#IceBucketChallenge – Who Nominated Whom?


I watched my first celebrity video of the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS charity. It was Gwen Stefani dumping water over Gavin Rossdale, Jessica Alba, & Nicole Richie. I was curious about the spread, particularly amongst the famous set. It is quite a who’s who of Hollywood and beyond. There are actors, musicians, politicians, athletes, (edit: authors too, thanks to Stephen King) and complete randoms all connected by this clever campaign to raise awareness for this terrible disease. #StrikeOutALS

I couldn’t help but make a family tree of this celebrity web. Who doesn’t love a good chart for this kind of thing, right? Celebrity #IceBucketChallenge: Who Challenged Whom.

A few notes about how I chose to set it up:

  • The parent is the nominator, the children are the nominees. In some cases a person did the challenge but acknowledged a different nominator, in which case I added that person as another parent. (In the case where there were a bunch of people nominating the same person, I just went with who I chose as the most notable.)
  • This particular tree, started with Gwen and went back through Cody Gifford (Kathie-Lee’s son) to Kevin Roundtree, who may be some sort of sports person with minimal googling. (I couldn’t find his challenge, so it stops there for now.) Other celebrity trees would probably tie into this one as duplicate nominators, I’m just waiting to see if I need to start another tree or if they’ll link together somehow. (The website limits how wide the tree can go, but I’d love to know who got Anna Wintour to do it!)
  • Some people did the challenge with another person, in which case, I added the second person as a partner.
  • As it spreads, more people will nominate people who have already done it. (Mark Ruffalo was the first multiple nominee, I believe.) So I’ll put their names in again, but mark them as dead which gives their text a more greyed out appearance.
  • If you click on the person’s name and then go to the contact tab on the left, I have put a link to their video. Have to copy and paste, unfortunately.

I find the whole phenomenon quite fascinating, especially when it comes to the peer pressure behind it. Will Pharrell do it or won’t he?

Box Box Box

15 years ago I subscribed to a coffee-of-the-month service. Every now and then they would throw in a mug or something else coffee related. It was always such a pleasure to open that box and take a whiff of whatever exotic blend had found me that month.

A while back I found out about Turntable Kitchen. Every month they send out a box containing a 7-inch vinyl, 3 seasonal recipes, 1-2 premium ingredients, pairings & tasting notes, & a digital download code for a mix tape of tunes to enjoy during your meal. Food + music = heaven, right? I ♥ this idea so much. (See their promo video to help fall further in love.)

So it was only recently that I discovered that subscription boxes are like a thing now. A lot of the ones I first came across were filled with beauty products, and most of those products seemed suited for those in the clubbing age-range. But apparently if you live in the right country, you can get a boxful of surprises from any number of categories.

Sadly Australia is, of course, a bit lacking in this department. What is available, for the most part, seems to pale in comparison with what you can get in the U.S. or U.K., for instance. However, I wanted to make a list to keep track of which boxes are available here in the event that I feel I have a bunch of disposable income in the future. (Prices are at the time of this writing.)

No Tox Box – ($25/mo.) “get a box of natural, organic & eco products delivered to your door every month”

Native Box – ($15/mo.) “monthly subscription of Australian eco-friendly & sustainable products that are healthier, safer & better for you & our planet.”

Bella Box – ($15/mo.) “5 deluxe beauty samples sent to your door each month. Be the first to try the latest in beauty and cosmetics. Discover new products you will love.”

Beauty Basket – ($15/mo.) “Delivery is free, beauty baskets contain 5 miniatures and samples of the newest cosmetics, tailoured to your beauty profile needs.”

Glossy Box – ($21/mo.) “Each month we curate a box of 5 luxury travel-sized beauty products for you to lather, blend, soak, spray, buff, and groom. Indulge and experience luxury at its finest.”

Lust Have It – ($15/mo.) 5-6 premium beauty samples per month

Petits Fives – Launching 2013. Looks like there will be men’s & women’s options.

Crave Good Food – ($50/mo.) “Crave Good Food was launched from a desire to support small to medium sized independent food makers & producers whose creations are not easily accessible or stocked in supermarket chains.”

Europe in a Box – ($53/mo.) “Packed with delicious products, educational, cultural and culinary information, Europe in a Box brings new flavours directly to your doorsteps. Highlighting several European culinary destinations each month, the subscription service provides an ever-changing mix of hand-picked gourmet foods and drinks.”

Harvest Box – ($8/box) Snack boxes delivered weekly on any day(s) you choose.

Urban Locavore (WA only) – ($50/mo.) “Each month we hand pick the best products in WA and deliver them to the Perth Metropolitan area.”

uTaste – ($29/mo.) “uTaste is a delicious collection of gourmet treats in one box. Our professional curators scour the country for decadence. Each month we select the most amazing treats we can find, box them up and ship them to you direct.” Weirdly, they don’t mention anything about being Aussie, aside from the URL.

Bambino Box – ($21/mo.) “An innovative and convenient way to experience amazing products designed for the love of our lives… delivered to your door monthly!”

Bizzy Box – ($20/mo.) “Monthly themed activities that ignite creativity, imagination & logical thinking! A craft box a month posted to your door. For kids aged 3-7.”

Twinkly Tots – ($25/mo.) “We aim to provide mums with the best baby products curated by our panel of mums in a regular monthly discovery package.”

**Internationals (who ship to AU)**
Not Another Bill – Love, love the items found here. (And such lovely design too.) May be worth the international shipping price.

Quarterly – From what I can tell, these are mini-subscriptions (3 months long) that are curated by notable individuals. Prices vary.