March 27, 2012
How many penguins can fit inside a refrigerator?
The answer appears below.
This signature fridge resides in the office of Viking/Penguin books.
From their tmblr: "I love seeing this every morning when I come in as there's nothing like a nice shock of orange to open your eyes in the morning, but I also always — foolishly — hope there will be ice cream as well. One day! Maybe?"
Little Green Ice Cream Spoons
"You will get a pack of 24 new spoons."
Experts' Expert: "Castle" star Stana Katic on learning her lines
The actress (above)
"She uses the Rehearsal iPad app ($19.99), targeted to actors."
"'It can highlight your lines, record the other person's dialogue, and you can memorize off that. It's phenomenal.'"
Things We Forget Poster
From the website:
For over three years now the Post-it Guy, an anonymous artist, has been drawing an inspirational message on a sticky note and leaving it to its fate in a public places in Singapore and elsewhere.
The notes are catalogued at thingsweforget.blogspot.com.
Now the best notes are available as posters.
Sheet size: 70 Things We Forget notes in A1 (59.4 X 84 cm).
Print quality: Offset lithographic printing on 100 gsm wood-free paper.
Vochol — Huíchol Art on Wheels
Long story short from the Washington Post:
"A dramatic piece of art from the Huíchol, or Wixaritari, communities of Nayarit and Jalisco in Mexico rolled into the National Museum of the American Indian [last] week."
"Using millions of tiny glass beads and embroidery, craftsmen decorated the 1990 VW Beetle with symbols, milestones, and stories from their culture. It will be on view through May 6."
From Our Tiempo DC:
The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian celebrates one of Mexico's indigenous communities with the unveiling of "Vochol: Huíchol Art on Wheels," in the Museum's Potomac Atrium, opening to the public on March 21st.
This singular piece combines Huichol culture with a pop-cult icon, the Volkswagen Beetle.
Two families of Huíchol artisans devoted more than 9,000 hours to transforming the "canvas" — a 1990 Volkswagen Beetle — into a stunning juxtaposition of modern machinery decorated with bright, psychedelic patterns and colors.
More than 2 million glass seed beads and nearly 35 pounds of fabric, paint, yarn, and resin adorn the vehicle's chassis and interior, including the seats, steering wheel, and dashboard. It is the first Huíchol object of art on wheels.
Its name derives from "Vocho," a slang term for the VW Beetle in Mexico, and "Huíchol," the common name for Mexico’s indigenous Wixaritari ("the people"), a community of approximately 26,000 who live in the mountainous region of the western Sierra Madre.
The Vochol's beadwork and embroidery illustrate powerful symbols, milestones, and stories from the deeply spiritual culture, including images of deer — the most revered animal — and a two-headed eagle marking the four cardinal directions, as well as the fire, drum, squash, and corn used in a traditional maize-offering ceremony. For the Huichol, creating art — in the form of beadwork, textiles, stone sculptures, ceremonial objects and pipes — is not merely decorative. It is an expression of faith, evoking centuries-old shamanism and peyote rituals that are still practiced to this day.
The Vochol will be on view through May 10 before continuing its international tour at esteemed institutions including the Musée de Quai Branly in Paris. The tour will conclude with the international sale and/or auction of the Vochol, with all proceeds donated to the Association of Friends of the Museum of Popular Art to further its mission of safeguarding and promoting the work of Mexican artisans.
35 photos of the Vochol here,
selections from which appear above.
Roll-up Pencil Case
From the website:
From Papelote, a new Czech Republic stationary line where paper is considered to be much more than a simple base for writing — a material full of flavor, scent, sound and color.
100% natural wool felt roll-up pencil case with slots for 7 pens and pencils, tied with a colored elastic.
Your writing instruments will enjoy this soft resting place.Pink, Blue, Yellow, or Green.
James Cameron's solo dive to the Mariana Trench, the deepest point on Earth
Cameron yesterday emerged from his Deepsea Challenger submersible, itself the product of seven years of research and development, to report that "I felt like I literally, in the space of one day, had gone to another planet and come back."
He spent about three hours gliding through the icy darkness on the one-man sub he helped design, which withstood pressure of eight tons per square inch at the 35,576-foot (nearly seven miles) depth in the western Pacific Ocean.
Said Cameron, "When I came down, landed, it was very, very soft, almost gelatinous, a flat plain, almost featureless plain, and it just went out of sight as far as I could see. The impression to me, it was very lunar, a very desolate place, very isolated. My feeling was one of complete isolation from all of humanity."
Clean Bottle Runner
meant to work with the Clean Bottle or whatever dirty iteration you prefer.
The Runner costs $14.95; the Clean Bottle costs $9.95.
Curiously, the Runner plus the Clean Bottle as a package costs $30.
Any and all of these items sold here.