the Keep Calm and Carry On Posters. Growing up and hearing stories from my dad about the great war and the incredible prevalent British attitude towards the constant bombings of London has always been an intriguing and fascinating sense of cultural pride. So whenever I come across the Keep Calm posters (and it’s subsequent meme), it always produces an odd smile on my face.
Anywho, here’s a short but fantastic little doc on The Origins of the Keep Calm and Carry On Posters and how they popped back in to the modern consciousness.
First – More nostalgia for all you nerds out there, Boing Boing has an insiders look at fan letters from Huxley (A Brave New World) to Orwell.
Second – With Euro 2012 just around the corner, it’s time for the big players of Europe to start releasing their new kits. The Port-e-guizzers, aka my third favorite team behind England & Ireland, have just released their new Nike away jerseys.
Gotta say, they look sharp. I especially love the recycled material aspect.
Third – Looking to invest in a new KickStarter project? Want to invest in an intriguing documentary on Thorium as an alternative to Uranium based nuclear energy? Or do you just want to help a strong Calgary based filmmaker? Well … make sure you check out Gordon McDowell’s new film project on Kickstarter
Yes, the project has already surpassed it’s intended goal donations, but this is an intriguing project from a fantastic local Calgary talent. If you’re interested in this topic of discussion or just want to help out, definitely donate.
Fourth – If you’re in Calgary and at all interested in being in business, Mount Royal University is holding a talking featuring Julien Smith and Chris Broggan on personal and social connection.
Now, if you are in Calgary… You have to be there. Clear the calendars and be there. Or else.
Fifth – I’m sure everyone has heard of the homeless hotspots at SXSW Interactive this year. Most people probably saw a two second blurb on the news or even a little article on twitter. But Wired.com has a full in depth look at the whole controversy – who was behind and the rationale.
Not sure why I posted that, but… well the more you know.
Sixth – This is all sorts of awesome… It’s a collection of polaroid photos from the set of the 1982 dystopian epic Blade Runner.
Seventh – This could be my favourite meme at the moment. (It also happens to be one of my favourite movies of all time) It’s Gene Wilder’s infamous You Get Nothing (Remixed) from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Eighth – I know this Random Thoughts is pretty video heavy, but if you have 30-40 minutes do check out this great documentary on local DC salad franchise – Sweetgreen’s Sweetlife Festival from last year.
Caitlin and I had the pleasure to attend last year’s festival and we’re super excited to be heading out again. But the interesting element about the documentary is to the window into not only the festival itself but how it came together and three entrepreneurs behind Sweetgreen.
Another year, and another Happy Christmas to everyone out there. And like last year, what better way to celebrate the season than with the immortal Fairytale of New York from the lovely Pogues and Kristy McColl.
P.S. The kicker of the whole video has to be Matt Dillon at the beginning of the video.
Anyways, a very, very Happy Christmas from the overdrive family.
You know what, I was kinda excited to see this lame romantic comedy until that group of bloody Muppets just ruined it all…
(Well played Disney, well played)
Ah yes, it’s that time of year kiddies. St. Patrick’s day.
And this St. Patrick’s will be an extra special one for the old ctoverdrive. As not only will it be my first St. Patty’s in Arlington (An strongly Irish part of The District), but it’ll be my first St Patty’s in three years where I wasn’t traveling from SXSW. So to get you in the mood for some good time, please enjoy this classic Pogues number.
(Also, if you’re stuck at work please try out The write your own Irish Memoir Mad-Libs Style... courtesty of Mr. Rennie).
I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate Christmas than with the Pogues, Kirsty MacColl and one of the most amazing Christmas songs ever written.
You promised me broadway was waiting for me
You were handsome you were pretty
Queen of new york city when the band finished playing they yelled out for more
Sinatra was swinging all the drunks they were singing
We kissed on a corner
Then danced through the night.
And the boys from the NYPD choir were singing Galway Bay
And the bells were ringing out for christmas day.
So to everyone out there, have a Happy Christmas and may you get drop down drunk on Boxing day.