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The Gap Between Taste and Skill

The Gap Between Taste and Skill

Posted 20 May 2011 | By | Categories: art, artists, creativity, taste, time, video | 1 Comment

For anyone creating something new, here’s a wonderful video from Ira Glass, host and executive producer of This American Life, addressing the horror of having the taste to discern you don’t yet have the skills to create something as great as you imagine it, and how to get past it.

Tender is the Night & Love First Light

Tender is the Night & Love First Light

Posted 09 May 2011 | By | Categories: animals, art, ask emily, baboons, beauty, buddhism, compassion, consciousness, creativity, culture, design, designers, digital books, digital publishing, emily approved, environment, evolution, happiness, interconnected, love, new zealand, solar, sustainability, sustainable, technology, time | No Comments

Five things: Tender is the Night at City Gallery Wellington, First Light House NZ’s entry in US Solar Decathlon, Our Choice by Al Gore & Push Pop Press, Pollinators by Louie Schwartzberg and Long Now seminar with Tim Flannery on evolution.

Love List: Cinco de Mayo

Love List: Cinco de Mayo

Posted 05 May 2011 | By | Categories: beauty, bhutan, book, books, culture, documentary, film, Films, food, happiness, interconnected, music, new zealand, taste | 1 Comment

Kia ora, hola, and happy Cinco de Mayo! Eight inspiring, educational, beautiful and delicious things to see, hear, read, eat and watch.

Now, a Picture and a Poem

Now, a Picture and a Poem

Posted 27 October 2010 | By | Categories: art, poetry | 1 Comment

Just love this latest 20×200 print by the amazing Marian Bantjes… the pulsating mandalas and arrows, the different views at different sizes. It immediately conjured up One or Two Things, a favorite poem by Mary Oliver that always sticks in the center of my mind.

Decadent Deep-South Dark Chocolate Walnut Pie

Decadent Deep-South Dark Chocolate Walnut Pie

Posted 12 September 2010 | By | Categories: about me, ask emily, food, local food, new zealand, observations, senses, taste | 1 Comment

Last week was my second pie competition, and this year I dove deep into my memory pie-hole and pulled out the decadent chocolate walnut and bourbon pie associated with the Kentucky Derby and a favorite from Tippins Pie Pantry.

Edible Geography: Wellington Water Tasting

Edible Geography: Wellington Water Tasting

Posted 19 August 2010 | By | Categories: local food, new zealand, senses, sustainability, taste, water, wellington | 12 Comments

Wellington’s blessed with relatively abundant water. Where does it come from? How does it get to us? Are there regional differences in taste? Here’s what I learned at a municipal water tasting as part of the Wellington on a Plate Festival.

Pancake Lettering

Pancake Lettering

Posted 22 October 2009 | By | Categories: ask emily, creativity, culture, design, emily approved, food, love, passions, typography, video | No Comments

Three great obsessions taste great together: pancakes, lettering and photographing your food!

Where there is hair there is joy

Where there is hair there is joy

Posted 18 October 2009 | By | Categories: art, consciousness, creativity, culture, design, emily approved, happiness, women | No Comments

Introducing Monica Moreno, whose sculptures and paintings exude the colorful exuberance of Alexander Girard and embody an untamed joy both reverent (exploring ideas of inner peace) and irreverent (Cinderella with hairy legs).

Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainable Urban Design

Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainable Urban Design

Posted 12 September 2009 | By | Categories: better world, culture, design, environment, gardening, happiness, health, Home, interconnected, mythology, new zealand, sustainability | 1 Comment

How can indigenous wisdom be used to develop sustainable architectural and urban design strategies? Exploring Maori design principles with New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities.

New Zealand Types

New Zealand Types

Posted 17 August 2009 | By | Categories: art, branding, creativity, culture, design, new zealand, observations, typography | 1 Comment

Last weekend I stumbled on Helvetiki, this witty marriage of the ubiquitous hei-tiki of New Zealand and Helvetica of the world by Matthew Moriarty at Crawlspace gallery.

Apollo 13: Mission Control

Apollo 13: Mission Control

Posted 20 July 2009 | By | Categories: consciousness, creativity, culture, happiness, mythology | No Comments

On the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, experience the drama of Apollo 13: Mission Control, an innovative play that puts you right in the action.

Reboot and Reset with Bruce Sterling

Reboot and Reset with Bruce Sterling

Posted 12 July 2009 | By | Categories: activism, better world, consciousness, consumerism, creativity, culture, design, emily approved, environment, furniture, gardening, happiness, health, interconnected, sustainability, technology, video | 1 Comment

Objects are printouts – not treasures, not things to stocpkpile. Our posessions are frozen social relationships. Think of them as hours of time and volumes of space. Reassess the objects in your space and time. What is most important?

Links du Jour: Being Here in the Long Now White Cloud

Links du Jour: Being Here in the Long Now White Cloud

Posted 01 June 2009 | By | Categories: consciousness, culture, environment, happiness, interconnected, links, mythology, people, science, sustainability, technology | No Comments

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