Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Cutest Cry-Baby

This is easily the cutest thing I’ve seen in ages.  Between the quivering eyebrows, the soft sighs, and the silent tears, I don’t know how this baby’s mama kept singing.

Meet the most empathetic baby ever born.  As her mom sings “My Heart Can’t Tell You No,” her emotional reaction just proves that Rod Stewart’s biggest fan may also be the littlest one.

(Videa Source: Amanda Leroux)

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The Candy Hierarchy

Candy Hierarchy

On the one day of the year when millions of cavities are born (*I have absolutely no factual support for that statement), we should talk about candy hierarchy.  After all, it’s not worth it to risk a route canal over a box of Milk Duds.

We all know the hierarchy exists.  We can pretend to be candy-blind at dinner parties and tell our friends we believe all candies deserve the same opportunities. But, the truth is, all candies are not created equal.  Sorry, Mounds.  Check out the above infographic to find out how your favorite candy measures up in joy-inducing sat-is-fact-tion.

Happy Trick or Treating!  (May your father not insist on taking you to the hospital to have your bag of candy x-rayed for razors like mine did.)

(Via Boing Boing)

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The Safety Dance

Virgin America Safety Video

When I’m flying and the airline purser cues the safety video, I drop whatever I’m doing and listen attentively.  Teacher’s pet all the way.  I’m not offended that the airlines think we don’t know how to buckle our seat belts.  And I don’t care that they assume we’re all arsonists who want to tamper with the smoke detectors.  I just want to be fully briefed on the safety features of my aircraft.  Usually I’m the only one.

So Virgin America has taken a swing at updating the standard safety demo with a music video to get people interested.  It’s funny, witty, oddly catchy, and better than half the stuff on Hot 97 these days.  And, honestly, I probably WOULD feel safer traveling in a flying R&B video. …CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AFTER THE JUMP!

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The Importance of Being Different

Be a Unicorn

I’ve been reading a lot lately about the importance of being “different,” which sometimes seems like a really daunting task, especially in the creative industry.

This week I’ve been channeling my inner unicorn (something I learned from the 12 year-old girls I teach).  Mostly this involves pretending I’m invisible to coworkers. And that I’m made of glitter.

Is being different important to you?  How do you make yourself stand out?  Would love to hear from you in the comments!

*Photo Source: EyePoetryPhotography on Etsy (text by The Wonderist)*

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Life in 3D

Twinkind 2

I didn’t even know how deep my need to be memorialized in miniature was until I saw this.  Last week Slate posted a short video (can be seen here) about a grocery retailer in the UK that is manufacturing 3d self-figurines for $64 and just in time for the holidays.  The results are incredibly lifelike (one man even had his figurine made to keep his wife company in the nursing home).  A little research revealed that the Brits aren’t the only ones doing it either.

Check out these amazing 3d self-figurines …AFTER THE JUMP!

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Before They Pass Away

Before They Pass 12

Every so often, something comes along that just steals your breath away.  For me, this is that – photographs so beautiful and taken with such clear intent it makes me believe that purity still exists, if even just in the fleeting moment of an open camera shutter. …SEE THE PHOTOS AFTER THE JUMP!

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Gossip for 2

Gossip for 2

Gossip is human nature.  Cavemen probably gossiped about each other’s snug loin cloths for all we know.  But I like to think that, at it’s best, gossip is born simply out of a desire to connect or create intimacy with another person.  (It’s worth noting that I am a total Pollyanna.)

Nonetheless, I love this new dessert idea from Mille Feuille in Greenwich Village.  It’s called “Gossip for 2.”  The designer (Julie Hinault) and chef (Olivier Dessyn) behind the new dessert felt that, “by the time you get to dessert, all your vital needs are met, you are not hungry anymore, you can relax, and let go. It is therefore the perfect moment for sharing secrets and confidences.”

The cake is “made with rich almonds, sweet coconut, bitter chocolate mousse, juicy pineapple, and sour lime. Each component, whether sweet, bitter, or juicy, not only adds flavor to the dessert, but also imparts characteristics of a good piece of gossip.”

Happy Gossiping!

Gossip for 2.4

Gossip for 2.3

Gossip for 2.2

*Photo Source: Design Milk*

(Via Design Milk)

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Gossip for 2

Gossip for 2

Gossip is human nature.  Cavemen probably gossiped about each other’s snug loin cloths for all we know.  But I like to think that, at it’s best, gossip is born simply out of a desire to connect or create intimacy with another person.  (It’s worth noting that I am a total Pollyanna.)

Nonetheless, I love this new dessert idea from Mille Feuille in Greenwich Village.  It’s called “Gossip for 2.”  The designer (Julie Hinault) and chef (Olivier Dessyn) behind the new dessert felt that, “by the time you get to dessert, all your vital needs are met, you are not hungry anymore, you can relax, and let go. It is therefore the perfect moment for sharing secrets and confidences.”

The cake is “made with rich almonds, sweet coconut, bitter chocolate mousse, juicy pineapple, and sour lime. Each component, whether sweet, bitter, or juicy, not only adds flavor to the dessert, but also imparts characteristics of a good piece of gossip.”

Happy Gossiping!

Gossip for 2.4

Gossip for 2.3

Gossip for 2.2

*Photo Source: Design Milk*

(Via Design Milk)

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Smileball

Smileball

While health insurance in the US has lotsa folks feeling down these days, KPT (a health insurance company in Switzerland) claims to have the happiest clients.  (Mental note: add this to list of reasons to move to Switzerland after cheese and Swiss bank accounts.)

As part of a KPT marketing campaign, WebGuerillas designed a pinball machine operated by smiles (participants competed to win a trip to NYC).  That’s right, instead of push buttons on each side of the machine, players’ smiles trigger the paddles.  It is virtually impossible not to smile while watching this video. …AFTER THE JUMP!

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Wengenn in Wonderland

Queenie Laio 3

Remember those Anne Geddes photos of babies in ridiculous poses – like dressed as vegetables and poking out of watering cans?  I have no idea if those are still popular, but I’d much rather see the baby photography business go in this direction (says the girl who has no kids but plenty of opinions).

Queenie Liao – artist and mom – created …SEE MORE AFTER THE JUMP!

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