Thursday, January 12, 2012

Welcome to Whitepod Resort

Welcome to Whitepod Resort:

"Welcome to Whitepod!

2011/2012 winter season opening Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The field consists of Whitepod

  • 15 pods, the pod-house (center pods) which includes the breakfast area, bar and relaxation
  • The Chalet Cerniers - Front & Main Restaurant
  • Chindonne pasture - a haven with restaurant
  • 7 km of ski lifts with private

True concept of eco-tourism in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Whitepod is an incredible form of hotels, with a total comfort while fully integrating the environment."

Check out the photo gallery here - absolutely beautiful!

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Cool Hunting: Design

Cool Hunting: Design: "Armenia Papers
Biblical aromas from a 17th century incense maker"


Gifts For Gadget Lovers

Gifts For Gadget Lovers: "Gifts For Gadget Lovers
Tech-centric highlights from our 2011 holiday gift guide"

Ultimate Ears

Developed in 1995 by Van Halen's touring monitor engineer and drummer, this line of earphonesranges from the simple $50 set for the daily commuter to the extravagant professional in-ear monitor custom-made to mold to your ear ($450-$1350)."


"Ray Solar Charger

Power your life on the go with pure sunlight from ray, a portable solar charger for digital devices. The handy contraption comes with a silicone suction cup and kickstand to harness solar power anywhere. Coupling convenience with responsibility, this is a sure win for conscientious gadget users."


"Ceramic Speakers Version 2

The second installment of SF-based industrial designer Joey Roth's ceramic speakers pump out massive sound in a simple package. Made with durable and natural materials like cork, porcelain and maple plywood, this classic set will enliven your living room for years to come."



NeatDesk Digital Scanner

Digitizing all kinds of clutter from tax returns to receipts to business cards, NeatDesk is a scanner-and-software combo that records and organizes your most essential information. The intelligent software is able to digitally categorize the content of your scans; in the case of receipts, it finds the date, payment type, purchase amount as well as other important details."

So much cool stuff!

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Cool Hunting: Tech: "Small Demons
Discover the "Storyverse" of real world places, music and movies from your favorite book"

" Taking an ambitious approach to filtering information online, Small Demons is a new site dedicated to opening up the worlds inside of books. Not just another search engine for what's inside your favorite novel, Small Demons collects and catalogs the millions of references to real-world and fictional music, movies, people, and objects that are found in literature. Your new favorite restaurant could be on the next page of the book you're reading, and Small Demons hopes to provide a place where you can draw meaningful connections between stories and everyday life. "
" The site uses both algorithms and human touch to make these links and open up what Small Demons calls a "Storyverse," or the expanse of details that support a good story. "A computer can tell us how many times a song appears in a book. But it can't tell us that it is the song that the couple dances to at the wedding reception or the song the jilted lover plays after being dumped. It can't tell you the emotional resonance of it. So we are going to be relying on librarians and authors and gifted amateurs to come in and help us fix and add and weight and evaluate all the data we are generating," says Richard Nash, the start-up's VP of Community and Content. "
" Founded by former Yahoo Product VPs Valla Vakili and Tony Amidei, the original idea for Small Demons came to Vakili while on a trip to Madrid and Paris. He also happened to be reading Jean-Claude Izzo's celebrated Mediterranean noir novel Total Chaos, the first book in the French author's well-known Marseilles Trilogy. Vakili changed the Paris leg of his trip and headed to Marseilles, finding himself enchanted by the fact that he was enjoying the same scotch and walking down the same streets as the protagonist in Izzo's book. The story in Total Chaos had a life beyond the page, and Vakili realized that many more books had the same experiences to offer. "
And this is what the site says:

"It all begins here. Suppose someone took every meaningful detail from all the books you love. Every song mentioned, every person, every food or place or movie title. And what if they did that for all the books everyone else loves, too. The ones you’ve never heard of. Suddenly you’ve got a whole world of seemingly random people, places and things, all gathered in one place.

Together they create something vast, wonderful and entirely new. A Storyverse. A place where details touch, overlap and lead you further. To new music to listen to. New movies to watch. Places to visit. People to know. And of course, new books to read. Getting started is simple. Just choose a book. See where it takes you."

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Unstuck Demo on Vimeo

Unstuck from Unstuck on Vimeo.

Cool Hunting: Tech

Cool Hunting: Tech: "GreenZero Chargers
Three eco-friendly chargers designed to shut off automatically to save your battery and wallet"


Cool Hunting: Tech

Cool Hunting: Tech: "Nikon D4
Over four years in the making, the new flagship DSLR promises to deliver"

As you will most notably read from the article...this beaut will retail for $6,000 this February 2012 - that's all I retained from my readings.

Cool Hunting: Style

Hm, brand name, great specs, but I don't know if I like this model...

Cool Hunting: Style: "Tourneau TNY
City-inspired limited editions from America's largest retailer of fine luxury watches"


Cool Hunting: Style

Cool Hunting: Style: "CH Edition: Freehands 2011
Our favorite cashmere gadget gloves in a Cool Hunting exclusive colorway"


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Cool Hunting: Style

SCARVES!!! I loveee - and these designs are gorgeous!

Cool Hunting: Style: "Eleven Silk Scarves
Wrap yourself up in something nice to ward off the winter blues

by CH Editors on 5 January 2012
Graphics, Handcrafted, Mixed Media, Scarves, Silk, Winter

When the bleak winter months really hit full swing, a scarf becomes an essential element for staying warm. Rather than walk around with your eyes poking out of a massive knitted muffler, we've found wrapping a silk scarf around your neck before zipping up your parka provides an elegant base layer and a light touch to the season's heavy ensembles. Below are 11 silk scarves guaranteed to brighten up the doldrums of cold weather months."




Cool Hunting: Travel

YES! Chicago - and it's affordable!! Definitely a candidate once I'm out of Chicago's grad school :)

Cool Hunting: Travel: "Public Hotel Chicago
Low-cost luxury in a renovated Chicago landmark"


Cool Hunting: Travel

One day I will see this - even if it's just to walk in and passing on spending a night

Cool Hunting: Travel: "St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort
Yabu Pushelberg's latest hotel project resets the notion of modern luxury"

Fab Ciraolo

Fab Ciraolo:

Fab Ciraolo

Chilean illustrator combines pop culture, sci-fi and fantasy in a mind-bending amalgamation


Love these ^^!!
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Cool Hunting: Culture

Cool Hunting: Culture: "Il Sole sui Tetti
A Florentine light show plays on the city's renaissance structures

by Paolo Ferrarini on 12 January 2012
Cities, Installations, Italy, Lights"


The Cube by Electrolux

The Cube by Electrolux: "The Cube by Electrolux
A pop-up restaurant high above Milan's Piazza del Duomo offers unparalleled views and award winning food"


The Cube will be in Milan until the 26th April 2012, before relocating to Stockholm, London, Switzerland and Russia. Prices for lunch and dinner range from €200 to €275.

New MoMA Store Items

I likey


SNL Jack Sparrow

Because I miss this

SNL Regis Philbin Auditions

Friday, January 6, 2012


Sunday I will be returning to Riverside to resume Winter Quarter. Now that Winter break is coming to an end I have arrived at the point of my vacation where some reflection and introspection is needed. Over break I have done quite a number of things and there seems to be a pessimistic motif. I have found that in the past year I have experienced many endings. Friendships, adventures, classes, and metaphorically the ending of my childhood with the showing of the last Harry Potter movie. This break marked almost 2 years since high school graduation. And this Winter I have further discovered the true friendships that I have made, and let the shallow ones fade away. Upon reviewing old Facebook pictures I recall the good times spent eating out and laughing late into those warm summer nights. This break I finished Inheritance, the last of the Eragon series - another end to what was a great fantasy adventure. All these small endings have been encased in the passing of 2011 and onset of 2012. 2011 was truly a great year, and despite the friendships lost, I feel better than ever.

This year I am looking forward to turning 20! My relationships with friends and family are stronger than ever and I feel like I have accomplished quite a lot this past year. And I'm not going to make a New Year's resolution - only because I try to better myself year round in different aspects of my life and character. I have learned and grown tremendously and feel myself maturing - its quite interesting how we are able to gauge our personal growth. So I guess looking back, I am thankful for all the shit that happened (speeding ticket, jury duty, car-tow, internship rejections, job rejections, parking tickets, paying bills, etc). I'm strolling down the road towards adulthood and I'm liking who I'm becoming. So this year, I think I will judge myself less for how I appear on the outside and appreciate myself more for who I am on the inside.

2012 is going to be tough, but I know I have what it takes. 

Out with the old, and in with the new!