minimiam (miniature people interacting with oversized pieces of food and fruit)

I love the minimiam site. It’s basically some excellent macro photography of miniature people interacting with oversized pieces of food and fruit. Each time i look at one i can’t help but make up a story, or at least some dialog about what is going on. I also really love how each scene starts as a close up, and that the second image reveals the full context.

I find that the site has some major navigation usability issues, so i have posted some of my favourite photos here to be easily enjoyed:

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tapedeck.org – analog audio tape cassette nostalgia

i stumbled across (and enjoyed) this today:

Tapedeck.org is a project of neckcns.com, built to showcase the amazing beauty and (sometimes) weirdness found in the designs of the common audio tape cassette. There’s an amazing range of designs, starting from the early 60’s functional cassette designs, moving through the colourful playfulness of the 70’s audio tapes to amazing shape variations during the 80’s and 90’s.

tapedeck dot org

Stop! (sign) in the name of love…

we’ve had this one for a while, but it is just too cool not to post:

Stop Sign Small

made by al james, it:

“stems from a fascination with the iconography and vernacular of traffic signs. It is a response to the madly litigious, antagonistic, terrorising, warmongering world we live in.”

besides that, i think it looks cool.

al says the “signs are manufacturered to international traffic control specifications (with one obvious discrepency)”.

Each sign is numbered. We have number 90. I wonder how many have been made? I have heard Cate Blanchett also owns one.

Love Stop Sign 2

Update: 12 July 2007 – Creator Al now has a loved ones page.

Chilli Rice Paper Rolls Recipe

Chilli Rice Paper Rolls

1 tablespoon peanut oil
2 tablespoons shredded ginger
5 large red chillies, seeded and shredded
2 kaffir lime leaves, shredded
300g peeled small green prawns
4 spring onions, shredded
2 Lebanese cucumbers, shredded
1/3 cup shredded fresh mint
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon fish sauce
12 medium rice paper wrappers

Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the ginger and chilli and cook for 3 minutes or until crisp. Add the kaffir lime leaves and prawns and cook for a further 3 minutes or until the prawns are cooked through. Set aside to cool. When cool, combine with the spring onions, cucumber, mint, lime juice and fish sauce. Place a rice paper wrapper in a bowl of warm water for 30 seconds or until soft and pliable. Remove and pat dry. Place a little of the chilli salad down the centre of the rice paper wrapper and fold over one end to make a base. Roll over one side and then the other to enclose the filling.

Roasted peanut dipping sauce

1/2 cup cold water
2 Tbsp fish sauce
1 Tbsp lime juice
1 Finely diced red chilli
2 Tbsp peanuts, roasted and finely chopped

Simmer sugar, water, fish sauce, lime juice and chilli stirring until sugar has dissolved then add peanuts and pour into small bowls. Cool.

Serves 4 as a starter.

Why this blog is like a patch of grass…

I have just updated the about page for this blog. It kinda (tries to) explains the no strategy strategy behind the blog.

Initially this Blog will not have a theme. “Not have a theme?” I hear you ask. That is right, not have a theme. Instead I want to develop a theme as I move along. I am planning on adding lots of clippings/articles/links I have been collecting for the last year or so (before I had this blog), and then, with all the new stuff, a theme will emerge. A story that describes my intention comes from another blog I read, Creative Think:

Designer Christopher Williams tells a story about an architect who built a cluster of large office buildings that were set on a central green. When construction was completed, the landscape crew asked him where he wanted the pathways between the buildings.

“Not yet,” the architect said. “Just plant the grass solidly between the buildings.”

This was done, and by late summer pedestrians had worn paths across the lawn, connecting building to building. The paths turned in easy curves rather than right angles, and were sized according to traffic.

In the fall, the architect simply paved the pathways. Not only did the new pathways have a design beauty, they responded directly to user needs.

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photo by ezu

Tattoo Juice

As the proud owner of one or two tattoos, I am always after some interesting tattoo related articles to read. Here are few of interest lately:

Tattoo is no longer taboo – an ABC article about changing attitudes (in Australia) towards getting tattoos. Interesting quote “”What this researcher argued was that people who have one or two tattoos that are covered by everyday clothing do it because they want to display their tattoos when they so choose.”

Generation Ink – an Age (Melbourne) article about the growing number of 20-somethings getting tattoos (especially on their hands, neck and faces). It includes a story about Jake Shields, a heavily tattooed Melbourne hairdresser: “His job as a hairdresser also throws up some interesting social scenarios. “A lot of our clientele is fairly wealthy and conservative, and every day I get about fi ve people asking me about my tattoos. And they ask my boss, like, ā€˜Aren’t you worried about having that kid work for you?'” he says with a laugh. “But my boss is, like, ā€˜I don’t mind about the tattoos, I’m more worried about the jeans – look how tight they are!'”

Jake Shields Tattoos

When Love Isn’t Forever – The Removable Tattoo – a US article about a new form of tattoo ink (initially only in black) containing a special sythethic material that makes the tattoo very easily removable using laser surgery (a single treatment).

Personally, this raises the question about what makes a tattoo so special, its foreverness.

Protesters demand end to bias in Mexico against people with tattoos, piercings – Tattoos are still generally unaccepted in Mexico.

Tattoos & Christianity... Some Christians are against tattoos: “The Bible warns us against tattoos in Leviticus 19:28 (Amplified) which says, “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print or tattoo any marks upon you: I am the Lord.”” Read here and here.

My next tattoo:

I am in the process of deciding what next, but I was recently inspired to get a labyrinth design, as it is a very powerful and special symbol to me. There is a cool labyrinth design in the public domain on wikipedia actually…

cool (retro) caravans

Lately there have been some seriously cool, retro looking, caravans released in Australia including the classic looking T@B and the more basic looking RoadStar Reo.

The T@B is about AUD$ 22,000 plus on-road costs (stamp duty, registration etc.).

Tab Caravan

The RoadStar Reo looks slightly cheaper, but I don’t know the price, so I am not sure if it actually is.

Reo Caravan 1

Reo Caravan 2 (Flames)

It looks like the flames on the Reo are optional though which is just as well.

I have a feeling that we’ll be seeing more and more of these as the baby boomers decide to roam away from their empty nests.

2007 – A Better Year

Health

Making a major change is relatively simple: lose weight. The benefits of losing ust 10 per cent of body weight include:
reduced blood pressure;
reduced bad cholesterol
reduced risk, by 50 per cent, of developing diabetes
reduced risk of heart disease and cancer;
increased sex drive
improved sleep and overall health

Fitness

You don’t have to go hard to feel healthy – simply going for a walk can have many positive effects. changing where and how you walk; different surfaces, gradients and pace – can increase your energy expenditure by up to 100 per cent.
Hills, stairs and sand are all great ways to burn way more calories.

If the gym isn’t your thing go back to your youth. Skipping is fantastic exercise and can burn up to twice as many calories as jogging for the same length of time. Millions of boxers can’t be wrong.

Life

Use your brain more: read more books, play sudoku, keep a journal blog, listen to music ipod

Focus on success: If you can concentrate on what you want, the signal your brain sends to the muscles will be a very confident, specific message of what the muscles are required to do. Thinking about what you don’t want brings a huge amount of alternatives – but focus on what you do want to achieve and you will accomplish it on a more consistent basis.