Thursday, August 19, 2010

Snapshot — Summer 8


The Snapshot Summer series finishes today — thanks so much to the wonderful bloggers who contributed such lovely images and words: Ally of From the Right Bank; Crystal of Plush Palate; Daniella of Dress, Design & Decor; Eilis of Silent Storyteller; Jessica of Sweet Eventide; Jessica of The Shiny Squirrel; and Lisa of Lisa Congdon Art & Illustration. You're the best!

(photo via sfgirlbybay)

Buffet


This week's links. Enjoy.

Great Recipes From Great Movies
Saveur has a fun little piece on their website of recipes inspired by film — among the 20 or so listed you can check out Cacio e Pepe Pasta Sauce (Eat Pray Love), Quail in Puff Pastry (Babette's Feast), Eggplant in Garlic Sauce (The Joy Luck Club) and Jacques Pepin's Apple Tart (La Grand Bouffe).

Five Books: The Best Five Books on Everything
A simple and brilliant concept — every day an eminent writer, thinker, commentator, politician or academic chooses five books on their specialist subject. A great way to become well read in a wide range of fields — and enlarge your knowledge of the world, too.

The World's Most Expensive Home
Not surprisingly, it's all about location (overlooking the Thames in London) — but to be honest I find it remarkably uninspiring. What do you think? Via Andrew (thanks!)

Joshua Tree Under the Milky Way
If, like me, you were unable to see this year's Perseid meteor shower last weekend (the city lights here were too bright, unfortunately), here's a lovely timelapse video by Henry Jun Wah Lee of the yearly phenomenon at Joshua Tree National Park. Amazing. Via brainpicker on twitter.

Journalism Warning Labels
Tom Scott wondered why the media is so careful to warn about content (such as violence) that may be thought objectionable, but had no similar labelling system for, say, sloppy journalism. So he created these labels. Clever — and a good reminder to think about what you read, too. Via swiss miss.

How To Be Alone
This wonderful little video by filmmaker Andrea Dorfman featuring poet/singer/songwriter Tanya Davis has been getting a lot of attention lately — have a look and see why. Thoughtful and inspiring.

The Great Typo Hunt
Copy editor Jeff Deck, his pal Benjamin Herson and other members of the Typo Eradication Advancement League (TEAL) are on a mission — to correct signage mistakes across America.

The Rise of the Tomato
Ubiquitous in Italian cuisine today, the tomato was in fact viewed with suspicion and even alarm when it was introduced there. David Gentilcore's new book, Pomodoro! A History of the Tomato in Italy traces the history of its first appearance and subsequent history. Via The Browser.


(photo by Edina Van Der Wyck, from the book At Home With Country by Christina Strutt. Via design*sponge)

Element Clay Studio Ceramics







I'm quite taken with these beautiful porcelain pieces by Element Clay Studio Ceramics on etsy — with designs inspired by the sea, they're as sculptural as they are usable. Shown here are a few pieces that I particularly liked — you'll find more here.
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