September 10, 2014

Today is #InternetSlowdown Day.

Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?
On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. 

 Join the Battle for Net Neutrality

Need more information about why Net Neutrality is important? 
John Oliver explains it very well.

September 05, 2014


If you haven't read about the beyond-giant-ass herbivore dinosaur find announced yesterday in Scientific Reports, you need to get with the program. Right now. If the name isn't enough to interest you (which, come on, IT SHOULD BE), these pictures and illustrations might help.

This is just the tip of the tail.
That's a humerus/upper arm bone.
#1 draft choice in prehistoric football.
In life, Dreadnoughtus would have been about 86 feet (26 meters) long and weigh nearly 60 tons, heavier than a Chieftan tank, Drexel University paleontologist Ken Lacovara and colleagues calculate. That's so big, the scientists write, that adults of the species would have been "nearly impervious to attack" by predators that stalked the same floodplains between 84 million and 66 million years ago.
Among the largest of dinosaurs, titanosaurs like Dreadnoughtus were hefty herbivores with tiny heads, long necks, and tapering tails. This body type marks titanosaurs as part of a group called sauropods, to which classic dinosaurs such as Apatosaurus also belonged. Sauropods spent their days feeding high and low, plucking greens from patches of ferns and trees alike, as they browsed the prehistoric salad bar.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: Enormous New Dinosaur as Formidable as Its Namesake Battleship

Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?

Thanks to Nick Lu, an illustrator in Los Angeles, for giving me the heads up on his new print shop. It's chock full of lovely, fun, illustrated comparisons of motifs – LA vs Paris style.

All the art works are from book Why LA? Pourquoi Paris? authored by Diane Ratican. For the first time, the cities of Los Angeles and Paris are illustrated in parallel by famed artists Eric Giriat and Nick Lu. "Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?" represents a visionary approach to a comparative study of two major, contemporary metropolises.

Why LA? Pourquoi Paris? — Home

September 03, 2014

VW Bus Keychain with Wooden Garage.


Unfortunately, they're only available in Europe, so you might want to just pick up the keychain on Amazon or eBay and make a little garage for it. 


Schlüsselanhänger VW-Käfer mit Garage |

Orla Kiely EVOKE Mio Portable Digital and FM Radio

DAMMIT. Why must these be so expensive?? Man, I want that grey one. (FYI - they've been around for awhile, but they're new to me.)


Introducing the latest addition to our extensive home ware range, the exterior boasts a choice of prints, a mirror chromed folding handle, walnut veneered cabinet, cream fascia and a stylish leather tag on the multi colourway. It is packed with features too, including digital and FM radio, an input for your iPod/MP3 player, Intellitext and textSCAN, a striking auto-dimming OLED display, an alarm, a kitchen timer and a USB connector for future product upgrades.

Orla Kiely UK | House | Living | EVOKE Mio Radio by Orla Kiely 

August 27, 2014

Triple Wall Mirror.

Pictures really don't do this one justice. I saw it at Crate and Barrel last week and fell in love. 

For bedroom bathroom or office. It will provide a three-way display—as an open triptych, with panels angled for side reflections, or closed behind its matte black doors. Modern metal pulls to complete the clean contemporary look.

Triple Wall Mirror in Mirrors | Crate and Barrel

August 21, 2014

Samantha chairs - SALE

 I really love the shape of Samantha aluminum chairs. If you do, too, $46 each is a GREAT price. You might want to pounce.

Pro tip: always be sure to do a quick search for online discount codes to offset shipping costs.
 Our Samantha Bar Stool, with its effortlessly cool style, adds
industrial looks to any space. It's no secret how much we love the
aesthetic of the Samantha Collection.
Product Details
  • 46.5"H x 17.5"W x 20"D.
  • Seat: 30"H.
  • Aluminum.
  • 30"H seat.
  • Indoor/outdoor versatility.
  • Painted stools are weather proof.
Samantha Bar Stool  |

August 20, 2014

Apple's tribute to Robin Williams (nicely done, Apple)

I was never a big Robin Williams fan, but I've been genuinely moved by the endless tales of how genuinely kind and lovely he was. (We should all hope to be spoken of so highly and fondly.)

Anyway -- there's no date on Creativity's post, so I'm not sure when this went up. But what a really lovely, perfectly branded tribute to a kooky man who made a lot of people very happy.

Last night, Apple CMO Phil Schiller tweeted the brand's simple but moving online tribute to the late Robin Williams. The basic black and white design evokes the feel of Apple's classic spot the "Crazy Ones" -- featuring a company of great minds Mr. Williams would easily fit into. The ad's name also happens to be the same as the CBS sitcom for which he put on his final show.
Apple's Simple Tribute to Robin Williams - Creativity Online

August 13, 2014

Robots are roaming the Tate Museum...

"The final frontier: Astronauts, robots and sneaking into the gallery after dark..."

Livestreaming tonight – Jump online and control some robots that will be roaming around London's Tate Museum in the dark, tonight through 8/17. So cool.

This week, you can peek through the ‘eyes’ of four robots who will be roaming the darkened galleries in Tate Britain after all the visitors have left, controlled by anyone across the world who logs on through the website:

On Wednesday 13, Thursday 14 and Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 between 22.00 BST and 03.00 BST, you can log in to view the robots on their journey through the artworks and even remotely control their movements. If your kids (or you) can’t stay up that late, Friday 15 is the night for you, when the robots will be taking a turn about the galleries between 19.30 BST and 00.30 BST.

The first robot master was Colonel Chris Hadfield, retired commander of the International Space Station (you may remember him as the singing astronaut performing David Bowie's Space Oddity), though he navigated the robots this time from the slightly more mundane location of his home in Toronto.


(via Creativity)

Trader Joe's Frozen Mac N' Cheese hacks.

If you live near a Trader Joe's and haven't tried their Frozen Mac N' Cheese, you really need to. I'm not even a mac and cheese fan, and I love this stuff.

Last night I tried this hack. Yes, it sounds really bizarre, but it's INSANELY good. If you're not a mac and cheese purist, and you love delicious flavor, make this.

Freekum Dress: Kimchi + Bacon
Why? The spicy, acidic funk of kimchi and the greasy crunch of diced bacon make basic mac n' cheese into something miraculous: a hipster stereotype, the ultimate stoner food and, quite possibly, the most delicious dish you can make in seven minutes using three ingredients.

4 Easy Hacks To Upgrade Trader Joe's Frozen Mac N' Cheese Into Culinary Wizardry | Huffington Post

Harvest Pixies print by Amy Ross.

There's a point (well, many points) in a blogger's life where everything starts to look alike, and nothing seems new or fresh anymore. Not so with this print by Amy Ross.  It made me smile.

"Harvest Pixies" is an edition of 100 prints by Amy Ross. The artwork
has been sized to fit a standard 11" by 17" frame. The archival print
was created by Tiny Showcase and ships with a corresponding certificate
of authenticity. The archival artwork has been printed on a heavy 290gsm
natural white print making paper made from 90% bamboo fibres and 10%

Get it at Tiny Showcase

August 07, 2014

Polka Black Heritage backpack by Herschel Supply Co.

I don't know why, but I have a serious weakness for all things polka dotty lately. So this bag, featured on today, is verrrrry tempting.

 Inspired by all-things-outdoorsy, Herschel Supply Co. creates timeless accessories crafted with modern profiles and a fine regard for detail. A soft spot for small town quaintness and the influence of utilitarian vintage gear—from mountaineering equipment to notepads—informs every design. Using color-matched exposed zippers and heavy-duty rubber details, the Polka Dot Heritage mid volume backpack is a smaller alternative to Herschel’s heavy-duty adventuring bags, and perfect for life’s little treks.

Heritage Mid Volume Polka Black by Herschel Supply Co. |

August 05, 2014

Tattly Science Set

I love today's new Tattly release. If you love a science geek, you might want to take a look at this set of science-y temporary tattoos. They're seriously fab.

Set of 8 - $15
Encourage science lurve: give some of these to your kids to share when they go back to school!

Be subtly sexy.

Tattly™ Designy Temporary Tattoos. Made in the USA! — Science Set

August 01, 2014

It's like an entire fruit aisle in one tree.

I especially like that the artist used traditional grafting techniques, rather than genetic modification.

[T]he "Tree of 40 Fruit," has Van Aken grafting 40 different stone fruit
branches onto a single tree, ultimately creating a tree that will slowly
begin blooming at the beginning of spring and continue through the
season as different varieties hit their marks. Come summer, those will
all begin to grow fruits, including different types of cherries,
peaches, plums, nectarines, and apricots.
 This colorful tree is designed to grow 40 types of fruit | The Verge

Anatomically correct underwear art.

 [Eleanor Haswell, an] 18-year-old art student from north-east England is on a mission to make women stand up and take notice of their own bodies and came up with her anatomically correct undies for her project Why Are You So Afraid Of Your Own Anatomy?
Feminist artistic underwear gives a biology lesson in women’s internal anatomy - The Independent

July 17, 2014

New Airbnb logo concept.

My favorite submission from the emergency logo design contest on

Logo by dutruc

URGENT: Design a Logo for airbnb! |

p.s. If you haven't read about the actual new Airbnb logo controversy, you can catch up on it here.

July 16, 2014

KEE Desk Phone Dock

 Not new, but very pretty.

With KEE Desk Phone Dock, use your iPhone as your one and only integrated wired desk phone in your office or home environment. You can make and receive calls like you did with an ordinary wired phone. Meanwhile, your iPhone is always fully charged and ready to go at any time. It is very convenient for your business and personal needs.
KEE Desk Phone Dock

July 15, 2014

Pop & Lolli removable wallpaper and decals.

I don't even have kids and I'd love these wallpapers and decals from kids' furniture and decor store, Rosenberry Rooms. Spendy, yes, but they definitely look worth it.

Also – I love that they have a wallpaper that is just girl pirates!

Rosenberry Rooms | Pop & Lolli

July 08, 2014

MMT Calendar // Walnut - MMT - TouchOfModern

Pocket watches are lovely – but this one is particularly so.

MMT's Calendar pocket watch rocks a strikingly simple design that lets the natural beauty of the wooden case and leather strap shine. This sleek, modern take on the classic pocket watch is the perfect way to add a dash of refined style to any outfit, plus it's wonderfully functional. The clean face features three hands and a date display for easy reading any time, and the Japanese quartz movement will keep your watch perfectly calibrated for years to come.

MMT Calendar // Walnut - MMT - TouchOfModern

July 07, 2014

Game of Thrones fan? Check out The Wines of Westeros.

Heaven only knows what the wine tastes like, but the label designs are beautiful. Pinning these on my Gift Ideas list.

The Night's Watch

The Targaryen
The Stark

The Wines of Westeros

(via The Mary Sue)

June 27, 2014

Google plans to pay for women and minorities to learn to code.

Image via @myasmine
The new plan was announced by Google X Vice President Megan Smith as part of Google I/O. It expands the recently introduced Made With Code initiative,
a $50 million plan focused on getting school-aged girls to code. The
new diversity push will pay for three months of continued education in
coding for women and minorities in tech.

Google is joining with Code School for this endeavor and will be offering thousands of free accounts to qualified and interested people. According to CNET one thousand of these accounts have already been given, with an unknown number of spots still available. 
(Kudos to The Mary Sue for always staying on top of these things.)

The Mary Sue | Google Wants to Pay for Women to Learn How to Code

INTERESTED? You can apply here.

Global concepts of beauty via Photoshop.

Esther Honig, a 24-year-old freelance journalist from Kansas City, put the saying "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" to the test with this fascinating project titled Before & After. Using freelancing platforms such as Fiverr, Honig sent an unaltered photo of herself to over 40 Photoshop enthusiasts in 25 different countries and made the simple request: "Make me beautiful."

(I'd love to see all professionally Photoshopped versions, based on cultural norms.)

Woman Had Her Face Photoshopped in 25 Countries to Compare Beauty Standards Across the Globe - My Modern Met

June 25, 2014

handmade art dolls by lassandaliasdeana

Really lovely.

original design and handmade art dolls by lassandaliasdeana

Recommended: – Radiante Trellis BC55 Red Rug

While I've been kitting out my tiny hotel condo, I've looked at hundreds of furniture and rug websites and thousands of rugs. This was the rug I settled on. I cannot even express how happy I am that I did. It was ridiculously cheap ($172 for a 7.5' x 9' area rug – with free shipping), and it's absolutely gorgeous. AND, best of all, it was delivered quickly without a single hiccup.

In the process of renovating the condo, I've bought a LOT of stuff online – absolutely mindbending amounts of furniture, hardware, rugs and accessories. In doing so, I've run across a few companies that have genuinely impressed me with their exceptional service, products or both. was definitely one of them. Great prices, incredible selection, quick delivery and absolutely no fuss.

Sorry - crappy iPhone photo, but this is what the rug actually looks like.
Buy it here: Radiante Trellis BC55 Red Rug | Contemporary Rugs

p.s. This is NOT a sponsored post. I just like sharing good vendors and nice stuff.