Friday, December 21, 2012

So long...It's the end of the world...

Dedicated to those who believe that the Mayans were right...

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Coffee Break: Gummi chandelier

I hate chandeliers. But I'll make an exemption for this one:

Artist Kevin Champeny created this "Candelier" out of 5,000 gummi bears.

Link via Neatorama

Coffee Break: What color to wear in 2013

It's official: 2013's color will be Emerald, according to Pantone.

"Emerald, a vivid, verdant green, enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony.

Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity – no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.

Equally harmonious on the cosmetic color wheel, Emerald dramatizes all eye colors as it beautifully enhances green eyes, is compatible to blue eyes, emphasizes the green undertone in hazel eyes and intensifies brown eyes to make them appear deeper. Emerald is also a perfect complement to peaches, pinks, roses, ruby reds and aubergines – offering a variety of lipstick and blush options. For those who want to sparkle and stand out, Emerald is the perfect punctuation point in nail color because of its complementary nature."

If you're curious, Pantone has been at this for over a decade. Here's the list of official colors over the past 12 years:

  • PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
  • PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
  • PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
  • PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
  • PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
  • PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
  • PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)

  • PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
  • PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
  • PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
  • PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
  • PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
  • PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)
  • Personally though, I say black will (still) be the color for 2013.


    If you're still thinking of little presents for the holidays, you can kick off this Color of the Year thing with these Lightsaber chopsticks. Sure, they're not in Emerald, but hey -- it's close enough.

    If you want them, grab them at the Neatoshop.

    Link via Neatorama

    Notes to Self: Nog

    If you're curious to know more about this festive drink, take a few points from Mental Floss, with a pinch of nutmeg.

    And just in case you're planning to make some, here's a recipe from the same site you may want to try:

    Alton Brown’s Nog of Ages

    Recipe courtesy Alton Brown, 2012

    12 large chicken eggs (see note)
    1 pound sugar
    1 pint half n half (see the other note)
    1 pint whole milk
    1 pint heavy cream
    1 cup jamaican rum
    1 cup cognac
    1 cup bourbon
    1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg (plus more for serving)
    1/4 tsp kosher salt
    • Separate the eggs and store the whites for another purpose
    • Beat the yolks with the sugar and nutmeg in a large mixing bowl until the mixture lightens in color and falls off the whisk in a solid “ribbon.”
    • Combine dairy, booze, and salt in a second bowl or pitcher and then slowly beat into the egg mixture.
    • Move to a large glass jar (or a couple of smaller ones) and store in the fridge for a minimum of 2 weeks. A month would be better, and two better still. In fact, there’s nothing that says you couldn’t age it a year but I’ve just never been able to wait that long.
    • Serve in mugs or cups topped with a little extra nutmeg grated right on top.

    Mental Notes: Gillard's Zombie apocalypse

    I'm personally not a fan of Julia Gillard (or any politician -- I say, never trust one -- but that's another story), but I thought this was funny in an odd publicity stunt sort of way.

    Link via The Presurfer

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

    Notes to Self: Take Five

    In honor to the late Dave of my favorite tunes from the Blues/Jazz era.

    Coffee Break: Celebrity Yearbook pics

    via b for bel

    Mental Notes: British translations

    For the British, it's not plain English... (and is in a way, just like corporate English)

    Link via Neatorama

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

    Coffee break: Spite Houses

    What are spite houses, you ask? Houses built out of spite, of course -- designed to irritate/annoy because sometimes, that bastard next door deserves it.

    Here's a list of 8 houses built in the name of spite.

    Friday, November 2, 2012

    Notes to Self: One design to rule them all...

    I hate nail art. But if I had to paint my nails that way, I would definitely consider this.

    Link via Neatorama

    Thursday, November 1, 2012

    The rookie photographer's top 10 mistakes

    If you're new to photography, read this. Here are the top 10 mistakes by beginners when it comes to digital photography.

    Picture Correct also names 5 more mistakes by new photographers.

    Link via The Presurfer

    Mental Notes: Do be Cruella

    Sure, Halloween is over. That doesn't mean you can't dress up though.

    More via b for bel

    Notes to Self: Shoe Appreciation Day

    It's not too late to appreciate your shoes...In my case, my 12-year boot collection...

    via b for bel

    Coffee Break Poem: Winnowing

    Here we go, trying
    to separate
    the infinite possibilities of life
    from the limited circumstances
    we prefer.

    At the last breath
    none of us know
    whether it was
    the chaff
    or the grain
    that flew off in the wind.

    by Simon Ó Faoláin
    from Anam Mhadra
    publisher: Coiscéim, Dublin, 2008

    via 3quarksdaily

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012

    Still waiting for A Whole Lotta Love

    I can't decide whether I like this mash-up or not. Maybe you'll be more decisive...

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    Mental Notes: View to a Bond

    Mirror mirror on the wall
    Who is the best James Bond of all?

    via The Economist

    Coffee Break Poem: Land

    his approach
    to love he said
    was that of a farmer

    most love like
    hunters and like
    hunters most kill
    what they desire

    he tills
    soil through toes
    nose in the wet
    earth he waits
    prays to the gods
    and slowly harvests
    ever thankful

    by Suheir Hammad
    from ZaatarDiva
    Rattapallax Press, 2006

    Monday, October 1, 2012

    Mental Notes: Zidane's head butt tribute

    Because such a momentous event in sports history should never be forgotten...

    You can check out Frenchman Zinedine Zidane's statue in Paris.

    Link via Neatorama

    Friday, September 28, 2012

    Notes to Self: Psychology of Color

    I once read a book that dealt with this topic. Here's the gist in one go.

    Link via The Presurfer

    Friday, August 24, 2012

    Coffee Break: So Audrey...

    You know what else is "so Audrey"? Apparently, Disney's Belle from "Beauty and the Beast" was inspired by Audrey Hepburn. So was her gown. From where you ask? Look up "Roman Holiday". I knew there was a reason I liked her the most...
    Link via b for bel

    Saturday, August 18, 2012

    Black Cat Day

    August 16 is Elvis Presley's death anniversary. The 17th is Black Cat Appreciation Day. Meow...

    Sunday, August 12, 2012

    Notes to Self: Batman Wedding

    If I were to redo my wedding, it would be like this...Yeah, I'm that sort of geek...

    Link via b for bel

    Thursday, August 2, 2012

    Mental Notes: Jimmy's back...

    Cold Chisel apparently released their new album "No Plans" in April. Sometimes hard to believe but Jimmy Barnes can rock it better than the young ones.

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    Nightcap: Cookie Coffee Cup

    Sip the coffee, then eat the cup. This was designed for Lavazza coffee, but heck, we could all learn a thing or two.

    Link via Neatorama

    Coffee Break: Sgt. Pepper mill

    Please, can I have this one? I can put it in the kitchen with my Glass Onion chopper.

    The Sergeant Pepper Mill via Foodiggity

    Cocktail Links: Fashion tips in pictures

    How to:

    - turn a scarf into a skirt:

    - tuck non-skinny jeans into tall boots:

    -tie a scarf in 40 ways:

    More awesome stuff from b for bel

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

    Monday, July 23, 2012

    Cocktail Links: Graphic blogs

    Here are a few blogs by illustrators that  you'll appreciate. Now for some wasabi peanuts...(It's better than peas, methinks)

    1. Seo Kim and those Wasabi  Peas

    2. Drawn

    3. Pingzoo

    4. Dan Meth

    5. Tabletmonkey by Cory Loftis

    6. Twaggies

    Mental Notes: Twitter-paths?

    A new study shows it is possible to identify psychopaths among us by their Tweets. According to the research, which involved 2,900 volunteers, certain Tweeting styles raise alarm bells for psychopaths, with surprisingly accurate results.

    Angry Tweeters, Tweeters who use words like "hate", curse words and even expressions like "blah" and "um"would be red-flagged, but would they really be psychopaths?

    "People’s nasty traits have a way of revealing themselves on social networks: in writing. Or rather in how they write. That means an analysis of how someone tweets could reveal whether he or she is narcissistic, Machiavellian, or psychopathic."
    More on the research, click on the link.

    Link via Neatorama

    Coffee Break: Bacon rock

    Someone found a bacon rock frying under the sun in Nevada. Maybe he'll find the eggs too, given enough time.

    via Neatorama

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

    Coffee Break: Inspired outfits

    For more social media-inspired outfits, click here

    For more cartoon-inspired outfits, click here

    More cartoon-inspired outfits here

    For Disney-inspired outfits, click here

    Even more cartoon outfits here

    Banana chair and folding guitar

    Would it be a-peal-ling to sit on a banana chair and play the folding guitar...


    via Technabub

    Monday, June 25, 2012

    Coffee Break: Photo Editors

    An awesome entry from Shit Photojournalists Like that is worth a read if you're a photojounalist (duh) or in the media business (print or web). All hail every newsroom's silent here, the Photo Editor. They dare rescue us from the danger of crappy Instagram photos, and then some...

    "There is a mystical land just beyond the copy desk, hidden away and kept secret. It is said that great sorcerers work there, day in and day out. All who enter their domain fear them. They are the photo editors, and you shall bow before their power."

    Read the full entry here.

    Mental Notes: Awwwkward...

    From You Are Not a Photographer -- ahh, the horrors of fauxtography. I beg of the person who took this poor woman's pic -- please, don't. Stick to your day job.

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

    Mental Notes: For the hate of Tom Cruise

    More from Twaggies

    Notes to self: Advice

    Never trust a:

    - Politician
    - Lawyer
    - Salesman

    ... not necessarily in any order.

    Sunday, June 10, 2012

    Coffee Break: Seeing double

    No, it 's not a mutation. it's just an earring.

    Link via Neatorama

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    Tuesday, May 22, 2012

    Mental Notes: Worst meatball sandwich

    There's no such thing as bad publicity.

    Link via Neatorama

    Monday, May 21, 2012

    Friday, May 18, 2012

    Mental Notes: For the Supergeeks

    This and other items from the Neatoshop (Just in case you haven't heard of Neatorama at this freakin' day and age)

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

    Writer's Block: Psychopath

    Can you call a child a psychopath? No one wants to label a child a psychopath, but a psychological study on a young boy shows this abnormality in the brain can be seen in a person's behavior as early as pre-school.

    One day last summer, Anne and her husband, Miguel, took their 9-year-old son, Michael, to a Florida elementary school for the first day of what the family chose to call “summer camp.” For years, Anne and Miguel have struggled to understand their eldest son, an elegant boy with high-planed cheeks, wide eyes and curly light brown hair, whose periodic rages alternate with moments of chilly detachment. Michael’s eight-week program was, in reality, a highly structured psychological study — less summer camp than camp of last resort.

    Michael’s problems started, according to his mother, around age 3, shortly after his brother Allan was born. At the time, she said, Michael was mostly just acting “like a brat,” but his behavior soon escalated to throwing tantrums during which he would scream and shriek inconsolably. These weren’t ordinary toddler’s fits. “It wasn’t, ‘I’m tired’ or ‘I’m frustrated’ — the normal things kids do,” Anne remembered. “His behavior was really out there. And it would happen for hours and hours each day, no matter what we did.” For several years, Michael screamed every time his parents told him to put on his shoes or perform other ordinary tasks, like retrieving one of his toys from the living room. “Going somewhere, staying somewhere — anything would set him off,” Miguel said. These furies lasted well beyond toddlerhood. At 8, Michael would still fly into a rage when Anne or Miguel tried to get him ready for school, punching the wall and kicking holes in the door. Left unwatched, he would cut up his trousers with scissors or methodically pull his hair out. He would also vent his anger by slamming the toilet seat down again and again until it broke.

    More from The New York Times

    Monday, May 14, 2012

    Mental Notes: Wonder Woman shoes

    Wonder Woman shoes: yay or nay?
    Link via Neatorama

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

    Mental Notes: No sh*t, Sherlock

    Yes boys and girls, the Titanic was real. Please don't ask if Rose was a real survivor.

    Link via Neatorama

    Thursday, March 22, 2012

    Coffee Break: Wrong email address

    A  Scottish couple decided to go to Spain to thaw out during a particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier.

    Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. So, the husband left Glasgow and flew to  Barcelona  on Thursday, with his wife flying down the following day. The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an email to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her email address, and without realizing his error, sent the email.

    Meanwhile, somewhere in Blackpool , a widow had just returned home from her husband's funeral. He was a minister who died following a heart attack.

    The widow decided to check her email expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she screamed and fainted.

    The widow's son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:
    To: My Loving Wife
    Subject: I've Arrived
    Date: October 16, 2008

    I know you're surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send emails to your loved ones.

    I've just arrived and have been checked in. I see that
    Everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow.

    Looking forward to seeing you then! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.
    P.S. F***ing hot down here!