Eye On Design: Edison Multiphone, Coin Operated Phonograph

Edison Multiphone
All Photos By Gail

The first pre-selective jukebox was the Multiphone, invented by John C. Dunton in 1905. Standing 7 feet high, it comprised a lyre-shaped, glass-fronted wooden cabinet containing an Edison spring-motor phonograph and a hand-cranked rotary-selector mechanism that gave the listener a choice of twenty-four cylinder recordings.

Edison Multiphone Detail
Cylinder Detail

Coin operated amusement devices became popular in saloons by the turn of the century. For a nickel (though this machine has been altered for dime plays) the Edison Multiphone coin operated phonograph (1915) offered a choice of twenty-four cylinder recordings (visible through the glass panel). The cylinders were numbered and an accompanying chart listed the titles. By having patrons pay for their entertainment, saloon keepers saved money on hired musicians and other expenses.

Edison Multiphone

Photographed in the Autry Museum of the American West, Located in Los Angeles, California.

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Product Review: Muuna Cottage Cheese

Cottage Cheese Pyramid
All Photos By Gail

Hey, do you like Cottage Cheese? I sure do. I grew up in a household whose refrigerator was never without a container of cottage cheese. Because Cottage Cheese is Awesome. When I was a small child, my Mom would give me and my brother cottage cheese mixed with canned fruit as a snack, and we just loved it. Cottage Cheese with Pineapple has been a thing forever, but now Muuna, a new, innovative food company, has launched a line of healthy and delicious cottage cheese products with a variety of fresh fruit chunks already mixed in.  Attention Cottage Cheese Fans: this is cause for excitement!

Muuna is on a mission to change the way consumers think about cottage cheese, having re-imagined this dairy favorite in single-serve cups of melt-in-your-mouth creamy and protein-rich cottage cheese with delicious pieces of fruit, including Strawberry, Blueberry, Pineapple, Peach and Mango. Kill me! Each 5.3oz cup contains  15 grams of protein and only 130 calories. Muuna also offers its single-serve cups in Lowfat Plain, which has 19 grams of protein and 120 calories.

Blueberry Cup

Muuna Cottege Cheese with Fruit has already replaced fruited yogurt as my go-to office snack or lite breakfast. Here I am about to enjoy the Blueberry variety at my desk.

Blueberry Fruit

The above photo was minimally art directed to show the creaminess of Muuna cottage cheese. The fruit is on the bottom of the cup so you can stir it up to blend.

Mango Container

Mango is my personal favorite, because it tastes like you just cut up a fresh, sweet mango and tossed it into the container!

Muuna Peach Cottage Cheese

Look at this beautiful stuff. Just look at it. The contrast of the juicy fruit pieces and firm, tiny curds create an exceptionally delightful mouth feel that makes Muuna Cottage Cheese, dare I say it, fun to eat!

Breakfast Toast
Serving Suggestion

Here is one of my weekend breakfasts at home: a tasty cup of Muuna Strawberry Cottage Cheese, and toast with berry jam. Mmm, yummy! All Muuna products contain zero high fructose corn syrup, no artificial sweeteners, and are also free of artificial flavors and colors. Not to mention (but you can see I am about to) Muuna is gluten free and certified kosher.

Plain Varieties

Muuna has also launched two multi-serve varieties: Classic Plain Cottage Cheese, with 4% milk fat, and Lowfat Plain, with just 2% percent milk fat.

Plain Cottage Cheese Serving Suggestion

I enjoy regular Muuna Cottage Cheese by itself, and also as a side dish (or even an ingredient!) for lots of savory dishes such as Pasta and Mexican food. It is so delicious, no matter when or how you eat it!

Meatball Dinner

The New Way to Cottage

Visit Muuna online at This Link for more information on their products and to find a store in your area that sells Muuna Cottage Cheese!

Modern Art Monday Presents: Henri Laurens, The Guitar

The Guitar
Photo By Gail

Musical references permeate Cubist painting and sculpture. The guitar, which Picasso depicted often, is one of the movement’s most recognizable motifs. Like a Cubist painting, Henri Laurens‘ painted terracotta sculpture, The Guitar (1919), blurs, even inverts, the relationship between solids and voids; solids appear to recede, while voids assume physical presence. This effect is particularly apparent in the depiction of the sound hole and strings on the face of the guitar.

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

Video Clip of The Week: Perfect Beings, “Mysteries, Not Answers”

Happy New Year and welcome to the first Video Clip of The Week for 2018, which we are getting back to with great enthusiasm after taking an extended break over the Christmas holidays.  I hope everybody had a good one. This week’s Sunday Jam comes from LA progressive rockers Perfect Beings, who offer up a curious but engaging animated clip for their song, “Mysteries, Not Answers.”

Fitting snugly in the cerebral twilight time between consciousness and sleep, “Mysteries Not Answers” is a soothing, minor chord lullaby that recalls Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson at his best. Visually, the story of an anthropomorphic Fox who falls asleep in front of the TV and dreams himself into a state of  suburban fugue strikes the perfect balance of amusement and disquiet.

“Mysteries, Not Answers” can be found on Perfect Beings’ third full length release, Vier —  a double album which is split into 4 distinct compositions (so prog), due out via  Inside Out/Sony Music on January 19th, 2018. Enjoy!

Perfect Beings Band Photo 2017

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Lips Candies

Pink Lips Candies
Photo By Gail

These luscious, sugary-sweet Lips in various shades of Pink were spotted — while enjoying the Christmas Holidays in California — at Sugarfina Luxury Candy Store in Pasadena!

I Tolerate You Cat T-Shirt!

I Tolerate You Cat T Shirt

The little star-shaped cat butthole tells you all you need to know about this fun design by artist Tobe Fonseca. For Cat Lovers, and Haters, too, get yours now for a cool $24.95 at This Link!

I Tolerate You Cat T Shirt Full

Eye On Design: 2017 Holiday Windows at Bergdorf Goodman

AMNH Detail
Detail of Window Celebrating The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) All Photos By Gail

On the Saturday that NYC experienced its first snowfall of the 2017 Holiday season, I strolled by the Bergdorf Goodman windows on Fifth Avenue on my way to see a movie at the Paris Theatre. Even in the snow and related bluster, the sidewalks were clogged with tourists lined up to take photos and selfies in front of this gorgeous tableau, and you can see why! Check Them Out!

New York Philharmonic
Red Neon Tribute to The New York Philharmonic

Bergdorf Goodman’s holiday window displays have long been a festive cornerstone on Fifth Avenue and this year, the department store continues its tradition of visual storytelling with an exhibit titled To New York, With Love. Each window is dedicated to a world-renowned NYC cultural institution, such as the New York Philharmonic, the American Museum of Natural History, and the New York Botanical Garden.

AMNH
American Museum of Natural History

NYBG By Burke and Pryde Studio
New York Botanical Garden, Artwork By Burke and Pryde Studio

Museum of the Moving Image
Museum of the Moving Image

This one loses some of its graphic details when photographed in the dark, so be sure to check it out in the daylight to see all of the visuals that play out on the monitors behind the central mannequin.

New York Historical Society Art By Mark Gagnon
New York Historical Society, Art By Mark Gagnon

I believe that  To New York, With Love will be up through the end of January, as the next set of windows are scheduled to go up in February. Watch a fun and fascinating video of how these windows came together at This Link!

New York Philharmonic