German designer Susanna Hertrich's Chrono Shredder is "a hybrid between calendar, clock, and waste-producing automaton," that has no on/off functionality. It runs unstoppable for 365 days until it has continuously shredded all of its calendar pages, which are kept on a paper roll. The paper is fed through a hacked paper shredder, which is programmed to use exactly 24 hours to shred one "day." The device reminds us not only of the day, but of the passing of time. So, on Dec. 31, you'll have a big pile of shredded paper that is not simply waste, but actual evidence that time has passed. Hertrich created Chrono Shredder to target would-be future hibernation obsessives, to remind them that while they sleep, something tangible is happening. The design is not actually in production. Would you like it to be?
Back to school may mean a lil freedom for you, but it also means the beginning of the choreographed ballet that is shuttling children between birthday parties, soccer practices, ballet lessons, tutoring sessions, and more. Without careful planning, that doctor's appointment can easily get lost in the shuffle, not to mention a double booking on a Saturday afternoon. We have investigated a number of family organizers — from simple calendars to desktop agendas — and narrowed down the selection to five fabulous products.
Everyone knows I'm a big fan of bubble wrap (little Katie Sugar loves it too!). Whenever a package comes in, I pray for the bubbles instead of those lame peanuts that I can't do anything with (besides toss them up in the air and create my own personal snow globe).
The Bubble Wrap Key Chain has quelled my need for popping somewhat, but I need more! More bubble wrap, I say!
Enter the Bubble Wrap Calendar, which allows me to pop a new bubble every day of the week! The calendar even comes complete with holidays and important dates printed right on the bubbles. And bonus, it's handmade in Brooklyn! My only concern? What will keep me from popping all the bubbles today?!
The weather is hot this month — but the entertainment is hotter. Need to know when Mamma Mia's opening, or the new X-Files movie? Check my handy-dandy, downloadable, printable July entertainment calendar! Surely you knew that The Dark Knight is opening July 18, but there's plenty of other great stuff going on this month, too. My calendar will help you keep things straight, and all the pretty colors look nice on a fridge or cube wall. Click here to get your copy, and enjoy!
This morning, I gave you a rundown of my Top 10 Reasons to Keep Your TV On This Summer. But there are lots of other shows coming up that didn't quite make my cut. Wondering when they're on? Wonder no more!
I've compiled a list of upcoming premieres for this month and for July. You can see the June list after the jump, and the July list is over here. I'll keep these updated throughout the Summer — so, when we finally get a Project Runway premiere date, for example, I'll add it to the list.
Want to see what's coming up for the rest of June? Just read more
London-based production designer Óscar Díaz dreamed up a novel printing technique whereby a specific type of paper absorbs ink gradually. The technique allowed for him to create self-printing designs, where numbers on a calendar, letters on a card, or leaves on a botanical (etc.) are revealed bit by bit, so they are "growing works."
Quite appropriately, his calendar design showed under the "Gradual" category at the 2007 London Design Festival. Each number on the calendar is printed daily, until the end of the month when the ink well is dry. So, the calendar not only signals elapsed time but gives a true sense of it. His plant posters grow up slowly, mimicking the growth of a real plant. In the case of his larger plant posters, complete growth can take up to four months. His Christmas card, which reads "Happy New Year 2008," took four days to print itself. Clever, huh? I have to say this is genuinely one of the coolest ideas I've shared here. Let's just see if Díaz can take a note from Gutenberg and make this printing technique commercially viable. To see his card in action, read more
If you have a hard time motivating yourself to work out, here's a little trick. Every time you exercise, whether you go for a walk, hike with a friend, or hit the gym, mark that day with a big X in your calendar. It'll give you a quick general overview of how often you've been working out that month so far, plus it'll serve as a visual reminder of how long it's been since you last worked out.
If giant Xs don't do it for you, then draw a smiley face, or a heart, or a little flower. You can even use different shapes or colors to show what kind of activity you did each day. It's definitely a great feeling when you can look back in your calendar and see all those days marked off. For even more motivation, reward yourself every time you get 20 Xs.
With so much entertainment out there these days, it can be a pain to have to remember when your favorite artists are releasing their next albums and when the season's most-anticipated movies are hitting the big screen. But don't worry: BuzzSugar's got your back.
Today, I'm introducing my brand-spankin'-new, downloadable, printable entertainment planner! For each month, I'll give you a rundown of the biggest albums hitting stores on Tuesdays and the movies coming to the big screen on Fridays. I've rounded up the dates for April and May in this first installment, so just click here to get your copy! Then print it out, hang it somewhere nice, and say goodbye to those entertainment-related "man, I knew I was supposed to do something today" forehead-slapping moments.
Correction: The Rainn Wilson comedy The Rocker was erroneously listed on the April calendar. The release date for The Rocker is actually August 1. I'm sorry for any confusion!
So, the writers' strike is dunzo — but that doesn't mean we're getting our shows back right away. It generally will take between four and six weeks to get a comedy back on the air, while dramas will need six to eight. CBS became the first network to announce when its shows will return, and NBC followed soon after. Add that to the premieres and finales we already knew about, and we've got ourselves a calendar!
More than usual, this information is subject to change, especially for all the networks that haven't formally announced their dates yet. Furthermore, some of the shows currently marked as having finales might be returning later in the season — where possible, I've tried to note how many episodes are planned for them. I'll be updating this continuously as we get more info about biggies like Gossip Girl and Grey's.
Announced post-strike premieres and return dates, so far:
Finales: Las Vegas, Psych
Finales: American Gladiators, Cold Case (returns later this season), Brothers & Sisters (expected to return, date TBD)
Premieres: Knight Rider, Dexter (on CBS)
Premieres: My Dad is Better than Your Dad, Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious
Finales: Dance War, Prison Break
Finales: Nip/Tuck, Boston Legal (expected to return, date TBD)
Premieres: America's Next Top Model
Finales: Cashmere Mafia
The Plantable Eco Calendar 2008 is a monthly desk calendar that blooms long after each calendar's page is past its due date. When a month passes by, simply plant the handmade paper page and wait for wildflowers to grow. This year's calendar is designed by Kal Barteski and comes in a collector's tin. This calendar was featured in Elle magazine's Best Calendars of 2008 shopping guide, and for good reason. Too bad I already picked up a Charles Harper daily planner, or I'd snatch one of these up.