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Field Notes crop edition- inspired by vintage memo books

Thought this little video of Aaron Draplin discussing the history, thoughtfulness and importance of old printed ephemera (in this case, seed and feed memo books) was interesting, especially pertaining to the influence of the ever-popular Field Notes products. There’s a neat-o online gallery of the old memo books he’s collected, too, that you should check out here. Here’s a sampler of a few of them, although you can see them larger on the site:

We eat less healthy than we think.

Massive Health produced an info graphic, based on data from hundreds of thousands of people who use their Eatery app. It reveals some interesting contradictions in how we perceive what we eat and reality. I like the insight that any restriction at all on your diet makes you think about what you put in your mouth. So consciously defining what you eat increases your health. Via Coexist.

Top 5 Regrets of the Dying

A palliative nurse, who has spent years counseling the dying, has recorded their regrets in the final days of their lives. The same regrets come up again and again, showing how similar people are.

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

The patients seemed to understand, with the clarity that comes at the end of life, that these regrets were the results of choices they had made. Maybe it’s the wanna-be psychiatrist in me that finds this so fascinating. I wonder how, or if, this list will change with the next generation. It seems that, through a combination of technology and the body/mind/spirit movement, our current culture helps people to stay in touch and to live their true life, more than previous generations at least. Will we just have a new list of regrets? What will they be? I would love to hear your  ideas in the comments.

You can read her blog here for an explanation of each regret. She wrote a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying. Via The Guardian.

Typography Addiction

I’ve been obsessed with type lately, especially scripts. Thank you, once more, Mr. David Heller for always inspiring us. This new book is just the fix I need. Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design’s Golden Age via Brain Pickings




Sustainability Comes to Cherry Creek Fashion.

We just returned from a lunch shopping bender at Deja Blue in Cherry Creek. Never heard of Deja Blue? Well, it’s Goodwill’s new boutique store, and it features new and lightly used stylish, name brand clothing and accessories. Prices are what you’d expect from Goodwill (that means stupidly cheap), but the store itself looks like any other hip, high-priced boutique in the area. And looks are not all it has in common with it’s neighbors- we noticed all sorts of brand name items that looked new, like Polo, Lucky Brand and Levi’s jeans. There was even a whole rack of high end suits and dress shirts. But our favorite find was the sweet retro jacket reminiscent of the one the “Messenger” wears in the new Progressive ads. If it only fit! So, we had to leave that beaut for the next person- much to our chagrin.

What’s better than scoring high end fashion for super cheap? It’s the notion that by simply shopping or donating, you are making a big difference in our community. Nearly everything earned through Goodwill stores goes to help over 30,000 people a year find and sustain employment right here on the front range. They also help our teenagers prepare and apply for higher education, as well as find scholarships. If that wasn’t enough, Goodwill is the ultimate way to rescue things that still have plenty of life left in them from a landfill.

Suggestion: click this link and check it out for yourself.

Hall and Oates

Sweet version of this song. The band is Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers – Van Session 17 (Performed between Phoenix, AZ and Pioneertown, CA).

About the “Van Sessions”: Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers are a rock/country/soul band from San Francisco with a busy touring schedule. Between gigs they pass the time by playing cover songs in their van, recording them with an iPhone and posting them online for fun. They do, indeed, wear their seatbelts.

Ok Go Skyscrapers

Always creative, Ok Go releases another music video. They’ve been known for their unique videos, and this one continues the trend. Simpler than most, this one relies on color to keep the viewer interested. We like color. The video is for the track “Skyscrapers”, a track from the album “Of the Blue Colour of the Sky.”

Solar Powered Recording Studio.

Check out the solar powered studio recording by Karmic Juggernaut. Neato.

Wind Map

Check out this cool, interactive live-action wind map of the US. It almost looks like hair blowing in the wind!

Before I die

Really cool concept by artist Candy Chang. From her site:

“It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and forget what really matters to you. With help from old and new friends, Candy turned the side of an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans into a giant chalkboard where residents can write on the wall and remember what is important to them. Before I Die is an interactive public art project that invites people to share their hopes and dreams in public space. Painted with chalkboard paint and stenciled with the sentence “Before I die I want to _______”, the wall becomes an enlightening way to understand  your neighbors and discover what matters most to the people around you. It creates a public space for contemplation and reminds us why we want to be alive in the world today. It’s a question that changed Candy after she lost someone she loved very much, and she believes the design of our public spaces can better reflect what matters to us as a community and as individuals.

She’s got some other interesting and clever work on her site, check it out.