For those old souls who still feel that the best messages are handwritten, signed, sealed, and delivered, the Etsy shop Lemon Drop Papers makes hand-sketched cards and cute little envelopes for your epistolary pleasure. The holidays are coming up, which makes this a great time to practice your fanciest correspondence. Tip: there's probably no better way than a handwritten card to wiggle your way to favorite grandchild status...
Happy almost Caturday! In this video, you'll see once and for all that your adorable pets are a lot more conniving than you think, and that if cats ever develop opposable thumbs, we are all in big trouble. The owner of this dastardly duo couldn't figure out how they kept getting into the rest of the house during the day, so he set up a camera to catch them in the act.
Honda's new advertisement for the CR-V takes a note out of Christopher's Nolan's Inception notebook to show us that 'not everything is what it seems.' It's easy to see what someone wants you to see so long as you can be misdirected.
Village House, designed by Powerhouse Company, is an elegant 'weekend home' nestled into the lush greenery of northern Sjælland, Denmark. Designed as a luxurious, but minimalist cabin, the summer home is meant to embody the traditional Danish summerhouse, in which whole families are meant to gather, and later, young children are meant to grow into young adults, away from their parents. The house is built in a sort of star shape, clustering around a center but allowing each person a good deal of privacy and seclusion, with the option of joining the family in central spaces like the kitchen and living room.
The Seducer's Cookbook, written by Mimi Sheraton is part hilarious treatise on how to get more sex into your life, part instructional guide with illustrated details. Sheraton was a noted food critic, but her Seducer's Cookbook is more about getting things heated up beneath the sheets. Sheraton includes drink and dining menus for your consideration, along with notes on decor and dress, and bedroom talk.
But first, a taste of the author: "What we are concerned with here is the delectable and subtle art of luring, tempting, enticing, leading someone into going to bed with you in the most delightful way possible. For if the seduction is planned artfully, it can whet your sexual appetite in the same way that a piquant hor d'oeuvre prepares your palate for the main course to come."
Robby Leonardi, a skilled animator and graphic designer put the proof in the pudding with a website that serves as a dedicated animated CV, in which our hero, Robby, is the firt person player in a Mario-like videogame, facing off against professional challenges. It'll make your plain paper CV feel a little lacking, no doubt, but you have to give it up to the guy. He made his resume into a video game! Also, potential employers get a general idea of what Leonardi might look like in a cape.
Happy Turtlesday! In this clip from National Geographic, Emperor cichlid parents in Lake Tanganyika push and shove a much heavier terrapin to protect their young from being eaten. The resulting showdown is a surprising battle of agility and evasive maneuvering.
Located on 80 Wythe Ave. at N. 11th Williamsburg, the Wythe Hotel was once a factory built in 1901. The new space includes 70 gorgeous rooms perched over the Brooklyn waterfront, all with a little bit of the 20th century history that makes Brooklyn historic and beautiful. In 1901, the building was a cooperage, and has since been preseved, renovated, and turned into a luxury hotel space.
For the contented bachelor, or the ultra-compact kitchen, S.I.A.M. is the single person kitchen: a built-in hood and induction cooker that folds when not in use, and is automatically turned on and off by opening and closing the lid. If your kitchen space is quite limited and you don't need to cook for many, S.I.A.M. might be perfect for you. I can especially see this being put to practical use in big cities like Tokyo and Hong Kong, particularly in the case of unmarried adults living in cramped quarters.
'Notes for an Epilogue' is the ongoing photography series by Tamas Dezso, in which the photography records Romania as it transitions between two cultural eras, and between communism and a central union. In addition to political and societal changes that are happening gradually, the physical landscape of the country, and its peasant class, are changing to move into modernity. Dezso notes that the inevitable decay of the 'old' country is absolutely necessary for the ushering in of a modern Romania:
"One year ago, I began photographing the scenes of a world irreversibly decaying, the transformation of a Balkan country surviving the region's hardest dictatorship. When capturing the still recordable milieu I am examining the parallel of a general tendency and personal stories: as resilient humanity condensing into symbolic destinies takes shape in the face of mortality."
Torafu architects and Ichiro have collaborated to build the 'Koloro Wagon,' a mobile and stackable wagon designed for young children. Three sets of stackable containers come with handles and can each be separately carried around as a basket, and are available in different color combinations. The wagon is specifically designed for little ones, so they can play and then put away their own toys easily and stylishly.
In contrast to the tiring dependence on planned obsolescence, and the ever-revolving door of new smartphone technology, Phonebloks " is like an app store for hardware. In the store you buy your bloks, read reviews and sell old bloks. Small and big companies develop and sell their bloks. You can buy a pre-assembled phone or assemble it yourself by selecting the brands you want to support." This new version of the smartphone will be made from detachable blocks that are easy to switch out and replace, not unlike the desktop PCs of yore! If you're tired of upgrading, following Phonebloks for more updates.