Bookish nostalgia

My three favourite books as a child
(who didn't love Little Golden Books...?)

Earth, as seen from Mars

First image of Earth ever taken from a surface beyond our moon
via NASA's Flickr page

Time to jet...

519 Parliament St., Toronto
(Yes, this is a blank photo. Minimal coffee options, no morning snacks [at 11:00 a.m.!], poor lighting, and very brash, unapologetic baristas meant my first walk-out, and my first fail rating.)

Ain't no mountain high enough

Go see Michelle Ross Saturdays at the new and improved Crews and Tango!

Imaginary letters

A is the roof, the gable with its crossbeam, the arch; or it is two friends greeting, who embrace and shake hands;
D is the human back;
B is the back on the back, the hump;
C is the crescent, the moon;
E is the foundations, the pillar, the console and the architrave, all architecture in a single letter;
F is the gibbet;
G is the french horn;
H is a facade with two towers;
I is the was machine launching its projectile;
J is the plowshare and the horn of plenty;
K is the angle of reflection equal to the angle of incidence, a key to geometry;
L is the leg and foot;
M is a mountain or camp with tents pitched in pairs;
N is a a gate with a diagonal bar;
O is the sun;
P is a porter with a load on his back;
Q is a rump with a tail; R is the porter resting on his staff;
S is a serpent;
T is a hammer;
U is the urn, V the vase, which are easily confused
(Y is a tree, a fork, the confluence of two rivers, a stemmed glass, a man with arms up-stretched);
X is crossed swords, a battle: who will win we do not know, so the mystics made it the sign of destiny and the algebraists the sign of the unknown;
Z is lightning, the sign of God: That is what the alphabet contains.
-from an essay by Victor Hugo, date unknown

Type town

Beautiful type treatment of Toronto neighbourhoods by Ork Posters
Love, love, love.

The library grows

Another lovely book about letters, printed in 1962

Hakuna matata

The Lion King will return to Toronto in August 2011!

Spring getaway

Perfect way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon: taking a ferry and strolling around on Toronto Island Park

Queen of the YouTubes

Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" music video offiically takes the lead as most watched video on YouTube: 180,000,000 views to date...

Two new friends

I have been lusting after this set of hardcover Taschen type anthologies for months.
All I can say - it was worth the wait. Stunning.

The object of my affection

From the director of Helvetica comes Objectified, a new film about manufactured objects and the people who design them. Some inspirational words from an interview with industrial designer Dieter Rams:
Good design is innovative.
Good design makes a product useful.
Good design is aesthetic.
Good design makes a product understandable.
Good design is unobtrusive.
Good design is honest.
Good design is long-lasting.
Good design is thorough down to the last detail.
Good design is environmentally friendly.
Good design is as little design as possible.

Old McDonald had a farm...

Riverdale Farm in Cabbagetown - officially my new favourite place in Toronto

Weekend used bookstore find

All I can say is this book is AMAZING!
This will be another great resource for 26 in 52.

Weekend getaway

A quick trip to Lovesick Lake on Saturday reminds me how much I ♥ nature.

Logo lust

GO Transit has got it figured out with this great modular logo.
Also awesome (via their website):
"GO runs 185 train trips and 2,045 bus trips daily, carrying about 217,000 passengers on a typical weekday — 180,000 on the trains and 37,000 by bus."

Espresso? Si!

Si Espresso
748 Broadview Ave., Toronto

I got chills... they're multiplying...

Playing at the Canon Theatre until April 18th

Old school

Glee returns April 13th (one week!)
Above is some original cast yearbook photos, publishing in the new issue of Rolling Stone (click to enlarge)