Before I Hide Away: The Artwork of Brandi Milne

Brandi Milne’s work speaks from human emotions – the worlds of love, loss, pain and heartbreak, but also so much beauty. Her works speak from the heart of someone with so much to say, but at one point in time thought no one would be interested. Her show, titled “Before I Hide Away,” emphasizes these doubts and blows them completely away at the same time. Her loss, pain and heartbreak are shrouded behind the cloaks of humor, and pink hues of candy coated wonderlands, detailing shy, whimsical figures waiting to tug on your heart strings. Her work is beautiful — staggeringly so — and we’re all better people for the fact she has chosen to share her world with us.

Repurposing NASA by Matthew Spencer

US space exploration is beginning to take on a different light and persona since its exceptional beginnings in 1958 – the ending of the NASA space shuttle program earlier this year; the exploration of space by manned space shuttles to be carried out by private companies; the landing of the new Curiosity Rover on Mars; and the death of the first astronaut to step foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong. Even though astronauts from around the globe will still congregate at the International Space Station while scientists scour the galaxies from Earth with powerful telescopes and images from far away satellites traveling beyond our solar system — things have still changed a lot in the continual exploration of the unknown.

What Works in the Social Marketing Universe?

Whether you’re a business marketer, blogger, or artist looking to promote their work; learning how to utilize all the different tools and social media channels available will help you to survive in the vast, deep recesses of internet space. People who understand the importance of adding social elements to their marketing campaigns are the ones you constantly see popping up in your different social network feeds. By adding social elements, you’re not just helping customers encounter your content, but encouraging them to interact with your brand. This peer-to-peer word of mouth messaging is highly trusted and effective when it comes to amplifying the impact of a campaign.

It’s The End of the World As They Know It

As we near the four month mark on the countdown to the proposed end of our world and civilization as we know it (as foreseen by the Mayans as taking place on December 21st, 2012), there are plenty of skeptics roaming the streets and writing in the blogosphere about it not being the end. There are a surprising amount of people out there who believe it will happen however: a new global survey has found that 1 in 10 people believes that the end of the world will occur sometime in 2012, which coincides with the ending of the Mayan calendar. 

Greenpeace: Save the Arctic Tour

When will the evil corporations ever learn that we mean it when say we don’t want them drilling for oil in our Arctic waters? It seems as though they’ve learnt nothing over the years in regards to our distrust in their ability to stop catastrophic oil spills — which we’re still feeling repercussions for in the Prince William Sound massacre, some 23 years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Shell’s Chukhi drill site is the summer home of gray whales, and no research submarine has surveyed this area before, and the plans to begin exploratory drilling risks a destructive oil spill in an area where the biodiversity is relatively unknown and already threatened by climate change.

What are the Best Small Business Industries?

The Great Recession of the late 2000s has left a sizable wake of change in its path of destruction and mayhem. On the eve of losing their homes to foreclosure, people are throwing big parties and drawing wonderful doodles with Sharpie markers all throughout. Music stores, DVD, video, and game rental stores have all but gone the way of the dinosaur, and men have been wearing the same 5-pack of Hanes underwear way too long. The effects of the recession on individual small businesses vary, but there have been some industries who have weathered the downturn surprisingly well.

Don’t Let Summer Grilling Make You Sick

The hot summer days and long nights make us want to do nothing more with ourselves than hop into our swim gear, enjoy a long day at the pool or beach, and have a good old fashioned picnic or BBQ. The only problem with this — especially with how hot it’s been this summer — is that warm weather causes a spike in foodborne illness. Nothing ruins a good time like potato salad that’s taken a dive and turned nearly radioactive while you were out taking a dip, throwing the frisbee around, or grabbing another cold one.

How to Generate Good Ideas

Good ideas aren’t the easiest thing to come by, and many times they seem to hit right out of the blue. While some may have a “Eureka!” moment while in the shower, an “ah ha” moment on the drive into work, or a “that’s funny…” moment (if you’re a scientist in the laboratory); they didn’t just come from nowhere. While these may be some of best places ideas hit us, there is still a looming question that needs to be answered: how are good ideas generated? We all know they simply aren’t lying around like seashells on a beach waiting for us to pick them up, nor are they so random.

The Splendidly Saturated Hues of Neil Krug

Neil Krug is an American photographer and artist based in Los Angeles, CA. In the digital world we have come to accept as the norm, his work defies this categorization and summons the lo-fi, analog world of the vintage 60s and 70s. His work takes us to a place of cosmic light and magic, somewhere that only exists in the dreams of those lionhearted enough to see the world within these parameters. He’s continually coming up with new, visually stunning ways to express his talent. Whether it’s working with new bands, models, or locations; we can never get enough of his work. If this is the first time you’ve encountered his photography, know that a hip paradise awaits all those who enter, and leaves an impression which will never let you forget the day you came across his brilliant eye.

Armed to the Teeth: Gun Ownership in America

America has the most heavily armed citizens in the world, and when you look at the numbers you begin to understand their citizens are packing some serious heat. Since its conception, the Second Amendment — guaranteeing the “right to bear arms” — has been a controversial clause. It was invoked in a time when America was still a relatively new country, and there was still much lawlessness throughout its lands that required such a mandate… and the Wild Wild West was still to be won.