Earlier this month, my friend Jen gifted me a beautiful 30min hourglass. It’s a beauty just to look at, but also oh-so-helpful for someone like me who would like to improve focus. I admit, I get easily distracted by the world around me and the always tempting internet.
I now use the hourglass to implement the idea of the Pomodoro Technique. It works! (It’s hard though!)
This sweeper and funnel is a beauty. And yes, it’s crazy to spend $70 on something trivial like this, but it would sure make me happy every time I used it.
I don’t own a TV, I watch shows on Netflix or Amazon Prime. I asked my Twitter followers what show I should watch next. OMG! So many answers! Thanks to everyone that responded. I went with Transparent and ‘devoured’ the first three shows right away.
I love the internet so much.
Stunning macro snowflake photographs by Buffalo based photographer Douglas Levere. (You can buy them as a print!)
Houshi Ryokan hotel is the oldest family-run business that is still operating in the world. Really enjoyed this mini documentary on the 1300 year old business, by Fritz Schuman.
A year ago, when traveling through Japan, I stayed at the Hiiragiya Ryokan in Kyoto. Definitely my most memorable hotel experience to date.
How stunning are these mushrooms? Nature, never ceases to amaze.
Engineer Shaan Hurley created AutoCAD drawings of more than 70 different cocktail recipes. This is so wonderfully nerdy. Great find, FastCo.
Hunger Crunch is a FREE online game that fights world hunger. All proceeds go to help feed orphaned children around the world.
Play the game online or download it from the App Store!
What color is it? A simple website that showcases time in hex color values. So simple. So smart. Love it. #nerdy
Traffic light that lets you play Pong with person on the other side officially installed in Germany. What’s not to love?
MOO *just* introduced MOO Letterpress. They’re bringing letterpress printed business cards to the masses, for an incredibly affordable price. MOO, you keep impressing me.
Love the design and message of this UGMONK shirt: Minimize. I might call that the theme of 2015.
I didn’t realize it was *this* easy to download a YouTube video.
With help from a Chladni Plate, vibrating liquid on a speaker dish, a hose pipe optical trick, ferrofluid, a Ruben’s Tube, and a Telsa Coil, New Zealand musician Nigel Stanford showcases audio frequency visualizations in his music video for Cymatics. Stunning.
(via The Kid Should See This)
My studiomate Mans just launched the OTO Taco Truck. (You might have seen the Icecream truck from last year) I don’t know about you, but my son’s head will explode when he gets this for the holidays. Goes perfectly with his favorite book Dragons Love Tacos.
PS: Use SWISSMISS at checkout and get 10% off.
For all my fellow parents: Brush Brush Brush by “Of Montreal”, animated by Kangaroo Alliance for the season 2 “Teeth” episode of Yo Gabba Gabba.
I would totally love playing with this oversized version of Bananagrams.
Photography that made me look by Jean Baptiste Courtier, titled ‘Escrime’ (‘Fencing’). Excellent find via IGNANT.
This site lets you turn your smartphone into a virtual reality device.
(via Curious About)
My team surprised me with these DIY Tattly Holiday ornaments. I squealed! Nic wrote a step-by-step guide on how to make them! This makes me so happy! (Reminds me of the eggs I decorated a while back)
Next year we’re moving our co-working space to Boerum Hill (I’ll announce details soon) and I am considering using the The Floyd Utility Set as a table system for the lounge area. They turn any flat surface into a table. Supercool!
SVA Product of Design Student Eden Lew created Nutshell, aimed at reducing stress and providing a kind of respite from urban life. It’s a pod-inspired platform for productive break-taking.
I’d use it. Read more.