Calder on Fan Mail

“My fan mail is enormous – everybody is under six.”
– Alexander Calder

From the book Art is the highest form of hope

Charlie The Diver

My friend Erik Proulx captured 74-year-old Austin resident Charlie doing some incredible flips of a diving board. Apparently he does so every Sunday 5pm, like clock-work. Yes to routines, and yes to growing old gracefully and full of life.

♥ / Envato Elements

Big thanks to Envato Elements for sponsoring my blog and RSS feed this week.

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Backed by Action

“Be a practical dreamer, backed by action.”
– Bruce Lee

Old Master Tattly

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Did you know Tattly partnered with the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C and helped them turn elements of old master paintings into temporary tattoos? So stunning!

Tesla’s Solar Tiles

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Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk doesn’t stop. Check out these glass tiles with solar energy gathering powers he just introduced. Say goodbye to awkward solar power panels and say hello to Tesla’s Tuscan Glass Tiles.

Scream Room

This made me chuckle: Egyptian bookstore’s ‘Scream Room’ lets customers yell all they want. I bet this would be really popular in the US right now…

Traditional Rugs Recreated with Technological Glitches

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This is the first time I would consider a traditional rug in my home! Baku-based artist Faig Ahmed combines the beauty of traditional Azerbaijani rugs with technological glitches in his on-going series of contemporary carpets.

Friday Link Pack

You Probably Don’t Need More Financial Advice, Just Make a Change (via my favorite newsletter)

What personality type are you? (I thought I was an ESFP but this test now says I am an ENFP.)

– Very excited to experience PopUp Magazine on November 7th in Brooklyn. I’ve heard numerous raving reviews.

The Original Emoji Set Has Been Added to The Museum of Modern Art’s Collection

– This is impressive: A Pringles Ring.

– One of the most vital ingredients to keep a relationship going is a capacity for humour.

100 Blocks a Day (via my favorite newsletter)

THIS! So retro. So wonderful.

– Estonian design company Kodasema’s square KODA home is assembled in seven hours and includes LED lights, solar panels and smart fixtures.

– How to have more engaging conversations in everyday life

– I want to fill our Christmas Tree with just these bacon ornaments. Obviously my kids will not be cool with this.

– Google Made a Major Change to Its Privacy Policy—Here’s How to Opt Out

– Big fan of School of Life and always lamented that they’re only in London. They now book Psychotherapy session via Skype.

Cute Thanksgiving onesie for the baby in the family!

– What a charming project: Brooklyn Bodega Cats.

– Did you see that team TeuxDeux launched a new iPhone app? It’s so good!

– My kids are going nuts over the Scented Candy Jewelry Tattly. (We developed the candy fragrance with NYC based fragrance house Agilex.) And, psst… we have added a whole bunch of awesome Tattly over in the Sales Section, they are 50% off.

♥ / Holiday Cards, mailed for you.

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Climb That Mountain

The fact is: sometimes you just have to do things for no other reason than to do them. Do them because you can. Because they exist. As George Mallory said when asked why he wanted to climb Mt. Everest: “Because it’s there.”

3 important life skills nobody ever taught you.

(via my favorite newsletter)

Take a Breath | Jason Santa Maria

A Brownstone for your Cat

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Brooklyn real estate is off the charts, unattainable for most. But here’s a “brownstone” most of us can afford: OTO Brooklyn House for cats. FUN!

Stop

“Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings, and emotions.”
– Will Smith

Starry Sky Envelope

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Send the galaxy in your next letter. Tiny holes are pierced into the Starry Sky Envelope, creating an astronomically accurate depiction of the heavenly bodies. Love this.

A Bit Shaky

“Are you feeling a bit shaken, maybe stirred, maybe fearful and doubtful and completely utterly, wildly terrified? Good. Keep going.”
– Victoria Erickson

Cat At Home Sticker

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Cat lovers, this is for you:

“Ever find yourself driving behind someone with one of those “Baby On Board” stickers on their car, thinking how nice it would be if you had a way to communicate a something equally impertinent back to them? Well, now you can! No baby in the car, but you do have a cat back at home.”

Vacationing Is Good For You

“Before you can go to the Bahamas for a week, don’t you first need to learn how to tolerate an entire elevator ride without checking your email?”

This Slate article explains why we need to take more vacation and offers examples of how some companies get more of their employees to do so. Definitely something you don’t need to teach the Swiss, but seems to be the case here in the US.


(via Josh Spector’s newsletter)

Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems

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This framed mini print by Pop Chart Lab made me chuckle. Also cool, Cormac McCarthy’s sentence diagram.

Dad Turns His 6-Year-Old Son’s Drawings Into Reality

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Coolest dad award goes to Dom’s dad who recreates his son’s drawings to make them look real. So good.

YES! New & Improved TeuxDeux iPhone App

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In 2010 I co-created a to-do app, called TeuxDeux, which instantly garnered a loyal following. Fun Fact: Fast Company called us the most beautiful to-do app within hours of launching!

TeuxDeux is based on the idea of creating a simple, almost paper-like, list-based to-do app. While it almost feels like a paper list, the to-dos you didn’t check off magically roll over to the next day.

I keep TeuxDeux as my landing page on my browser, which means every time I open a browser window at work I am being reminded what I should be doing. The web app is solid and is making us proud! And, now, we can say the same about the iPhone app!

Team TeuxDeux has been working on the new version of our iPhone app for the better part of this year. We designed, built, and tested it. Then we redesigned and updated it what seems like an infinity number of times.

If you’ve requested improvements to the existing app, odds are you’re going to be quite pleased with this update. We listened carefully and brought in most of your favorites, including:

– Markdown
– Recurring to-dos
– Voice-to-text
– Seamless autosync
– Calendar date picker
– Drag to-dos to tomorrow
– Custom colors
– Powerful to-do editing

And a few goodies you might not have thought of:

– Custom color picker
– Start your week on any day
– Flying cat
– Summary View
– Hide completed to-dos
– Thumb Nav

It’s important to us that TeuxDeux always stays simple and lovely. Not an easy balance to strike when adding new features, but we think you’ll instantly recognize the old TeuxDeux in the new, and you’ll love how much there is to discover.

Of course, the app is still free for our subscribers (sign up for a free 30-day trial). Upgrade on your phone or, if you’re new, find it in the App Store.

This app took a lot of time which we could not have afforded if not for you believers who have supported TeuxDeux over the years. Thanks for helping us get here. It wouldn’t mean anything without you.

Yay for staying organized and crossing things off!

(Big thank you to the team behind the rebuild and redesign: Josh, John, Cameron, Evan, Larry and Andreas!)

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comp is a redesign of the classic composition notebook––made for the 21st century.

Google Arts & Culture

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Holy smokes Google Arts & Culture is amazing. You can virtually explore museums. My head is exploding! I know what I am doing with my kids tonight!

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