Welcome to the week of February 15th, blog readers. Today, I want to share some cool stuff with you. Now, before you think I'm going all "I'm the Grand Harbinger of Style and All Things Cool," let me just remind you what my bedroom looks like:
And, my wardrobe:
Okay? Are we clear here? I'm not an expert on style, fashion or coolness, but, when I find stuff I'm digging, I'm sharing. Good? Good. First up:
Apple iLife 09
Sometimes, it pisses me off that Apple releases a new version of this software every year, because then I feel obligated to buy it, but every so often, there's something in it that is just way too cool. And the part that's super cool? iPhoto now offers Face Recognition, and will scan for every face in your digital photo library, then you simply put a name to the face, and the iPhoto will take care of the rest. Aidan is the first person I'm adding to the Faces feature.
So once it goes through and finds pictures of what it thinks are Aidan, it then asks you to confirm the selection. This is going to take me some serious time, because I have a gazillion shots of Aidan. But what is so cool to me is iPhoto finds her face EVERYWHERE. Even on photos on scrapbook pages in photos, or in picture frames in the background of photos:
What is also fun is seeing who comes up that iPhoto thinks is Aidan.
Cole shows up from time to time. I'm thinking that should lay to rest any rumors that Dan isn't the father of both my children.
But Stacy Julian ? How'd that happen? I'll bet it's because like Aidan, she's cute. End of story.
It's finding her, even from when she was 7 (when I got my first digital camera in early 2004) through today, at 12. iPhoto KNOWS she's getting older and can still say, "Oh, there she is!" I just think the technology is cool because now, when I want to find pictures of Just Aidan, or Just Cole, or apparently, Just Stacy, it's as simple as one click. Cool!
My New Clock
Let me say this: I don't find cool stuff on the internet. I let other people do that…people like Heather Armstrong, over at Dooce.com, which is where I found this lovely clock from Pilot Design. I'm pleased to announce that this is my very first Etsy purchase. It's ticking away in my office as I type this. It makes me especially happy that the artist is from Minneapolis. Love to keep it local (and it helps when I explain to Dan why, despite becoming unemployed in a few weeks, I'm spending money without blinking. But honey! The dollars are staying in our community!)
My New Print (and second Etsy purchase!)
I also did not find this. Nope. That would be my former co-worker and sweet friend, Miss Wendy Smedley. Wendy finds things. Adorable things. If you're going to miss Simple, then bookmark Wendy's blog. She'll keep you in the know. I love this print because I love french fries and simple type treatments. Not sure where it's going, but it's staying in the office. The print is from Studio Mela, another Minnesota artist. But honey, the dollars are STILL staying in our community!
Should I stop here? Or do you want to see more? Because this next one is just person-related coolness.
Cole's Lego Renaissance
Cole decided to dump out his entire Lego collection, with an estimated retail value in the THOUSANDS, onto the floor of his room. (Man, we could make some quick cash on eBay with this, but I'm getting sidetracked.) The boy had a plan this weekend. After watching Jurassic Park: Lost World with me on Friday night, he dug out some of his pieces from the Lego Dino Attack collection:
Then, he rebuilt one of his Lego airplanes:
Then, he re-created the Miracle on the Hudson:
I'm sorry. He's just too cool, that kid.
Okay… that's enough coolness for one day. I'm pretty much EXHAUSTED from this post.
Now go on and enjoy thinking about some your favorite presidents today. That's what I will be doing. For sure.
Tune in tomorrow for Cool Stuff, Part Deux…