It’s probably pretty evident to you by now that I have a crush on amazing photography. That’s why I would like to share with you someone who I’m really diggin, photographer Zach Schrock. He has a pretty rad photo blog that has a variety of work ranging from 35mm, Medium Format, Digital, Polaroid Instant & Peel-Apart, and Holga. Definitely worth a look.

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No one can deny that January 20, 2009 was a pretty epic day. Naturally, there are a lot of photos from that special event of watching Obama being sworn in. But this image in particular is quite mind blowing. It’s made up of 220 images and weighs in at an astounding 1,474 megapixels. To check it out click here, you’ll be amazed at how close you can zoom into something, straight crazyness. (And for you super geeks you can read about the technology here).

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Lastly, this image was  actually taken from space and it makes the crowd look like a bunch of ants. Full-res here.

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One of my favorite photographers, and good buddy, Trever Hoehne just released a fine art website titled Blurry Things. It’s a collection of images that are, well, blurry. I had such a hard time picking my favorite photos to display here, so I suggest you just head over and check out the entire collection for yourself. We hope to one day hang one of his photos in our house. Great job Trever!

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The super talented creative agency BIGSPACESHIP just released a digital museum of custom Flash website preloaders where each preloader reveals another. This collection is truly brilliant and just straight clever. Enjoy PrettyLoaded.

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I accidently stumbled onto the website of Carlos Serrao and was pleasantly surprised to find such unique and gorgeous photos. I love the coloring on a lot of these and the lighting he captures is pretty incredible to say the least. 

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After this week’s MacWorld Expo, Apple will no longer participate in the annual conference. This is sad considering I always wanted to attend a Steve Jobs Keynote (which is on my list of Things to Do Before I Die– list to be posted soon). Nonetheless I’m really bummed out. While I assumed this last Keynote was going to be pretty anti-climatic, since Steve Jobs wasn’t presenting, I had no idea how much of a BORE-FEST it truly was going to be. I want my hour back!!! If it wasn’t for Macrumors getting hacked during the Keynote, I would have died with boredom.

Dear Apple, please don’t talk about iPhoto, iMovie, and iBlah Blah Blah for a whole hour, thats just lame. Not to mention it’s been a FULL YEAR since you last updated the MacPro towers. A new MacPro announcement seemed like a no brainer. They say technology is outdated once you buy it, so how much more outdated are your current YEAR OLD MacPros? I still have a G4 tower thats about to die, so I need a new computer bad. I know all the cool iPhone toting college kids want laptops but PLEASE don’t forget your Power Users. We are the ones who carried you back in the day before you were cool and trendy with your dancing silhouette commercials. I’m tired of waiting for Power User updates!!! Thanks. –Dirk

Enough of my rant. The only cool thing I think worth mentioning from MacWorld is that Apple is dropping DRM from all of their iTunes music and they are moving to a variable pricing format. I will probably still visit the cheaper Amazon MP3 Store, but I really like the convenience of previewing and searching for music right within iTunes.

Oh and I’m really looking forward to this promising iPhone App: SlingPlayer for iPhone

UPDATE: I found the video on YouTube of the newly released Macbook Clickwheel.



This photo seemed to generate a lot of buzz on my Facebook so I thought I should post it here as well. Just so everyone knows, Alicia HAD to go to Wal-Mart to get some supplies for her classroom because, unfortunately, Target doesn’t carry them. On our way out I happen to see this ridiculousness and had to snap a pic. Funny thing is I saw at least 2 people snatch a box up right in front of me taking a picture and never even noticed what I was even doing.

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If you liked the film Helvetica, which was a documentary directed by Gary Hustwit about a very popular typeface, then chances are you going to like his newest film, Objectified. It’s a new documentary about industrial design, which gives a behind the scenes look at the designers who create everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. I’m really looking forward to this one.

Here is a just released trailer:

For those that care the font used in the trailer is: Akzidenz Grotesk


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2008 is finally over! There were some definite highs and some definite lows this year. Nonetheless, lets just say I’m pretty glad it’s over and I’m ready for the start of many “new” things. As I play catch up on my blog I wanted to compile a list of some of my favorite things from the past year. The first one I decided will be about my favorite music from 2008. Why? Well I felt that it would be cool to one day look back at the music that I liked at this specific point in time in my life. That would mean either I would one day make fun of myself or gloat at the genius I once was. Also, it would be a cool way to share some music with you.

For this post I setup a couple of parameters. 1. It needed to be short 2. It couldn’t contain super popular bands 3. It needed to either have been discovered by me or shared with me within this past year only. After that I was off and running and quickly found about 30 of my favorite songs. Since then I have been narrowing my list down for the past week and half until I finally arrived at my Top Ten (plus 1 bonus song). Click here to download the first ever “DirkDallas.blog: Top Ten Songs of 08”.

#1 – Lykke Li “Breaking It Up”
#2 – Kaskade “4 AM”
#3 – Mint Royale “The Effect On Me”
#4 – The Republic of Tigers “Buildings & Mountains”
#5 – Kings Of Convenience “I’d Rather Dance With You”
#6 – Magnet “Where Happiness Lives”
#7 – Sam Sparro “Black & Gold”
#8 – Bent “Magic Love”
#9 – Coconut Records “Nighttiming”
#10 – MGMT “Electric Feel”
#11 – Sebastien Tellier “Broadway”

*special thanks to my Dad, Jonna, Kenton, and Alena for showing me some of the songs on my list

**UPDATE: Songs are no longer available. If you missed out, contact me and we can talk.


This book is incredible. It’s so clever and looks so gosh darn fun to play with. Each page changes with every turn. It’s basically an advanced pop-up book. Too bad I found it after Christmas. Unbelievably, Amazon has it for less than $14.


This video caught me off guard a little. Fortunately, halfway through I got it. It’s a film for Amnesty International called “You Are Powerful”. It was created for the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Pretty genius if you ask me…

Agency : Mother | Music : R.E.M – “Until the Day is Done”


Over at Boston.com they posted a collection of 120 photographs from this past year. Every shot is pretty incredible and each one contains a little snippet describing the story behind the picture. Below are just a few of the ones that really caught my eye:


Gorgeous landscape photos from Florian Maier-Aichen.

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This typeface was inspired by the popular font Garamond, and it’s constructed entirely from photos of powerlines. Check out the website here.

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UPDATE: I found this art peice today, thought it would be a good addition to this post.


My friend Andrea showed me this video of The Killers performing at the 08 MTV EMA’s. Their stage was amazing. The integration of technology, the visuals, and the timing are all spot on. Even if you don’t like The Killers this is worth watching.

(Halfway through though, I was reminded of a DJ set by Etienne De Crecy that looked very similar. What do you think?)