POW! WOW! Hawaii 2016

We’re in the final stretch of 2015 now and I’m already looking forward to February – when POW! WOW! Hawaii comes around again. They’ve already announced details of the festival, including the 2016 roster, and the schedule of events. The roster features an all-star line-up, as always, and the event schedule has expanded too. Can’t wait.

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Gas Leak

This story’s a bit of a bummer, sorry. According to Motherboard, “One of the biggest environmental disasters in US history is happening right now, and you’ve probably never heard of it.” In Aliso Canyon, 110,000 pounds of methane are spewing out of the ground every hour, for the last two months.

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HTML 909

This amazing HTML 909 website by Berlin-based Finnish developer/engineer Teemu Kallio deftly emulates the classic Roland TR-909 drum machine from the mid-’80s. The fully programmable 16-step synthesizer boasted the first ever MIDI. The iconic Japanese machine runs a few grand so this great-looking website is an incredibly affordable and accessible alternative.

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Let It Snow

Not much chance of that here in Los Angeles, luckily. Here’s the recent Christmas EP from Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III, better known as Aloe Blacc.

TSOTW: New Millenium

This week’s T-Shirt of the Week is this mashup of Star Wars spacecraft design and Aztec technology – a top-down view of the Millenium Falcon, with aspects of the Aztec calendar woven into it. It’s by Bootleg, and is available at Hutch LA.

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Pump

Pump is an interesting (if not slightly alarming) documentary on the oil industry, covering its roots, how it came to be the primary fuel option available for decades, and much more mind-blowingly strange stuff about the car & oil industries. It also looks at the viable alternatives for creating a more competitive marktplate, including electric cars like Tesla. Catch it on Netflix.

Pigment App

Pigment from Pixite Apps is an iPhone and iPad app which insists it’s “The only true coloring book experience.” I found it to be every bit as fun as it looks in the trailer below. Free with in-app purchases (you can buy more black & white designs to color in). Via Fast Company.