short and spazzy

I like to break things so I can fix them. twitter. flickr. linkedin.

Feb 6
“The critical question is how soon that sort of quality and cost control will be available to patients everywhere across the country. We’ve let health-care systems provide us with the equivalent of greasy-spoon fare at four-star prices, and the results have been ruinous. The Cheesecake Factory model represents our best prospect for change. Some will see danger in this. Many will see hope. And that’s probably the way it should be.” Can Hospital Chains Improve the Medical Industry? : The New Yorker

Feb 24
When photographer and Wisconsin native Adam Senatori won GE’s “Be the Next Instagrapher” contest by sharing his breathtaking shot of an Iowan wind farm, GE flew him out to their jet engine facility in  Wales, where he created these amazing cinemagraph-style GIFs.

Awesome.

When photographer and Wisconsin native Adam Senatori won GE’s “Be the Next Instagrapher” contest by sharing his breathtaking shot of an Iowan wind farm, GE flew him out to their jet engine facility in Wales, where he created these amazing cinemagraph-style GIFs.

Awesome.


Feb 13

Sep 19
Ummm… the copywriter went a little overboard, methinks. "Get ready for action-packed kitchen adventure with legendary superheroes as they battle evil, avenge dastardly deeds and spread cookies throughout the universe. The secret to their superpowers? Home-baked treats made with our Marvel™ Heroes Cookie Cutters. Equipped with a spring-loaded stamp, the cutters are as fast and accurate as Spider-Man’s web—yet they release the cookies with ease. Use the edges to shape your cookie, and then gently press the stamp into the dough to create imprinted detailing. After baking, bring your heroic cookies to life with decorations, and let the pursuit of justice begin! Set of four includes Spider-Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive. © 2011 Marvel™ Characters, Inc. All rights reserved. (via Marvel™ Hero Cookie Cutter Set | Williams-Sonoma)”
 "You may also need: Spider-Man Comic Book Cookie Cutters"

Ummm… the copywriter went a little overboard, methinks. "Get ready for action-packed kitchen adventure with legendary superheroes as they battle evil, avenge dastardly deeds and spread cookies throughout the universe. The secret to their superpowers? Home-baked treats made with our Marvel™ Heroes Cookie Cutters.
Equipped with a spring-loaded stamp, the cutters are as fast and accurate as Spider-Man’s web—yet they release the cookies with ease. Use the edges to shape your cookie, and then gently press the stamp into the dough to create imprinted detailing.
After baking, bring your heroic cookies to life with decorations, and let the pursuit of justice begin! Set of four includes Spider-Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man.
A Williams-Sonoma exclusive.
© 2011 Marvel™ Characters, Inc. All rights reserved. (via Marvel™ Hero Cookie Cutter Set | Williams-Sonoma)”



"You may also need: Spider-Man Comic Book Cookie Cutters"


Sep 7
Trending on Twitter right now, National Kiss Day, HPV, Things I Did Over the Summer and Schweddy Balls. 


Just observing.

Trending on Twitter right now, National Kiss Day, HPV, Things I Did Over the Summer and Schweddy Balls. 

Just observing.


Aug 9
Jonathan’s Card is an experiment in social sharing of physical goods using digital currency on mobile phones. I stumbled on the idea while doing research related to my work with Mobiquity related to Broadcasting Mobile Currency.
Based on the similarity to the “take a penny, leave a penny” trays at convenience stores in the US, I’ve adopted a similar “get a coffee, give a coffee” terminology for Jonathan’s Card. (via Get a coffee, give a coffee - Jonathan’s Card)

Jonathan’s Card is an experiment in social sharing of physical goods using digital currency on mobile phones. I stumbled on the idea while doing research related to my work with Mobiquity related to Broadcasting Mobile Currency.

Based on the similarity to the “take a penny, leave a penny” trays at convenience stores in the US, I’ve adopted a similar “get a coffee, give a coffee” terminology for Jonathan’s Card. (via Get a coffee, give a coffee - Jonathan’s Card)


Aug 4
That’s quite the Dagwood.
(via "The Big Sandwich" - A classic Bearskinrug Article.)
Found via http://www.themorningnews.org/

That’s quite the Dagwood.

(via "The Big Sandwich" - A classic Bearskinrug Article.)

Found via http://www.themorningnews.org/


Jul 18

There’s one other wrinkle and has to do with people’s taste for salt. Campbell’s soup, for example, just announced yesterday that [they] can’t sell low-sodium soups and so they’re adding salt back. And part of the reason they can’t sell it is that if you’re on a high-salt diet, food that isn’t salty tastes terrible to you. And if you’re on a low-salt diet it takes three to six weeks to get accustomed to being on a low-salt diet, and then everything you eat tastes salty. And so the more salt in the food supply the more salt people need to bring the flavor you associate with salt. That complicates things, too.


So from a public health standpoint, if you want to deal with the percentage of the population that seems to be extremely responsive to a low-salt diet, what you want to do is get the sodium level in the food supply as low as you can. And that makes the people who sell salty food go nuts. And it makes the people who like salty foods go nuts. They think the food tastes bland. And so there are different stakeholders in this system who have very different views, and that accounts for the level of passion, I think, in a situation where the science is murky.

The Salt Wars Rage On: A Chat with Nutrition Professor Marion Nestle: Scientific American

Jul 11
nedroidcomics:

natazilla:

monday garfield comics

 Garf’s got it rough

I don’t even have any words for this. But I love it with all my heart.

nedroidcomics:

natazilla:

monday garfield comics

 Garf’s got it rough

I don’t even have any words for this. But I love it with all my heart.


Jul 8
austinkleon:

Flannery O’Connor, The Cartoons
Wow, so Fantagraphics is actually releasing a collection of Flannery O’Connor’s cartoons. I wrote about them back in 2007, when I could only find 2-3 images:
Few people know this, but Flannery O’Connor, one of my favorite writers, was also a cartoonist. She started out publishing cartoons in her high school and college newspapers, then tried to publish some in the New Yorker as a way to make money so that she could write her fiction. (That didn’t quite work out.) A few folks have noted that cartooning probably had some effect on writing her style: dig her grotesque caricatures and gift for combining the comic and the serious.
The Guardian has more of the story…what’s badass is that they’re all linocuts!


Sweet! Want!

austinkleon:

Flannery O’Connor, The Cartoons

Wow, so Fantagraphics is actually releasing a collection of Flannery O’Connor’s cartoons. I wrote about them back in 2007, when I could only find 2-3 images:

Few people know this, but Flannery O’Connor, one of my favorite writers, was also a cartoonist. She started out publishing cartoons in her high school and college newspapers, then tried to publish some in the New Yorker as a way to make money so that she could write her fiction. (That didn’t quite work out.) A few folks have noted that cartooning probably had some effect on writing her style: dig her grotesque caricatures and gift for combining the comic and the serious.

The Guardian has more of the story…what’s badass is that they’re all linocuts!

Sweet! Want!


Jul 5
Those are jello shots -
Knox Watermelon Rum (1 part) Watermelon Syrup (1 part) Lime rinds (4) Basil seeds (a few)
(via My Jello Americans: What-a-melon)

Those are jello shots -

Knox
Watermelon Rum (1 part)
Watermelon Syrup (1 part)
Lime rinds (4)
Basil seeds (a few)

(via My Jello Americans: What-a-melon)


Jul 4
cream cheese lime coconut basil cookies. on Flickr.
8 oz cream cheese, 2 oz butter, 2 eggs, 2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, about 9 packets of http://www.truelemon.com/true-lime.html, some lime juice, some sweetened coconut, a handful of shredded basil leaves, splash of vanilla extract, dash of baking powder, dash of baking soda, pinch of sea salt. And baked for about 12 minutes at 350 minutes. They should be done just as the edges starts looking golden brown!

cream cheese lime coconut basil cookies. on Flickr.

8 oz cream cheese, 2 oz butter, 2 eggs, 2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, about 9 packets of http://www.truelemon.com/true-lime.html, some lime juice, some sweetened coconut, a handful of shredded basil leaves, splash of vanilla extract, dash of baking powder, dash of baking soda, pinch of sea salt. And baked for about 12 minutes at 350 minutes. They should be done just as the edges starts looking golden brown!


sign at Wunderbar on Flickr.
one beer away from telling everyone what i really think

sign at Wunderbar on Flickr.

one beer away from telling everyone what i really think


Jun 20
From improvisation and immense imagination innumerable small figures have emerged that produce in their composition with emphasis on details, the question of inspiration. With pen and ink, who lives in Tokyo Japanese has Sagaki Keita from comic-book characters created masterpieces in which joins together precision and doodles on the current art. (via Sagaki Keita | Ignant) (translated from German via Google Translate)
found via Coudal

From improvisation and immense imagination innumerable small figures have emerged that produce in their composition with emphasis on details, the question of inspiration. With pen and ink, who lives in Tokyo Japanese has Sagaki Keita from comic-book characters created masterpieces in which joins together precision and doodles on the current art. (via Sagaki Keita | Ignant) (translated from German via Google Translate)

found via Coudal


Jun 18
Am I the only one that opens up a 2oz bag of Skittles and then sorts them by color into lines before eating them? (via Profile for bortwein - Skittles Stats - I must be crazy.  EST. April 2009)

Am I the only one that opens up a 2oz bag of Skittles and then sorts them by color into lines before eating them? (via Profile for bortwein - Skittles Stats - I must be crazy. EST. April 2009)


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