Friday, August 22nd, 2008

You can’t listen to Beirut’s music without feeling totally awesome. One of our favorites. I put Postcards from Italy on my daughter’s 13th birthday playlist. Too bad they’re not together at the moment. We’d love to see them live.

Elephant Gun

Postcards from Italy

They were also sampled in a complimentary bmx trick dvd at a local Vineland bike shop, Ed’s Bike Shop. Pretty neat.

Other bands featured on my daughter’s 13th Birthday Playlist:
Blonde Redhead, Van She, Yael Naim, Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova, New Young Pony Club, Band of Horses, Kate Nash, Ghostland Observatory and Fisher. It’s featured on ITunes IMix section, but I’m having trouble loading it on this page…sorry!

Right to it then. For our thirteen year old, a one year subscription to the Japanese fashion magazine, FRUITS. Thanks to its creator and photographer, Shoishi Aoki, for satisfying my daughter’s fascination with harajuku street fashion. Subscription can be bought directly at FRuiTS or at

How about that LOMO? Never heard of these till my daughter visited Now we all want one.

LOMO Oktomat 8 Lens Camera

LOMO Oktomat 8 Lens Camera @

Each Lomo camera model focuses on one photographic effect. Every shot in the red Oktomat will take 8 successive pictures in under 3 sec producing an 8-frame photo vignette. Sounds basic but the effects are pretty cool. See sample shots here. Other models include the Fish Eye, Action Sampler and Colorsplash. We wouldn’t mind having any one of them. They’re pretty affordable too. From what I understand, lomography is less about technique than it is about the spontaneity of picture taking; these cameras with their fun design, effects and simplicity in taking a shot do nothing but encourage it. For more info on Lomography, visit

usb vinyl archiver

usb vinyl archiver @

Also spotted on, is this little something for my nine year old. She loves the eighties and has been dying to play some of our “old” records.

Ana, my 11 year old, loves horses (and cows) and has the occasional ride.  She dreams of living in France where she’ll live as a veterinarian on a farm full of horses and cows (and snakes, birds, hamsters…).  Sorry, Ana, we have no room for horses on our townhouse lot.  Somehow I know you’ll end up in France on a farm with a couple of horses and cows and your father and I will visit you in our old age and never want to leave.  So make room for us, will ya?

More to come…..