cpmvfsgu day 6: salt spring island (saturday)

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times? Perhaps not as dramatic as all that, but yesterday was a tale of two days, for sure.We had a leisurely morning -- well, when you barely sleep, all mornings seem long -- and drove the dogs over to Salty Dog, the local daycare and boarding spot. When I made the arrangements, Jaime was the opposite of every doggie daycare place I've spoken with in any city. She was so totally laid back. Whatever day, whatever hour, just come on by. She didn't ask...
Tags: Travel, Art, California, US, Personal, Ireland, Egypt, Travels, Allan, Maude, Sophia, Jaime, Vancouver Island, Laura K, Ganges Ganges, Lorne Tippett

This smart sustainable kitchen cutting board has 10 features including a 99.99% germ-killing UVC light!

Chop it like its hot! I’ve always wanted to say that but this chopping board truly is one of the best designs I’ve seen and it is 100% going on the top of my kitchen essentials list. Chopbox is a smart chopping board that has so many unique features but the most relevant one in these ‘unprecedented times’ is the fact that it can actually kill germs on your cooking tools and space! Get rid of counter clutter and those extra kitchen accessories with this much-needed upgrade. You can easily sani...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Home, Design, Technology, Kickstarter, Appliances, Gordon Ramsay, Bamboo, Kitchen Tools, Product Design, UVC, Cutting-Board, Smart Appliance, Kitchen Appliance, Sanitize

Zen Work Pod

Private workspace for your backyard designed to completely redefine the concept of a boring home office. Self-contained backyard home office with floor to ceiling glass windows that provide plenty of natural light. Constructed out of sustainable wood, strong aluminum and tempered glass. Dedicated space with minimal design aesthetic will inspire you to create. Comes furnished […]
Tags: Design, Tech

Strand Bookstore’s Workers Are Very Unhappy

There’s the issue of not properly protecting workers in the pandemic. And in April, the Strand was approved for a PPP loan of $1–2 million to retain 212 jobs. Given that those jobs were not actually protected, workers in the store want to know where the money went. – The Baffler
Tags: Art, Words, PPP, 09.10.20

How Dance Can Heal Trauma

Is it the community, the special bonds developed from years of rehearsals and auditions and performances? Is there something to be said for the pure athletic exertion of dance and the endorphins brought forth by exercise? Or does dance transcend other activities and provide us with a deeper connection to our own humanity? – Dance Magazine
Tags: Art, Dance, 09.11.20

“Nomadland” Wins Top Prize At Venice Film Festival

The drama stars Frances McDormand as a woman living as a nomad across America after the recent recession. It is based on the book by the journalist Jessica Bruder. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Media, America, Frances Mcdormand, Venice, Jessica Bruder, 09.12.20

Theatre Sells Cardboard Audience Cutouts For Empty Seats

Since the theatre is only being filled to one-third capacity, the cutouts will fill the remaining seats, and the cost will go toward supporting the theatre. – Broadway World
Tags: Art, Theatre, Audience, 09.11.20

SEO WordPress Themes: What You Need to Know In 2020

Every day, a lot of people use WordPress CMS for running their blogs. However, one certainly has got to be pretty meticulous about choosing the right WordPress theme and all the various important aspects of it and one such aspect are obviously the theme. Choosing the right WordPress theme can create a magical difference in […] The post SEO WordPress Themes: What You Need to Know In 2020 appeared first on
Tags: Design, Seo, Blogging, Cms, Build

What It’s Like Being A Successful BookTuber

“I purposely weight my videos into about 50 percent that will age well, and be watchable a year from now and you’ll be fine, and another 50 percent that are just about what’s hot right now.” – Wired
Tags: Art, Words, 09.11.20

Toronto’s Live Venues Have Begun Reopening.

“Right now, a lot of music venues are trying to navigate that and figure out, OK, if I can open up with X capacity and Y processes and protocols and infrastructure around my reopening, is it really worth it for me? Is it feasible to reopen to something far less than what 30 per cent of my capacity would be, with the number of checks and balances that I have to go through?” – Toronto Star
Tags: Art, Toronto, Issues, 09.12.20

Toots Hibbert, A Father Of Reggae, 77

Mr. Hibbert holds a firm spot in Jamaica’s musical pantheon as the first artist to use the word reggae on a record, on the rollicking 1968 single “Do the Reggay” by his group, which was originally billed simply as the Maytals. By some accounts, it was an accidental coinage — Mr. Hibbert has said he was thinking of “streggae,” local slang for a “raggedy” woman — but it stuck, branding the new sound that would become Jamaica’s greatest cultural export. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Jamaica, Hibbert, Toots Hibbert, 09.12.20

The Ultimate Guide to Building an Accessible Website and Why it Matters

In so many ways, the Internet has been the great equalizer. While it would have been almost impossible for the average person to reach an audience of millions in the past, the Internet grants a voice to anyone who can get online. Similarly, while it can take substantial investments in time and capital to open […] The post The Ultimate Guide to Building an Accessible Website and Why it Matters appeared first on
Tags: Design, Blogging, Functionality, Build

Top 10 Free Logo Makers

Every business needs a stellar logo to enhance its brand. While logos are very important, they don’t have to be obscenely expensive. Although some businesses such as British Petroleum have spent up to $211 million on their logo, others have spent next to nothing. Twitter and Nike both designed their logos for less than $30. […] The post Top 10 Free Logo Makers appeared first on
Tags: Design, Nike, Blogging, Build, British Petroleum

Musicians Find Trump’s Choice Of Campaign Music Baffling

Trump’s music choices have regularly raised eyebrows. In May, Trump’s team played “Live and Let Die,” by Guns N’ Roses, as he toured a factory manufacturing masks at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. The band responded by trolling Trump with a new t-shirt. – Bloomberg
Tags: Art, Music, Trump, 09.12.20

Just Because Film Festivals Move Online It Doesn’t Mean Unlimited Tickets

“A lot of filmmakers feel like, ‘I don’t want to put it online, I don’t want to risk somebody being able to copy it or download it.’ So I think there’s also caps for those reasons, to protect the filmmakers and their work.” – Toronto Star
Tags: Art, Media, Audience, 09.12.20

The most comfortable reusable N95 face mask, inspired by silicone respirator mouth-cups

We’ve been in this for nearly half a year now. Mid-August marks 6 months since the world really started noticing the virus, and while the first few weeks/months of lockdown were utter chaos, 6 months of being at home and being incredibly careful while outdoors has given us enough clarity to really imagine what the road ahead will be like… and face masks will almost certainly be an inseparable part of that road. Not just regular face masks. Better, more sanitary, reusable, effective, and comfo...
Tags: Deals, Design, Germany, Eu, Fda, ANN, Shop, Product Design, NIOSH, LFGB, Medical/Hygiene

Social Media Has Become Toxic. So Why Do We Stay On?

Liberal and left-wing tech critics like to suggest that we post, even against our own self-interest, thanks to nefarious software design that has been built in service of a multibillion-dollar advertising industry. The right wing has a tendency to blame the incentives encouraged by a hardwired social hierarchy, in which “blue checks” “virtue-signal” to improve their standing within social platforms, even to the point of self-sabotage. Neither answer seems particularly satisfying. – BookForum ...
Tags: Art, Media, 09.11.20

The End Of How We Do Higher Education?

With universities and colleges in desperate need of funds far in excess of the $14 billion in federal stimulus money allotted by the CARES Act, Covid-19 may well be what some have called an “extinction-level event” for higher education. Schools often run deficits in normal times; in 2019, nearly 1,000 private colleges were already borderline insolvent. Covid will cause many to shutter for good. It is accounting, not epidemiology, that drives university administrators to push for a rapid return ...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 09.08.20

French Government Attempt To Ban Feminist Book Backfires

A French government official’s attempts to ban an essay entitled I Hate Men over its “incitement to hatred on the grounds of gender” have backfired, sending sales of the feminist pamphlet skyrocketing. – Irish Times
Tags: Art, Words, 09.11.20

This Woman Recreates One Famous Classic Painting a Day for a Year, Brings Progress to Another Level

Ilya Repin “Princess Sofia Alekseyevna” (1879) Liza Yukhnyova from Saint Petersburg, Russia, perfectly gets into characters of famous masterpieces. Her mastery does not look like entertainment but claims to be called art. According to an artist: “I really love art, admiring beauty and talent. I want to actualize great painting from different cultural traditions to show people that it is much... Source
Tags: Art, Photography, Design, Russia, Woman, Paintings, Recreate, Classic, Saint Petersburg Russia, Ilya Repin, Sofia Alekseyevna, Liza Yukhnyova

Dazzling makeover of 90-year-old Spanish lighthouse divides opinion

Infinite Cantabria by Okuda San Miguel is a riot of colours, geometric shapes and animalsA 90-year-old lighthouse perched on a lush cape in northern Spain is at the centre of a cultural row after a dazzling paint job by a local artist left the tower outshining its lamp – and some critics blanching.For almost a century, the lighthouse, near the Cantabrian town of Ajo, was a mute, monochrome sentry beaming its light out over the Atlantic. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Spain, World news, Culture, Art and design, Okuda San Miguel, Atlantic Continue, Ajo, Cantabria

Is Nepotism In The Arts Good Or Bad?

There are few issues that lead to such widespread feelings of anger and frustration as the idea of nepotism, especially in an artistic or literary context. For many would-be writers or actors, in particular, the suspicion remains that both industries operate as essentially a closed shop, and entry can only be obtained to the glamorous and well-remunerated professions through having a famous name or similarly high-profile connections. – The Critic
Tags: Art, Ideas, 09.11.20

The startup that made office phone booths for Google, Uber, and NASA is selling modular work pods — see inside

Room. ROOM_Justin Chung. Workplace startup Room released mini modular workspaces. The workspaces can modify a traditional office to be safer during coronavirus. Room started out selling soundproof office phone booths.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Offices will probably never look the same in a post-Coronavirus world. Open floor plans, shared snacks, and even places for napping or hanging out were once markers of trendy places to work, but now these perks seem dangero...
Tags: Work, New York, Design, Office, Trends, Future Of Work, Tech, Nasa, Features, Architecture, Modular, Room, Google Uber, Pandemic, Tech Insider, Uber Google

A London studio created this seat design to get people back into the movie theater safely as theatre chains suffer due to the ongoing pandemic

Sequel Seat. Layer Layer design studio created a safer movie theater sesat during a pandemic. The film industry could lose $10 billion dollars as a result of COVID-19. The Sequel Seat design has antibacterial fabric and protective screens.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The coronavirus pandemic has been brutal to many industries, including film, with movie theaters forced to close and new releases pushed back indefinitely. Some chains are reopening where regulations a...
Tags: Design, London, Entertainment, Film, Amc, US, Trends, Tech, Features, Wes Anderson, Cineworld, Benjamin Hubert, Movie Theater, Cinemark, Tech Insider, Mary Meisenzahl

Thoughts On Art, Justice And Interpretation

Just as authors and composers must be free to write about any world they can imagine, so must interpreters be allowed to play and sing any roles for which they are held to be more qualified than their competitors—provided they agree to the creators’ terms and conditions. – Conrad Osborne
Tags: Art, Ideas, 09.11.20

Times Are Grim. So Why Hasn’t Comedy Rallied On TV?

It’s just striking to me that at a time shrouded in so much darkness, the aggressive joke-per-minute efforts of a Veep-like show, for example, haven’t found their way to air, specifically because the environment is begging for it. – The Daily Beast
Tags: Art, Media, 09.11.20

An Opportunity For Reconsidering Public Monuments

The debate over statues—and the wider debates around the Black Lives Matter movement—have thrust the issue of our relationship to history into public consciousness. We should seize this moment to think more deeply about the complexities of the past that have shaped the present. – New York Review of Books
Tags: Art, Visual, 09.09.20, Reconsidering Public Monuments

Old Soviet Ships Transformed Into Yachts for Millionaires

Some modern super-yachts used to look differently and perform basically military missions. They served interests of their native country and its people. Many Soviet yachts became the property of foreign buyers in the 1990s who bought them quite cheaply. “Valirean Albanov” and Olivia The first in the list is a 70-meters yacht Olivia that was produced as a surveillance ship “Valerian Albanov” in... Source
Tags: Design, Technology, Yacht, Ships, Soviet, Transformed, Valirean Albanov, Valerian Albanov

Four Girls Have Been Taking Their Group Photos For 7 Years

Four Russian girls, beginning with 2012, have been making their group photos and got them framed. One of them published the photos recently and received a lot of comments from other users. They have been friends since childhood. The second one is dated 2013. 2014 2015 2016 – the previous photo is in their hands. This photo, 2017, was taken on the wedding day of one of the girls. Source
Tags: Photography, Design, Russia, Photo, Girls, Group, Series

Listen Up

From French psych-pop and Danish hip-hop to enchanting covers and collaborations Ana Roxanne: Suite pour l’invisible From LA-based ambient musician Ana Roxanne’s upcoming Because of a Flower (out 13 November) comes the lush and languid “Suite pour l’invisible.” With sparse and delicate vocals, the tranquil tune is the first from the album, which centers on “gender identity, beauty and cruelty.” Themes and sounds informed by …
Tags: Music, Design, La, Music Videos, Rap, Soul, Hip-hop, Erykah Badu, French, Piano, Ambient, Philip Glass, Listenup, Collaborations, New Music, Stormzy

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