Saturday, June 25, 2011

The future looks tastefully goopy

Look at this fridge! LOOK AT IT! I'm so impressed by this that I looked at my relatively new double-door stainless steel fancy fridge/freezer and sighed with pity. It was great fridge until I discovered the joy of preserving my groceries in lime green biopolymer goop. If only... I'd met goop fridge first, this wouldn't hurt so much.

The designer, Yuriy Dmitriev, is one clever cookie with a brilliant imagination even if I do have to wait until 2050 to purchase one. Oh yes... I will be elbowing my way to the front of the line that day, little 70+ year old me.

Oh my goodness... this is my 100th post!!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Microscope humour

I'm sharing some cellular level giggles.


Because I felt
sciencey! and we're all part of ...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Hippo cookies

My mum loves hippos. And I mean LOVES hippos. We've got hippo ornaments, wood carvings, place mats, salt and pepper shakers, toys - figurine and plushies, earrings, statues and mugs. Each one is beautiful and anatomically correct - she critics the facial structure of each hippo before she decides on the "best looking". They are only rivaled by her love of Helmeted guinea fowl. Anyway, I was meant to post this a LONG time ago. For Mother's Day (in May), I made and decorated some hippo cookies for her!!!

I used a Sugar cookie recipe provided below:

Deliberately spelt incorrectly; "Ama" = family name for "mum"


1 cup Unsalted butter; leave out of fridge to soften, then cube
1 cup Castor sugar
2 Eggs
1 tbs Vanilla extract
3 cup Plain flour
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking soda

Combine the butter and sugar and mix until light and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and add vanilla; mix well. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, salt and baking soda. Blend flour mixture to buttery mixture. Wrap dough in cling wrap. Chill for ~1 hour minimum.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Divide the dough into manageable pieces and roll out on a lightly floured surface to .5cm. I place baking paper on top on the dough so I don't have dough sticking to the rolling pin. Get any shaped cookie cutter and cut into rolled dough. Place on a sheet of baking paper on a tray and place in oven.

Bake for 5 to 8 minutes or until the cookies are golden at the edges. Thoroughly cool cookies before decorating. I used writing icing in various colours - special edible glitter ones add some sparkle and magic :)

Monday, June 13, 2011

The humble pillow-cushion

Pillows are great. I love my pillow - its just the right amount of comfy to the right amount of squish. Pillows are a little like team members or bras; they support you - your head, neck and back enjoy the support of pillows in bed, and on chairs and couches. They make great decor and can finish off a design and flow in a room. These are the few functional, whacky, innovative and brilliant (and some disturbing) pillows and cushions.

Zaky Infant pillow; because lepers have children too. Creepy pillow hands caressing your baby's head and back. No, no, it was a very good idea at the time. I'd buy them... but only to aid me in pillow duels, the more gentlemanly version of pillow fighting.

The Pocket pillow; the best way to alienate yourself at work is to bring in a new toy that your colleges don't have and think that it's cool. This, um... thing, looks like the hacked up body of an ostrich. Disturbing! Would recommend this pillow to people with ferrets as pets - those little buggars do love hiding in sack-like things such as this.

Squid Face pillow; the new beachfront insult. Ever wished you could lie on your belly and not have to rest your head on your arms, messing up your attempt to naturally tan in the summer sun while also being able to breath easily without towel suffocation? Well, look no further, here is the product for you! Get skin cancer on your arms with ease with Squid Face! Yay!!!

The iBoob; there are no words. Um... so you plug in your mp3 and listen to music to motorboat to. This, while not very tasteful, is one of the better looking boob pillows on the market. Is it just me, or are these WAY too pink?

Packs of condoms; they now come in "OMFG GIGANTIC". Just the novelty. Silly things and silly fun, but I like them.

The Remote; now you'll never get the remote of a comfy cushion if the blokes find out about this. So simple, there's a universal remote in the pillow. That's it. Nothing more, nothing less. Can just see people changing channels with their face while they sleep in front of the TV. Drooling on the remote is frowned upon.

The Godfather; nothing says a goodnight's sleep like a severed horse's head. This was a longtime coming if it had not been done before. Natural selection I say. No real horses were harmed in the making of this pillow - but since I didn't make it, I could be wrong.

The Pillow Tie; for those slow days at the office. Ok, all you really need to know is where the nozzle is and blow it up, which could make you tired doing just that - you smoking, overweight bastard. Enjoy your miniature air-mattress-pillow-tie-thing.

The Blood Pool; brings a whole new meaning to "dead tired". This makes murder and homicide much more relaxing, don't you think? I love the novelty behind this pillow and I know a handful of friends who'll want to get their hands on one of these.

The Sushi Pillows; may go missing if you don't eat a decent meal before sleep. These pillows are just damn cute. I'd have the whole lot of them and get a few for my brother too. For a person of my stature, holding these over-exaggerated food pillows make you seem 1/10th the normal size! and now I know that all my friends are having a good giggle over that image. Thanks guys!

The glo Pillow; the gentle way to be woken up. This clever little pillow has LED fabric woven into the pillow casing displaying a digital clock on the pillow surface. The clock can be set to the time you wish to wake up and will gradually get brighter within 40 minutes before the set "alarm" time. This way you have been exposed to soft light before getting up, much like your ancestors did with the soft rays of dawn. Deep Sigh. Ahhhhh!

The Pillow Light; essential in scaring away night-terrors. Or just for reading... whatever. I'd find the pillow annoying to sleep with, not only for the brightness but because of the power cord. I have been known to toss-n-turn in my sleep and I know for a fact that I'm no stranger to tangling myself up in blankets, fishing nets and shoelaces (I have required help on several occasions in freeing myself from the confines of a normal zip-up jacket). From these experiences, I would fail at sleeping with such a pillow.

The Relation Pillow; it loves the way you feel. To simplify, this pillow senses and anticipates touch. The pillow can connect to the network, communicating with other pillows and feed the touch data to one another. I can see how this poor pillow can be abused. I wonder if he can sense it beforehand? -this is the only pillow not available for purchase yet-

The lap pillow; an oldie but a goodie. These marshmallow-soft thighs are perfect for your weary head. Not something I'd be comfortable having around the house. Alternatively, they make a great substitute for book pillows.

The Boyfriend; like the lap pillow, but for the ladies (or gents of that persuasion). There's not really much to say about this pillow - it has a function of comfort, but I wouldn't find having a 1/4 of a boyfriend very comforting... and its not even the good 1/4! ;)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Museum in a Jar

I draw your undivided attention onto this SPECTACULAR piece of art by Japanese, Akinobu. He makes the most amazing scenery and objects and literally bottles them... in TINY JARS! I found him [Tiny World in a Bottle] on Etsy by accident (as all great discoveries are made) and have fallen in the deepest of affections for his miniature masterpieces.

Bony fish

Fossilised Pteranodon

Fossil Stegosaurus

Fossil Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus and Apatosaurus

Please, check his work out.

There's a number of them for sale; ranging from $23 to $70 USD. All beautifully crafted by an artist with wonderful talent.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Do sharks play the cello?

I'm currently in a frenzy about sharks (yes, the pun was intended). Reason: I've always liked them, and have a healthy respect for them (ok, I couldn't watch Jaws until I was 14 or Deep Blue Sea until I was older because beyond comprehensible intelligence in sharks scares me). I went on the Jaws theme ride at Universal Studio in Japan, giggled the whole way through then cried for 5 mins after hopping off the boat... I don't even know why. That's pretty much behind me... but I'm fascinated by them.

I vie for the best seat in front of the TV if we're having a B-grade (mostly C and D-grade) movie nights, especially if the titles read something like this: Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, Megalodon, Sharktopus and even Dinoshark. I have an array of shark books; albeit, most if not all are my brother's, but I can say that I am the only one who still reads them. My latest purchase is David Owen's SHARK: In Peril In The Sea and is the cause for the latest bout of shark intrigue. I'm still reading through it and am thoroughly enjoying the tidbits of information on the first records of sharks in human society to the importance of sharks as spiritual figures in most civilisations and cultures.

Sharks are important for the well being of the marine ecosystem. For a better perspective on why apex predators are so important in maintaining balance in an ecosystem, I recommend reading
Trophic Cascades: Predators, Prey, and the Changing Dynamics of Nature. Or read up on a publicly well-known example: Yellowstone NP wolves.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Learn to NAP - like you mean it

This could change your work requirements quite dramatically; in particular, your productive working hours. I'd recommend full-view for this post.

Hope you nap better now that you know!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

When fruit breed, they make tasties

What do you get when you cross a peach with a strawberry??

Well, you can get a range of different, mouthwatering desserts but the concept of having a strawberry that tastes like a peach might not have crossed your mind. Allow me to enlighten you a little: six very talented, innovative Japanese farmers have produced exactly that - a peach flavoured strawberry (known as Toukun). This strawberry is considered to be one of the rarest in the world - there only being 3,000 plants grown in a few places within Japan, solely.

The Toukun is a pale peachy colour, with a white flesh.

The Toukun pic and little tidbit of gastronomic information was
supplied and prompted by this post by Shizuoka Gourmet

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Candy the Magic Dinosaur

I love this short by asittingduck. The 2nd installment is my favourite (because of the cutesy version of the "Jurassic Park" theme). Candy is, of course, a magic dinosaur with special powers... and lots of friends (even if it seems like the boy and his dog appear less than amused by his antics). It's cute and addictive - well, at least the catchy film score is for me.


I've also found CANDY the Magic dinosaur! Or at least very close look-alike by SaintAngel.

♪♫ He's got special powers and he's got
lots of friends!