ok this is great

Well we all know that Jay-Z has 99 problems (but a b#^@h ain’t one).  But what ARE the major problems of this multimillionaire star?  Check out Ali Graham’s tumblr to see daily postings.

Because even though he is famous and has money, let’s not forget that rappers still have feelings.

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coffee shop sounds

Tell me if you have had this experience (because I definitely have, especially when I was in university), you try to study, write, or work in a library and it is just too darn quiet, so then you go to a social spot but it just too darn loud.  I could personally never listen to my iPod for background noise because the sound was too immediate and too loud.  Sometimes you could get a good groove going with a steady level of background noise somewhere only to have a table of two or more come and sit beside you and all you can listen to is their conversation.  Even though you just. want. to. FOCUS!

This is where Coffitivity comes in.

Ambient sounds to boost your workday creativity.

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Basically, the site provides continuous background noise that one would hear at a coffee shop, the volume of which you can adjust, along with the ability to play your own music, also at the volume level of your choice.  The perfect thing about it is that even at full volume the coffee shop noise is still a jumble of conversations.  You can hear some plates or mugs clinking together or the odd word pop out of a conversation, but other than that it is just sort of there, some fuzz in the background.  Kind of perfect if you want to get some work done but don’t necessarily want to drag your laptop to a Starbucks.

The site provides one link to a research paper published in March of 2012 in which the authors detail the results of five experiments that examined how ambient sound can have an affect on creativity.  It is only one paper though, which is a bit disappointing, however two things come to mind.

1) How many people want to read through numerous academic journal articles to figure out whether something works for them personally?

2) Related to the above, I am told that the proof is [oddly] in the pudding.  So give it a shot and if it works for you, great! If not, that’s fine as well.  There are some people I know who do like complete silence or loud music when they work so it takes all kinds.

I, for one, think this is a great idea though and guess what?  I was just listening to some Coffitivity noise while writing this post!

What do you think?

-The Postliminary-

Do you think this will lead to coffee shop inception? Like someone will go to a coffee shop but then be listening to Coffitivity through headphones?  Woah!

cats + t. s. eliot + edward gorey = <3

In 1939 a book called Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot was published.  Its content based on poems about cats that Eliot wrote for his godchildren.  In 1982 the book was re-published with illustrations from none other than the wonderful Edward Gorey.  Here are some of those illustrations along with one of the poems which I find to be incredibly endearing.

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THE AD-DRESSING OF CATS

You’ve read of several kinds of Cat,
And my opinion now is that
You should need no interpreter
To understand their character.
You now have learned enough to see
That Cats are much like you and me
And other people whom we find
Possessed of various types of mind.
For some are sane and some are mad
And some are good and some are bad
And some are better, some are worse –
But all may be described in verse.
You’ve seen them both at work and games,
And learnt about their proper names,
Their habits and their habitat:
But

How would you ad-dress a Cat?

So first, your memory I’ll jog,
And say: A CAT IS NOT A DOG.

Now Dogs pretend they like to fight;
They often bark, more seldom bite;
But yet a Dog is, on the whole,
What you would call a simple soul.
Of course I’m not including Pekes,
And such fantastic canine freaks.
The usual Dog about the Town
Is much inclined to play the clown,
And far from showing too much pride
Is frequently undignified.
He’s very easily taken in –
Just chuck him underneath the chin
Or slap his back or shake his paw,
And he will gambol and guffaw.
He’s such an easy-going lout,
He’ll answer any hail or shout.

Again I must remind you that
A Dog’s a Dog — A CAT’S A CAT.

With Cats, some say, one rule is true:
Don’t speak till you are spoken to.
Myself, I do not hold with that –
I say, you should ad-dress a Cat.
But always keep in mind that he
Resents familiarity.
I bow, and taking off my hat,
Ad-dress him in this form: O CAT!
But if he is the Cat next door,
Whom I have often met before
(He comes to see me in my flat)
I greet him with an OOPSA CAT!
I’ve heard them call him James Buz-James –
But we’ve not got so far as names.
Before a Cat will condescend
To treat you as a trusted friend,
Some little token of esteem
Is needed, like a dish of cream;
And you might now and then supply
Some caviare, or Strassburg Pie,
Some potted grouse, or salmon paste –
He’s sure to have his personal taste.
(I know a Cat, who makes a habit
Of eating nothing else but rabbit,
And when he’s finished, licks his paws
So’s not to waste the onion sauce.)
A Cat’s entitled to expect
These evidences of respect.
And so in time you reach your aim,
And finally call him by his NAME.

So this is this, and that is that:
And there’s how you AD-DRESS A CAT.

toronto prints

With the very real prospect of moving apartments coming up, I have started to think about some decorating ideas.  I think that some Toronto-themed art would be pretty neat.  I already have one panoramic photograph of the Toronto skyline but I keep seeing other cool prints around that I wouldn’t mind having.

Some below.

source: Etsy By Raymond E. Biesinger

source: Etsy.com – Raymond E. Biesinger

source: Etsy.com - MapHazardly

source: Etsy.com – MapHazardly

source: etsy.com - Loose Petalssource: Etsy.com – Loose Petals

source: etsy.com - Designed by Yoni

source: Etsy.com – Designed by Yoni

source: Etsy.com - DesignsByEJB

source: Etsy.com – Designs By EJB

source: Etsy.com - PaperBleu

source: Etsy.com – PaperBleu

source: walloper.com Choose any TO subway station for a decal

source: walloper.com
Choose any TO subway station for a decal

Also, this.  And this.

barber tame the beast

These ads are too funny.  I think the one with the bear is my favorite.

source: theinspirationroom.com

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This is a campaign that says male grooming isn’t just for Derek Zoolander, but for the ordinary man on the street. Its insight draws on the fact that inside every male, there is a hairy, unkempt, animal clawing to get out. And that’s a beast that needs taming.

– Al Moseley, executive creative director at 180 Amsterdam, the agency behind the campaign

Also, check out the Barber site.  Male grooming is a fascinating thing to me.  I think I would personally (if I was a dude that is) go with The Obi-Wan or The Hemingway…based purely on the names.

foxes

Although the bear will probably remain at the top of my “favorite animals” hierarchy for the rest of my life, foxes are becoming a close second.  Not really sure why, but over the past few months I have become kind of obsessed with this fairly small furry animal.  There is something about them that is very beautiful, but perhaps I have Aesop to thank for also thinking of them as sly, scheming, and smart creatures.  And don’t they, with their bright orange fur, fit right in to the fall season?  Let’s have a look…

Fantastic Mr. Fox. Not my favorite Wes Anderson movie but it is certainly up there.
source: cussyeahfantasticmrfox.tumblr.com

Dapper Fox Ties
source: Scatterbrain Ties on Etsy

Sitting Fox plate by Becky Baur
(http://www.beckybaur.co.uk)

His and Hers fox hoodies from Canada Cosplay
(www.canadacosplay.com)

 

Adorable flying fox brooch by designer Peppermint Daydream
source: http://www.madebywhite.com

 

Vintage Fox Hunt Whiskey Glasses
(source: Tagfinds on Etsy)

F is for Fox illustration by Oana Befort
(http://oanabefort.ro)

 

Fox print fabric – not sure what I would make out of this but it is super cute.
source: Spoonflower.com

the real deal – oh so pretty

 

matthias heiderich

This blog has been all about visual candy as of late and although I am hoping to think of some great posts to write in the near future (sometimes my brain just has zero new ideas), here is some more aesthetically pleasing stuff for your day.

Matthias Heiderich is a Berlin-based self taught photographer and ever since I stumbled onto his website I have been drooling over his photos.  Just plain love ’em!  They remind me of this Henri Cartier-Bresson quote.

We often hear of “camera angles” (that is, those made by a guy who throws himself flat on his stomach to obtain a cetain effect or style), but the only legitimate angles that exist are those of the geometry of the composition.

– Henri Cartier-Bresson

You can see all of these and many more on his site, click here.