August, 2009 | Suck the Marrow out of Life
Browsing the blog archives for August, 2009.

Do you smile when you put on your slippers?

Design delight!

Bedside Rug Slippers

Cool bedside rug with porthole cut outs for your matching slippers. [link]

Bedside Rug Slippers

LED Slippers

These creative night slippers allow you to easily move around dark areas without turning on any lights. [link]

LED Slippers

Fish Slippers

These creative slippers were a part of Tolnaftate cream ad campaign. [link]

Fish Slippers

Water Slippers

With a squish of your heel, water sucks into the duck, and another squish ejects the water in a stream of fun. [link]

Water Slippers

Grass Slippers

Take a walk in the grass wherever you are in these creative slippers. [link]

Grass Slippers

Rat Slippers

Unique slippers created for Tolnaftate cream advertisement campaign. [link]

Rat Slippers

Mat Walk Slippers

Creative bathmat with build in slippers, great for keeping your feet clean and warm after a luxurious bath. [link]

Mat Walk Slippers

Futuristic Slippers

These futuristic slippers are made from soft molded rubber that promises to stick to your feet even while you are chasing after a bus. [link]

Futuristic Slippers

Cleaning Slippers

Now you can dust your floors by simply walking across them. [link]

Cleaning Slippers

How cool will the future be? Have a look!

Technology is fun!

Cool futuristic window phone concept design by Seunghan Song accurately determines and illustrates present weather conditions.

Window Cell Phone Concept

Window Phone Concept

Weather Phone Concept

To activate the hand writing mode, simply blow on the cell phone. [via]

Weather Phone by Seunghan Song

Weather Phone Concept by Seunghan Song

Window Phone by Seunghan Song

How cool is old school Guinness . . .

Advertising Genius!
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London’s Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising joins in to celebrate Guinness’ 250th anniversary with their current exhibition, “The Art of Guinness.” Paying tribute to the legendary stout, the show simultaneously examines how the company remains so successful after all these years,

guinness-advert-1.jpgProminently featuring the work of John Gilroy (pictured below), whose use of zoo animals and the tagline “My Goodness, My Guinness” brought instant recognition to the beer and its advertisements, the exhibit will also include graphic designs by other commissioned artists like H.M. Bateman (pictured above) and Edward Ardizzone.

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Tennis anyone?

Sport

Creative art installations by Laurent Perbos place tennis courts in unusual locations and unique environments that normally are not associated with the game of tennis.

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Tennis Court in Dubai

Another extreme location for a tennis court is the helipad of Burj Al Arab sailboat hotel in Dubai, 211 meters above the ground.

Tennis Court in Dubai

As much as they annoy me . . . WOW!

Design delight!

Nearly 25 years ago, the world tuned into Melbourne for the ultimate in sporting events, the Olympic Games. Even long before that, Aussies were renowned as being among the world’s greatest sport fans. From grand-slam tennis to cricket’s oldest and greatest rivalry between Australia and England, Ozzie sports are part of its culture.

Opening in 2010, the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, designed by COX Architects with engineering assistance from Arup, and from Norman Disney & Young — is a $200-million boutique rugby and soccer stadium with a capacity of 31,000.

The genius as you never knew him . . .

The arts

. . . Five things you didnt know about Dr Seuss

Theodore Geisel is best known by the pseudonym Dr. Seuss (the correct pronunciation of Seuss rhymes with “voice” not “loose”), perhaps the most recognizable name in literature. Every December we’re treated to How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and each year young kids are introduced to classics like Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat, yet the wider public does not appear to know much about the man behind these famous works.


To gear up for the release of the CGI-animated film Horton Hears A Who!, we aim to change that by presenting five things you didn’t know about Dr. Seuss, the most familiar and beloved pen name in children’s literature.

1- Dr. Seuss adopted his pseudonym by drinking gin

Geisel’s father and grandfather were both brewmasters in Massachusetts prior to prohibition. While he was a senior at Dartmouth in 1925 — during the prohibition era — he served as a contributor to and editor of the campus humor magazine Jack-O-Lantern. That year he decided to throw a party, and he and his friends were drinking gin when they were caught.

In violation of the era’s prohibition laws, campus officials demanded he resign not only from the staff of the Jack-O-Lantern but from all other campus activities as well. In an effort to continue contributing to the magazine, Geisel adopted a number of pseudonyms, most notable among them was his own middle name and his mother’s maiden name “Seuss.”

The addition of “Dr” came later, as Geisel wrote for another humor magazine, The Judge.

2- Dr. Seuss invented the word “nerd”

Geisel’s 1950 children’s book If I Ran the Zoo is typically credited with creating the word “nerd.” The book is narrated by Gerald McGrew, a child who is bored by the animals at the zoo and dreams of populating it with alternative creatures:

And then, just to show them, I’ll sail to Ka-Troo
And bring back an It-Kutch a Preep and a Proo
A Nerkle a Nerd and a Seersucker, too!

While some believe the word to be a variation of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen’s dummy, Mortimer Snerd, If I Ran the Zoofeatures the first known appearance of the word in the English language. How it gained its current meanings and associations — since that much is clearly not suggested by Geisel — is a subject of some debate and the history of the English language.

3- Dr. Seuss used to brag about his imaginary child

It is a somewhat sad irony that the foremost author of children’s books never had any children of his own. According to Philip Nel, author of Dr Seuss – American Icon, the primary reason was because Geisel’s first wife, Helen, was unable to bear children

This did not stop the incessant bragging they would hear from their friends about their children’s miraculous accomplishments. As a means of countering them, Geisel and his wife began to brag about their own (imaginary) child, Chrysanthemum Pearl. He even went so far as to dedicate his 1938 book The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins to this imaginary daughter.

4- Dr. Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham on a bet

The legend goes like this: Following the success of The Cat in the Hat, which Geisel wrote using a set list of a few hundred pre-approved words, Bennett Cerf, publisher at Random House, bet him $50 that he couldn’t write a book using just 50 words. Geisel took the bet and set about writing Green Eggs and Ham, intent on creating a book for very young readers that was both educational and fun to read.

Early drafts of the manuscript show Geisel’s strict attention to this word count: He keeps close watch on the number of words he has used at the bottom of the manuscript’s pages. Published in 1960, Green Eggs and Ham ranks among the top-selling children’s books of all time.

5- Dr. Seuss’s fictional character the Lorax has real enemies

Geisel’s 1971 book The Lorax follows a dialogue between the Lorax — a human-like creature who is an environmentalist; he might even be called a tree-hugger — and the Once-ler, a defender of unchecked industrial expansion and greed. Written and published at a time when the environmental movement was just taking off (the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, and Greenpeace launched its first at-sea protest in ‘71), the book has been seen as both a metaphor and a fable for what disasters awaited a world in which industry conquersenvironmental activism.

As a result, The Lorax has become the unofficial enemy of the logging business. Claiming that it “criminalizes the forestry industry,” the book was banned by the school district in Laytonville, California, a town in the middle of redwood forest country in the northwestern part of the state. The National Wood Flooring Manufacturers’ Association went a step further, sponsoring a children’s book called Truax, written to mimic The Lorax in many ways, from poetic meter to narrative style. In it, the Lorax is represented by an unreasonable creature called the Guardbark, while Truax is a level-headed logger (“I’m Truax the logger. I harvest these trees / For ballbats and houses and such things as these…”) whose tree-cutting efforts and common sense communication skills swing the Guardbark to his side, and come just short of saving mankind.

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Why am i stuck in an office??

Lifestyles of the rich and famous

paresa resort phuket1 Thai This On. Paresa Resort On Kamala Island

With dense diversity of tropical forests on one side and the azure Andaman Sea on the other, Kamala is an island amidst awe-inspiring beauty. From high atop a cliff, the Paresa Resort captures the pristine oasis, located near Phuket, Thailand. Each Paresa guestroom faces the ocean and most come outfitted with private infinity-edge pools that disappear into the nearby ocean. Rooms all have seven foot-square beds, flatscreen TVs and private verandas, while the resorts most exclusive suites give luxury guests their own fully-stocked wine fridge and private chef.

SEE THE REST OF WHAT YOU ARE MISSING!

This is just amazing!

Technology is fun!

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The Color Picker pen by Jinsu Park is a drawing device that allows you to write in any color you can scan with the pen’s color sensor. You just hold the Color Picker up to something, push a button, and PRESTO! it mixes the right amounts of blue, green purple and yellow to make the brown you were looking for. Unfortunately, the Color Picker is currently only conceptual, UNLIKE MY CEREAL PICKER! It’s a spoon that, when you think about a certain kind of cereal, fills itself with that kind! I use it to invent new delicious breakfast morsels. *concentrating*

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color picker pen might make that box of 120 crayons obsolete

Q: Marlene Favela? A: Cause its monday and something should make you smile!

Q & A

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YES THERE ARE MORE!

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If you like the PONG go EXTREME!

Design delight!

Laurent Perbos has designed a series of unique ping pong tables that make the game of table tennis even more exciting.

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This kind of advertising isnt fair . . .

Advertising Genius!

. . .  why not fair you ask – well very simply because men have in general very small brains when it comes to dealing with adverts like this – we cannot work out what its for or why we should buy it but we do!

I said they werent fair – i didnt say they arent fun to look at – so go on!

Cock of the week

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I have decided to introduce a segment to appreciate and jointly mock someone who behaves contrary to the interests of the human race – hence Cock of the week!

No wi must start at the beggining for you to really appreciate this man. As my friends and i sat on the deck of a local celebrating a birthday we saw the entrance of a man (late 50s) in a BMW convertable (black of course) with his blonde belter sitting next to him (mid 40s blonde hair decent body – looked late 30s) so as you can imagine this wasnt a jaw dropping site – average car, average woman, average man! This prompted our surprise when with the top down and driving with one hand on the top of the steering wheel like he was 50 cent – looked in our direction and smiled as if he was in a Bugatti Veyron with Heidi Klum next to him. This was understandable and enjoyable but the real fun STARTED when he parked his nice new car a little to close to the barrier and crashed with a rather loud bang! This was the start of the abuse. He left the vehicle disgruntled and began to drink away his pain in the same establishement. Apon leaving he was destined to prove his waining coolness and with massive intent floored the accelarator hoping for a ‘cool’ speedy exit. HOWEVER he forgot to move the gear stick to R – and was stuck in drive – this meant he launched his new baby over the barrier and got stuck on top of it!

This caused about 10 car gaurds to spring into action and help the poor stranded soul – they managed to build the moron a ramp and finally get him off – all the while this genius didnt lend a hand – yes you are thinking it – HES A COCK!

After a sheepish exit it was decided to point out men of this fashion! So well done Sir you are the inspiration for and the first recipient of the;

STM COCK OF THE WEEK!

Just gotta love the DUTCH!

Local is / is not lekker

2009 Prix Pictet Environmental Photography

International

Although its name implies tongue twisters or dancing dwarfs, Prix Pictet is a distinguished international photography award for artists focused on environmental sustainability and has just announced their shortlist. Last year’s winner, Benoit Aquin, documented the effects and creation of deserts in China. This year’s 12 nominees depict the destruction of the environment through the exploitation of the world’s resources.

Click through the gallery – some below

Ed Kashi, Curse of Black Gold: 50 Years in the Niger Delta

Edgar Martins, Untitled

Too rough?

Just plane funny :)

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