I'm feeling a lot more relaxed these days. Must be the upcoming time off in about a week and the fact that the recent new business rush has lightened up.

A few random links of note for today...
  • Interview with Jim Buckmaster - craigslist CEO. This makes me love the site even more, and they've helped me sell and buy dozens of things - concert/sports tickets, furniture, tvs and gadgets, etc
  • On David Beckham's insurance policy - from the onion
  • Map of world Internet usage - helps provide a little perspective
  • An inspirational place to play - ShelSilverstein.com
  • Picnik.com is getting some positive press love from Walt Mossberg of the WSJ
  • The site trendio.com - a way to buy shares in what's going to be talked about in the news
  • Surfing cows in Orange County, CA... quotes like this should only be allowed in articles from the onion:
    • "Organizers also took special precautions to make sure no one expecting to build a sandcastle instead happened upon a cow pie.

      A 10-member group of yellow-vested pooper scoopers followed behind the herd, raking, shoveling up and spraying down any place where the steers had made their mark.

      'Someone's gotta do it,' Reymundo Dominguez said. 'I guess this is just our time.'"



The Simpsons movie marketing has been everywhere in recent days, but I can't resists linking through to this, the Simpsonizer. I Simpsonized myself and went to hang out at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant.

Hat tip to the wonderful Photojojo newsletter.



not cardbored

Dwell pointed me to this funky site that has downloadable patterns to make chairs and stools out of cardboard. I haven't tried it yet, but have a big ceiling fan box that will probably end up being used as a chair this weekend or next.


the aquapods have landed

This "Aquapod" has to be one of the coolest bottled water packages yet. And it's made by Deer Park, no less. Just shows how changing the status quo in packaging can make a product more attractive/memorable - it's the same water in there as everyone else, just doesn't seem like it.

I'm sure this is meant more for kids in the same vein as Heinz green ketchup, and I think they've actually succeeded in making bottled water less boring.


learning to drive

BMW has just launched an entertaining site with a bunch of mini videos supporting its driving school in South Carolina. My favorite is the old sailor in the middle.

After clicking "undo the damage", the video clips of the cars in action at the school are pretty amazing. It makes me want to go down there, even though I'm a long ways from driving a BMW.

Relearn to Drive