MRI Opera Singing

Watch German baritone Michael Volle sing the Wagner aria “Song to the Evening Star” from Tannhäuser while undergoing a MRI scan.

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What Would Happen?

Creative Process

Creative Process

Don’t we all know what this feels like? Creative Process by Christoph Niemann.

Dear mom,

“…Because I know that somewhere, out there, there is a mom who feels guilty every time she goes to “work” (whether it’s a job, a business, a personal creative project, or any vocation that feels meaningful to her). Somewhere, I know there’s a mom who feels guilty about writing her novel, running her blog, or pursuing her dream job, because she feels like throwing herself into that type of endeavor might “steal” time away from her kids and her family. Because it might make her a “bad mom.”…”

A letter to my mom, by Alexandra Franzen.

Friday Link Pack

Check out Lucy Engelmann’s portfolio.

Where does confidence come from?

– Recommended reading: America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny, by Andrew Sullivan

– Cheese Lovers, listen up, according to this study eating cheese is good for your heart.

– Love this: Doodl Club is a coloring book club for creative kids. Members receive an artist-made, zine-format, 24 page coloring book monthly.

– The person behind this Tumblr is turning temptation of eating something into a blog action item: I didn’t eat this. Smart!

– Loving these minimal notebooks and postcards.

– The Eurovision Song Contest was always such a (cheesy) big deal growing up. It’s coming to the US!(via)

– Need some design inspiration? Top 75 Design Blogs and their Best Articles

Cindy Gallop’s CreativeMorning talk is now available as a podcast. It went live this morning.

– Interesting: Radiohead and Thom Yorke have erased themselves from the internet

– For more than a century, all New York City leases expired and started on the same day of the year, May 1.

Time-Lapse of Northern Lights in Alaska

– Have some die hard Pizza Lovers in your life? Show them this pizza jumpsuit and bedding. I mean…OMG!

– “.. working mothers are viewed as more distracted and less productive, while working fathers are viewed as more stable because they have kids to support.” This Is Exactly How Hard It Is For Mom Entrepreneurs

– Peas are totally underrated. Here are three recipes that make my mouth water.

– This is a soccer match I would actually watch

– Need a space in NYC or SF for a meeting, photo shoot, pop-up or a party? Check out Splacer.

– My heart is open 7 Days a week. Yours?

– I don’t know about you but I feel GREAT!

– FiveStars in San Fransisco is looking to hire a Senior Visual Designer and a Head of Design

Internet Argument Robot

European Starlings by Nic A. Miller

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Nic A. Miller just launched these stunning European Starlings. They are woodcut printed onto mulberry paper and individually hand-dusted with green iridescent pigment, then adhered onto 3/4″ thick plywood. The exact image is then scroll sawed out and sanded. Absolutely stunning. We have one of her large bears in our office, and everyone comments on it. What a talent!

You can buy a set of 7 starlings for $385. (It’s a limited edition of 100!)

Flossie Lewis on Growing Old

I’d like to meet 91 year old Flossie Lewis. Just because her body is starting to go doesn’t mean her personality or character should. Taking walks, watching politics and writing a little bit of light verse help keep Lewis as optimistic now as she was at 15. Lewis gives her brief but spectacular take on growing old with grace.

Working Mom

Even as the Western world has moved further towards gender equality, studies show that working women in two-income households still take on a disproportionate amount of the parenting chores. Working Mom traces two mornings and one evening in the life of one such woman, Gill, as she cares for her two young boys. Chronicling Gill from the first waking minutes of her day to the last, the Canadian director Daniel Wilner shows in the most intimate way what a mother’s work at home really is – an endless fugue of exhaustion and magic.

(via Bas)

Empowered by MailChimp: Tattly

A few weeks ago I got a call from my friend Mark at MailChimp in which he asked: “What would you say if we made a commercial on Tattly for Viceland TV?” Needless to say, I nearly fell off my chair. Sure enough, a few weeks later, Vice and their huge crew showed up at Tattly HQ and filmed a day straight. And above is the end product, which you can also see here. How cool is MailChimp? For a small bootstrapped company like Tattly, generous PR gestures like this one are a big deal.

MailChimp was part of Tattly from the very beginning. In fact, when I started the project, almost five years ago, I ran out of money and didn’t have the funds to print the first batch of tattoos. Rusty who helped me at the time had the idea to add a sponsored bonus Tattly in every order. We pitched the idea to MailChimp and they said yes, which allowed us to get production going. Interesting fact: MailChimp knows the pain of being a bootstrapped company. They are still, years later, privately held, which I think you can sense when you pay a bit of attention. They are and have been generously supporting creative projects around the world. (I myself fall into this category also with CreativeMornings. MailChimp was our first global partner) I consider them a “angel investor of the creative world” not just with Tattly but with many other conferences, magazines, experimental-creative-you-name-it-proejcts. Their generous support is making a real difference.

Thank you MailChimp. Tattly (and the rest of the creative world) loves and appreciates you.


In this same series, Vice and MailChimp also made one on FLO+THEO, Jane’s Motorcycles and Heatonist. You can see them all here.

Ask Yourself…

“Ask yourself if you would do it if nobody would ever see it, you would never be compensated for it and nobody wanted it.”
– Ernst Haas

(via Oliver Jeffers)

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Change of Plans

Change of plans

This poster needs to hang in every startup: Change of plans all the time. LOVE IT!

(via coolhunting)

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Untitled

Feeling this T-Shirt. I feel Untitled these days.

How to Light a Match With a Rubber Band and Another Match

Mr. Gear demonstrates a technique for lighting a match using a rubber band and another match.

Nose Bandana

Nose Bandana

This quirky Nose Bandana made me think of my dad who was known for alway carrying a real fabric handkerchief in his pocket. Made me smile.

DIY Cloud Light

DIY CLoud Light

Making this DIY Cloud light takes about an hour and costs only $10. Super adorable!

Dyson Blow Dryer

Now look at that! Dyson has come out with a hair dryer. Looks fancy. My friend Sally put it right: If it sucks or blows, you know Dyson’s redesigning it. You can get one by dropping $400! Uhm. Yeah.

Zero Talent Required

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So good: 10 things that require no talent or luck.

(via Jocelyn)

Elephant Tantrums

Elephant Tantrums

Who knew baby elephants have temper tantrums too? Reminds me of when my son had his silent epic meltdowns and I documented them over in itshardbeingtwo.com.

(thanks C.A. Vulliamy)

Life While-You-Wait

Amanda Palmer reads Polish Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska’s poem “Life While-You-Wait”.

(via Brain Pickings)

Know Yourself Prompt Cards

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These Know Yourself Cards by The School of Life are going to help you understand who you really are: what you want, how you feel and why you react as you do. A lack of self-knowledge can be trouble, for it makes us get into the wrong relationships, pick unsatisfactory jobs or spend money unwisely. As Socrates said: ‘Know Yourself’.

How to Wrap Cheese

Cheese Storage Paper

While visiting my friend in Charlottesville last week I noticed her wrapping her cheese in this super design-y Cheese Storage Paper by Formaticum. The two-ply paper allows cheese to breathe while maintaining optimal humidity preventing the cheese from drying out. Love that they include a video on how to perfectly wrap your cheese on their product page:

Respect your cheese!