Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year's Eve!


New Year's is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls and humbug resolutions. ~Mark Twain

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Cocktails for your New Year's Eve


1. POMEGRANATE CHAMPAGNE
2. BLOOD ORANGE FRENCH 75
3. CHAMBORD AND CHAMPAGNE
4. STRAWBERRY CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL

Click here for the ingredients and recipes from RealSimple.com

2008's Top 25 Songs - Mix

DJ Earworm's mashup of Billboard's top 25 songs of 2008 will catch you up on the biggest pop hits of this past year in under five minutes....."Viva La Pop"

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

For Like Ever


Love it.

So you think you have it cold?

Oymyakon is the coldest permanently inhabited place on earth.

The lowest recorded temperature there is -71.2 degrees Celsius.

"I'm not scared of the cold. I'm only afraid of dogs. The cold can't bite you."

(via Boing Boing)

Day 14

Monday, December 22, 2008

Benoit Debuisser

From artist Benoit Debuisser at L’Affiche Moderne
I'm obsessed with a handful of the artists on this site but Debuisser is so diversely talented.

Top Ten Gadgets of 2008


10. The Peek smart phone
9. T-Mobile's G1 'Google' Phone
8. Apple's MacBook Air
7. Livescribe Pulse Smartpen
6. Flip MinoHD Camcorder Pure Digital
5. The Netflix Player by Roku
4. Panasonic SDR-SW20 Waterproof Camera
3. Eye-Fi Wireless SD Card
2. Wii Fit
1. The Blackberry Bold

These wouldn't be my top favorite gadgets but eh oh well. The WiiFit looks fun as well as the smart pen.. depending on how many notes or lectures you're involved Kinda fun.

Day 13

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Ping Pang....hearts in nature


Tavarua Island, Fiji
Heart-Shaped Wetland, Guandu Nature Park, Taiwan
Heart-Shaped Mangrove, Voh, New Caledonia



"It is good to have an end to journey toward;
but it is the journey that matters, in the end."

Day 12

Saturday, December 20, 2008

L’Affiche Moderne

L’Affiche Moderne - Found this French art/print site featuring the works of young photographers, graphic designers and children's illustrators. Great stuff.... gorgeous prints.
The series below- the "Puti Tree" is whimsical and colorful...
would be perfect for a child's bedroom.

Nod Young's works dedicated to Chinese young art and graphic design have travelled all around the world. A follower of Buddhism, Young believes that creativity can be derived from its teachings. The "Puti Tree" series is a typographic interpretation of two poems quoted from the original zen classic, The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch. Click here to see the rest of Young's work.

The Puti Tree 1

The Puti Tree 2


lifehacker's best of the week...

wrap up of lifehacker's best posts... pretty good... click here for the full list, links, and descriptions

Most popular free Windows downloads of 2008
Most popular free Mac downloads of 2008
Five best sites for finding deals online
The top DIY photography tools
Lessons learned from a hacked gmail account

Top Albums of 2008

Like everyone else, we have our own Best of 2008 Albums list. We've done our research. Listened to new albums, unknown albums, mainstream albums and in between albums all year long. We even managed to go to a few concerts and festivals throughout it all. And so, we narrowed it down. In a somewhat but not total concrete order, here they are:

10. Does it Offend You, Yeah? "You have no idea what you're getting yourself into"
9. Cut Copy "In Ghost Colours"
8. Little Joy "Little Joy"
7. Lykke Li "Youth Novels"
6. CSS "Donkey"
5. M83 "Saturdays = Youth"
4. Fleet Foxes "Fleet Foxes"
3. MGMT "Oracular Spectacular"
2. Foals "Antidotes"
1. Bon Iver "For Emma, Forever Ago"

Cheers!
Molly and Brooke

Day 11

Friday, December 19, 2008

2012

Have you ever googled the year 2012?
GOOGLE: 2012

On July 10, 2009, there is a movie coming out titled 2012, starring John Cusack and Amanda Peet. Check out the movie trailer here.

I never knew such a day existed.
people will forget what you did. people will forget what you said. but people will never forget how you made them feel.
-maya angelou

Norway Photos

I came across these stunning photos from photographer, Thomas Laupstad's. Check out his blog.

Day 10

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Wes Scheler


Brooke and I love photography. We especially love surf photography. There's something magical about the moments and people that this photographer captures. Check out Wes Scheler's website and browse hit portfolio. A true work of art.





Rules of Thumb

Every rule of thumb on earth in once place: RULES OF THUMB

FLEEING A BEAR
Bears can outrun, outclimb, and outswim a human. Your only hope is to run downhill. A bear’s center of gravity makes it difficult for them to run downhill.

CHILDBIRTH
If a laboring mother can talk about how painful the contractions are, she's in early labor. When she loses the ability to form sentences during contractions, she's in active labor.

FINDING VOLUNTEERS
You have to ask twelve people to find two volunteers.

SURVIVAL
When an assailant intends to take you someplace else by force from the place of first encounter, the odds of your coming back alive are very poor. So fight hard for your life as soon as you find out the bad guy has a change of venue in mind; it’s about the only chance you’ve got.

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Day 9

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

My Favorite Christmas Movies

BRRR! It was cold in LA today. 48 degrees leaving work! Now I'm totally in the Christmas spirit, ready to watch some Christmas movies.

My FAVORITES:
1.
Christmas Vacation
Clark Griswold. This movie is a dynasty. The entire movie makes me laugh out loud. The awkward mall scene. Clark's evil boss canceling the Christmas bonuses, leading to Clark's psychotic rampage. Aunt Bethany saying grace, aka The Pledge of Allegiance. The squirrel. Uncle Louis burning down the tree. O the tree, the glorious tree that fits so nicely on top of the family station wagon. Sadly, I think my family only has a VHS of this beloved movie. Time to upgrade to DVD.
Clark: Where do you think you're going? Nobody's leaving. Nobody's walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We're all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We're gonna press on, and we're gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny ******* Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white *** down that chimney tonight, he's gonna find the jolliest bunch of ******** this side of the nuthouse.


2.
Home Alone
If you don't like this movie, I don't like you. No, seriously. The original Home Alone (not the sequels) is an all time classic in my eyes.
Did You Know: The concept for this movie originated during the filming of a scene in Uncle Buck (1989) in which Macaulay Culkin plays a character who interrogates a would-be-babysitter through a letterbox. Although the part was written especially for Macaulay Culkin by John Hughes, several hundred other boys were auditioned by director Chris Columbus just because he wanted to confirm that Culkin was right for the part. The role of Uncle Frank was written for Kelsey Grammer. Robert De Niro turned down the role of Harry, which was played in the film by Joe Pesci.

3.
Love Actually
Call me a girl, but I love this movie. Charming & Cozy .... Bill Nighy. Hugh Grant. Colin Firth. Liam Neeson. Alan Rickman. Laura Linney


4. Miracle on 34th Street
Definitive proof that Santa really does exist.

5.
The Santa Clause
Features one of Tim Allen's few successful big screen performances. So full of heart and charm it's becoming a holiday season staple.

6.
The Holiday
Hans Zimmer creates an enchanting music score for this film. Cameron Diaz has an amazing wardrobe. Jude Law is charming as ever. I actually grew to like Jack Black after he puts on the charm in this movie. And Kate Winselt is endearing as always.




And there you go. I might be the only person who's not a fan of A Christmas Story, but I cannot stand that movie. That narrator is so annoying. The movie is boring. Buy the kid the bb gun already.

Foals- Olympic Airways






Molly and I at the Foals this past summer.
One of the best live bands we've ever seen. woooo math rock!

I want to be here now.


Wakiki Sunset via flickr

Handmade mechanical dragonfly

Etsy seller JesseDanger's $15,000 "Anax Imperator Machina" is a hand-made, precision clockwork dragonfly whose wings flap -- made from gold and silver.

Modeled after the largest modern species of dragonfly, this is a functioning creation whose wings flutter up and down when the very tip of the tail (really the abdomen, but tail sounds cooler) is turned. The inspiration for this complex mechanical insect originated from many of the fantasized gadgets of Leonardo da Vinci and other mechanical creations once thought futuristic in times long before our own. Inspired by these designs I set out to recreate nature using classical engineering and an elegant form. My intentions are to develop and continue making more of these mechanical insects.

The internal mechanisms, gears and moving parts were painstakingly hand-milled and hand-calibrated with absolute precision from 14k gold. The body, mechanical frame and wings were handcrafted from Argentium Silver, far superior to Sterling or fine silver. The body opens up to reveal the intricate inner movements, and fine details that just could not be left forever covered up! The eyes are each large 10 carat Swiss Blue Topaz cabochons and the 14k gold bezel on the tail contains a 4mm Amethyst bullet shaped cabochon.

Click here to visit JesseDanger's Etsy Shop

(via Boing Boing)

Found of the Day

The Rakes

Work, Work, Work (Pub Club Sleep) (Album Version) - The Rakes

Day 8

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Interesting concept

BookCrossing.com offers a way to recycle/share books. By registering your book through the BookCrossing website you can track the "adventures" your book takes. Leave your book on a park bench, coffee shop, hotel, or anywhere someone might find it. Then log on to track it as it globally passes from person to person. Each book has a unique ID number so future readers can log on and see where the book has been. You can even leave comments about what you thought of the book.

Lately I've been contemplating ways to purge my bookshelf and this seems like a great way to pass on good reads in an eco friendly manner.

Sigh...


Rock N Roll

Keane


Spiralling - Keane

Holiday Party Dresses

I love Christmas time. I love Christmas parties. And I love dressing up for Christmas parties. I found these dresses on my daily Shopbop 'What's New' search. I wish (a) I actually had multiple Christmas and New Year's invitations awaiting my reply, and (b) a pot of cash stashed in my closet to purchase these beautiful dresses. Unfortunately, the only Christmas parties I have yet to attend are the standard ugly sweater parties, which I'm not a fan of.Derek Lam

Day 7

Monday, December 15, 2008

Reminds me of home

Good Shoes

I like a lot of modern British bands, and the Good Shoes are definitely at the top of my list. Good Shoes are a four piece English indie pop band, hailing from Morden, London. GS seem to have the same flair that Foals have, but they present their music differently. They show some great ska influences in many of their songs, as opposed to the drum & bass influences in Foals' songs.

Indexed

Stumbled upon this blog.. updates daily.
Diagrams describe what words can't. Love it.
Indexed

"It's all downhill after the graduation party"
"That stapler is a weapon" "How was your weekend?"
"Time to look busy"