Sep 20, 2014  •  In Books, Gadgets, Geek, Personal

Amazing 200-Year-Old Desk with Insane Hidden Drawers and Compartments

Isn’t it funny how the littlest things can bring back long-forgotten stories from memories past? Because the first thing that crossed my mind upon seeing this secretary cabinet was not “Holy crap, that’s SO COOL!” (that was my second thought), but a recollection of a beloved, long out-of-print book from my childhood: Midnight in the Dollhouse.

(Has anyone else read that book? I was never into dolls as a kid, but I loved the idea of the dolls coming alive at night when the humans weren’t looking. Kinda like Toy Story, but set in the 1800s.)

Anyways, I know that not everyone likes watching online videos, so here’s an animated GIF of this incredible, 200-year-old, handmade wooden desk to whet the appetite:

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I mean, what respectable geek doesn’t like hidden compartments?  :lol: 

The original video is only 2 minutes and 20 seconds long, so don’t be afraid to witness this working marvel in its full splendor:

As for Midnight in the Dollhouse, you can be sure that I’ve added it to my list of “books I must get for my children because I enjoyed them so much as a child and dammit, they will love them too!”  :-P 

Via Geekologie.

Sep 16, 2014  •  In Information, Personal, Tutorials

In All Seriousness…

I dislike talking politics. I also tend to avoid hot-button issues of the international nature, because there are just so many damn perspectives to consider, and someone always gets screwed somehow. (Trust me, I know. I majored in International Studies at one of the top programs in the country.)

But ISIS. Sigh. It’s an issue that cannot be ignored.

And the first step in possibly making a change — no matter how small — is education.

So I’d like to share with you an article by Wait But Why: a crash course on Iraq, ISIS, Sunnis, and Shias. It is incredibly well researched and explained. It adds history, perspective, and even humor to a matter that grows increasingly terrifying by the day.

It’ll be well worth 20 minutes of your day. I promise.

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So go on. Sneak a peek, devour its contents, or save for later. Just read the damn thing.

From Muhammad to ISIS: Iraq’s Full Story

Sep 15, 2014  •  In Aerin, Claire, Cute, Funny, Motherhood, Parenting, Personal

Slacking Off [An Update in Facebook Posts]

As you can probably tell from the title of this post, this will be a short compilation of stories and pictures I’ve already shared on my personal Facebook account. So if you’ve seen this already, I apologize…but my kids are so stinkin’ cute that the stories are guaranteed to put a smile on your face this weary Monday morning! :-)

Cuteness Overload #1:

A couple of weeks ago, Aerin bit Claire’s arm — hard enough to leave red indentations which inevitably transformed into teeth-shaped bruises. :-(  To be fair, Claire had been taunting Aerin by holding out her arms and telling her to chomp down, only to pull away at the last second…but this time, she wasn’t fast enough.

Needless to say, Claire started bawling uncontrollably from the pain, and Aerin — who almost always cries when she sees that her big sister is upset — followed suit. I made Aerin apologize (“Sowee, unnie.”) and I explained to Claire that her sister is still too little to understand potentially dangerous games like that.

I think Aerin continued to feel bad about the incident, because she was extra affectionate toward Claire (sitting right next to her and tentatively following her around the house) for the rest of the afternoon, and even gave Claire’s booboo a kiss. When she saw that Claire was sulking again, she brought me the TV remote and asked, “Aww-troll?” (Paw Patrol, which is Claire’s favorite show).

PicDump:

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Fun with Photo Booth

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They have taken over my bed.

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At the Bronx Zoo.

Cuteness Overload #2:

Aerin brings me a pair of sparkly shoes…

Aerin:  “Umma! Shoe! Help me!”
Me:  “Okay…sit first.”

Aerin immediately sits.

Claire:  “GOOD BOY!”
Me:  “No, you don’t say ‘Good boy’ to your sister or other people. You say ‘Good boy’ to dogs like Dante.”

Both girls giggle at what I say.

Claire:  “Okay, umma! Ruff! I’m a dog!”

Aerin walks over to her big sister, pats her on the head, and says, “GOOD BOY!”

Moar Pix:

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In the fobby PJs I got for them from Korea

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More Photo Booth fun

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Future geek in training

Cuteness Overload #3:

For the past month or so, C&A have NEEDED me to lie in bed with them in order to fall asleep. A typical bedtime scenario:

Girls:  *whisper, whisper, giggle, whisper*
Me:  “Shh! Good night!”

Silence…

Claire:  “Ow! Umma, Aerin is hitting me!”
Me:  “Aerin, don’t hit your sister.”

Silence. Aerin suddenly gets up and starts jumping around the bed.

Aerin:  “WAKE UP! WAKE UP! WAKE UP!”
Claire:  “Shh! Unnie is tired!”
Me:  “Aerin, LIE DOWN and go to sleep!”

Aerin lies down and both girls stay silent for about a minute. Then I hear whispering again.

Claire:  *giggles*  “Aerin, you’re so silly!”
Aerin:  “No, silly CLAIRE!”
Me:  “You’re BOTH silly! Go to sleep!”

Another minute of silence. Then Aerin starts to softly sing, “♫Good night…♫” And Claire & I both join in. “♫Good night, good night…don’t let the frostbite bite…♫” (This is the song Kristoff sings to Sven in Frozen.)

Sep 14, 2014  •  In Art/Design, Logos/Branding, Marketing/Advertising

Popular Logos with Hidden Messages

I haven’t featured anything logo-inspired in a while, so when I came across this in my Twitter feed, I knew I’d have to share it. ;-)

Having worked with branding at a previous job, I can be a bit of a logo nerd; as such, I already knew most of these hidden messages nestled within the logos. But revisiting good design is always a great way to instill and inspire, not to mention the “zOmg that’s so coo!” factor behind some of these ideas!

1.  Sony VAIO

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If you divide the word “VAIO” in half, you can see that the first two letters represent an analog symbol, while the last two are binary. Pretty neat, huh?

2.  Baskin Robbins

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This one’s more common-knowledge than the rest. The part of the logo that is highlighted in pink is the number 31, which is the number of flavors the ice cream chain famously offers.

3.  Northwest Airlines

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This logo has two hidden messages: the first is that you can see both an N and a W within the negative space. The second is harder to spot, but it’s pretty cool when you notice it — the triangle in the circle also serves as an arrow that points northwest.

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