"Play sets can echo a home's architectural features. In San Carlos, Calif., John and Megan Rodkin's backyard play set incorporates redwood slat fencing to match the existing fence surrounding the property. Local landscape designer Kristen Rudger added a gable on top of the playhouse as a visual tie with the Craftsman-style gable on the family residence. The entire play structure—including swings, rope ladder and playhouse—is set on a terrace one level up from a patio where the parents can relax while their three children, ages 5, 3 and 1, exhaust themselves. 'We expect six to eight years of use out of it,' says Ms. Rodkin, 36, a stay-at-home mom. When [...]
"You may know what a gigantic pain in the ass it is to take a YouTube video and turn it into a passable GIF to share online. Well, you are going to fall in love with, and then want to to marry, and have children with, and grow old with Gifff.fr. From YouTube link into GIF in three easy steps."
"For those loyal customers who have gotten addicted to two-day shipping, an additional $20 is a small price to pay in order to feed that need."
The race was on for viral heat during the Grammys last night. The viral marketers were very, very busy! And yet one man, with fewer than a thousand followers of his own, outdid them all. Perhaps there is some hope for America and/or the Internet.
— Gain Laundry (@Gain) January 27, 2014
Be gone satan pic.twitter.com/edrbyywLxL
— MALEEZUS (@_Shikor_) January 27, 2014
No we don't know who the 8000+ people who'd retweet a LAUNDRY DETERGENT are either, but bless this Maleezus fellow anyway.
In 2014 People Cross The Street In The Cold To Snap A Photo Of Broken Glass Just So They Can Put It On The Internet
"The building, located across the road from Central Park, is often the subject of portraits. Photos illustrating the effect of the cracked glass started popping up on Twitter and Instagram soon after the accident, and despite the freezing temperatures on Wednesday morning, people crossing the plaza where the store is located stopped every few minutes to get a quick shot."
"Relaxation coaches only recently began popping up across the U.S. There isn't a standard certification process, but the American Institute of Stress in Fort Worth, Texas, offers referrals to stress-management professionals who can offer advice on how to wind down."
"Domino's Pizza Inc. last year introduced a gluten-free pizza crust along with a lengthy online disclaimer explaining that due to the size of its kitchens, it can't control for cross-contamination. Domino's website says it 'DOES NOT recommend this pizza for customers with celiac disease. Customers with gluten sensitivities should exercise judgment in consuming this pizza.'"
Photo by swanksalot, via Flickr
"The office of a New York state Senate leader has intervened in a political tussle over a uniquely contemporary problem: a barrage of unwanted emails from a listserv. New York City Councilman Daniel Dromm said in letters to Senate Coalition Co-leaders Jeff Klein and Dean Skelos, and Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, that an email newsletter from Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. was 'harassing' him. Mr. Dromm said Mr. Diaz ignored more than 10 requests to stop sending him the senator's email newsletter, and is intending to 'vex' him with views in the emails that Mr. Dromm said are bigoted against gay people…. A spokesman for Ms. Stewart-Cousins said a [...]
"Vertical vs. horizontal is a huge debate in the online community. Due to YouTube aspect ratios, most people believe all videos should be shot with your phone on its side, creating the familiar horizontal image like you’d see in a movie theater. If you shoot the footage vertically and then upload to the web, there are huge black spaces on either side, making the footage look amateurish and small. But there’s a movement embracing the vertical format, and nowhere is it seen better than Rotterdam in the Netherlands. There, a group of filmmakers have started the Vertical Cinema project – a traveling [...]
A work in progress. pic.twitter.com/0KCnUGcPRs
— Susan Orlean (@susanorlean) December 6, 2013
"I spend a lot of time on Twitter," Susan Orlean wrote today in the New Yorker, in her story on Horse_ebooks. But how? Recently, I asked her quite a bit about her relationship with her phone.
Has there been some kind of astonishing addition to your home screen recently? Oh, I wish. Nothing astonishing.
I saw you recently took Settings off your homepage and replaced it with Messages. Well, with the new software, you can flip up from the bottom for the most typical settings stuff. It’s almost like, you know, with [...]
"While the incidence of facial shaving is somewhat down, the incidence of body shaving is up, and we can take advantage of that and plan to do that as well."
This is the winter people decided snow umbrellas were a Thing.
— Julia Rubin (@juliarubin) January 21, 2014
This woman is right: You are all doing this, and it is horrifying. I don't know why we don't use umbrellas for snow as we do for rain, but THAT IS THE WAY THINGS ARE and to act in any other manner is one more troubling sign of how our selfishness and lack of decorum is dragging us all down. For SHAME, people. Have a little goddamn DIGNITY.
"'Are people writing these stories knowing that they’re going to be mocked horrendously on the Internet?' asks Benjamin Kabak, proprietor of the trend-mocking Twitter account The Times Is On It. At least some of them appear to be in on the joke. The Times headline for the artsitter piece is the inoffensive 'Where Babysitting is Truly an Art,' but when Giridharadas tweeted out the story from his own account, he adopted a cheekier tone: 'Let grown-ups have personal chefs & personal pilots. Kids have the personal artist, rentable as babysitter.' (Giridharadas and a couple other trend story authors either declined to be interviewed for this story or didn’t immediately [...]
"A few weeks ago, over dinner with half a dozen entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, the question came up again. The table, which included a few people already worth more than $100 million, went quiet. One man in his late 30s twirled the stem of his wine glass as he thought. Then he tipped back his head, downed his pinot noir and said, 'one billion,' his glass landing back on the table with a thud. 'That’s it. That’s my number. One billion dollars.' The others nodded." —How much money would you take to [...]
Instead of shelling out on gigantic McMansions, the homebuyers of today are opting for smaller, more manageable spaces and cramming every corner full of expensive crap. I mean, the money still gets spent, don't worry.
"Handbags are no longer seen as a female-only accessory after a survey found men are choosing to carry around a "man bag", often containing contents worth £900"
Is this article a tribute to the fact that the increasing diversity of our nation's population is resulting in an explosion of previously unfamiliar names or an early signal that as the economy becomes mainly centered around the service industries many of the pieces we read considering modern life will be about the knotty problems that come from interacting with the help? Yes.
"I blow out a Bavarian cream vape, and it smells like Christmas at grandma’s house," says an adult male who presumably has a terrific sense of humor about the absurdity of the world and his place in it.
"The Vitamix 5200 high-performance blender is squat, black, and rubberized, loud as a leaf blower and powerful enough to pulverize a steer. Its 2-horsepower engine approaches the strength of a lawn mower. At 11 pounds, it’s as heavy as a cannonball. The weight and a sheath of thick thermoset plastic damp vibrations and keep the blender from flying off the counter. A Vitamix blender is a symphony of precision engineering, with motor, container, and blades working in powerful harmony. The container is curved at the bottom to create a vortex that pulls food [...]