Mighty Life List
Jan 19 2016

Scrap Wood Robots


Robots made from wood scrap by Daniel Moyer Design. (via Creative Mornings)

Jan 18 2016

Martin Luther King Junior


Our friend’s little boy did a report on Martin Luther King Junior, and wrote, “They shot him because they didn’t like the words he said.”


May his words outlive us all.

Jan 15 2016

Fridaaay! Links


I want this Leash Pin, and also one of these lady incense holders. Both by Kaye Blegvad.

Fa-bo is a new office and lab that is earthquake resistant thanks to hundreds of carbon fibres that come out from the building like a web. (via Spoon and Tamago)

On how hard it can be to start as an amateur. I am doing this right now, so I am going to stop. Or start? I am going to do both.

Cozy mermaids.

Emma Watson started a feminist book club, and the first pick is Gloria Steinem’s My Life on the Road.

My neck was starting to do a crackle-glaze thing, so I bought Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Mask. It makes my skin soft and pink and glow-y for a couple of days. I generally believe beauty potions to be tomfoolery, so I thought I’d let you know.

Justina Blakeney’s quick outline of how to create a repeating pattern. Now I’ll know how to make my own fabric on Project Runway.

The New York Public Library just put its public domain collection online (via kottke) and is offering a Remix Residency for people who want to do a project with the collection. Apply by February 19.


Also, friends are doing cool stuff!

Meg Keene just published A Practical Wedding Planner, and if you’re getting married, I recommend it. We’re finding it so helpful.

Maile Wilson just launched a new line of natural leather Epiphanie camera bags, and they’re lovely. If you need a new laptop/camera bag, have a look.

Jan 14 2016

Bug-Bitten Tea

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I was shopping for my favorite oolong tea recently and noticed the phrase “bug-bitten,” which I’d never seen before.

“Before the harvest, this tea was bitten by green leaf hoppers, setting off a chain reaction that ultimately created a unique honey-like flavor within the leaves. This bug-bitten Tung Ting Formosa oolong has the aroma of orange blossom honey, with a rich, thick body redolent of tropical mango and passion fruit, and the finish of buttered rum.”

Besides, honey and obvious pollination requirements, is this a thing? Are there any other foods that are known to taste better because of bug interaction?

Photo from Tea Mountains.

Jan 8 2016

Fridaaay! Links

This song used to enrage High-School Virgin Maggie. She has long waited for this day.

This candle cracks me up. And causes me to withdraw slightly.

Nerds! Finally the perfect postage stamps for your wedding invitations.

Worth re-reading in the wake of the Tamir Rice verdict, Luvvie’s The Stages of What Happens When There’s Injustice Against Black People.

So many people are recommending the Thing Explainer Book online that I bought one for Hank’s birthday.

Did this woman survive?

I want the Stella McCartney Cassie Silk-Tiered Gown. Play the video and see how it moves.

Dropping my phone between seats in the car is doing a number on my delicate hand bones. This seat gap filler is genius. via Cool Tools

Hidden Rainbow Hair is magic!

Jan 7 2016

The Baby and The Bathwater


Ozzy is eight months old, and we take a Christmas bath in the deep tub at his grandparents’ house.

He is a slick terror, this wet, naked baby, excited about water. He arches back, takes a deep inhale of his bathwater, and comes up baffled. I am horrified, utterly responsible.

I dip my neck to level our faces. Ozzy coughs at me a few times, staring hard with red eyes. Then he turns away and resumes splashing.

I call at his dad with my heart in my mouth.

“Look up dry drowning.” I say.


“Dry drowning. It’s a thing. I am freaking out.”

Brad consults the appropriate search engine results, and assures me that dry drowning is very rare, and much more dramatic. Ozzy looks fine, he says.

Still. Do you see the feathers on his soft baby head? The way his neck bunches up on itself?

His skin, and his squeaks, and his fat splashing hands, have me praying the Parent Prayer Universal.

Keep breathing tiny baby. Keep breathing. Forever and ever, amen.

Jan 6 2016

Can’t Tell Me Nothing

Currently enjoying the work of Yes Stitch Yes (via Design Crush). Pieces run from $12 to about $35, which is a proper bargain friends.