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October 10, 2012


Hey, I learned another new word last week!


{via other-wordly}



And now it makes sense that Nepenthe Restaurant in Big Sur is named as such. If you’re ever on a drive along California’s PCH and happen by Big Sur, I’d recommend a stop here. Nepenthe is a rustic restaurant which overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is a great casual place to stop and relax. It’s lovely to sit outside with some appetizers and a glass of wine, and just drink in the view.



{via KatieMadeline flickr}



Per Nepenthe’s site:

Perched on the edge of the continent, high above the Pacific, watched over by the majestic Santa Lucia Mountains sits Nepenthe Restaurant. This Mecca of poets, artists, travelers and vagabonds has served guests for sixty years, opening for business on April 24, 1949.


Come on now, how great does that sound?


{via A Gifted Society}


September 11, 2012

The New Yorker: September 24, 2001

Posted last year today, on the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.




“Ten years ago, my husband, the cartoonist Art Spiegelman, our daughter, and I stood four blocks away from the second tower as we watched it collapse in excruciatingly slow motion. Later, back in my office, I felt that images were suddenly powerless to help us understand what had happened. The only appropriate solution seemed to be to publish no cover image at all—an all-black cover. Then Art suggested adding the outlines of the two towers, black on black. So from no cover came a perfect image, which conveyed something about the unbearable loss of life, the sudden absence in our skyline, the abrupt tear in the fabric of reality.”

– Art Editor Françoise Mouly on “9/11/2001,” the first New Yorker cover following 9/11.


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August 14, 2012

Google Doodles: London Olympics 2012

In case you missed any of them, here are the Google Doodles for the 2012 London Olympics! Be sure to check out the fun interactive ones.

Congratulations to all the Olympians and a special shout out to Team USA for all their achievements!!



July 27, 2012: Opening Ceremony



July 28, 2012: Archery



July 29, 2012: Diving



July 30, 2012: Fencing



July 31, 2012: Rings



August 1, 2012: Field Hockey



August 2, 2012: Table Tennis



August 3, 2012: Shot Put



August 4, 2012: Pole Vault



August 5, 2012: Synchronized Swimming



August 6, 2012: Javelin



August 7, 2012: Hurdles.
This one is cool. Click for an interactive Doodle!



August 8, 2012: Basketball



August 9, 2012: Slalom Canoe
Another interactive Doodle. Cool!



August 10, 2012: Soccer
Interactive Doodle!



August 11, 2012: Rhythmic Gymnastics



August 12, 2012: Closing Ceremony


{via Google}


July 11, 2012

Optical Illusions with Travel Souvenirs

This is pretty dang cool!  A travel photo series by Michael Hughes in which he takes souvenirs and places them in front of famous landmarks.  I’m sure this is not as simple as it looks, but what awesome results!



























{more at enpundit}


July 9, 2012

TED Talks: Dan Barber

I love food. I care about the environment and the sustainability of our resources. And now I have a mini-crush on Dan Barber.

If you’ve ever watched any of the Talks from TED, then you know how informative, interesting and inspiring they are. If you’re not familiar with TED, I highly recommend that you browse their site and take a watch at some of the great speakers and topics they’ve featured.

A couple of weeks ago, I watched a couple of great talks by Chef Dan Barber and I had to share these great discoveries! They’re only 19 minutes each and very much worth your time, I think. Dan is a great speaker and pretty funny, too. 🙂


How I Fell In Love With A Fish
This first one I’m posting deals with sustainable fish farming. It’s an great story and I don’t understand why there aren’t more fish farms like the one Dan introduces us to. It’s such an amazing place and the issue is one that is pretty important.



Foie Gras Parable
This next one introduces us to a small farm in Spain that produces humane foie gras. Especially interesting to us Californians, since it’s been banned in our state. Again, another amazing place and farmer Eduardo is an inspiration and his philosophies are admirable.