Per Jordan Weissmann of The Atlantic:
I’m not sure if this video is more heartbreaking or heartwarming, but it pretty well captures what’s going on in Europe’s economy right now. While the day-to-day drama of the continent’s debt crisis has subsided, painful austerity measures have helped leave huge swaths of the population jobless. In Spain, unemployment is at 25 percent.
To cheer up the crowd at a one of the country’s very full unemployment offices, Spanish radio program Carne Cruda 2.0 organized a flash mob of musicians to come and play a version a version of the Beatles classic “Here Comes the Sun.” Just try not to feel moved.
Just try not to feel moved, indeed.
The new Have A Fling With A Creme Egg advertising campaign for Cadbury Creme Eggs, created by British ad agency Fallon London:
There are apparently five different actor/fling pairings in this campaign. The commercials for three of the pairings are online, and this actor’s spots are by far the best of the bunch. No idea who he is, but I’d cast him in a second if I could. Spectacular.
But it looks SO good.
How to make your own marshmallow cream/creme, courtesy of Chow.com:
In a medium saucepan combine:
- three quarter cups of granulated sugar
- one half cup of light corn syrup
- one quarter cup of water
- a little pinch of salt
Get that going on the stove over medium-high heat, clip on a candy thermometer and while the syrup is bubbling away, into a stand mixer, fitted with a whip attachment, combine:
- two egg whites
- one quarter teaspoon of cream of tartar
and get those whipping on medium-high speed for about two to three minutes until they reach soft peaks.
Once your sugar syrup is 240 degrees, turn the mixer down to low speed and very slowly, just about a tablespoon at a time at first, add your sugar syrup into the egg whites.
Once you put in a few tablespoons of syrup, pour the rest of the syrup in in a very slow stream and then kick the mixer speed up to high and whip until it’s really thick and stiff, about eight minutes.
During the last minute of beating, just beat in some vanilla extract or you can do any kind of flavor that you want.
Seems easy enough.
Jonas Eliasson, Director of the Centre for Transport Studies at Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology, presents (adorably) an incentive-based solution for addressing the world’s traffic congestion, comparing traffic control to bread control in the process:
Kinda makes you want to move to Sweden, no?
The Shard, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano in 2000 for British developer Irvine Sellar, is a 95-story glass tower in London that opens to the public in February of this year. Under construction since 2009 at an estimated cost of £1.5 billion, it’s been touted as a “vertical city,” featuring offices on floors 2-28, restaurants on floors 31-33, the Shangri-La Hotel and Spa on floors 34-52, apartments on floors 53-65, and The View from The Shard observatory on floors 68-72 (floors 73 and up are non-habitable).
Particularly fascinating to me are the building’s 10 apartments, seven of which are single-story and three of which span two full floors each, and which are selling for £30-50 million per unit. Ever found yourself wishing you had two winter gardens 800 feet in the air? Looks like God and/or Qatari investors were listening. Here’s a sample floor plan (click for full resolution):
And here’s a quick video tour of the public viewing decks with The Guardian’s architecture critic, Oliver Wainwright:
I still remember these scenes, nearly 30 years later.
Episode 1 of one of the greatest TV shows of all time aired on September 20, 1984. This is the episode in its entirety:
…but my God the trailer is great.
The second official trailer for 42, the Jackie Robinson bio pic directed by Brian Helgeland and starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford:
Candace Cameron from Full House.
Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Photographer Annie Leibovitz is selling her 10,202 square foot townhouse trio in New York’s West Village. She bought the townhouses one at a time and renovated and updated them so that they now form an L-shaped compound on one street corner, with studio, living, and guest quarters surrounding a private garden.
The thing I like the most about the space is its simple elegance, the way it uses natural materials in combination with clean lines to create something warm and uncluttered.
Also, I’m a sucker for distressed wide plank floors.
Now, I wonder who took these photos…