Look. Think. Live. 8.


Flowers and fashion.“I think petals work really well for illustration also because their delicacy and exquisiteness mimic those of a soft fabric.”***  Sylvia Plath’s sketches. *** Beyond selfies. *** Audrey Hepburn candid shots. ***90s fashion – Rachel in Friends. *** The oatmeal on coffee.


With the Ig Noble 2014 Winners being announced on Thursday, it’s time to re-read the work of the 2013 winners who’ve shared wisdom such as “people who think they are drunk, also think they are more attractive,” or that some people would be physically capable of running across the surface of a pond — if those people and that pond were on the moon or that  onion tears are more complicated than what we thought,  *** Germans still pay with cash for most of their purchases, much more so than their neighbors.*** The current understanding of this is that all brain functions require fuel, but the executive functions seem to require the most. Ego depletion and modern life demands. *** A tattoo has form and color and meaning, but it also solicits a social recognition, a “This is me, check me out.”*** Why we have different faces.*** We are not better than monkeys at guessing facts about the world. *** The happier the wife is with her marriage, the happier the husband will be with his life overall. But the reverse isn’t true — a husband’s happiness doesn’t influence the wife’s well-being.


Yummy black forrest cherry trifle. *** With 20 new series, networks are adapting different time slot strategies. *** Cat eye tricks from A Beautiful Mess. *** Hexagon coasters DIY for some future rainy days. *** Alison Bechdel wins the MacArthur “genius” grant for “changing our notions of the contemporary memoir and expanding the expressive potential of the graphic form.” Time to reread FUN HOME? *** Some back to work lunches. *** Grey is back in fashion. *** El Camino del Rey is reopening in spring.


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