How To Make The Perfect French Omelette

Making an omelette the Julia Child’s way. 1960s!

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What is Alibaba?

What is Alibaba? It is China’s — and by some measures, the world’s — biggest online commerce company.

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Relics of Technology

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Relics of Technology by Jim Golden

We have come a long way

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We have come a long way. This is what a Go-Pro looked like in 1960s. Made me chuckle.

Native New Yorker

I am so totally not a Native New Yorker. But I sure do call New York my home, so this song from 1977 made me smile. Native New Yorker is a song written by Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell and was a 1977 hit single for the dance band Odyssey.

Happy At Studiomates

After discovering Happy In NYC a few days ago I kept telling my studiomate Kevin he should dance through Studiomates, our co-working space. Today is Kevin’s birthday and Bas (of Like Knows Like) made it happen. You should see the smile on my face. I was holding the stereo as we walked through our spaces, and I am making a quick cameo at the end.

HAPPY!

Happy birthday Kevin! You’re the best!

Pencil Stylus

The folks behind the wonderful Paper app just launched their very own stylus called Pencil. Looks stunning!

No Ordinary Passenger

In this charming short film, Stan Dibben, a winner of the World Sidecar Championship in 1953, recounts the thrills and perils of his profession.

Learn Cut-Out Animation With Terry Gilliam

A TV segment from 1974 with Terry Gilliam explaining the making of his unique stop-motion Monty Python animations. Refreshing to see how far animation has come.

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Heavy Load

Heavy Load

I saw this image and thought: That woman is me. That big giant ball of hay, my inbox.

[thinks]

Shuts down computer and goes to bed. Good night.

Vintage Paper Coin Wrapper

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Mrs. Easton posted a beautiful collection of vintage paper coin wrappers she found at her mom’s house. Filed under finding beauty in the mundane.

Apollo Space Suits

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Wow! Astronauts Irwin and Bull modeling the Apollo IVA (Intravehicular Activity) and (EVA) Extravehicular Activity spacesuits. I am grateful I have no dress code at the office.

Apollo 1 Astronauts

Apollo 1 Astronauts Working by the Pool

This print of Apollo 1 Astronauts Working by the Pool made me smile. It shows them practicing water egress procedures in a swimming pool at Ellington Air Force Base (EAFB), Houston, Texas. Astronaut Edward H. White II rides life raft in the foreground. Astronaut Roger B. Chaffee sits in hatch of the boilerplate model of the spacecraft. Astronaut Virgil I. Grissom, third member of the crew, waits inside the spacecraft. June, 1966.

I totally want one of these prints for our studio! Available over on PrintCollection.

MaCool

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This cooler designed to look like a vintage Mac computer circa 1984 made me laugh.

Muhammad Ali: The Original Moonwalk

Marshall Anniversary Speaker

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I know nothing about audio equipment, so I have no idea if this Marshall Hanwell 50th Anniversary Speaker is any good, but I can say with confidence, it is a thing of beauty.

Dymaxion House (1946)

Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion House is all kinds of fascinating, especially the conveyer belt linen closet!

Vintage Billiard Balls

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I find these vintage billiard balls oddly charming.

A Brief History of 7 Baby Basics

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This, ladies and gentlemen, is a vintage carseat. I admit, it made me laugh. As a parent of two, and having researched a lot of baby gear, I enjoyed this post over on Mental Floss titled: A Brief History of 7 Baby Basics.

Geometry Stamp Set

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This German Vintage Rubber Stamp Set from the 70s is full of wooden stamps, each one being a geometric shape and painted in a solid colour. #wishlisted

Barrel Woman

Annie Edson Taylor (1838–1921) was an American adventurer who, on her 63rd birthday became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The desire to secure her later years financially, and avoid the poorhouse, made her came up with the idea. The trip itself took less than twenty minutes. Afterwards she told the press: “If it was with my dying breath, I would caution anyone against attempting the feat… I would sooner walk up to the mouth of a cannon, knowing it was going to blow me to pieces than make another trip over the Fall.”

I am speechless. What a crazily courageous woman.

Update: She was mentioned in this Radiolab series.

Space Suit Design in 1977

Hubert Vykukal demonstrates the mobility of his Hardsuit AX-3 Space Suit design. All kinds of fascinating!

Famous Architects Dressed as their Buildings

Famous Architects Dressed as their Buildings in 1931. I heart this.

New York Transit Museum

I just discovered this Transit Museum Feature over on the new Barclay Center site. Love that they are celebrating all things Brooklyn with this growing series.

The New York Transit Museum is my son’s favorite place in Brooklyn. Lucky us, it’s just down the street from our apartment. The museum is in an actual subway stop and allows you to go back in time in subway history. It’s totally worth a visit, not just for kids. I give it two swissmiss thumbs up!