SLIM Bookend

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This super minimal, slim bookend by Kenyon Yeh is getting my thumbs up.

Kio Stark: Why you should talk to strangers

So happy to see my friend Kio Stark‘s TED talk just having gone live. She speaks on the magic that happens when you talk to strangers. By doing so, you’re making beautiful interruptions into the expected narrative of your daily life — and theirs. Can’t wait to read her book on the topic.

Retro Japanese Boom Boxes

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Spoon and Tamago’s post on Retro Japanese Boom Boxes made me smile.

The Art of Embracing Damage

I appreciate the concept of the Japanese practice of Kintsugi, the art of embracing damage.

(via Oliver Jeffers)

KENZO Perfume Commercial

Now, this is a fragrance commercial that made me look. Thanks for breaking the mold, Spike Jonze.

Let Your Kids Design Their Own Clothing

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Over on Picture This kids can draw their own fabric patterns, send in the designs and receive a custom cut-and-sewn dress in the mail. So much fun!

How To Make Summer Rolls

I will give this Summer Rolls recipe a try with my kids. Looks so good, and most of all, fun to make.

Glittering Salt Crystal Dress

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This is what happens when you submerge a black gown for 2 months in the salt-rich waters of the Dead Sea. A beautiful project by Israeli artist Sigalit Landau.

Operators’ vs Visionaries’ Managerial Activities

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This table on Operators’ vs Visionaries’ Managerial Activities really made me think. It’s from a Canadian research paper on two kinds of entrepreneurs as leaders published in 1998 by Louis Jacques Filion, blogged by John Maeda.

Unusual Company Portraits

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Now this is a company portrait photoshoot I would have loved to watch. Images by Szymon Swietochowski.

(via Bumai)

Herbarium

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Beautiful photographs of herbs by Anne Hurter.

(via this isn’t happiness)

Mosquito Netting Socks

Mosquito Netting Socks

Would it be safe to suggest that we should file these Mosquito Netting Socks under ‘products the world doesn’t need’? They definitely made me laugh tough…

Michael Jackson’s Birthday

Today would be Michael Jackson’s 58th birthday, which reminded me of Man in The Mirror, one of my favorites, and a song more timely than ever.

I Wish I could Adopt This Sign:

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I hugely admire Steve Powers‘ for his art and especially love this Downtown Brooklyn sign. The parking garage it is attached to is making room for more downtown Brooklyn condos, so, someone please give this a new home…

A Stunning DIY Spiral Staircase

Ben Uyeda built a DIY spiral staircase using layered pieces of plywood cut with a CNC machine. This is absolutely stunning.

Blank Windows

Blank Windows

I just spent way too much time rearranging blank windows. Weirdly soothing.

(via Kottke)

Lesser Life

“do not choose the lesser life. do you hear me. do you hear me. choose the life that is. yours. the life that is seducing your lungs. that is dripping down your chin.”
― Nayyirah Waheed

Friday Link Pack

Experimental artist Petros Vrellis creates detailed portraits with a single thread

Falling for sleep: When wakefulness is seen as the main event, no wonder so many have trouble sleeping. Can we rekindle the joy of slumber? (via)

– “I believe editing is an essential skill that is often overlooked and under appreciated. The future belongs to the best editors.” – Jason Fried (via)

A field guide to black holes.

– Outch: Legroom on most major US airlines, compared in one GIF

Blackbox is a new shipping company from the creators of Cards Against Humanity.

Why does traffic jam for no reason at all?

– This made me laugh: Sleeping Baby Becomes The Master Of Cosplay During Her Bedtime

– I agree with Coudal, this Stubby Squid looks like a Pixar character brought to life.

– Inside the stunning new Oculus at the World Trade Center Transportation hub.

– This is great news: Pandora readies for on-demand streaming. I am a big fan of Pandora.

Photo retouching has been around before Photoshop.

– I want to hit so many of these outdoor installations.

Pattern is a simple, focused, drawing application for the iPad and iPad Pro. It focuses on simple design tools rather than fancy brushes and effects. (via)

– The new SOMA water bottle is pretty and are made from shatter-resistant borosilicate glass.

– My daughter loves Audiobooks, she will be psyched to know: As Far As Your Brain Is Concerned, Audiobooks Are Not ‘Cheating’

– Within the next four years, 40% of the U.S. workforce will be freelancers who are working for more than one company at any given time.

The Best of BESTA: Design Inspiration for IKEA’s Most Versatile Unit

These wool sneakers claim to be the ‘most comfortable in the world’

Saype drew a 10,000 square meter man in the mountains of Leysin, Switzerland

– Wow, now THAT’S a double rainbow.

The backstory of the massive lawsuit against Mother Jones.

– “Success is often a result of committing to the fundamentals over and over again.” How to Stick With Good Habits Every Day by Using the “Paper Clip Strategy” (via)

On the Internet nobody knows you’re a dog.

– YES! Currently experiencing just this: Your vacation will feel longer if you don’t plan it to death

Masdar City was planned as the world’s first carbon-neutral city, located in the desert of one of the world’s most oil-dependent nations, the United Arab Emirates. Located 11 miles south of Abu Dhabi, would be home to 50,000 residents and serve 40,000 commuters.

– Love the Stallion Tattly by Stina Persson.

Waving from the Swiss Alps

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I spent the past two days hiking in the Swiss Alps with my kids and our friends from London. I took the above photo right outside the mountain ‘hotel’ we stayed in, sleeping in a bunk. We grilled sausages on sticks and swam in the icy alpine lake. The beauty of Switzerland is absolutely breathtaking.

Why do we humans have such a hard time seeing and appreciating what’s right in front of us? Did I really have to move to NYC to now appreciate and see this beauty?

Cat Drawings

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If you’re into cats, you might like these cat drawings by Måns Swanberg.

I adopted a cat from the shelter exactly a year and I just recently realized that I have officially become a cat person. Words I never thought I’d say.

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Intricate Letters Hand-Cut from Paper

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How incredibly stunning is this hand-cut paper by Annie Vought?

Eternal Recurrence

“Eternal recurrence”: A sense of contentment with one’s life and an acceptance of it, such that one could live exactly the same life, in all its minute details, over and over for all eternity.

– Nietzsche

(via)

The Only Thing That Counts

“The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated.”
– Ted Hughes

Ted Hughes on the Universal Inner Child, in a Moving Letter to His Son