While watching Avengers: Age of Ultron this past weekend, I noticed one of the chairs on the bridge of the SHIELD Helecarrier was an Eames Aluminum Group Management chair. While I've passively noticed chairs on movie sets in the past, this particular chair caught my eye and got me thinking more deeply about the selection of chairs and and the roles they play movies. This particular Eames chair is sleek and fits effortlessly in a scene where everything is ultra-contemporary tech, yet it is a design from 1958. A testament to the vision of the designers, for sure.Maybe this chair was selected for the set for an aesthetic reason for this movie, or maybe for product placement value...
I am here in Chicago for the How Design Live conference this week and am very excited to be near the very spot of one of the most notable World's Fair venues. The event was titled the World's Columbian Expo, after Christopher Columbus. The History Channel website does a nice job collecting some of the more interesting facets of the event. There's also an interesting story about an urban serial killer in the city at the same time as the expo. I was referred by a friend to, Devil in the White City, a book that recounts the crimes. I started it on the flights down and am excited to continue whenever I can find...
I've been looking for alternatives to my usual Greek yogurt breakfast as an opportunity to incorporate more anti-inflammatory foods and less sugar into the day. This recipe is easy to fix in the morning and travels well on my way to work. By the time I get there it's nice and thick.
- (Fits nicely into a pint Bell jar)
- 2 Tbsp Chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp Sesame seeds (ground)
- 1 Tbsp Flax seeds (ground)
- 1 Tbsp Cocoa, high quality
- 1 Tbsp PB2
- 2 Tbsp Almonds, slivered
- 1 Tsp Cinnamon
- 1 C Coconut milk (or whatever fills your jar)
- 1 Tbsp Coconut butter
- Pinch of salt
- Liquid stevia to taste
- Cacao nibs (garnish)
There isn't anything particularly revolutionary about these tutorial videos, save for the amazingly dry humor. So dry, in fact, that I'm going to grab an icy drink now. Be sure to watch through to the credits at the end so you can enjoy the music - perfect for this video.
Another new circuit for this morning. This one started off with a 4mi warm up run. Because it was the weekend I could wait until there was some light outside before I walked out the door. Don't get me wrong, I love running in the dark, but this time of year my neighborhood is VERY dark. Once the snow starts falling it will reflect enough light to at least make it easy to see the road/trail surfaces. The rest of the workout is detailed above. I do want to make sure and keep this one in mind for the winter when the temps drop down far enough that going outside is out of the question. Increasing the number of rounds in...
Remember suicides? No not the running drills you had to do in basketball practice. The other ones. If you're not sure you know what they are, the image above illustrates them well. I had forgotten how much I like them, they're also referred to as a half burpee, but still deliver results. The faster you do them, the more effective they are. I warmed up with a short 2mi run and by the end of the whole workout, which only lasted 40 minutes, my core was really feeling the burn.
This workout was inspired by a recent video Zuzka Light posted on YouTube. The original workout is meant for those days where there doesn't seem to be time for anything, even a quick workout to get your heart rate up for a few minutes. I'll embed that video below for you to check out if you're interested, and if you like to see how to do a kick-through pushup. I had never heard of them before watching this and I'm hooked! They are great for your upper body and core. The workout above is much more of a strength-building and cardio workout. Change the level of difficulty by increasing the number of reps or increasing your weight for the...
This recipe landed in my inbox a few days ago from one of the Spartan Race newsletters. I wanted to give it a try mainly because it called for millet, coconut, and chickpea flours instead of wheat, which sounded interesting. Admittedly, I thought it could go either way - either really great or worse than a lab experiment. Fortunately, it turned out to be really wonderful. I didn't have actual millet flour or coconut flour, so I "milled" my own using an old coffee grinder. It worked well enough, but certainly wasn't as fine as the actual flours would have been. I'm sure this changed the texture of the cake some. True to form, I made a few other changes to the...