Showing posts from July, 2013

Wittgenstein has got it going on

Everything that can be thought at all can be thought clearly. Everything that can be said can be said clearly. 
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico Philosophicus

Irrefutable Mens Shorts

I'm a leg woman. I can look beyond Magnum's mustache.

Bjorn Borg
Paul Newman
Robert Redford Paul Newman
The Rolling Stones

For the Price of Gold | Put a Bird on It

For close to half an ounce of gold you could buy this Isabel Marant dress.  She did, after all, put a bird on it.

On this Day in 2008

When I originally posted this piece, five years,  ago MCA - Adam Yauch (my favourite Beastie) was still with us. Such a loss.

Matteo Pericoli's Grammy nominated album design Beastie Boys - To the 5 Boroughs

I loved pop up books as a child.

When I recently discovered that the artist of one of my favourite album covers was also a published author, designer and architect I had to dig deeper.

Matteo Pericoli captures New York City in pen and ink. His first published book, Manhattan Unfurled, Random House (2001) contains fifteen hundred buildings and nineteen bridges that unfold into two 37 foot scrolls of the East and West Sides of the Manhattan skyline. A young person's version is also available under the title, See the City: the journey of Manhattan Unfurled, Knopf for Young Readers (2004). In this version, Pericoli adds simple text and hand-drawn labels, telling young readers how he created his drawing. He also encourages kids to 'draw everything'. Manhattan Unfurled…

Chair Love - Oscar Niemeyer Rio Chaise Lounge

So, Oscar Niemeyer made cool furniture as well as buildings? Of course he did. Seems like most architects are budding furniture designers as well (Frank Lloyd Wright, Ron Thom). Niemeyer passed away in December 2012 - 10 days short of his 105th birthday.

The Rio Chaise Lounge was designed in 1978 in collaboration with his daughter Anna Maria Niemeyer.

Features a bent wood frame, woven cane seat, and leather headrest pillow with weighted straps.

The image shown is a 2001 reissue for sale on 1st Dibs.

1978 original for sale at $28,000 in 2013
1978 original sold at auction $22,000 in 2008
1978 original unsold at auction $5000 in 2003

images © R 20th Century

Another Make Do Mend Cocktail - How to Make a Basil Gimlet

It's funny how Brad will drink my make do mend cocktails but will have nothing to do with my make do mend dinners, (peanut butter and banana wrap this week because I was too lazy to intricately spread the PB on a rice cake).

This time, Rachel and Eddie brought over some Victoria Gin. Hmm - gin and Diet Dr. Pepper? Gin and almond milk? Gin and basil?

Voila - Artisanal Basil Gimlet

7 basil leaves - if you use ones from your deck, like we did, you can call it artisanal 1/4 ounce blue agavae syrup (or artisanal simple syrup)2 ounces Victoria Gin - made by hand in Victoria, BC - guess that makes it artisanal as well1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice - does hand squeezed juice make it artisanal?1 artisanal ice cube
What you do:
add basil to a martini shakermuddle it up with a wooden spoonadd all the liquidadd the frozen liquidput the top on the shakershake wellstrain into a flute or martini glassadd a small basil leave for a garnish

image from #happycanadaday by @rockell…

Going to California

Now, if it was only as easy as putting love in my eyes and flowers in my hair. Next week I'm headed to Huntington Beach, the last time I was in Huntington Beach I was 14. This Canadian, loves the sun but does not do well in the heat. I puff up like a puffer blow fish, don't like wearing skimpy clothes, and as a wonderful woman in NYC said to me, 'Girl, you are the whitest woman I've ever seen'.

Braless in a kaftan, that's it! I own a plethora of those! Alas, if only I were going to a fashion conference and not a technology leadership conference.

Yes, you've assumed correctly, that's me and my atv in the olden days at Pismo Beach Dunes before three wheelers were banned!