Shepard Fairey: From Mozilla to Obama

Artist Shepard Fairey has recently become widely known for his iconic Obama posters (featured on the cover of Time magazine). It is much less widely known that he created another iconic image from the tech world.

Sometime in 1998, Shepard Fairey created the lizard artwork that became the logo and mascot for the Mozilla project. Even today, this lizard is still used in the logo for the Mozilla Foundation.

Shepard Fairey Mozilla and Obama artwork


Acts of Volition Radio: Session 33

Acts of Volition Radio: Session 33

Six months later, a new session of Acts of Volition Radio with eight great songs.

Acts of Volition Radio: Session 33 (43MB Ogg Vorbis) (or 52MB MP3)
Six months and either songs. Recorded Sunday, Feb 15, 2008 by Steven Garrity. Run time: 42min.
  1. Frightened Rabbit – The Modern Leper
  2. Gordie Sampson – Davie Jones
  3. Holy Fuck – Lovely Allen
  4. Mardeen – It’s a Lot to be Loved
  5. The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound
  6. Kings of Leon – Closer
  7. Eddie Vedder – Rise
  8. Hey Rosetta! – Psalm

For more, see the previous Acts of Volition Radio sessions or subscribe to the Acts of Volition Radio podcast feed.


The video for Life in Technicolor by Coldplay is awesome.


Attention nerds: silverorange is hosting a LAN Party. I think I might be too old to go though…


Our new photo-selling side-project now has a weblog of its own. The ClusterShot Weblog will include news about new features, planned features, and advice on how best to use the service.


Chances are, your hat is stupid.


Ian Williams: “It was like Mardi Gras without the boobs…”


Political Spell Checking

This is an actual screenshot from the spell-checking in my Thunderbird email client:

Thunderbird spell checking screenshot: Did you mean Osama?

I guess it’s not just Fox news readers that make the mistake.

To be fair, this is apparently coming from the en_ZW (Zimbabwe English) dictionary. A known bug.


“Goat starts fire; cat warns family”

The headlines on have long been a source of morbid delight for me. Today is no exception:

  • Student-teacher sex ruled OK … sometimes
  • Obamas oozed love long before WH
  • Goat starts fire; cat warns family
  • Co-ed’s virginity selling for over $3.7M
  • Lisa Marie Presley shows off her twins

I’ve seen a few sit-coms that could use writing like that.


7 Things

There’s a “seven things” thing that’s been spreading around the web recently. You write seven things about yourself, and then ask seven others to do the same.

I’ve seen it crop up on plenty of weblogs that I read, and I smugly wondered what I would do if someone asked me to participate. I mean, these kind of things are so lame. Then I noticed myself skimming the lists of who was tagged and found myself secretly hoping someone would include me. Turns out, it’s me that’s lame.

My friend John Slater, Creative Director at Mozilla (and former Rock n’ Roll Jeopardy champ) tagged me, so:

  1. When I was in the 7th grade, I wrote an email to and asked him if he could buy me a computer. I figured it would be a small gesture for him and would be huge for me. If I ever meet him, I will apologize.

  2. In my mid-teens, I subscribed to Windows Magazine and read it cover-to-cover every month. I can remember being genuinely excited by a two-page spread about the project code-named Chicago. It would eventually be released as Windows 95.

  3. Speaking of Windows 95, prior to its release there was a “public preview” made available. In the US it was $19.95 (supposedly to cover the costs of the disks and packaging). Here in Canada, I paid $47.95 for a preview release of Windows 95. It arrived on 37 3-1/4″ floppy disks (seriously).

  4. Perhaps as a form of penance for my first three Microsoft-related points, I helped to create the logo and brand of Mozilla Firefox. While my role was only a small part of the greater project, I do take pride in having brought together the team that created the Firefox (and Thunderbird) logos, and in having helped to create the original idea of the logo along with my co-workers Stephen DesRoches and Daniel Burka.

  5. In 2002, I created an online petition to have the show Northern Exposure released on DVD. It received over 1,000 “signatures”. I was interviewed by a local radio show about it. While I still love the show, I find this completely embarrassing. No thanks to my petition, Northern Exposure has long since been released on DVD, but without much of the original music, which was critical to the show. I have not purchased it.

  6. When I was 12, my older sister and brother asked my parents if they could take the car for a road trip to see a concert. “Sure,” my parents said, “but you have to take your little brother.” They must have really wanted to go, because they dragged me along to see (wait for it…) Milli Vanilli. That’s right. I saw Milli Vanilli live in concert. For bonus points, Young MC opened for them.

  7. I used to be in a band. We weren’t very good, but we took ourselves very seriously and had a lot of fun. One winter, we took all of our cash and booked a recording studio for five evenings. Along with two good friends, I recorded an album. Again, we weren’t very good, but we had fun and created something that we’ll always have.

Now, to pass on the virus as it was passed to me, I’d like to learn seven things about these people: