Monthly Archives: November 2013

Land of the Free

Land of the Free RV's

Nothing says patriotism like RV typography.  F*ck yeah, America.

*Source: Chris Labrooy*

(via HonestlyWTF on Pinterest)

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The San Francisco Fog

San Fran Fog

I like to joke with my friends from San Francisco that their “famous” fog doesn’t really exist.  I spent a week there in 2011 and didn’t see it once.  But not only does it exist, it has a name (Karl, the Fog – he’s obviously a socialist) and a twitter account.  (Karl’s actually quite funny.  Yesterday he tweeted, “Just think of rain as fog crying about the rental market.”)

For your midweek moment of Zen, I give you the most heavenly video I’ve ever seen:

(Source: Simon Christen)

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The Comfort Zone

Comfort Zone 6

After more than a week at home, I am feeling like a major bump on a log.  I joked on Facebook the other day that I was starting to go crazy like Tom Hanks in Cast Away.  I’ve been talking to my cat like she’s Wilson the volleyball.

So I went in search of something that might echo the way I’ve been feeling (beached) and happened upon this lovely series by Lithuanian artist, Tadao Cern.  Comfort Zone captures candid photos of people sleeping on the beach, unaware that they were being photographed.  He wanted it this way to show how uninhibited we can be in the right environment and to provoke us into thinking about how to translate that into the everyday.

I particularly enjoy the guy who brought a floral tapestry for a towel, though I really hope that some day, I’m one of the two old friends sharing a blanket (last photo of the post).  …MY FAVORITES AFTER THE JUMP!

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Farm Stay

Barn

Even though I grew up in dairy country, it’s been a long time since I spent a day working on a farm.  And so I don’t know whether it’s my own growing desire to understand where my food comes from or the simple fact that I miss playing in dirt, but I’m putting a work exchange on a farm stay on my list of to-do’s for next year.

Is this something you would do?  Here’s a resource if you’re interested in looking at farm stay options in the US!  Let me know – maybe we could do it together!  (Fair warning: I’m going to make you look bad.  I won a cow milking context in 6th grade.)

Also, did you know that sheep have 4 stomach compartments?  I think I’m part-sheep.

*Photo Source: John Benford*

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Histagram

Histagram 1

Ever found yourself wondering what history would look like in Instagram?  (And, no, I’m not talking about what the eggs benedict you had for brunch Sunday looked like with a Lo-Fi filter.)

I’m talking history since the dawn of time – the Big Bang, dinosaurs, Napoleon’s battle campaigns, the Revolutionary War, Gandhi, the Beatles’ first gig!  (As a Poli Sci major, I would be remiss not to include Will Smith’s turn as the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air on this list.)

Well, interactive designers Gusto NYC and Gavin Alaoen have read your minds.  Check out their Tumblr Histagram for a good laugh and a few of my faves below …AFTER THE JUMP!

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Dinovember

Dinovember 2

So we are halfway through MOvember – the month-long event during which men grow moustaches to raise awareness for men’s health issues, and their girlfriends battle beard-burn with expensive face lotions.  Since I love a sprinkling of facial hair on my men, November is far and away my favorite month.

But NOW it’s my favorite month for a completely different reason …Find out why AFTER THE JUMP!

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We Are Made of Stars

We Are Made of Star Stuff

I am currently very into the idea that we are made of star stuff.  (Because most of the time, I think I’m made of McDonald’s.)  Makes every little thing we do feel a little more divine, doesn’t it?

“All of the rocky and metallic material we stand on, the iron in our blood, the calcium in our teeth, the carbon in our genes were produced billions of years ago in the interior of a red giant star. We are made of star stuff.” – Carl Sagan, 1973

And more about our truly inspiring connection to the cosmos here!

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Ice Ice, Baby

The best YouTube videos, in my opinion, contain at least 2 of the following things:

  1. Foley-quality sound effects.
  2. Babies discovering things.
  3. Gnomes.

You’re welcome for this video that has all three.

Now, Mother Nature, if I may gently remind you that NYC is not the Pacific Northwest and we don’t appreciate the fog and rain, BRING ME SOME SNOW.

(Via Gawker)

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A Glass House

House of Windows

I’m always inspired by “idea people.”  I’ve wanted to be one of them for as long as I can remember, but I’m just a humble executor (not to be confused with executioner).  Hand me an idea, and I will get it done – just don’t ask me to come UP with the idea.  I will chew my pencil down to the nub and die of graphite poisoning before you realize that my brain is actually an empty cavern.

So I’m especially awestruck when …Your Monday morning inspiration AFTER THE JUMP!

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Junk Drawer: Week of November 15th, 2013

Superman Photo Booth

Happy Friday, everyone!  I’m happy to see the weekend come after being laid up at home all week.  My empty DVR and ancient magazines have been taunting me.

I hope you have a SUPER weekend!  Here’s a little link love from around the web if you’re looking for something to read and your magazines are as old as mine. Find out why 4 men were traumatized by Florida’s nude beaches…AFTER THE JUMP!

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