Improvised Life » Mindset If you can't hunt with a dog, hunt with a cat... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:24:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Shin Yahiro’s Tsunami Images Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:24:11 +0000

Japanese-born photographer Shin Yahiro superimposes images of the 2011 tsunami disaster over photos of the subsequent recovery and rebuild in the Tōhoku region. The images have a curious effect in our view of disasters.]]> 0
Piano Tree and Technical Difficulties: Please Bear With Us Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:00:49 +0000

Fast Forward

Despite recent technical difficulties, we're still posting away. Dig this big fat miracle of improvisation (or magic) from our friend Fast Forward.]]> 0
Wondrous Sculptural Pottery from an Analog 3D Printer Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:00:44 +0000

Great Things to People is a studio involved in explorations in architecture, art and design, located Santiago, Chile. “We are in a continuous process of research and experimentation in digital crafting, promoting new encounters between the technologies for projecting and the richness of the local expressed in traditional materials and techniques.”

Their 3D pottery printer is not directly digital at all, but a fabulous rig that allows them to “work in the translation of computational logics and automations process in the material world through an analog machine.” Showing how they make their beautifully organic, assymetrical work is much easier than trying to explain it: (more…)

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Role Model: 13-year-old Girl Eagle Huntress Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:04:09 +0000

Asher Svidensky via

Twenty four-year-old photographer Asher Svidensky traveled to west Mongolia with the intention of documenting the lives of traditional Kazakh eagle hunters, people who tame eagles for the purpose of hunting smaller animals. In Ulgii (or ölgii), the capital of the far west, he photographed the young 13-year-old boys as they trained with their fathers, a tradition from which girls were usually excluded. He was surprised to meet a young eagle huntress, 13-year-old Ashol Pan, the daughter of an experienced eagle hunter. (more…)

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Design Love: Origami Toothpaste Tube Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:13:20 +0000

Design student Nicole Pannuzzo created this clever origami-inspired toothpaste packaging concept that collapses, accordion-like, as the toothpaste is used. We’d LOVE to walk into the bathroom and see that practical little sculpture. But what we love best was Pannuzzo’s window into the design process, with the many attempts it took to get it right: (more…)
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Make a Map of Your Daily Life Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:14:19 +0000

Becky Cooper of the tumblr Map Your Memories printed blank maps of Manhattan, gave them to New Yorkers and asked them to fill them out however they saw fit. What she got in return was some completely unexpected maps of New York (and of the lives lived here). It made us open our eyes wider to the many levels on which we can travel around a place. She’s compiled 75 of the maps in her book Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers.//

Each map presents a completely original view of the city, and a life. Here are some of our favorites from Cooper’s tumbler: (more…)

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Ramp Season: Odes, Festivals and Recipes Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:31:38 +0000

Every April, I start thinking about ramps, the first wild food to peek through the cold ground in early Spring, and the focus of equally wild festivals throughout the Appalachian mountains. For decades, I’d travel down to West Virginia to the Helvetia Ramp Supper to get a transformative blast of ramps, both raw and cooked. Here is one of the best descriptions I’ve heard of that first bite, by David Voodoon Noble, also known as The Ramp Moses: (more…)

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2 Ways to Listen that Will Change Your Life Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:03:10 +0000

From Seth Godin:

You can listen to what people say, sure.

But you will be far more effective if (more…)

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Hanna Eshel’s Dream Loft with Sculpture Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:13:48 +0000

The truly inspiring, we-want-to-see-MORE piece in the recent New York Times Style Magazine is A Love Eternal, a short piece about artist Hanna Eshel and her Noho New York loft full of windows, light, and her elemental sculptures. What a vibe and look, from the patched floor to the 70′s style tracklights, plinths with artworks, ongoing projects, plants, sculptural plywood stools, white everywhere,  even the simple elevated loft bed, which here manages not to be a cliche. (more…)

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How Vivian Maier Defied the Norm and Made Her Secret Art Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:37:11 +0000

(Video link HERE.) In the March 31st New Yorker, Anthony Lane asks a compelling question in his review of Finding Vivian Maier, a documentary about the nanny who, during the 50′s and 60′s, secretly photographed the street-life of Chicago during her time off. It was not until years after her death that her enormous body of photographic work was found. Writes Lane: (more…)

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el Bulli’s Bullipedia: Mapping the Genome of Cuisine Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:00:55 +0000 Since th legendary restaurant elBulli's closure three years ago, über-chef Ferran Adrià and his team at el Bulli Foundation have been working to convert the restaurant to a creativity think tank, with a online resource to helps you understand the inner-workings of food.]]> 0 It’s NEVER Too Late to Start Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:17:20 +0000

We recently stumbled on this great sign at Funders and Founders, a website of infographics about entrepreneurship.

We are startup evangelists and infographic authors. Our mission is to inspire everyone from engineers to moms to do a startup. 

YES! We are great believers that “it’s NEVER too late to start”, the key word being START. When people hear the word entrepreneur, they usually think MONEY…as in startup to make $$$$$$$.  But entrepreneurs can have a variety of goals, way beyond the making of money. The word entrepreneur comes from the French means “one who undertakes”. We know lots of people doing that: (more…)

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A Drawing Pad You Carry with Your Everywhere: Your Hand Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:01:01 +0000

Maria Robledo

Our friend Isabel Rower can’t NOT draw on things, and her favorite seems to be her hand. We’ve seen (and posted) all sorts of drawings Issy’s made on her hands. She treats them like an instant pad, always available for drawings or taking notes.  (more…)

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Quick 4 —The 4 Minute Workout for Lazy Dogs Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:00:42 +0000 We downloaded Quick 4 to our iphone and find that a 4-minute workout (based on high intensity interval training) allows for no excuses and won't let us off the hook, despite the fact that we are naturally lazy dogs (exercise-wise).]]> 0