A few good gems

Venus's lovely path over a year's worth of still photos. Summer solstice is on top, winter at the bottom and equinox where they cross.   Via

Venus's lovely path over a year's worth of still photos. Summer solstice is on top, winter at the bottom and equinox where they cross.  Via

A few things to tickle your brain and/or your fancy this weekend:

- Malala Yousafzai, you are extraordinary. (Extended, unedited Jon Stewart interview here. BBC Interview here. Interview in The Atlantic here. Her speech to the UN here.) 

-The London Symphony Orchestra just created a new interactive online video experience where you can watch the orchestra play Ravel's Bolero (and I imagine they'll update this now and then with different pieces), interact with different camera angles and discover more about the musicians and instruments. Also? There are masterclasses on selected instruments and on Ravel.  Brilliant. Try it here. Created by the folks at Sennep. (Thanks, Swiss Miss.)

- This is a very cool, one page giant 2014 planner by Present and Correct. (Thanks, Pinterest.)


 -I Was Not a Pretty Child (by Hannah Dale Thompson), a poignant essay on growing into yourself and how "beauty, a word I am very hesitant to use self-referentially," she says, "is a terrible drug" (via Longreads). 

-Grammar geek humor! Kudos to Kind of Sketchy's Grammar Pirate comic strip.

-Speaking of grammar, how attached are you to the apostrophe

-Loved Christina Vanko's Modern Day Snail Mail project. After finding the pen of her dreams (her dad's old calligraphy pen), she decided to send only handwritten text messages to people for a week. (Thanks yet again, Swiss Miss!) 

 -I'm pretty excited about the partnership between the Paper app (by FiftyThree) and Moleskine. Oh, the book-making possibilities. Check it out!

I'm digging this Read Instead poster from BOOK/SHOP. If I don't order it, this just might be my next art project--it's no string art (loved that, Sarah) but it's a baby step in the right direction. (Thanks, Cup of Jo.)


- Dumbo Feather is one of my (many) favorite Aussie finds. It's a fantastic publication (both online and print) that lives up to its tagline: conversations with extraordinary people.  Every one of their thoughtful interviews inspires me and the magazine itself is an honest-to-goodness design treasure. Maira Kalman, Brene Brown, Maria Popova (this issue, not yet online), Alain de Botton--just a few to get you started. 

-We've been traveling a bit these last couple of weeks since it's been our spring school holidays here. I'm looking forward to cozying up in my own house this weekend and doing more nesting, less launching. I think we're going to try these Avocado Cream and Chicken Suiza Enchiladas.  And in the tried-and-true category, I can attest to the deliciousness of these Apple Brie Tarts. Even my picky brie-cheese-hater loved them. 

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