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An inspirational call for entries video…to launch the 2nd Annual Rethink Communications $18,000 Scholarship for Langara College, and the Communication and Ideation program. Sounds like a really interesting program.

“To enter the contest, submit a black hard cover sketchbook containing interesting ideas showcasing your creativity. Winner will be selected by Rethink according to the following criteria: clarity, relevance, fresh thinking, as well as quality of ideas, craft, and execution.

Would love to hear from anyone who enters!

via: Ads of the World

To continue on my previous Disney Princess theme….follow this simple advice and you will surely get your Princess.

via: Strollerderby

A 1965 Frigidaire print ad that gives a glimpse into the ‘Fridge of The Future’….cause nothing says future like faux wood grain!

via:  paleofuture

Even Barbie is looking for a job.  I guess I am in good company! For a girl who has had about 120 careers, is there anything she can’t do?

1961, she entered the scene as an Astronaut, an Olympic Athlete in ’75, 1986 saw Barbie as a Rock Star, and she has been everything in between. Vote for your career choice for 2010 Barbie. Architect? No…I know too many out of work. Environmentalist? Perhaps…but Google ‘Top Jobs in 2010’ and what you discover is that the Health Care field is a safe option. Number 1 career, however, accordingly to the Wall Street Journal, and many other sources is an  Actuary, [they evaluate the financial impact of risk on an organization]. Not sure if Barbie is a numbers girl or not…but I think I’ll suggest it.

So, vote for Barbie’s career. She needs a job.via: Fast Company

A friend sent this to me this morning and I had to share!  Pentagram, the very well-known Graphic Design Firm in New York, created as very unique ‘holiday greeting’. They developed a questionnaire to determine what typeface best describes your personality.

Just 4 questions to reveal your personality in a typeface. Try it!  Oh…the password is character. What am I? Dot Matrix.

thanks Chantal!

As the mother of a 4 year old girl, I know Princesses. I live with one. Maya will wear a Princess dress every chance she gets – and as soon as that polyester, sparkly, fabric touches her, and the tiara is placed on her head, she transforms.

We were discussing the Princess phenomenon last night while in the presence of Snow White and Tiana, and wondered why it is such a huge thing for little girls. We don’t know why. Fantasy? Happy endings? I think they feel a sense of power and magic in those little dresses. Oh…to be 4.

I remember seeing photographs a while ago about Princesses’ real lives. The exhibit is called ‘Fallen Princesses’, and Dina Goldstein illustrates these perfect Princesses in not so perfect situations. They are telling and beautiful images. For anyone in Vancouver, you can see the exhibit until January 15th at The Listel Hotel.

I don’t think that I will show my daughter these photos. Not just yet…I will let her believe in Princesses just a while longer.

Dina Goldstein

Here is my Princess!

…and finally…my one and only Princess accessory!

Hopefully the ‘Yike Bike‘ will not go the way of the Segway.  This new mode of transportation, designed by Grant Ryan and actually inspired by The Segway and the idea that our transport system could potentially be changed by the right compact transportation device.

The Mini-Farthing was born, based on the 120 year old Penny Farthing design, the Yike Bike, is a light weight, compact electric version weighing a mere 10 kg. It can reach speeds up to 20 km/hr, there is no chain, and folds up to be carried like a briefcase.

In November, the Yike Bike was named one of Time Magazine’s top 50 inventions of the year. The Yike will be available in New Zealand, the UK and a few European countries, and will sell for under 4,000 Euros.

Check out the video to see it in action.

Last year it was Barbie…now even Snoopy is getting old! In honour of his 60th birthday [what’s that in dog years?!], various designers created special edition toys.
Plush toys with fashions designed by Vivienne Westwood, Chanel, Hermes, Balenciaga DVF, Givenchy, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and Chloé were exhibited at Time & Style, Galleria 3F in Tokyo Midtown during Fashion Week in October.

For those who prefer toys of the vinyl kind…various illustrators were asked to produce a customized design for 20inch high Snoopy for an exhibition and charity auction at New Town Plaza in Hong Kong from Dec.10 to Jan.3. Nathan Jurevicius; [known for his ScaryGirl characters], Olly Howe; and Chico Hayasaki; Japanese illustrator, among others.

via: Vidafine

Is your New Year’s Resolution to reduce the amount of time you spend on Social Media sites? Or maybe it’s to completely stop the time-sucking that is Facebook and Twitter.

Here’s a site you should know about…Web 2.0 Suicide Machine . It allows you to sign out of all your Social Networking sites forever.

“Liberate your newbie friends with a Web2.0 suicide! This machine lets you delete all your energy sucking social-networking profiles, kill your fake virtual friends, and completely do away with your Web2.0 alterego. The machine is just a metaphor for the website which moddr_ is hosting; the belly of the beast where the web2.0 suicide scripts are maintained. Our service currently runs with Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and LinkedIn! Commit NOW!”

This is for serious quitters only. Once you commit Social Networking suicide – there is no going back. It takes less than an hour to delete all traces by the suicide machine. Manual suicide?  9 hours 35 minutes.

Watch videos of those who were brave even to commit, read their last words…and do it if you dare!

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