How to Make Onsen Tamago

When I was in Japan a little over a year ago I fell in love with Onsen Tamago, a fancy version of a medium boiled egg. For some reason I just remembered how much I loved the and and searched on YouTube. Of course (!) there is a Tutorial on how to prepare them. I love the internets.

Hearing Color

A few months ago I was at JFK and noticed this gentleman in front of me, about to go through security. I noticed his strange head piece and thought it was a fashion accesorry. So happy to stumble upon this video over on Shoko’s blog shedding some light. His name is Neil Harbisson. He is a colorblind artist with a surgically-implanted antenna that allows him to hear color. Wow!

The Slinky Machine

This Slinky Machine just made my kids heads explode. FUN!

InFrame: Paul Pateman

Here’s the newest release of the mini documentary series InFrame made by Bas Berkhout in collaboration with Format. The subject is Paul Pateman, a London-based graphic artist with a quick wit and strong, simple aesthetic. Beautiful.

Also, check out Format’s new online publication called Format Magazine which launched today.

I’m Offended

The modern world, especially online, is full of people getting offended with one another. The School of Life dissects the problem.

Wow! Google Translate App

I could have made some serious use of Google’s Translate App when I traveled to Asia a little over a year ago. Impressive!

How New York City’s subway technologies are being modernized

This is an astounding behind-the-scenes video about the technologies running the NYC subway system. While I knew that the system is *old* I didn’t realize the infrastructure has never really updated and still is run with 1930 equipment.

(via The Kid Should See This)


Feelers is a slightly unsettling typographic experiment based on the movement of animal appendages.

(via But Does it Float)

Getting Past Status Anxiety

Writer Alain De Botton says that status anxiety is more pernicious and destructive than most of us can imagine, and recommends getting out of the game altogether.

The Same Song in 15 Places

This gentleman sings the same song in 15 different places experimenting with natural revert, early reflections and short delays. Beautiful.

(via one of my favorites, Open Culture)

Embroidered Animations

Embroidered Zoetrope from Elliot Schultz on Vimeo.

Zoetropes is a pre-film animation technique that relies on a rotating sequence of images or objects that’s photographed or displayed with a strobe light to create the illusion of motion. For his degree project at the ANU School of Art in Australia, digital artist Elliot Schultz devised his own method: the Embroidered Zoetrope.

The Case for the 32-Hour Workweek

This is inspiring. Respect to Ryan Carson.

STEWI Dry Rack


I chuckled when I hung our bed sheets to dry out in my sister’s backyard on a STEWI fold-up-dry-rack. They are *such* a Swiss household staple. But the thing that made me laugh and facepalm was when I discovered the product names on the STEWI site: they range from Lady to First Lady to Lady Compact. Oh, Switzerland….

An Unconventional NYC Friendship

Ricky Syers is an off-beat 50 year old street performer who found his calling as a puppeteer after a lifetime of manual labor. While performing in New York City’s Washington Square Park, he met Doris Diether, an 86 year old community activist. They became friends and he made a marionette that looks just like her. Now she’s joined his act and the two of them can often be seen performing together.

YES to living a creative life and human connection!

An Adventurer Explores the Art World

Norwegian explorer, lawyer, and writer Erling Kagge shared some insights on the international art market in his new book A Poor Collector’s Guide to Buying Great Art. Kagge’s practical yet entertaining step-by-step guide shows readers how to get started in collecting art and how to find pieces that they will enjoy for many years, as well as how to identify and avoid pitfalls and deceptive temptations.

Purpose Is the New Bottom Line

Watch Casey Gerald deliver a powerful speech inspiring all of us to give a damn. He received the first standing ovation in CreativeMornings/NYC history. Trust me, watching this is 20 minutes well spent.

John Waters’s RISD Commencement Address

John Waters gave a spectacular 2015 RISD graduation speech on creative rebellion and the artist’s task to cause constructive chaos. Find annotated highlights transcribed over on Brain Pickings.

Bike Desk

Bike Desk reminds us to get out there and ride, no matter how busy we are. #mademelaugh

(Thanks Scott)

The Life & Death of an iPhone

Paul Trillo shot and edited this film entirely on an iPhone using Vimeo’s Cameo app.

(via The Awesomer)

8 Lessons from Mister Rogers

I didn’t grow up with Mister Rogers, but his advice rings true even as a grown-up. Better late than never.

Exploding Plants

Slow-motion footage of “exploding plants” compiled by the Smithsonian Channel. Mind blown!

(via Laughing Squid)

Make your own LEGO Gummy Bricks

Grant Thompson shares a tutorial on how to make completely edible gummy LEGO bricks and figures using a mixture of corn syrup, Jello, and gelatin.

(via colossal)

Keynote Motion Graphic Experiment

Continuously amazed at what you can do with Keynote, Apple’s version of Powerpoint. The above motion animation by Linda Dong is fantastic! In her blogpost she shares some of the animation secrets.

(via Smashing Magazine)

How to be a predictable success

In this Do Lectures talk, Les McKeown describes the 7 stages every business goes through. Some stages you don’t want to be in. And some you want to stay in forever. This talk was just what I needed on this Monday morning.

Also highly recommend Les’ book titled Share your vision. Inspire others. Achieve the impossible.