30 November 2010

Animals! Coziness!

I am such a sucker when it comes to animal/people coziness. 

from People's Daily Online

Well-loved recipe

When you find recipe cards that look like this you know you're in for something very tasty.

This is Mom's recipe for pancakes. They are divine.

29 November 2010

Pooh Pooh the blues: Bill McNeal

How I miss Phil Hartman. He played egomaniacal and self-absorbed like no one else.

In the video he is playing Bill McNeal, a spectacular jerk, on News Radio. The video quality isn't great but you get the idea.

28 November 2010

26 November 2010

Art viewable from space

When I read this I thought, "logistical nightmare." It is kind of crazy but I'd love to see it.
This November 20-28, 350 EARTH will launch the world’s first ever global climate art project. In over a dozen places across the globe, citizens and artists will create massive public art installations to show how climate change is already impacting our world as well as offer visions of how we can solve the crisis. Each art installation will be large enough to be seen from space and documented by satellites generously provided by DigitalGlobe.

350 eARTh: The World's First Art Exhibit Large Enough to Be Seen From Outer Space - Environment - GOOD  

25 November 2010

Christmas window

It's too early for a Christmas tree but I have to cut them some slack for the great show.

24 November 2010

Quotation mark Schadenfreude

I can't express how happy I am that the election season is over. For oh so many reasons including an end to the annoying messages filling up my mailbox. 

But the propaganda wasn't completely without satisfaction. It often contained inappropriate use of quotation marks. I assume the errors were unintentional. Hence the Schadenfreude.

23 November 2010

I don't like Mondays but I do like Bob Geldof

Bob Geldof at Live Aid. He saw a problem, the famine in Ethiopia, and gathered the best musicians of the day to raise money and visibility. I love his audaciousness!

22 November 2010

Pooh Pooh the blues: I love you, Brick

This week's Pooh Pooh the blues: the Middle, a great series about a family in Indiana. One of the few shows I don't want to miss. My favorite character is Brick, the nine-year-old. He's an smart and strange little boy. I wish he was my neighbor.

Bonus Brick, including his whispering.

20 November 2010

The wurst use for a toaster

You know you're a wealthy society when wurst cooking compels innovation. From Reuters.
The wurst use for a toaster...

By Michelle Martin

BERLIN | Thu Nov 18, 2010 2:01pm EST

BERLIN (Reuters)- Two Germans fed up with eating Bratwurst sausages not fried to perfection have come up with a "Wursttoaster," or sausage toaster, to ensure caterers no longer have an excuse to serve anything less than the best.

Marco Bruns, 25, said he and his business partner Felix Rennies, 28, came up with the idea after being less than impressed with English efforts to pull off the popular German snack on one of their frequent trips to Britain.

"We went to a market where there was German Bratwurst but we discovered the English don't have a clue how to cook them -- they were completely brown on one side and completely white on the other side," he told Reuters. More

19 November 2010

Czech-Spanish Eyes

"Spanish Eyes," U2, came up on my iPod this morning. The song always reminds me of a trip to Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic).

I was on a class trip headed east from Ingolstadt (north of Munich) to the border, where we had to hand over our passports, and on for a horribly long, slow drive to Prague. Before we left I heard an I'm-not-sure-if-it's-true story that quite a few Czech villages had pretty much been abandoned during the war and stayed that way. It certainly looked like some of the villages were uninhabited. The places looked incredibly sad. Sadder still if they were inhabited.

Sticky is good

"Made to Stick" is one awesome, fun read. Why? It's in the subtitle, "Why some ideas survive and others die." Pek Pongpaet put this thought-provoking, simple, easy-to-remember overview together.

How To Make Ideas Stick
View more presentations from Pek Pongpaet. His blog is well worth a read: "Musings of a Deviner."

Thanks to Miss Kate for the referral!

18 November 2010

A real pie chart

So silly.

Ship of Fools

A dark, rage-against-the-regime song. I'm not in that kind of mood. Even so, it's hard not to get sucked in by the righteous indignation. [waving fist in air]

17 November 2010

Mellow song-y goodness

Supe que me amabas - Marcela Gandara. Could her voice be any more soothing?

Combatting the lizard brain

I want Seth Godin's brain. How to combat the lizard brain, ship it. Finish something. Keep moving. Just because you can change things right up to the last minute doesn't mean you should. 

Seth Godin: Quieting the Lizard Brain from 99% on Vimeo.

16 November 2010

Today’s Technology Retro Ads | Idea Sandbox Brainstorming

A Monday dose of silly from Idea Sandbox.

Idea Sandbox is a great blog with cool, useful tools like a thought/brainstorm starter, the Big Dig, and the Prioritizer and Priortizer app -- absolutely fabulous way to objectively prioritize your projects and tasks. (There are only five spaces for priorities but you can add more. Who has five priorities?)

Today’s Technology Retro Ads | Idea Sandbox Brainstorming

14 November 2010

Flag purchaser

I get a lot of the we-don't-know-what-to-do-with-this mail at work. The latest.

12 November 2010

11 November 2010

It's a bright, scary morning

This ad has been popping up on my Pandora window.

The cat looks mad. "She makes mornings brighter. Every time ... she scratches me in the face, demanding breakfast."

10 November 2010

Not as bad as it looks

My top desk drawer at work.

Toaster Towel

I wish this was called iToast. From Neatorama.

Toaster Towel:

"Tired of the old, ugly toaster in your kitchen? Here’s a new concept design that will make your metal toaster throw in the towel. Burcu Bag, Amalia Monica and Vinay Raj Somashekar has created a super-flexible toasting device called "Halo" that uses a sheet of heating element to do its job.

Weird? Well, if you think about it, electric sleeping blanket works pretty much the same way, right? Link"

09 November 2010

Our legend basket love

I love this song by Alejandro Sanz, Nuestro amor sera leyenda. I used freetranslation.com to see what the song title means. It's not quite on target: our legend basket love. Google translator did what I think is a better job: Our Love Will Be Legend. No matter, really. It could be called I Fear the Phonebook and I'd still like his voice the music.

A Logo for a New Kind of Clinic

Your Logo Makes Me Barf gives me such joy. Schadenfreude on steroids. Caution! The posts sometimes aren't family friendly.

The image below looks like a logo for a cult. Disguising itself as mind opening and all 'everyone there is so nice!' The partially obscured "expect success" is quite creepy. Why would a clinic have to bring this up?

Official write up from YLMMB:
A Logo for a New Kind of Clinic:
The kind of clinic that exclusively serves quadruple-headed people with octopus bodies.

Four Oaks Logo


08 November 2010

Pooh pooh the blues -- matches made not in heaven

This reminds me of a couple of weddings I've been to. You just knew that it was going to be a big 'ol mess.

from The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn