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#compliment


I’ve been noticing more and more companies promoting happiness and small acts of goodness lately. And I love it! Here’s a great example from Kodak. They’re sponsoring two guys, the “Compliment Guys” to be exact, to drive the around the East Coast giving people (and animals apparently) free compliments. They dub their travels the “Brightside Tour” complete with website, youtube videos and twitter. Here’s a video of them giving free compliments in NYC.

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Watch: Crocheted coral w/hyperbolic geometry

Finally some math & science cred for crafters. Watch this TEDTalk by Margaret Wertheim who is leading a project bringing attention to coral reefs, mathematic figuring and other brilliant endeavors – using crochet of course. Crochet is the ONLY way to accurately recreate hyperbolic shapes in the real world – who knew!

Get the patterns! You too can create your own crocheted coral. Patterns created by “In Stitches” for the Sydney reef project are availabe here.

Via Mashable

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Best of travels: Versailles


Sure it’s touristy, but if anywhere near Paris, I highly recommend stopping by Versailles. It’s not as crowded as you might think. The opulent palace with sprawling manicured lawns make it easy to understand why the people started the French Revolution here by trying to burn it to the grand. But after you get over how over-the-top everything is, you can eat ice cream, row boats, ride bikes and pretend you are a member of the court. You can even see Marie-Antoinette’s palace – she had her own of course. And yes it has pink marble.

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Best of travels: Checking off my life list


I did it! I did it! When I was in high school, we had to write a life list or “bucket list” of things we wanted to do after graduation, but before we…died. I wish I still had a copy, but there are a few I distinctly remember. And I checked one off while in Barcelona: I swam in the Mediterranean Sea! And I swam in the Mediterranean Sea when no one else was going in the water (I guess 72 degrees isn’t hot enough for most people to go swimming – just sunbathe naked). Everyone was staring at the crazy tourist, but I didn’t care!

The water felt cool and clean and everything was sparkling. I really felt on vacation riding our bikes along the boardwalk to find the perfect spot on the beach. We laid out our 1Euro beach mat and ate ice cream, watched sailboats and just let the breeze flow around us with the sound of the waves in the background and Cotton Jones on the iPod. Ahhhhhh….

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Best of travels: Flamenco


I have seen Flamenco in Seattle before and it was beautiful. But I have never seen Flamenco like I have in Seville. The power of the musicians, singers and dancers was exploding right in front of me. And even though they sell cheesy, polka-dot fake Flamenco-dancing dresses all over Spain, I did not see anything close to that on stage. It was art. A daring, passionate expression of emotions.

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Best of travels: Jardin Majorelle

Marrakech is known for it’s secrets. Walk through any door and you never know what you will find. Is it yet another vendor, an undiscovered restaurant, art gallery or maybe, just maybe the entrance to a garden that seems impossible to survive in the dry, desert heat like the Jardin Majorelle.

It’s not exactly a secret, but beautiful just the same. It was designed by artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and definitely has an art deco vibe. Yves Saint-Laurent even lived here in the 80s. Now it’s open to the public and it’s a perfect way to relax under the palm and banana trees and contemplate life with a baby turtle.

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Best of travels: Moroccan Orange Juice

How can I write about the orange juice in Morocco? The moment the sweet nectar hits your lips, all words vanish from your mind as you close your eyes and mutter a nearly-inaudible “mmmmmm.” It’s very zen. The juice itself is thick like syrup without being too pulpy. It has a vibrant, sweet flavor that I don’t know why I’m still trying to describe – just go there and try it!

Every morning, vendors fill the Djemaa el-Fna (the main square in Marrakech) selling spices, fruit and bootleg CDs…among other things. The Djemma changes throughout the day and night (with snake charmers and amazing food booths when the sun goes down), but early morning is the time for fresh squeezed orange juice – the best in the world.

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