Saturday, October 23, 2010

Saying "I do" to giant cupcakes

I have Wilton's giant cupcake pan but never imagined it as wedding appropriate. Until now.

Aren't these gorgeous? All images via San Diego Wedding Insider.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Up-cycling burlap coffee bags? Yes, please!

I keep seeing up-cycled burlap coffee bags and can't help but sigh. Oh, how I want to make my very own burlap coffee bag pillow!


Friday, October 15, 2010

Loving today

burlap bunting, via
paper straws, via
sparkly clothespins, via
new uses for weather balloons, via
cupcakes in a jar, via
snazzy office supplies, via

Listening to La Roux

Heard this on the radio this morning and can't stop replaying it on youtube! So I'm sharing the love:

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Memories of people stealing my food

I saw these fabulous anti-theft lunch bags and immediately replayed days I would go to the office fridge to retrieve my lunch only to find it had already been eaten.

I replay that Friends episode when Ross's boss admits it was he who stole Ross's thanksgiving turkey sandwich and that he had --gasp!-- thrown out what was left. It's all too familiar, that pang in your stomach as you long for the lunch you spent 7 minutes preparing that morning and recall how you almost missed the bus because you too-lovingly packed your sandwich in a seperate container from your fruit and snack.

But no longer! At only $8 per 25 bags, gone are the days when you couldn't make your sandwich and eat it too!

Monday, October 4, 2010

The one-millionth English word

On June 25, 2009, the Global Language Monitor (GLM) announced Web 2.0 (said: Web two-point-oh) as the 1,000,000th English word. I’m not here to discuss why the announcement was controversial (apparently some people argue there is no possible objective definition of “word”) or to discuss the English language (though I would have loved to discuss parenthetical clauses at length). I’m here to talk to you about why Web 2.0 matters, what it is, and how it affects the world around us.

You may think Web 2.0 is an evolution– that there is a Web 1.0 that’s been kicked aside and forgotten. In some regards, you are right (and not just that 1.0 has become a notion of the past): Web 2.0 is an evolution, but it’s more of an evolution in the way people think of and utilize the web and less in the technical sense.

Boring old Web 1.0 is simply web-for-information: static pages with no interactivity. But snazzy new Web 2.0 features people-for-information: sites allowing users to interact with one another or with the site itself, to modify or improve information, or to upload their own content. Way more exciting, if you ask me!

And Web 2.0 encompasses more than just social-networking sites like Facebook or mySpace. It takes content authoring to a new extreme:
  • Blogs allow people to share content with anyone interested in reading it. Apparently locked diaries are a thing of the past ;)
  • News that once would have had a CNN correspondent breaking the story are now being found on twitter before CNN knows they even need a camera crew on location – like the shooting at Discovery Channel in September 2010.
  • A study released earlier this year found that Wikipedia, a collaborative, online encyclopedia, was basically as accurate as the Encyclopedia Britannica.
  • In 2008, You Tube surpassed Yahoo! as the number two search engine in America.

We used to go to the web to get information. Now we can go to the information and share information. Web 2.0 is popping up everywhere!
  • Comment feeds after every CBC article
  • “like” and “share” buttons on more and more websites
  • Twitter feeds featured within a blog
  • Tagging photos in Facebook to link user accounts
  • Designing your own Converse sneakers or Sharpie pens online
  • Group consumer savings through sites like Groupon

Consumer review sites are changing the way companies handle their public relations and return policies; twitter is changing the way we think of breaking news; interactive web conferencing is changing the way organizations can perform focus testing; social media is changing the way world politicians campaign! The list of changes is endless!

Here are some Web 2.0 numbers for 2009, and remember, these numbers increase daily.
  • 30 billion – Number of photos uploaded to Facebook per year (at the current rate)
  • 126 million – Number of blogs on the Internet (as tracked by BlogPulse).
  • 27.3 million – Number of tweets on Twitter per day (November, 2009)
  • 81.9 – Percentage of embedded videos on blogs that are YouTube videos.
If you didn’t already know, our world has become Web 2.0-centric and the internet is only going to become more open – more open with regards to content, users, ideas, and sharing. Web 2.0 may or may not be the one-millionth word, but it’s the first big technological concept of the 21st century.

How do you use Web 2.0?