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March 11, 2011

Devastating news this Friday as a magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck Japan triggering tsunamis and swells across the Pacific. In this edition of Friday Finds, we share some photographs of the wild waters of the ocean along with a healthy dose of our design finds.

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Canadian firm <a href="http://www.sturgessarchitecture.com/">Sturgess Architecture</a>'s rendering of their viewing platform in Alberta.
Canadian firm Sturgess Architecture's rendering of their viewing platform in Alberta.
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The Content Farm could be the future of writing and editing.
The Content Farm could be the future of writing and editing.
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A "crowd funded" shelf by <a href="http://www.ledito.com">L'Edito</a>.
A "crowd funded" shelf by L'Edito.
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Japanese apparel company Uniqlo's <a href="http://store.uniqlo.com/jp/store/feature/ut/bluenote/">Blue Note shirt</a>.
Japanese apparel company Uniqlo's Blue Note shirt.
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The 8.8 earthquake that struck Japan prompted tsunami warnings all the way across the Pacific in California.
The 8.8 earthquake that struck Japan prompted tsunami warnings all the way across the Pacific in California.
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This is believed to be the first sketch of Alexander Graham Bell's telephone system, which was originally conceived as simply an improvement on the existing telegraph.
This is believed to be the first sketch of Alexander Graham Bell's telephone system, which was originally conceived as simply an improvement on the existing telegraph.
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Jordan: Massive Quake Unleashes Tsunami on Japan

All thoughts are with Japan right now after the mind-bogglingly extreme 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit this morning. While the NY Times reports that the country's building codes prepped them to handle the natural disaster(s, including tsunami), it is still an overwhelmingly scary scene.

Diana: Discovery Walkway by Sturgess Architecture

Canadian firm <a href="http://www.sturgessarchitecture.com/">Sturgess Architecture</a>'s rendering of their viewing platform in Alberta.
Canadian firm Sturgess Architecture's rendering of their viewing platform in Alberta.

Canadian firm Sturgess Architecture was just selected to build a viewing platform over icefields in Alberta's Jasper National Park. The renderings of the cantilevered structure look very Jurassic Park—so cool!

Aaron: Blue Note Shirts at Uniqlo

Japanese apparel company Uniqlo's <a href="http://store.uniqlo.com/jp/store/feature/ut/bluenote/">Blue Note shirt</a>.
Japanese apparel company Uniqlo's Blue Note shirt.

In the event you left your porkpie hat and horn-rimmed specs in Rudy Van Gelder's office, you can still show your jazzcat cool with these t-shirts from Uniqlo. Not only do they serve as a great homage to some classic album covers, they're contemporary enough not to feel like arcana. Hip stuff indeed.

Sam: The Content Farm

The Content Farm could be the future of writing and editing.
The Content Farm could be the future of writing and editing.

What with all the hubbub this week between Bill Keller and Arianna Huffington, why don't the rest of us take a time out to see where the future of writing and editing may lie. The good folks over at The Content Farm are on their way!

Jaime: L'Edito

A "crowd funded" shelf by <a href="http://www.ledito.com">L'Edito</a>.
A "crowd funded" shelf by L'Edito.

When I was at Maison & Objet the other month, one of my favorite discoveries was L'Edito, a French company its owners described as a "crowd-funding system": designers submit their project proposal online–an object or piece of furniture made of plywood–and web users put money down on the projects they think are the best. When a threshold is reached, the piece goes into production and the financial contributors get a percentage of royalties on sales. Among the pieces produced so far are a chest of drawers, a desk, an iPad holder, and the shelf pictured here. It's a clever concept–and a mind-expanding take on the potential of plywood.

Amy: Aimee Mullins: The Opportunity of Adversity

I find Ted Talks endlessly amazing to watch. Little brilliant pieces of information I might not otherwise get. While browsing through this week I came upon Aimee Mullins, Paralympian, activist for women and double amputee. Not to get all sappy, but her take on adversity and possibility is pretty inspiring.

Dakota: Found Footage Fest

Last weekend I was able to see the dudes behind Found Footage Fest show their latest release, Found Footage Vol. 5, at the Red Vic theater here in SF. Since 2004, Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher have been editing and releasing hilarious and often bizarre VHS footage that they have been collecting since the early 90's. They scour yard sales and thrift stores to find VHS gems; it's sort of like the best of youtube before youtube but better because these were created without the promise of internet notoriety. You can watch snippets of many of movies on their website—may I suggest Jingle Cats? If you catch them on tour this go round, you'll also have the pleasure of viewing Heavy Metal Parking Lot.

Amanda: Alexander Graham Bell's sketchbooks

This is believed to be the first sketch of Alexander Graham Bell's telephone system, which was originally conceived as simply an improvement on the existing telegraph.
This is believed to be the first sketch of Alexander Graham Bell's telephone system, which was originally conceived as simply an improvement on the existing telegraph.

The Atlantic presents a terrific slideshow of images taken from Alexander Graham Bell's personal sketchbooks, which the Library of Congress digitized and made available to the public. It's an amazing insight into the mind of a genius.

Michele: "Tsunami" in Emeryville

The 8.8 earthquake that struck Japan prompted tsunami warnings all the way across the Pacific in California.
The 8.8 earthquake that struck Japan prompted tsunami warnings all the way across the Pacific in California.

These are the views from my friend's office in Emeryville.

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