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Flick Me

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The Flickr Collection is a collection of original, handpicked Flickr photos that are hosted on Getty Images – an industry site dedicated to stock photography.  The collection of images reflect the passion of a community of photographers worldwide, featuring uniquely personal images with an authenticity rarely found in stock images.

The coolest part is that from this photo library, users can create image clouds and browse other peoples clouds as part of a new initiative aimed to inspire and foster creativity.  These clouds can and are of all types of subject matter.  This is my cloud… a reflection of how I’m feeling today.  Sort of like a vision board but interactive, prettier and more stimulating to make.  And did I mention easy-as-pie… oh, how I do love pie!  🙂

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Stupid Shit – I

I am all for originality and innovation but I’m calling it like I see it… and this is some Stupid Shit!

As if the Roomba wasn’t stupid enough, now there is a Muwi… basically a Roomba for your lawn. 

The Muwi won the Bronze in the IDEA: Design Awards but come on… not only do you know this thing isn’t really going to work, but your neighbors will too when your lawn is all sorts of wonky.  Besides, it might as well be screaming “steal me” because you know it is going to ganked by the neighborhood kids once you put it out on the lawn… unless you stand outside guarding it, which is also stupid. 

The way I see it, it only has two redeeming qualities:

  1. It produces awesome grass patties that look like felted frisbees (which the designer suggests can be used to make a chair… huh?).
  2. It slightly resembles the coveted Clocky alarm clock.

Designed by Yong Hee Cho, Yuli Sung, Jee Won Lee and Seung Hee Son.

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Overheard @ Dragon Well

Location:

Four-top table in preppy, non-Chinese, Chinese food restaurant called Dragon Well on Chestnut Street in the Marina District of San Francisco.

Situation:

Cute-as-a-button little girl… three years old to be exact… coloring with a crayon on a two-page coloring book that Dragon Well provided her to keep her grubby hands out of mischief entertained.  Her dad is sitting next to her with another crayon and is pretending that he doesn’t understand how to color by holding the crayon all wrong, to her amusement.  Then the little girl says…

Up Yours, Daddy!

This comment was completely innocent… she wasn’t telling her father off (that will come in 13 more years) but rather instructing him to “up” the crayon in a vertical direction so the exposed end could touch the paper.  Don’t kids say the damnedest things?

 

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Last Lecture

I regret to report that Professor Randy Pausch who gave the famous “Last Lecture” has lost his battle to cancer.

For those of you who are not familiar with Randy, he was a Carnegie Mellon computer-sciences professor who, in September 2007, gave a lecture entitled “Achieving Your Childhood Dreams“.  This lecture was part of the “Last Lecture” series in which professors imagine they’re giving their final lecture before dying.  However unlike all the others professors before him, he was the first to give the speech after being diagnosed with a terminal illness.  He was dying of pancreatic cancer.

Despite the potential for the lecture to be morbid and preachy, it was just the opposite.  He tricked the audience into learning an invaluable lesson by entertaining them with his real life experiences, contagious smile and sense of humor. 

Live your life the “right” way and karma will take care of the rest. 

Maybe it isn’t “karma” for you… maybe you believe in something else… BUT the point doesn’t change. 

Anyway, his lecture was amazing as was his message and I can honestly say that his words have changed me – dramatically.  And I recommend that everybody watch his lecture or read his book.  You, too, will be a better person for it.

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Wednesday’s Urban Word of the Week – Flojectile

Definition:  The bits of food matter that fly onto your mirror while flossing your teeth.

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Announcement: NYC Waterfalls Flowin’

Today, Bloomberg unveiled the New York Waterfalls Project!  Over 35,000 gallons of water a minute is now roaring into the East River thanks to this latest public art installation.   Check it out… tell me what you think!

And you are welcome for not making any TLC references… even though it would have been Crazysexycool

I guess I spoke too soon…

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