Yeah, hi. What’s happening. Listen, are you gonna have those TPS reports for us this afternoon? Um, yeah, okay, so I’m going to need you to go ahead and come in on Saturday. Oh! I almost forgot: I’m going to need you to come in on Sunday as well. Oh, and next Friday is Hawaiian Shirt Day, so, you know, if you want to, you can go ahead and wear a Hawaiian shirt and jeans.
Office Space: Special Edition with Flair
Posted November 28, 2005 by Mariva in fun, gifts, movies
Art can be both beautiful and functional; The Design Patch offers an exquisite mélange of things to wear and use in your home. Viewing the collection of Goody Goody Bon Bon slippers is like taking a walk through a luscious garden in full bloom. My favorite slipper designs are Big Bow Pink, Pinky & Blue, Blueberries and Panache. If you love to match, check out the New Leaf slippers, which go with the New Leaf loungewear (in both women’s and girls’ sizes).
Other Design Patch goodies include jewelry, journals, festive glasses, light fixtures, children’s toys and accessories, pillows, romantic bed linens and fantastic furniture. One of my favorite pieces is the Cameo & Rose necklace. Vive la couleur!
Posted November 25, 2005 by Mariva in arts, decor, fashion, gifts, jewelry
What a fun surprise it is to receive a beautiful or interesting piece of artwork in the mail; with mail art, the correspondence is the gallery.
I’ve been a mail art enthusiast ever since my first exchange of letters through the postal service. For the past several Januaries, I’ve taken the previous years’ wall calendars and transformed the pages into glossy, colorful envelopes using the simple templates from Haila Harvey’s The Envelope Mill. (Creative Correspondence by Michael & Judy Jacobs is an excellent mail art resource as well.)
Mail art doesn’t have to conform to a typical stationery-in-an-envelope letter. Here are some of the things I’ve successfully sent through the mail:
- clear plastic water bottles, emptied and dried, filled with colorful confetti or sand and tiny seashells and rolled-up messages
- pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, which when put together, displays a handwritten message
- giant postcards made from sturdy sheets of painted cardboard
- giant messages rolled up and mailed in poster tubes
- tiny messages mailed in Rx pill bottles
- messages mailed in empty candy boxes or tins
- catalog-size envelopes made from two wall calendar pages sewn together around the edges
- letters written on large pieces of fabric, sometimes meant to be worn as artful scarves
- collage art
- sticker art
- personalized books I’ve made with spiral wire or sewn bindings
- personalized board games I’ve made myself
- music and audio mixes
12:05 by Matthew Rose
I’ve had a lot of fun with this creative expression, but apparently, I’m rather tame as a mail artist. On occasion, I correspond with the famous mail artist John Held, Jr., who’s received everything from a preserved blowfish to a simple dollar bill, mailed sans envelope. (Even John could hardly believe those things made it through the postal service.) Pretty much anything can be mailed as long as it’s safe and legal and the postage can be hand-stamped. You can even mail a set of keys, as long as the key chain fob has the correct address and postage.
For more inspiration — or if you’d prefer to admire the mail art of others rather than create your own — I recommend the fabulous Griffin & Sabine series by Nick Bantock.
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Posted November 18, 2005 by Mariva in arts, books, community, fun, resources
Yesterday, in the Metreon, I happened to be walking alongside a girl, maybe twelve, who — all of a sudden — appeared to be floating along the floor, à la the Hogwarts ghosts in a Harry Potter movie. I assumed she was wearing inline skates, but when I looked at her footwear, all I saw was a pair of ordinary-looking sneakers.
"Excuse me," I asked, "how are you doing that?"
"It’s magic!" the girl’s dad said.
"It seems that way," I agreed, thinking of the Hogwarts ghosts. The girl showed me the sole of one of her shoes; embedded in the heel was a single but sturdy wheel. Amazed, I immediately wanted a pair.
Luckily, Heelys Shoes are made in both kids’ and adult sizes. My favorite are the Heelys Lilac Sparkle Shoes.
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Posted November 17, 2005 by Mariva in fashion, fun, innovations
Jumble is my favorite newspaper game — and it’s even better online (requires Macromedia Shockwave). Unscrambling each word, and then using the circled letters of those words to unscramble the punch line of the goofy joke — the whole thing gives me a thrill. (Sometimes I cheat a little.)
More word games:
Reference.com Fun & Games
Yahoo word games
FunBrain.com Kids Center: Words
Merriam-Webster word games
east of the web word games
BlackDog’s word games
Etymologic: "the toughest word game on the web"
Posted November 16, 2005 by Mariva in education, fun, games, resources
Decorative Things offers an assortment of products — tableware, powder room accessories and other useful objects — made out of sturdy plastic laminated fabric. I bought the eyeglasses tray for $18, and I use it every day. I chose the "Satellite Pink" fabric pattern, which is bright and colorful, but if I were to order again, I’d probably choose "Graphic Stripes Blue" or "Fountain Pink." If you like the eyeglasses tray, try the key tray.
Posted November 15, 2005 by Mariva in decor, gifts
Send a message to your future self via an email time capsule, sponsored by Forbes. Read info on how and why, as well as other fascinating Forbes articles about communications. This email time capsule offer is good through November 30, 2005. Thereafter — or, heck, right now if you want to — you can use FutureMe to accomplish the same thing.
Ideas for what to send yourself:
- A list of goals that you’d like to accomplish by the date of the email message.
- A verbal snapshot of your current life — the good, the bad and everything in between. You may want to describe your career, your family and friends, any classes you’re taking, books you’re reading, the last movie you saw, your favorite music, the view out your window or the daily activities of children or animals in your life.
- Current events — social, political and cultural (even celebrity gossip!) — and your thoughts and predictions.
- Wishes. (Find out if any of them come true!)
- A list of useful or fun things you’d like to see invented.
- A detailed schedule of what you do today, and at what times.
- A letter to your future self that simply says, "No matter what happens, I know you’ve done your best, and I’ll always be proud of you."
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Posted November 14, 2005 by Mariva in fun, innovations, resources
A couple weeks ago, on a Sunday morning, I found out that it was an hour earlier than I thought it was. I’d forgotten to "fall back." I ran a search for the semiannual time changes so that I could mark my calendar once and for all, and therefore know when to expect them. During my search, I stumbled upon WebExhibits and learned not only when the time changes occur, but all about Daylight Saving Time in fascinating detail, the dates of which will be changing in 2007.
If you haven’t visited a museum in a while, you can satisfy your craving for enrichment at WebExhibits, which features online exhibits that "encourage people to ask questions and examine issues from several points of view." It’s a public service of the Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement (IDEA) in collaboration with Brandeis University, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and el Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid. Currently, you can view the Bellini’s Feast of the Gods, three different exhibits on color, calendars through the ages, and the global history and production of butter, which is more interesting than you might think. Browse the archive for more exhibits on art, science and history.
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Posted November 11, 2005 by Mariva in arts, education, innovations, resources