“Pavlova is a meringue-based dessert named after the Russian ballet dancer Ánna Pávlova. Colloquially referred to as “pav”, it is a cake similar to meringue with a crispy crust and soft, light inner. The name is pronounced /pævˈloʊvə/ or /pɑːvˈloʊvə/, unlike the name of the dancer, which was /ˈpɑːvləvə/ or /ˈpævləvə/. The dessert is believed to have been created in honour of the dancer either during or after one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s.”—Pavlova (food) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“'Trick' is a bookcase which transforms into a console table with two chairs. When both sides of the bookcase are moved from the original positions, they function as chairs. What remains in the centre works as a table.”—sakura adachi_product&furniture designer: collection
“Upright bicycles dropped off the map in cities like Calgary back in the 1960’s and 1970’s when car culture reached its tipping point. By re-introducing the kind of bicycles that are normal in mainstream bicycle cultures, he knows that education is part of the deal. Re-training people to understand that riding a bicycle isn’t restricted to long, sporty weekend rides. That popping down to the shops or the café - or riding to work - isn’t an extreme sport.”—Copenhagenize.com - Building Better Bicycle Cultures - “Bike Bike in Calgary”
“the ‘elevated bench’, the recent work of israeli designer itay ohaly, is urban furniture with a view. the public benches are constructed at the top of spiral staircases that climb streetlight poles, providing a new perspective on the city streets, as well as a more private space for conversation.”—
“While Braille can give the blind the ability to read, much of the text one encounters is not available in Braille (and our increasing dependence on touch-screen smartphones isn’t helping). Two students at the University of Washington hope to solve this problem with their concept device, which they have termed the “Thimble”. The Thimble contains a fingertip camera and an electro-tactile grid which can read text and convert it to touch sensitive Braille. The device can also interface with a user’s smartphone via Bluetooth for reading online content.”—Medgadget.com — Internet Journal of Emerging Medical Technologies
“The Alachua County Public Library branch operated at the county jail has been selected to receive a Great Stories Club grant from the American Library Association. As a result of the grant, the county jail will receive free books that are geared toward the young adult inmate population. Major funding for the Great Stories Club has been provided by Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network.”—Florida Prison Library Awarded Grant - LISNews
After living/working in St. John’s for four months, I am back in Vancouver. So far, 2011 has been spent painting, sleeping, eating, and reading - in that order. I think I am finally over my jet lag, so I no longer require 10+ hours each night (it was glorious while it lasted). And, we finally finished painting the new apartment. The old colours overpowered the space - but now it feels much more open. I am also obsessed with chalkboard paint, and so there may be a chalkboard wall in the kitchen now (read: there is a chalkboard wall in the kitchen… and it’s amazing).