I love these beaded chokers to layer or wear alone, another Etsy find that you can shop here.
The DDoS attack that hit the East Coast last Friday was intense. More than a few sites that I visit daily were down until 4pm. That was almost 8 hours of no access to Twitter, Spotify, Reddit, NYT, Etsy, the Guardian, etc… Compared to previous DDoS, it was on the larger side and involved a technique being used more often that involves spreading malware into personal DVRs, printers, and other hardware which in turn does the damage. Our society tends to glamorize hackers (Mr. Robert? – one of my favorite shows – love it), but I find the reality of it all terrifying. Massive damage can be done with a few keystrokes, scripts and algorithms.
According to PC World, a Chinese manufacturer is claiming partial responsible for the devices having weak default passwords which made them easy to hack.
On a proactive whim, I once installed an additional security plugin for this site and it came with a feature that monitored failed login attempts. It was insane how many times this tiny website experienced brute-force attempts. With IP addresses coming in from all over the world, it was clearly some scripted bot using IP scramblers. In the end I had to delete the plugin because it was giving me anxiety.
*Moral of the story: keep your passwords complex and non personal. Take all security measures possible for your various accounts AND your wireless device.
I adore a video with grit and grain any day. HD and overly produced videos are obviously the present and the future, but I’ve always loved vintage. This video for the song Wolf Like Me by TV on the Radio (as the kids like say) gives me all the feels.
I randomly discovered this band on Spotify. Which may be the best 10 bucks I spend each month. And I think I might go back to blogging.
I don’t know why I put off reading The Secret History, by Donna Tartt. It’s so good and brings me back to the autumn days in New England: going back to school, the changing leaves, and wearing blazers on a crisp afternoon. Literally I can’t put it down and recommend it to anyone and everyone.
I read on Kindle but prefer a physical book that I can earmark and carry around with me. Turning pages is more cozy and preferable to swiping.
These photos are from a few months ago when I visited Salvation Mountain, a giant handmade sculpture that’s in the middle of nowhere in the California desert. I first learned of Salvation Mountain when it was shown in the film Into the Wild, and visiting there had been on my bucket since. It’s incredible and hard to believe that it was all created by hand by one person, Leonard Knight. I was hoping to get the chance to meet him, but sadly he passed away in 2014.
If you appreciate art and design, I highly recommend a trip to Salvation Mountain. To say you’ll leave inspired is an understatement.
Here are some highlights over the past week:
First of all, RIP Prince. So sad. He’s one of those legends that I just thought would live forever. Rest in peace you beautiful unicorn.
Spring is in the air and everything is in bloom! Look how pretty things are around here in NYC.
(can you spot the little corgi who was photobombing all my photos?)
I spotted this stenciled typography delight on a someone’s personal (mythical) garage nearby.
I really need this I Have Way More Makeup At Home bag by Pamela Barsky that I spotted online this week. Sums me perfectly haha, and it’s currently sold out.
As much as I’ve tried to avoid SnapChat, the little filters are addicting. And everything is in real-time, so there’s wayyyy less curated bullshit that has become Instagram. On a side note, I can’t believe how long my hair has gotten, wow.
And…I voted this week♥
There’s so much interesting typography to be found in New York City, but my favorite area to spot some really interesting street signs, storefronts and logos is the East Village. This neighborhood has a very artistic, urban, and old New York vibe, and the store owners are all using quirky typefaces for their signage.
I think I might turn this design into a greeting card, or a even party invitation perhaps…stay tuned. For the span of my design career I’ve always wanted to set up a little shop. I think the summer of 2016 is when that will all come to fruition. And as I’ve mentioned over the past year, I’m finally going to start making this blog a more fun, frequently updated site with a more personal touch and a little shop too ♥