This week marks the one year anniversary of the Word Nerd feature, and it finally occurred to me (after a few people emailed suggesting words I’d already done) that there really ought to be an index, so that those who are interested can find previous installments. So here it is. New installments will be added to the list as they are posted.
35. 3/27/14 Cue, Queue, Que, Kew
34. 3/22/14 Ensure, Insure, Assure
33. 3/14/14 St. Patrick’s Day
32. 2/20/14 Boarder, Border
31. 1/31/14 Guerrilla, Gorilla
30. 1/15/14 Cannon, Canon
29. 12/19/13: Moot, Mute
20. 8/29/13 Affect, Effect
28. 1/28/13 Wary, Weary
27. 11/20/13 Dew, Do, Doo, Due
26. 11/2/13 Threw, Through
25. 10/21/13 Hoard, Hoared, Horde
24. 10/4/13 Passed, Past
23. 9/19/13 Role, Roll
22. 9/13/13 Defiant, Definite
21. 9/7/13 Lo, Low
19. 8/23/13 Medal, Meddle, Metal, Mettle
18. 8/15/13 Lightening, Lightning
17. 8/8/13 Weather, Whether
16. 8/1/13 Allowed, Aloud
15. 7/18/13 Malaprops and Mondegreens
14. 7/12/13 Allusion, Illusion
13. 6/27/13 Censer, Censor, Censure, Sensor
12. 6/21/13 Whose, Who’s
11. 6/13/13 Cite, Sight, Site
10. 6/6/13 Grisly, Gristly, Grizzly
9. 5/30/13 Palate, Palette, Pallet, Pallid
8. 5/23/13 Formerly, Formally
7. 5/16/13 Spaces
6. 5/9/13 Right, Rite, Write, Wright
5. 5/1/13 Poor, Pore, Pour
4. 4/24/13 Peak, Peek, Pique
3. 4/17/13 Faze, Phase
2. 4/10/13 Rain, Reign, Rein
1. 4/4/13 Ado, Adieu
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The inspiration for Gourmet Mouse Traps came after a week-long cheese advertising shoot in NYC. Food stylist Claudia Ficca who created the tiny dishes says: ‘Making mini versions of these foods required preciseness and concentration, I definitely made use of my fine tip tweezers for this job. From conception to creation this project was so much fun’.
We’ve had some trouble with obnoxious pop-ups displaying on the site. Problem has been resolved. More on that here.
Oh my GOD February is over.
Pangaea with current international boarders. via
Taking a test where everyone has to be quiet? Stomach sounds time.
Losing your phone sucks for sure but how about losing your favorite lip balm or your lighter? It is definitely annoying but you can easily replace them. In case you ever wonder where and what these little objects are doing now, check Yoonjin Lee’s Little lost project.
Walking through city streets of New York, Yoonjin Lee collects items that others have discarded – lighters, paper clips, and subway MetroCards, among other miscellaneous objects and creates little street art installations to share their stories of loss and abandonment.
We already introduced the ‘Dear blank, please blank’ project in 2011. Today we visited the page again, curious if we got to find new submissions that would lighten up our day. Unfortunately we had to find out that people got quite frustrated, rather using the project to let off steam or make political statements. Not sure if you feel the same, but we miss the creativity. Too bad actually as the project started out so nice. In memoriam of ‘Dear blank, please blank’ when it was still fun, here a few highlights. You can purchase the cards for $4,50 here or by clicking on the card.
We enjoy sculptural work a lot as it combines craftsmanship and patience as well as an eager eye and a sense for small details. When it comes to realistic or rather hyperrealistic sculptures it is probably Ron Mueck who ist most known for this kind of art and he will definitely not be missed in our selection of the best realistic sculptures. Though there are some others that you should have an eye on. If you happen to know some we should include, feel invited to share them on our Facebook Page. So here we go: enjoy our Top 10 Realistic Sculptures.
Germany based artist, Gregor Gaida creates amazing sculptures that often deal with aggressive or emotional acts of mankind. His ‘Attaboys’ scratch a straight line of chalk into the floor. The line separates and links the two at the same time. They are constructed like a mirror image, positioned on opposite sides of the room.
Mark Jenkins is an American artist who is widely known for his street installations featuring realistic human sculptures which often draw the attention of the police. He uses the street as a stage, letting his sculptures interact with passersby.
Daniel Arsham’s sculptures blur the lines between art, architecture and performance, and explore issues of natural versus manufactured or intention versus happenstance. He plays with our familiar surroundings and challenges our perception of physical space. By letting solid walls melt or drip and ripple
Seung Yul Oh created traditional Korean noodle soup sculptures made out of epoxy resin, silicone, steel and aluminum. Seung Yul Oh exaggerates its presentation, extending the noodles from the bowl – which also features sculpted eggs, vegetables and broth – 12 feet into space, completed with a pair of floating chopsticks.
Cie Willi Dorner created ‘Bodies in Urban Spaces’, a temporary art installation in different architectural spaces. He placed body sculptures in the tiniest spaces, squeezes them in gaps, between house walls and street signs and just everywhere he finds an open space. The installation initiates a thinking process and creates irritation.
The work of Stockholm based artist Anders Krisár often deals with the human body. Krisár takes realistic casts of body parts, torso, arms or faces to modify hem in ways that lend them a surreal quality. His aim is to explore interpersonal relationships and examine the complexities of the human condition.
Cai Guoi-Qiang created ‘Falling Back To Earth’, featuring four major installations. The centrepiece is ‘Heritage’ with 99 replicas of animals from around the world, gathered together to drink from a blue lake surrounded by pristine white sand. Regarding his art the widely known artist explains: ‘My work is like a dialogue between unseen powers, like alchemy.’
As shocking as Ron Mueck’s figurative sculptures of seemingly limitless format may be, at the same time they are, because of their absurdness, amusing in their very own way. Partly orienting himself by photographs, Mueck especially approaches specific physically significant moments in time in a human beings life. Moments as pregnancy, birth, adolescence, age and death. Shown half naked or completely naked the sculptures seem exposed and vulnerable, not being able to hide anything from the visitors.
Sam Jinks creates amazingly hyperrealistic sculptures of humans. Emotional vulnerability is both the subject and result of his work and moves his audiences. For Jinks, his works are not literal representations, but are based on the combination of different stages of life.
Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori creates three-dimensional Goldfish using a complex technique. The little animals are painted on resin layer per layer. He patiently adds layers of resin to slowly bring his subjects to live. Definitely one of the best realistic sculptures we’ve seen so far.
Chinese New Year begins Saturday, January 28th – it’s the Year of the Rooster!
Because the Chinese in particular are extremely superstitious, there are “rules” for what to do and eat (and NOT) to usher in the New Year and ward off bad spirits. (click for larger image)
Gong Hay Fat Choy!
Chinese New Year Recipes
From top left:
- My Mother’s Famous Chinese Egg Rolls or Vegetable Spring Rolls with video (egg rolls look like gold bars, which symbolize wealth)
- Chinese Boiled Pork Dumplings (also symbolize wealth)
- Pan Fried Shrimp & Pork Potstickers (wealth)
- Shrimp Fried Rice (shrimp for happiness and joy)
- Chinese Broccoli Beef Noodles (noodles for longevity)
- Fresh Pear and Shrimp Stir Fry (shrimp for happiness and joy)
From top left:
- Long Life Fertility Noodles and Happy Shrimp
- Chinese Lettuce Cups (lettuce = rising fortune)
- Hainanese Chicken Rice (serve your chicken whole & cut at table for Chinese New Year. Cooking a whole chicken or duck represents health — carving it before serving would meant to “cut” your health)
- Chinese Tea Eggs (for prosperity)
- Chinese Whole Steamed Fish
- Stir Fried Beef with Nectarines (nectarine = happiness, health)
More Chinese New Year Recipes
Thai Larb Lettuce Cups from my good friends Diane and Todd of White on Rice Couple
Dan Dan Mien from Jeannette’s Healthy Kitchen
Jiaozi Dumplings – from my friends Nate & Mary Kate on Epicurious (who just came out with their Chinese cookbook Feeding the Dragon!)
Chicken Lettuce Cups – Nate & Mary Kate on Epicurious
Stir Fried Prawns with XO Sauce – Noob Cook
Stir Fried Leeks with Vegetable – Noob Cook
Chinese Almond Chicken – Appetite for China
Braised Bok Choy – Taste Hong Kong
Sichuan Wonton – Appetite for China
Steamed Pork & Shrimp Dumplings (Sui Mai) – Flavor Explosions
Steamed Chicken in Lotus Leaf – RasaMalaysia
Stir Fried Pine Nuts with Corn and Peas – RasaMalaysia (dish means “full of gold and jade”)
Stir Fried Broccoli and Scallop – RasaMalaysia (“richness and abundance”)
Baked BBQ Pork Buns – RasaMalaysia
Soy Sauce Chicken – RasaMalaysia (though serve your chicken whole & cut at table for Chinese New Year. Cooking a whole chicken or duck represents health — carving it before serving would meant to “cut” your health)
Flank Steak with Fried Noodles – Food Network
Ketchup Prawns – Sea Salt with Food
Egg Dumplings – Show Shanti
Homemade Chili Oil – Show Shanti
Singapore Black Pepper Crab – Sea Salt with Food
Chinese Long Beans – Washington Post (long beans = longevity)
Chinese Almond Cookies – Simply Recipes (beautiful, Garrett, just beautiful!)
Fortune Cookie Recipe – Martha Stewart
Fortune Cookie Recipe video – Cookbook Maniac (love her tips for fortune cookies)
Chocolate Fortune Cookies – Martha Stewart
Vegetarian Buddha’s Delight – Epicurious
Orange Peking Duck – recipe from Ken Hom, author of Ken Hom’s Top 100 Stir Fry Recipes
Sweet & Sour Pork – recipe from Grace Young, author Breath of a Wok
Buddha’s Delight with Tofu & Brocooli– Cooking Light
Peanut Sesame Noodles – Appetite for China
Soy Sauce Chicken – Appetite for China
Water Chestnut Cake with Ginger – Appetite for China
Dragon Well Tea Shrimp – Appetite for China
Dan Dan Mian – Appetite for China
Stir Fried Noodles, Taiwanese Style – Explore Hong Kong
Chinese New Year Cake – Asian Grandmother’s Cookbook
Scallion Pancakes – Tigers and Strawberries (perfect recipe. we made these many times)
Chinese White Cut Chicken – Sunday Nite Dinner (serve your chicken whole & cut at table for Chinese New Year. Cooking a whole chicken or duck represents health — carving it before serving would meant to “cut” your health)
Tea Smoked Duck – Cooking Channel
Nian Gao Cake – Asian Grandmother’s Cookbook
Shanghai Style Nian Gao – Donna Cooks (“rising higher each year” This dish is a must for our table – I love the soft, chewy noodles. This is also one of my Dad’s hometown dishes)
Stir Fried Shanghai Nian Gao – mmm-yoso
Lion’s Head Meatballs – NY Times (lion = strength; big round meatballs = family togetherness)
Fuscshia Dunlop’s Braised Pork Belly – Cookbook Maniac
Chinese Walnut Cookies – Lily’s Wai Sek Hong
Paper Lined Cup Sponge Cake – Lily’s Wai Sek Hong
Dragon Cookies – Lily’s Wai Sek Hong (love this idea – we’ll make these dragon cookies w/my kids)
Almond Cookie Cresents – Lily’s Wai Sek Hong
Double Sided Gold Noodles – Lily’s Wai Sek Hong (one of my favorite noodles as a kid)
Steamed Pork Bun Recipe + how to fold Chinese buns video – Christine’s Recipes
Braised Chinese Mushrooms – Christine’s Recipes (easy dish to make, we always have whole Chinese mushrooms on CNY)
Egg Custard Pastry – Christine’s Recipes (with a cheater crust! brilliant)
Stir Fried Glutinous Rice – Christine’s Recipes
Stir Fried Broccoli with Fish Fillet – Christine’s Recipes
Tomato Chili Prawns – Christine’s Recipes (shrimp = laughter and joy)
Butter Cookies – Christine’s Recipes
Braised Chinese Mushrooms – Christine’s Recipes
Baked Coconut Cake – Christine’s Recipes
Radish Cake – Christine’s Recipes
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If someone tells you not to think of a pink elephant, you immediately see a pink elephant in your mind’s eye, right? Photographer Jean-Baptiste Courtier took this little perceptional trick to create his series ‘Elephant Rose’. We see a humongous, inflatable pink elephant following a young woman on her heels. Not sure if it’s just a dream or a surreal scene, we get confused by the pink animal that won’t really fit into the surrounding. The woman doesn’t even seem to apperceive the elephant which might be the embodiment of a constant thought that’s haunting her.
We just recently introduced French photographer Jean-Baptiste Courtier with his series ‘Natation Synchronisée’ and are curious for more to come.
All images © Jean-Baptiste Courtier