The New York Times Crossword

Ready to conquer The New York Times Crossword? Here’s a sampling of 11 — hand-picked by Will Shortz — to get you started.

How To (Steam) Clean a Microwave

I will definitely give this steam cleaning of my microwave a try.

Syr

Syr, a crowdfunded restaurant in Utrecht, Netherlands that employs recently arrived Syrian and Afghan refugees, offering them a platform to share their cuisine, to earn money, to share their stories and to pursue educational programs. We need more of this!

The Creators Code

Squid Skin

This is is remarkably fascinating: Squid speak a unique, undeciphered language using their skin

“Hymn” by VeilHymn

Can’t stop listening to VeilHymn, a musical collaboration between Devonté Hynes and Bryndon Cook. Part of Mailchimp’s beautiful and slightly absurd campaign consisting of videos and mini websites. My other favorite is MailShrimp.

Jacques Cousteau on Atlantis and Cognac

Avocado Sticker

Where has this Avocado sticker been all my life?

How to Draw Perfect Circles Without a Compass

Need to draw a circle but you don’t have a compass? This video will help!

Fuzzy Clutch

I am weirdly intrigued by this colorful fuzzy clutch.

Beautiful Sweeper and Funnel

This is one beautiful sweeper and funnel. Also comes in white.

Let’s Share A Meal

This commercial made me tear up! And yes, we need to have more face-to-face connections! (Hence me starting CreativeMornings eight years ago!)

(via Lisa)

Forest of Numbers

This art piece, titled forest of numbers, by Emmanuelle Moureaux is stunning. If you’re in Tokyo, make sure to experience it at the National Art Center.

The Vintage Vogue Collection

It’s been a wonderfully exciting week for team Tattly: In honor of Vogue Magazine’s 125th Anniversary in 2017, Tattly has partnered with the magazine to create a limited edition collection. We spent hours going through their archives to find illustrations from the early 1920s, 1930s and 1940s that would make beautiful temporary tattoos. Have a look, we think they’re stunning.

Hammer Out a Geoboard

This DIY Geoboard project looks like so much fun. Definitely something I’d love to try with my kids.

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The Strange History of Fingernail Clipping

Nail-clipping history, it turns out, is surprisingly complicated. We might never find out who actually invented the ubiquitous modern nail clipper, but we do know that around 1875, patents for the modern nail clipper began to appear.

I am mostly fascinated by the fact that by the end of the 19th century, superstitions about how and when to trim fingernails were pretty common. People couldn’t cut their fingernails on weekends out of fear that it might lead to back luck.

Here’s a link to the full post The Long, Slightly Strange History Behind Fingernail Clipping by Ernie Smith.

The Queen of Shitty Robots

Robot queen Simone Giertz tours her mad laboratory. Adore her.

The Fashion Search Engine

Tagwalk is apparently the world’s first fashion search engine. According to this Fast Company article the site was created by a former Vogue assistant called Alexandra Van Houtte.

Valentine’s Day and the Romance of Cobwebs

These cobweb Valentine’s have me swoon.

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Sound

The sound effects in this FREITAG x Sennheiser commercial made me look and smile. Cool to see how it’s been done.

That Red Thing

A solid aluminum bar, painted a striking red-orange, and bearing the text “TO PLACE AMONG OTHER COLORS AND FORMS.” Made me look.

Data Selfie

A new Chrome extension reveals the unsettling amount of information Facebook might have on you.

Folding The World Record Plane

John Collins demonstrates how to fold his design for a long distance paper airplane for the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

More Heart

The world needs more empathy and more heart (pins).