Grab bag: Rural America technology, Facebook-brand tracking, bacon salt and party kit packaging design

Open-tab cleaning.

1. The High-Tech of Rural America

Why do I like this?  Because it’s an example of how design and technology serve people’s needs (and yes, businessmen’s pockets).
Too often, my job revolves arounds trying to plan applications that seem so unrelated to what people need or are going through.
Hooray for rural America!

The DeLaval AMR Circular Cow Milker

The DeLaval AMR Circular Cow Milker

2.  The Wired Social Index

Let’s see how this works out.  Tracking the financial performance of the strongest brands on Facebook.
The Wired Social Index

3. The Donut Project

I’m partly biased towards the name.

But, nice source of interesting images and videos.

Boys & Girls' reception area

Boys & Girls’ reception area

Jason Bacher wallpaper

4.  Bacon Salt and a Sundae Kit.  Ideas from Buzzfeed’s 38 Ways to Give the Gift of Food.

Bacon Salt

Bacon Salt

Sundae Kit

Sundae Kit

This entry led me to…

5.  Manic Design’s Merrymaking Must-Haves Kit on Lovely Package

Smart, smart, smart.  And cleanly designed.

Merrymaking Must-haves Kit - Manic Design

Merrymaking Must-haves Kit – Manic Design

EatBoutique Screenshot

Gradually lumbering back into the waking life – 4 foodie blog entries!

I think I subconsciously went on an Internet diet.

Naah. I was just cut off from an Internet connection for a while.

Then I had to deal with concrete, non-web life elements, like family and work. But now I’m back to face all my open tabs.

Particularly, ones that seem to revolve around food.

First up, let’s have fun stuff from Buzzfeed, like…

1. 13 Life-Changing Ways To Eat Food

Click to see full “story”

2.  The Jill Scott Cookbook. Funny homage.

“‘Hello,’ she smiled as she rung me up / Orange juice $3.29, Croissants $4.85 / She sniffed, Butter 89 / She sniffed, Strawberries $1.50 a pint / She sniffed, and sniffed, and sniffed, and sniffed again / And then replied, ‘Raheem, right?’ (Exclusively)” – Buzzfeed caption


4 large day-old croissants 3/4 cup milk 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons powdered sugar Sweetened Whipped Cream (optional) Fresh Strawberry Syrup

Directions 1.Slice croissants in half lengthwise. 2. Whisk together milk, eggs, and vanilla. Pour into a shallow dish. Dip croissant halves into egg mixture, coating well. 3. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add four croissant halves, and cook about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. 4. Repeat procedure with remaining butter and croissant halves. Sprinkle with powdered sugar; top with Sweetened Whipped Cream, if desired, and Fresh Strawberry Syrup.

 3.  YumSugar.  Which, seems to be part of the PopSugar family of websites.
I’m still…hmm..getting a feel of it.  What it’s voice is like.  It’s definitely female-oriented, and female-“written”.  It seems…mommy-ish.  Which I’m not saying is a bad thing; it’s just descriptive.  Also the frequent White House family features, although interesting to me, makes the site feel slightly like a PR machine.

Oreo Pancakes – from 8 Oreo Treats You Can Make At Home

Chipwiches – 11 Iconic Frozen Treats to Make at Home

And, yes, this is from an entry in the food site:

First Dance Songs – from the Sugar Wedding Roundup

4.  And, Lord, as if I did not like enough food blogs – You introduce me to EatBoutique, through the YumSugar Frozen treats entry.

Just the site tagline makes me smile – “Food that hugs you back.
Non-sarcastic awwww!

I like the branding and clean site design.  Straightforward, with big enticing visuals.

Quite an interesting platform – a group that not only discusses homegrown artisanal food, but crafts “gift boxes” for people to actually try sets of ’em.  Smart.  On point.  And, needless to say, yummy.

EatBoutique’s Classic Ice Cream Sandwich

5.  And, not really a foodie entry…

Just an Instagram picture of a bubble-gum covered wall from GeekSugar (also one of YumSugar’s many many siblings), from Seattle by iwife:

by iwife

Foodbeast: Visiting The Buttermilk Truck

Foodbeast: Food blogging from a man’s perspective. A young one specifically.

I’ve hit the motherlode.


Yet another street in the Internet world where I’d love to loiter and waste time.

Favorite features today:

Eat It, Don’t Tweet It, by American Hipster and The Key of Awesome

Reasons to watch this? Lyrics like

“Artisan bread dipped in artisan cheese dipped in artisan nuts dipped in artisan greens…

I’m more like the culinary paparazzi…

It’s unthinkable to dine out and not record it; I want the world to know I can fucking afford it.”

IHOP Confirms Rumors, Now Serving Red Velvet Pancakes

Sriracha Hot Sauce iPhone Case

Coca-cola Hug Machine

Make a Dark Chocolate Cake with This Darth Vader Baking Pan

PB & J Vodka, a Drink for The Big Kids

Looking for nice pictures of that Bacon Sundae led me to these:

This Grub Grade blog is nice.

Review: Bacon Sundae From Burger King

(Also featured on Design Taxi)

So is this Man Up Chicago one.

Denny's Bacon Sundae AKA The Final Days of Bacon's Cool-Kids Cred

TV + Laptop-or-Tablet-or-Desktop: The new Saturday morning media consumption habit

Welcome to the transitional present-future of “mass” media consumption.

This morning, I watched Two Greedy Italians on TV, sitting on the couch, with my parents.

Lazy Saturday morning, with my brother on the desktop computer beside the TV screen, glancing from time-to-time when something interesting catches his ear.

The episode featured pasta and how it was part of an Italian tradition called “cucina povera” – folk cuisine that evolved out of tough times.

The concept interested me so much, that while watching the first 10 minutes of the show, I turned to my laptop, also in front of me, and typed “cucina povera” in the Google Search bar, and proceeded to skim through 5 pages worth of search results, looking for site descriptions that seemed to come from food blogs or contributor-driven foodie sites.

Leading me to:

Spectator Scoff’s article on cucina povera, with my favorite article introduction so far – “If you are reading this article, the likelihood is that you are university-educated, your parents owned the home you grew-up in, and you’ve travelled extensively. Food enthusiasts fall into a cohort of the population that is, undoubtedly, the antithesis of the Chav, and his successful cousin Mondeo Man.”

  TheKitchn’s article on the same topic.

The TheKitchn’s article then led me to these:

12 Recipes To Know By Heart

"The Best Pancakes Ever" recipe

"How To Make No-Knead Bread" recipe

Wanting to react to and bookmark all that content then leads me to…

WordPress.  🙂

My version of the “social” stage – like reacting out loud to my companions in the room, tweeting or updating your facebook status.

Welcome to the “future”. Mass broadcast and reception + simultaneous deepening and broadening interactivity sparked by the content + instant social engagement.

Edible Gift Ideas from The Kitchn

All are from aparment therapy’s, TheKitchn.


Caramel Lollipops Recipe

Ginger Cinnamon Caramels

Mexican Cocoa in a Jar - Sunset

Hot Chocolate on a Stick - The Giver's Log

Milk and Honey Peanut Butter Balls

Sweet and Salty Cinnamon Almonds

Honey Spiced Chicken - Cherry on a Cake

"My Mother's Wanton Soup" - Joylicious

Rosemary Brown Butter Ice Cream - James Beard Foundation

Panera Style Macaroni and Cheese - Victory or Death in the Kitchen

Aaagh! Butterbeer How-to!

Butterbeer Recipe - Bakingdom

“Homemade Butterbeer

Makes 6 servings


6 12-ounce bottles cream soda [I prefer IBC (which is vegan) or Polar Classics Vanilla, but any will work perfectly]
3 teaspoons butter extract (imitation butter), or clarified butter (instructions linked above)

FOR THE FOAM (Vegan/Dairy-free recipe linked above)
2 cups heavy cream
6 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons butter extract
To make the butterbeer: Set out 6 16-ounce glasses. Place 1/2 teaspoon of butter  extract in each glass. Pour 12 ounces of butterbeer into each glass. Lightly stir, if necessary.

To make the foam: In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, whip the heavy cream on medium high speed for 3-4 minutes until it starts to thicken. Add the sugar and continue whipping until very soft peaks begin to form, another 3-4 minutes (if you need to whip more or less, then be sure to do so, the times can vary quite a bit based on environment). Stir in the vanilla and butter extracts, then whip for another 30 seconds or so, until soft peaks form.

Spoon a generous portion of foam on top of each glass of butterbeer. Serve immediately.

Recipe by Sugarbear

Also, Giver’s Log, thank you for this.

Simple Sesame Noodles - Pioneer Woman



On with the disorganization!

My so-called blog now just seems like a digg page.

I feel like that previous page had just too many darned links already.  So here I am continuing with a slightly more…compartmentalized…set. With cute animals, camera shot samples and food.

via cuteoverload

via cuteoverload

via deliciousdays


recipe from

from simplybreakfast



from peatle (flickr)


Random surf collection!

Two years ago, I started following this site where two friends take pictures of their day and post diptychs of each of their pictures.  It was the “home” site of my browser then.  But when my Internet connection at the office was cut-off, I didn’t get to follow them anymore.

And, now, in 2010, I’m happy to find that they now have a quarterly out.  Go Stephanie and Mav!

I found them again!

Still disorganized.  Tempted to purchase organization/decluttering self-help books.  But i already have one. And like seven other various self-help-y books I haven’t finished (Flow, The Different Drum, Unfolding the Napkin, Made To Stick, What Color Is Your Parachute?, Is It Too Late To Run Away and Join The Circus? – sorry, I have some sort of an addiction to second-hand book shops.  Unhealthy.).  Well, except How To Eat Like A Tree, I finished that, loved it, but failed to apply it consistently to my life.  I am so sorry.

Coffee Bench from design-milk


via designcrushblog

For Paul.

the coolest little girl's birthday party. probably ever.

This has reeeally nice pictures.

Stickin' it to The Man!

Places for you to visit, Mikey.

from designcrushblog


Chicken Noodle Soup by Sangamon-Cooks


Food Blog Challenge entry from


Another blast from the past - m Barcelona

geometric print from Tina Kalivas


Why does it still look glamorous when a model's hair is all disheveled?


Bunch of recipes: Sunday morning

I think Sundays put me into food blog mood.  Though today I decided to go straight to, because I’m deciding on subscribing to the print magazine.

via grubstreet


St. Louis Butter Cake via thehungrymouse

Cream CHeese Cinnamon Rolls from Saveur


Sugar Cookies from


a recipe for raw dough! wow.

Smores Brownies via sugarcooking


Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies by icecreambeforedinner


Oreo Cheesecake Cups by BakedPerfection


Smores Cookies by BakedPerfection


Katharine Hepburn Brownies from Saveur


M&M Cookies from VicariousFoodie


Oreo Cookie Cookies by icecreambeforedinner