doodleDoodling: It’s good for you! At least according to Applied Cognitive Psychology. And everyone thought I was slacking off — hah! My buildings were helping me focus.

Really loved “Outdoor ‘Living Rooms’ Bring Touches of Cheer to Central Los Angeles” in Saturday’s Times.  I suspect that the story’s not so simple as they’ve presented it, but I’m all for easy, cost-effective solutions that make residents proud of the space they’re in.

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… for the perfect teapot. The spout of ours lamentably broke. I am mopping up a lot of spilled tea these days, and that’s just a pity. I’d love to get the Black Forest Teapot (by Bodo Sperlein for Dibbern), but it’s $185. And I’m pretty clumsy; my butterfingers are classic.

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… is always nice, but if I poured with this pot, the romantic feelings would probably have to be put on hold as I mopped double the mess from my lap. Design via Marla Dawn Home.

In a mad search for delicious treats to bring to work for a marathon day of training tomorrow, I happened upon these chocolate cookies. The pop art gumshoe is an instant classic, but what really sells me is that, rather than saying “Mmmmm,” he’s dreaming of “Hammm…” — made only stranger by the fact that it was for sale in a kosher store.

 

Top: A picture I took of Manhattan from the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City. Bottom: The skyline as imagined on a shop’s drawn shutters.

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(Image of Emperor Tughlak, taken by John Sache in the mid-19th century)

Great video presentation of historical images of India juxtaposed with current photos: LINK.

Bonus: An old favorite of mine is Kamat’s Potpourri, which has all sorts of awesomeness around the theme “India’s history, mystery, and diversity” — particularly enriching is the site’s photoblog.

Super-bonus: There’s some interesting British Raj photography on Harappa, and the site also offers cool vintage postcards, engravings, and lithographs.

Above, Obama logo as captured by CommandZed on Flickr. Below, an iron grate I saw on the Upper East Side. Coincidence? I think not. Barack the vote! (Bonus link, courtesy NYT: “Is Obama a Mac and Clinton a PC?”)

And/or, perfectly acceptable goods with which to lavish me for Valentine’s Day:

“Alice’s Tea Party” limited edition print, $55, via kjsdesign on Etsy

Sterling silver teapot necklace, $60, via ballandchain on Etsy

White porcelain teapot, $85, via New Moon Studio on Etsy

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Mice having tea card, $4.50, via Foxy & Winston on Elsewares

… but still not lazy enough to necessitate the purchase of a pot I don’t have to lift.

While Lotte Alpert’s design may be sleek and stylish, I’m still not sure its function is meaningful.

Anyone have an extra hundred or so bones for indulging in this lust-worthy new pot? 

Joey Roth‘s Sorapot is a marvel: a bit mod for my taste (I’m over stainless steel), but I’m not sure if I’ve seen such an imaginative wholesale rethinking of a ubiquitous kitchen utensil.