Thursday, November 13, 2008


This week's links to sample. Enjoy.

A Year of Mornings Book Giveaway
Ali of Hatch: The Design Public Blog sent along a nice little note about a great giveaway she's doing right now — three copies of the fab book compilation of the wonderful 3191 blog. All you have to do is leave a comment on the post at Hatch to have a chance to win.

And while we're on the subject, be sure to take a moment to have a look at what Stephanie and Mav of the 3191 blog are working on now: A Year of Evenings. Lovely work and a lovely idea.

New Pyramid Found
Some interesting archeological news — archaeologists in Egypt say they have discovered another pyramid in the sands at Saqqara, just south of the capital Cairo. Follow the link to see photos of the discovery.

The Return of the Root Cellar
Michael Tortorello of the New York Times reports that storing food like grandma used to do — freezing, drying, processing and canning — is becoming fashionable again, thanks to economic (saving one's pennies) and environmental (eating locally and/or organically) reasons. Makes me want to finally try making my great grandma's amazing pickled beets!

Mr Bowyer's Fantastic Machine
Giles Turnbull of the Morning News meets a man who has taught a machine to replicate itself. It's a simple machine right now, but its inventor, Adrian Bowyer, foresees a sci-fi future for us, " in which goods are manufactured in a kitchen cupboard while you sleep, one in which your RepRap is connected to the Web and has a menu of items for you to make — something a bit like the iTunes Music Store, perhaps."

What's in a Logo?
Gary Hustwit, the director of Helvetica - A Documentary Film, asked Build design studio for advice on what type to use for Objectified, a new documentary he was producing on product design. Here's the fun result. Via Artsmonitor.

Oolong, the Tea Lover's Tea
Fascinating profile of oolong tea. The Taiwanese way of drinking oolongs gong-fu style (brewing the tea in several rounds in a small clay pot) sounds like a wonderful way to socialize with friends, gently brewing fragrant cups of tea while chatting. Lovely.

The Daily Aphorism
The product of a collaboration between the intriguing The School of Life and design firm St. Lukes, this site offers thirty aphorisms (one per day) to ponder or amuse — plus the option of signing up and having them emailed directly to you each morning for one month, too. Via Ace Jet 170.

The lovely still life above was composed by stylist Hannah Simmons.

Armchair Traveler: Greece

The town of Oia on the island of Santorini, photographed by Jennifer Squires. You can purchase this lovely image for your very own from Jennifer's Etsy site — and see a selection of her other new photographs from Greece on there, too. Guaranteed to warm you up on a chilly November day.
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