September 26, 2015

Free your Shutterfly photos! 40% off!

For years I've wanted to download my original photos from Shutterfly, but they made it nearly impossible. At first you couldn't actually get your photos back at full resolution at all. In the last few years, I found that I could download my library, but I'd have to do it photo by photo, or I'd have to pay beaucoup bucks to have them send me a DVD. Both made me super huffy, so I did neither.

But today I discovered they're having a 40% off sale. Yay! In just a few minutes, I selected all my photos and ordered a CD of 2500+ photos at their original resolution for $8.50. I'm so psyched.

Use SHARE40 in the shopping cart for your discount. Sale ends 9/29, so scoot! Get over there!

Shutterfly | Archive Photo DVD and Digital Picture DVD

September 25, 2015

NASA | Supermoon Lunar Eclipse (It's this weekend!)

I can't wait to see this on Sunday night.

NASA | Supermoon Lunar Eclipse - YouTube

The U.N.'s 17 New Goals To Build A Better World

I had no idea the U.N. had such an ambitious agenda for the next 15 years. Boosting the signal on this because more people should know. And it's a lovely infographic.
At the United Nations General Assembly this weekend in New York, U.N. member states are set to adopt the new Sustainable Development Goals. The goals are meant to guide development priorities around the globe over the next 15 years.

U.N. Dreams Big: 17 Huge New Goals To Build A Better World : Goats and Soda : NPR

September 03, 2015

Tough Guys Have Feelings Too: Keith Negley

I was very excited to see an announement on Facebook yesterday about this new picture book by Keith Negley, an old colleague of mine. He's a great guy and ridiculously brilliant illustrator, so I'm sure this new book is going to be amazing. It's out in October – Amazon can notify you via email when it's out.

Tough Guys Have Feelings Too by Keith Negley
Photo: Flying Eye Books
Photo: Flying Eye Books
Photo: Flying Eye Books
A boldly illustrated picture book read-aloud about how everyone gets sad—ninjas, wrestlers, knights, superheroes, everyone . . . even daddies have emotions! 
Did you know wrestlers have feelings? And knights. Even superheroes and ninjas feel sad sometimes. In fact everyone has feelings—especially dads who love their children! 
Children will love recognizing their feelings in Keith Negley's bold illustrations which accompany a fun-to-read-aloud narrative.

Tough Guys Have Feelings Too: Keith Negley

Check out Keith's other work at his website or his wonderful tumblr, Part man/Part negative space.

Inkless Polaroid.

Want. Wantwantwantwantwant. That is all.

Called the Polaroid Plus, the new camera will use Zero Ink Technology developed by the tech company ZINK. The special paper has cyan, magenta, and yellow ink dye crystals embedded inside it, and the camera's job is to activate the colored dye in the appropriate places. Afterward, the camera can spit out a 2- by 3-inch picture to show your friends. Since it's a digital camera, the Polaroid Plus can also save the picture on a memory card of up to 32GB. That way you can download the pictures later if you want to have them printed out a little bigger.
Polaroid Introduces a New Camera That Takes Instant Inkless Pictures | Mental Floss

August 24, 2015

Paintings in movies.

I was watching the film Side Effects on Netflix a few days ago and thought, "That painting behind Jude Law is amazing. I wonder who the artist is?"

Well, thank you, Internet. There's a site for that.

Painting: Summer Haze by Lisa Breslow

August 14, 2015

Miss Pickle. "This dog really likes art."

One of my favorite things on Instagram these days.

Miss Pickle (@picklebeholding) • Instagram

The Killer Whale Submarine.


p.s. If you don't watch the video, your life will be poorer for it.

The Killer Whale Submarine - Hammacher Schlemmer

(via the kind of finding all the weird things on the internet, Ryan at Northern Ground)

July 02, 2015

PieGram - send someone a pie.

Need a perfect, unique gift? Look no further than PieGram. I had no idea this existed, much less that it's a fine local business from Milwaukee.

PieGrams are made with love in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at Honeypie Cafe.  We make our mini pies in small batches, by hand with locally and regionally sourced ingredients. PieGrams are shipped out on Mondays and Wednesdays via the United States Postal Service Two-Day Priority mail.  We can ship anywhere in the continental U.S. PieGrams can also be purchased in person at our store in Milwaukee if you need one right away. 
Orders include cute cards by Milwaukee artists:

Check the PieGram site for full details.

I read last night (in an article I don't have time to find) that to make sure the pies are destroyed in the mail, they made pies, put them in the trunk of their car and drove around for a few days. Midwest quality assurance rules.

SHOP — PieGram

June 24, 2015

23 New Words for Emotions That We All Feel, But Can't Explain

This is SO good.
Graphic designer John Koenig has sought for years to fill holes in language that describe the emotions that we all feel, but fail to communicate.
A few examples:

(n) The realization that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own

(n) The ambiguous intensity of Looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable

(n) The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place.

(n) The bittersweetness of having arrived in the future, seeing how things turn out, but not being able to tell your past self.

(n) The strange wistfulness of used bookshops.

(n) The unsettling awareness of your own heartbeat. (Tina! I IMMEDIATELY thought of Radiolab.)

June 23, 2015

INFOGRAPHIC: Why are my plants turning yellow?

I love a useful infographic. This one is lovely to boot.  (Click over to Inhabitat for the whole long infographic.)

Inhabitat: Why are my plants turning yellow?

A Robotic Dog’s Mortality - The New York Times

A poignant little video about what happens when humans bond with tiny robots, and what happens when the related technology becomes obsolete. (Be sure to watch the hi def video on the NYT site. Lovely.)

A Robotic Dog’s Mortality - The New York Times

(Thanks, VonHerwig!)

google sheep view

Just what it says on the tin - an artist and an archivist are teaming up to find all the sheep on Google Street View. So random it made me laugh.

google sheep view

(via Atlas Obscura's newsletter)

June 19, 2015

Google's New Project Is So Insanely Advanced It Will Blow You Away.

We live in a very exciting time in terms of human-computer interaction. Gestural functionality is not new, but seeing it in practice is amazing. Thinking about the implications of it on security, music, art, communication... it's absolutely mind boggling. If you have a few minutes, watch the video. It's amazing.

This chip is actually a miniature gesture radar that captures even the most complex hand movements at close range, at unbelievably hyper speeds and replicates hand gestures. Given the micro size of the chip, it can almost be fitted into literally anything. This technology, if the project is successful, can make the need to touch a device to operate it redundant.
Super sensitive radar technology.
Knob gesture. 
Button gesture.

Teeny tiny. 

Googles New Project Is So Insanely Advanced It Will Blow You Away:

2 Kinds of People

I love this. It's smart and funny and appeals to my User Experience side.

2 Kinds of People

June 17, 2015

Dyslexia by Daniel Britton.

A beautiful and effective way to create empathy – by removing 40% of each character, Britton reduces the reading time of a non-dyslexic to the speed of a dyslexic.
I wanted to make non-Dyslexic people understand what it is like to read with the condition and to recreate the frustration and embarrassment of reading everyday text, and then in turn to create a better understanding of the condition.

Daniel Britton | Dyslexia
(via IFLScience)

June 16, 2015

Celebrity Gene.

Everything about this disturbs me and/or freaks me out. I'm hoping it's a spoof, but I fear it's not.
Buying a limited edition product that has the DNA of a famous person
alive or dead is the ultimate in celebrity memorabilia and provides an
undeniable personal connection to that individual. It not only helps
raise money and awareness for the celebrity’s cause, it also brings
attention to how important DNA is to everyone.

Celebrity Gene | About Celebrity Gene

June 03, 2015

HiFi Amplified Speaker Console.

I don't know anyone that could afford $4000 for this, but it is a beauty.

HiFi Amplified Speaker Console - TRNK

The Angelica Doll: A natural hair doll for young girls by Angelica Sweeting — Kickstarter

I am a grown woman, and I bought a doll. My favorite part? Feature #3 below. Yay, Angelica!

From the founder, Angelica Sweeting: 
Like most young girls with kinky/curly hair, my daughter Sophia was not happy with her kinks and curls because of the doll I was putting in her hands every day. Sophia wanted long straight hair, and she even started expressing a strong dislike for her facial features and skin tone. With the help of my daughters, we created “The Angelica Doll” — the first natural hair 18-inch doll for young girls.
  1. Style and wash the doll’s kinky/curly hair just as natural hair.  YES! My daughters and I tested the hair for eight months! We twisted, bantu knotted, combed, brushed, blew out, curl wanded and re-washed the hair. We did this over and over to ensure this doll would be able to withstand a young girls curiosity about taking care of and having fun with kinky/curly hair! No more tangled doll hair!
  2. Facial features true to women of color!  Say goodbye to spray-painted brown Barbie dolls! The Angelica Doll has the face of a beautiful brown girl including a full nose, fuller lips, beautiful check bones, and brown eyes!
  3. Exposure to new paths and careers.  Let’s not just tell the next generation of women that they can do anything. LET’S SHOW THEM! The Angelica Doll and future dolls will have new and interesting careers that will expose young girls to what is happening in the world now and the many possibilities they have in the future. The Angelica Doll is a courageous, bold entrepreneur full of self belief, natural beauty, and perseverance. For future dolls we will introduce careers such as engineering, journalism, software development, public relations, etc.

The Angelica Doll: A natural hair doll for young girls by Angelica Sweeting — Kickstarter

June 02, 2015

tempescope - ambient weather display for your home

How cool is this? Completely unnecessary, but SO cool.

The tempescope is an ambient physical display that visualizes various weather conditions like rain, clouds, and lightning. By receiving weather forecasts from the internet, it can reproduce tomorrow's sky in your living room.

(via bored panda)

June 01, 2015

The brown ballerina exists. Why we need to lift her up.

Everything about this post is wonderful. But the photography stopped me in my tracks. It's been a long time since the photography in a blog post took my breath away.

Jenelle Figgins tucks her hair into a tight twist for a day of rehearsals.
Jenelle Figgins practices an upcoming performance that includes three male dancers. 

Today, the ballet world still has a race issue. Brown ballerinas are almost invisible, rarely in the spotlight. Pools of talent are left untouched, as major dance companies glide over people of color in favor of white dancers. Dancers of color don't often get coveted principal or soloist roles, and browsing through the corps de ballet roster of renowned institutions like the American Ballet Theatre and the New York City Ballet shows that diverse swans are in short supply.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Performers, Sept. 24, 1998

Arthur Mitchell stands in the middle of dancers in the Dance Theater of Harlem in 1973.
Mashable: The brown ballerina exists. Why we need to lift her up