A COLLECTION OF

Month: April, 2011

I D E A

An idea about life, about death and everything in between, courtesy of the great Joan Didion in a 1975 commencement address at the University of California, Riverside.

A N I M A L

Oh the hugely misunderstood Crane Fly.  They are often mistaken for huge mosquitos (they are closely related), but fear not: the crane fly is harmless and does not bite humans (although lawns across america are nervous because the crane fly loves to eat the delicate roots of grass plants). There are approximately 1500 crane flies […]

T H I N G

    A cyanometer is an instrument for measuring the blueness of the sky. It was first used by Horace-Bénédict de Saussure (Swiss aristocrat, physicist and Alpine traveller) in 1789. His cyanometer was shaped as a circle with 53 hand-dyed sections, ranging from the lightest shade of blue to nearly black (example).  He used the device to […]

P L A C E

Autobiographical memory is our ability to recall past experiences based on episodic memory (personal experiences and specific objects, people and events experienced at particular time and place) and semantic memory (general knowledge and facts about the world).  Flash bulb memory is when a highly detailed, very vivid moment or circumstance with a high level of […]

P E R S O N

Akina Cox is a painter, sculptor and - in general - a maker of many exquisite things. She is currently in the process of getting her MFA at CalArts (woohoo!), which is also where we met many moons ago as suitemates and art school classmates. Akina is a born collaborator and is currently involved in some exciting projects including Lyeberry and Eternal Telethon. Read on to find […]

I D E A

Listening to the radio show Democracy Now the other day, I was really motivated by the above quote.  Grace Lee Boggs is a life long activist and  feminist – taking part in almost every major movement in the United States in the last 75 years, including Labor, Civil Rights, Black Power, Women’s Rights and Environmental Justice. […]

A N I M A L

These are the first two lines from the Jiminy Cricket song that used to play at the start of Bookworm, a weekly podcast on KCRW with Michael Silverblatt. Humans are my favorite animals. I am constantly amazed by them – their complexity, simplicity, their actions and desires. Here are some interesting facts about these interesting animals: Fact #1: […]

T H I N G

A week has passed (what? yup!) and it is time to announce the winners of the Edition Of necklace giveaway…  A huge congratulations to Amelia of Bon Appétempt and Lisa our good friend, musician and artist!  And thank you to all of our readers and supporters for leaving comments, liking us in the social network […]

P L A C E

This quote is etched above the entryway of the Pasadena Public Library. I repeat it each time I walk beneath it, having adopted it as a sort of mantra for myself. I grew up spending many afternoons and evenings at my very small local library, playing games on one of the two computers in the children’s room (Oregon […]

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Yes! Here is a great interview with Adam Weatherhead, who is a DJ and runs the blog Diddy Wah.  His blog is super rad, offering his readers a wide range of interesting sounds.  Thanks to his blog, I have been introduced to so much awesomeness: everything from sleazy surf to perfectly hand-crafted mixes of musical […]