Thursday, April 30, 2015

Elana's Pantry: Healthy and Easy-to-make Recipes (No Sugar Needed)

Elana's Pantry is a food blog that offers Paleo recipes. If you'd like to do some gluten and grain free cooking and baking, and feel that many foods contain and taste too much sugar, this is the place to go. Browsing through her recipes, I found many of them to be uncomplicated and quick to do, not to mention looking delicious. Below are a few of my favorites.

Paleo Banana Bread:

Paleo Pumpkin Cranberry Granola:

Cashew Milk:

Paleo Bread:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge:

Paleo Chai Latte:

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Documentary Artistry/Technology Explores the Impact Technology Has Had on Art

This is the short version of the documentary "Artistry/Technology" directed by Pablo Ganguli and Tomas Auksas, that explores the impact technology has had on art and the way we live and act. Participants include among others, actress Susan Sarandon, artist David Hockney, architect Frank Gehry, film director Francis Ford Coppola, director Jonas Åkerlund and artist MIA.

Via @happy_sylvie.

The Predecessor of Pantone Color Guides: A Dutch Book from 1692

Years before Pantone Color Guides existed, a Dutch author by the name A. Boogert wrote an extensive color guide by the title "Klaer Lightende Spiegel der Verfkonst" (1692), containing nearly 800 pages, all handwritten and painted.

[…] In over 700 pages of handwritten Dutch, the author, who identifies himself as A. Boogert (Pic 2), describes how to make watercolour paints. He explains how to mix the colours and how to change their tone by adding “one, two or three portions of water”. To illustrate his point he fills each facing page with various shades of the colour in question (lower image). To top it he made an index of all the colours he described, which in itself is a feast to look at (Pics 1 and 3). In the 17th century, an age known as the Golden Age of Dutch Painting, this manual would have hit the right spot. It makes sense, then, that the author explains in the introduction that he wrote the book for educational purposes. Remarkably, because the manual is written by hand and therefore literally one of a kind, it did not get the “reach” among painters - or attention among modern art historians - it deserves.

For more images visit Colossal.

Photo credit: Images via Open Culture.

Via @ellaing

A Time-lapse of French Artist JR's Large-scale Pasting in NYC

By New York Times, a time-lapse of French artist JR's large-scale pasting titled "A Walker in New York City":

French artist JR’s photographic oversized street art often deals with human connections, preconceptions, prejudices, media portrayals, and other themes around community and identity. As part of the The New York Times’s Walking New York, he installed a 150-foot-tall image of Elmar Aliyev, a 20-year-old Brooklyn waiter who immigrated to the United States from Azerbaijan.

Via @jennydeluxe and @jakesilverstein.

The Forthcoming Documentary Minimalism: A Documentary

"Minimalism: A Documentary" is the forthcoming documentary from The Minimalists by filmmaker Matt D'Avella.

Watch an excerpt with Leo Babauta:

Via @BriGleissner.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Antarctica by Drone

Ooh, mind-blowing drone footage from Antarctica by Swedish filmmaker Kalle Ljung. A perfect fit for your large LED TV.

Via and Devour.

Amazingly Detailed 3D Photo Figurines by German Company Twinkind

German company Twinkind creates life-like 3D photo figurines, with a reasonable price setting that varies from 99 to 695 euros. The only downside to this, is that you have to be on location to get your body scanned in a 3D scanner if you want your own personal figurine. The details are amazing!

Slow Walk Through the Streets of New York City

Take a beautiful slow walk through the streets of New York City with street photographer Bobi Dojcinovski’s slo-mo video footage.

Via @HeyJustiine and spoiled nyc.

The Expanding Possibilities of Using Drones in Cinematography

An interesting segment from Wall Street Journal" about the expanding possibilities of using drones in cinematography:

Via @EllenGamerman.

Universal Life Lessons from a (90-Year-Old) Woman

The other day, a list on Twitter that read "30 Life Facts from a 90-Year-Old Woman" got my interest. I did some further research to find out more about the person behind this list, and it turns out that the list wasn't written by a 90-year-old, but a 54-yeard-old woman by the name Regina Brett, who wrote a list of 45 universal lessons at a time when she was facing a major challenge. A good list for all ages!

  1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
  2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
  6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
  8. Save for retirement, starting with your first paycheck.
  9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
  10. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
  11. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
  12. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
  14. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
  15. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
  16. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
  17. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
  18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
  19. Burn the candles; use the nice sheets; wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
  20. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
  21. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
  22. The most important sex organ is the brain.
  23. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"
  25. Forgive everyone everything.
  26. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  27. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
  28. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  29. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
  30. Believe in miracles.
  31. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
  32. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
  33. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
  34. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
  35. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
  36. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
  37. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
  38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
  39. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  40. The best is yet to come.
  41. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.
  42. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
  43. If you don't ask, you don't get.
  44. Yield.
  45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

The Evolution of the Office Desk in One Animated Video

For obvious reasons, changes of technology over the years have had an major impact of our desk setup and workspace. In the following video, we can follow the drastic evolution of the office desk from 1981 to 2014.

Video courtesy of BestReviews.

Via @iodicdesign.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Project 100 Abandoned Houses: The Mystery Houses of Detroit

From the project "100 Abandoned Houses" by photographer Kevin Bauman, images of abandoned houses in Detroit:

"100 Abandoned Houses" is an extensive project by the Denver-based photographer, brilliantly framing the rundown and neglected buildings in his local area. From town houses to mansions, and everything in between, each photograph excites curiosity as to the story of the building and why it has become abandoned.

Featured image: Refreshing Spring Church of God in Christ, Detroit.

David Hasselhoff Performs 'True Survivor' in This 80's Inspired Music Video

The action-comedy film "Kung Fury" is a Kickstarter project, written and directed by David Sandberg. It will be released for free on the internet worldwide on the 28th of May.

Since the story takes place in Miami during the 80's and Germany in the 1940's (and Asgard as well), whom could be better suited to perform the lead track "True Survivor" than David Hasselhoff, who had massive success in West Germany when he released the single "Looking for Freedom" in 1989.

Update: Here is an interesting behind the scenes video commentary by David Hasselhoff.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

This Ain't California: The Skater Subculture of East Germany

The 'documentary' "This Ain't California" takes us behind the Iron Curtain in the 80's and the skater subculture of East Berlin:

Billed as a documentary, yet centered on a person who doesn't actually exist, This Ain't California chronicles a ragtag group of East German skateboarders who helped pioneer the sport in the shadow of the Iron Curtain. After their former leader, the anarchic, baby-faced Denis "Panik" Paraceck is shot and killed in Afghanistan, the now-adult skaters gather at one of their former haunts to discuss his legacy as well as their own rise to prominence.

Questions about the film's self-definition as "documentary" arose after a screening at Berlinale in 2012, forcing director Marten Persiel to eventually admit that much of the film's Super 8 and 16mm archival footage, which shows Panik and his cohorts skating, partying, and generally wreaking havoc amid the cemented cityscape of East Berlin, was actually shot in the present day with a group of young German skaters and various non-actors. Among the retired skaters who deify Panik are a few actors, and Panik himself is portrayed by German model Kai Hillebrandt.

These revelations aside, This Ain't California isn't a complete hoax. There absolutely was a vibrant underground skateboard scene in East Germany during the '80s, which coincided with the rise of punk rock, hip-hop, break-dancing, and other outsider movements. The film is an engaging, scrupulously formed look at alternative lifestyles in the wake of political and social duress, and Persiel expertly recreates the milieu of East Berlin in the years leading up to Germany's reunification with his distinctly vintage yet authentic aesthetic.


Featured image: A skater at Alexanderplatz in Berlin, 1982. Photography by Harald Schmitt. Image via Wide House.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Game of Thrones 80's VHS Intro

Oh, I instanly fell in love with this VHS intro of Game of Thrones! Reminds me of my favorite German youth series for some reason, must be the music.

Music is "Game of Thrones – Main Theme (80's Version)" [video] by Steve Duzz.

Via @annaborchert.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The List: The Most Powerful Passports in the World

Reading the list of the most powerful passports in the world made me feel grateful since my nation ended up in the first place. If you're a citizen of Liberia, you have to work a staggering 278 hours to be able to pay for your passport, in Sweden only one.

GoEuro assessed passports from 51 countries based on visa-free access across borders, pricing and the number of hours a citizen would need to work at minimum wage in order to afford their nation’s passport.

Although four other countries - Finland, Germany, the UK and US - have visa-free access to 174 countries across the globe, Swedish nationals would only need to work for one hour in order to afford their passport.

Photo credit: Passport stamps via Meetup.

III by Chilean band Föllakzoid

"III" is the title of the Chilean band Föllakzoid's latest album. Reading about them, it become obvious that they are difficult to label due to their many influences, but genres include krautrock, psychedelia and electronic.

Head over to Pitchfork for a lenghty review.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Parody Video: Top Gear Presenter Jeremy Clarkson's Waiter Tells It All

If you have seen the hilariously funny MacBook pardody that went viral not long ago, you'll be familiar with the following footage, but this time it involves Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson and "his waiter". Yep, still funny!

Prints by NYC-based Design Studio Calm The Ham

Prints to buy from the NYC-based design studio Calm The Ham, run by graphic designer Cathryn Lavery and fellow artists.

Filmography Series – The Filmography of Cars:

Contemporary City Skylines – Philadelphia:

Minimalist Film Prints – Titanic:

Via The Coolector.

DIY Project: The Beer Can Camp Stove

It's soon camping season, and what better way to prepare than hoarding up on some DIY tips. Here's how you make a beer can camp stove with a few additional tools.

How to Build a Better Sandwich Like a Pro

Thanks to The New York Times' interactive guide, you can now build/make sandwiches like a pro, you only need some time to spare:

Is there some immense secret realm of sandwich-master knowledge that mere mortals have no access to? Why do you find yourself in the kitchen, pressed for time, bereft of inspiration, staring slack-jawed into the refrigerator and succumbing to yet another bland slapped-together calorie blast of cold turkey and mealy tomatoes on supermarket white? With every bite, you taste only regret.

To remedy that, we fanned out across New York City, where plenty of chefs (and butchers and bakers) are applying their deep-tissue understanding of flavor, texture and technique to the task of converting every sandwich into a midday marvel.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Birline Watches with a Classic Look and Harris Tweed Straps

I've just become aware of a new watch brand called Birline, founded by two Swedes. Watches started to ship back in february, so this is an interesting newcomer to the market. With a classic look and Harris Tweed straps, all within a comfortable price range, I'm sure these watches will take off, and being a worthy challenger to my beloved Wenger Commando Day Date watch (video).





Photo credit: Model David Gandy wears a Birline. Via David's Instagram.

Via David Gandy.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Super Easy Way to Peel Potatoes

This is one great cooking tip! If you find peeling potatoes time-consuming, you should check out the following:

Trailer: Warren Miller's 80's Ski Movie Beyond the Edge

Warren Miller's action-packed trailer for the 80's ski movie Beyond the Edge (1986). Love the colors and sun in this one:

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Cooking (and some music) with Top Gear's James May

One of the best things that followed the "Top Gear" scandal, is James May's unemployment tube:

Via auto motor & sport (SE).

Monday, April 13, 2015

Cigarette Cards Kept You Fit In the Early 1900s

Interesting! In the early 1900s, illustrated cards with gymnastic exercises came with your pack of Lambert & Butler cigarettes:

Cigarette cards were illustrated pieces of cardstock that were placed inside soft packs of cigarettes to keep them stiff. The cards featured anything from celebrities to breeds of dogs, and doubled as trading cards. One particular line of these cards was called "Keep Fit," and featured different exercises you could do in your home. Ignoring the extreme irony of a cigarette company urging you to be healthy, the routines are pretty interesting (albeit silly). Next time you're at the gym, it wouldn't hurt to try a few of these out.

Trunk bending and unrolling:

Hip drill:

You find a wide range of cigarette cards collections here.

Friday, April 10, 2015

A Fully Functioning TRON Light Cycle Up for Bid at Sotheby's

Summer is coming and if you have a minimum of $25,000 to spare, you can become the lucky owner of a fully functioning TRON Light Cycle when it's up for bid at Sotheby's on May 2:

"It is a fully functioning motorcycle that can be ridden, as it is powered by a direct-drive electric motor that has lithium batteries, which is mated to a computer-controlled digital electronic transmission," says the auction page. "This custom 'Tron' tribute boasts a very low seat height of 28.5 inches, making it easy to ride even at low speeds. The motorcycle is finished in black with a white stripe and boasts an imposing stance to match its performance."

Via @mitchellfinlay.

My Chennai: A Great Short Film Shoot with iPhone 6

My eyes teared up while watching the beautiful short film "My Chennai" by Amar Ramesh and friends. The film is edited in a great way with beautiful music and scenery from Chennai and the Hindu festival Diwali, and this may come as a big surprise, all shoot with an iPhone 6. This is a labour of love!

Via @LisaColeMoseley.

Penguin's Classic Book Covers In a Little Box

Penguin Books is known for its great design when it comes to book covers. Someone came up with a brilliant idea and translated all of these great looking book covers into the shape of postcards. The result is the neat little box "Postcards from Penguin" with 100 different postcards, perfect for framing, mailing or just for inspiration.

Photo credit: Images via Amazon.

Via @LuaLunera.

Sea Oil Paintings by Gerhard Richter

The sea oil paintings by German visual artist Gerhard Richter.

Seestück (Morgenstimmung) – Seascape (Morning Mood), 1969:

Seestück – Seascape, 1975:

Seestück – Seascape, 1998:

Via @britmarling.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Sledneck's Swede River Raft with a Snowmobile

When there is no snow, there's water. Watch the amazing ride by Sledneck's Kalle "KJ" Johansson when he takes a snowmobile upstream the river.

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