Pretty & interesting infographic illustrating sex:romance music tag ratios used by listeners in various fine cities across the globe this past Valentine’s Day.  Least romantic = Fresno & Mainz.  Most romantic = Beijing & Ann Arbor.  Right in the middle = Reykjavik.
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Pretty & interesting infographic illustrating sex:romance music tag ratios used by listeners in various fine cities across the globe this past Valentine’s Day.  Least romantic = Fresno & Mainz.  Most romantic = Beijing & Ann Arbor.  Right in the middle = Reykjavik.

Good to know?

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Nerd humor.  ha ha ha!
(graphic via Critiques4Geeks)

Nerd humor.  ha ha ha!

(graphic via Critiques4Geeks)


I’m smitten: 24 hour Cupcake ATM

(photo via 24-Hour Sprinkles)

Sprinkles Bakery in California has recently unveiled a 24 hour Cupcake Vending Machine (it looks like a pink ATM!) at their Beverly Hills location, that will allow night-owls with the munchies to select & buy any of 600 different cupcakes (made fresh daily) to be dispensed after hours, even when the store’s closed.

(photo via HuffPost)

Of course it’s totally frivolous - I wouldn’t deny this probably makes some kind of statement about instant gratification in our society…  

But sometimes it’s a fun luxury to get exactly what you’re craving, exactly when you crave it.  Especially after a late night out. :)  And it’s a cool invention - I always seem to think of going to my local gourmet bakery on Sunday when it’s closed.

So, whaddya think, vending machine gods?  Some other items I’d love to see in a 24 hour ATM-style machine: band-aids, cell phone/iPod chargers, earphones, pantyhose, hand sanitizer, corkscrew/bottle-openers, and shoelaces.

Bottom line: less bombs, more cupcakes!


I’m smitten: Fashion illustration by Sabine Pieper

Loving the detail & the beautiful texture in the pieces from this Berlin photographer/illustrator.

(illustrations by Sabine Pieper)


“The only truth is music.” 

Jack Kerouac

(photo via


Sail Away with Me…

Ever dream about grabbing a pal or a lover and escaping for the day?  

Lake Erie, Port Stanley, Ontario

Whenever I daydream about a little escape, my thoughts always gravitate to the water.  It calls to me.  

Pacific Ocean, Gualala, California

I feel a sense of serenity when I’m near the sea or a lake, that is unmatched by anything else.  

Lake Michigan, South Haven, Michigan

I think about how it streams down from the clouds, flows down from the mountains, and eventually joins together with all the other bodies of water wrapping around this playground we call planet Earth.

Pacific Ocean, Los Angeles, California

Pacific Ocean, Malibu, California

Lake Superior, Ashland, Wisconsin 

It doesn’t matter if I’m zipping in a motorboat with friends, lazily floating on a raft feeding ducks with a sweetie, or just bobbing in the waves - smelling the salt on my skin and feeling it twist my hair.  I get a sense of rejuvenation in my soul…  Just from looking at it.  Huddling around a campfire on the beach with buddies, drinking and laughing and listening to the magnificent roar of the sea in the dark, is my idea of heaven.  

Pacific Ocean, West of Hwy 1, California  

Pacific Ocean, San Francisco Bay, California

South Saskatchewan River, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan   

Pacific Ocean, Malibu, California

Atlantic Ocean, St. John’s Port Authority, Newfoundland

Sturgeon River, St. Albert, Alberta

Lake Okanagan, Quail’s Gate Winery, British Columbia

Atlantic Ocean, Cape Spear, Newfoundland  

Diane & I at Lake Minnewanka, Banff National Park, Alberta  

Lake Okanagan, Kelowna, British Columbia

Pacific Ocean, Gualala, California

Scientists say that we’re 2/3 water, so maybe this feeling I have is just nature calling to itself?  Water reflects the sky and the clouds and the moods of the weather.  Like our souls, it absorbs and dissolves, it darkens, and refreshes.  It sparkles at one point and churns and crashes the next.  It is both supremely flexible and unyielding.  It’s the universal solvent, it wields the power to kill, but is necessary for life.  

Lake Erie, Port Dover, Ontario

Pacific Ocean, Point Arena, California

Pacific Ocean, Hwy 1, Northern California

"Blue, you sit so pretty West of the 1

Sparkle like with yellow icing

Just a mirror for the sun”

- Road Trippin’, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Bow River, Banff National Park, Alberta

Bow River, Banff National Park, Alberta

Pacific Ocean from the air, Vancouver, British Columbia

Lake Erie, near Aylmer, Ontario

Me at Lake Michigan, South Haven, Michigan  (photo by Brad Ballantyne)

Lake Ontario, Toronto Harbour, Ontario

Ken at Lake Okanagan, Summerland, British Columbia

Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica Pier, California

Diane, Steve & I in the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver, British Columbia

Lake Okanagan, Gray Monk Winery, British Columbia

marks in the sand from the Pacific Ocean, West of Hwy 1, Oregon

Two Jack Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta

Atlantic Ocean, Cape Spear, Newfoundland

Lake Erie, Port Stanley, Ontario

Lake Ontario, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Lake Michigan, South Haven, Michigan

"We said there warn’t no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don’t. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft."

-Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

(photo via Flikr / pitrih)

Point Arena, California

"In the love of narrow souls I make many short voyages but in vain - I find no sea room - but in great souls I sail before the wind without a watch, and never reach the shore."

-Henry David Thoreau

(photo via

Arena Cove, California

"Who is staring at the sea is already sailing a little."

 - Paul Carvel

(photo by Brad Ballantyne)

Me at Lake Michigan, South Haven, Michigan  (photo by Brad Ballantyne)

Forget lying semi-preserved in a box in the cold ground -  when I die, just put me on a raft, light it on fire, and push me out into the inky dark.  I’ll dissolve into the minerals that one day make up someone else’s tears.

(All photos by Jenna Adams, except where noted)


I’m smitten: Street Art by Banksy

My friends know I love street art.  

Graffiti is totally another medium for modern art.  But of all the current artists, UK-based Banksy is the stand-out revolutionary.  I’ve been watching him for a few years, and I’m still  impressed.  Even though his work is famous, his identity remains a mystery - he refuses to reveal his real name or face.  He’s gotta be the most famous anonymous person alive today.

He used to sign his work, but now his style is so recognizable he doesn’t even need to.  

He’s genius, because he often plays off of existing graffiti in a space, to make it work in a new way…

Sometimes he even incorporates nature, or other pieces of signage or infrastructure…

The real reason he rocks though, is the apt social & political commentary in his work…  I find his work just as witty, creative and heartbreaking as any “museum approved” art.  He strives in a non-violent way, to make you stop & think…

“A wall is a very big weapon. It’s one of the nastiest things you can hit someone with.”
— Banksy (Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall)

(If he were caught painting the one above, on the Israeli-West Bank border, he likely would’ve been shot.)

His messages are often anti-war, anti-discrimination, anti-consumerism, and pro-animal rights, and environmental consciousness…

“I need someone to protect me from all the measures they take in order to protect me. ”
— Banksy

…And of course, pro-graffiti.

“Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing.
And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can
make someone smile while they’re having a piss.”
— Banksy (Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall)

My personal favorites are this funny Star Wars one, below:


this one above, found in New Orleans.  It moved me when I first saw it.  I can’t put into words exactly why it resonates with me, I just find it particularly poignant.

Seriously, though, the fact that Banksy has to complete these pieces in such a fast & stealthy manner, to avoid getting arrested, makes me appreciate their artfulness all the more.  It’s next level shit - part art, part adventure.  I can see why it’d be fun to do.  He’ll make you laugh, and he’ll make you want to cry, but he always, always makes a point.

“Some people become cops because they want to make the world a better place. Some people become vandals because they want to make the world a better looking place.”
— Banksy (Wall and Piece)

He’s an artist cleverly making use of free speech, with a new vocabulary, in a new venue - and how can you not admire that?  The best part is, he doesn’t take himself too seriously.  Banksy seems to do it all with a sense of humour, with tongue placed firmly in cheek.  

To see more pics, check out his retrospective books, ‘Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall’ and 'Wall and Piece', or his movie 'Exit Through the Gift Shop', where he satirizes his own fame, street art, and the whole “art as commodity” scene in general.  It’s not to be taken too seriously.

Brilliance & hilarity!

Watch the trailer:

(all street art by Banksy)

(quote by John Green, ‘The Fault in Our Stars’)
(illustration by unknown)

(quote by John Green, ‘The Fault in Our Stars’)

(illustration by unknown)



Redirecting my focus to the good things, to force perspective.  Anything that takes me to a different place: cute animals, music, art, funny books or videos, going for a walk in nature, stars & astronomy, talking to a friend, hugging a sweetie, etc…  

A guy I know suggested listing 5 good things that had happened that day, and that really works.  I think gratitude is the key to happiness - remembering how lucky you are heals a multitude of perceived ills.

Here’s a great story that I heard about today, for example:

The Mustard Seed shelter: 12 formerly homeless in  can now call a newly renovated apartment building home!  (Because they helped renovate it.)  

And if all else fails… my philosophy is that life is like a topographical map - the low points are almost necessary to throw the high points into relief.  It wouldn’t be right to take it out on other people, but sometimes you might just have to feel bad for a little while.  Without some pain, would we know how to appreciate joy?  Even aside from any ideas about adversity building strength of character, I doubt happiness would have the same value if it were a static state of being.

"But I’ve found that if you insist on goodwill, if everyone insists on it together, goodwill comes."

Marisa de los Santos