Though parents around the world have the same goals, American parents like me (despite our very best intentions) have gotten it all backwards.
An excellent piece by Christine Gross-Loh, author of Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us.
Map your life… Your Email Life.
I stumbled on this via a friend. A dear colleague emailed me this morning apologizing for her emailing habits. I was her most emailed person. Ever. Turns out she was also my most emailed person. Ever.
A few years back someone mentioned how your email inbox is like a diary, a chronological account of the people and events that touch your lives. How true this is. A few weeks ago I was trying to find a password for an account I created 6 years ago. Looking at the emails during that time period was like traveling through time. There were emails from people no longer in my life, or no longer even with us. Random emails from good friends about random topics that at that point in time were obviously very important. The content of this cyberspace diary may change, but all we get to see is a chronological list. What if all this data can be organized in a different way, a way that gives us a more intimate look into our past and present? Well a team from the MIT Media lab have created a new way to elegantly visualize your life organized around people. A map of your email people over time. It’s brilliant.
Tracing the to, from, cc, and timestamp information on every email you’ve ever sent, Immersion creates a complex web of our lives and relationships. The program represents contacts as circles, and the sizes of the circles vary according to how many emails you’ve exchanged with each person. It charts your interactions with friends, family and coworkers for as far back as you’ve had your email address, and it automatically groups your contacts into social circles based on who is included on a thread. As it processes the data starting from the earliest emails, you need to refresh the page, which allows you to actually see how these networks of people change.
It’s a fun tool to play around with, but also a powerful window into our present and past and how we communicate. Have fun playing.
Obsessed with these prints from the SS Print Shop. Wouldn’t these make great gifts?
It’s been about a year, yup, a year, looking for that perfect coffee tumbler to carry my fuel in. I was looking for something unique, different, pretty. As i told my sister, it’s not about functionality, any decent tumbler carries coffee, keeps it warm and wont leak. It’s about aesthetics. And i think i found the perfect one.
Check out this 16oz tumbler from Starbucks.
This time my husband did the stumbling. He’s obsessed with Nutella. He wishes I was just as obsessed so I could stand in my kitchen every day and just make Nutella creations like the ones on this site.
Some like paintings, other sculptures, and others perhaps quilts. I could spend hours and hours looking at beautiful pieces of art like those by designer Krikor Jabotian. Yes, I consider this art. And this Lebanese designer is truly a creator of master pieces. With all honesty I never even heard of Krikor before today, although I’ve always thought that the Middle East has produced some of the most talented designers in the world (Reem Acra, Elie Saab, Azzedine Alaia, …). My sister came across his work online today and knew I’d fall in love. And I have. I highly recommend taking a look at his collections. And although I have no intention in buying one of these beautiful works of art (although I absolutely would love to), but I don’t take a walk through the Louvre to purchase a Picasso.
@Givenchy prisme libre. #sparklypowder #givenchy
I’m a product junky. And I love hearing about women who follow their dreams and build things. That’s why I love this story. Forbes just honoured Birchbox founders with the Leadership Award in the Forbes Women’s Summit. Yay! So I read this article (because I like reading Forbes) and googled Birchbox (which I hadn’t heard about before). And what an innovative idea! For $10 a month you get a box full of samples of high end beauty/lifestyle products. So instead of dishing out $50 on a Nars blush, you get to try a small size of it for a fraction of the cost. Plus, what women doesn’t enjoy getting a surprise box of goodies in the mail every month? I love the idea and I love how these women are building an empire with a simple but innovative business model.