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Toronto’s transit system in the style of Super Mario 3 and the kitty cat pocket shirts I totally freaking need
Eh yo, I’m eating one of these right now. Lil’ shrimp, you know it. You jelly? YOU JELLY?!?
Weemp Womp, that was an aggressive way to start a blog post.
Please, dear reader, ignore my Pingu sass and enjoy this map of the TTC rendered in the style of Super Mario Bros. 3 for SNES. It was created by Dave Delisle, who’s also gussied up Montreal, San Francisco and HOTlanta among other cities if you’re into that.
When I stumbled upon that map today, it reminded me of another map I had intended to blog about a few months back. If you live in Toronto, you’re going to love it, and if you don’t… you probably won’t get it at all. No worries, Urbane has done plenty of cities (does Boston really have a neighbourhood filled with doctors?)
Behold, Toronto neighbourhoods by stereotype:
My hood is labelled “hipster mecca.” *sigh* … Accurate.
What else am I feeling lately (aside from everything ever)… AH YES! THESE SICK EMBROIDERED CAT SHIRTS!
Japanese srtist Hiroko Kubota based every single one of these shirts on a cat photo her son found on the internet. If that’s not 2013 precious, I don’t know what is.
Hehe. The hilllls are aliiiiiive, with the sound of bitttchessss….
Okay, last but not least, I need to alert your attention to this concept model for a wearable personal space protector — the “Spike Away” vest. Singapore designer Siew Ming Cheng created this to put the smack down on people who stand to close to other people on public transit. YES!
“Trains are usually crowded during peak hours. Everybody will push each other to try and get onto the train. How can I protect my personal space? The idea was then conceived,” Cheng wrote on Behance.
This would be perfect for riding the King West street car or even just going into any public space where children run about and accidentally touch you sometimes *shudder*
Well done, Ms. Cheng!
“Our shirts are simple, and they say one thing: ‘home.’” reads the company’s website. “By combining that statement with the border of a state, the impact is instant and you stylishly confess your pride for the state you call home.”
For canucks like me, we can stylishly confess our pride for an entire COUNTRY: Canada.
Not only does the Home T use high-quality American Apparel tees (those really soft ones — you know the ones,) a portion of the proceeds for every shirt sold is donated towards multiple sclerosis research. Guilt free purchase. I dig that.
And now, because I never did actually blog about it (SORRY, STUFF HAPPENED) here are my photos / tweets/ grams from World Mastercard Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2014. Thanks for all of the show invites, homies
This has been a loooong post coming.
Check it; I love y’all to the moon and back and then to the moon again and then BACK AGAIN, but if I have to spend one more Saturday afternoon helping one of my friends (or *cough* family members) decide on which new smartphone they’re going to purchase, I will… passive aggressively subtweet or something.
Don’t get me wrong — there are few things I love more than gadgets, and I like to think I know my stuff. Heck, I DO know my stuff. That said, I’m not the most patient of cats, and when I’ve got to type out the exact same advice to umpteen confused people in the span of one week, well, my fingers — they get le tired.
Thus, I’m going to answer some of my most frequently asked smartphone-related questions RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW and then throw the rest of y’all over to my homies at Best Buy Mobile!
Best Buy Mobile experts specialize in providing impartial advice on the latest phones and carriers (FOH FREE.) They’ll set you up with the best device and accessories for your needs, get you fully functioning so you can walk out working and, furthermore, they’ll provide support for any mobile questions you have afterwards. And if you want a phone upgrade, simply trade your old phone in for a Best Buy Canada gift card through their new Trade-In program.
Read on for my FAQ (taken straight from the mouths of readers like you!) and drop a comment below for a chance to win a $50 Best Buy gift card courtesy of Best Buy Mobile!
QUESTION:Why does my phone keep dying? I leave the house at 100% and by 4 p.m. I’m almost DEAD. Is there anything I can do to save battery life, aside from putting my phone down?
ANSWER: I get asked this ALL THE TIME, and as someone who uses her phone as an appendage, I get it. I get it so hard. For some of us, “putting the phone down” isn’t much of an option. Fortunately, there are tons of things you can do to save battery life on any given advice — and even more ways to juice up when you’re on the go.
Personally, I carry a mobile charger with me at all times. I bought a Mophie Juice Pack for my iPhone, but plenty of Samsung-specific and universal chargers out there as well.
I’ve also tweaked my phone to run at maximum efficiency — no battery wasted on silly things like excess screen brightness or a running background app or freaking parallax. Come on with that meow, Apple! Y’all just made me dizzy.
Gizmodo’s got a great roundup of 11 Tips to Keep iOS 7 From Destroying Your Battery Life if you too are an iPhone user. And if you’re not? Here are a few suggestions that can benefit almost everybody:
- Switch off bluetooth, WiFi and location services if you’re not using them.
- Turn off automatic background updates. Ain’t nobody got juice for that!
- Disable push email in favour of pull (fetch.) Seriously — this alone has saved me so much life.
- Turn off your phone while it’s charging (it’ll go faster)
ANSWER:If you know me well — or even just a little bit — you’ll know that I worship at the altar of Jobs. I’m an iPhone girl. That said, I fault no one for using a solid Android device. There are some great devices on the market right now that aren’t made by Apple — in some cases, they offer even more bang for your buck, depending on your needs.
My recommendation would be to think about what you use your phone for the most; if you’re an email jockey, something with a large screen and a great keyboard might be best for you. If your phone pretty much serves as a camera that can take calls, well that’s another device entirely. Visit the phones in person and talk to a mobile specialist — they’re the ones who know best which current devices are in stock and how well they perform.
QUESTION: Do I really need a case? I like the way my phone looks without one.
I’m not suggesting that you NEED a heavy duty Otterbox here (though if you’re looking for serious protection, that’s your ish), but something rubberized (read: shock absorbing) is ideal. And something cute. After all, your smartphone case is more than a case — it’s an accessory! Change it up often to match your outfit, your mood, your personality (or like, your love for saltine crackers. Whatever.)
Comments? Questions? Raving accolades?
Drop me a line below for a chance to win a $50 gift card from Best Buy!
(Winner will be drawn randomly and announced next week.)