• Local Work: Ida Red

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    If you've been in Tulsa for any amount of time, you're sure to realize that one of the staples here is Ida Red Boutique. They're enthusiastically Oklahoma, and one of those places that's always receiving awards and accolades. We're pretty passionate about Oklahoma, so this ad (below) gets us all hot and bothered with local pride. It was done as a magazine campaign by the small Tulsa design and print studio, Ambition Co.

  • Honey Maid makes love

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    Gay marriage and gay equality is quite the hot topic right now, even in Oklahoma. With CEO's getting pushed out and graham cracker ads going viral, the haters are sure to come out.

    Nabisco, the maker of Honey Maid, released the ad below a few weeks ago that centered centered around the theme "this is wholesome" showing couples and loving families of all combinations, and boy did it bring out the worst in YouTube comments. Honey Maid's response is so beautiful, it almost makes you wonder if they intentionally tried to piss off a bunch of people so it would work so well. Whether you're boycotting Firefox or more inclined to go generic when shopping for smores, you can certainly appreciate Honey Maid's response to all that negativity.

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    Honey Maid's reaction:

  • Tulsa, 75 years ago

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    The folks at Enlighten had a passion for history, and the chops to deal with the Google Maps API. After a good bit of hard work and thousands of user-contributed uploads, What was There was born. It's a time-killing site that allows users to discover and visualize the photographic past of a whole bunch of locations by leveraging the power of community sourced uploads and Google Maps.

    The tulsa area has some quite fascinating historical shots. From Brookside in the 1940's to Greenwood in the 30's, there're over 50 shots of T-town from back in the day. You can read more about the website on enlighten's blog or in This Land's article.

  • SXSW & Snowden

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    Our neighbors throw quite the party for everything interactive. South By Southwest, (or SXSW) has become the place to be this time of year for anything Film or Interactive. Even Edward Snowden couldn't keep away – He'll be making a live appearance today to speak on the role of technology in personal privacy (you can live stream it here).

  • Tulsa Typeface: Boomtown Deco

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    Tulsa has a lot of really great things: some of the best eating in the world, a whole bunch of pretty incredible architecture, we even have our own Olympic Committee, but the one thing Tulsa is lacking is a decent typeface. Chris Skillern had some extra time, and instead of watching Netflix when he got snowed in this weekend, he made a sleek Tulsa, deco-themed typeface and released it for public consumption. You can download it for free.

    Here's what Chris says about it:

    I hail from Tulsa, Oklahoma, a city that flourished in the early 20th century due to the discovery of oil. Because of the period it was born into, Tulsa's downtown is filled with beautiful art deco architecture. This font is a tribute to my city, inspired by the tall, condensed lettering of art deco-style posters.

    My goal was to start and complete the font in one weekend while snowed-in. As such, it's not perfect (there's no "real" kerning, for one thing), and I may revisit it at some point to refine and add characters, but for now, have at it! Maybe give me a heads up if you decide to use it for something? Thanks!

  • Siri: Unmasked

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    Ever wondered who provided the voice of the sometimes sassy but always helpful Siri? Meet Susan Bennett, the voice actor that everyone with an Iphone (6.4 Million in the US alone) has had a conversation with in this fascinating interview:

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  • Arby's Grammy #win

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    Our favorite tweet to come out of Tulsa this week. Well done Arby's.

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  • Oklahoma Films: This May Be the Last Time

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    Feature length documentary, This May Be the Last Time from two OK filmmakers, Sterlin Harjo and Matt Leach seeks to reflect on the rich history, and meaning of Native American music. Shot and produced in Oklahoma, it trails the story of director Sterlin Harjo's grandfather's disappearance, and is a personal journey through the touching importance of Creek hymns.

    It screened for the first time January 20th, at the 2014 Sundance FIlm Festival. A member of two Creek tribes in Oklahoma, this is Harjo's third time at Sundance. The two producers even did an interview with Adobe about their workflow throughout filming and post.

    The film is backed by This Land Press subsidiary (wait for it...), This Land Films who has an interesting interview with Leach & Harjo here.

    You can check out the official description and trailer below, but you'll have to wait until spring to see the whole film when it premiers on the Sundance Channel (it was recently acquired by AMC/Sundance Channel Global).

    Director Sterlin Harjo heard a story hundreds of times growing up; the story of when his grandfather disappeared. Pete Harjo mysteriously went missing in 1962 after his car crashed on a rural bridge in Sasakwa, Oklahoma. The Seminole Indian community began a day and night search for his body. As they combed the riverbanks it is told that they sang songs of faith and hope that had been passed on for generations.

    The same Muscogee (Creek) hymns that once rang out during the government removal of Native Americans known as the Trail of Tears, continue to echo from the people during times of worship, joy, mourning, hope, tragedy. This May Be the Last Time illuminates the history of these powerful songs, in a fascinating study in ethnomusicology that traces all the way back to the Scottish Highlands from their continued significance to the Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole people today.

    To keep up with This May be the Last Time, you can check out their website, or follow them on facebook

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