There are certain things I knew I’d be excited to rediscover in parenthood — model trains and Legos, for instance, though my son is still too young for them now. Favorite books. Swingsets.
In the meantime, I’ve been pleased and surprised to rediscover the music of Burl Ives. Fun books are everywhere, but recorded music is hit or miss, either too sappy, too pedagogically obvious, or just trying too hard to be funky. So I took a suggestion from my mother and went back to an album I had and loved as a kid. Am I biased? Probably. But this is good, simple stuff, and I’m glad it’s back in my life.
This is somewhat off topic, but I thought it’d be fun to share this Office Depot commercial with our friend and Minister fan Geralin Thomas, a North Carolina based professional organizer.
In it, she helps an exotic pet store owner find the right shredder for his business. I’m having fun imagining a similar series for stationery, where artists and writers (exotic thought store owners?) call in to freshen up their supply cabinets. “You’re a minimalist. Try a large, unlined Habana with a glass dip pen.”
Another video our parent company recently released is the one above, which showcases our Time & Life planning format. The Time & Life isn’t available in the US, but we’d love to get your feedback on it! It comes in a few different sizes and, like our Hebdo, gives Sundays equal billing.
This is random, but I had my iPod on shuffle the other day and was reminded of this old Arcade Fire song… Given the lyrics (“It seems strange / How we used to wait for letters to arrive / But what’s stranger still / Is how something so small can keep you alive”), it seemed worth sharing here.
(The clip above is a recording of the interactive video that the band made using images from Google; check it out at The Wilderness Downtown if you’re interested.)
One very gratifying part of my job is to be able to hear feedback from people who have made our journals, planners or sketch books a companion in their life. We send a blank page out in the world, and people take that blank page and make it into beautiful art, music, or part of their life story. Wow… That is fantastic, and a little humbling, too. On the manufacturing end, this certainly gives meaning to our work.
One such person is Lizzy Ross, a singer/song writer from Chapel Hill, NC. A few months ago, the Lizzy Ross Band released their debut album “Read Me Out Loud.”
Singing used to mean trouble for Lizzy Ross. Her elementary school teachers couldn’t make her stop singing, even in class, so they’d fuss at her or call her parents. In college, singing and songwriting became Ross’ creative outlet. Her solo debut CD, “Traces,” was released last year and her voice drew comparisons to Janis Joplin and Grace Potter.
Lizzy and her band tour all over the South. Her music has been described as “Folksy, jazzy, bluesy in all the best senses of the words…a voice like cigarettes and the smoothest whiskey you’ve ever tasted.”
Via an ad that Karen noticed in the New York Times Business section, here’s an interesting response to all those predictions about the death of paper. Domtar, a Canada based manufacturer of freesheet paper, has created a website that touts the benefits of paper, tackles myths about paper and sustainability, and contains some snappy (and annoyingly un-embeddable) video vignettes about to-do lists and the paperless office. According to the homepage:
Paper is a sustainable, renewable, recyclable, plant-based product that connects us in so many ways to the important things in life. Great ideas are started on paper. The world is educated on paper. Businesses are founded on paper. Love is professed on paper. Important news is spread on paper.
For an overcast New York Monday, here’s another fun vintage ad: a businessman as he telephones, writes, meets, and miraculously still finds time to buy flowers on his way home. Given the repetition, it strikes me as a little mini lesson for language learners.
Karen blogged about this last week, but I’ve finally figured out how to get the embed code to work, so I figured I would highlight one of our favorite vintage Quo Vadis TV commercials. Love the dog in this one… and the special effects: