Thursday, March 26, 2009

Posh Puzzle Giveaway!

This is exciting — I just received my sample copies of this spring's Posh Puzzle line, published by Andrews McMeel and The Puzzle Society! Now in their third season, they measure 4" x 6" and are cleverly presented in a notebook format (think classic Moleskines), but with a pretty patterned cover and, of course, they have great puzzles inside. Perfect for tucking into your bag to while away a subway ride, lunch hour or whenever you'd like a break to exercise those brain muscles. And — now you have a chance to win your own copy, as I will be giving away a randomly selected Posh Puzzle (one of the four you see above)! All you have to do is leave a comment (and a contact link) below telling me your favourite game (such as a board game or charades) by midnight of Tuesday, March 31. I'll announce the (also randomly selected) winner on April 1. Good luck!

P.S. For those of you who are members of automatism on Facebook, you'll have another chance to win — I'll be doing a separate Posh Puzzle draw for you! Yay!

Thanks so much to Shelly at Andrews McMeel for her lovely generosity!


Welcome to this week's round of links. Enjoy.

The Greatest Movies Never Made
Fascinating article on the legendary screenplays that never made it to the big screen, such as David Lynch's Ronnie Rocket, the sequel to his film Blue Velvet.

The Photographic Dictionary
The Photographic Dictionary isn't a reference source but rather an ongoing art project — a photographer submits a picture, and it’s matched to the word that best “defines” it. Some of the definitions can be fairly literal, while others end up with a more poetic interpretation. Very cool. Via Design Observer.

Homemade Natural Cleaning Products
If you're like me you probably use some traditional cleaners (such as vinegar for windows) for the household chores, but here are some handy recipes if you'd like an even greener clean.

Why Music Sounds Right
Ed Yong reports on a new finding by Deborah Ross and colleagues from Duke University, who were investigating why, throughout history and across different cultures, humans have consistently used a twelve semi-tone octave. Ross and her team have discovered that these musical intervals actually reflect the sounds of our own speech — and musical scales sound right because they match the frequency ratios that our brains are primed to detect. Via Polymeme.

Tails of Manhattan
The latest short story by Woody Allen in the New Yorker.

How to Design An Invoice
A very practical guide to that most important of items for freelancers — a clear, well designed invoice. With a link to an Adobe invoice template, to make it even easier.

Thriftstore Hell
A Flickr pool devoted to the weird, wild and at times downright baffling things to be found in thrift stores. Via things magazine.

The Long View
An audio slideshow history of the telescope, the first invention to extend the human senses, revolutionizing how we viewed the world.

Photograph via Domino's Deco Files.

Atelier: The Photographic Dictionary

A mysterious, almost ghostly portrait from The Photographic Dictionary, a fascinating online art project. This particular image was used as the visual definition for white. See today's Buffet for more info about this great project. (Photograph by Malwina Toczek)
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