For our next office episode we decided to do it in the style of your favourite director and mine, Wes Anderson! Its been a blast making it so I can’t wait till everybody gets to see it.
Our redder, older-looking sister planet has always been an object of interest to us Earthlings – from the giant face to the possibility of Martian life. But more boringly, scientists have always wondered if water, at some point, existed on Mars. There has been a lot of speculation that it had once existed on the red planet, but we have never really known for sure. Until now!
Apparently, more than 3 billion years ago, in the most Northern parts of Mars, an ocean took up more than one third of the surface. With research into ancient river valley networks and deltas, scientists have suggested that early Mars could have had a global water cycle much like our current hydrological configuration – proving that Earth is the younger sister and not yet all dried up. But where did all the water go? Hopefully future missions to the 4th rock from the sun will tell.
More info here.
On June 21st we were excited the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s website design won “Best of Region” at Design Edge Canada’s first-ever Regional Design Awards. Fifty-eight winners were chosen out of nearly 500 entires, with one project in each region being selected as “Best of Region.”
We’d like to thank Design Edge Canada for their recognition, as well as congratulate all the other winners. To learn more about the awards, click here. And to see the winners of our region, click here.
The Winnipeg Art Gallery’s (WAG) website and Nothing But Style’s (NBS) logo are finalists for Design Edge Canada‘s Regional Design Awards. We’re in the Prairies and Nunavut region, which also includes lots of great work from our fellow Winnipeg designers. The winners will be announced June 21st.
Click here see all the finalists, and here to find out more about the awards.
When it comes to Winnipeg landmarks, Ken Hong’s Restaurant (or as their sign states, “Ken Hong Restaurant”) is not usually the first place that comes to mind. But even though Ken’s isn’t as iconic as the Manitoba Legislative Building or as grand as the Winnipeg Art Gallery, it has been a Winnipeg institution for longer than most of us can remember. For that reason, coupled with it being just down the street from our office, we decided to check it out.
This place is indeed legendary for several reasons. First off, if you weren’t already aware that it was open for business, you would think the restaurant had been boarded up and abandoned years ago. There is plywood on the front door, the sign is in disrepair and the windows are constantly obscured by a film of steamy grime. It is, quite literally, a classic hole-in-the-wall.
Second, their menu is notoriously brief. We had heard the main attraction here was the $4 wonton noodle soup so that is what the three of us ordered – and it did not disappoint. The broth was warm and nourishing as a consommée should be, albeit a little on the salty side. The wontons were soft but perky with just a pinch of mystery meat inside, and the noodles began crisp but soon succumbed to the rich broth like so many Cheerios soaking in milk. The bowl also contained a surprising amount of rice on the bottom that made the dish extremely filling. For an extra kick, I highly recommend adding a few squirts of the provided hot sauce to mingle with the green onions scattered on top.
Anthony had heard the mysterious “Shanghai Schwartz” decals on the windows were left over decorations from a movie that was shot there in the nineties. Does this mean Ken Hong’s had posed as a chinese deli? Did they offer a kosher dim sum menu? I’d hate to think that my beloved bbq pork buns and shrimp dumplings had been replaced by matzoh balls and gefilte fish… Alas, Ken does not serve any of the above. However, we did notice two photos pinned up near the counter that proved to be valuable clues:
With a little help from IMDB, we discovered that the restaurant did indeed appear in a film: Namely, 2004′s Zeyda and the Hitman or “Running With the Hitman” as it is known in the U.S. The restaurant appears a few times in the trailer (see below) along with several other recognizable Winnipeg locations. How many can you spot?
It was my first day on the job with these Madmen. They were the Madison avenue type, working in the Garment District, and already the wheels of the bizarre were turning. Someone was lurking around the office when they shouldn’t have been, and like a blonde in a red dress this was only gonna lead to trouble.
Who was the office Creeper?