Date Archives June 2010

A Delicious Breakfast at Broder Cafe

Yesterday morning Frank took me to one of his favorite breakfast spots called Broder Cafe, a beautiful little place that serves Scandinavian foods. To start we got an order of aebleskivers (which in Danish means apple slices) which are these wonderful, fluffy pastries that you dip in lemon curd and marion berry jam. Honestly they were some of the most delicious little pastries I’ve ever had.

For my main meal Frank and I ended up getting the same thing, a bacon, mushroom, gouda scramble with a potato latke and toast. It was amazing as the photos above make it look, really rich and a ton of flavor. The onions in the latke were perfect and the mushrooms in the scramble were a perfect consistency. The coffee was also delicious and most important to me, the service was great. We always had water at our table and the waiter (who may have been the owner?) checked in on us frequently.

If you’re in Portland or are just visiting this is place is a must visit.


Space Suit of the Week

This week’s Space Suit was suggested by helpful reader, Scott.  Thanks Scott.

In 1946, skiing on Mons Huygens would have been even more surprising than this woman’s face suggests. But scientists’ eyes were surely wider when ice was detected around the moon’s polar regions several decades later.  But at the close of World War 2, we had an immediate problem: to think of something to do with all our rockets. And attaching them to snow skis is a wonderful idea. We also had a reduced demand for aircraft and it was in this period that the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation turned its attention to space exploration and developed the Grumman Moon Suit.

But Grumman wasn’t alone when its thinking turned to space. The hundred-something Science Fiction book covers in this flickr set confirm the popularity of these titles well before we ever walked on the surface of the Moon.  And although we never drove Hispano-Suiza “Xenia” Coupes lookalikes around on the moon, the rovers we used to explore the lunar surface are still there collecting space dust. I imagine that before being scanned many of the science fiction books suffered the same fate on book shelves far away from the worlds they imagined.


P.S. This week’s image reminds me of this poem.

Wood Wood Spring/Summer 2010

Following a viewing of the nautical-themed designs for Wood Wood’s spring/summer collection, I was left with a decidedly summery feeling. The irony is that I am currently wearing three layers of clothing, my hands are a delightful shade of purple and I have wrapped myself in a blanket. On reflection, it is hardly a coincidence that I have featured garments from the Scandinavian label that could possibly be layered and worn during cooler weather. I didn’t do it on purpose, I promise.

Aside from blazers and light sweaters, their latest collection also includes swimwear, loose-silhouetted dresses and cute shorts. There is a nice aesthetic flow from the feminine pieces to the masculine garments that is united by the collection’s subdued palette and simple embellishments. To be honest, I would consider a few pieces from both the ladies’ collection and the menswear selection – such is the appeal of Wood Wood’s laid-back and effortless style.


‘The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics’

Continuing the videos about shapes phenomenon I point your eyes to this amazing video called The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics. The video tells the story of a straight line who’s in love with a dot, but the dot falls in love with the crazy, freewheeling squiggle. Soon though the dot realizes that the squiggle is actually a mess and that the line is exactly what she wants in life… ok that was kind of a shit interpretation of the story, but you get the gist of it.

The video was directed by cartoon legend Chuck Jones and and Maurice Noble but was based on the book of the same name. The movie was such a big hit in fact that it won the Academy Award for Animated Short Film in 1965. Yet again, it’s annoying that there aren’t more cartoons like this these days. I wonder if Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network would fun something like this again?


‘Geometry of Circles’

While I’m in Portland I’m staying with Frank Chimero, designer extraordinaire, and he suggested that I should do some video posts relating to shapes, so be ready for the shape smorgasbord. First up is the 1979 Sesame Street video Geometry of Circles which features the music of Philip Glass. It’s amazing that way back in the day kids were able to see a short feature like this instead of the mindless crap of todays cartoon experiences. Couple that with the fact that it’s Philip freaking Glass composing the score to it, which is so next level. Sit back and enjoy.


‘Fluffy McCloud’ by Conor Finnegan

Who knew that a grunting cloud could be so amusing?  Conor Finnegan did, and spent months in his attic playing with paper clouds, scale models and an assortment of cameras to make Fluffy McCloud. His ability to give precipitation a personality without any dialog is unique and makes his video an effortless joy to watch. Conor is a recent graduate and his video is evidence that he has plenty of talent. If I didn’t have to travel all the way to Dublin to beat him up, I’d challenge him to a fight


‘Apricot’ by Ben Briand

Ben Briand’s short film Apricot was originally screened about six months ago; however, a high definition version was recently uploaded to celebrate it’s submission to the 2010 Vimeo Awards, and I felt that it was too good not to share.

Evoking a nostalgic visual atmosphere, which is reminiscent of both Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides and Cate Shortland’s Somersault, the starting point for Apricot is the memory of a first love. The cinematography draws on the light, textures, colours, tastes and sounds associated with recalling this event and beautifully narrates the earliest pangs of desire. Apricot is stunningly shot and gorgeously realised; you should definitely put aside 10 minutes to watch it.


The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Olivier Morvan

Olivier Morvan

Tis a bit late for the Desktop Wallpaper Project but I was travelling to Portland today, so I didn’t quite have enough time, my apologies for the delay. Today we have quite a special guest, someone who wrote me suggesting I use his image for a wallpaper… and well, I thought it was amazing. His name is Olivier Morvan and he’s a French designer and artist who dabbles in just about everything.

For his wallpaper he made this amazing dragon/uroboros kinda guy eating his own tail. I love all the details and the addition of the red really makes the design pop. Plus I think this would work rather well as a wallpaper, not too busy but not too boring. Big thanks to Olivier for sending this my way!