Matthew Rodriguez

Matthew is a marketing manager at a global casual video games company where he is responsible for creating and executing digital marketing strategies and campaigns. He brings seven years of blogging experience where he has collected and shared artifacts that represent the blogosphere\'s zeitgeist, with an emphasis on the arts, design, fashion, music, film, and the bizarre. Raised in Anchorage, Alaska (no, he did not live in an igloo nor did he have a view of Russia), Matthew currently resides in Brooklyn. He graduated from Brown University and attended Columbia University. If you enjoy his entries, view more at his personal blog.

New memes: Shaming man's best friend, plus Mitt goes little

Article: New memes: Shaming man's best friend, plus Mitt goes little

For a while there was a popular meme involving cats and slices of bread. That might be a reason to give up the Internet entirely, but some (bored?) cat owners began photographing their cats with slices of bread worn around their seemingly content furry feline heads. Well, now (disobedient) dogs are in the meme spotlight. Dog owners have been submitting photos of their misbehaving pooches with signs explaining their misdeed over at Dog Shaming. Hey, dogs that dig through the trash: Just because you are known as “man’s best friend” doesn’t exclude you from taking responsibility for naughty behavior. That said, it is tough to stay mad too long at these dogs — aw, look at that face!

Recipes for famous movie meals, from GOODFELLAS to SIDEWAYS

Article: Recipes for famous movie meals, from GOODFELLAS to SIDEWAYS

Sure, you could just serve popcorn at your next movie night with family or friends — but how about taking it to another level? With the help of some expert chefs, ShortList.com has recipes that emulate famous meals from iconic films, like the Big Kahuna from PULP FICTION and the prison meal from GOODFELLAS (my favorite gangster movie). So instead of popcorn, on your next GOODFELLAS night enjoy the same delicious pasta meal Paulie, Vinnie, Johnny Dio and Henry sit down to in prison. Whether or not to chop the garlic with a razor blade is entirely up to you. As Paulie (Paul Sorvino) says when Henry (Ray Liotta) produces the bottles of red and white wine: “OK, now we can eat… OK, boys let’s eat.”

Best videos of the week, starring a "skateboard rabbi"

Article: Best videos of the week, starring a "skateboard rabbi"

5. Korean sensation PSY’s “Gangnam Style” is back in this weekly video roundup for the third time this month. The man himself appears at a Dodgers-Giants game, meetings which are notoriously fraught with the specter of violence between opposing fans, but it’s all love when “Gangnam Style” is piped through the loudspeakers.

How I learned to stop worrying and love the box

Article: How I learned to stop worrying and love the box

I find that the older I get, the more I hear my friends and peers express a general ennui with their careers. I suppose it’s understandable. It can be tough to go from “you can be whatever you want to be!” to “here’s your office and don’t leave until you finish that memo.” We all eventually get pigeonholed into a box of one kind or another (more on the box in a minute). Even at parties and social gatherings, it’s less about who we are as individuals and more about “what we do.”

The youngest Apple fanboy and his homemade creations

Article: The youngest Apple fanboy and his homemade creations

The title of youngest, biggest Apple fanboy and technologist has been spoken for by a precocious five-year-old named London. His mother sweetly explains how her first iPhone ignited an obsession in London (or as she refers to him, the “Little Techie”) with all things related to Apple. As a result, their home is strewn with “at least 50 iPhone and iPods made out of paper, icons and applications built out of LEGOS, and cardboard laptops and broken keyboards filling his toy bins and bookshelf.” And luckily for us, these creations are now archived and displayed at a Tumblr all its own, Little Techie. I personally love the paper craft designed ones, such as this detailed iPad, but unsurprisingly LEGO bricks figure prominently in many of his models.

Best videos of the week, starring "Call Me Maybe" (again!)

Article: Best videos of the week, starring "Call Me Maybe" (again!)

5. Summer school is in session this week with the video in the number 5 slot. The Internet loves cats, but how well do you understand them? In this entertaining yet educational video, we learn how exactly cats always land on their feet, with the help of GiGi, a super cute and accommodating house cat. Thanks to high-speed motion-capture video, we now know the fascinating science behind this perennial mystery.

Strangely compelling short film of men throwing rocks… with the wrong hand

Article: Strangely compelling short film of men throwing rocks… with the wrong hand

Juan Etchegaray’s short film “Men Throwing Rocks with the Other Hand” may not immediately sound like the most interesting thing in the world, but it’s strangely compelling and the end result is artistically hysterical.

The shark attacks that inspired JAWS

Article: The shark attacks that inspired JAWS

“In the summer of 1916, panic struck the Jersey Shore,” reads the opening sentence of this Smithsonian magazine article. No, the panic was not caused by the arrival of overly tanned, puffed-hair and muscular visitors, but instead by shark attacks in the waters off the shore. During that summer, a shark attacked five victims. In an interview with George Burgess, a shark-attack expert in charge of the International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum of Natural History (sounds like a role for Nicolas Cage), he explains that when these attacks happened people thought a sea turtle was responsible before the press ultimately identified it as a great white.

Best videos of the week starring the fastest car in the playground

Article: Best videos of the week starring the fastest car in the playground

5. Liu Xiang, the star Olympic hurdler of the Chinese men’s team, turned a crushing defeat into one of the iconic uplifting moments of this year’s London games. On another note, this Chinese University hurdler does not let his inability to leap over a single hurdle get in the way of reaching the finish line. As the honey badger would say, “the Chinese hurdler don’t care.”

If the Sartorialist were obsessed with skateboarders

Article: If the Sartorialist were obsessed with skateboarders

London-based photographer Sam Ashley’s The Skartorialist, a skateboard-centric street fashion blog, might remind you of something. Borrowing from (or satirizing?) Scott Schuman, a.k.a. The Sartorialist’s modus operandi of photographing his trendy and fashionably dressed subjects in their natural habitat on the streets straight on with his camera (here’s a recent example from London), Ashley instead focuses his lens on skateboarders. In the process — and perhaps this the biggest impact of Schuman’s and other street-style photographers’ work — he seems to elevate skateboarding clothing and style.

Book covers and the bikinis that match them

Article: Book covers and the bikinis that match them

Bikinis have finally met their match: Matchbook.nu has cleverly juxtaposed swimsuits in online stores with book covers that match. Not intentionally. I especially like that each comparison includes the first line of the book. My favorite is the example above, featuring David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, which has been the Bane to this Batman. The first sentence of Infinite Jest?
I am seated in an office, surrounded by heads and bodies.
Now that is an opening line.

Best videos of the week starring… the best music video ever?

Article: Best videos of the week starring… the best music video ever?

Celebrate the end of a week, the beginning of a weekend and the start of a new month with the Number One video this week. I don’t want to spoil it for you — other than to say that after watching it you will be inspired with a new dance move to show off at the discotheque on Saturday night.

ANNIE HALL's New York, then and now

Article: ANNIE HALL's New York, then and now

In December I shined some SUNlight on Nick Carr, who chronicles his interesting discoveries as a film location scout on his blog. Now he brings us a terrific post featuring Woody Allen’s ANNIE HALL (which happens to be one of my favorite films). Many of Allen’s most iconic films were shot years before I ever stepped foot in New York and a lot has changed since then, but nonetheless the lens through which he captured the urbanscape, pace and experiences of the city still resonates with me. It’s one of the reasons I love this film, as well as MANHATTAN and HANNAH AND HER SISTERS.

"The New Yorker" covers the Olympics

Article: "The New Yorker" covers the Olympics

In case you haven’t heard, the Olympics have been going on across the pond in London, where Mitt Romney received a gold medal in the putting-your-foot-in-your-mouth event. Among other things, the games are an opportunity to look at where we are — and where we’ve been — both culturally and artistically. (Don’t believe the Olympics have an impact on design? Check out influential street artist Banksy’s latest work.)

Best videos of the week, with celebrities reading mean tweets about themselves

Article: Best videos of the week, with celebrities reading mean tweets about themselves

With yet another week coming to an end, here are five new videos that people were sharing and discussing around the digital water cooler.

5. What do James Van Der Beek, Danny McBride, Zooey Deschanel, Larry King, David Spade, Kristen Stewart, Matt Leblanc, Snooki and Justin Bieber all have in common? Well, some people dislike them and tweet about it. In this video clip, Jimmy Kimmel gets these celebrities to read these mean tweets. Aloud. For your entertainment.

Banksy vs. the Olympics

Article: Banksy vs. the Olympics

For some, the Olympics represent the apex of athletic competition and sportsmanship while uniting the world. For others, it represents the zenith of Draconian corporate sponsorship, and irresponsible financial and nationalist excess. Diving into the middle of this debate is Banksy, arguably the cynosure of street artists, who has popped up with his own particular opinion on the upcoming Olympics. His latest two pieces of work, stencils in his familiar style, serve to remind the world that outside the glossy bubble of the London Olympics this summer there are real impact issues — including the legal, ethical and moral dilemmas of using military drones — that matter a great deal more than whether someone will be able to shave .0001 second off their swim lap or sprint. Ironically, the reaction to this work by the London authorities, who are threatening to scrub away these pieces, only serves to underscore the very critique that Banksy seems to be making.

Infographics: What they are, how to make 'em

Article: Infographics: What they are, how to make 'em

The recent past has seen an explosion online of infographics, many of which are quickly and virally disseminated. In fact, Visual.ly is a whole website devoted to the discipline. The field certainly isn’t new, and lately designers have been able to create some really wonderful infographics by leveraging computers. But what exactly is an infographic, anyway?

8-bit illustrations of 8 short stories

Article: 8-bit illustrations of 8 short stories

Oliver Miller created these neat digital illustrations in the style of 8-bit graphics of video games from a bygone era to accompany the opening lines of 8 famous short stories. His explanation is amusingly tongue-in-cheek, but this was an artistic expression that combined two of his interests as an English-major-MFA-card-carrying writer and a former “nerd who huddled in a basement, with his nerd friends, clicking with a mouse to play Bard’s Tale II.” As a former nerd I too appreciate this greatly.

Happy birthday, Instagram! From dogs to Dom PĂ©rignon

Article: Happy birthday, Instagram! From dogs to Dom PĂ©rignon

Photo credit: Kevin

This week marked the two-year anniversary of the first photo ever uploaded as a test on a mobile photo sharing app that would eventually become known as Instagram. Before it was released for iPhones, it was called Codename (give ‘em a break — they’re developers, not marketers). And to foreshadow what would become one of the more popular subject matters for Instagram users, the first photo uploaded featured the super-cute dog you see above. By comparison the first photo ever uploaded to the Internet was an absolute hot mess.

Best videos of the week, starring a Snuggie

Article: Best videos of the week, starring a Snuggie

A good number of the videos trending this week are music-related, so I’ve rounded up the five best here for your pleasure. If you’re viewing this at work or at a library as a little mental recess, I highly recommend you turn up your computer speakers. Your coworkers or fellow students will shower you with gratitude.

How hot is it? Obscure terms for this crazy heat

Article: How hot is it? Obscure terms for this crazy heat

The temperature in Gotham (mine, not the Caped Crusader’s fictional version) has been over 90 degree every day this week, and while 2012 is the year of the dragon, it has also turned out to be the year of “It’s too damn hot!” This seemingly endless heat wave we’ve been experiencing across the country is now scientifically proven and on the record books as well.

The famous (and infamous) name their five favorite films

Article: The famous (and infamous) name their five favorite films

Five Favorite Films is an excellent ongoing column at Rotten Tomatoes where a variety of recognizable actors, directors, musicians, comedians, writers, adult film stars, one frog and one Paris Hilton name their five favorite films. It’s not the most easily browsable section, so Metafilter user dgaicun helpfully indexed some of them. With Comic-Con in the works, I thought it’d be relevant to share Stan Lee’s five favorite movies. His tastes are not that of a high-brow aesthete necessarily, but unsurprisingly he does seem to enjoy films that are about entertaining a large audience.

Best videos of the week, starring a shark attack

Article: Best videos of the week, starring a shark attack

In this week’s collection of the best videos going viral around the Interwebs, we have something for everyone — from extreme sports to fans of Cookie Monster, especially those of you who still can’t get enough of “Call Me Maybe” (looking at you, Clay!). If you don’t like any of these five picks then I’m just going to go ahead and call you a “sonofabitch” (OK, not really, but watch the number 4 video below for the reference).

Great boxes throughout history

Article: Great boxes throughout history

What better way to pay homage to some of the greatest (and some not so great) boxes throughout history than this gallery from Vanity Fair, featuring everything from Pandora’s Box to the mailbox to the boombox, which provided the soundtrack of summer in city streets during the 1970s and ’80s.