Monday, August 18, 2008

Inmates & Underpants.

In the 1990s, subcontractor Third Generation hired 35 female South Carolina inmates to sew lingerie and leisure wear for Victoria's Secret and JCPenney. In 1997, a California prison put two men in solitary for telling journalists they were ordered to replace "Made in Honduras" labels on garments with "Made in the usa."


Cool Art Installation.

German design students recently installed a temporary exhibit at Munich's Modern Art Museum called The Third Space. The students built this heavenly bird's nest-like space using almost 1,300,000 cable ties -- those things we all use to organize the mess of wires under our desks...

-Seen on

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Europe's Genetic Map.

Biologists have constructed a genetic map of Europe showing the degree of relatedness between its various populations. Of the 100 strongest genomic sites, 17 are found in the region of the genome that confers lactose tolerance, an adaptation that arose among a cattle herding culture in northern Europe some 5,000 years ago. Most people switch off the lactose digesting gene after weaning, but the cattle herders evidently gained a great survival advantage by keeping the gene switched on through adulthood.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Hubble Nebula.

The Hubble Space Telescope has completed its 100,000th orbit of the Earth since its launch 18 years ago, and to celebrate, astronomers used it to image an opalescent region of starbirth in a nearby galaxy.

Time is Money Bank.

By Normann Copenhagen

Designer: Karim Rashid

While shopping on Main St I came across a great design store. Deep in the throws of nursery design and parenting, one thing I do know is that you need to teach your kids the value of money as soon possible so they turn into responsible adults and not end up deep in debt. I chose the hot pink bank to match the nursery color scheme.


People's Fav Kitchen Sounds.

1. The pop of a bottle of wine being opened
2. The crack of a hard boiled egg tapped on a counter
3. Sharpening a knife on a steel
4. The soft rip of a warm baguette being opened
5. The shatter of ice when liquid hits it
6. The noises of someone, anyone, making breakfast while I'm still in bed
7. The clank of a rolling pin against my mother's ringed fingers
8. The whir of our old electric juicer
9. The crunchy snap of an apple being bitten
10. The sizzle of meat hitting a hot grill

Link: The Kitchn

Wednesday, August 6, 2008