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Japanese bento: an excuse to play with your food

I recently came across Japanese bento photography on Flickr and became intrigued with the intricacies of this cultural tradition. First, what is bento? In a nutshell it’s a combination of food items tucked into a container. The bento can be fairly simple or it can be an elaborate work of art. Wikipedia describes it in more detail:

A single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento consists of rice, fish or meat, and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container. Containers range from disposable mass produced to hand crafted lacquerware. Although bento are readily available in many places throughout Japan, including convenience stores, bento shops (弁当屋, bentō-ya?), train stations, and department stores, it is still common for Japanese homemakers to spend time and energy for their spouse, child, or themselves producing a carefully prepared lunch box.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from Flickr:

Geese bento, photo by kitsa_sakurako via Flickr

Cute animals, photo by soulstruck via Flickr

Halloween bento

Halloween, photo by pkoceres via Flickr

Sandwich bento

Sandwich man, photo by kitsa_sakurako via Flickr

Preschooler bento

Sesame street, photo by cuteobento via Flickr

Preschooler bento

Elmo and friends, photo by lovebones via Flickr

Waiting for Photoshop to Open…

(via @pixelle)

[VIDEO] A Glimpse into the Life of a Freelancer

A truly fantastic representation of how us freelancers feel when a client tries to take the cheap way out. It’s undermining to the individual and to the web industry. This video depicts various scenarios that all send the same message to each and every industry out there. Whether one runs a freelance business, an upscale dining venue or a music store, no one should have to expect to pay or earn less than the true value of a product or service.

#triviatuesday on Twitter


Some of my fellow followers and I thought it would be fun to start something new on Twitter and it’s called Trivia Tuesday. Ask a question followed by the hashtag: #triviatuesday. It’s the same idea as other Twittter hashtags like #followfriday, #flirtyfriday, #flickrmonday, etc. Here’s how it works. Ask your Twitter audience a question, like

“Name this movie: ‘I’m the lobster — FIRST lobster in the nativity play.’ #triviatuesday”

New @reply tweets should generate as people answer the question. By the way, the answer is Love, Actually. Go ahead, play along. Ask questions like:

  • Name the movie
  • Locate this place
  • Name this restaurant
  • Brain teasers

Tweet away and don’t forget to add the hashtag, #triviatuesday!

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Pepsi’s Not-so-new Logo


Photo caption credit goes to: Lawrence Yang '09

When Pepsi revealed their new logo in 2008, the general public had something to say about it. Many have speculated that Pepsi is taking Apple’s approach with the logo coming across as airy, crisp, and simple. PepsiCo has done a great job of re-branding the Pepsi logo over the years and should be thankful that it has not faced backlash like their Tropicana orange-juice brand. However, I, as well as many others feel that the product packaging of PepsiCo’s soda beverage market could be better designed, but I’ve already expressed my discontentment with that. I do know that Pepsi’s logo does not rub me the wrong way like Kraft foods’ new corporate logo. Overall, I’m okay with the stand-alone logo without the “pepsi” text. What’s your opinion?

Check out the very informative and interesting article by John McWade: “Does Pepsi’s New Logo Work?” hosted on DesignTalk over at Before & After: How to Design Cool Stuff. He talks about how Pepsi measures up to Coca-Cola’s success over the decades.

Hot or Not? of the web design world


It’s called CommandShift3 and it’s quite possibly one of my new favorite websites. You know websites out there that ask you to rate a person? Well, instead of people, this site rates any two website designs side-by-side. You can even upload your own design and see how people are rating it. What’s great is that you don’t have to log in to vote!

Check out the site:

Chocolate Obsession

After scouring the Internet for some of the most insane chocolate creations, here are the ten most outrageous chocolates:

  1. Mo’s Bacon Bar by Vosges Haut Chocolat:


    Mo's Bacon Bar

  2. Bubble Chocolate


    Aerated Chocolate

  3. Chocolate Cheeseburger by Creative Chocolates of Vermont:


    Chocolate Cheeseburger

  4. Ginger Wasabi and Indian Curry Truffles by Vosges Haut Chocolat:


    Exotic Truffle Collection. I actually had the chance to try each of these and they were to die for. Wasabi was my favorite.

  5. Chocolate Billboard:


    Germ-infested Chocolate Billboard

  6. Chocolate Toothpaste:


    Chocolate toothpaste actually isn't horrible for you. Click the image to view the Tulane study about cocoa powder.

  7. Sauerkraut & Chocolate Cake:


    German Chocolate Sauerkraut Cake

  8. La Madeline au Truffe by Knipschildt:


    The $250 dollar chocolate truffle

  9. Golden Opulence Sundae by Serendipity:


    The $25,000 chocolate sundae

  10. Chocolate Fashion Show:


    And yes, an entire fashion show in chocolate

[PIC] Clothing size cheat sheet

Do you find that when you shop for someone else, you stop because you don’t know his or her size? I think Made In England nailed it for coming up with the idea of shopping cheat sheets. They have two printable sheets, one for a man and one for a woman. It allows someone to fill it out with the hopes that when he or she receives a gift, it comes in the right size and saves them a trip back to the store. Check out the article at Made In England’s website.

Shopping for a woman:


Shopping for a man:


Does Josef Fritzl look like the Grinch?


After hearing all this madness about Josef Fritzl, the Austrian man who held his daughter captive in a basement for 24 years and fathered 7 children with her, I can’t help but think he looks like the Grinch. The eyes & eyebrows, especially. Sounds silly, but does anyone else think that he looks like the Grinch?

Oh, and get this: apparently an Austrian theater is making a play based on this sad, but true story! They are calling it “Fritzl’s Bed and Breakfast.” See the AP story here.

[YouTube Video] Creative Process of the Stop Sign

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