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Hip Healthy Hydration

Today I’ve been on a search for new BPA-free water bottles. Bisphenol A is a compound found in many hard plastics that have been shown to interfere with the endocrine system and cause health problems. You can identify plastic containers that might contain BPA if you see a number 7 in the center of the recycling symbol on the bottom.

Here are a small handful of the cool bottles that I found.

Click on an image to visit the product site.

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Well Hi There

So.. it’s been a long time. Here’s the thing.. I love summer. I’ve been frolicking with my bunnies, riding my bike, camping, playing hard and, sadly, mostly working. I plan to post more regularly.. but probably not more than once a week or so until the weather decides to stop obeying my wishes.

For now, I’d like to share my latest art purchase. I sure do love a good Octophant print.

Folkmechanipunk

It’s been a crazy week! I started a new job (which I am loving) and my little bunny friend, Squirrel, was in and out of the vet hospital and on the verge of keeling over. Finally, today, she’s back to normal and I can breath a sigh of relief. I know, I know.. I’m that strange and ridiculous cat bunny lady. I think I can live with that.

Today I stopped by Leia Bell’s cool little print shop, Signed and Numbered. It’s there that I discovered a new favorite artist, Dan Grzeca (pronounced Jet-sah). The Chicago-based artist creates wonderfully fluid prints that mesh the animal kingdom with human engineering. His style reminds me of playful steampunk, but without (and before) steam.. folk-mechanical-punk maybe?

You can follow his progress through his blog or purchase prints at his Etsy store. I think my favorite is the first one I posted below, There is no American Buffalo but the Black Keys set is a close second. Just fantastic.

There is no American Buffalo

Black Keys NYE/D

Black Keys NYE/D

Blue Tiny Cowboy

The Year of the Rooster

Airlift

2010 TED Talks!

The 2010 TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talks started Tuesday and will continue on through tomorrow. The roster in past years has been impressive and this year’s is no different. I was stoked to see some familiar names listed, such as David Byrne, M. Ward, Sam Harris, Sarah Silverman and Michael Specter. I can’t wait to see what comes out of this year’s talks. In celebration, here is the first (and still my favorite) TED talk I ever saw.

T-Shirt Wars

I’m loving this stop-motion film which includes over 200 printed T-shirts. You can purchase the actual shirts at the store on Rhett and Link’s site.

Helping Haiti

Photo by Matthew Marek/American Red Cross

My heart is really hurting for the people of Haiti. Imagine that you are pulled from the rubble that was once your home only to find that you have no access to medical care, food, water or shelter and that a quarter of your friends and family are either dead or missing. It’s hard for me to wrap my head around.

Photo by Pan-African News

Donate what you can, even if it’s only $10. Remember that everything counts in large amounts. Small donations from millions of people make all of the difference.

 

Here’s a list of reputable charities:

International Foundation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Doctors Without Borders

UNICEF

Oxfam

Stillerstrong

Operation USA

International Medical Corps

Partners In Health

Direct Relief

Kings of Camouflage

Cuttlefish are hands down my favorite animal. These strange little creatures have three hearts, blue-green blood, can alter their skin to match an enormous range of colors and textures even though they can only see in shades of green and are intelligent enough to change their defensive strategies based on the type of predator they are facing.

Below is fascinating hour-long Nova special which does a great job explaining how their skin functions as well as exploring their intelligence and odd mating behaviors.