March 29, 2019

ZEITLINES | 03.29.19

Money. Ultimately, is it about the amount you have or how you spend it? Here at Zeitlines we are getting a bit existential with that question, as we learn how our Director of First Impressions Edyta McKindsey used $1,000 to feed her curiosity. Then, join CEO Beverley Hammond and Director of Client Success Julie Wierzbicki as they examine the curious case of what NASA spends their annual $20 Billion USD budget on…or perhaps more aptly, what they don't spend it on. Welcome to Zeitlines!


Curious in NYC

Edyta McKindsey, Director of First Impressions

If you were given $1,000 to spend on learning something new, how would you spend it?

At Republic we have an amazing perk called “Curiosity Cash”. Each team member is given $1,000 to spend anyway they want on learning and experiencing something new. It is all about promoting a culture of curiosity.

Something I’m passionate about is interior design.  But having only been to some of the Toronto shows I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to experience a NY design show.  Plus, I really needed my NYC fix.

What better show to attend than the Architectural Digest Design Show? Architectural Digest was founded in 1920 and has been one of the top international design publications, featuring some of the most stunning residences around the world. If you’re curious to see the homes of some of the biggest celebrities then you need to check out Architectural Digest.

So…New York here I come!!










I took the Friday morning Porter flight to Newark out of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, by far the quickest and easiest way to get into New York. I stayed at the lovely Park Terrace Hotel on Bryant Park, there’s just something so magical about that park! I did all of the typical NY touristy things I like to do, such as walk the Highline, eat at Chelsea Market (my fav!!) and shop in SOHO.

Saturday was the big day, a full day of exploring the AD Design Show. The MADE section was by far my favourite part of the show, featuring over 150 artists and designers from local and emerging artisans to international studios.

Here are my top three exhibits. Check them out and see for yourself how incredible they each are:

1) Norquay Co. a Toronto based company bringing the outdoors inside

2) Ngala Trading Co. custom leather chandeliers

3) Opiary bringing nature inside your home










What would you do if you were paid to be curious?  Let me know at  #becurious

Click here to learn more about Edyta, our Director of First Impressions.

NASA By the Numbers (or C’mon…REALLYYYY??!!!)

Beverley Hammond, CEO
Julie Wierzbicki, Director of Client Success*

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA is the most powerful space program in the world with an annual budget of $20.7 billion USD. Let’s take a look at some of the amazing successes that money has enabled by checking out NASA by the numbers

665: The record for the most cumulative days spent in space (Peggy Whitson)

300: The number of Astronauts sent into space on space shuttles

212: The number of spacewalks at the International Space Station

130: The Number of Shuttle missions

50: The percentage of female astronaut candidates in the 2013 graduating class

15: The number of countries involved in the International Space Station

12: The number of men who have walked on the moon

and wait for it….

The number of space suits that fit female astronauts!!! One spacesuit to fit female NASA astronauts.

You may have missed it while Apple was eating up headlines with the announcement of its new streaming service, but on Monday NASA cancelled its first ever all-female space walk outside the International Space Station scheduled to be taken today by astronauts Christine Koch and  Anne Mclain “due in part to spacesuit availability”.  According to the press release, “McClain learned during her first spacewalk that a medium-size hard upper torso — essentially the shirt of the spacesuit — fits her best. Because only one medium-size torso can be made ready by Friday, March 29, Koch will wear it.”

I’m with Stephanie Nolen on this one: “NASA has been sending women into space since 1983. ‘Oops, no suit’ 36 years later is absurd and entirely indicative of a failure to take gender inclusion seriously.”

YUP a $20.7 billion budget but NOPE, not enough space suits for two female astronauts to walk together.

Mic Drop!


*Initially we were concerned we couldn’t have two women co-author this piece because our second ‘lady-sized laptop’ wasn’t scheduled to arrive in time. Most fortunately, however, our Secretary finished booking lunch for us early and let Julie borrow hers.**

** This is a joke. We’ve left workplace gender-biases back in the 1950s …where they didn’t even belong.


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