Thursday, February 06, 2014

Sweetness and Light

Fresh clear tones of blue and white to inspire summery thoughts on a winter's day.

(photo by helĂ©n pe for skona hem)


This week's links. Enjoy.

Six Winter Essential Oils
These natural remedies will help boost your mood, relieve pain and fight the flu — and they smell amazing, too.

Fish Tales: The Instagram Cooking Show
This is such an interesting idea. Calling itself the world's shortest cooking show, Fish Tales on Instagram presents 15 second videos that teach you how to cook a complete fish/seafood dish. Via Kottke.

Making Up Hollywood
Fascinating history of Max Factor and how he revolutionized the makeup used for Hollywood films. Before he arrived on the scene, the makeup devised for silent films was frankly hair raising — mixtures of brick dust and paprika, petroleum jelly and vegetable shortening, flour and white paint were just some of the highly dubious ingredients used.

10 Best Novels With Real Writers
Interesting list of fiction featuring appearances by real writers — Franz Kafka, Walt Whitman, Henry James and Gertrude Stein among others pop up as characters in these ten novels.

Theramin: A Playable Touch Synthesizer Using Web Audio API
Totally addictive and fun, this great site lets you play a virtual theramin — just had a session that was a lot like the soundtrack from the classic sci fi film Forbidden Planet. 

Top Ten Amazing Libraries
I've featured links to great libraries before, but there's always room for more. I especially love the glimpses into private libraries, like Nigella Lawson's and Karl Lagerfeld's — both wonderful.

The Typography of 2001: A Space Odyssey
There really is a blog for everything. Fascinating reading for type geeks, this post looks closely at every typographic detail in Kubrick's classic film.

Fresh Cranberry Scones
Lately I've rediscovered fresh cranberries (I made a cranberry orange loaf last Sunday that Andrew and I ate far too quickly) so I'm now keen to try this recipe from the lovely Always With Butter blog — the gorgeous pictures alone will have you eager to get baking.
(photo by anna-malin)
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