Do you read Today I Found Out?
I came across it when I was wondering why people can live in Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the bombings there.
So much interesting stuff there. Like:
How astronauts used to secure “life insurance” before their missions.
The story of the Japanese soldier who fought WW-II for 29 years after Japan had surrendered, because he didn’t know.
The oldest bit of intact human feces is on display in England.
Having a nine-year-old boy in the family has intensified my enthusiasm for a good poop story.
I got this naked lady phone cover, by Leah Goren, and it pleases me.
Now that’s a classy monkey lamp.
North Korea is showering cigarette butts on South Korea. So points for novelty.
Ameego is Uber, but for renting friends! Yaaaaaaaaaay.
Quintessential San Francisco on Twitter.
Brad is allergic to eggs, so I’m trying flax seed as an egg substitute. Is this real, or some crazy hippy bullshit? Will keep you posted.
Exactly what I thought it would be like to be a mom on Instagram.
Cool Stuff My Friends are Doing
Camp Mighty speaker Lisa Congdon’s lovely book about swimming is available for pre-order, The Joy of Swimming, A celebration of our love for getting in the water. I have an advance copy, and it’s beautiful.
Mighty Summit attendee Asha Dornfest compiled all of the Parent Hacks best parenting tips into Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids. It’s also available for pre-order.
Guerneville is one of my favorite places, and Jessica Hische recently designed the amazing signage for The Guerneville Bank Club there. Talent!
Here’s a complete list of everything in the 2016 Oscars Gift Bags.
I didn’t realize the gift bags aren’t actually affiliated with the Oscars. They’re distributed by a company called Distinctive Assets, and the Academy is suing them.
According to Vanity Fair, “The complaint said that media coverage of the 2016 gift bags has focused on ‘the less-than-wholesome nature of some of the products contained in the bags,’ citing a $5,500 certificate for plastic surgery, a $1,900 “vampire breast lift,” a $250 sex toy and a $250 marijuana vaporizer.”
The bags also contain a 10,000-meal donation made in the nominee’s name to an animal shelter or rescue of their choice ($6,300), a private walking tour of Japan for up to 15 days ($54,000), and a chapstick ($6).
These bits of Jocelyn K. Glei’s interview of Sebastian Thrun had me nodding:
“…imagine that you are already successful. You’ve looked into the future, and you’ve succeeded. What would you enjoy doing today given that knowledge?”
“The data shows that people who are rich aren’t any happier, so you might as well derive your happiness from what you are doing today.”
Brad needed a desk lamp, so I went hunting at an antique shop last weekend. Finds!
I got this ’50s desk lamp with the original fiberglass(?) shades. The lights bend to shine wherever you want, and you can turn on each bulb individually or both at once. When we got home, I considered stealing it for my own desk because I wasn’t sure Brad understood the lamp like I did. Then he got agitated when I moved it to my desk to take this photo, even though he had not yet plugged it in. So he gets to keep it.
Bakelite salt and pepper shakers. You press that button on the top, and it moves this little plug at the bottom to dispense. It dispenses a lot of salt, which is delicious.
Ugly ’70s purse! So divine.
Also, I bought another architectural vintage hat without a specific plan of where I’ll wear it. I’m like a cat lady, but with hats. Except hats don’t eat your face when you die alone in your apartment. So that’s an upside.
OK Go’s Upside Down and Inside Out video filmed in zero gravity. The best part is when Damian Kulash says “YEAH! WOO!” at the end. I wish they’d kept the sound.
Brownie Cake is one of those Pinterest ideas that’s still possible for the plebes.
Great quote on silence by Rothko.
Apparently people are still freaking about Beyoncé’s part of the Super Bowl halftime. I do not get it. When those breathtaking girls step from behind her all Black-Panthered out and put their fists in the air? Full body chills. YYYYYESS, LADIES! Yes. (1:40-1:55)
Let’s all live in giant pom poms.
If you like phone games, our family is into Neko Atsume, “Kitty Collector” right now.
Do you know about piglet squids? The ocean is so cool.
Recommended: YSL’s watercolor nail polish in Rose Splash. It makes your nails look super healthy, requires no talent to apply, and when it chips you just swipe on another layer. Pricey, but I’ll use the whole bottle. You can see it on my thumb in yesterday’s book photo.
A Valentine’s Day appropriate mall joke.
So worth it to watch this whole thing:
I want all of my history delivered like this from now on.
Ozzy is almost ten months old, and he’s all about the cobra pose.
Cool stuff my friends are doing
Lisa Congdon is having a book tour to celebrate her book, The Joy of Swimming: A Celebration of Our Love for Getting in the Water. Mai is a featured swimmer!
Pim Techamuanvivit of Chez Pim was on the very first panel I moderated about blogging, which was hosted at the very first Blogher. Anyway, Pim’s San Francisco restaurant, Kin Khao, just got its first Michelin star! Yeeeeah.
Happy Valentine’s weekend, everyone. Please acquire a heart shaped box of chocolate in your own honor.