Looking and Actually Seeing

NYC’s Iconic Rubber Stamp Shop

John Casey is the owner of East Village mainstay Casey Rubber Stamps, a local landmark that has endured for almost two decades. The iconic stamp and ink shop, located on East 11th Street in downtown New York, is beloved by locals. For years, residents and tourists alike have swung by to buy and make their own novelty rubber stamps. Watch this short film from filmmakers Eric Maierson and Leandro Badalotti for a glimpse into Casey’s intricate stamp-making process.

Acorn Shaped Pencil Sharpener

How adorable is this Acorn Shaped Pencil Sharpener?

Colorful Dog Leash

Hello there, you hand-dyed, colorful dog leash. (I don’t even have a dog!)

New York Times Custom Front Page Puzzle

Did you know you can get a custom puzzle made with the New York Times Front Page of your choice (since 1851)? Such a fun gift for birthdays and anniversaries!

Tuxedo Stripe Bowtie Pasta

I want to cook a design-y looking meal with these.

Using Super Glue and Baking Soda to Repair a Plastic Switch Plunger

This video about using super glue and baking soda to fix broken plastic parts. When it cures it is rock hard. Fascinating.

(via Recomendo)

Wine Windows

Wine Windows, or buchette del vino, are little hatches which were originally used to sell surplus wine direct to Florence’s working class. These wine windows are unique to Florence and Tuscany, and were once a normal part of everyday life here. Now, several wine windows have re-opened for the first time in generations, and are being used to serve food and drinks in a socially distanced way. This makes me happy.

OAD Face Mask


Now that I am going into the office a bit more often, I had to find a mask that I don’t mind wearing all day. I tried a few different ones and have really come to like the feel of the OAD Face Mask. It fits snug and feels soft. Do you have a mask you love?

Update: A reader just reached out to me saying that these masks (poly/spandex blends) are apparently one of the least effective fabrics to protect you and others. Nooo.

Summer 2020 in NYC

You can now rent a “backyard” on the waterfront at Pier 17. The Seaport District rooftop has set up 28 mini lawns with cabana-style lounge chairs, umbrellas, Yeti Coolers, USB ports and more that you can reserve this summer. ⠀

This pretty much sums up the insane weird that is summer 2020 in NYC. I want to cry!

Ostrichpillow

The Ostrich Pillow from a few years back could come in really handy for those of us, stuck at home, wanting to get some peace and quiet.

Claymen

Clayheads, I love them.

Freitag Ahlgren

Forever in love with Swiss Freitag bags and their product videos. This is Ahlgren. Love the size and design. Not familiar with Freitag bags? They are made with super durable truck tarp, last *forever*, are waterproof and super sturdy. I have 4 of them and *love* them.

Destress By Screaming Into Icelandic Wilderness

This Web app lets you release any pandemic-pent up frustration in the form of a scream, then broadcasts it from speakers in the Icelandic wilderness.

Window Swap

Window Swap is so pure and lovely: Open a new window somewhere in the world.

(Thank you Johno)

Ten Easy Science Experiments For Kids at Home

(via The kid should see this)

Designer Cakes

These designer cakes by Tortik Annushka are breathtaking.

One of the co-founders is teaching cake making online classes. How fun!

Stay & Wander Photography

My friend Libby pointed me to this Instagram Account by Stay & Wander. I found myself scrolling for a very long time.

Ecocapsule

This futuristic looking mini home called Ecocapsule made me gasp. It’s a fully off-grid, smart, self-sustainable micro-unit, powered only by solar and wind energy. It allows you to stay in remote places out of reach of urban networks. It has room for one or two people usable as a cottage, pop-up hotel, caravan, mobile office, research station or anything you want it to be. You can read more here.

Heritage Bike Helmet

Hello there, pretty bike helmet.

Tattly Are Waterproof

Summer is here in NY and that’s a good time to remind everyone that Tattly are indeed waterproof. Go sleeve up, dive in, have some fun!

Analog: A Simple and Beautiful Productivity System

Analog is a simple and beautiful tool to help you prioritize and focus on your most important tasks.

I can’t help but feel like this is the PERFECT analog companion to my digital to do-app TeuxDeux.

Opera for Potted Plants

This is the world I want to believe in: Barcelona’s Liceu opera house reopens for performance to an audience of 2,292 potted plants. My heart!

My Life in Weeks

My life in weeks poster is a powerful visual reminder how short life is. Each box corresponds to one week in an average 88-year lifespan, and every filled-in box is one that you have already lived.