Sunday, September 20, 2009

the couch that could

You might remember the picture below of our Swedish apartment and its centerpiece IKEA Klippan sofa. We had initially published it here on starfish and waffles when we did our story on Klippan (both the couch and its namesake Swedish town) a couple of months ago.


The former European headquarters of felix's daily starfish and waffles - complete with an IKEA Klippan couch - at Vildanden W in Lund, Sweden. (2009).

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Now take a peek at the next picture ... and focus on the middle photo that spans the centerfold of the magazine. It looks like our Klippan has been published again!


Peanut (right), the editor, and Björn (left), the Swedish intern, proudly grinning from ear-to-ear. Edmonton, Canada. (2009).

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Indeed, our beloved Klippan (and swank apartment in Lund's famed Vildanden W) were featured in the August 14 edition of Meubel, a Dutch designer furniture glossy. The magazine was commemorating the 30th birthday of the iconic IKEA Klippan, and we're proud our very own Klippan played a small part in the festivities.

So, I think all of this excitement proves two things. First, the editor's network of media and publishing contacts is truly incredible. Second, the Klippan is the greatest sofa of all-time.

Yeah!


The editor, who is apparently fluent in Dutch, reads about his old Klippan. Meanwhile, the Swedish intern waves to the crowd! Edmonton, Canada. (2009).

Saturday, September 12, 2009

outer space


The far side of the moon. Otherwise known as Edmonton, Canada. (2009).

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It's the Year 2000, straight out of a 1968 Kodachrome film reel. In the movie, I'm floating in the eerie silence of outer space, holding a wrench.

What am I trying to fix?

Good question, I don't know. But I guess it's nice to have an apparent purpose, even in these strange, 5am nightmares.

Monday, September 07, 2009

wiki starfish and waffles

True story: had you Googled "starfish and waffles" just last week, one of the search results that would've returned was a Wikipedia article on, you guessed it, felix's daily starfish and waffles. Cool, huh?

Sadly, for reasons unfathomable to us, the Wikipedia police very recently took down the page. What an outrage! Fortunately, our lawyers had warned us of this possible consequence, so we took the precaution of copying the text of the article - and we've reproduced it below, just to keep the history alive.

Haha, it was a bit entertaining reading about ourselves, if I do say so myself.


The editor works late into the night at the new North American headquarters of felix's daily starfish and waffles in Edmonton, Canada. (2009). Note the unquestioned awesomeness of our IKEA Klippan sofa and Smila Stjärna wall lamp!

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felix's daily starfish and waffles
starfish and waffles or, fully titled, felix's daily starfish and waffles, is a blog that follows the lives of the main author, dingobear (also known by his given name, Felix) and the editor, Peanut, a happy, larger-than-life Canadian brown bear. Since starfish and waffles' creation during the height of mainstream blog popularity in Spring 2005, it has gained a cult following among a small group of loyal readers. As of 1 September 2009, the website counter resident on the blog had counted 92,898 page views.

felix's daily starfish and waffles, which is subtitled "your picture window to my strange world", has attempted to live up to its sub-billing by following dingobear and Peanut throughout their travels, in-between stints lived in both Canada and Sweden. Although not exclusively a travel blog, as at 1 September 2009, starfish and waffles has featured posts on dingobear's (and, to a lesser extent, Peanut's) experiences in such diverse locations as Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Malta, Monaco, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, and the Vatican City.

Periodic posts adhering to specific themes, organized in separate series, are a distinguishing characteristic of starfish and waffles. Such series include:
  • Six Ways from Sunday, a music column featuring track picks with corresponding links to YouTube music videos and usually posted on Sundays, as the name implies;
  • dingobear kitchen recipes, with original recipes created by dingobear;
  • Bartending School, with original drink and cocktail recipes developed by dingobear;
  • Wild Animal Kingdom, wildlife-related posts, sometimes humorously featuring stuffed animals; and
  • My Simulated Reality TV Life, a 22-episode spoof on the proliferation of the reality television craze, which was produced with "simulated" reality characters from the popular PC game The Sims 2 and starring "simulated Felix".
The popularity of starfish and waffles has inspired several spin-off websites, all of which were created by dingobear and Peanut. These sites include:
  • dingobear: miami, which did not survive the transition to the new Blogger and is now defunct;
  • dingobear photography, a photo blog which has garnered its own loyal following by differentiating itself through an emphasis on photos and the EXIF info of those photos;
  • dingobear photography at Zenfolio, the dedicated gallery and online store of dingobear's photography; and
  • starfish and waffles lite, which perhaps can be best described as a stripped-down version of the original starfish and waffles.

Peanut

Peanut is the renowned Editor-in-Chief of felix's daily starfish and waffles. A small brown bear from the Canadian boreal forest, Peanut made his first appearance in December 2005 and is widely credited with vastly improving the creative content of starfish and waffles since his arrival as editor. Peanut's cute, cuddly face, larger-than-life persona, and dedication toward building and maintaining the starfish and waffles media empire have made him a hit with fans worldwide. Highly respected for his charity work, in 2007 Peanut spearheaded an ongoing initiative where a portion of the advertising revenues of starfish and waffles are donated to the World Wildlife Fund.

Politics
An ultimately unsuccessful campaign to elevate Peanut onto the labels of Jones Soda in 2007 garnered the well-liked editor bear significant popular support, raising speculation of a run for public office. To date, these rumors have not materialized.

Personal Problems
The difficult demands of being editor, combined with the occasional documentation of his hard-drinking ways on the pages of starfish and waffles, have caused some onlookers to express concern as to whether Peanut has a drinking problem. However, such conjecture has always been rebutted by starfish and waffles brass, who have consistently cited the editor's impressive ability to drink several times his body weight and excellent tolerance for a small bear.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

destination


On the move at Franz Josef Strauss Airport in Munich, Germany. (2008).

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Back in the office and back, to life, for the cubically inclined. The last time this happened, I planned on staying six months. Somehow, it became six years.

So what will become of this trip around horn?

Well, at least the vitals aren't terrible. Fitter? Yes, certainly in mind if not necessarily in body. Happier? Yes, people and places missed notwithstanding. More productive? Yes, surprising even myself.

Let's hope all of this beats a more efficient path to the next desired destination, wherever that shall be.