WEB - Switch TV

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Switch describes itself as a "DIY show for electronics, fashion technology and design." It's an online TV show available in quicktime and iPod formats. I love how all the crafty projects have a tech edge (e.g. making a talking picture frame or a beating heart pillow). Bonus points for the super-cute animation at the beginning of every show!
I Heart Switch


FOOD - VERY Festive Halloween Cookies

Pretty amazing Halloween cookies:

Martha Stewart had a pretzel recipe on her show last week, but we found a cookie version that came out beautifully. Click here for larger versions of the images, straight from our kitchen.

Yield: 5 dozen (we found the batch to be a little less than 5 dozen)
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
2 tsp almond extract
2 tsp vanilla
2 2/3 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup whole blanched almonds
raspberry jelly

In bowl, beat together butter, sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla. Stir dry ingredients together, then add to wet and stir thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.

Working with one quarter of the dough at a time and keeping remainder refrigerated, roll a scant tablespoon full (I used a 1 oz. cookie scoop) of dough into a thin log shape about 4" long for each cookie. Squeeze clost to center and close to one end to create knuckle shapes. Press almond firmly into the end of the cookie for nail. Using paring knife, make slashes in several places to form knuckle. You want them a bit thin and gangly looking, since they'll puff a little when you bake them.

Place on lightly greased baking sheets (or use silicone sheets or parchment); bake in 325F oven for 20-25 minutes or until pale golden. Let cool for a few minutes.

Meanwhile, melt jelly over low heat in a small saucepan.
Carefully lift almond off of each finger, spoon a tiny amount of jelly onto nail bed and press almond back in place so the jelly oozes out from underneath. You can also make slashes in the finger and fill them with "blood.

**We actually sliced the ends off, to get a good severed look, then dipped them into the jelly.

MUSIC - Juliette & the Licks

Actress turned songstress, Juliette Lewis returns with a vengence with her sophmore album, "Four On The Floor". Joined by drummer Dave Grohl, Juliette & the Licks bring a slightly more refined musical sensibilty to the new album. Fun, hard, fancy-free...and just plain good music...gotta love it!

Check out their latest video, "Hot Kiss":

Juliette & the Licks Official Site


EVENTS - Dutch Design Week

Checked out the first day of Dutch Design Week in Eindoven this past Saturday. The highlight was the student work at Eindoven's Design Academy show. The caliber of work there was pretty impressive - but that shouldn't be too surprising considering Tord Boontje is an alum. My absolute favorite piece was by an undergrad named Nadine Sterk. Her explanation of her piece "Sleeping Beauty":
"Similar to living organisms, this lamp contains all the essential 'mechanisms' that will enable it to develop. All it needs is energy and it starts creating its own shade. It knits it slowly around the lamp, pausing only when the light is off"

also very impressed with masters student Thomas Gabzdil - he collaborated with bees! Basically he manipulated the way the bees made their hive so that they made vase forms for him. pretty crazy stuff.



MUSIC - The Most Underrated Rock Star

Lindsey Buckingham Live at Town Hall NYC:
Master-musician and finger-picking wiz, Lindsey Buckingham came out of hiding with a new (and quite amazing) solo album (his first since 1992), and small theater tour. Over the last few decades, Buckingham has seen massive success from his ventures with Fleetwood Mac, but has never quite scored big on his solo efforts (just burns me up). Quite probably the best performance/show I've ever been to, ever. The most BRILLIANT guitarist...Stunning vocals. Smooth, wildly emotional, couldn't have been more pleased. Wow! I've described the experience to friends and colleagues as, "life-changing".
Check out his new album, "Under the Skin" (pay close attention to the intricacies of his guitar)....
Also, if you've been inspired, check out his Soundstage Live DVD from 2005...other-worldly.

Listen to select tracks from Under the Skin on MySpace
Rolling Stone Magazine


EVENTS - Creativity NOW!

We checked out Tokion’s annual Creativity Now conference on Sunday – Os Gemeos in “Transforming the landscape” & David Cross’s “Art of TV” panel were the clear standouts. We heard that Saturday was great too – scheduling conflicts for Sunday meant that the Saturday crowd was treated to an extra panel at the end of the day, so we missed out on “We love the nightlife.”

David Cross and his “Art of TV” panel brought the funny.
Wonder Showzen creators John Lee and Vernon Chatman were on hand (& hilarious) as well as a television writer (last minute stand in for Mitchell Hurwitz), and surprise guest Bob Odenkirk.
The panel shared advice, and compared ridiculous network censor stories - but fans (us!) loved hearing stories about making Arrested Development and Mr. Show and listening to David Cross banter.
(The Full House and Doggy Fizzle Televizzle references didn’t hurt either!) Verdict: Get David Cross & friends back for year three in 07.

I have loved Os Gemeos (Brazilian graffiti artists – their name means “the twins” in Portuguese) ever since I saw them in Juxtapoz years ago and especially since I saw their amazing mural out on Coney Island. They kicked off Sunday in a panel moderated by Stephen “ESPO” Powers and totally stole the show from the other two panelists (Mimi Gross and Dumar Brown). Beyond their adorable accents and slideshow of gorgeous work, I loved hearing about how different it is to do graffiti in Sao Paulo. They work during the day and on a WAY larger scale than graffiti artists can in the US. Check out some of their work:



ADS - Katamari keeps getting bigger and bigger...

We just can't get enough of Namco's Katamari...and it's slowly infiltrating the mainstream... Now, Traveler's Insurance have taken some cues from the game. Love this ad:


MUSIC - Madonna Takes On Parkour

We were introduced to the art of parkour back in July...Still, we keep finding more and more references to it in pop culture. Madonna's new video, "Jump", focuses in on the whole parkour movement. From krumping to parkour, Madonna seems to keep grabbing at the mainstream underground for inspiration. But we're still waiting to see the star show off her own parkour moves..chances are, we won't.

To see some real crazy parkour action, check out our archived post.