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23 Nov 07:06

Ocean-Inspired Resin Lamps Cast a Tranquil Blue Glow When Illuminated

by Margherita Cole

Must not start new hobby of resin-casting. Must not start new hobby...

The ones with resin between two pieces of wood are so coooool, like fissures.

Ocean-Inspired Resin Lamps Cast a Tranquil Blue Glow When Illuminated

Epoxy Resin Lamps

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One of the most exciting aspects of epoxy resin art is its ability to keep objects suspended inside of the transparent material. Artists can freeze flowers and insects in the substance or even their own sculptures. Turkish creative Samil Demirel takes this one step further by designing naturalistic aquatic scenes inside of resin and wood lamps.

Each one of these decorative pieces features miniature figurines made out of basswood. Demirel uses a Dremel tool to carefully render minute details such as fins and scuba gear before painting them with a fine brush. He then places them inside the geometric mold of resin before it is solidified. Additionally, to stabilize the block, the artist combines a variety of high-quality wood—like walnut, olive, and basswood–into the design. This combination of wood and resin adds texture to the lamp so when it is turned on in a dark room, the blue-tinted resin resembles a deep ocean, and the wooden frame mimics a rocky trench.

Among Demirel's portfolio of resin decor is a polar bear standing on a lone iceberg, two koi fish swimming in circles around each other, and a pair of dolphins gliding past a sunken tree. Some of his lamps even take on a more fantasy aesthetic, where he includes Greek columns sprouting from the ocean floor and ancient ships traveling along the top.

You can purchase Demirel's amazing resin lamps via his Etsy shop, and keep up to date with the artist's latest creations by following him on Instagram.

Turkish artist Samil Demirel creates amazing wood and resin lamps.

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They feature aquatic-inspired figurines suspended inside of blocks of blue-colored resin.

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20 Nov 09:18

Japanese Fisherman Trading Cards are Getting Kids Excited About the Fishery Industry

by Johnny

This is amazing.

In December of last year a local government agency in Aomori prefecture set out to create a PR campaign that would boost the value and attractiveness of their fishery industry. They eventually landed on the idea of creating sets of trading cards featuring real-life fisherman, flexing in poses often featuring the fish they caught. The […]

The post Japanese Fisherman Trading Cards are Getting Kids Excited About the Fishery Industry first appeared on Spoon & Tamago.

14 Nov 06:18

Family-Owned Osaka Bookseller Designs Playful Book Covers

by Johnny

While part of me winces at the packaging waste, these are so charming and I love the combo of cover and bookmark- especially the piano one.

Seiwado Book Store in Osaka began producing playful covers as freebies for their customers If you’ve ever purchased a book in Japan you’re undoubtedly familiar with the phrase kaba otsuke shimashouka? “Would you like a cover?” The book cover is a free service that booksellers in Japan offer, giving your newly purchased book a thin, […]

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10 Nov 07:22

spindlewit: put a bunch of my gif pieces up as prints! bath...


put a bunch of my gif pieces up as prints!

bath bloom/tether/shelter/wetland

hidden place/downpour/pond water/spillway

06 Nov 00:02

Where’s My TV Show About La Maupin, the Bisexual Fencing Opera Singer?

by Jessica Mason

I'd absolutely watch this. Every time I read something about La Maupin/Julie d'Aubingny there's usually a little bit that I haven't heard before and it just adds to my wonder at her straight-from-the-tabloid-headlines life. Rejected Princesses is where I first heard about her and the illustrations could be storyboards for the show. 'cmon hollywood!

Once again I am here to make demands of Hollywood. I’ve written about how I want, nay, need a prestige series about Empress Matilda and now I am here again with another amazing woman from history who deserves her moment in the pop-culture sun. Her name is Julie d’Aubigny, also known a La Maupin, and she lived a legendary life in the late 17th century. A series about her would be like if Gentleman Jack and Versailles had a beautiful opera-singing baby.

Let me tell you about Julie d’Aubingny. Or at least what I can. The details of her life are spotty in some places and much of her adventures have been embellished and become legends. She was born around 1670 or 1673. Julie (we think that was her given name) was the child of the Secretary of Louis XIV’s Master of Horse, Count d’Armagnac, which means she grew up close to the court and the royal stables (which in this case might be much nicer than it sounds).

La Maupin‘s father was an accomplished swordsman who trained the pages of the court in fencing, and Julie joined in the lessons. And she was good. Her father also had a generally rough lifestyle so she learned to ride, drink, and gamble from dad too and she preferred to dress as a boy. There was some conflict in that great father-daughter dynamic in that she also had an affair with her father’s boss, the influential Count d’Armagnac. She was possibly 14 at this time.

Also around this time, as she was getting a bit wilder, as well as married! Besides all the fights and affairs, Julie was married to a mild clerk named Maupin, probably not her idea. That didn’t last. Sure she stayed married and used the name Maupin, but she also ran away with another swordsman named Séranne. They made money giving fencing exhibitions and just plain fighting people, with La Maupin in male clothes though not concealing that she was female. Once when a member of a crowd said she couldn’t be a woman she threw open her shirt to prove she was.

Her other method of making money was to sing, and though she had no formal opera training, she gained work as an operatic contralto in between her frequent duels with men. She had an amazing memory and could learn her music very quickly, and was a smash on stage in Marseille. She created several roles and sang opera for the rest of her life. But her dueling never stoped and she killed or wounded 10 men and had to be pardoned by the King. Twice.

At some point, she’d ditched Séranne, and was having the time of her life. As a singer, she fell in love with a woman whose family was having none of that. The girl was shipped off to a convent … which isn’t the best way to keep females apart? La Maupin snuck into the convent disguised as a nun. To fool the convent La Maupin replaced her girlfriend’s body in her room … with the body of a dead nun. Then as they escaped the convent, La Maupin SET IT ON FIRE.

Grave robbing! Lesbian nuns! Arson! Come on, Hollywood! This writes itself!

La Maupin’s life was so incredibly wild, but there are a lot of details missing and that means that she’s ripe for a Hollywood adaptation, because there’s so much we could do here. She apparently died at the age of 34, having returned to her husband, but honestly, we don’t have to go with that. Hollywood could write their own ending.

There have of course been adaptations showing La Maupin on screen and in novels, most famously in the 1835 story by Théophile Gautier, Mademoiselle MaupinAnd there have been series about La Maupin … in French and Italian. But I seriously would love to see her portrayed on a premium cable or streaming network that could truly capture the excitement and decadence of La Maupin’s life. This was a woman who would fight three men at a party, win, then go back in to make out with their wives. She was amazing, and think of the fun a series could have with her.

Make it happen, Hollywood. I’ll help you write it!

(Image: Wikimedia Commons)

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03 Nov 01:17

Election Impact Score Sheet

You might think most people you know are reliable voters, or that your nudge won't convince them, and you will usually be right. But some small but significant percentage of the time, you'll be wrong, and that's why this works.
01 Nov 09:48

Google Has New Icon Designs, And People Don’t Like It

by Franzified

OMG this!

G Suite has been recently rebranded by Google. The app collection, which is now known as Google Workspace, now has new icon designs as well. According to Google, these new icon designs reflect a “more connected, helpful, and flexible experience” on the Workspace. But it seems that the new designs create unnecessary confusion, and they don’t seem to help the average user. Tarvin Gill from Mashable has this to say about the new icon designs:

I’m on the fence about this new design. On one hand, I do like the consistency of the new icons. They all share the same colors and stand out from the other app icons on my phone.
But on the other hand, I find myself taking longer to open up any Google app because I have to make sure I’m launching the right app.

How about you? What do you think about this?

(Image Credit: Frederic Lardinois/ Twitter)

29 Oct 02:26

sirensandsatyrs: mockwa: Fluid dynamics in all its...





Fluid dynamics in all its glory

This is worth 26 seconds of your life.

25 Oct 05:59

Halloween Hobo Nickels

by John Farrier


The term "hobo nickel" comes from the American experience during the Great Depression, when some impoverished people carved images and designs into coins, often the soft 5-cent coin, to sell. The Hobo Nickel Society is an organization dedicated to preserving this craft and promoting its modern practitioners.

For Halloween, the society is tweeting out images of the best Halloween-themed hobo nickels.





-via Super Punch

20 Oct 09:16

FIYAH Magazine’s Ignyte Awards Beautifully Illustrates What True Inclusivity in SFF/Speculative Fiction Looks Like

by Larissa Irankunda


Banner for the inaugural IGNYTE Awards by FIYAH literary magazine

This past weekend, Black speculative fiction literary magazine FIYAH hosted its inaugural convention, FIYAHCON, and during this convention, the literary magazine also unveiled its very first awards ceremony: The Ignyte Awards.

Born out of a frustration with the current climate of inclusivity in SFF, The Ignyte Awards “seek to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of the current and future landscapes of science fiction, fantasy, and horror by recognizing incredible feats in storytelling and outstanding efforts toward inclusivity of the genre.”

And indeed, throughout the course of only one weekend, FIYAHCON and The Ignyte Awards cultivated a magnificently inclusive and positive space that set the tone for not only what the SFF community could be, but what it should be.

It’s no surprise that SFF and Speculative Fiction suffer from an inclusivity problem. As genres that have historically been predominantly occupied by cis white men, the community has, in recent years, been forced to reckon with the racism, sexism, homophobia, and exclusivity that have run rampant in its spaces.

Between the uncomfortable debacle of this year’s Hugo Awards, racist subgroups intimidating authors of color, and general disregard for diverse perspectives and diverse storytelling, genre fiction has illustrated itself to be a very unwelcoming (and, in some cases, unsafe) space for LGBT, PoC, and female-identifying readers and authors.

It is even more difficult for writers of these identities to be given the same credit and respect in regards to their merit as creators, and the validity of their stories: N.K. Jemisin had to constantly rebuke racist critics who claimed she only received awards due to virtue signaling– rather than because of the undeniable brilliance of her work. And legendary authors like Octavia Butler have only just now received mainstream commercial success while their white male peers have enjoyed unquestioned acclaimed for decades on end (even in spite of their own bigoted ideals).

FIYAH itself has had its name butchered and disrespected by notable figures of the science-fiction community, while authors of the PoC and LGBT community have found themselves constantly dodging micro-aggressions and unfair gatekeeping—all which make for an incredibly exhausting and toxic environment.

That’s why FIYAHCON and the Ignyte Awards were such a breath of fresh air. Over the span of three days, FIYAHCON delightfully delivered a mindfully curated list of panels, events, and books that highlighted unspoken voices and championed authentic diversity in the community.

With panels like “My Skin Isn’t Caramel, My Eyes Aren’t Chocolate: Colorism Among Us” and guests like Rebecca Roanhorse and Mark Oshiro, FIYAHCON made certain in every facet of the event that inclusivity was at the core of its ethos, and at the forefront of every conversation.

This intention culminated in the Ignyte Awards ceremony, where members of the SFF/Speculative Fiction industry (nominated by a diverse committee and voted on by the public) were celebrated for their achievements, work, and efforts in the community.

It was uplifting to see the names of the finalists and winners of each category, because it was clear that each was chosen with true  mindfulness, and consideration of their merit. And furthermore, it made it even more clear that the issue in SFF/Speculative Fiction is less a “creative bankruptcy” problem and more an accessibility problem.

There are truly so many exceptional works being produced right now, by some of the most promising creators I’ve seen in years, but so many of them are never given the spotlight because of archaic, problematic, and truthfully unproductive systems in place. If we want to see these genres truly reach the crux of their potential, we have to make room for everybody to thrive. We shouldn’t be simply “tolerant” of people’s diverse identities, but appreciative of them.

Because—as I personally always say—stories are powerful, transformative things, and they cannot reach the full power of their impact if they do not reflect the beautiful diversity of our own society. It’s not “unrealistic” or “PC” or being a “special snowflake” to take into account that the world is full of an incredible variety of cultures, identities, people, and lived experiences.

You’re only holding yourself back if you stubbornly cling to only consuming a limited and homogeneous trove of perspectives. After all, one of the most beautiful things about exploring different identities, perspectives, and experiences is finding the unifying thread that connects our humanity together.

And after an impressive and successful year, I’m certain that the stories, people, and readers celebrated in FIYAHCON and the Ignyte Awards will continue to make a positive impact for years to come.

And for those curious about the winners of this year’s inaugural Ignyte Awards, please check out the list below (and make sure to add each to your TBR list!):

  • Best Novel – Adult : Gods of Jade and Shadow – Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)
  • Best Novel – YA: We Hunt the Flame – Hafsah Faizal (FSG BYR)* (*BYR: “Books for Young Readers”)
  • Best in MG: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky – Kwame Mbalia (Disney Hyperion)
  • Best Novella: This is How You Lose the Time War – Max Gladstone & Amal El-Mohtar (Gallery/Saga Press)
  • Best Novelette: Emergency Skin – N K Jemisin for the Amazon Forward Collection
  • Best Short Story: A Brief Lesson in Native American Astronomy – Rebecca Roanhorse for Mythic Dream
  • Best in Speculative Poetry: A Conversation Between the Embalmed Heads of Lampião and Maria Bonita on Public Display at the Baiano State Forensic Institute, Circa Mid-20th Century – Woody Dismukes for Strange Horizons
  • Critics Award: Alex Brown –
  • Best Fiction Podcast: LeVar Burton Reads – LeVar Burton, Julia Smith, Adam Deibert, Brendan Byrnes, Mischa Stanton, Kristen Torres, Jenny Radelet, Josephine Martorana, Chris Bannon
  • Best Artist: Grace P. Fong
  • Best Comics Team: These Savage Shores – Ram V, Sumit Kumar, Vitorio Astone, Aditya Bidikar, & Tim Daniel
  • Best Anthology/Collected Works: New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color – Editor Nisi Shawl
  • Best in Creative Nonfiction: Black Horror Rising – Tananarive Due (Uncanny Magazine)
  • The Ember Award *for unsung contributions to genre: LeVar Burton
  • The Community Award *for Outstanding Efforts in Service of Inclusion and Equitable Practice in Genre : Strange Horizons – Gautam Bhatia, Vajra Chandrasekera, Joyce Chng, Kate Cowan, Tahlia Day, William Ellwood, Rebecca Evans, Ciro Faienza, Lila Garrott, Dan Hartland, Amanda Jean, Lulu Kadhim, Maureen Kincaid Speller, Catherine Krahe, Anaea Lay, Dante Luiz, Heather McDougal, AJ Odasso, Vanessa Rose Phin, Clark Seanor, Romie Stott, Aishwarya Subramanian, Fred G. Yost, and the SH copyediting team and first readers

(featured image: FIYAH Lit Mag)

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17 Oct 00:04

Rare Photos of Black Rosie the Riveters


Look at these amazing photos! These women overcame incredible racism and sexism to simply help with the war effort.

Did you know about the way that many groups paired the defeat of the Nazis with also working to gain equal rights (the Double V campaign)?

I learned a lot about both from hearing the amazing Park Ranger Betty Reid Soskin talk at the Rosie the Riveter Museum in Richmond, CA. She's 99 now and still sharp and active.






During World War II, 600,000 African-American women entered the wartime workforce. Previously, black women’s work in the United States was largely limited to domestic service and agricultural work, and wartime industries meant new and better-paying opportunities – if they made it through the hiring process, that is. White women were the targets of the U.S. government’s propaganda efforts, as embodied in the lasting and lauded image of Rosie the Riveter.Though largely ignored in America’s popular history of World War II, black women’s important contributions in World War II factories, which weren’t always so welcoming, are stunningly captured in these comparably rare snapshots of black Rosie the Riveters.

-Cheezy grin- Black Women!!!!

Thank you all!!

Thank you 🙂


16 Oct 23:43

kvothbloodless: All things strive


Lovely! Like nature's kintsugi.


All things strive

16 Oct 19:53

Shonda Rhimes Is Bringing Us the Gorgeously Inclusive Regency Romance Series We Deserve With Bridgerton

by Kaila Hale-Stern


Shondaland's Bridgerton Adaptation for Netflix

Television superproducer Shonda Rhimes and her Shondaland productions have gifted Twitter with an eye-catching trove of Bridgerton riches. The upcoming eight-episode Netflix series is an adaptation of Julia Quinn’s bestselling romance novels, and will feature a gorgeously inclusive cast set against a stunning Regency-era British backdrop. As though this were not enough to make us scream “Take our money, just take it,” no less than Dame Julie Andrews will provide narration as the show’s mysterious Lady Whistledown.

Please just … gaze upon the glory that is Bridgerton with me. It’s Friday, and we’ve earned it.

Actor Regé-Jean Page, who plays the romantic lead Simon, Duke of Hastings, posted about his character last night, and I don’t think I’ve ever hit “add tweet to bookmarks” quite so fast.

Romance fans seemed thrilled that Quinn’s work is getting the Shondaland treatment, and were quick to highlight the books’ strengths.

Here’s the Netflix summary of Bridgerton, courtesy RadioTimes:

Bridgerton follows Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor), the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family as she makes her debut onto Regency London’s competitive marriage market.

Hoping to follow in her parent’s footsteps and find a match sparked by true love, Daphne’s prospects initially seem to be unrivaled. But as her older brother begins to rule out her potential suitors, the high society scandal sheet written by the mysterious Lady Whistledown casts aspersions on Daphne.

Enter the highly desirable and rebellious Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), committed bachelor and the catch of the season for the debutantes’ mamas. Despite proclaiming that they want nothing the other has to offer, their attraction is undeniable and sparks fly as they find themselves engaged in an increasing battle of wits while navigating society’s expectations for their future.

UH-HUH. You also had me at “the high society scandal sheet written by the mysterious Lady Whistledown.” Is Lady Whistledown a sort of Regency Gossip Girl? Anyway, she’s voiced by Julie Andrews, and I’m already obsessed.

Considering that there are nine books in the Bridgerton Family series, and this is likely based on the first, The Duke and I, we could be seeing a lot more reimagined Regency courtesy of Shondaland. In a time when happy news is often lacking, the Bridgerton announcement is a welcome and exciting distraction. We’ll get a chance to see the world of Bridgerton for ourselves on December 25, 2020. A Christmas miracle! Now please excuse me while I go stare at the costumes for a while longer.

(images: Netflix)

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16 Oct 00:33

Texts From SuperheroesFacebook | Twitter | Patreon | Tapas


Ahahahahah! So true.

Texts From Superheroes

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13 Oct 00:11

Five Amazing Creators and Advocates To Support on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

by Jessica Mason

Marvel Variant covers by Jeffrey Veregge

For years, many cities, organizations, and activists have moved to reclaim “Columbus Day,” which represents violent colonialism, and turn the holiday into a celebration of Indigenous people. The day is now “Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” intended to honor Indigenous people and cultures, and that’s what we’re doing today. Here we highlight five Indigenous creators and advocates who are undertaking incredible work.

Jeffrey Veregge

The featured superhero art above is by Jeffrey Veregge, “an award-winning Native American Artist and writer from the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe near Kingston, Washington.” Jeffrey’s art blends his distinctive line form design and aesthetics with modern comic book and genre elements. Not only had Jeffrey created the stunning Marvel variant covers above and created other awesome comics-inspired design, but he’s recently created covered for IDW’s Star Trek Voyager series.

My favorite is the top left which is a riff on the Pacific Northwest legend of Raven stealing the sun.

Amanda Blackhorse

Amanda is Dine’ and a member of the Navajo Nation. She is a social worker and has been a tireless advocate in the fight to get sports teams around the country to remove mascots based on Indigenous people that perpetuate stereotypes. Amanda was the leader of the lawsuit started in 2014 that eventually led to the Washington DC football team to lose their copyright on their offensive team name term. It wasn’t until this year that the team finally dropped the name, and Amanda’s fight continues.

Amanda Blackhorse and others founded the group, Arizona to Rally Against Native American Mascots to spread awareness about the harmful effects of offensive Native mascots locally and nationally. As an advocate against Native American mascots and as a social worker, she also speaks nationally about how colonization and historical trauma contribute to the legacy of Native American mascots.

You can find out more and sign the petitions at NoMoreNativeMascots.Org.

Elle-Maija Tailfeathers

Elle-Maija Tailfeathers is a writer, director, actor, and a producer and a member of the Kainai First Nation (Blood Tribe, Blackfoot Confederacy) as well as Sámi from Norway. Her work is intersectional and has been drawing attention and praise in film festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival where her film The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open won high acclaim and was acquired by Ava DuVernay’s Array films. The movie premiered on Netflix, where you can still watch it.

Tailfeathers also appeared as an actress in another TIFF selection, by our next creator.

Jeff Barnaby

Jeff Barnaby is a Mi’kmaqi director as well as a writer and composer. His work seeks to bring attention to Indigenous stories and people through the vehicle of genre film. His most recent film is Blood Quantum, which is available to watch on Shudder. It’s a Zombie flick that directly tackles colonialism, as those with Native ancestry (aka Blood Quantum) are immune to the Zombie Virus.

And as you can tell from the trailer, it’s also scary as hell. This is one for Halloween month.

Abigail Echo-Hawk

Abigail Echo-Hawk is a Pawnee storyteller and spoken word artist, as well as a researcher and activist for the decolonization of data and health sciences for Indigenous people. Abigail is the director of the Urban Indian Health Institue. The institute seeks to help tribes with access to health data and better advocate for Native people not living on reservations when it comes to how they are viewed and represented in health data.

Data is so important, now more than ever. Native communities have been disproportionately ravaged by the Coronavirus pandemic, so getting these communities, doctors, and governments the right data is essential to saving lives. In their own words:

Decades of data that we believe to be incomplete have informed medical practices, programs, policies, and bills that continue to determine how American Indian and Alaska Native people are cared for by most institutions throughout the country.

We have made a commitment to decolonizing data to ensure that it is more accurate and accessible for partners, providers, policy makers, and health advocates and is informed by the people who know the health needs best—Native people.

Echo-Hawk is a leader in this movement and as an activist.


These are just a few of the many incredible creative, inspiring, and pioneering activists and artists that are working to bring attention to Indigenous culture and issues that affect Native people, so take this list as a jumping-off point. Please let us and our readers know about Indigenous and Native creators, activists, and causes in the comments below.

(Image: Marvel Entertainment/Jeffrey Veregge)

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12 Oct 10:10

rocktheholygrail: Michael Schur’s speech at The Good Place...



Michael Schur’s speech at The Good Place series finale table read

05 Oct 06:49

Quirky Sugar Bowl Looks Like a Magical Snow Globe With a Spicy or Sweet Landscape

by Sonya Harris

So inefficient and probably quite messy to use but I love them.

Quirky Sugar Bowl Looks Like a Magical Snow Globe With a Spicy or Sweet Landscape

Sugar House Bowl by Peleg Design

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There’s nothing sweeter than a snow globe, invoking feelings of coziness in the holiday season. However, the new Sugar House Bowl from Peleg Design may be a good runner up! The design studio has created a sugar container that infuses kitchen practicality with the enchantment of the holiday season. The bowl is designed for easy access and can be laid upside down to take spoonfuls of sugar out of it.

The studio (which is known for its offbeat and charming products) continues its tradition of using optical illusions in its designs in order to invite the viewer to take a closer look and gain a fresh perspective. The bowl features a sugary looking structure, surrounded by a white picket fence, beckoning the same scenic magic of snow globes. And when it isn’t the holiday season, the bowl is still practical as it can be used to store, non-sugary items such as lentils, beans, or spices.

The bowl is also designed for longevity and durability. Measuring at 4.3 in x 4.3 in x 4.7 in, it's compact enough to ensure it won’t take up too much space. The studio also boasts, “This dazzling sugar bowl will bring glitters of snowflakes to your tea, and make your coffee break much sweeter!” Because of its enchanting design, the Sugar House Bowl could make a delightfully whimsical present during your next gift exchange.

You can pre-order the Sugar House Bowl now via Amazon.

Design studio Peleg Design has created a Sugar Bowl that shares the magic of a snow globe!

Sugar House Bowl by Peleg Design

The lightweight container features a cozy-looking structure and white picket fence.

Sugar House Bowl by Peleg Design

To create “landscapes” that match your outdoors year-round, the container can also be used to store other spices and lentils.

Quirky Sugar Bowl and Spice Shakers

Here is a video displaying the magic of the Sugar House Bowl during coffee time:

Peleg Design: Website | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube

All images via Peleg Design.

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01 Oct 20:45

roses-raindrops-and-writing-dea:doomhamster:sofhtie:i don’t think I’m ever going to get over this...




i don’t think I’m ever going to get over this line

 #the problem with becoming the kind of hero you needed yourself #is that it can’t change the fact #that nobody came for you                                                    

Holy shit these are two of the most fucking raw things ever….hit home so hard they took my breath away

01 Oct 01:08

dark-haired-hamlet:“There are other forces at work in this world besides the will of evil.”

01 Oct 01:05

jcksonmaine: y’all seemed to enjoy the last one of these i made...


y’all seemed to enjoy the last one of these i made so here’s one that is solely joe and nicky bc i’m gay

18 Sep 10:22

Tatiana Maslany Is Our Jennifer Walters in Disney+’s She-Hulk Series

by Rachel Leishman

Was never much of a fan of She-Hulk but I'm a big fan of Tatiana Maslany! I'll probably check this out just for her.

Tatiana Maslany is easily one of the most talented actors out there (she proved this by playing clones in Orphan Black, for which she won a well-deserved Best Lead Actress Emmy). When I talked with her about her film Destroyer, I was thrilled, because more high-profile roles meant that even more people would get to experience her brilliance. And now, everyone is going to watch her bring Jennifer Walters to life in Marvel’s She-Hulk series for Disney+.

The cousin of Bruce Banner, Jennifer Walters comes into her powers when she needs a blood transfusion in order to survive. She’s an incredibly interesting character who is finally going to get her time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and I’m over the moon about the casting choice of Maslany.

She-Hulk generally remains herself (personality-wise) but is a green, statuesque version of what she was before the transfusion most of the time. There are comic runs where she can return to her human form, but more importantly, she is still a high-powered lawyer while … well, green. It’ll be very interesting to see what Marvel does here story-wise.

It’s incredible to have Tatiana Maslany joining the MCU. Watching her grow from Orphan Black (where she played more than a dozen different characters throughout the run of the show) to comedic cameos in Parks and Recreation or her role in the HBO show Perry Mason and films like Destroyer, she’s consistently showing us that she’s one of the best actresses we have out there right now.

And, much like her cousin counterpart, Mark Ruffalo, Maslany is also vocal on her social media about civil rights issues and is going to be a wonderful addition to Marvel’s ever-expanding cast of superheroes, both onscreen and off. (We’ll also be waiting to see Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner stop by the She-Hulk series.)

Kat Coiro is set to direct a few episodes of the series, with Rick and Morty’s Jessica Gao leading the writers room, and I have to say that right now, everything feels amazing about how She-Hulk is shaping up. It’s female-led, there is an award-winning actress taking on Jennifer Walters, and unlike some of the Disney+ series in development that have already hit snags, all the news emerging about this show seem like smooth sailing.

I’m personally very excited to see where they take She-Hulk, and hopefully, we get to see some great storylines for Maslany and Jennifer Walters! We know we’re in for a treat.

(image: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

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16 Sep 09:07

Stylish Elderly Duo With Impeccable Fashion Make the World Their Runway

by Sara Barnes

That red and orange outfit of hers!

Stylish Elderly Duo With Impeccable Fashion Make the World Their Runway

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Fashion is usually associated with youth, but take one look at the dapper styles of Günther Krabbenhöft and Britt Kanja and you’ll see that age has nothing to do with it. They are both impeccably dressed. The 75-year-old Krabbenhöft often dons a three-piece suit complete with a variety of hats, while Kanja has no shortage of statement-making accessories and elegant dresses. It’s clear that the world is their runway, and every time they’re out and about, it's a live fashion show.

This isn’t the first time that Krabbenhöft has been recognized for his style. Five years ago, he went viral for outfits consisting of a bowtie and vest that was coupled with a pair of tapered jeans and lace-up boots. He emerged as a sensation in the Berlin fashion scene and hasn’t stopped since. Krabbenhöft is now a model managed by MARTA PR, and he even wrote a book called Just Be Yourself—You’re Never Too Old to Be Young. The book centers around wisdom that Krabbenhöft has gained throughout his years. “Hey, no matter what happens to you, if you think you've failed in life, the day will come when you see weakness as strength,” Krabbenhöft says of the book. “Only in retrospect do I recognize my own days of despair, and can appreciate them.”

With that optimistic perspective, Krabbenhöft has learned to appreciate all life has to offer—and it shows. His social media showcases not only his scene-stealing looks, but him enjoying Berlin’s culture with Kanja and friends of all ages.

Günther Krabbenhöft and Britt Kanja are fashion icons that prove stunning style exists at any age.

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Gunther Krabbenhoft and Britt Kanja in Impeccable Fashion

Photo: Britt Kanja

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Photo: Britt Kanja

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They also prove that dancing has no age.


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16 Sep 08:32

alcrox:onebatch–twobatch:unpretty:best part of this post is all the people with prosopagnosia...

by simply-sithel

I love this and I just realized that this is the same author who wrote the utterly wonderful Martha Kent story




best part of this post is all the people with prosopagnosia confirming that they literally never questioned why the prince was incapable of hiring a sketch artist even in versions without masks/glamours





did cinderella ever talk to her man about his faceblindness

#‘i met the perfect woman but it was a special occasion’#'so now wherever she is her makeup and hair are probably different’#'this is my nightmare’

rip prince charming, who had to let the whole kingdom make jokes about his foot fetish for the rest of his life because every blonde with an updo looks basically the same as far as he can tell

they call him prince charming because he’s always really polite to strangers to cover for the fact that he doesn’t know if he’s supposed to recognize them from somewhere and when you’re a prince that shit starts wars

(ps here’s this)

PLEASE click the link

Please, please, for the love of god, Click. The. Link.

12 Sep 07:56

Makeup Artist & Buddhist Monk Kodo Nishimura on Celebrating Sexual Diversity

by Johnny

all photographs by Masaki Sato Kodo Nishimura grew up in Tokyo but moved to New York at age 18 to study art at Parsons. After returning to Japan to complete his training as a monk he then chose to travel again to Los Angeles where he furthered his classical training in makeup. Today, Nishimura, who […]

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11 Sep 20:31

California Capers aka Pickled Nasturtium Seeds

by Marisa

So cool! I knew about the flowers of course, but had no idea nasturtium seeds were edible. I love this idea though and am wondering if I want to risk growing some (it can be so invasive and hard to remove) so I can try this.

My friend Shae is shutting down her blog, Hitchhiking to Heaven. Before she takes it offline, she offered up some of her old posts so that they can continue to live and be useful. The first time I met her in person, she gave me a jar of these California Capers.

This is my favorite kind of canning project — making something wonderful (and a little bit quirky) from a plant, bush, or tree that we live with every day.

Some people hold Nasturtiums in the same esteem as weeds. The stems and foliage brown to a scraggle by summer’s end. They’re prone to aphids in downright creepy numbers. And once they take hold, they reseed with a vengeance.

Lucky for us, I say! (Well, not about the aphids — but the other parts.)

First of all, the flowers deliver pure, pop-in-the-eye color, and you can eat them in your salads . . .

Nasturtium Flowers | Hitchhiking to Heaven

Second, after the flowers are done, when what’s left starts to turn ugly, look a little closer.

These seedpods are nothing but beautiful — and tasty, when properly prepared.

California Capers (Pickled Nasturtium Seeds) | Hitchhiking to Heaven

You can pick the plump green pods and turn them into “false capers.” Soaking the pods in brine for three days (changing the solution once a day) mellows out their peppery burn and turns them into an excellent caper substitute — or an intriguing snack. I opened a jar and somehow they disappeared from the fridge before we had a chance to cook with them.

California Capers (Pickled Nasturtium Seeds) | Hitchhiking to Heaven

This recipe, which I adapted from The Splendid Table, calls for a pint of pods, but you can modify it to use what you have. Remember to go for the green pods; the brown ones won’t taste good. They’ll become next year’s crop.

California Capers (Pickled Nasturtium Seeds)

1 pint green nasturtium pods
3 cups water (1 cup per day)
4 1/2 tablespoons pickling or kosher salt (1 1/2 tablespoons per day)
1 cup white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
bay leaves (For a 1-pint jar, use 2 fresh leaves or 1 dried. For my quarter-pint jars, I picked one small bay leaf for each jar.)
fresh thyme (For a 1-pint jar, use 2 3-inch sprigs. For quarter-pint jars, I added a 1 1/2-inch sprig to each jar.)

Day One

Pick over the pods to remove any remaining stems or flower bits. Place the pods in a pint jar and cover them with a mixture of 1 cup water and 1 1/2 tablespoons pickling or kosher salt. Let them stand, uncovered at room temperature, for one day.

Day Two

Don’t be alarmed by the stinky sulfur smell coming from the pods. I don’t know what causes it, but it’s normal. Drain and rinse the pods and pick out any soggy bits of flowers left behind. Return the pods to the jar and cover them with a fresh mixture of water and salt. Let them stand for another day.

Day Three

Repeat the steps from day two.

Day Four

1. Drain and rinse the pods and put them into the jars you’ll use to keep them. I chose 4 quarter-pint jars so that I can easily give them as gifts.

2. Bring the vinegar, sugar, bay leaves, and thyme to a boil in a small pan. Pour the boiling vinegar mixture over the pods, distributing the bay leaves and sprigs of thyme among the jars.

3.  You may process your jars in a water-bath canner for 10 minutes if you like (leaving 1/2-inch head space), but it’s not necessary. If you don’t want to use the water bath, simply allow the vinegar mixture to cool, cover your jars, and store them in or out of the refrigerator — it doesn’t matter which. (Canning expert Linda Ziedrich says so! Scroll down to her post from October 15, 2009 to see how she handles her pods.) I water-bath canned my jars because I thought the tight seal would be better for packing them up and shipping them cross country.

Yields 4 quarter-pint jars.

California Capers (Pickled Nasturtium Seeds) | Hitchhiking to Heaven

This piece was originally published on Hitchhiking to Heaven on August 12, 2010 and was written by Shae Irving.

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09 Sep 19:37

Mandy Patinkin Gets Emotional as He Recalls Filming The Princess Bride Fight Scenes (and So Do We)

by Jessica Mason

Mandy Patinkin in the Princess Bride

We all get emotional about the movies that we love. And Mandy Patinkin is just like us, only he happened to be in one of those movies. The Princess Bride might just be one of the most beloved movies in the world, and it’s pretty clear that all these years later the cast loves it just as much as we do. Now they’re using that love for a good cause, coming together for an upcoming live-streamed script read to benefit the Wisconsin Democrats.

To promote this incredible event, Mandy Patinkin upped his already dazzling Twitter game to talk with his son about some of his memories of filming the classic movie, especially his “Sword Memories” from the duel with Cary Elwes, aka the greatest sword fight ever put to film.

Did I get emotional seeing that Mandy holding Inigo’s iconic six-fingered sword? Absolutely. Did I cry a little bit more to hear that he had both swords and gave them to his sons? Hell yes.

I love hearing that after six months of training and filming, Elwes and Patinkin were so good at sword fighting that they could choreograph an entirely new section of the fight on the fly. Just amazing. I also had never known that the fight was the final thing that either actor shot on the film, though that makes sense for how complex the scene was.

But hearing Patinkin talk about how sad he was to hear Rob Reiner say that final “Cut. Print?” That ended me.

It’s so wonderful to see how much everyone who made The Princess Bride loved it and knew it was so special when they were making it. And it’s also wonderful that the cast is coming together to “Stop Trumperdink,” no matter what Ted Cruz has to say about it. I know I’ll be tuning in for the live-stream, and if my tears just hearing Patinkin talk about the filming are any indication, I better bring some tissues.

(image: 20th Century Fox)

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06 Sep 05:38

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31 Aug 08:21

arsenicinshell: Handmade Pumpkin and Tulips lights made of...


That last one!


Handmade Pumpkin and Tulips lights made of paper

29 Aug 05:52

Synonym Date


Slough is such a great word.

We need some grub to munch--I'll go slouch over to the kitchen.
28 Aug 18:39

Illustrator Imagines Powerful Warriors as a Diverse Group of Strong Women [Interview]

by Emma Taggart

Still love these. I got the pdf and they are great. I see that she has some new ones on her social media feeds too.

Illustrator Imagines Powerful Warriors as a Diverse Group of Strong Women [Interview]

Female Warrior Illustrations by Yael Nathan

From Disney’s depiction of Mulan to Studio Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke, female warriors in animated films are undoubtedly legendary—but a rarity. Women in fantasy art and film are still vastly underrepresented, especially characters that embody diversity. Artist Yael Nathan seeks to change this. She’s created an illustrated series of powerful women warriors that represent many shapes, sizes, and skin colors.

Female heroines are often depicted as young, physically fit, and attractive (by society's standards). However, Nathan’s illustrations showcase a far more realistic representation of women. From an elderly mountain ranger to a curvaceous eagle trainer, each character tells a story. Every warrior wears their own battle-ready costume and holds their weapon of choice. Many even have their own animal sidekick, such as one character who rides on a dinosaur. But regardless of their design, Nathan’s series shows that women of all kinds are strong, empowered, and worth celebrating.

We recently caught up with Nathan to ask her more about her Warriors series. Read on for My Modern Met’s exclusive interview. And if you love this series, you can download a free PDF of all of the artists' illustrations here.

Female Warrior Illustrations by Yael NathanWhen did you first start illustrating?

I started drawing as a kid, like most children. I just never stopped. I studied animation at the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem and when I graduated I went on to work in an animation studio, then onto high-tech and game studios. However, throughout my professional career, I’ve always drawn and created personal illustrations and comics.

Woman Warrior Illustrations by Yael NathanWhy do you enjoy illustrating?

I love the ability to easily tell a story with my art. I usually start a drawing or comic frame with a general idea of the final result I want to achieve, but as I draw, ideas begin to develop that will help me tell a better story—whether it’s the staging of the frame, the character’s expression, interactions with other characters, or even small details that will enrich the character.

Woman Warrior Illustrations by Yael NathanWhat inspired your women warriors series?

My own journey to self-acceptance. And I also started to view the world and people in it as powerful and worthy—no matter how they look. Everyone has a journey and we all overcome difficult things. I spent many years convinced of certain truths about people and saw the world as black and white. Through a journey of introspection and exposure to the body-positivity movement online, I saw so many great examples of courageous women, unafraid to live their lives as they wanted and I slowly began to change my beliefs and started to draw more women. At first, they were very stereotypically pretty, but then I started seeing beauty in the diversity of shapes and to see the power in all those women.

Woman Warrior Illustrations by Yael NathanHow long have you been working on the series?

Not long, just in the past few months. But the journey that led me to these characters has taken years.

Are you inspired by any real women in your life? Or are the characters entirely fictional?

Each illustration is usually an amalgamation of real women in my life and photos that inspire the pose or attitude. I'm also influenced by various fashion items and weapons. They help me create a little story I have in mind about the woman I’m painting.

Female Warrior Illustrations by Yael NathanCan you describe the backstories of some of the characters?

They don’t really have backstories, it’s more of a general idea of their profession or location. For example, the older woman with the large dog is a ranger who lives alone in the mountains, helping those who are lost. Her dog is her companion and her guard.

Woman Warrior Illustrations by Yael NathanDo you have any new projects you're working on and would like to share?

I’m currently working on a personal comic that is loosely based on the aesthetic of my warrior women. I’ll release it in parts on my Instagram soon. You can also see all of my comics with writer Ehud Lavski here.

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