You’ve probably heard the term “follow your heart” way too many times, especially in reference to your love life, especially during Valentine’s Day season. By now you’re probably like, Thanks, but following my heart led me to dump my really, really (too) nice boyfriend for the guy who turned out to be gay. So, no thanks. Deep down, though, you know that neither of them were right for you, so don’t punish your heart for being as honest as it knew how to be. Trust us: things wouldn’t have turned out any better if you’d left your head in charge, made a list of pros and cons, and weighed the consequences for weeks. In fact, even science says you’re probably better off making intuitive, snap decisions in many areas of your life.
According to new research done at the University of Otago, New Zealand, decisions made with the heart tend to be higher quality than those made with your head. Because, as many of us know, overthinking things leads to complete and utter confusion. ”Analyzing reasons can impair judgement by obscuring how [you] actually feel,” explained Dr. Jamin Halberstad, the director of the study. This doesn’t mean you should let your heart decide whether or not to you should pay your rent this month, but when it comes to the harder-to-pin-down life decisions, go with your gut. Here are a few decisions you shouldn’t bother overanalyzing. Just listen to your heart. Keep reading »
Coffee! It’s the completely safe stimulant of choice of marathon runners, football players … and the band Heart. This totally bizarre ’80s commercial from the National Coffee Association tries to convince us that rockers were mainlining coffee, not cocaine, before shows. As if! “Because coffee gives you the serenity to dream it, and the vitality to do it!” Um, sure, whatever you say weirdos. [YouTube]
It’s T-T-T-Tuesday! And if you like chicks who rock, then you’re going to be super psyched because the badass sisters of Heart have finally released new jamz. It’s quite possibly the best album name ever too: Red Velvet Car. That’s a whole lot I want! Also, Jenny Lewis and her boyfriend, Johnny Rice, make beautiful music together, and for once I’m not trying to use that as a double entendre. Plus, Radiohead drummer Philip Selway goes solo. So, get those headphones on because we’re gonna get into the groove after the jump! Keep reading »
Instead of waiting around, hoping for the perfect present from your significant other or flowers from that mysterious secret admirer, celebrate yourself. Here’s not one, but three ways to show yourself some appreciation on Valentine’s Day. Cynthia Rowley created a trio of rings in silver, vermeil, and copper in a simple heart design, which provide for a great addition to your jewelry collection. This way, no matter how your valentine decides to commemorate the lovey-dovey holiday, you’ll be content. [$90 for a set of three, Cynthia Rowley] Keep reading »
I’m already a fan of the strange creature art made by LA-based artist Liz McGrath — and I love this weirdly special, customized Valentine’s Day gift that she’s selling in her online store. If you want to say “I love you” this Valentine’s Day in a totally unique way, McGrath’s four-inch, mini-butcher knife with your loved one’s name painted on it is sure to drive your message home to the heart. It comes in its own special knife box, it’s dusted with glitter, and it’s only $25. Remember: “The heart has its reasons, of which reason knows nothing.” — Blaise Pascal [Boing Boing] Keep reading »
Last night was American Idol‘s “Idol Gives Back” show, in which a ton of celebs show up to encourage viewers to donate money to Idol’s charity, which distributes the funds to various amazing organizations around the U.S. and in Africa. Seriously, some of the footage shot in Africa and in some of the poorest areas of the U.S. gave our tear ducts (and our checkbooks) a work out. (We also discovered an unbelievable fondness for Miley Cyrus. Weird.) But oh my god! Heart performed with Fergie and it was friggin’ awe-some. Check out the Wilson chicks belting out “Barracuda” above. Then head over to AmericanIdol.com to get the scoop on donating to their very worthwhile cause.
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Spray painting a heart onto a tree is kinder than carving one into it.
Have you seen graffiti that’s kind of sweet (even if it is against the law)? Send us a pic at firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep reading »