Calling all designers, fashionistas and other color lovers! The Color of 2013 is here! Brought to us by Neatorama, The Pantone Color Institute has announced that the color of 2013 is…
Emerald is sophisticated, luxurious, and a symbol of growth and healing. How do you feel about the color emerald? Are there other colors that deserve the “color of the year” title? No matter your personal opinion of the color, knowing the color of the year could help you in designing, marketing, and other aspects of your professional life.
Have you ever wondered what your favorite authors reading room looked like? How about their whole house? Maybe they have certain furniture aspects that help inspire them, or maybe their house looks surprisingly similar to yours. Open Culture brings us a way to see all of this. With a virtual tour of authors’ homes, Writers’ Houses allows you to browse by authors, and even gives you a weekly guide. Check it out, and see if your favorite author’s house looks anything like you imagined!
In an age of e-mail and text messages, we sometimes forget that throughout the majority of history prior to the New Millenium, people corresponded via postal service or snail mail. In a recent article published on Neatorama (originally published in the October 2012 Mental Floss magazine), Miss Cellania gives five examples of letters that may have helped in changing history. From Charles Schultz’s unpopular female version of Charlie Brown, Charlotte Braun, to Annie Oakley trying to enlist as a sharp shooter in the Spanish-American War of 1899 and WWI, to a James Bond fan writing author Ian Fleming about his poor gun choice for the famous 007 Agent, these letters have “changed the world (or at least tried).”
“Sawer’s literary map is part of a vibrant artistic genre,” the article states, and with the ability nowadays to create any kind of digital mash up through any technological medium, there is something every book lover can appreciate from this visually appealing cartographic map. Sawers, a native of Great Britain, also created a typographic author map of The United Kingdom. Both these maps can be purchased in print through The Literary Gift Company.
Smithsonian Mag recently unveiled a letter (first published by Anorak, a UK news blog), written to Winston Churchill in 1917 from Lord Fischer, an admiral and naval innovator from WWI, using the “now-ubiquitous OMG!”
The line from the letter states, “I hear that a new order of Knighthood is on the tapis –O.M.G. (Oh! My God!) –Shower it on the Admiralty!!” We can only imagine what Lord Churchill would think of how we communicate with each other now…LOL.
When I say the word “conjunction,” what do you think of? Do you think of a cartoon of a train worker walking along on top of boxcars with the words, “and,” “nor,” “but,” “for” written on them? Do you perhaps start humming a familiar tune with the lyrics, “Conjuction, junction, what’s your function?” Even forty years later, the songs of Schoolhouse Rock remain ingrained in adult and young adults’ minds.
Created by an executive after his son was struggling to memorize his multiplication tables, Schoolhouse Rock began only as an advertising venture on ABC. Soon, though, “it grew into the most popular interstitial programming (short vignettes shown between TV segments) in modern television.”