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A Renaissance Soul blogging on traveling, books, work, miscellany, and enjoying life.

Pantone Underpants? Yes!

Just for a bit of random fun, here’s the perfect gift for that graphic designer or creative type on your list. I work at an ad agency and I’m gonna bet these would be a hit with several staff members. According to Adfreak, South African design agency Mark recently mocked up some Underpantones—underwear that come in various Pantone colors. They’re intended for both men and women, and each pack is helpfully […]

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Scientists Can Now “See” What We Dream (and Make Souvenir Videos Too)

WARNING: If you already feel like Rockwell, what with Facebook, Google Glass, and everything else watching you, this post might not make you feel any better. According to a study just published in Science, scientists have now discovered how to invade the privacy of your dreamworld. Yep, turns out not even your subconsciousness is safe anymore. Using a combination of an MRI machine, a computer program, and web images (note to […]

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Facebook Home: Welcome or Go Away?

WALL-E

Last week, the Zuck announced the latest in Facebook‘s efforts to someday live up to its pre-IPO hype: Facebook Home. Home is a group of apps, or a super app, that turns your Android phone into a host organism for Facebook. Depending on whether or not you like Facebook, this could be a parasitic or symbiotic relationship. Home turns your innocuous home screen into a Facebook feed, called a “Cover […]

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Word Aversions – Or Words We Just Hate

baked chicken

So, last night, my husband complimented the chicken I made for dinner and remarked that it was nice and moist. Moist. Ugh. That got us started on a conversation about words that sound like just what they mean and also words that I just. don’t. like. Call it serendipity (or don’t, no one’s forcing you), but today I came across an article on word aversions featuring the word moist. Turns […]

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Book Review: Sugar, Salt, Fat

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss My rating: 5 of 5 stars This exhaustively and impressively researched exposé on the food industry reads like good investigative journalism with an element of suspense thrown in. While I think most people know that processed and pre-packaged food isn’t good for you (for the most part), it’s quite another thing to learn how deliberately bad it is.

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Book Review: Spark

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book was a bit of a mixed bag for me. It started off strong and rather compelling with a case study about innovative personal fitness (not PE) classes at a few high schools that were almost an experiment to see if exercise had any effect on students’ academic performance. […]

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Book Review: Write Away

Write Away: One Novelist’s Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life by Elizabeth George My rating: 5 of 5 stars This turned out to be one of my favorite writing books written by a bestselling author (Stephen King’s On Writing and Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird being tied for my favorite). She caught my attention early on when she described herself as mostly left-brained (like me) and her subsequent need […]

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Book Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein My rating: 5 of 5 stars Loved this book! Initially, the first person narration by Enzo, a philosophical dog, was a bit off putting but then the uniqueness took hold and pulled me in. Enzo is a human soul trapped in a dog body, at least that’s how he feels. He has learned about a variety of topics, including reincarnation, […]

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