We’re Flipping Over This Dad’s Pancakes

No doubt about it: former math teacher and flapjack enthusiast Nathan Shields is one rad dad. Two years ago, Shields began “illustrating” animals, fictional characters, and more with pancake batter for his adorable kids, Alice and Gryphon. He dubbed his series “Saipancakes” after the town where he first began his quirky–and completely endearing–breakfast craft. Now, he has amassed an impressive collection of pancake designs including sea creatures, mythic beasts, tree species, heady intellectuals, math jargon, and much more. 

Completed in 1878, This Isolated Sea Fort is Now a Luxury Hotel

When it was completed in 1878, the soldiers who occupied Spitbank Fort had no idea it would one day be a luxury hotel. The isolated sea fort is located in the Solent, near Portsmouth, England, and originally intended as a line of defense against ships that made it past the larger forts further out. As always, Spitbank Fort is only accessible by boat – a level of isolation rarely available in our highly connected world. Now, billed as “the UKs most exclusive private island” it features 8 luxury rooms and a rooftop spa with unrivaled views. It’s also one of the few hotels that can boast about having armor plating on its seaward side.

The Many Faces of Bill Murray: How Many Do You Know?

As far as actors go, you won’t find many more universally loved than Bill Murray. Whether he’s hilariously trying to blow up gophers in Caddyshack or wowing us with subtlety in Lost in Translation, his appearances are almost always memorable – even if they’re just momentary cameos. Now Steve Murray (no relation) has created an fantastic visual compilation for the National Post, capturing The Many Faces of Bill Murray over the years. It starts with The Rutles in 1978, finishes with his recent appearance in The Grand Budapest Hotel, and misses very few acts in between (only two early bits of voice work). Can you remember them all?

Essential Reading: Mason Currey on the Importance of “Daily Rituals”

Recently, I decided to revisit one of the books that made me want to write about creativity, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey. I wasn’t disappointed.

Awakening: New Zealand’s Changing Light Captured in Timelapse

Martin Heck spent 4 months traveling through the stunning landscapes of New Zealand and capturing it in timelapses that pay tribute to the unique light of the far south. He spent the nights under the stars, capturing the sky as sweeping points of light. By day he hiked through the mountains, explored remote roads and captured the ever changing weather as it played off the rugged landscape. If you were already craving a visit New Zealand, this will tickle that itch like never before.

In Alabama it’s Illegal to Carry an Ice Cream Cone in Your Back Pocket (and other Bizarre Laws Visualized)

There are some seriously weird laws on the books of many US states… but Olivia Locher is breaking them all. This New York-based photographer’s series I Fought The Law brings some of the best examples to life, begging the question: how the heck did these become laws?

Paint the Town Red… and Blue, and Green. A Mexican Town Gets a Colorful Makeover

The neighborhood of Colonia Las Americas in Querétaro, México is getting a colorful makeover. The first phase of the project began last November when neighbors and local volunteers started painting the community with the direction of urban art collective Boa Mistura.

History’s Creative Thinkers in Humorous GIFs and Smart T-Shirts

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If you’re anything like me, you’re completely obsessed with the creative figures in history. You might find yourself thumbing through Da Vinci sketches late into the night, pondering how he imagined so many world changing ideas before they could even be realized. You might lose yourself for hours down a rabbit hole of Wikipedia exploration initiated by Isaac Asimov’s affinity for small spaces. That’s why I think this series of animated GIFs will not fail to amuse… nor will the exquisite series of T-shirts that inspired them.

New York Rooftops Hold Hidden Surprises

One of the most exciting features of New York City is hidden from most of our eyes… unless you can fly. Pilot and photographer Alex MacLean is giving us a different perspective of the Big Apple, looking down on the rooftops of the city, and revealing a magical and exclusive world that floats far above the streets.

The Softer Side of Infamous Leaders

There’s nothing more powerful than standing tall, reaching out your arms, and grabbing a teddy bear. I’m pretty sure I heard that somewhere…

Beijing artist Chunlong Sun has taken the likenesses of 5 often-infamous world leaders and put stuffed animals in their world influencing hands. It’s an absolutely bizarre combo that strikes an unlikely balance between making each figure appear far more friendly and sinister at the very same time. What are these? Villains from a James Bond spoof?