Monthly Archives: November 2013

Snow-Mo

Snow Projector Image

Time for your midweek moment of Zen!

I look forward to cold weather like most people look forward to Spring Break at Señor Frogs.  But it’s November 6th, and I haven’t even retired my flip-flops for the year, so I’ve simply begun enjoying winter vicariously through the web.

Last year during Winter Storm Nemo (cuddliest name ever for a blizzard), Brian Maffitt had the idea to project a film out into the snowfall and record it.  Assuming a children’s movie would give a nice selection of saturated colors, he chose The Lorax.  The results are really kind of stunning.  …CHECK THEM OUT AFTER THE JUMP!

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What Women Want…Chocolate-Covered Chips?

Chocolate Potato Chips

This November we have a lot to be thankful for, but at the top of my list?  Lay’s new chocolate-covered potato chips (sold at my own personal mecca, Target).  Just in time for holiday binge-eating, God bless America and its enterprising junk food manufacturers.

According to Businessweek, this is the answer to that age-old question – “what do woman want?”  Try harder, Businessweek.

*Photo Source: Allyson Kramer*

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The Mosaic Man

Jim Power and the Mosaic Trail

As Banksy  just finished up his month-long “residency” on the streets of NYC, I’ve been thinking a lot about guerrilla art.  I’m gonna hit you with a Henry David Thoreau quote right when you least expect it – he said “It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look.  To affect the quality of the day – that is the highest of arts.”

While I dig some of Banksy’s style, the story of the “Mosaic Man” moves me so much more.  Meet Jim Power – a homeless man in NYC who has been creating …READ MORE!

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How To See Things With New Eyes

Gramophone

To sort of dovetail on what we were talking about yesterday – “catching magic” in the every day, – I think Ecuadorian artist Javier Perez teaches us just how accessible magic can be!  It can be as simple as looking at old objects with new eyes – a potato can be a rooster, pliers can be a cowboy, a flower can be a gramophone!   His series of everyday items turned into imaginative doodles makes me feel like I should get an agent for my kindergarten finger paintings.

My favorite illustrations AFTER THE JUMP…

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Catching Magic

Mickey and Minnie

A lot of how I live my life is about choosing to see things with a childish sense of wonder – like the rush of being pushed really high on a big swing.  And the older we get, the harder we sometimes have to work for it.  Can you remember the last time you felt it?  What were you doing?  I’d really love to know in the comments below!

This quote below got me thinking about it this morning.

“…every life has at least one fairy palace in its span. Usually these miracles happen when a person is young, but still wide-eyed enough to catch the magic that older people have forgotten or pushed away. For countless children, Disneyland has it…For both tourists and natives, the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace does well…prancing horses, flashing sabers, plumes and capes and trumpets in the fog…the Palace is in safe hands, a solid dream.

Sometimes people can know two palaces before Lady Luck calls it quits, but of course they are never of equal enchantment…[For me] the lesser of the two palaces was the Pig’n’Whistle, a stylish ice-cream parlor in Los Angeles.”

- M. F. K. Fisher

*Photo Source: Flickr Member Miehana*

(Quote via The Happiness Project)

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Glow in the Dark Ice Cream

Glow in the Dark Ice Cream

Ice cream was meant to be eaten in the dark.  Guiltily.  The only problem is that when the lights come on the next morning, I usually find I’ve dribbled Ben & Jerry’s all over my couch.  But not anymore!  Glow in the dark ice cream to the rescue.

Charlie Francis – a British entrepreneur in a Willy Wonka hat – recreated the glowing protein of jellyfish to make your rocky road glow.  Even cooler?  The more you lick, the brighter it gets.  The downside?  It’s $223 a scoop!

*Photo Source: SWNS.com*

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Glow in the Dark Ice Cream

Glow in the Dark Ice Cream

Ice cream was meant to be eaten in the dark.  Guiltily.  The only problem is that when the lights come on the next morning, I usually find I’ve dribbled Ben & Jerry’s all over my couch.  But not anymore!  Glow in the dark ice cream to the rescue.

Charlie Francis – a British entrepreneur in a Willy Wonka hat – recreated the glowing protein of jellyfish to make your rocky road glow.  Even cooler?  The more you lick, the brighter it gets.  The downside?  It’s $223 a scoop!

*Photo Source: SWNS.com*

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Holy Cow, I Mean, Cat!

madewithOver

So I did something a little impulsive and spinster-y this weekend …READ MORE!

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Junk Drawer: Week of November 1st, 2013

Press for Champagne

Happy Hair of the Dog!  Hope you all had a great Halloween night out (or in, if you’re like me).  Time to restart the clocks and wait for a celebrity to do something ridiculous for us to parody next year!

While you secretly binge-eat your kid’s candy this weekend, here’s a little light reading for ya! …Find out when Facebook will have more dead members than living – it’s sooner than you think – AFTER THE JUMP!

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