October 09, 2014

The Nightgown Pictures – Nina Katchadourian


©Nina Katchadourian

Every year on my mother Stina's birthday, my grandmother Nunni dressed
her in a handmade nightgown and took her outside to be photographed.
This tradition continued until the birthday when Stina could no longer
fit into the nightgown [...]

Starting in 1997, my mother and I have searched for all the places where Nunni took the nightgown pictures.
©Nina Katchadourian

©Nina Katchadourian
©Nina Katchadourian
View the entire series at Nina Katchadourian's website.

Recommended: THE TRUTH – a podcast by Radiotopia

THE TRUTH makes movies for your ears; short stories that are sometimes dark, sometimes funny, and always intriguing. Each story is different, and usually 10 to 20 minutes long. We take you to unexpected places using only sound.
If you like audio books or enjoy radio shows like This American Life, you might want to check out THE TRUTH, an amazing podcast available on iTunes and Soundcloud. I ran across it by accident last week and haven't been able to stop listening. Great stories to listen to on your commute.

Subscribe to or follow THE TRUTH here:
Soundcloud: Voyager Found by The Truth Podcast
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September 30, 2014

Day 256: Vintage Airline Tags by Lisa Congdon.


Day 256: Vintage Airline Tags - 20x200

Life is too short not to dress as a bear for Annie Leibovitz.

Here's my philosophy – when life hands one the opportunity to possibly be photographed by Annie Leibovitz for a fancy-schmancy real estate agency, one's contest submission should (if possible) be a photo of one dancing around one's living room in a polar bear suit. YOLO, etcetera. Butch out.


Corcoran Group: LiveWhoYouAre

September 29, 2014

Dial 211 for Community Services Help.

Did you know that, in over 90% of the United States, if you dial 211, you can get free help finding community services and assistance?

Photo: David Niblack, Imagebase.net

It's really depressing how poorly important community and government programs are marketed. Yes, I know they usually have little-to-no marketing budget, but this is a NATIONAL initiative that I've never even heard of. 

So today I'm giving 211 a signal boost. I hope you will, too.
Maybe someone you know or meet may need this type of help.

Dial 211 for Essential Community Services | FCC.gov

September 23, 2014

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 | cairo.de

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  |  HomeDecorators.com

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: afterdark.tate.org.uk

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 Fab.com 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. | Fab.com

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