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Tool guide — The Prepared
"We love good tools, and think you should too. Here are some of our favorites."
tools  toolguides  toolkits  gifts 
november 2017 by robertogreco
The Art of Teaching
[via: "The slide deck for the workshop is superb. Such a great experience, so grateful to @tchoi8 & the other participants." https://twitter.com/dphiffer/status/879465006449909760

referencing also: "How I learn to build things. Something I created for @tchoi8’s Art of Learning workshop at @eyeofestival."
https://twitter.com/dphiffer/status/879366496354488322 ]

[video: "Absence is Presence with Distance"
https://vimeo.com/234330230

"As an artist, I work with technology and narrative – formal and relational projects. As an activist, I examine personal and political – practice and praxis. As an educator, I create feedback between plastic and elastic – learning and unlearning. My talk is set at the dawn. We are waiting for the sun to rise and we are full of questions. What’s the role of an artist as an activist now? How can we critique oppressive systems that create the sense of ‘others’ based on ability and legal status? What’s kind of pedagogy can we experiment through alternative schools? How can we create a community among those who have nothing in common? By creating art, we can give form to our intentions, contribute to making the world we want to live in.

( For a companion posting to this talk visit:

https://medium.com/@tchoi8/absence-is-presence-with-distance-c0712aada56c )]
taeyoonchoi  education  teaching  purpose  routine  ritual  silence  flow  conflict  communication  structure  nurture  authority  kojinkaratani  jean-lucnancy  community  howweteach  pedagogy  learning  howwelearn  eyeo2017  unlearning  curriculum  syllabus  sfpc  schoolforpoeticcomputation  art  craft  beauty  utility  generosity  sfsh  tcsnmy  lcproject  openstudioproject  classideas  cv  reciprocity  gifts  kant  discretion  instruction  discipline  johndewey  bmc  blackmountaincollege  justice  annialbers  stndardization  weaving  textiles  making  projectbasedlearning  materials  progress  progressive  unschooling  deschooling  control  experimentation  knowledge  fabrication  buckminsterfuller  constructivism  constructionism  georgehein  habit  freedom  democracy  paulofreire  judithbutler  sunaurataylor  walking  christinesunkim  uncertainty  representation  intervention  speculation  simulation  christopheralexander  objectives  outcomes  learningoutcomes  learningobjectives  remembering  creativity  evaluation  application  analysis  understanding  emancipation  allankaprow  judychicago  s 
june 2017 by robertogreco
One Book: One Press
"This year, I did something I'd always been meaning to do: I subscribed to the entire year's output of a small press, in this case Wave Books [http://www.wavepoetry.com/collections/subscriptions ], the Seattle poetry publisher. There were new books by writers I already loved, like Renee Gladman and Mary Ruefle. There were books by new-to-me poets who I now adore, like Hoa Nguyen. And there were also books I thought were so-so, or didn't finish, or didn't get around to at all. But I loved the fact that that discrete output of a publisher for the year 2016 came to my doorstep. I loved it so much that next year, and maybe every year in the future, I am going to subscribe to another small press.

A number of small presses will send you a bunch of their books for a smallish lump sum (for instance, Dorothy [http://dorothyproject.com/books-gallery/ ] will send you all 14 of their books for $140) but for me the temporality, the getting the books as they're published, is the exciting part. Here are a few that do a yearly subscription:

Two Lines Press [http://twolinespress.com/subscribe/ ]: literature in translation, fifty bucks! Includes a newly translated Marie NDiaye

PM Press [https://secure.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1 ]: radical history/politics/lifestyle with occasional fiction, monthly subscriptions

Deep Vellum [http://deepvellum.org/product/10-book-subscription/ ]: literature in translation, subscribe for 5 or 10 books

Aqueduct Press [http://www.aqueductpress.com/orders.php ]: feminist science fiction, subscribe to Conversation Pieces series

Black Ocean [http://www.blackocean.org/subscriptions14/ ]: literature, mostly poetry

Sarabande [http://www.sarabandebooks.org/subscriptions/2017-subscription ]: ditto, includes a Mary Ruefle chapbook

Perhaps supporting a small press might brighten your or a friend's year."
suzannefischer  books  subscriptions  gifts  publishing  literature  poetry  sciencefiction  translation  history  politics  temporality 
december 2016 by robertogreco
Philadelphia Printworks
"Philadelphia Printworks was founded in 2010. We started the company because we love DIY culture, we wanted to learn how to screen print and we wanted to make a positive impact on our community. Over the years our vision and strategy has developed. But, our overall goal has stayed the same: to encourage a culture of activism and inclusion. "
gifts  tee  t-shirts  clothing  activism  blackpride  inclusion  inclusivity  philadelphia 
november 2016 by robertogreco
Norway considers giving mountain to Finland as 100th birthday present | World news | The Guardian
"Norwegian government considers shifting border to gift its Nordic neighbour a peak that would become its highest point"
borders  finland  border  norway  geopolitics  2016  gifts  birthdays 
july 2016 by robertogreco
The Gift on JSTOR
[PDF: https://syelavich.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/the-gift.pdf ]

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We are forgetting how to give presents. Violation of the exchange principle has something nonsensical and implausible about it.... [Today] even the private giving of presents has degenerated to a social function exercised with rational bad grace, careful adherence to the prescribed budget, skeptical appraisal of the other and the least possible effort. Real giving had its joy in imagining the joy of the receiver. It means choosing, expending time, going out of one's way, thinking of the other as a subject: the opposite of distraction. Just this hardly anyone is now able to do. At best they give what they would have liked themselves, only a few degrees worse. The decay of giving is mirrored in the distressing invention of gift-articles, based on the assumption that one does not know what to give because one really does not want to.

Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia: Reflections on Damaged Life (1944)

1. A paradox of gift giving, often alluded to, is that when conducted as obligation, it is profoundly depressive. There is something wrong here. After all, the act of giving, if we disengage it from Christmas and its horrors, should be a positive thing. The gift ought to be that which, when proffered by the giver, induces a double joy - that of the receiver in the object, and that of the giver at the receiver's joy. Neither of these joys is inconsiderable. It is worth analyzing them because they tell us something about how things work for us and, therefore, something about the character of design activity.

Ideally the receiver of the gift obtains a double joy. First, and most obviously, there is a joy in the thing itself, the object received. The proper gift gives happiness because it matches perfectly one moment of the receiver's needs and desires. Sometimes it even helps receivers discover and satisfy desires they did not know they had. Second, the gift gives joy because the successful gift affirms a positive relationship between giver and receiver. It is concrete or evident proof that the giver knows, and has understood, recognized, affirmed, and sought to concretely meet the other's most intimate needs and desires. Moreover, the receiver finds additional joy in being the subject of the imaginative work undertaken by the giver in securing and giving this gift. The successful gift proves to us that our relationship to the giver is more than merely formal or nominal.

For the giver, the joy is perhaps more subtle, but nonetheless significant. It is a joy, first and foremost, in pleasing others, in getting to know their tastes, interests, and character, in recognizing and accepting their needs and desires (even if contrary to our own). But it is also a pleasure in successfully finding a material thing that successfully concretizes these desires - that gives receivers "exactly what they wanted."

Note that the gift is not just the thing itself. If the nature of the object or product that we proffer is essential, it is, nonetheless, not all we give. What the giver gives besides the gift-object is recognition - which both Lacan and Hegel recognized as the fundamental human desire, which we crave above all else."
gifts  clivedilnot  1999  relationships  presents  1944  theodoradorno  giftgiving  equity  exchange  obligation 
november 2015 by robertogreco
Christine Jones on the notion of the gift, reciprocity, and how being a parent influences her work — Odyssey Works
"OW: WHY CREATE EXPERIENCES?

CJ: As a parent I am aware of creating a world where Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy exist for my kids. When they die it's our job to make other kinds of magic. I love what Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere says. He said he wanted to live in a world where anything can happen at any moment. His work makes our world just such a world...I think everyone has a desire to be surprised, delighted, moved, and transported. If we don't do this for each other, no one else will. Our parents will make magic for us when we are young, when we are older, we have to make it for ourselves and each other."

OW: WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO DO WITH YOUR WORK?

CJ: This probably sounds horribly pretentious, but lately I have been thinking of myself as an artist who uses Intimacy the way a painter uses paint. My intention with all of my work is to enhance a feeling of connection and presence that makes people feel seen, and sometimes, especially with Theatre for One, loved. It is always amazing to me how simple acts of kindness and generosity are so deeply appreciated. We very rarely slow down enough to feel truly with other people. I am trying to create fruitful circumstances for a gift exchange between audience and performer. Whether it be a big Broadway show, or an immersive dinner theatre experience, or Theatre for One, I am hoping to create a space and relationships within the space that allow the audience to feel that they are receiving a beautiful experience and in return they are giving the performers or creators the gift of their full presence and attention."
audiencesofone  2015  christinejones  art  performance  theater  reciprocity  presence  care  parenting  interactivity  immersivity  immersive  experiencedesign  magic  intimacy  audience  setdesign  wonder  discovery  visibility  gifts  interviews  odysseyworks  wanderlust  sextantworks  relationships  davidwheeler  generosity  theatreforone 
september 2015 by robertogreco
Episode 51: CROWS | The BitterSweet Life
"Gabi (age 8) regularly feeds crows and they bring her shiny things in return. Today she shows host Katy Sewall her crow-gift collection. We'll also find out why crows give gifts and how you can earn gifts too!"

[See also: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31604026 ]
crows  corvids  animals  birds  nature  children  2015  behavior  collections  multispecies  gifts  johnmarzluff  tonyangell  katysewall  seattle  washingtonstate  human-animalrelations  human-animalrelationships 
february 2015 by robertogreco
Best Made Company — The Map Notebook
"What is a map? What can be mapped? Where have you come from? Where are you headed? With this notebook in hand, these are a few questions we want you to ask yourself. Never fear: you don't have to conquer any high altitude peaks to make this notebook work. With an open mind and a sense of adventure, a trip around the block can be one of life's greatest journeys. We've made maps since the dawn of civilization, they come to us as lines in the sand, or stars in the sky, and now's a chance for you to keep that tradition alive. No matter where you go, always keep a keen eye, and take plenty of notes. 

Each left hand page of our 160 page Map Notebook leaves space for you to enter vital details of your journey (location, date, notes). The right hand pages are blank maps, each with a 1/2" dotted grid and compass rows as your guide. The cover boasts french flaps with a 10" ruler, and a complete listing of map making symbols. Designed by Best Made Company in New York, printed and bound in Winnipeg on the same paper as our bestselling Famous Red Notebook."
notebooks  maps  mapping  gifts 
december 2013 by robertogreco
The Generosity Echo
"Like many designers today, I spend a great deal of time in the cloud—connecting with friends and followers on Twitter and other social media platforms. These tools are important; they allow us to amplify our work and broadcast to a larger design community with incredible speed and ease. And I’ve come to rely on my network as a kind of support, generously encouraging me with valuable feedback, or even friction.

But do these tools actually let us engage in deeper conversations around our work? While I treasure the constant connection to the crowd, I find it difficult to slow down for more focused inter­actions unless I’m physically present. For me, the opportunity to go further in a discussion around my work—to explore, to learn, to grow—best occurs when it can mediate both digital and physi­cal worlds.

So I decided to take my work outside. Not just out into the ele­ments, but beyond many of my normal boundaries as a designer. Frustrated with my own addiction to the screen and propelled by my need for richer connections, I stepped outside the studio, curious to discover new kinds of encounters.



By the end of the project, I had received several gifts in return: books, notes, original artwork, countless stories and powerful memories that will stay with me forever. I continue to be inspired by all of the encounters. The community that formed around my books was small but seemed expansive in its ability to generate new meaning. In each connection, regardless of what was exchanged, my audience countered the books with their own sense of the meaningful, and passed it on. Sometimes, the shared action touched one or two people; other times, it expanded and bounced around town. I called it the generosity echo.

Weymouths was an experiment in orchestrated serendipity and small-batch community-building. It’s not exactly a sustainable model; we can’t give everything away. But try it for yourself, at any scale: see what happens when you let go of some of your work—and your assumptions. By stepping outside and returning to the face-to-face—and confronting the fear of an unknown audience—you may rediscover the power of real-time conversa­tion. Sometimes the only thing that separates your work from an engaged community is being present."
generosity  gifts  gifteconomy  paulsoulellis  2013  books  projectideas  community  openstudioproject  slow  small  vulnerability  art 
november 2013 by robertogreco
Lagniappe - Wikipedia
"A lagniappe (pron.: /ˈlænjæp/ lan-yap) is a small gift given to a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase (such as a 13th doughnut when buying a dozen), or more broadly, "something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure."[1]

The word entered English from Louisiana French, in turn derived from the American Spanish phrase la ñapa (referring to a free extra item, usually a very cheap one). The term has been traced back to the Quechua word yapay ('to increase; to add'). In Andean markets it is still customary to ask for a ñapa when making a purchase. The seller usually responds by throwing in a little extra. Although this is an old custom, it is still widely practiced today in Louisiana. Street vendors, especially vegetable vendors, are expected to throw in a few green chillies or a small bunch of cilantro with a purchase.

The word is chiefly used in the Gulf Coast of the United States, but the concept is practiced in many places, such as Southeast Asia, North Africa, rural France, Australia and Holland."
words  louisiana  english  french  via:litherland  free  gifts  wikipedia  lagniappe 
march 2013 by robertogreco
BOOK STAND
"BOOK STAND is an online art book shop based in Los Angeles specializing in unique art books, films and vintage publications. Inspired by the quirky personal libraries of imaginative individuals, our carefully edited catalogue is organized by ever-changing offbeat categories.

We believe the best book shops have the exceptional ability to create community, so stop by regularly for an inspiring program that includes conversations with emerging artists, artists' favorite recipes, field trips to beautiful bookstores, limited edition handmade bookmarks and guides to help you develop your creative reference library.

One dollar from every purchase goes towards supporting The Library Foundation of Los Angeles. Helping to promote greater awareness of the library's valuable resources, The Library Foundation of Los Angeles supports and enriches the capabilities, resources, and services of the Los Angeles Public Library."
recipes  food  cooking  photography  color  beauty  webdesign  glvo  design  art  gifts  books  artbooks  losangelespubliclibrary  lapubliclibrary  losangeles  via:nicolefenton  artistsbooks  webdev 
january 2013 by robertogreco
The digital doesn't annihilate the analog, and the business card creativity proves it. : Observatory: Design Observer
"The digital does not annihilate the analog. It glorifies it. Paper books and vinyl records were once quotidian; today they are objects to defend, romanticize, venerate.

Or consider this example: the humble business card. As a genre of object, it is “doomed,” one technology observer asserted not long ago, asking, “Who needs business cards when you have Google?” The function of the business card, in other words, has been replaced by a more efficient alternative: “We don't need to be made legible to each other because we have already written ourselves onto the Internet.”

I wish I believed this. I’ve recently run out of cards and have seriously considered whether I can get away with not ordering a new set. But take a look around, and it’s not hard to find evidence of a business-card-centered creative renaissiance. In fact, start with the very object offered up as a metaphor for the business card’s pending demise: A marketing agency specializing in “viral” campaigns has one that…"
gifts  sharing  projectideas  glvo  edg  srg  creativity  printing  imprint  2012  paper  businesscards  digital  analog  robwalker 
september 2012 by robertogreco
Curious Terrain | Explorer's Deck
"This deck of cards is your companion for exploring all kinds of places — streets, gardens, trails, parks, plazas, buildings, even entire neighborhoods. Use these cards as a creative catalyst and as a tool for sharpening your appreciation of the world around you.

Discover cards draw your attention to the unique elements and qualities that define a place. Record cards inspire you to try a wide range of techniques for capturing and sharing a place. Wild cards provoke thought about how issues of time and perspective affect your experience of a place.

Develop a more insightful eye for new places, and gain fresh perspectives on familiar places. Go somewhere and open the box."
oregon  portland  curiousterrain  noticing  discovery  situationist  gifts  cards  exploration 
august 2012 by robertogreco
DOUBLE BREAK
"Double Break is a gallery and shop located right next to San Diego’s Balboa Park. We feature monthly art exhibitions, books, design objects, gifts, clothing, jewelry, cards, and more!"
glvo  gifts  shopping  california  galleries  art  sandiego 
april 2012 by robertogreco
BBC News - Japan's obsession with perfect fruit
"Giving fruit as a gift is a common custom in Japan. But this fruit is not your normal greengrocers' produce, complete with bumps, bruises and blemishes. The pick of the crop is grown with exquisite care and attention to detail - and commands an eye-watering price when it comes to market."
2012  gifts  food  culture  fruit  japan 
march 2012 by robertogreco
Rebecca Solnit on Hope on Vimeo
"Despair is a black leather jacket in which everyone looks good, while hope is a frilly pink dress few dare to wear. Rebecca Solnit thinks this virtue needs to be redefined.

Here she takes to our pulpit to deliver a sermon that looks at the remarkable social changes of the past half century, the stories the mainstream media neglects and the big surprises that keep on landing.

She explores why disaster makes us behave better and why it's braver to hope than to hide behind despair's confidence and cynicism's safety.

History is not an army. It's more like a crab scuttling sideways. And we need to be brave enough to hope change is possible in order to have a chance of making it happen."
mainstreammedia  davidgraeber  venezuela  indigeneity  indigenousrights  indigenous  us  mexico  ecuador  anti-globalization  latinamerica  bolivia  evamorales  lula  cynicism  uncertainty  struggle  paulofreire  barackobama  georgewbush  humanrights  insurgency  hosnimubarak  egypt  yemen  china  saudiarabia  bahrain  change  protest  tunisia  optimism  future  environment  contrarians  peterkro  peterkropotkin  worldbank  imf  globaljustice  history  freemarkets  freetrade  media  globalization  publicdiscourse  neoliberalism  easttimor  syria  control  power  children  brasil  argentina  postcapitalism  passion  learning  education  giftgiving  gifteconomy  gifts  politics  policy  generosity  kindness  sustainability  life  labor  work  schooloflife  social  society  capitalism  economics  hope  2011  anti-authoritarians  antiauthority  anarchy  anarchism  rebeccasolnit  brazil  shrequest1  luladasilva 
february 2012 by robertogreco
Letters of Note: I know what love is
"Love is a seeking for a way of life; the way that cannot be followed alone; the resonance of all spiritual and physical things. Children are not only of flesh & blood—children may be ideas, thoughts, emotions. The person of the one who is loved is a form composed of a myriad mirrors reflecting and illuminating the powers and thoughts & the emotions that are w/in you, & flashing another kind of light from within. No words or deeds may encompass it.

Friendship is another form of love—more passive perhaps, but full of the transmitting & acceptance of things like thunderclouds & grass & the clean granite of reality.

Art is both love & friendship, & understanding; the desire to give. It is not charity, which is the giving of Things, it is more than kindness which is the giving of self. It is both the taking & giving of beauty, the turning out to the light the inner folds of the awareness of the spirit. It is the recreation on another plane of the realities of the of the world; the…"
glvo  1937  california  yosemite  1936  cedricwright  gifts  giving  love  art  anseladams 
january 2012 by robertogreco
Tortoise General Store
"When we visited one of the islands in Hawaii, we came across a "general store".

It was very local and community-based, which we rarely saw in Los Angeles. Nowadays with big chain stores spread in the cities, you can get decent variety of products with decent service anywhere you go.

But when we walked into the small "general store" we felt a very friendly, established presence in its local community.
In the "general store", their products were what was minimum required in daily life. Less variety of what big chain stores carried. But we felt that was just enough.

At "TGS / Tortoise General Store", based on Tortoise' basic philosophy, we would like to introduce wider, more "general" service, not just products.

We like to create a "General Store" that may not be "cool" but a place where it feels familiar, or be unique in its own way."

[See also: http://www.tortoiselife.com/ AND http://www.tortoiselife.com/trts/ ]

[Reminds me of Yuzu, once a favorite place in Pasadena]
losangeles  gifts  home  japanese  japan  shopping 
january 2012 by robertogreco
The best American wall map: David Imus’ “The Essential Geography of the United States of America” - Slate Magazine
"These days, almost all the data cartographers use is provided by the government and is freely available in the public domain. Anybody can download databases of highways, airports, and cities, and then slap a crude map together with the aid of a plotter. What separates a great map from a terrible one is choosing which data to use and how best to present it.

How will you signify elevation and forestation? How will you imply the hierarchy of city sizes? How big must a town (or an airport, or a body of water) be to warrant inclusion? And how will you convey all of this with a visual scheme that’s clean and attractive?"
informationdesign  sweatingthedetails  mapmaking  via:javierarbona  davidimus  us  gifts  cartography  mapping  maps  nationalgeographic 
january 2012 by robertogreco
The Aporeticus - by Mills Baker · A Problem with Path
"Path believes that it can make performative, broadcast behavior intimate.

That is: by limiting the number of connections, but shaping their nature, by imbuing the entirety of their product with a substantiality and a quality that emphasizes real human engagement, they can create an intimate network.

But there can be no such thing; real intimacy can never, ever be broadcast. It must be either one-to-one or one-off."

"…rather than email our wedding invitations, we make use of ludicrously anachronistic methods in obedience not solely to tradition, but to this principle: efficiency is the enemy of intimacy.

Path is an incredibly easy way to efficiently share life’s moments with your closest friends and family in a centralized way, and for that reason it subverts its own premise, which always makes me sad; it’s beautiful work in service to a flawed idea. Any broadcast is inauthentic; a general audience kills intimacy; there is no such thing as a static social network of quality."
path  intimacy  audiencesofone  millsbaker  communication  relationships  sharing  gifts  giftgiving  2011  audience  cv 
december 2011 by robertogreco
Oregon Is Awesome: Your Almanac of Wonderful Oregon Things
"Ever get to the end of summer and think to yourself, “Oh! I meant to go to the State Fair this year! And I really wanted to go morel hunting! I missed it!" Or, do you ever find yourself on a dark day of winter dreaming of the coming spring renewal: Wildflowers! Festivals! Salmon!

This calendar covers all* the seasons and events that occur throughout Oregon. It’s organized by date, top to bottom (solstices and equinoxes are marked), and geographically, left to right. Coastal events are on the left, Eastern Oregon on the right. The raindrops represent events or seasons that occur over a period of time. It is designed to give you a sense of the ebb and flow of life here in Oregon; to connect you with where we’ve been and where we are going. You may discover some events and seasons that are new to you!"
oregon  calendars  gifts  infrographic  design  events 
december 2011 by robertogreco
Quarterly Co.™
"…new way to connect w/ the people you follow & find interesting. We spend so much of our lives connecting w/ people online that we forget the value of tangible interactions that happen in the real world. Quarterly wants to bridge that gap by allowing anyone to subscribe to influential contributors and get physical items in the mail from them. It is like a magazine, but instead of receiving words on a page, our subscribers receive actual items that tell a compelling story crafted and narrated by the contributor.

What kind of stuff will I get? A blend of original, exclusive, & consumer items that are timeless, practical, exciting, & fly under the radar. We don’t want to fill up your house w/ clutter, & we’re mindful of the waste that each of us generate every day. But we also recognize that consumption isn’t inherently bad, it’s just a matter of making smarter choices about the things we surround ourselves with.

Each product should reflect on the person who selected it…"
design  quarterly  retail  subscriptions  geoffmanaugh  mariapopova  tinarotheisenberg  swissmiss  alexismadrigal  lizdanzico  shopping  gifts 
september 2011 by robertogreco
My Father’s Final Gift « Aza on Design
"“Is it bigger than a bread box?”, I stare at the package in my hands. In it is my father. The man who invented the Macintosh and misnamed what should be the “typefaces” menu the “fonts” menu. He never forgave himself for his incorrect usage of English. He groomed with exacting use of language and considered that mistake a failure of being young and reckless with semantics. The man who invented click-and-drag was now the man who could hardly keep his gaze focused on his son. The box is, of course, smaller than a bread box. It’s a question we always ask. My family smiles out of habit.

“No”, my father says. A long pause. “No”, he says again, “it is smaller than a bread box. Smaller and sharper.” He speeds the guessing game along. Time."

[Also at: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1663156/the-mac-inventors-gift-before-dying-an-immortal-design-lesson-for-his-son ]
azaraskin  jefraskin  language  gifts  writing  design  history  questions  tradition  2011  via:jeeves  shaving  knives  razors  questioning  inquiry  play 
september 2011 by robertogreco
Frank Chimero - Sharing and Giving, Collections and Gifts
"This is what good gifts feel like. We are educated to the nature of them so that we may appreciate them more fully. This is the point of sharing something…For us to properly value it, we must understand the quality of it & have a story to understand why it is so precious. Something travels from me to you, & in the process, we both gain.

…odd when we talk about writing: our modes are at extreme ends of spectrum in size of audience. We typically discuss writing for ourselves vs publishing for many, but don’t spend a great deal of time thinking about what it is like to write for 1 person. We may write for 1 individual frequently thru things like email, but it is not often considered, & hardly ever celebrated. My friend Rob Giampietro said “there’s something about writing for 1 other person, the epistle, the letter, the thought that’s offered to someone specifically—it’s very special indeed.” He said this in an email…makes the point self-referential in the best possible way."
sharing  gifts  collections  storytelling  frankchimero  robgiampietro  audience  audiencesofone  explaining  description  sensemaking  meaning  social  cv  oneonone  2011 
may 2011 by robertogreco
RAD AND HUNGRY | WHO WHAT WHY
"The Something Mighty Collection by RAD AND HUNGRY is a monthly series of travel-inspired, locally sourced, stylie goods for those who love office supplies as much as creators Sam Alston and Hen Chung.

“Every time we traveled together, we synched up in a path of mad consumption that would gather momentum during the trip,” says Hen Chung. “One of each postcard at the museum. One of each patterned scarf, and one for my mom. And one for your mom. Two of each beer. Order everything on the menu, we’ll split it. Good thing these pencils come in packs of twelve…"
pencils  paper  officesupplies  glvo  notebooks  stationery  mexico  france  gifts  local  travel 
february 2011 by robertogreco
The Boardgame Remix Kit - new ways to play your favourite board games
"Liven up your Christmas by remixing the boardgames in your house to make brand new games.

The Boardgame Remix Kit works with all the great family favourites. It's got twenty five games that you can play using the boards and pieces you've already got.

As well as smoothing out or speeding up a standard game, the kit can turn Monopoly* into a family poker tournament, Trivial Pursuit* into a surrealist parlour game; Scrabble* into fight between a wasp and a robot, and Cluedo* into a zombie invasion."
games  remix  boardgames  gifts  play 
december 2010 by robertogreco
KIOSK - Interesting things from interesting places
"ARCHIVE: JAPAN, SWEDEN, MEXICO, GERMANY, FINLAND, 8 for 2008 + 1, HONG KONG<br />
AMERICA 1, 9 for 2009, AMERICA 2, Provence, Portugal, Groundhog Day, Iceland, America 3"
art  culture  design  accessories  gifts  shopping  japan  sweden  mexico  germany  finland  iceland  us  international  global  provence  france  hongkong 
december 2010 by robertogreco
Gravel & Gold
"Gravel & Gold is a shop in the Mission District of San Francisco run by three ladies, Cass, Lisa, and Nile. We sell useful goods from stand-up makers—hand-picked vintage and new things to wear, to adorn, to hear, to read & write, to furnish, and to love up. We like to know where our things come from and to directly support the people who create them."
sanfrancisco  shopping  gifts  boutique  diy  fashion  design  clothing  retail  glvo  via:robinsloan  art  handmade  make 
november 2010 by robertogreco
San Diego Space Society
"The San Diego Space Society (“SD Space”) was founded in 2008 with the purpose of raising awareness and educating the general public to the benefits of human exploration of space and San Diego’s role in space development, as well as to the idea of creating a spacefaring civilization within our lifetimes.

General meetings are held regularly at the Serra Mesa library, and SD Space members participate in many other local space events. Details of each meeting will be posted to the calendar. The general public is welcome to attend any meeting or event listed on this site.

SD Space is headquartered at the Space Travelers Emporium [http://emporium.sdspace.org/ ], a storefront and workshop in the South Park neighborhood."
sandiego  space  southpark  spacetravel  travel  hackerspaces  education  organizations  gifts  shopping  lcproject  workshops  glvo  edg  srg  local  exploration  spaceexploration 
october 2010 by robertogreco
This is Uncommon
"Uncommon makes the most well-designed, highest quality customizable products available. Our proprietary 3D TATT™ (Thermo-Active Transdermal Technology™) process ensures durable, long-lasting, high resolution imagery on every product we imprint. We then package your art with care and ship it quickly and safely to your door."
iphone  ipod  accessories  gifts  uncommon  shopping  products  printing  illustration  diy  design  custom  art  fabrication  webdesign  via:russelldavies  webdev 
september 2010 by robertogreco
Rare Device / good stuff for you and your home / San Francisco
"Rare Device is, simply, good stuff for you & your home. Rena Tom, the founder, is a former jewelry & graphic designer who loves design. She was so inspired by all of the fabulous, creative designers she met along the way, both in person & online, that she decided she had to share her discoveries, & she opened Rare Device in Brooklyn in October 2005. The webshop opened in December of that year &, combined with a lively & generally topical blog, has developed into its own microcosm of design.

The storefront is a place to promote designers, artists & artisans plus help them grow by taking on new projects & collaborations. Every object in the store has its own story, & has been chosen because it is either handmade, well-designed, useful, beautiful or all of the above. The aesthetic is modern & quirky while remaining warm & inviting - design that is accessible to all. Influences range from comic book art to entropy in nature, laser-etching to hand-lettering to nautical lore."
sanfrancisco  nyc  lisacongdon  craft  brooklyn  clothing  gifts  furniture  art  design  crafts  glvo  shopping  boutique 
september 2010 by robertogreco
Frank Chimero — Anonymous asked: What advice would you give to a graphic design student? [This is not just for graphic design students.]
"Look people in the eyes when you are talking or listening to them. The best teachers are the ones who treat their classrooms like a workplace, & the worst are ones who treat their classroom like a classroom as we’ve come to expect it… Libraries are a good place. The books are free there, & it smells great… beat them by being more thoughtful. Thoughtfulness is free & burns on time & empathy… The best communicators are gift-givers… Don’t become dependent on having other people pull it out of you while you’re in school. If you do, you’re hosed once you graduate. Keep two books on your nightstand at all times: one fiction, one non-fiction… Buy lightly used. Patina is a pretty word & beautiful concept… Learn to write, & not school-style writing… Most important things happen at a table. Food, friends, discussion, ideas, work, peace talks & war plans. It is okay to romanticize things a little bit every now & then: it gives you hope… Everyone is just making it up as they go along."

[Book list: http://blog.frankchimero.com/post/993864785/you-put-together-the-remarkable-text-playlist-along ]
advice  design  education  frankchimero  empathy  thoughtfulness  patina  beausage  teaching  learning  interestingness  libraries  books  work  life  careers  glvo  tcsnmy  writing  craft  whatmatters  meaning  mindfulness  hope  truth  lcproject  unschooling  deschooling  gifts  self-directed  self-education  relationships  discipline  graphics  graphicdesign  tools  wisdom  toshare  topost 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Unique Gift Ideas, Creative Gift Ideas, Product and Video Reviews - Daily Grommet
"At the heart of it, we're a bunch of regular folks with a passion for finding Grommets; wonderful products--with interesting stories--that people would love to know about. We're independent—no one pays us to select a product. In fact, the best thing is, lots of people help us by sharing their own favorite discoveries. We're enabling Citizen Commerce™. Our “team” is anyone who believes that we can make a difference by celebrating the useful, innovative, and beautifully crafted Grommets we collectively discover." [See also: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/08/business/08proto.html]
dailygrommet  diy  invention  marketplace  gifts  crowdsourcing  shopping  business  entrepreneurship  ecommerce  design  products 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Julio Cortázar: Instrucciones para dar cuerda al reloj
"...cuando te regalan un reloj te regalan un pequeño infierno florido, una cadena de rosas, un calabozo de aire. No te dan solamente el reloj, que los cumplas muy felices y esperamos que te dure porque es de buena marca, suizo con áncora de rubíes; no te regalan solamente ese menudo picapedrero que te atarás a la muñeca y pasearás contigo. Te regalan -no lo saben, lo terrible es que no lo saben-, te regalan un nuevo pedazo frágil y precario de ti mismo, algo que es tuyo pero no es tu cuerpo, que hay que atar a tu cuerpo con su correa como un bracito desesperado colgándose de tu muñeca. Te regalan la necesidad de darle cuerda todos los días, la obligación de darle cuerda para que siga siendo un reloj; te regalan la obsesión de atender a la hora exacta en las vitrinas de las joyerías, en el anuncio por la radio... Te regalan el miedo de perderlo, de que te lo roben... No te regalan un reloj, tú eres el regalado, a ti te ofrecen para el cumpleaños del reloj."
time  clocks  ownership  freedom  gifts  juliocortázar  possessions  fear  slavery  obsession 
august 2010 by robertogreco
Zombie Dice
"Eat brains. Don't get shotgunned.

You are a zombie. You want braaains. More brains than any of your zombie buddies.

Zombie Dice is fast and easy for any zombie fan (or the whole zombie family). The 13 custom dice are your victims. Push your luck to eat their brains, but stop rolling before the shotgun blasts end your turn!

Two or more can play. Each game takes 10 to 20 minutes, and can be taught in a single round."

[via: http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2010/06/zombie-dice-is-a-double-barrel-of-dice-game-fun/ ]
zombies  gifts  dice  edg  games  humor 
june 2010 by robertogreco
Galco's Soda Pop Store
I'm bookmarking this mostly to see how many people have already done so. Galco's is on of the gems of Los Angeles, especially for soda lovers (not me). Update: I was number 150.
losangeles  nostalgia  drinks  gifts  food  retail 
june 2010 by robertogreco
kaoiro | gung
""Kaoiro" (which means "facial expression" in Japanese) is japanese emoticon stamp pretending to be the date stamp. This stamp that mixing digital culture with a old style stationary has 7 belts and around 20 symbols. You can create real kaomoji (japanese emoticon) of 2000 or more by combining them. If you always have it ready on your desk at school or office, you can share your emotion to your lover in real world with a secret . \ (^ о ^) /"
emoticons  japan  japanese  type  stamps  via:britta  design  gifts 
may 2010 by robertogreco
Chairless by vitra.
"seating device for the modern nomad...sturdy strap of fabric allows user to sit down in relaxed manner – but w/ neither seat nor backrest...a solution par excellence for times when chairs are in short supply...so light & compact that you can carry it with you wherever you go...relieves spine & legs, so that hugging your knees or using a support is no longer necessary. because the pressure is taken off so many areas of the body, you feel relaxed all over. now your hands are free...
alejandroaravena  architecture  furniture  backpacking  design  fashion  vitra  nomads  neo-nomads  portability  fabric  gifts  glvo  srg  edg 
may 2010 by robertogreco
The easiest way to print photos on canvas | CanvasPop
"The easiest way to print your photos on canvas.

Print your photos on canvas pro style with CanvasPop. From any source, any resolution or size - and customized to your wishes - your photos and digital images become stunning custom art."
design  photography  art  canvas  flickr  diy  posters  printing  print  enlargement  glvo  house  gifts  decorating  services  prints 
january 2010 by robertogreco
The high cost of ugly, useless Christmas gifts - The Globe and Mail
"Scroogenomics author says bad gifts cost the world economy $25-billion ... “A spectre has been haunting the rich economies of the west, and that spectre is wasteful gift-giving.”...His favourite option is giving to charity – he is a fan of a gift card in the United States that allows the recipient to choose which non-profit gets the money, “to act like a rich person,” he says. He proposes that gift cards should come with an expiry date, after which the unused balance would go to charity rather than just back into the retailer's pocket. But he concedes: “I am told by some shrewd people that's as likely as world peace.”
via:migurski  giftgiving  economics  waste  christmas  value  gifts  cv 
november 2009 by robertogreco
Buy Food Gifts and Sell Artisan Food on Foodzie
"We are an online marketplace where you can discover and buy food directly from small passionate food producers and growers."
food  design  craft  cooking  culture  diy  local  gourmet  shopping  etsy  retail  gifts 
october 2009 by robertogreco
Whitelines® - the new writing paper
"Writing paper with dark supporting lines has been around since medieval times when iron gall ink was used for its lasting dark colour. It took until our recent time before the idea of making a writing paper with white, “non-conflict”, lines got known from an idea of the designer Olof Hansson. Writing paper with white lines is now a patented solution."
via:migurski  paper  notebooks  srg  gifts  writing  whitelines  design 
february 2009 by robertogreco
How To Be An Explorer Of The World Helps Readers Tune Back In | Geekdad from Wired.com
"We're all blind. Overwhelmed by a thousand stimuli, busy as hell, we tune out the world. Who has time to appreciate the beauty of the world around us when we're always in a hurry? How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Art Life Museum aims to help busy people find a creative outlet in the midst of their routines, rather than cramming it all into special creative times. Written by writer and artist Keri Smith (author of the Guerilla Art Kit) the book features a number of "explorations" to help people reconnect with the oft-ignored detail around them."
books  kerismith  glvo  gifts  edg  srg  tcsnmy  observation  looking  senses  collections  italocalvino  cities  creativity  serendipity  collecting 
december 2008 by robertogreco
MAKE: Blog: Holiday Gift Guide: Robots!
"For our MAKE Robot Gift Guide, we've put together a sampling of robot-related offerings from the Maker Shed, as well as some other robots we fancy. If you give or get any of these bots for the holidays, or especially if you or your recipients, hack them, we'd love to hear about it."
robots  robotics  edg  gifts  make  electronics  diy 
december 2008 by robertogreco
MAKE: Blog: The Chemistry gift guide - Celebrating chemistry and inspiring the next generation of chemists!
"Each year at MAKE we put together a few gift guides: open source hardware, electronics, science, wood working and this year we've added chemistry. Before we dive in to *the* chemistry gift guide - here are some excerpts as well as an interesting look back at one Christmas morning by Robert Bruce Thompson, author of The Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments All Lab, No Lecture."
education  learning  gift  edg  srg  chemistry  make  diy  homeschool  gifts  technology  engineering  howto  science 
december 2008 by robertogreco
MAKE: Blog: The Culture Jamming gift guide at MAKE - hack, stick, throw, jam and inspire!
"Ok, folks, I know not all of you approve of culture jamming shenanigans, but here are some gift ideas for that mischief maker in your life!"
make  gifts  culturejamming  jamming  diy  culture  hacking 
december 2008 by robertogreco
MAKE: Blog: Open source hardware 2008 - The definitive guide to open source hardware projects in 2008
"What is open source hardware? Briefly, these are projects that creators have decided to completely publish all the source, schematics, firmware, software, bill of materials, parts list, drawings and "board" files to recreate the hardware - they also allow any use, including commercial. Similar to open source hardware like Linux, but hardware centric. ... You can also call this guide... "The Open source hardware gift guide - The one and only, 3rd annual celebration of open source hardware!" - we think these are some of the best things to consider for the holidays and it supports an exciting development in hardware design."
howto  reference  electronics  arduino  microcontrollers  opensource  projects  make  diy  hardware  open  embedded  hacking  gifts  edg 
november 2008 by robertogreco
MAKE: Blog: Arduino Gift Guide!
"The Arduino open-source microcontroller platform can be programmed and equipped to perform a nearly endless list of functions. It's likely the best all-around centerpiece to a modern electronics project. But one of the tasks Arduino is best used for is straight-up fun - the open design means there's an Arduino board suitable for almost any project, and a wealth of add-on "shields" extends its abilities with ease."
glvo  arduino  edg  microcontrollers  processing  diy  make  electronics  gifts  hardware 
november 2008 by robertogreco
Amazon.com: How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum: Keri Smith: Books
"Artists and scientists analyze the world around them in surprisingly similar ways, by observing, collecting, documenting, analyzing, and comparing. In this captivating guided journal, readers are encouraged to explore their world as both artists and scientists.

The mission Smith proposes? “To document and observe the world around you. As if you’ve never seen it before. Take notes. Collect things you find on your travels. Document findings. Notice patterns. Copy. Trace. Focus on one thing at a time. Record what you are drawn to.”

With a series of interactive prompts and a beautifully hand-illustrated two-color package, readers will enjoy exploring and discovering the world through this gorgeous book."
books  kerismith  tcsnmy  observation  interested  art  life  glvo  edg  srg  gifts  interestedness 
november 2008 by robertogreco
Sparkle Labs DIY Design Electronics Kit
"Harness the power of the electron! Create games, toys, and contraptions with these fundamental components. Follow the easy instructions to make a light detector, LED flasher, noisemaker and more! Once you master the basics, you'll be ready to create your own! Everything you need to get started is right in the box, including switches, buttons, diodes, capacitors. transistors and regulators. Learn the amazing concepts of resistance, capacitance, voltage and current with the step-by-step project manual. Soon, you will be the electronics wizard! Great introduction to electronics for all ages. By Sparkle Labs."
make  diy  electronics  education  learning  edg  srg  engineering  gifts  tinkering 
november 2008 by robertogreco
Buddha Machine 2 released: Ambient device - Digital Tools
"The Buddha Machine is a small audio-gear, some kind of "multipurpose ambient device". It is a small portable device with batteries, a speaker and some build-in audioloops. You can select the soothing loops and they keep on playing. With two controllers you can select the volume and (this is the special part) the pitch of the loop. Nothing really special, compared to the things you can do with audio-software, but this device is very charming and inviting to some nice uses."
music  ambient  gadgets  gifts  sound  buddhamachine 
november 2008 by robertogreco
Meggy Jr RGB
"Meggy Jr RGB is a handheld platform for developing your own pixel-scale video games.
gaming  electronics  edg  make  programming  arduino  hacking  games  development  processing  education  technology  gifts 
november 2008 by robertogreco
Arduino Starter Kit
"Arduino is a tool for making computers that can sense and control more of the physical world than your desktop computer. It's an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple microcontroller board, and a development environment for writing software for the board. Arduino is open source!
arduino  edg  electronics  processing  microcontrollers  physicalcomputing  hardware  gifts 
october 2008 by robertogreco
Field Notes — “I’m not writing it down to remember it later, I’m writing it down to remember it now.”
"Customize Field Notes for your event, company, website, youth soccer team, birdwatching club–you name it, we’ll custom-print it. We’ll accept custom orders anytime, but since we’re going on press soon to print more AEA books, the economies of sca
gifts  notebooks  projects  make  writing  shopping  studentsupplylist  classideas 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Maker's Notebook
"Put your own ideas, diagrams, calculations & notes down in these 150 pages of engineering graph paper. We've also included 20 bonus pages of reference material, from useful stuff like electronics symbols, resistor codes, weights and measures, basic conve
gifts  howto  notebooks  projects  make  writing  shopping  studentsupplylist  classideas 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Rands In Repose: Sweet Decay
"halfway through those pages of horrible cursive, I stopped expecting to be graded and started writing for myself...primary goal of a notebook is to get out of the way...I needed lines in 3rd grade when I was learning how to write. I’m good now, thanks.
writing  notebooks  moleskine  productivity  paper  journals  reviews  tools  notes  notetaking  process  howwework  children  schooliness  deschooling  unschooling  homeschool  creativity  gifts  srg  glvo 
june 2008 by robertogreco
textually.org: Sending gifts via text message helps break down social barriers
"SK Telecom says that the carrier has almost 300,000 young users a month sending about 1 million dollars' worth of the "gifticon" brand coupons, which are good for sending small gifts like coffee and ice cream via their friends' cellphones."
mobile  phones  trends  korea  gifts  social  coupons 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Kid O
"dedicated to enriching the play and learning experiences of preschool children at home. We provide families with the products, tools, and experiences they need to support their children's journey toward becoming life-long learners and confident, independ
nyc  objects  children  play  learning  education  gifts  shopping  toys  retail  development  creativity  montessori  design  baby 
january 2008 by robertogreco
Maker Store from MAKE and CRAFT Magazines
"Hand picked by our Makers this kit features everything you need to get started with electronic construction."
electronics  make  gifts  shopping  diy 
august 2007 by robertogreco
Summize - Summarized product reviews
"Over 6 million user reviews on 1 million products — visualized, summarized, simplified, fructified."
aggregator  amazon  books  cameras  color  visualization  visual  tools  readwriteweb  infographics  information  shopping  services  product  products  gadgets  gifts  graphics  graphs  hardware  consumerism  comparison  research  reviews 
may 2007 by robertogreco
Crafts Collection - Textile Stones
"The cushions are round shapes of fulled wool with a number of non-identical ‘sliced blobs’ in various colours."
design  fabric  textiles  furnishings  make  gifts 
may 2007 by robertogreco
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