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12.11.2014


mod holiday trees in house of the future :: 1964-1965 New York World's Fair :: family phone booth


progressland  The 1964-1965 New York World's Fair: by bill cotter

by ~mod*mom~ at 11.12.14 ©


12.10.2014





DIY holiday ornaments 1960s mod style

madebycathy midcenturymaude apartmenttherapy curbly purlbee



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12.07.2014



Pin it button big
Herman Miller Eames Molded Plastic Side Chairs are icons of midcentury modern design, + look as modern now. they're adorable + comfortable.
created by design icons Charles and Ray Eames, these architectural chairs are made of durable, 100% recyclable polypropylene, in 14 colors.
enter to win a set of 4 Herman Miller Eames Molded Plastic Side Chairs with Wire Bases, a value of $1276, on ApartmentTherapy before December 13.

by ~mod*mom~ at 7.12.14 ©


12.01.2014




FUTURISTIC COMPUTER INTERFACE :: HP SPROUT

HP just launched Sprout PC + they have them at Microsoft stores.
you control the Sprout by sliding your hands across an illuminated touchmat, with interfaced elements projected.

Sprout's touchmat uses Kinect-like sensory technology to see what your hands are doing + respond as a keyboard, touch screen, or motion-style 3-D interface. it captures 3D objects into the PC, to save + manipulate
HP is the Touchscreen PC pioneer. Sprout may be the future of interface
this is freaky too... 

by ~mod*mom~ at 1.12.14 ©


11.25.2014



1st Thanksgiving 1621 :: After the Mayflower :: american experience :: PBS documentary

In 1621, the Wampanoag natives of what became New England befriended judeo-christian invader families from Britain. The British betrayed the Native Americans trust with a brutal massacre followed by 4 centuries of expanding occupation + genocide of Native Americans to steal their land + exploit their resources. The next documentary jumps to 1800s discovery of gold in Cherokee lands of SouthEast that became Georgia + how those Native Americans were death marched away.







Now, the USA government that rebelled from British rule by war, then continued the genocide, "recognizes" the surviving descendants of estimated 15 million murdered Original Americans in only 562 Native American tribes as sovereign Nations within the USA. After 400 years of exterminating + exiling Native Americans from their homeland + culture, Native American Nation Citizens are also USA citizens subject to the laws of both governments, surrounded by "immigrants" who celebrate their "god given right" to conquer them.


by ~mod*mom~ at 25.11.14 ©


11.17.2014

peek in private lounge at public airport :: The Centurion Lounge :: San Francisco 

“I participated in this influencer activation program on behalf of Influence-Central for American Express. I received thank you items for my participation.“

Amex invited us to check out their newest private lounge for platinum card members that's artfully tucked up above the check in and homeland security search area in Terminal 3 at San Francisco Airport. They sent a car to pick us up and whisk us into this brand new exclusive modern styled space with family playroom, private cafe, luxurious restrooms, shower suites, computers, airline status displays, and lots of attentive staff to inform and assist Centurion Lounge guests. 

We sampled from the contemporary cafe's brunch buffet, chatted with families, and toured the variety of spaces in the Centurion Lounge. There were photo portraits of iconic San Francisco people included with the contemporary style furnishings, wallpaper, lighting and carpets. A magician amazed us and a face painter decorated us in the large main lounge, which has a variety of interesting sofas, chairs, cubicle cubbys, apple computers, and a large conference table.

The Centurion Lounge has lots of natural light and amazing airport views from the large windows and skylights. The lounge was calm and quiet; i think they might have soundproof windows. You can look down into the busy Terminal area on one side of the Centurion Lounge, or into the Airport and coastal mountains on the other side. The grand stairway up to the Centurion Lounge has a living plant wall.

As the busiest travel time of the year approaches, private lounges within public airports are a luxury we are lucky to have experienced, and a model for how the public spaces can improve comfort for travelers.

i took these pictures with my iphone inside the Centurion lounge at SFO.
steve jobs, clint eastwood, tony bennett, jimi hendrix, robin williams, the grateful dead, carlos santana + other photo portraits hung in the Centurion Lounge are for sale by the photographer, like a gallery.













"American Express is excited to introduce The Centurion Lounge in San Francisco International Airport on November 6th 2014. The new Lounge is the 1st on the West Coast + the 4th location in a network that’s expanding in major airports across the United States.

Unlimited, complimentary access to The Centurion Lounge is among a suite of curb-to-curb benefits designed to create a more seamless travel experience for Platinum Card Members. The 8,200 square foot Lounge, features world-class amenities that allow Card Members to:
·         Dine: Featuring Napa Valley inspired, seasonal cuisine curated by The Restaurant at Meadowood.
·         Work + Play: Connected work spaces include high speed Wi-Fi + outlets near every seat, + a sound-proof family room allows a safe + fun place for kids to play.
·         Relax + Recharge: relaxation areas + luxurious shower suites provide an optimal place to refresh, + Member Services staff can help assist with Card inquiries + travel services.
The Centurion Lounge has locations currently open in Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS), Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) + New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA). American Express will unveil a new Centurion Lounge location next year at Miami InternationalAirport (MIA)."

by ~mod*mom~ at 17.11.14 ©


10.03.2014

halloween murder mystery :: who poisoned Mrs. Stanford with strychnine in 1905? Stanford University President, David Starr Jordan? her private secretary? both? 

Amasa Leland Stanford family crypt on Stanford University campus. Bare breasted female sphinxes in front originally, were moved to rear, + replaced with male sphinxes





Stanford's wed in 1850 in New York, moved to California at Gold Rush 1855

            

Amasa Stanford built his own Governor's mansion in Sacramento, California. New York native Stanford was elected Governor of California at 37, while President of Central Pacific Railroad (he seized free land for his railroad). Stanford's son Leland was born here, when Jane was 42 + Amasa was 44.

Governor Amasa Stanford family's 1st San Francisco mansion
"He moved to San Francisco in 1874 to become President of the Occidental & Oriental Steamship Co., a Central Pacific shipping affiliate that transported people + cargo between California, Asia, Japan, India, Australasia, HawaiiAmasa Stanford also became a Senator + built what was then the largest private residence in California, on San Francisco's Nob Hill next to the Mark Hopkins mansion


Stanford's Palo Alto mansion + Mrs. Stanford's secretary / murder suspect

by ~mod*mom~ at 3.10.14 ©


9.23.2014

steve Woz wozniak midcentury whiz kid, invented the personal computer, founded the Children's Discovery Museum on Woz Way in Silicon Valley + taught 5th grade in public schools :)



PBS documentary The Boomer List, profiles of 19 midcentury childhoods, airs tonight + streams at pbs.org

Woz is always a whiz kid at heart :) woz.org

i took these stills with my iPhone at the palo alto apple store, where iPhone 6 lines wrap the block


by ~mod*mom~ at 23.9.14 © 0 comments


9.18.2014

Techmanity technology-humanity conference electric dance concert :: radioaction
sound waves are electromagnetic radiation waves that can heal us. my cancer survivor dance class uses music as part of our mind-body-spirit connection in community therapy to support our immune systems, circulation, coordination, strength + mental/spiritual health. we dance rhythmic neuro-integrative-action pose sequences. many like me weep with joy to feel safety replacing fear in our bodies when we start moving to music after paralyzing diagnosis, surgery + treatment.

i was so happy to hear that many songs we dance to are by musicians headlining at Techmanity conference by Fast Company magazine. Thievery Corporation is healing + saving lives with electromagnetic radiation waves of sound pulsing, enervating + soothing our scarred bodies + souls.

"Thievery Corporation, is one of the most influential + respected names in electronic dance music EDM culture. They just launched their 7th studio album, saudadevia their own ESL Music label."
“This album is really about our love of bossa nova,  jazz + '60s - '70s cinematic soundtrack music”






"Décollage, in art, is the opposite of collage; instead of an image being built up of all or parts of existing images, it is created by cutting, tearing away or otherwise removing, pieces of an original image.The French word "décollage" translates into English literally as "take-off" or "to become unglued" or "to become unstuck". wikipedia

"saudade borrows its title from a Portuguese word meaning “a longing for something or someone that is lost, a contented melancholy, or, simply, the presence of absence.”


by ~mod*mom~ at 18.9.14 ©


9.04.2014
supernatural halloween party :: California Academy of Sciences :: october 24  5pm 
"Come in costume + trick-or-treat your way through the Academy, among spooktacular animals, jugglers, aerial acrobats, face painters, magic shows, live animal demos, giant pumpkin carving, + “Haunted Tour of the Night Sky” planetarium show, under a "living roof."


boxfish + cowfish             calacademy.org/halloween

by ~mod*mom~ at 4.9.14 ©


8.31.2014


bloggers were invited to partner with target in party products design :: target's top pinning bloggers on pinterest are Jan Halvarson of PoppytalkJoy Cho of OhJoy, + Kate Arends of WitandDelight :: OhJoy + Poppytalk cake stands + checkers are my favorites



my invitation was "lost in the mail"; here are my target garden party picks:






now you can also impulse buy on target instagram images

by ~mod*mom~ at 31.8.14 ©